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Saturday, 29 November 2014

SAMANTHA ATKIN

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH
SAMANTHA ATKIN


PLEASE WELCOME THE BRILLANT AUTHOR BEHIND ROCK THE VIPER SAMMIE J

 Tell us a little about yourself? 


Oh dear! Really? I'm really very boring. Ok, I'm your average housewife. I'm married with four kids, a dog, a cat and some fish. Even though I love my family, I love to escape my normal life and become Sammie J and explore the worlds I create in my head.


  How would you describe your books?


Good question. I like to think they are romantic, maybe with a hint of erotica thrown in there. With twist and turns that keep the reader wanting to read more. Hopefully connecting with the characters I write and feel their emotions along with them. 


What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping (If not already) to explore new ventures?


Rock the Viper, Forever Viper and Piece of Heaven are all paranormal books. I have just finished Butterfly which is my first book ventured out of that genre. I will write both, but Paranormal will be prominent in that.  

Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters in your books?


I will apologize now because this quote is rude. It comes from Butterfly and a character called Amelia.



"Tony babe.  Unless you want me to tell this whole pub, that you shout out 'drink from my fountain' when you cum from a blowjob, I suggest you leave NOW."



Is it hard to come up with new ideas and /or plots?


Not right now, no. My stories tend to come to me through my dreams. So as long as they keep coming I have a few stories left in me yet.


What inspired you to write your book?


This goes back to the last question. It was a dream that repeated each night for a week. I opened word, intending to just write down what the dream was about and the rest is history. I had no intention of writing a book, but this story played on my mind and Piece of Heaven was born. Then the others just followed.


Who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?


Cruz from the viper series was the easiest to write for. He is rude, crude with a soft side a bit like me.
Evie from Butterfly was the hardest. She brought out emotions in me that I have kept hidden for a long time.


Without giving anything away, what is / are your favourite scenes in your book (s)?


For me in each of my books the male characters aren't afraid to show their emotions. So, it's when they declare their love for their women that some of my favourite scenes come from.


Do you have any hobbies?


I do. Although I don't have much time to explore them anymore. I love to read which takes me away from my own mind. I also love photography. My dream job would be to take photos of the models we see on book covers.


Do you have a specific writing style?


Yes, I prefer to write in the POV. But I am going to try my hand at third person one day.


How did you come up with the title?


You know that is a very good question. I really have no idea they just come to me, even before I have finished the book. In fact, it's usually when I write the first chapter.


How much of the book is realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?


Well, being paranormal how realistic can you get? No, none of my books are based on anyone I know or events in my own life. Although I wish I could meet a vampire rock star and a geek who will accept my past.


What books have most influenced your life most?


There are so many, but I have to say The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward. These books brought my love for the paranormal alive and started me on this journey.


If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?


Oh boy! That’s a hard one to answer. I have so many authors that I love and have helped me out, but the main one Is T.A. Grey. She has always encouraged me and helps with any question I have.


What book are you reading now?


I have so many books to read. I have just started reading Return of the Wolf by Dianna Hardy. It's one of my favourite series.


What are your current projects? If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?


I'm going to try my hand at a short story and then continue with a novella in the Viper series. Would I change anything in my books? Yes, I would then can always be better than they are.


 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?


*Sniggers* This question is answered in question six. Although I do remember writing a story when I was a teenager and hiding it away. So my mother or brothers couldn't find it because it had sex in it.


Can you share a little of your current work with us?


I sure can, this is from Butterfly.
"You're going to have to trust me on this one. I need to try, to keep you free from harm."
After another five minutes of telling a nervy Sarah I would be okay, she finally agreed to let me go and plead our case to Stella. With my motto of show no weakness repeating in my head, I plod ten cells down, crossing my fingers hopefully. As I draw nearer, I swallow down any emotion I felt, except for the half assed smile I allowed to show and I stepped up to the goons blocking her cell door. "I would like an audience with her majesty, if she will allow it?"
Cackling came from somewhere inside and then her demanding voice declared.
"Let her in!" The two muscular women, who look like they have been slapped with a wet fish, slowly parted and made me the meat in the sandwich when I squeezed my way in between them. When I came out the other side, I had to take a gulp of air before I retched. I wiped armpit juice away from my face and said aloud.
"Someone needs to tell the pit bulls to use deodorant."


