Author Interview: Jayme Bean

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Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

I’m a sucker for a hardcover! I will always get the hardcover if it’s available and affordable. Paperback is easier to travel with and manhandle, so that’s easily a close second. I have a really difficult time listening to audiobooks, so I don’t tend to do those at all.

Pick a genre, any genre!

ADVENTURE! Or horror … or queer YA contemporary, or … Basically I will read just about anything, though I am not a romance reader. I just can’t get into them. But I will try any genre at least once.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember reading Goosebumps as a kid as well as Christopher Pike’s Spooksville series. I am pretty sure I had every single Goosebumps book that ever came out.

What book shaped your childhood most?

I didn’t read for a long time (stopped before middle grade age) until She Who Must Not Be Named came out with Shmary Plotter, and then I was hooked and reading everything. It shaped my childhood in that it got me reading, but also in that it brought me to bookstores at midnight to wait for releases with friends. But I still hold that Stine and Pike were my first foray into independent reading and probably impacted me on a more cellular level.

When did you first start writing?

I’ve always dabbled, but never took writing too seriously. I was big into writing poetry in high school and was published in a community college journal for creative writing. I didn’t sit down to write a book until 2020.

What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

Honest answer? Hyperfixation. I set out to write a book and then that became my life for nine months. As a whole, though, I enjoy being able to just throw my feelings and bits and pieces of myself onto the page. It’s therapeutic.

What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

I am super proud of my debut novel, Untouched, though the short story ‘An Airship Built for Two’ in SkullgateMedia’s In The Wake of the Kraken may be my favorite.

Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

I did! I wrote my first book in nine months and then published it a little over a year after starting it. I have zero chill.

How many books/collections have you published so far?

One book, three published short stories in various anthologies.

What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

I have written adventure, sci-fi, and horror. I would like to write in as many as I can that strike my fancy. I am definitely a genre-hopper. Why write in just one when you read in so many?

Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

I do research where it’s necessary. With my novel, Untouched, I spent more time researching than I probably did writing. I learned so much peripheral information about botany and plants and don’t ever care to do that again. That said, I’m a pantser through and through, so it’s research on a whim and writing on a whim.

To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I would love to say I know how to plot things. But I do not. So, seat of my pants it is. I am one giant bundle of whimsical chaotic writing energy.

What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I self-pubbed my first book and hope to continue to do so with other ventures. I would like to query if I ever wrote something that I thought stood a chance to be picked out. Outside of that, I am perfectly content to keep churning out my own things, marketing them, and watching them pop up around the world.

If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Rory Michaelson’s Lesser Known Monsters series. Despite the end of the world nearly happening all the time, I would love to be the fifth/sixth wheel in that crew of characters. I love the world (it’s modern dark urban fantasy) and would love to meet the monsters and people.

Do you currently have a WIP?

I do … kinda. I don’t have much mental bandwidth to write nowadays. I am a mom to a three-year-old and my life is utter chaos. I write in small spurts when I can, but I hardly have the same go-get-em motivation I had when he was one and I was writing Untouched. My WIP, when it gets worked on, is a biological sci-fi thriller.

Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

I don’t know if I have one, honestly. I want to say I love them all equally, even the short story characters. Every character I write is one or more aspects of myself, so do you choose the you that you want to be, or the you who was the victim of your anxiety, or the you who wants to go sailing the skies in an airship with steampunk pirates? It’s impossible to choose.

What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

I don’t think I have one! I am extremely critical of my work and am constantly finding myself dissatisfied. I do really love my short story, ‘An Airship Built for Two’. I think it has the perfect mix of humor, adventure, and romance.

Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

My favorite romance is in Untouched. I’d give spoilers by mentioning who it’s between. But my favorite friendship is also in Untouched with David and Marisol. I wanted a really strong platonic m/f friendship and was quite happy to get that on paper.

Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

I do sometimes. I wrote the majority of Untouched to Logan Lynn’s My Movie Star album, and then slowly added more songs in for different moods and characters. I have a Spotify playlist if anyone ever wants to listen to it. I don’t have a favorite writing song, though, because it changes depending on what I’m writing.

Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I do! I have commissioned three pieces of character art. Two of them were done by Charly at @_cherrybombXD on Twitter and Instagram and one by tblkobka on Fiverr. I’m still waiting for the day I get some fan art. I would be absolutely verklempt.

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Let yourself write and don’t take anyone’s advice too close to heart. Everyone has their own unique journey and their own opinions … and not all of them (or even half of them) will work for you. Trust your judgement.

Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I was honored to win Best Debut Novel and Best Friendship in the Queer Indie Book awards on Twitter! I am still blown away that people even nominated me, let alone that I won.

Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Michael Crichton, James Rollins, Rory Michaelson, Steven Salvatore, and Astrid Knight.

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I am @JaymeBeanAuthor everywhere (twitter, facebook, insta, tiktok). My books can be found anywhere books are sold and for free with KindleUnlimited. If you’d like a list of places to purchase Untouched, or would like to purchase a signed copy, you can visit my website or my Linktree. My website also has links on where to read more and buy the anthologies I am in.

Author Interview: Raina Nightingale

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Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

Paperback. I really struggle to listen to anything, and paperbacks are smaller and just all-in-all a more comfortable format.

Pick a genre, any genre!

Fantasy. To be a bit more specific, stories that are set in other worlds, i.e not on this earth, that probably don’t have a lot of sci-fi elements (though I tolerate that from time to time). I love awesome magic systems and fantastic creatures, but they’re not a must. Historically-inspired fiction that’s just not set on Earth is great, too.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I actually don’t know for sure? But probably The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I got my hands on a pretty cool edition with color illustrations.

