Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book Spotlight - P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy by D.T.Dyllin

  

Book one of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
New Adult Paranormal Romance  
299 pages  
by D.T. Dyllin
For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience. To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes. As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.
Book two of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
New Adult Paranormal Romance
241 pages
P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late. In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save. After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?
 



Book three of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
New Adult Paranormal Romance  

by D.T. Dyllin
Bryn is gone. Jenna isn’t…herself, and the world has been taken over by the alien Riders. The only constant in P.J.’s life is Khol. But even he might not be able to help her pick up the shattered pieces of her life.
P.J. finally gets the answers to all of her questions, but will she be able to handle the truth? And will she be strong enough to face her own destiny when the time comes?

 


About the Author
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Author profile with C. Michael Powers

Join me in welcoming Christopher Powers (Chris), otherwise known as author C. Michael Powers, who has dropped by to answer my questions today.

1 - When did you first start writing?

I started writing at about the age of 16. I'd just learned to type and found myself bored out of my mind, hanging out in my grandfather's house in Oklahoma. With Grandpa snoring away on the couch, I started snooping around the house until I found an old typewriter covered up in a bedroom corner. I uncovered that thing, sat down to play with it a little, and never stopped. I wrote several chapters of my first novel that day.

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?

I love to read. Especially at bedtime. It's hard for me to fall asleep without reading a book. I've always loved reading, which made it very difficult when I first moved here, to Panama, my wife's country. Books in English are hard to come by and I refused to buy a Kindle, just because I love having a book in my hand. Something about the smell of the book and the feel of the pages as you turn them just can't be replaced by an electronic device.

I eventually gave up and bought a Kindle and I'm so glad I did. I still can't figure out what being 38% finished with a book means. I miss being able to just look at the actual book and see how close I am to being finished. When I read Game of Thrones, I had no idea how big the actual book was. So reading it on the Kindle, I just kept thinking, "My God I must be a slow reader. How am I only at 40% finished?" Later I saw it in a store and laughed. No wonder. That thing is monstrous...but outstanding.

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?

Wow, this is a tough one. I seem to like a different author  in each genre.

Horror: Stephen King and Bentley Little
Action: Stephen Hunter
Fantasy: George R.R. Martin

My favorite books would have to be Pale Horse Coming by Stephen Hunter, A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, The Stand by Stephen King, House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, Desert Places by Blake Crouch, and Without Remorse by Tom Clancy.

I've recently been on a Blake Crouch and J.A. Konrath kick. I love the way those guys just do their own thing. Some of their characters are just sick and twisted.

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?

I've been influenced by a few writers. Stephen King is like the Godfather to me. He stays so true to who he is. George R.R. Martin has taught me so much about character development. Every character he writes is just so damned cool. And if you don't mention Dr. Seuss as an influential writer, chances are, your books are lacking in imagination. Dr. Seuss was the king of imagination. I can't read Fox in Socks to my kids without cracking up.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?

I think my favorite fictional character would have to be The Joker. He's just such a diabolical maniac. He's awesome. And Tyrion Lannister from the Song of Ice and Fire books. Oh, sorry, and I have to add Bob Lee Swagger from Stephen Hunter's books. That's a bad ass dude.

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?

I'm finishing up Mirror Images Book 2: Sons of Man, which I'm really excited about. It's full of action, more colorful characters (some of the great ones from book 1 too). I have a few other dark urban fantasy style novels that I'm working on too. Circus of Purgatory, about a circus owner who has been blessed with the power to turn souls banished to purgatory into an army against evil. It's going to have some bad ass characters. I can't wait!

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines? 

I usually put on a movie scores mix, grab a cup of coffee, and just get to it. In reality, it's quite boring. I work full time and have 4 kids, so it usually consists of frequent interruptions in the evening (or forcing myself to stay awake once the kids have fallen asleep). At some point, I'd like to move to one of the mountain towns here in Panama, find a back bedroom that faces the woods or mountains, and turn it into a writing studio. It will happen...someday.

8 - Where do you do your writing?

At my living room computer, right in the thick of things. The same place my kids do their homework.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?

I've tried a little bit of everything. With my Mirror Images series, I first wrote the story as a set of screenplays, with no outline or anything. Now that I'm turning the story into a novel series, the screenplays are great outlines. Honestly though, because all of the info is there already, it gets a little bit boring. I think I like writing on the fly. I love when I get to a part of the story I want to add something to. Then, I just set the screenplay down, and punch out a chapter or two.

