Questions With Characters Mitch Reckless Treasure

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

My name is Mitch Goddard and I am just about to graduate from high school.

Tell us who you are and what you do!

I am Francesca’s best friend, and I go to high school, which is pretty much all of what I do. I don’t work – I don’t have to – and am headed to college in Boston in the fall.

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

I am one of the main characters, but for me, Francesca will always be the main character in my life.


What do you do for a living?

Nothing yet. I’m not sure what I want to study in college, or what I want to do for a career, but I do know that I want Francesca beside me all the way.

How old are you?

18

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

This is Francesca’s story, mostly, and I am her best friend. Always have been, but now, I want to be more. She doesn’t know this, and I have to tell her before her jackass brother Ricky or her friend Tricia tells her. I’m just afraid she won’t love me in that way, and that it will damage our friendship. I couldn’t live without her.

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

I don’t think I really stand out in any way. I’m pretty average looking, I guess, although Francesca says that girls look at me all the time. I don’t see it – probably because I’m always looking at her.

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Indie Spotlight Tessa Clare

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 always joke that I’m a Finance Manager by day, an entrepreneur by mid-afternoon, and an author by night. My neighbor once called me a “professional overachiever.” But I think I live a relatively normal life.

Most of what I do when I’m not writing is hanging out with friends. I live in downtown Portland in a 250-square-foot apartment, but we have this amazing rooftop view that my neighbors and I frequently meet up at. We’ll bring drinks and tell stories. Once, I brought a karaoke machine up there. And it’s amazing because there are people from 18 to 65 just hanging out there with a variety of life experiences and perspectives, from a retired flight engineer to people that are just moving out of their parents houses for the first time. I get a lot of inspiration from that, but it’s also incredibly rejuvenating. When you work 80 hours a week between a business and a day job, those moments are what help keep me going.

When did you start writing?

The odd thing is that I don’t quite remember not writing. I think I attempted to write my first novel when I was 7 (I made it to three chapters). But the thing that comes to mind is this time when I was five when I wrote an incredibly terrible story for a science class about a constellation shaped like a smiley face that made everyone good. Crime stopped and everyone became happy. I was such an optimist back then…

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

I think it was my first rejection. I always thought that writing a novel was a huge accomplishment, but it really forced me to think about how hard the publishing industry was.

You write Dystopian Romance! What drew you to this genre in particular?

It’s actually a really crazy story.

I got the idea for The Divinity Bureau when I was 19 years old. At the time, I was in a bit of a rough spot. I became homeless at a really young age. And I remember thinking, “There’s no room for me in this world.” So, I was spending a lot of time at the library because it was warm and Chicago winter nights were cold; this is when “The Hunger Games” was becoming big. And I read a whole bunch of dystopian books to help me cope with the reality of my world at the time.

Was building the world for The Divinity Bureau difficult? What was the easiest part of building this world? What was the hardest?

Once I started asking the question, “What if the world became overpopulated,” world building became easy. But it was hard to not let myself get influenced by modern times. For instance, there’s a reference to a self-driving Mercedes Benz. Will they be around in 100 years? Will they still be called Mercedes Benz? Who knows? The future is always changing, and the only thing I could really do is interpret it to the best of my ability.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

China – preferably one of the cities. The reason why is because they are currently dealing with an overpopulation crisis, and I really want to know what it’s like to be in the middle of it. The downside is that I’d probably end up wanting to rewrite The Divinity Bureau.

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Indie Spotlight Alyne Hart

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?

When I am not writing I am working in a very busy garden center and hanging out with my two children, Jacob and Braden. Grilling outdoors, going for walks and taking trips to the river to get out of the heat.

When did you start writing?

Around junior high, high school. I wrote poetry mostly. (super, super emo stuff!) Then I found my way to some writer forums and groups some eight or so years ago and started posting my stories in them. My stories were popular, I had a large following so I decided it was time to sit and write some books.

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

At the time I wrote my book I was living in Tucson – where most of it is set. I did take a few trips to Mt. Lemmon to get it right. The beginning of The Island is set in Kauai, Hawaii. I’ve never been, so I did tons of research and used MapQuest quite a bit to make sure I had travel times correct and so on. Research is the best part!

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

Having the guts to hit that publish button. Looking at what I’d just written and knowing how in love with my characters and story I was, and wanting other people to fall in love with them as well.

What is your favorite part about writing steamy contemporary romance and what is your least favorite?

Oh it’s just so fun! I get to live a bit vicariously through my characters. Wear the awesome clothes, bed the hot, unattainable guys. And mostly, bring a bit of fun, fantasy and escape to our everyday lives. My least favorite would be having people think that I just write smut and that there is no real story to it.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would hole up in a beautiful, secluded cabin next to the water. I find nature to be quite an inspiration. Plus the quiet and lack of distractions would be amazing. I very much have shiny squirrel syndrome.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Write! And maybe take care of the growing laundry pile…

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Indie Spotlight Cheryl R. Lane

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’m a medical transcriptionist and I work from home. I work for a local company that finds work for me all over, so I do psychiatric and social work dictations for a group in Wisconsin, and I also do dictations for an orthopedist clinic in Oklahoma. Other than that, I like to walk, exercise, garden, read (of course!), and hang out with my family and friends.

When did you start writing?

I started writing for fun after I graduated high school. I wrote a very rough civil war love story out in my backyard under the maple trees at our picnic table on an old manual typewriter. (That’s how old I am, ha ha.) I never tried to have that book published; it was purely for fun. I then started writing my first real novel, Wellington Cross, in the 1990s but was rejected by publishers, changed it many times, and put it aside for many years until I looked at it again and finally self-published it in 2012.