What book shaped your childhood most?

I wouldn’t say a single book shaped my childhood. But possibly Dragonsinger. That was the first of the Pern novels I read (and one of the ones appropriate to the youngest audiences), and it was a first in a lot of ways for me. The first real character fiction/fantasy I read. The first book with good dragons in it (though I’d always loved dragons!). The first book where an active female character was presented and a good thing.

And a slice-of-life plot and storyline. I loved Menolly, her music, and her fire-lizards.

When did you first start writing?

As soon as I could read. That happened all at once when I was about eight years old. In the space of a couple months I went from being able to read a handful of memorized words to being able to comfortably read adult-level books.

What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

I think stories, particulary writing them, is how I think about life and how I explore and work through what I think. Also, I love world-building, whether that’s cultures or magic or designing continents and solar systems! It’s just fun!

What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

‘Most proud’ is a transitory state for me. I’m almost always most proud of whatever I have been enjoying most recently! At the moment, since I just got the files for Kindred of the Sea ready and I’m working on the launch campaign for that, I am so proud of Kindred of the Sea I sometimes think it’s the best book that was ever written! And that these words, spoken by Aderan, are the best words that were ever written:

“Among other things, you fear blackmail. So be it. If someone holds my soul-friend to torture for a secret I keep, and he bids me do so, make no mistake: I will betray that secret. And if he bids me do so not, no power in the netherhells will force that secret from me.”

But I’ve felt this way about every other book I’ve ever written and published, and if I pick up one of my previously published books and re-read it for the hundredth time, I’m probably going to be in the same mood for it, whichever one it is.

Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

I lost my first book. I’ve lost so many words. Most of it, I don’t care that much about. I wrote like fire, so … and, well, I don’t feel at all bad about it. I was eight years old at first. But most of it isn’t anything I feel a need to have or publish. But I wrote a short story I wish I hadn’t lost in the middle of all the other trash, and there’s another novel I wrote that I don’t think I’m finding again that I’d kind of like to have. That one would be MG.

How many books/collections have you published so far?

I’ve published Knights of the Promise (which needs a new name sometime) and The Three Scrolls. Those are both Kaarathlon Novels, but they count as separate books! Then there’s Kingdom of Light which exists all by itself! And in Areaer there’s the Return of the Dragonriders Trilogy and the Legend of the Singer Duology, and also a novella, The Gifts of Faeri, and coming on June 24th, Kindred of the Sea. I’m not sure how you want to count that, because there’s a number of different ways to do it.

What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

Fantasy. Always. Almost always other-world fantasy, and almost always fantasy with a magical world or creatures. I think my favourite is very character-driven, often a bit “slice of life”, and with magic and the mundane inextricably intertwined, but it’s not always exactly the same. I’ve currently got two somewhat different universes going, and I’m starting another with one of my WIPs, and they are all a bit different.

Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

Most of it is in my head. After all, it is a fantasy world with fantasy cultures that are made in large part by the discovery method, but also by thinking, “What if?” or further developed by asking, “What if? If this is so (which I already know), how might it interact with this?”

But some things I’ve researched! Notable examples are watching hours of videos of volcanic flows and eruptions before writing the scene with the Volcano of Ellen Island in DragonSword, or reading a bit about tectonic plates and looking at projections showing tectonic boundaries and motion. Not that the tectonics in Areaer and Alaer aren’t magical, but – the magical and the mundane inextricably intertwined.

And a lot has been inspired by stuff I know! I’m naturally curious and remember a lot, so that can play into things. Areaer was originally inspired by some stuff relating to tectonics and mountains that then got transformed in my magical imagination!

To plan, or not to plan your plot?

Not to plan. Some people say that’s a way to get plot holes, but I find for me that’s the way potential plot holes resolve themselves in all sorts of cool and exciting ways (or ways so obvious you wonder why the idea didn’t occur to you until the scene you write in). You just have to keep the pattern or break the pattern in a way that’s still part of the larger pattern.

I’m not exactly a typical “pantser” either. I describe my process as “seer.” I see bits and pieces of my stories, often all out of order, and sometimes I can’t tell ahead of time if they will have obvious significance or if it’s an apparently little thing. Sometimes, two visions seem contradictory, but then I find they both occur in the same scene and fit together perfectly! And sometimes a vision never ends up in the finished story, but it informs my understanding of things and maybe contributes one line.

What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

Self-publishing. Yes, probably. It keeps everything under my control and it means I never have to worry about other people’s deadlines. I hate marketing, and I don’t particularly enjoy formatting, but even there I like the control over the final product and being able to make it exactly what I envision if I want, and editing – fortunately, I have some people who help me with that. It’s not my preferred activity, and my dyslexia means copy-editing is sometimes virtually impossible, so it’s good to have help.

But I really like the control. Feedback and suggestions are just that – feedback and suggestions. I may listen. But if something feels wrong for my story, I don’t feel any pressure.

If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

These questions are a little immaterial to me, but I always say Pern or Valdemar. I discovered Pern first, and I am in love with the dragons of Pern. Of course, I couldn’t ride a gold, I don’t think, but then again I wouldn’t want to be a goldrider. I couldn’t ride a bronze or a brown either, but that wouldn’t be a problem. Ideally, I think I’d want one like Ruth. It always struck me as ironic that Ruth is like the one asexual dragon and Jaxom is, “Ruth, look at that green? Do you like her?” and Ruth doesn’t even get it. Having a fair of fire-lizards would be really neat, too. I think I could like that. I wouldn’t even need a full fair like Menolly has. One might be enough. But I would like to ride a dragon against Thread!