With the two new novels I'm working on, I've done kind of a short, sloppy outline. I've jotted down key points I want to make sure I hit, but then just do the rest as I work. I'm a horrible verbal storyteller. My wife loves to randomly ask me to tell her a story or say something beautiful to her. My mind doesn't work that way. I just freeze up. When my fingers touch a keyboard, it all just comes to life. Most of the time I have no idea how my book will end. It just happens when I get there.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just write. Don't worry about the rejection letters or even the grammatical errors. Most people, who have great stories, say they don't write because they don't know how to write. They didn't do so well in English class. Do you have any idea how many established writers make grammatical errors? Thank God for editors. Just put your story down on paper. If nothing else happens with it, at least you can self publish it on Amazon and Createspace. With Createspace you can have a physical, paperback book put together for only the cost of buying the book yourself. I think I paid $10 for mine. And now my book is sitting on my shelf. It feels great receiving that book in the mail.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?

I force myself to be a morning person (for work and the kids) but naturally I'm a night owl. When I was in the military (security forces) I always worked the night shift. Something about darkness helps me write. I can relax and just sink into it. During the day I feel like I have too many other things I should be doing instead.

12 - Do you have any pets?

I don't, but I want to. I grew up with dogs and I'd love to have a dog. Maybe when I move to that mountain home I'll get a dog. I feel like a dog should have a place to run around and exercise. Here in Panama City, that's just not realistic.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?

I'm a huge movie buff. Usually I'm either hanging out with my kids, watching movies with them that they shouldn't be watching (we love horror movies) or we're playing Playstation.

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?

In the Mirror Images books, so far, I've been somewhere in the mild (or just barely beyond) range. The first sex scene I wrote in one of my newer novels was a bit much. I've had to re-read it a few times and I'm still not sure if it's pushing the boundaries. Don't get me wrong, most of the erotica stories out there are much wilder, but for a non-erotica book, I think it's pretty wild.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?

I've started out my novel writing with what I'm calling Kick Ass Urban Fantasy. It's kind of dark fantasy, set in urban environments, minus the vampires and werewolves. I have tons of cool creatures and characters, but not the sappy romance. I'm getting a kick out of this genre. I do write in other genres though. I've written horror, redneck action, romantic comedies, and even musical screenplays. I have ideas for about 50 more books, in all different genres.

The question I have now is, do I write in different genres under the same name, or use different pen names for different genres, so I don't upset readers?

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?

I'm with a small publishing house called GMTA, Great Minds Think Aloud.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?

Ha, I tried. I still have a stack of rejection letters somewhere. I don't know, to me this is a Catch-22 because agents want an established, published author. Yet, the reason you need an agent is to get established or published. And I've found that most (I'm sure not all) agents seem to be very full of themselves.

Right around the time that Facebook was just starting to catch on and social media was kind of a new thing, I read online about an agent making his way from NY to LA and how he was looking for new authors to represent. He wasn't some mega-famous agent.

So, I thought, "Hmm, I wonder if anyone has tried to reach out to him through social media." I punched his name into Facebook, saw his photo, and sent him a message. His response? One sentence. "Don't ever approach an agent this way." What a dick. I know there are right and wrong ways of going about landing an agent or a publisher, but when the traditional ways don't work, sometimes you have to take chances. Apparently this guy was above my level. At that point I decided to self publish. And eventually published with GMTA.

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?

My kryptonite. I honestly suck at marketing. I want to be better at it, I truly do. I have a website at www.cmichaelpowers.com and I use Facebook and Twitter, but other than that, I don't do a lot of marketing. I'm working on the second installment to my Mirror Images series. I feel like once I finish that book, I'll be more inspired to work on marketing.

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?

GMTA, my publisher, uses beta readers. I don't have any that I use personally.

20 - What’s your favorite food?

I love Mexican food. Chicken enchiladas are my favorite. And coming from an Italian family, when I cook, it's usually Italian. I make a pretty good baked ziti. Chicken parm too, mmm. Is it lunch time yet?

21 - What’s your favorite color?

Blue. Royal Blue is my favorite.

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?

Lately, I've been reading author J.A. Konrath's blog "A Newbie's Guide to Publishing" at http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/. He's really down to earth and gives a lot of great tips. He's even allowing writers to write stories based on their own characters, mixed with his, and share the profits. He's basically franchising his characters. It's a cool idea.

