Indie Spotlight Cindee Bartholowmew

Thank you for this interview!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work full time in our family business and I love to camp and bass fish with my husband.

When did you start writing?
In 2014. I had a dream I couldn’t shake. It hung around long enough to become my first novel.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I would go to Vegas. It’s the basic setting for my romance series and the weather is perfect.

What is your favorite part of writing Romance?
My favorite part is the love scenes. Writing the detail puts me back in time to when I felt those strong feelings and it’s like reliving them again and again.

What is your least favorite?
My least favorite is writing the villain. I don’t like to have victims, but sometimes it’s necessary. I don’t enjoy putting a character in a bad place. I’m all about happy faces.
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Questions With Characters Raven McAphee

Character Interview: Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself!

*Oh, hi! My name is Raven McAphee. I star and bitch in this romantic comedy novel entitled, I Will Never Marry a Cowboy.

Tell us who you are and what you do!

*I’m a successful music producer, daughter of a retired physician and a desperate mother who likes pimping me out to my ever dearest assistant… or to any other guy she thinks would take me… as if I’m that desperate (of course, not…pshh).

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

*I’m the main character.

How old are you?

*I’m in my 30’s. I stopped counting the number, simply because I don’t look it.

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

*Well, everything is on the fast lane except for my love life. I have all these pre-conceived notions about the opposite sex and all the perfect guys have been gone…married. When my Daddy buys a ranch away from the city, my younger sister Riley boarded herself on the fast lane too, by winning a cowboy’s heart. Someone that I could never imagine settling with… just thinking about that is way too awkward on my part… Imagine city girls and country boys ending up on a saddle together? I couldn’t for the love of God.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

*No, I have none.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

*In a heartbeat, yes, yes, yes! We will hang-out on a coffee shop, mostly to talk about this guy. Girl talks can be so long.

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

*The power to talk to animals… there’s this pot belly pig in my story, which I swear is so creepy there should be a reality show about a pig whisperer. That pig hates me!

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Indie Spotlight Aim Ruivivar

Thank you for this interview!
*And thank you too, for having me… I’m just so stoked I had to invite myself, lol.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
*I only do three other major things when I’m not writing. One, I hang out with preschoolers or my loved ones. Two, I spend time with my pet birds. Three, I’m talking to my Mahogany plant named, Cate. Weird, huh… but yes that’s me.
*When did you start writing?
I was eleven when I wrote my very first crappy cheesy story about a boy. I thought I loved the idea of making anything possible at the tip of my fingers… don’t we all?
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
*Ohhh, Ireland! I don’t know why I’m so in love with that place… it’s an added point that they don’t have snakes there, I guess but… I feel it’s so peaceful there with all the greens around. I love their weather too. Ahhhh, now I want to go there more… as in right now.
What is your favorite part of writing Romance? What is your least favorite?
*I’m a sucker for Cinderella stories! Although, when I write mine I add a vital ingredient. I like ‘em girls kick-ass, bad-ass or unconventionally alternative (can’t think of another appropriate word with an ass anymore, hahaha). With that being said, that’s my least favorite part in writing too. When I run out of words and it seems like I’ve already used them up and couldn’t come up with other catchy ones. I just love Mr. Thesaurus, hahaha.

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Questions With Characters Colt McCade

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself!

Tell us who you are and what you do!

Name’s Colt McCade and I’m a SWAT Lieutenant for the Tampa Police Department.

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

Main character.

What do you do for a living?

Save the world.

How old are you?

32

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Well, the boss lady kicked ass at my story. I had some pretty douche-y moments, but she smoothed them over like buttering a roll. More importantly she told my story about combat related PTSD and how it affects my daily life.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

I have a tattoo on my right shoulder. It’s an eagle with dog tags hanging from its talons, a quote underneath.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

Hell yeah, she’s a pretty awesome chick. We’d probably sit back and have a couple beers. I’m sure she’d talk my head off though.

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

To be able to heal people – especially from disease.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

When people talk more than do. I’m not much of a talker.

What would I love the most about you?

It’d be hard to say. My handsome good looks, my fantastic sense of humor, it’s a toss-up.

What would I hate the most about you?

Shit. My temper.

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Indie Spotlight JL Long

Thank you for this interview!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a mom and wife. They thought it would be cool to domesticate me, every once in a while they have to rope me back in.
When did you start writing?
I’ve always liked to write, but didn’t take it seriously until about 5 years ago.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Italy. I think it would awesome to be sitting out on a terrace writing a romance novel.
What is your favorite part of writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense? What is your least favorite?
The action. I love writing the badassery my guys get into. Not sure I have a least favorite part.

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Questions With Characters Jessica Drummond A Love Unquenchable

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself!

Good day, thank you for having me. My name is Jessica Drummond; oh sorry it was, now I’m Jessica Barrington.

Tell us who you are and what you do!

I am a young woman living in the Regency period in England. It is 1819 and I am the daughter of a shipping merchant. My brother now owns the company and, at the beginning of this tale, I worked for him at the shipyard.