Valdemar I discovered a lot more recently. There are a number of possibilities in Valdemar. Interestingly, though, being a Herald doesn’t particularly appeal to me, and it isn’t the danger  element (skies, I want to fly Thread!). But the Shin’a’in sound pretty awesome (except that I was truly disappointed by the battle steeds; I expected something fully as personable and bonding as the Hawkbrother birds). But I love the Shin’a’in Star-Eyed Lady, Kal’enel, and the Song of the Seasons:

The North wind, the cold wind, the wind of the snow,
Tells us it is time, winter pastures to go.
The Guide knows the path and the Crone shows us how –
The Old Moon, and time for returning is now.
And if, with the winter, should come the last breath,
And riding, we ride out of life into death,
The Wise One, the Old Moon, will ease our last load,
The Guide will be waiting to show the new road.

Do you currently have a WIP?

I definitely have a WIP, and I’m not exactly sure how many I have. I know I’ve got one set in that third universe I mentioned, which is just hatching now so I can’t tell you too much about it yet. I’ve got one which is the story of Lirulin and Eldor, the elf and human parents of Tara-lin, protagonist of the Legend of the Singer duology. It’s my first time ever writing a romance story, so it’s pretty interesting. Another two are concurrent and cross each other a couple of times, and are set about 50-60k years later. One of them is about a half-elf amateur linquist. The other is about a slave who becomes a Dragonrider and determines to free her people. I hope to publish that one come Winter 2022 or maybe Spring 2023, and the first book will be called Heart of Fire. I’m currently writing book two.

Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

I am writing this backwards (or more like haphazardly), so by the time you get to the question two down I will have already said that ‘favourites’ and ‘dearests’ are not something I am very good at! So I’ll just pick one. Eeny-meeny-miny-mo method you know? Whoever is on the top of my head. And since I was just writing about Kindred of the Sea, not that Corostomir (and Aderan) aren’t as dear to me as anyone, I will mention Clindan!

Clindan is really dear to me and super important to the story, though a lot of that importance is something a spoiler. It was really fascinating writing him, since he was one of those characters I barely knew, yet I could feel his personality so tangibly in every line I wrote with him. He’s a Valor Knight who is realizing (or has realized) that the Valor Hall is corrupt and is biding his time to do what he can, and he’s a friend of Aderan, sort of: they met once before, years ago, and made an impact on each other, so they both remember the other. (Aderan is better at remembering people than Corostomir, by the way). I can’t say what it is about Clindan: it’s just there, one of those things so deep it’s indescribable but it bleeds through in everything. Some of my beta readers really felt it, too. Something about his smile, I think.

I sort of really, really want character art of Clindan, but I’m afraid to try for it, since with a character like this, I’m sure I’ll only be disappointed (or else super frustrating to work with AND still disappointed).

What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

In my opinion, the majority of great works are highly over-rated. Therefore, I aspire to write none.

Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

‘Favourite,’ ‘favourite, ‘favourite,’ have I said already that ‘favourite’ is not a word I understand in any solid way? I love them all differently and none of them are comparable. I’ve already talked a whole lot about Corostomir and Aderan, so I’ll mention Tara-lin and Alis from the Legend of the Singer Duology (Children of the Dryads and Sorceress of the Dryads). That was a really, really fun dynamic to write. Tara-lin comes from a background where there isn’t a concept of gender as such (just an understanding of what you have to do if you want to have children). There isn’t such a thing as masculine or feminine to her. Alis is a daughter of nobility in a male chauvinist society, and she’s a ‘tomboy’ at heart. She doesn’t care about feminine things or gendered things at all (and she doesn’t enjoy social functions and nobility things anymore). She just wants to ride horses, see owls and foxes, stuff like that. She has a lot of heart, but she’s very scared and out of her depth, and afraid because of the religion that’s been indoctrinated in her, too, even though she’s defying it, and she’s tired and sore and hungry all the time, as she travels with Tara-lin, who’s helped her to run away.

Tara-lin doesn’t understand Alis’ fears, insecurity, and background, and so she doesn’t do a very good job of being sensitive or understanding what Alis needs, even though she really cares, and she’s under a lot of stress, too, since she’s worried about her father. Of course, Alis doesn’t understand that, because she’s running away from her family, and if she thinks about Tara-lin’s father, she gets worried about him, too, because how can another Valor Knight be nearly as good as Tara-lin thinks he is? Will he just send her back? So on that first journey, they snap at each other and occasionally quarrel quite a lot, but they always make up afterwards. And they become very good friends who mutually support each other.

And, of course, I love love love Corostomir and Aderan’s relationship in Kindred of the Sea. That’s what Kindred of the Sea is (mostly) about: a friendship as intimate, committed, and meaningful as any possible romance that gives them the courage and freedom to challenge their assumptions and prejudices.

Technically, I do have a romance, so I guess I should have shared that. Silmavalien and Noren from the Return of the Dragonriders (DragonBirth, DragonWing, DragonSword) are demisexual and childhood friends-turned-lovers who are engaged before the story starts. And one of my WIPs is about a romance which is super interesting, but I’m not that great at talking about WIPs!

Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

I haven’t tried listening to writing music or songs.

Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

Oh yeah. Most of it is by myself, often with a friend of mine who doesn’t currently have an online presence so I can’t link, but I’ve got a few pieces from other artists. The portrait of Corostomir was drawn by my friend in pencil, then scanned, and I colored it digitally.