 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?


All of it, I'm only kidding. The flow of the story is something I find hard also emotions. At times I'm not sure if I'm using too much emotion to get my point across or too little. It's something I'm working on.


Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?


That's like asking me who my favourite child is. Ok, that would be J. R. Ward. I love the way she has created the world of the black dagger brotherhood and how she connects all the characters and the roles they play. I love the emotions she brings out in me which each book, I always laugh and cry with her books.


 Who designed the covers?


Rock the Viper, Forever Viper and Piece of Heaven were all designed by Kellie over at Book Cover by Design and Butterfly was designed by Rachel over at No Sweat Graphics. Both are amazing at what they do and I will be using them in the future.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Remembering facts about the characters, I'm terrible for it. I have to go back and search for the answers.


Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?


That I'm mad. Seriously, I notice people staring at me when I take the kids to school as I mumble to myself, "I must remember to add that." LOL. The main thing was, that I have found something I enjoy doing and I will keep doing what I have come to love.


Do you have any advice for other writers?


Just keep doing what you love, remain strong and believe in yourself.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?


Are you kidding me? Of course I do. A thank you will never be enough, but it's all I have. I will keep saying it to every reader who takes a chance on me. For those that fall in love with my characters and to those that plead with me for more stories. You keep me going and more determined to keep me on this path. THANK YOU.


What is your favourite genre to write?


Paranormal Romance


What is your favourite genre to read?


It will always be Paranormal Romance, but lately I have begun to enjoy erotica more.


How long have you been writing for?


I think it's about eighteen months now. I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn.


 What is your favourite movie?


The lost boys.


How difficult is it to come up with one of your amazing plots?


At times I have to sit back and think do I really want the story to go that way. But sometimes my fingers even surprise myself and the story heads in a direction I wasn't expecting.


How about characters?  Are they easily born and developed?


I have never had a problem with one character I have written about. They come to life as the story develops.


How long does it take you to complete a novel from concept to completion?


Anywhere between three and six months.


What was your first published piece? And how was it to publish your first book?


Rock the Viper was my first book to be published. It was scaring and exciting all at the same time. I was putting myself out there and open for criticism. I have received good and bad. I take it all on board and can only better myself.
Have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn't turning out as you planned?


I have never trashed one, but I have come very close to. Piece of Heaven would have never seen the light of day, if it wasn't for one lady. Thank you Tammy.


Out of all your brilliant characters which ones were your favourite?


They all are. But Juan from the Viper series has a special place in my heart, because he is my muse.


Do you have a special time or place to write?
It's my usual place on the sofa which is dented with my ass cheeks. I write when the kids are at school, it's the only time you get peace and quiet around here.


Any funny experiences or quirks you'd like to share with your readers?


Ok, I can't believe I'm going to write this. The Viper series is about a threesome, two men and a woman. On the way each morning to school and on the
way back, my hubby and I say hello to a couple of old men and a woman who walk to the shop each morning to get their papers. We are very fond of them and each time we spot them, my hubby turns to me and says, "Here comes the threesome." I crack up each time, because they must be in their 70's and the idea of them together just makes me laugh.  Childish, I know, but that's me.


Which one of your awesome books would you like to see be made into a movie?


Oh!! Definitely the Viper series. My Juan and Noah coming to life on the big screen. *Swoon*


What was the worst job you have ever done?


A cleaner for a pub. I won't tell you what I found in some of the toilet cubicles.


Do you ever get any ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hand on to them?