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

I think it was probably the first time I received a 5-star review on my book from someone I didn’t know. That gives an author so much self-esteem, unlike anything else…except when you actually get to meet that person. I have a fan who drove three hours to meet me at a book signing I was participating in at a local library – I think that was the ultimate in self-esteem and helped give me the steam to keep writing.

You write both historical Romance and Paranormal romance. Which genre is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one. I really love both. There are things I like about both genres. With historical romance, I love feeling like I’m back in time and wondering what it was like to live in simpler times. I love imagining what it was like to live on a plantation, and I love history. The hard part about writing historical fiction is all the research. Did they have this or that or did they say this back then? That makes the process longer. As far as the paranormal romance, I have always been interested in supernatural beings, since I first saw the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz movie. I was terrified of her when I was young, and yet I used to walk around and pretend to be her, acting out scenes from the movie. I used to read Little Lulu comic books of my brother’s, too, and my favorite stories were the ones involving witches. It’s a wonder I haven’t written my own witch-themed books yet, ha ha. (I plan to get to that one of these days.) Of course, I’ve loved the Harry Potter book series as well as movies. My son grew up right along with Harry, so that made it special to me. There are countless other books, TV shows, and movies that inspired me to write paranormal, but I started writing my first paranormal novel after reading the first Twilight book. I loved the forbidden love between a human girl and a vampire. I decided to write my own forbidden love story, but instead of vampires, I wanted to use angels. I thought, how cool would it be to fall in love with your guardian angel?

Is it difficult writing two different genres that are so different from each other? Do you ever find yourself wanting to write paranormal in to your historicals accidently? (I totally would hahaha)

For the first question, the way I’ve done it so far is I’ve written 3 of the historical, back to back, then 2 paranormal, then back to do 3 more historical. The reason I did this was because when I wrote the paranormal novels, I decided to tie them back to the Wellingtons from the historical series. Therefore, for the second question, I added a couple of descendants of the Wellington family into the paranormal series. But before I continue book 3 in the paranormal series, I needed to go back to the historical series and add in a new character who would tie in to the third paranormal series. I don’t want to say too much about it just yet. I thought long and hard about combining the series in that way, but I’ve read other books that do this, like Jude Deveraux writing about all the Montgomery’s and Taggert’s and adding in supernatural elements like ghosts. I’ve come up with so many notes and ideas that I think it will be a good story and a lot of unexpected OMG moments, for people who enjoy both series.

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Indie Spotlight Kristina Adams

Hi Kristina! Thanks for joining us today!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING?

I have a day job as a content marketer for a technology company, so
when I’m not writing I’m either doing something for that or
working on book marketing. I don’t have a lot of free time!

On the rare chance I do have some free time, I spend it with my
family, go to the cinema with my boyfriend (especially if there’s
a new superhero film out), or bake.

WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?

When I was seven. My mum bought me a pretty notebook and I decided
it would be the perfect place to write a story. It was about a china
teacup that someone stole. I even did drawings to go with it. The
drawings are hilarious.

AS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE MOST PIVOTAL POINT
OF YOUR WRITING LIFE?

When I put What Happens in New York up for preorder. Before then
I’d been completely terrified of sharing my writing with the
world, but once it went up for preorder, all the walls of fear
started to crumble.

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Questions with Characters Joshua Kendall Blaque Beauty and the Rancher

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

 

Tell us who you are and what you do!

My name is Joshua Kendall, You can call me Josh, and I work on my family’s cattle ranch. We’ve been mining and ranching here in Montana since 1884.

 

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

Main character, me and my Carly, although my sister Ruthie is almost a main character herself. We’re all pretty tight.

 

What do you do for a living?

I’m a cattle rancher in Alcorn, Montana and I’ve got two ore mines upstate.

 

How old are you?

29 ma’am.

 

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

Well, to be honest, most of the story is everybody trying to get me to realize that what I want in life is right in front of me. Love can be complicated sometimes but when you’ve got someone like Carly in your life, overthinking it can turn something beautiful into a disaster. I’m hardheaded but I eventually get it right.

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Indie Spotlight Sara Dobie Bauer

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 have a thing for horror movies and Benedict Cumberbatch, so when not writing, I’m usually screaming—for a variety of reasons. I have a hot husband, and we compete over Jeopardy. I have two psychotic (but adorable) dogs that would play fetch until their happy hearts exploded if I let them. Oh, and I read. Everything.

When did you start writing?

When I was a kid, I had a journal. I used to write angst-ridden short stories. I wrote my first novel in high school, and I eventually received a creative writing degree from Ohio University. I guess I’ve been making up stories since birth, but I didn’t become a professional, full-time writer until my upper twenties.

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

An online fan of mine (looking at you, Megan Gaudino) suggested I check out this publishing house called World Weaver Press. She thought they might like my work. Turns out they did. They signed me for a two-book deal that became the Bite Somebody series.

What made you want to start writing about vampires and werewolves?

I’ve always had a thing for the paranormal (see: horror movie fascination). Thanks to a childhood spent reading Anne Rice, monsters just seemed like fun. I like the idea that there are magical creatures hidden among us. That’s probably why I’m a Harry Potter geek.

I noticed that more of your books are about vampires. Which paranormal creature would you say you have the most fun writing and why?

Oh, vampires, for sure. They’re just … sexy. I’m not saying I want to be bitten in bed, but I want to be bitten in bed. I pretty much achieved the height of fictional fantasy when I created the romantic interest in Bite Somebody Else, Nicholas. Nicholas is a 350-year-old posh British vampire who was one known as The Great Lover. Wouldn’t throw him out of my bed, no way.

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