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If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Write what you love. Write what you enjoy writing or what you want to read. And if I can dance around the ‘rule of one’; why do you write? That’s not necessarily a question you have to answer. Sometimes, writing is the only way to answer that question. Sometimes putting an answer into words doesn’t help you know yourself or what you’re doing. After all, if we’re writing fiction that might imply we connect better to fiction. But it matters all the same, and it matters for what advice you should and should not listen to.

Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I entered DragonBirth in SPFBO7 (I’m going to enter Children of the Dryads in SPFBO8, if I can; well, maybe I will have already done so or failed; I seem to have a knack of publishing books just too late to get into the SPFBO of the year; Children of the Dryads  came out days too late to make it into 7). DragonBirth was in the very first set of cuts.

Other than that, all I can say is for some reason I seem to be a lot more relaxed about these things that most authors. It will be what it will be, and yes, going far means a lot, but being cut doesn’t really mean that much. So, honestly, I’m really relaxed about it, and I participated in a couple of sales with the whole bunch of us. Met some new authors and discovered some new books, too. I don’t go into it seeing it as a competition. You get to know some people, get to discover some books, help each other out. And if a judge doesn’t like your book, well, someone didn’t like your book; you knew that was going to happen, and a judge isn’t even someone who saw your marketing, or your back cover, or your title, or your preview, and decided to buy! So it doesn’t mean that much, and I don’t believe in judging anyways.

Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

George MacDonald, Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, E.G Radcliff, S. Kaeth. Not necessarily in that order, and not all in the same way or comparably. In fact, some in rather different ways!

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Author Interview: K. Thomas

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1. Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

Paperback (though I read more ebooks).

2. Pick a genre, any genre!

Paranormal anything!

3. What is the first book you remember reading?

Myself? Socks for Supper.

4. What book shaped your childhood most?

The same book. It’s about a poor couple on a farm not having money, and bartering for cheese from their neighbors with socks, then the neighbor knitting a sweater with the sock yarn and giving it back to them.

5. When did you first start writing?

Very young.

6. What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

Escapism, I think. No. I’m a very happy adult. I write now to give someone else an escape.

7. What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

Time to Wake, because it was such a personal growth point to let anyone read it. Let alone put it out in the world for strangers.

8. Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

Published!

9. How many books/collections have you published so far?

Two books, working on the third.

10. What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

I hope I’m not the only author that doesn’t really know this answer. I usually market as Paranormal Romance, but the more Authors I meet in the genre the more I realize it leans heavily into “high flame” — which I don’t. I think if I could make a genre it would be Romantic Supernatural Thrillers.

11. Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

So. Much. Research.

12. To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I have a very loose “what needs to happen” but mostly I just write. I think the important thing to do as a pantser is reread the old books. I also stop and reread everything I write every few chapters to make sure something didn’t go down a path that contradicts with the past.

13. What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

Self-publishing. For the most part. It’s the only real way to publish and not have a contract interfere with my day job.

14. If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Most the books I love there is a thriller element. I don’t think I want to live in any universes where monsters actually exist. Unless I get to be one.

15. Do you currently have a WIP?

Yes. It is lovingly titled “One More Hour” and is the third in my Nephilim series. If you read my books, you get it.

16. Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

Katie. She’s that little part of my soul I’ve locked up to keep safe.

17. What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

I don’t know if I look at anything I write as a great achievement. Maybe overcoming my anxiety of letting others experience it?

18. Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

I kind of ship Benny and Katie. But I’m probably alone in that.

19. Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

Yes! I make entire playlists that go with my books. Right now I’m a bit obsessed with ‘Can’t Let Go’ by Bryce Menchaca because I can imagine one of my characters as a teenager playing it in his room on repeat.

20. Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

Not yet. But there is some on the way!

21. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

If you love it, that’s what matters.

22. Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I have! When I published the book I really didn’t think anyone would read it. My husband convinced me to send it off to several writing contests and editorial reviews, saying it was a good way to get feedback. I’m still waiting to hear back from two, as they don’t announce until June, but I did win the Silver award for New Adult fiction from Reader’s Favorite. I found them to be a very good experience, and being in their book rotator (part of the reward) does drive sales. All around the books have received very good feedback/reception. Still shocks me.

23. Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Laurell K Hamilton, Patricia C. Wrede, Carol Berg, Kim Harrison, Jacqueline Carey, Meredith Ann Pierce, Richelle Mead, P.C. Cast, L. J. Smith, and R. Raeta … there’s a couple themes in there.

24. Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

You can find my books, goodreads, and all my social media accounts at my website.

Author Interview: Jae E Glass

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1.      Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

I’m always a sucker for hardback copies of books, but paperback is the most versatile and easiest to get your hands on

2.      Pick a genre, any genre!

I’m a hardcore fantasy lover! That being said, I do love the subgenres of Urban and Dark fantasy. There’s just so much you can do with a story that falls into either category, and so many themes to play with.

3.      What is the first book you remember reading?

Robin Hood. It used to be my go-to read as a kid when I was feeling down or lonely. 

4.      What book shaped your childhood most?

I know this will be an unpopular answer, but the HP series played not only a huge role in me becoming an author but also cultivating my love for reading outside the classics I was given by my family. 

5.      When did you first start writing?

Twelve years old. I started writing fanfics that never saw the light of day outside of my very tiny friends’ circle.

6.      What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

Bit of a dark answer, but writing has always been cathartic for me. Growing up in a broken home, I had a very hard time expressing my hurt and anger until writing came along. All of a sudden, I was able to pour my heart and soul onto ink and paper without judgment or fear. Slowly, I learned how to cope with my emotions, and I have writing to thank for allowing me a safe space to express my true self and my true feelings. This still holds true today with the addition that I weave the lessons I’ve learned into my stories so that others might not feel so alone while healing.

