#AuThorsday with Veronica Del Rosa

51k1u4lUo1L._UX250_Today I’d like to welcome Veronica Del Rosa, paranormal romance/fantasy author of The Enforcers and Coterie Series

Can you give us your quickest description of your book?

My series is about vampires, demons, mages, werewolves, and humans all living in peaceful co-existence, except some people soon learn that not everything is as peaceful as they assumed.  Werewolves hunting humans, demons sneaking onto Earth, humans experimenting on the different races, and so much more.

Lots of dark supernatural fantasy, it sounds like.  What do you like about writing in that world?

I like that anything goes.  I can delve deeper into the darker side of emotions without making the character a sociopath.  Plus it lets my imagination run wild.  I have mages who can cast magic and while I do have rules, it almost creates limitless possibilities.

What are you working on currently?

I’m working on the fourth book in my Enforcers and Coterie Series. It’s about Victor, an Enforcer, who is searching for Isabella, a human who’d been abducted and experimented on.  Isabella, however, would rather avoid Victor since her assignment is to kill him, which she doesn’t want to do.

How many books do you have planned for your series?  Does each book focus on different characters?

I have five novels and five novellas planned for this series.  And yes, each book focuses on different characters.  In the first book, it’s Jackson and Julia, although you meet a few of the characters that will appear in the next books.  Each subsequent book introduces more characters.  Not everyone gets a story though.

However, I’ve fallen in love with this world and the thought of leaving it completely pained me.  So I decided that even though this series will end soon, that doesn’t mean I have to move on.  I have a spin off series planned which will also be five books, focusing on Markus.  Instead of paranormal romance, it will be an urban fantasy series.

It’s hard to let a world go – I completely understand that problem!  What is your favorite scene you’ve written?  Can you give us a peek?

I have a massive soft spot for Markus and Elijah, two powerful mages who’ve been friends for a few hundred years. They have an interesting friendship.  Here’s a snippet:

Markus chuckled, breaking some of the tension. “Maybe I should leave you two alone. Looks like I’m the third wheel here, and I’ve never been one for threesomes or voyeurism.”
“You and Sarah, both,” Dawn sighed, tightening her hand on Elijah’s inner thigh, fingertips brushing against his hardening cock. “She’s such a prude.”
Elijah coughed, surprised by her words. “What?”
Amusement danced in her golden eyes. “I’ve lived a long time. You telling me you never experimented?”
“Hmm, do tell, Elijah,” Markus drawled, his enjoyment of Elijah’s discomfort evident. Faint horror then washed over his face. “No wait, don’t tell. Some things should never be said among friends. Your sexual history is one of them.”
A sadistic smile tugged at Elijah’s lips. Ah, the temptation to continue this conversation, even if it meant his own embarrassment, simply to see Markus squirm.

Hahaha!  I like your play with dialogue.  I’m assuming you know your characters really well.  Do you find it easy to slip into their heads and write their conversations?

Sometimes it’s quite easy for me to know what they would say and how they would react, almost like I’m listening in on their conversation.  Other times, it’s like pulling teeth.  In those instances, I have to re-read what I’ve written since in most cases, it’s out of character for them.  And after several books with them, their voices now come out loud and clear.

What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?

An editor is great, but make sure you are compatible.  I published my first book without an editor and I still shudder in horror.  Some people are probably decent at self-editing.  Myself, I am not.  I have no hesitation with admitting that.  I lucked out with the editor I have now.  She has a snarky sense of humour, praises me, and rips my work apart.  It’s incredibly satisfying to work through her notes and realize that my story will be way better thanks to her help.

So find an editor you feel comfortable with, understands your genre, and learn from them.

That’s great advice.  I think a lot of authors are terrified to hand over their work.  Have you had to learn to get better at accepting constructive criticism?  Or did you trust your editor right away?

When I first received my work back from my editor, Lizz at Razor-Sharp Editing, I almost cried.  It was covered in red marks.  Huge chunks of written word slashed through and comments all over.  Then, I sucked it up, read her notes, and went, “Huh, she has a good point.”  And I realized that my work will be a heck of a lot better with the changes she suggested.

When Lizz made a comment about how one character wouldn’t speak a certain and it sounded like how another character would talk, I wanted to hug her.  She understood them and had paid attention.  That, more than anything, made me trust her.

That’s great.  When you get stuck in your writing, how do you make yourself keep going?