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?

Fall. Sadly, there really isn't a fall here in Panama. I moved here from Columbus, Ohio, and fall there was simply breathtaking. I miss that. My favorite holiday is Halloween.

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?

When an average Joe's reflection in the mirror switches places with him, he finds himself trapped in a strange mirror world, battling his way back to the other side so that he can stop his reflection from destroying the life he knows. “Have you ever wondered why so many people in prison claim to be innocent? It’s ‘cause most of ‘em are,” Dozier whispered. On the other side of the mirror, lies a horrific world where each of us has an image, our violent replica, capable of fulfilling our darkest desires, and only released into our world when we’re unable to follow through with an evil deed. Gabe Cutter, an average paper pusher, has his life ripped out from under him when his image switches places with him, hell bent on destroying the life Gabe knows, and killing his cheating fiance’. Now, stuck on the other side of the mirror, Gabe must join together with a band of stranded survivors and find a way to get back to his world before his image destroys it. Along the way he battles his way through maniacs, monsters, and ultimately his own heart, as he realizes that the woman he’s been trying to save...wasn’t worth the price of admission. ***BE ADVISED. THIS BOOK CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE, STRONG VIOLENCE, AND SOME SEXUAL CONTENT. DON'T SAY I DIDN'T TELL YOU SO***

You can buy Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man at Amazon for Kindle and paperback at: 


25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?

Creativity is my strongest gift, but can also be a real pain. Oftentimes I have so many ideas that I can't focus on one of them. Some writers can write one book and that's it. I know I don't have that problem. My biggest challenge is just mastering grammar. I'm okay, but again, thank God for my editor.

26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books --

Sure, my book is available at: 

My author website is: www.cmichaelpowers.com





My profile at GMTA, where you can also find other great writers, and maybe even submit your book to GMTA is at: http://www.gmtapublishing.com/authors4.html

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Author profile with Graham C. Jones

Join me for a profile with author Graham C. Jones

1 - When did you first start writing?

In the early 80’s when I realised I was an alcoholic. I spent many months putting some thoughts, whatever I could remember, from my time with the bikers in Buckingham, onto paper. I was extremely proud of my 63,000 words of twaddle which meant absolutely nothing to anyone other than me. But it did start my interests wandering on another path. If I could produce that, what else could I do if I put my mind to it?

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?

No. Some of course, but not a great deal. Whatever writing style I have developed, has come from me. It does go to show that you don’t need to be a huge reader to be able to write. If it within you, let it out. I also have a substantial DVD collection, as I can watch these over and over and see them in a slightly different light each time. Because of this, I have an interest in writing scripts. Seven have been penned so far but remain in the drawer.

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?

My favourite author is Colin Dexter who created the Inspector Morse novels. I was lucky enough to meet him at an evening he gave in Buckingham some years ago. Characters are strong, the story draws you in with suspicion, mystery and twists.
H.E. Bates Darling Buds Of May – I find it so easy to be sucked into the soft, gentle romance of life on their farm

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?

As previously mentioned, Colin Dexter with clever educated wit and short chapters. Every story is subject to Morse and his individual manner and intelligent deductions.
J. K. Rowling has a simplicity about her writing which endears the reader to her characters and a fantasy backdrop so interesting, it is impossible to ignore.
H.E. Bates, again with strong yet loveable characters the reader can associate with. A family life which many would wish they could have, but by reading The Darling Buds Chronicles, they can.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?

Without a doubt it would be Pop Larkin from H. E. Bates, Darling Buds Of May. A huge family man who loves having them and other people around him to perform to. A bit of a rascal, looking out for number one, trying to get the best deal and a profit from it. A man who could sell igloos to the Eskimo’s, as they say. Once a friend, a friend for life. He thinks the world of his farm and works very hard on it. Encourages all the children to join in and do their bit. And at a time when a good many had not a lot, Pop pulled a Rolls Royce out of the hat. ‘Perfic’. My kind of guy.

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?

Yes. Half romance and half gangster story called Violin Strings and Piano Chords. A dubious Casino owner’s niece has run off with one of his barmen. That is not so much of a problem as the stock pile of cash that went missing from his safe the same night. Putting two and two together, he assumes the barman has kidnapped the girl and stole the money. Is there anywhere they can run without being found?

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines? 