7.      What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

To date, Blood and Tines is the book I’m most proud of followed closely by Undergrounder. While the latter is my first official publication and a huge accomplishment, Blood and Tines is a whopper of a story and one that’s grown exponentially from its creation almost ten years ago.

8.      Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

Undergrounder is my first official published novel! 

9.      How many books/collections have you published so far?

Only one, but the series will have five books in total once I’m finished.

10.   What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

Fantasy with an emphasis on Urban and Dark Fantasy.

11.   Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

I do a TON of research on some of the most mundane things. Honestly, it’s a little insane how much research I do for a fantasy book, but I want my world to be believable and grounded in reality as much as possible. I’ve spent hours pouring over Google Maps trying to pinpoint the perfect location for a scene in my book or combed through hundreds of Wikipedia pages looking for a sliver of a fact that will add agency to an upcoming scene. 

12.   To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I’m a Planster. While I like having a scaffold to work off of, most of the time I just throw idea seeds into my garden and see what comes of it.

13.   What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

For now I’ve decided to go with self-publishing due to the freedom it provides. I may look into indie publishing for my next book, but we’ll have to see. Safe to say though, trad publishing isn’t something that interests me anymore unless an agent comes to me directly with one hell of an offer.

14.   If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Alex E. Harrow’s world she created in The Once and Future Witches. There’s just something so awesome about witchcraft taking place during the Sufferage movement that really captured my imagination. 

15.   Do you currently have a WIP?

I have three because I’m a glutton for punishment. 

16.   Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

That would be Anna from Ether Roots, the fifth and final book in my Community Archives series. Anna is a tortured soul with a childhood not so unlike my own, and her entire drive as a character is to overcome the traumas of her past and embrace who/what she was always meant to be within the realms of the Community. Her story is about rediscovering pride in her heritage as well as stability in the face of personal demons.   

17.   What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

Hands down, Blood and Tines. When I say it’s a hell of a story I’m not kidding. This thing hits like a freight train, and I hope it leaves people cheering by the end.

18.   Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

I don’t want to spoil anything for future books, so I’ll focus on Undergrounder. Lee and Alex’s romance is some of the sweetest, gentlest romance I’ve ever written, and I love those two idiots so much. Writing them falling in love came so naturally. I love their grumpy/sunshine dynamic and the little nerdy moments they share throughout the book and into book two.  

19.   Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

I’m one of those weird people who needs absolute silence when I write. Plotting, however, I always plot to music. Anything by Jennifer Thomas is excellent writing music. Or if you want something more electric, Audiomachine has shaped quite a few scenes of mine with their wildly epic music. 

20.   Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I absolutely do! 

1) Orin and Ria by @Ximuori
2) Alex and Lee/Feral by @Yuufaia
3) Lee and Alex by @Plastic_Pipes

21.   If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

There are no rules. Honestly, there really aren’t. There are “rules” put in place by those who think they hold sway over the vast writing world, but writing is an art form. There’s no wrong way to do it, so write everything, find your voice, find your footing, and go from there. Don’t listen to the “how-tos” and “what not to write” crowd. All art has gatekeepers but they aren’t the end all be all to the community. 

22.   Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I haven’t yet, but I plan on this summer and fall! 

23.   Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Alex E. Harrow
Heather Walter
Tamsyn Muir
Pierce Brown
Scott Lynch 

24.   Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

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Author Interview: Josie Jaffrey

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Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

All three! I read paperbacks in the bath, hardbacks when they’re fancy editions or picture books, and I listen to audiobooks every night to help me get to sleep.

Pick a genre, any genre!

Fantasy romance. My favourite escapist treat!

What is the first book you remember reading?

A non-fiction hardback my dad had about the lifecycle of ants. It was fascinating and weird, which suit me down to the ground.

What book shaped your childhood most?

Probably the Famous Five books. We were always trying to go on exciting adventures in really mundane places. And getting in trouble for it!

When did you first start writing?

With purpose? In 2014 with A Bargain in Silver. That was the first book I ever finished writing. Before that, I’d started a couple of books in university, but they never went anywhere.

What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

To start with, I think I just wanted to see if I could do a book. These days, my drive comes more from wanting to get the stories that are in my head out and onto the page so they’ll stop bothering me. There’s nothing more irritating than a story left untold.

What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

Probably May Day, the first in my Seekers series. It’s a bit different from my previous books and I’m really proud of the voice.

Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

The books I left uncompleted before A Bargain in Silver will never see the light of day!

How many books/collections have you published so far?

I’ve published ten novels so far in four different series, plus a whole bunch of short stories that will eventually be compiled into collections.

What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

I’ve published fantasy, sci-fi and historical so far, but I also have my eye on a contemporary thriller series I’m plotting at the moment.

Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

The kind of fantasy I write requires less research than the kind of historical fiction I write, but I’d say there’s always some research involved, even if it’s just about how far a horse can travel in a day.

To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I used to go straight in without any planning, but the world in which I’m writing has become so big that I can’t really use that approach anymore. These days I tend to create a rough plot for an entire series, with more detailed plotting for individual books before I start the actual writing, but I always leave room for a lot of improvisation. Sometimes I need to be surprised by the directions my characters take.

What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I’ve self-published, but hope to become a hybrid author in future, because some of the novels I have planned will – I think – do much better if traditionally published.

If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

The worlds of all my favourite books are frankly terrifying and I would be dead within five minutes! So for that reason, let’s go live in AA Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh, shall we? Honey, bread, sunshine … Sounds good to me.

Do you currently have a WIP?

Yes: I’m working on Winta’s Day, the third book in my Seekers series. If all goes well, it should be out later this year.

Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

This is a tough question because I love writing Jack Valentine – a vampire detective with a serious attitude problem – but I have a real soft spot for Cam Sawyer. He’s a vampire who turns up in most of my books, who’s a complete softie and resembles nothing so much as a giant golden retriever stuffed into human clothes. I just love him so much and he has such a hard time. I feel bad every time I screw him over, but it’s sometimes necessary for the plot.

What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

If I can go this wide with it, then I guess my magnum opus is the Silverse, the world in which all of my vampire novels are set. It’s just becoming enormous, and I have so much more planned!

Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

Definitely the romance/rivalry between Jack Valentine and Killian Drake. They are so messy. They each spend all their time desperately pretending that they hate the other one, but they’re fooling no one except themselves. It’s such a childish romance and I just love it.

Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

I don’t listen to music at all while writing – I’m easily distracted and need quiet to concentrate!

Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I do! I have some excellent character designs by Morgana Anagrom for my Sovereign series that you can see on my website. She’s also done some character art for the Seekers series, but I’m not ready to reveal that just yet …

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Read a lot, and read widely. I’ve found it the best way to learn technique.

Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I have! I entered BBNYA in 2020, placing 4th with The Gilded King, and that was a great experience, so I entered again in 2021 and placed 1st with May Day! I was completely blown away by the response to the book, and all the bloggers involved were so kind. I’ve entered again this year with The Wolf and the Water, but I’m not expecting to win this time!

I also entered the Friday Night Live competition that Jericho Writers ran at their Festival of Writing in York in September 2019, and was shortlisted along with seven other authors. That meant reading the first 500 words of an as-yet-unpublished book, on stage in front of about 400 people. It was a terrifying but wonderful experience.

Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

In no particular order: Terry Pratchett, Gail Carriger, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Michael Marshall Smith, Jodi Taylor, Melinda Salisbury, Michael Crichton, Tessa Dare, and lots more I’ve forgotten, I’m sure!

Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

Details for all my books are on my website, but if you want to get in touch then I’m usually hanging around on Twitter.

Author Interview: Kathleen Stone

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1.      Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

I prefer paperbacks, but I will never turn down a hardback! I do love ebooks as well, as I can have hundreds at my fingertips at any given time. I must admit I have never listened to an audiobook before, but I am currently looking into getting my own novels distributed in that format.

2.      Pick a genre, any genre!

I will read anything! It’s honestly impossible to pick a favorite genre because I love all genres. I try to keep my reading open to everything.

3.      What is the first book you remember reading?

Timothy the Tiger written by Marjorie Barrows and illustrated by Irma Wilde, originally published in 1962. If I remember correctly my mom got it from a children’s book club. Believe it or not, I still have this book! It is in terrible condition, so I have it preserved in a plastic baggie, but there is evidence of my first attempts at writing as well, none of which is legible!

4.      What book shaped your childhood most?

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber and The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton were my absolute favorites.

5.      When did you first start writing?

I started writing as early as I can remember; probably when I could write in full sentences. I was a voracious reader thanks to my parents, and whenever I was bored with the books I had, I’d write my own. I’d draw the photographs (terribly) as well, and fold the sheets together like a book. I can’t remember if I stapled them down the middle or not!

6.      What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and I had all these ideas playing in my head like movies. I was painfully shy, so it was easiest to write them down as stories. And yes, it still holds true — I always have ideas playing in my head as movies and I will probably never have enough time to get them all out.

7.      What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

I am most proud of my novel ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ because it was a truly difficult book to write. It’s a story with characters and circumstances that haunted me during the writing process, and continue to haunt me to this day. It has received six awards since its publication in 2020.

8.      Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

I’m sure I have a copy somewhere, but I’m not sure where it is. It has never seen the light of day, and probably never will. LOL!

9.      How many books/collections have you published so far?

I have published seven novels and I have short stories in two anthologies.

10.   What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

I typically write relationship stories — there are definitely elements of love in each of them, but they are not all necessarily described as romance. I can only describe my novel genres as rock and roll fiction, coming of age, romance and romantic fantasy.

11.   Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

It doesn’t matter how much of the actual story is in my head, research is key no matter how small. Research, research, research! We owe it to the readers who pay money for our work to get it right.

12.   To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I guess I’m what they call a “pantser.” I do not organize before I start writing, and I don’t plot or outline. I know the basis of the plot going in, so everything else comes with the writing itself. I tried outlining a book once and it didn’t go well for me.

13.   What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I queried in the early days before I was ever published (and before the Internet), and unfortunately it was not a good experience for me. I ended up being scammed by publishers and agents alike, and it soured everything for me. I am a proud indie author now, and I love the freedom I have in all aspects of my own work.

14.   If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Historical fiction like Jane Eyre or Bridgerton, definitely!

15.   Do you currently have a WIP?

Always … right now I have three!

16.   Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

The character dearest to my heart would be Shea Sullivan, a four-year-old deaf child in my novel Hey Jude. He shows everyone around him the true meaning of love, and saves the hopeless nanny hired to take care of him.

17.   What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

It would have to be my novel, ‘Tell Me You Love Me,’ coming in with six awards since its publication in late 2020. It was a difficult story to write — many times I cried and told myself I wasn’t the person to tell this story. I was wrong, as it was mine and mine alone.

18.   Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

My favorite romance would have to be between Ruby (Roo) and Lonny, in my novel Whispers on a String. They meet at fourteen years old beginning high school together and become the best of friends. They have the same last name, and the same birthdate. They are secretly in love with each other and the story chronicles their lives (together and apart) as they depart on a cross-country road trip on the cusp of their 50th birthday.