I talk with two of my author friends, Jen Winters and Heather R. Blair.  When I feel like I can’t figure out a way around a plot point, or I’m just feeling blah with writing, they listen, give some advice, and then threaten me if I don’t keep writing. 😉

Sometimes, though, I need to spend a little time either reading or working on a different story.  If I need to get that specific story done, I grab some paper and a pen and just start writing.  I’ve found that the words will flow, even if they suck, when I ignore my computer for a while.

It’s great you have author friends who “get” what you go through in this process.  How did you meet?  Also, interesting that changing the method of writing gives you a kick start.  When did you first realize that worked for you?

I met them through Goodreads in a group called Read Romance, Write Romance.  I have to admit, I started stalking Heather after I read her books.  I feel in love with her writing style.  We started talking through FB and now we chat almost daily.  Jen, I’d sent her an email after reading her first book because I wanted to discuss her book.  We hit it off almost immediately, and there’s rarely a day that doesn’t go by where we’re not talking.  In fact, her daughter now plays online games with my son.

As for changing my habits with writing, I started a new job a few months ago and don’t have access to a computer for my writing.  I figured why just do it longhand on my lunch and then type it up later.  Even better, I’d been stuck on a scene and couldn’t figure out a way past it.  Once the pen touched paper, it was like the floodgates opened.  Now it’s my go-to for when I’m stuck.  I open up my notebook and just let my mind take over.

Thanks, Veronica, for sharing!

25719440WHERE TO FIND Veronica Del Rosa: 
Website:  www.VeronicaDelRosa.wordpress.com
Goodreads:  Veronica Del Rosa
Amazon Page:  Veronica Del Rosa
Facebook:  Veronica Del Rosa
Twitter: @Veronica_DelRos

#AuThorsday with Dawn Chapman

4 (1 of 1) 15.55.03.jpgToday I’d like to welcome Dawn Chapman, SciFi/Fantasy author of  The Secret King: Lethao

Can you give us your quickest description of your book?

The Secret King – Book 1 – Lethao.  Short description:  With the death of their planet a world must unite. Kendro, last King of the Aonise, plays a desperate gambit: keeping secret their destination, an heir, and visions of genocide.  The King leads his people into uncertain space where treachery and an ancient enemy awaits.

Oooh.  That’s my kind of read!  What are you working on currently?

I’m finishing up edits of book 2 – First Contact.  Shortish Description:  After the evacuation from the Aonise home world and their devastating battle with the Zefron. Kendro, and House Niakrex must negotiate for their safety on Earth.  But, Kendro’s nemesis, Dalamaar uses the King’s second in Command and forces a human to abuse the Ainoren, breaking him emotionally and separating the King’s House.  With the Ainoren out of kilter, Dalamaar kidnaps several key members of the houses, using them as a diversion, his main goal to kill Kendro’s unborn son and take the throne.

It sounds like you have a lot of interesting world-building in these books.  Is that something you enjoy – creating new peoples, cultures, futures, etc.?

I really do enjoy creating.  For me it’s all about making their world as believable as our own.  And one of the biggest decisions I made as an author because of how big the project is, was to bring in a constructed language specialist to aid.  We now have a full language designed specifically for TSK, called Lacria, by a very talented gent, called Trent Pehrson.  Working with Trent has been fab and his language brought a unique side to TSK that I think many people will enjoy.

What is your favorite scene you’ve written?  Can you give us a peek?

From book 2 – defo a sneak peek, as it’s not been to final edits/proofing yet…

A loud ringing echoed through the house. Prime Minister, Robert Walker, bolted upright. His wife, Christine, still slept, her chest rising and falling in even breaths. Is that… the…
His heart pounded in his chest as the ringing stopped. Silence. No…
Glancing at Christine, he let out a breath seeing she hadn’t stirred. The chemo from yesterday had wiped her out. They were trying to rest, and now he was terrified that what little rest they had, had at their country holiday home would be ruined. As the phone rang again, Walker threw the covers off and reached out for it. Damn, this will wake her.
Monday, 23rd Sept 2041 – 1:14 AM flashed on his clock.
Picking up his phone, Walker hit answer and slid out of the warm bed into the cooler air of their hallway. “Hello.”
Christine murmured, turning over, and searching blindly in the bed for him.
“Robert?”  The Chief of Defence’s adrenaline pumped voice almost screamed across the line. Walker listened to words he never thought he’d hear. “We’re at Threat Level Critical. A copter is on its way. Suffolk will meet you at the nearest hotel conference room.”
What? Critical? The UK hadn’t issued critical status ever. What on earth is going on?
“I’ll be right there.” Then Walker thought of Christine. He couldn’t leave her alone. Not tonight. Phoning his sister-in-law, he asked her to come over and stay with Christine.
There were highly trained nurses stationed in the house, but they weren’t family. Guilt clutched as his conscious as he headed back to the bedroom and dressed.
Christine had settled back, and he perched on the end of the bed, stroking the back of her head. “I’ve got to go out. Ani’s on her way. She’ll stay with you tonight.”
His wife turned to face him. “At this hour, seriously?” The annoyance on her pale face and bloodshot eyes spooked him.
Walker sighed; Christine knew his job came before lots of things. “I’ll see you for dinner.” He kissed his wife gently on the forehead.
Christine didn’t respond; she turned her head away from him. Concern filled him as he gave her one last look before hurrying to the door. He had no way of knowing if he would be home for dinner today or next week.

