Indie Spotlight Kate Forest

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?
I play mah jongg as much as possible. Usually, my two kids and husband require a little attention. And traveling is something I’m either doing or planning. But my love is mah jongg. The real game with actual tiles and 4 friends sitting around a table (not that silly matching game on the computer). Once a year, we go to a tournament in Atlantic City. I even made it to the final round one year. But typically we don’t stand a chance against the octogenarians who have been playing since before I’ve been born, and spend 4 days week playing because their grandkids never come for a visit.

When did you start writing?
I didn’t start until 2009. I wish I had some great story to share. Like I slipped on the icy sidewalk, and hit my head. As I came out of my coma state, I had a vision of Nora Roberts by my bedside telling me I had to write books and open my mind to the world. And no matter that my family insisted it was the overnight nurse who said I had to open my eyes and come back to the world, I stuck by my vision. But really it was just something I thought, why not? And then one book led to another.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Google is my best friend. I stay at my tiny desk.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I hope I haven’t had it yet. I’ve had some turning points, such as my first book published, winning a contest, reaching certain sales goals. The best was discovering my book reviewed on a French site. I had no idea what it said, but it was 4 stars and started with, “Voila.”

What is your favorite part about writing contemporary romance and what is your least favorite?
No research. Honestly, trying to decide what people wore and said a hundred years ago would take up so much of my time I wouldn’t write any words. That said, my WIP (work in progress) is set in 1948, but at least I can ask my dad. The least favorite thing? No hessian boots.

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Questions with Characters Aria A Love Beyond Time

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

Tell us who you are and what you do!
Hi, my name is Aria and I’m from A Love Beyond Time. I live in New York City with my love, Will.

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

What do you do for a living?
I am learning to adjust to the new world I live in. For right now, I stay home and keep the house tidy, while Will works. I think in the future I’d like to get into photography and take pictures of all the wonderful new things I am learning about.

How old are you?
I’m 22-years-old.

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

My story tells about how I used to live in solitude. It tells how I was abused and unloved. Then one day, a magical object is brought to me, giving me the opportunity to travel to a particular time and place. I met my love and from then on, it tells how I had to escape a fate I thought I was destined to live with for the rest of my life. I am so glad that wasn’t the case. But seriously, if you want to know details and specifics, you’re going to have to read it! How have you not read it yet? It’s a beautiful love story full of magic! What could be better?

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
My long, black hair and demanding blue eyes. I think it was exactly those features that attracted Will so much to me.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
No tattoos or anything like that, but I do have a few scars left over from Abraham.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
Oh my gosh, yes! She seems amazing. After all, she did bring me to life!

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

Well, for a while, I did have the power to travel through time, but I would love to be able to fly. Landing so abruptly on my bottom that first time kind of hurt.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

I think I’ve grown sick of people who try to tell me what to do. Thankfully, in this new world, it doesn’t happen anymore. Will is the sweetest man I have ever met.

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Indie Spotlight Aimee Noalane

Thank you for this interview Aimee!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a mother and foster parent. I have 3 children of my own and take care of 2 teenagers. So I basically: I have to time for me. Hahahaha!
Truthfully, though I love reading, photography and baking. I don’t work outside of home anymore, but I used to train telemarketers and customer service agents. I studied marketing for 3 years, but realized I didn’t like it as much as I thought I did, so I quit three years ago.

When did you start writing?
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, 13 years ago, I liked to write erotic short stories. But when my mommy duties kicked in, I set the project aside and never went back to them. Between work and being a mother and wife, I didn’t have the time or energy to concentrate on writing.
In September 2015 I decided to give it another chance, and I got lost to Abbygail and Oliver’s story. I fell in love with them, and that’s when my “real” writing adventure began.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Physically, no, but the internet is a marvelous place. Hahahahaha.
When my first draft was written, the setting for No Regrets was in Berryville Virginia, I’d never been, so it was hard to imagine what life was like. When my friend read the very first rough draft, she told me that sometimes it’s easier to stick with what we know, and suggested that I bring back my story to Canada. So that’s what I did.

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Questions with Characters Pryderi Love Bites

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

Hello, my name is Pryderi. I live in Wales, but not with humans.

Tell us who you are and what you do!

I am a Watcher. I help guard the clan.

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

Oh no, I am Kiera’s mate. She is the star of the book. I just help her. She’s amazing, and has much more magick than me.

What do you do for a living?