I normally have to read through at least the last chapter of what I am working on, in order to put myself back into characters, era and plot. Doing this helps to make the story flow a little smoother and much less segmented.

8 - Where do you do your writing?

Once the outline has been formulated, I write at the computer. I used to write everything by hand, in rough first and then again in my neatest. However, if I made a mistake, it couldn’t just be tipexed or a line through it, I would have to rewrite the entire page. What a glutton for punishment. However, It is nice to sit out in the sun to develop stories though.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?

What works for me is when an idea comes to you, is to jot everything down even if it doesn’t make sense at the time, or double up – write it down, it may never come again. If it does, it is likely to be different. Keep going back to it to see if it can be enhanced. Each section I want to add I call, a one liner. Once a lot of these one liners have been strung together, it forms a story. It may not be the story I want, so I jiggle them about, add some more in, take some out until I have something I am happy to work with. Then, I work on the characters which have presented themselves to give them body and depth. They will also develop themselves as the story moves forward. I find this is a task that cannot be practiced enough. So yes, I formulate an outline to my writing.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, write and write some more. Almost everyone starts by writing about what they know, themselves. If it comes naturally, then that is very fortunate. If not, a lot of effort need be applied if it is to become complete. Never give in or take rejection slips as gospel. They are only some people’s opinions. Also, never lose your self belief. Only you can do it.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?

Writing is a very solitary process and can be done anytime. If I can’t sleep, I write. Equally, I am up early in the mornings with our dogs, so some can be done then.

12 - Do you have any pets?

Yes, two Labrador bitches. One yellow (well almost white) call Phoebe and a slightly younger chocolate one called, Briar. Whatever has happened to me during the past six years or so, their unconditional loyalty and closeness has proved invaluable.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?

Walking my dogs. Clears the mind, is inspirational and I get a little exercise.

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?

I have been fortunate to have been able to avoid these so far but I would rather keep to romance than sex.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?

More than one. I think it is good to be able to stretch the abilities that already exist. The Shadowed Tricorn is an historic feature set in the 1700’s. Runes Of The Wiccan Rede touches on the periphery of Witchcraft set in the 1990’s.
Robbery 4 All is as it sounds, a clumsy humorous attempt at multi robbery, the last big one of the 20th century.
I have a duology of short stories based around older people which are up to date, as is Violins Strings And Piano Chords.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?

I am self published on Amazon eBooks at the moment and depending on the interest shown there, will decide if paper books are produced.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?

I have attempted a number of times in the past, when trying for traditional publishing, but it seemed to me unless you are presenting them with either something that can easily be placed, or what they are looking for, you don’t stand much of a chance. I do not doubt that if you can capture one, they would be worth having if the cost is worth it.

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?

That is an area I am not too good at, I have to confess. I do have a Facebook page which is under development, besides that, selling myself is something I need to learn in this industry.

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?

I had never heard of the phrase until recently. I do, however, give them to several independent readers for their opinion. I will take their views and constructive criticism and amend where necessary before publishing.

20 - What’s your favorite food?

Chicken, sticky toffee pudding, chicken, banoffee pie, chicken, steak and kidney pudding - but not all at the same time.

21 - What’s your favorite color?

That has to be green because of the hundreds of different shades there are. I enjoy watercolour painting and that is something which fascinates me when trying to create a country vista. Springtime is a great opportunity for this.

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?

This one, so far. http://mikewellsblog.blogspot.com is well worth checking out. As is www.writingforchildrenandteens.com/for-writers

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?

Autumn is wonderful for the colours and leaf kicking. Winter is great for walking in the crisp fresh air. Spring is encouraging with so much new life being born, animal and plant life. And summer is warm and the sunshine makes everything look so much better. That said, I do like being warm in summer.

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?

I published three e books with Amazon kindle on the 18 August 2013. Robbery 4 All focuses on small time crooks who have the opportunity of robbing a bank inflicted upon them. They have no idea what they are doing and the more people who become involved, the more complicated it becomes. These problems multiply with the help of the gang leader’s father, who was a sixties villain but wants to help out now too. The inspector in charge of the case is near retirement and is looking forward to building his house extension. In effect, he has retired already.
The Shadowed Tricorn follows the misfortunes of a young Milton Keynes photographer after a minor car crash. He is convinced that he somehow went back in time to the 1700’s and had a wild adventure with a famous Highwayman of that period. Broken down into all the things he dislikes, in order to just survive, so many events happened to him – or did they? Was it that he just banged his head on the steering wheel and it was all a dream?
Runes Of The Wiccan Reede is a story surrounding a family, with two young teenage girls, who move into a remote cottage once owned by a locate estate. These adventurous youths unwittingly release an evil spirit which causes havoc on the neighboring area. Their mother and aunt have a secret, one which leads the girls into witchcraft and mysticism.