Just this little sample conveys a lot – good job.  I like your use of internalized thoughts.  Do you try to write with balance between action and showing emotion/thoughts of your characters? 

Yes, I believe it is a balance between a reader having that picture of your world in their mind and for them to get to know the characters through their actions and internal thoughts, as we all know sometimes what we do, isn’t always quite what we think.

What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?

Believe in yourself, go to college, study, work hard, find some people who you can gel with, grow with.  Work as hard for them, as they’ll work for you.  Friendships in this industry are very important.  Get a coach… learn always, and never, ever give up.

Terrific advice.  Has having a community in this writing industry fostered you as a writer?  If so, how would you say your writing has grown?

I love the group effort, and collaboration within the project.  From bouncing ideas to each other or just in having someone to talk to when things aren’t going so well.

Who inspires you to write?

I have to say the team, @TeamSecretKing is just the best, of course we’ve grown to know each other really well over the last couple of years, and they’re all amazing and very talented individuals in their own area, writing to being artists, but they push me to be and to write the best I can.  I work so hard on this, for me and for them.  Hopefully it shows.

Having people enjoy your work is an amazing feeling, isn’t it?  Do they ever have requests about your next work that you try to incorporate, or do you write out of your own head and hope to surprise them?

The idea with our members only section and TSK’s short snippets, is that any member can prompt us to write about a favourite character.  Nothing worse than loving one and you don’t think they get enough time spent on them, so we’re taking into account everyone’s preferences, which so far seems to be working out quite well.  My go to question for all my readers is which character did you like the most, and what area of their life would you like more of. 🙂

Thanks, Dawn, for sharing!

WHERE TO FIND Dawn Chapman: 
Website:  www.TheSecretKing.com
Goodreads:  Dawn Chapman
Amazon Page: Dawn Chapman
Facebook:  The Secret King
Twitter: @TeamSecretKing

#AuThorsday with Paul Anthony Williams

8151CThYBJL._UX250_Today I’d like to welcome Paul Anthony Williams, dark fantasy author of Behind These Walls and poet behind A Clown’s Journey

Can you give us your quickest description of your book?

Dark humour and chilling for my fantasy fiction and life telling for my poetry.

That’s quite the difference in range. Do you prefer one to the other, or does it depend on your mood at the time?

I have always enjoyed writing fantasy, but I also have a fondness towards poetry as that is what I started with.  I would have to say it depends on my mood at the time.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on several projects which include a third poetry book, a spy thriller titled A Death In Paris, a trilogy of books dealing with a serial killer, a final book in my current fantasy series.

Wow, busy.  Do you have to work to get in the right mindset/feel for each work?  How do you keep them straight?

I have a kind of schedule in my head on what project to home in on and focus upon, before moving onto the next one.

Who inspires me to write?

I have always enjoyed writing…but the biggest inspiration would have to be Stephen King. Since I first read The Dark Half, I knew that I wanted to be a writer.

I’m a fan of King as well.  What is it about his writing that you like the most, and do you learn from his writing and apply it to your own?

What I like about King is that he can describe a scene and whilst the main narrative is busy doing it’s job, he is able to bring the things in the background out into the eyes of the reader.  I try to learn from his writing and as a writer I believe we are all still learning with every book we write, it’s a journey….a long journey.

In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie – who would you pick for your main characters?

I would have to say the following actors/actresses…
Tom Huddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Blunt, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, Ann Hathaway

Great selections! For those who’ve read your work, who would be what character?

For my current book Behind These Walls, I would say the following:

Tom Huddleston: Karl
Benedict Cumberbatch: Hal (The Dark Poet)
Emily Blunt: Michelle Banks
Ben Kingsley: The Warden
Jeremy Irons: Sam Mallows
Ann Hathaway: Kirsten

Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?

Apart from my two poetry books which deal with aspects of my personal life, I have used locations and characteristics of my characters in my fantasy and fiction books which have also flickers of my past within them.