I am a Watcher. I help guard the clan.

How old are you?

It is hard to say. We age differently from humans. I have lived  125 years, but am like your 25 year old.

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

Love Bites is about Kiera really. She is unusual. I accidentally brought about her change. I did not mean to, I swear it. She lived with humans, but now knows about our magickal world. I think it was a shock.

In the second book she has to seek refuge in the fae realm as an enemy seeks revenge.

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

Apart from my fangs? I have eyes which glow in the dark. They are electric blue in daylight, but glow orange at night. The colour can be different for each clan memeber.

Do you have any birthamarks or tatoos?

I have a clan mark on my uppper arm. Our clan has what Cerys, our witch, calls a Celtic Knot. Three dragon heads are between each knot point. It is black with bits of green.

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

Humans are not permitted in clan, and I am not really allowed in her world. Maybe we could jog through the forest together between our worlds.

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

My mate has magick. The forest provides. I need nothing more.

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Indie Spotlight Lauren Runow

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I lead a very crazy life. I publish a community magazine with my husband, I run a non-profit science center for kids and I’m a mom of two very active boys so when I’m not writing you’ll find me having to do something with these three things.

When did you start writing?
August of 2014 but I didn’t publish my first book until September 2015.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
I write a lot about the Bay Area in California where I live and I like to include some of my favorite places.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
Oh man… That’s a hard one. There’s been so many ups and many downs. It really is the biggest rollercoaster I’ve ever been on. I can’t think of one big thing but a ton of little things that all worked together to get me where I am today.

What is your favorite part about writing adult contemporary romance and what is your least favorite?
The amazing people I’ve meet from all over the world is hands down my favorite part. My least favorite… all the promo work it takes. Writing the books are the easy part. Getting it ready and in people’s hands is crazy hard!

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Questions With Characters Corey from My Absolution

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

Thanks for having me. I’m Corey.

Tell us who you are and what you do!

Like I said my name is Corey and I am a tattoo artist.

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

There’s a few of us but yeah I guess you could say that.

What do you do for a living?

I tattoo people.

How old are you?

40

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

*thinking* It’s about absolution and fighting for what’s yours. I have everything I’ve ever wanted. *wink*

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

*sly smile*Depends who you ask.*laugh* I don’t know…my wife loves my eyes.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

*looks down and my ink covered arms and hands* I have a few.

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

Absolutely. Probably give her a tattoo and have her over for supper to meet the family. I think her and Nova would hit it off pretty good.

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

Wolverine, he has unlimited healing.

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Indie Spotlight Kara Liane

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?

First, let me just say thank you for conducting this interview. It is an honor and pleasure to be sharing a snippet of myself with fellow-indies and readers. Yay, I’m excited to be a part of this!

When I’m not writing, I spend time with my sons and husband. We like to go camping, watch family movies, or go out and do a fun activity. I also perform a lot of community service because my hubby and I are big on “paying it forward.” He is active duty in the military, and is also a volunteer EMT and firefighter for our local township; so we are quite busy. I work full-time and if I’m not writing, then I am most definitely reading. OMG books are my life! I’d prefer a book to a movie or TV program any day of the week. I need the escape that only a book can offer when I’m stressed.

 

When did you start writing?

I wrote poetry in high school and a few essays here and there that won some contests in my teens. I was also the Sports Editor of my high school newspaper. During college, however, I was on hiatus from any type of writing because of my studies; reading and writing held no enjoyment for me during those years. It wasn’t until about 4 years ago, after falling in love with erotic romance novels, that I thought I’d try my hand at writing my own kinky tales; I quickly realized I had a knack for it. I also wrote an essay recently about my adventures with my twins, and being the mom of an autistic son.

 

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

No. I actually used locations and places I was familiar with. I’ve lived in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Jersey, so I used those as inspiration.

 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

I think it was a few weeks ago when I finally signed up for a book signing that is scheduled for next year. Not only did I finally have that moment where I said to myself, “I’m finally doing this,” but also it was confirmation that I am getting out there. The event may be a year away, but it’s near and dear to my heart because it’s a venue for authors of military romances. Being a military wife, I was compelled to support it. Anything military-related and related to special needs kiddos, I’m a big supporter of. If one day I gain enough notoriety, I hope to host events as an author in support of the military and special needs children; that is ultimately one of the biggest goals I’m working towards. In the meantime though, I participate in events that well-established authors host, so I can at least help in raising funds and awareness.

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