19.   Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

It’s a must! I cannot write without music; I tried once and it was an abysmal writing day. It’s difficult to choose just one song, as I usually listen to music pertaining to the era of my story, but David Cassidy’s ‘My First Night Alone Without You’ is quite emotional, and if I need something romantic, Air Supply is a definite go to!

20.   Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I only have one piece of character art, and it’s of Lonny Winter from Whispers on a String. The artist is David Strover (@REALFilmCricket). He did the band logos for my fictional band Livingston Monroe, and my fictional record store, Vinyl Horse Records from the same novel. I can’t tell you how much I adore them!

21.   If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Never give up, and listen to your gut. Don’t let the naysayers get the best of you; if you are meant to be a writer you will stop at nothing to make it happen. I would also recommend doing your homework as there are far too many people out there willing to take advantage of unsuspecting writers dipping their toe into the water for the first time.

22.   Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I have entered many contests and it has been an overwhelming experience! My novel Tell Me You Love Me has won six awards, including the 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Contemporary Fiction winner. My novel Whispers on a String has won four awards, including Outstanding Women’s Fiction winner in the 2020 IAN Book of the Year Awards. My new novel Hey Jude has won one award so far, a 2021 Indies Today Award finalist.

24.   Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

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SPSFC Finalist Results – A Touch of Death placed 8th!

The first SPSFC has been so much fun and I’m very glad I entered A Touch of Death. From 300 down to 30 (Semi-Finalists), to the final 7 (Finalists), it’s been amazing to see all the self-published sci-fi books that have been showcased! The results of the finals came out today and whilst ATOD didn’t end up making it into the final round, it did end up placing eighth overall! I’m very proud of my little dystopian novel! The competition is so good and all the books that made it into the finals look amazing! I can’t wait to read them!

And here are the finalists:

Good luck to all the finalists!

Author Interview: Daniel Aegan

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1.      Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

I prefer paperbacks for their portability. Hardcovers look cool to have on your shelf, but they feel too bulky to hold while reading. I don’t read audiobooks myself, but I don’t discount it as a good way to read.

2.      Pick a genre, any genre!

This is tough as I’m always trying to mess with multiple genres. If I had to pick a favorite, though, I’d have to go with sci-fi.

3.      What is the first book you remember reading?

Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman.

4.      What book shaped your childhood most?

Probably Where the Red Fern Grows. It taught me to be wary of books with dogs.

5.      When did you first start writing?

I dabbled a bit when I was in high school, but gave it up. Didn’t start again ’til I was 33. 

6.      What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

I wanted to read the story that was in my head, but I came to the realization that I’d have to be the one to write it. It does still hold true today, as I still love the stories I’ve created and plan on creating.

7.      What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

The Blood Drive series for sure. That one little idea about vampires heisting the Red Cross turned into a whole trilogy that concludes this coming autumn!

8.      Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

My first book was self-published and then unpublished later on. And no, it will not ever get a re-release.

9.      How many books/collections have you published so far?

Nine so far with the tenth one out in June (Trash Rat).

10.   What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

I’ve written in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Most of the time it’s with humorous themes. I’ve taken to writing villainpunk books like Reign of the Unfortunate and have some more stuff planned in that particular genre. 

11.   Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

Both. Most of what I write doesn’t take place in the real world. I have a huge space in my head called the Aegan Multiverse where it all happens. When I do write things based in reality, I do my research as I’m writing or in the second draft to make it sound more realistic.

12.   To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I have to plot everything out. I can’t write a thing if I don’t know how it ends. I don’t always stick to my outline, but it’s there in case I get lost.

13.   What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I started self-publishing after a not-so-fun dive into the querying process. I discovered that agents and publishing houses aren’t looking for me or my stories since I break from the norm so often. One agent even told me to copy the Amazon top sellers if I wanted to land an agent, but I couldn’t bring myself to simply copy what other writers were already doing. So, I figured I was too hot for traditional publishing, and I’ve enjoyed the freedom that self-publishing has given me to tell my own stories. Writing isn’t my day job, so I don’t need a huge contract to do it. I love doing it, and this keeps me going. Besides, if I ever got big I know it would go straight to my head and turn me into an egomaniacal asshole.

14.   If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Middle Earth would be pretty sweet, but I’d need to have an ATV or something to get around.

15.   Do you currently have a WIP?

Yes. I’m currently writing my third villainpunk book called My Good Friend Dr. Debaucherous, which is a fun non-linear story about a young man who wants nothing more than to be mentored by a supervillain. I won’t give away too much yet … 

16.   Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

That’s a tough one too. I’d have to say Almond from The Adventures of Trash Rat. He’s so small and adorable and on an adventure that’s so deadly and dangerous! 

17.   What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

It’s really a stretch, but I wrote a story called Who The Fuck is Rocky Phantasmic?! that is a cosmic horror / comedy that popped in my head out of nowhere. It’s so zany and whacky I can’t even put into words what happens in this book. Anyway, it’s not due to be released till 2024, so there’s going to be a bit of a wait.

18.   Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

I don’t do romance well. I’m not wired for it, I guess. I’m better at writing break-ups honestly. The best “non-couple” might be Dr. Everything and Osprey from Reign of the Unfortunate. The book takes place long after their break-up, and they’re trying to do their best work as supervillains while tiptoeing around their past romance. It’s a pretty fun dynamic to have for queer villains. The best friendship I’ve concocted is probably the vampires Christian and Evan from the Blood Drive series with their odd couple relationship.

19.   Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

Nope. White noise is the way to go for me. 