So many writers find drawing from real life to be cathartic, in a way. In your poetry, do you get a sense of that? And for your fiction books is it something you do on purpose or do you find that your characters sometimes take after you?

Yes, I believe I offer a full range of my emotions within my poetry.  With my fiction books I think I do sprinkle some of my personal emotions within them, and also I believe my characters sometimes take bits of me, as they are born from the voices in my head and then take form upon the page as I write.

Thanks, Paul, for sharing!

WHERE TO FIND Paul Anthony Williams:

Amazon Page:  P.A. Williams
Facebook:  Paul Anthony Williams Author

#AuThorsday with Rebecca McCray

51khkm8jRGL._UX250_Today I’d like to welcome Rebecca McCray, YA fantasy author of The Journey of the Marked.  

Can you give us your quickest description of your book?

An epic series that’s a cross between gritty sci-fi and fantasy and focused on the message of valuing differences.

Having read your book, I know you do a really good job of writing for youth but also keeping things at a level that works for adults.  Is that something you do purposefully, and is it hard to accomplish?

My goal was definitely to write a book that appeals to a broader audience.  I’d say, though, that my writing style has as much to do with personal preference as anything.  I wanted to ensure the sixteen-year-old characters were realistic, so I tried to present their thoughts and antics in that light, of course keeping in mind that growing up during a time of war would mature them faster.  However, I wanted to write a story that was both entertaining and thought-provoking (e.g. includes more complex social issues).  I’d say it was that focus, along with just my natural writing style (not too simple, but not overly complex, and with some quirky subtle humor), that appeals to the variety of adult fans I have.

I can definitely see that style in your writing.  What are you working on currently?

I’m writing the last few chapters for The Training Camp, book two of my series.  Of course, editing will follow, but at least the finish line is near.  The Training Camp continues the story of marked youth from book one, The Journey of the Marked, as they are challenged and developed in preparation to join the warriors fighting to rid their planet of its self-appointed rulers.  While a substantial portion of the story takes place at the camp, there are still very real dangers and issues faced by many of the characters and I think readers will be most intrigued as some unique skills begin to surface.

I know I’m looking forward to seeing their training.  How many books do you have planned for the series?

This is a tricky question for me.  I’m currently planning five in total, but I’m not a fan of the 900 page books of late and my story is complex.  What I found as I was working on book two was that it was too complicated, too many storylines for just one book.  So, I ended up splitting it into two, which will run on concurrent timelines.  This allows me to help the reader keep track of the story, but also to better explore the various species, cultures, and characters.

Oh, interesting.  I wondered about the timeline and where book 2 would fit.  What is your favorite scene you’ve written?  

Excellent timing for this question.  I just finished a chapter I’m inserting about a third of the way into The Training Camp.  At the end of the chapter, two of the main characters have a discussion about what drives them to fight.  I definitely need to flesh it out more, but the message is very strong and highlights at least one of the struggles of war.

Is this sequel darker than the first, do you think? 

The subject matter for the series, as a whole, is relatively dark, but I intentionally kept book one light (and yes, even with the deaths and funeral, the overall story leans toward the lighter side).  As we transition into book two, the challenges increase and the story does become darker, but book two is a something of a step toward book three, which will be darker still.

Who inspires you to write?

The gaggle of characters swarming around in my head.  I’m always surprised when I see people glued to their phones on transit or while waiting for an appointment.  While I certainly check from time to time, my imagination is always creating scenes and characters when I’m idle.  It’s that constant creation that drives me to write.

Do they ever get so distracting that you forget your surroundings?  🙂

Haha.  Completely.  It’s especially bad when I’m walking somewhere familiar as I’m almost in a daze — easy to be hit by a car that way.  Of course, then there are the times I start working out something in my head and end up talking to myself.  Definitely see some odd looks from time to time.

LOL.  Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?

In my writing, I use personal beliefs that have developed through my experiences.  I love to travel and experience different places and cultures, meeting new people along the way.  Those experiences have shaped how I see the world and the interactions of people in it.  In turn, that has influenced my series.

Travel and sightseeing are invaluable to authors for world-building, I think.   As far as interactions with people, what kind of things do you take away and put in your writing?

Okay, interesting question.  I’ve never separated those experiences out and thought about it, but I think it’s more an awareness of how people react differently.  For example, a number of the species in my series use either handshakes or hugs, which would seem familiar to at least many people in the US.  However, not all cultures use those customarily and I’ve built a scene into book two where an individual from a species that doesn’t hug thinks about how awkward it is when someone hugs her.  I’ve seen countless real situations like that where someone politely does something out of respect for someone else despite it being uncomfortable.  With all that said, these little nuances are just that, so while you may occasionally notice something, I doubt many of the things like the above would stand out to most readers.

Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing!

WHERE TO FIND Rebecca McCray:

Website:  www.RebeccaMcCray.com
Goodreads:  Rebecca P. McCray
Amazon Page:  Rebecca P. McCray
Facebook:  Author Rebecca P. McCray
Twitter: @rebpai 



#AuThorsday with Jennifer Deese

8452618Today I’d like to welcome Jennifer Deese, fantasy author of The Orchid Keeper.

Can you give us your quickest description of your book?

Drowning in denial Coras’ life is in a fast downward spiral.  After a visit from an eccentric man she finds herself magically transported by an Orchid to the fantastical world of Osipia.  Can Sol, an Orchid Keeper of that world, help her find a way to save her soul?  Will Osipian magic show her the right path?

Ooh, cool.  Do you enjoy creating your own world?

Indeed I do.  Creating worlds and creatures is certainly one of my favorite things about writing fantasy.

What are you working on currently?

I am working on another book in that series, called The Fading Light.  It should be written in completion by the end of February, then it’s on to formatting, final edits, cover etc.

How many books do you have planned for your series?

Four and a prequel.  The sequence may change up a bit from what I originally thought.

What is your favorite scene you’ve written?  Can you give us a peek? 

Though I really love a couple scenes from The Orchid Keeper, my debut novelette, I am thrilled with this scene from my WIP, The Fading Light:

As she turned her eyes fell on Linlee.  Cora was struck and frozen by the scene.  In the middle of the circular cove Linlee stood , her arms outstretched and her face turned toward the piece of sky above.  She chanted mesmerizingly.  Her body began to pulse and Linlee began to blur and fade, as if she was between time and space.  Somehow she had brushed aside the veil between spaces in time and was standing, not in the cove, but on the edge of where everything met.  Where everything was nothing and nothing was everything at the same time.  The rhythm of the energy and the lilting way she vocalized brought a quiet to the place that soothed one’s soul.  Around her the others began to pay rapt attention to what the Weaver was doing.  The Osipains took to their knees,placing their hands down on the ground with eyes focused on the pulsing woman before them.  Cora felt herself knelt as well, and at the very moment her palms touched the ground a beam of light shot through the canopy.  The light stopped, about twenty feet, above the ground.  As a comforting tone sounded the light refracted, spreading itself outwards.  Sloping  toward the ground it took the shape of an orb of  that encompassed the cove and all inside it.

That’s very visual – I can picture everything.  Do you like to use a lot of description to give your readers the images in your head?

Yes, I am indeed a very descriptive writer.  However, while being descriptive I have been told I’m not so descriptive that I lose my readers in the process.

What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?

Never stop writing.  No matter, the reviews, the ratings etc., be true to yourself and write the way you like to write.

What is one question about your books that you wish more people would ask?

I really wish people would inquire as to where I came up with the name Osipia.  It’s a rather interesting answer …even if I say so myself.

So what IS the answer? 🙂 

Osipia comes from the botanical /scientific name of a  type Orchid.  I took some of the letters and rearranged them until I had a world name I was happy with.  Also, in my Work in progress , The Rothalli and The Devalli names were brought to life in the same manner.

That’s a cool way to get at names!  Who inspires you to write?

People, my life, and authors that have made an impression on me; Diana Gaboldon, JK Rowling, Tolkien, Richard Bach, Anthony Pierce.

In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie, who would you pick for your main characters?  

I think Johnny Depp would make a wonderful Sol.  I am not sure about Cora.

When you get stuck in your writing, how do you make yourself keep going?

Reading others’ work, music, & a hike help me get the creative flow back.

Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?

The Orchid Keeper and The Fading Light ( WIP) deal with addiction in magical ways and yes, my own insights have lent a hand, but the books and characters remain fictitious.

Is there anything you’ve read that made you jealous you didn’t think of it first?

Not really jealous, instead I have read thing that inspire me, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe are two examples.

I’m a big fan of The Chronicles of Narnia as well.  Alice in Wonderland too.  They both are extremely fantastical worlds, don’t you think?  Is that inspiration for the kind of imagery you try to give your readers?

Absolutely, it’s those childhood favorites that have inspired both the way I write and the reason I write.

Thanks, Jennifer, for sharing!

WHERE TO FIND Jennifer Deese:
Website:  www.JennJenn388.wordpress.com
Goodreads:  Jennifer Deese
Amazon Page:  Jennifer Deese
Facebook:  Jennifer Deese – Author
Twitter:  @d_eese

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