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

I suppose I must be one of the main characters, I appear rather frequently in this story.

What do you do for a living?

Now I am the district assistant to Dr Theo Elliott, covering Oak Stanton and its surrounds Previously, I worked at my brother’s shipyard, for which I received a little coin, and also volunteered at St Bart’s Hospital, helping in any way I could, with those veterans of the recent wars who suffer from long-term injuries, both physical and mental.

How old are you?

‘Tis not polite to ask a lady her age, but you seem very nice, so just this once. I am two and twenty

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

This is a love story, but not one that is all smooth sailing. I suppose I am one of the central characters – I am a city girl, used to the hustle of London. The man I fall in love with, Duncan, lives a much quieter life in the country, and we meet because of a puppy. He lost his hand in the recent wars, still suffers from dark days resulting from the trauma, and believes himself unworthy of a great love. That’s tosh, and it took quite some time and several steaming arguments for him to realise the feelings growing between us could be trusted and would endure. I decided to volunteer at one of the London hospital specialising in the trauma care of returned soldiers in the hope it would give me a better insight into what he has to deal with. What I learned was invaluable, but also brought me into contact with another who believed me to be his dead wife. There were a few hairy moments, but eventually I get my HEA.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I think myself quite unremarkable, but Duncan tells me my eyes are what first captivated him. He says they are like rare gems, and always sparkling – he certainly knows how to charm.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

No birthmarks. As for tattoos, goodness me no – the very idea, although I do believe they are popular among sailors.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

I presume by ‘go hang out’ you mean spend time in each other’s company? Well, of course, you only have to read my story to know she obviously cares deeply for me and I know we would have fun. I would love to show her the Parthenon exhibition at the museum, for I believe she loves history, and it is a fascinating display. Maybe treat her to an ice at Gunther’s, or take her for a carriage ride around Hyde Park. Oh there are so many things we could enjoy together.

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

Healing. I worked with those whose injuries prevent them living a normal life. To heal their wounds, to be able to alleviate their suffering would be a most precious gift.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

People being disrespectful and judgmental.

What would I love the most about you?

Hmmm, I have no idea. I try to be bright and cheerful, spontaneous, loving and loyal. Actually that makes me sound like Trixie, my adored and very spoilt dog. She’s the puppy I rescued, the day I met Duncan. Perhaps that’s what you’d love most…that I plunge headlong into things without thinking, makes for an interesting life. Maybe it would be better to ask my family, or Duncan. I think that’s hard to answer.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, I can be frustrating and rather quick-tempered, oh and I tend to be quite opinionated. ‘Hate’ is a strong word though. I wouldn’t wish anyone to hate me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, I do. Maybe she was kinder to me than I deserve.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

A carriage ride in the countryside with Duncan, a picnic in the shade of a tree and maybe a few stolen kisses. I love it when Duncan kisses me; he’s a very good kisser.

What is your greatest fear?

Being buried alive, and of late, enclosed spaces.

Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Oh, hmm, well, I have been given to understand the doctor at St Bart’s harboured an affection for me. I didn’t realise, otherwise it might have made our working alongside each other a little awkward, especially as I was in love with another. It is flattering, I suppose, but I wouldn’t want him to be hurt. Thankfully, he fell in love with my friend Meredith, so it turned out for the best.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

That wasn’t something I ever really thought about. Women in my era rarely have ambitions beyond surviving childhood, and eventually making a good marriage. I think, for a while, I wanted to be a sea captain like my father and remember being having a tantrum when informed it wasn’t permissible.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Spend the day with my husband and my family.

What is the one food you can’t live without?

Ginger biscuits, they are my weakness.

If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

I have no idea what a movie is. Oh, wait, my author just explained, ‘tis similar to a theatrical production? Let me think, goodness, you are lucky to have such a wonderful choice of actresses. I think maybe Gemma Atherton, she is so lovely and would make me seem far attractive than I really am.

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Indie Spotlight Rosie Chapel

Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Thank you for having me! I love to catch up with friends, lose myself in a good book – or 3, walk our dog, (as well as all that boring stuff like housework…to be avoided as much as possible) – travel, oh and discovering great coffee spots!

When did you start writing?
Early 2015

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Oh, I wish – no not specifically, but for the majority of settings in any of my books, I have previously visited all of them at least once.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
The first time someone told me they loved my book. That another person enjoyed the story I had created, that I have poured my heart into, was as though all my Christmases had come at once.

What is your favorite part about writing Regency romance and what is your least favorite?
Hmmm, tough question! I think my favourite part is ensuring everything about my characters fits into the time period. How they think and speak, social conventions, etiquette, fashions, communications and transportation. It’s a challenge but so much fun.
I don’t actually have a least favourite, although it can be hard remembering my characters wouldn’t use much of the slang we use, like ‘okay,’ and they don’t have electricity, mobile phones, cars, the Internet and all those other things we take for granted.

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