20.   Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I did the characters for the Reign of the Unfortunate cover. I’m not an artist, so it took forever to do them with my graphics program. I hired Zack Loup to do Almond from Trash Rat for me, and it came out awesome. You can see him on the cover and my avi on twitter.

21.   If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

I say it all the time, but get a thick skin. No matter what you write or how good you do it, you’ll always have trolls hounding you to piss you off solely for the clout, especially if you’re writing queer stuff. I’ve been called a certain new slur now that the world is going backwards again, so you need to learn to shrug it off or figure out how to best troll the trolls back.

22.   Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I have in the past, but not recently. Most of what I do is submitting to magazines, but I can never seem to get anything into the proper word limit. Even my short stories are too long to be considered short stories.

23.   Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

In no particular order: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Richard Adams, Sara Kjeldsen, Carmen Loup, etc.

24.   Link us to your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

Best place to find me is twitter: @Daniel_Aegan or @StonedTarot. My website is here, and you can find my blog, my book list, and all my Stoned Tarot stuff there!

Author Interview: Mark Jonathan Runte

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1.      Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

Paperback and hardcover. There’s nothing like the smell of paper compared to audiobook or kindle.

2.      Pick a genre, any genre!

Urban fantasy, gothic horror or just horror. Whatever’s dark.

3.      What is the first book you remember reading?

Goldilocks? Maybe, Macbeth might have been my first seen play when I was little.

4.      When did you first start writing?

There was a little school project where we had to write stories and the teacher bound them with cloth when we finished. Mine was a rabbit with purple spots named “Spots”. I still have it … Kind of worried what that little rabbit would do now if I brought her into a manuscript these days since she was bullied for her fur coloration …

5.      What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld broke my writer’s block in early high school. Does that count?

6.      What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

It would have to be Fly Away Home, though it’s slowly being replaced by its tie in “prequel” Siuil a Run.

7.      Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

Self-publishing my first soon. As expensive as that was, I needed to get a feel for publishing in general before I started trying to go indie.

8.      How many books/collections have you published so far?

Ash will be my debut. So … one? Unless it’s little drabbles and short stories, in which case three so far.

9.   What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

Horror, urban fantasy, speculative historical fiction. And apparently, epics? In length, rather than quality? I don’t dare compare myself to Tolkien or George RR Martin. Also, I hope I’m a bit faster at typing than the latter.

11.   Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

I research where necessary.

12.   To plan, or not to plan your plot?

A little planning but I’m more of a pantser. Siuil a Run needed a plan, mostly for the number of POVs involved.

13.   What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

Self for now but I want to get more into indie. Maybe if I’m lucky enough to get an agent, DAW books. *hopeful*

14.   If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

It would be Seannan McGuire’s Ghost Roads series.

15.   Do you currently have a WIP?

More than I maybe should? There’s Shadow as the sequel to Ash, and two more urban fantasy things unrelated to that.

16.   Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

So many. I love them all when I write – even the bad, morally dubious ones.

17.   What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

Siuil a Run, for its complexity.

18.   Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

Militsa and Hrafn, those two just can’t get a break when it comes to a war and different social positions. He’s a prince, she’s a lowborn bard. And they aren’t even the same people. Shapeshifters, yes, but there alternate forms are a wolf and raven, respectively.

19.   Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

Ironically, the same song I used to title this manuscript with.

20.   Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

I have a cover for Ash, it’s sitting as my Twitter and Facebook banner right now. Nothing yet for Siuil a Run but I haven’t gotten to the beta stage of that WIP.

21.   If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Keep at it and read lots.

22.   Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

No, but I suppose querying and submitting to small journals counts as a contest? It’s all a lottery on acceptances, isn’t it?

23.   Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Seannan McGuire, Holly Black, Dorian Sinnott, May Howell … that list could go on forever, honestly.

24.   Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

No book link yet but that’s coming soon. So for now, here’s my Twitter. I’ve got Patreon as well but that’s probably best left lying where it is for now. It isn’t … clear how to best use that at the moment.

Author Interview: Greg McManus

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1.  Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

I currently have three books out on Amazon. So I am an author. I read all of the above plus ebooks.

2.  Pick a genre, any genre!

Yes, any genre … I write mystery-thriller books with a little bit of romance.

3.  What is the first book you remember reading?

Pippi Longstocking. I was in third grade.

4.  What book shaped your childhood most?

I think that would have to be The Hobbit.

5.  When did you first start writing?

I started writing poem in high school but never seriously. My first time of actually writing started in 2015.

6.  What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

Boredom actually. I was in CA alone and tired of staring at the motel walls and thought about creating a Christmas present for my wife.

7.  What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

The Bunker as it created the characters that I used in my other books.

8.  Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

I published it on Amazon.

9.  How many books/collections have you published so far?

I have three books and two works in progress.

10.  What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

Mystery thriller and one WIP is a fantasy adventure.

11.  Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

My research involved places I’ve actually lived in. Everything else is from my head.

12.  To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I don’t really plan it I just let it flow.

13.  What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

I use Amazon self-published books because I don’t know anything about traditional publishing.

14.  If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Definitely Middle Earth.

15.  Do you currently have a WIP?

Two.

16.  Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

Jesse Jaines.

17.  What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

I don’t know if I really have one.

18.  Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

It would have to be Robbie and Millie from The Huntress.

19.  Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

‘Memory’ from Cats.

20.  Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

No.

21.  If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Just let your ideas flow and don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time.

22.  Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

No.

23.  Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Tolkien, Jane Austen, Dickens, King, Crichton, Follet, Carr.

24.  Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

The Bunker (Jesse Jaines mystery)
The Huntress (Jesse Jaines mystery)
The Senator’s Daughter (Jesse Jaines mystery)