25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?

I find a creative mind is an invaluable asset. The ability to listen and observe helps to provide characters and plots. Providing detail gives the story a life of its own and makes characters more realistic.  Most of all, the desire to want to write. While that is with you, use it.

26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books –

Amazon Kindle eBooks:

Robbery 4 All 

The Shadowed Tricorn

Runes of the Wiccan Rede

grahamcjones.com is my own web address where I can be contacted at the moment with any question regarding my writing.

Graham C Jones will be my face book page very soon.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Notice regarding author profile posts

Hello! 

Please note - 


I had gotten started doing author profiles, but I over-committed myself; and lacked the time to post them in a timely manner. 


I will still post the ones that had been scheduled, and will do others, but just at a much slower pace. 


Now I'm thinking that will be one a week, beginning this week, and starting with the next scheduled post.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Author profile with Kristy Centeno

 Today author Kristy Centeno drops by to answer my questions:


1 - When did you first start writing?


I’ve written stories since I was very young, but it wasn’t until two years ago when I decided to take things to the next level.

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?

Before I decided to become a writer I used to read all the time. I love to read. Lately however, I haven’t had much time to sit and read since what little spare time I have goes to my writing.

3 - Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?

I don’t have one favorite author. I think there are too many great authors to just pick one, and if I were to name them all it would probably take me a while : )

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?

I believe that every author I have come to admire over the years influenced me one way or another. It’s hard not to feel swayed to do what you love the most when you realized that many of the same authors you admire were in the same frame of mind as you were at some point.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a TV show?

I can’t say that I have.

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?

Currently, I’m working on the sequel to Secrets of the Moon, which picks up immediately where the first book ends. I can’t say much about it, but

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines?

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8 - Where do you do your writing?

Most of my writing takes place in the small office space I have just beyond the dining area of my house. Though small, it’s comfortable enough for me to work in.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?

I do not outline my plots. I usually start out with a concept and then work up the story from there. Once I have the concept figured out I have a pretty good idea where I want the plot to go. I do, however, write a short, detailed bio for my characters so that I know where or when I want them to pop up in the story.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?

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11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?

I’m definitely a night owl. Morning just doesn’t agree with me at all.

12 - Do you have any pets?

Yes. I have six colorful parakeets.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?

When I need a break I enjoy sitting down with the kids and watching a movie. Being with my kids, spending time with them really helps melt some of the stress of writer’s block away too.

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?

For me, it depends on the story. I do write erotic romance, but I believe not every story has to have a sex scene. As much as I enjoy a steamy sex scene, I prefer a little variation in what I read. Because of this belief, I decided to follow my instincts and leave the sex scenes up to how the plot progresses.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?

More than one. I write Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Horror, and Erotic Romance. I do want to venture into other genres in the future, but for now I stick to what I’ve written so far.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?

Publishing house.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?

To be honest, I did submit to a few agents but either I never heard back from them or got rejected. However, even though I got rejected a few times, if I were offered the opportunity to work with a literary agent I would. I don’t hold any grudges : )

18 - What about marketing? How do you approach that area?

Because I’ve had such great experiences with blog tours, I try to book as many as I can. Blog tours are a great way to market my work because of the response from the public. Plus I enjoy sharing aspects of my writing journey to those whose interest is sparked.

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?

I have only one beta reader, who also happens to be a close friend. However, my publishers have beta readers of their own.

20 - What’s your favorite food?

Pasta.

21 - What’s your favorite color?

Blue.

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?

Authors Helping Authors (http://authorshelpingauthors.wordpress.com/) is a great website to go to for advice regarding publishing, writing, and what not to do.

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?

Definitely the end of the year. With the holidays I get to meet up with family members I normally don’t get to see during the year.

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?

Secrets of the Moon is about a young teenage girl looking to pick up the pieces of her life after a horrible accident that nearly costs her her life and that of her best friends. However, things become a lot more complicated when a stranger walks into her life. Soon she discovers that no only is he hiding something, but that his secret can kill.

The book is available through the publishers website, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles.

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