In the bloody bath all the time. As you can imagine I can't use a pen and paper in there. I just have to hope I remember them. Some I do, some I don't.


Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow and how do you overcome writer's block?


NO, I'm not good with pressure I need to do it in my own time. When writer's block hits I usually read or clean. Sometimes I have to walk away and come back to it a couple of days later.


Who was your inspiration behind your lead men in your books?


That's easy to answer. My perfect man,
my husband.
30TH NOVEMBER 2014

liliana anderson interview

Author interview 
with 
Liliana  Anderson 




please welcome the brilliant and talented Liliana Anderson.

How would you describe your books?

As romance with a difference. I always like to include some sort of twist that is a little different from the norm. It's fun to try and come up with new ways to keep the reader on their toes.

What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping ( if not already ) to explore new ventures?

Primarily, I like to write New Adult Romance, but I also dabble in Romantic suspense. I suppose I write along the same vein, I seem to have a penchant for love triangles, but I'm always open to exploring new avenues if a story really resonates with me.



Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters in your books?


'I'll never understand how the meeting of two people can spark a connection so deep that to be apart causes pain' Etta, Drawn 2 - Redemption.


What inspired you to write your book?


In the first place, it was my mother in law. She has had a very colourful life and was always talking about writing a book. So I helped her with her biography and was so in love with writing .

 
Is it hard to come up with new idea's and / or plot's?


Not yet! I'm sure there will come a day when I struggle but I have massive folder of ideas that I'm slowly working my way through.
hat I haven't stopped since.




Who is the easiest character to write for and Why? Hardest and why?


The easiest was probably Katrina from A Beautiful Struggle. She had a lot of me in her, so it was easy to put her to paper. My hardest, was probably Paige from A Beautiful Forever and Phoenix. She has a really hard life and writing some of her scene were really confronting for me. I found myself in tears while writing, but in the end it was very cathartic and she's become my favourite heroine.


Without giving anything away, what is / are your favourite scenes in your book ( s )?


My favourite scenes are when characters finally give in to their attraction to each other. I love that moment when they cave and feel that wonderful rush of desire and joy run through their body. It's a really lovely moment for me, after working through that build up for most of the book.


Do you have any hobbies?


Writing. hahaha. It's my job and my fun. But I also enjoy reading and I'm a bit of an art and crafts dabbler too.


Do you have a specific writing style?


I think so. I'm told that everything I write is uniquely me. I generally lean toward first person, present tense.


How did you come up with the title?


With each book I've written, I've chosen a name that is quite specific to the journey the characters go on. In A Beautiful Struggle, the main character is coping with her internal struggles as she learns to trust again and reenter the dating world. And the same goes for 'Drawn', the main characters are incredibly 'drawn' to each other and the hero is also an artist.


How much of the book is realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
 
 
All of my books have an element of real life in them. I base them a lot on my own experiences. Sometimes, they're just completely fictionalised though.


What books have most influenced your life most?
 
 
Oh wow, there's so many. But the one's that have stayed with me the most are Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible and Linda LaPlante's Legacy series.
 
 
 If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?


The writer who has helped me most in my writing career is Cj Duggan, writer of the Summer Series. She's been the person who has listened to ideas and helped me stay on track .


 What book are you reading now?


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I couldn't wait until the series returned to television.


What are your current projects? If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?


I'm currently working on the fifth Beautiful Series book, A Beautiful Star, and a romantic suspense trilogy titled the Fire & Lies series. I don't think I'd change anything in my books. The choices I made are what made me stand out in the crowd. Plus, when I wrote, I just stayed true to the characters as they were in my mind. I'm not sure I could have written it any other way.


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?


I've always loved to write. It's been something that's always been a part of my life and I can't really remember a time when I wasn't writing something, be it a diary entry, a poem, a full story or even a song. It's just something I've always done.


Can you share a little of your current work with us?


From A Beautiful Star

'When I wake the next morning, it's to a text from Jonathan.

how was your date?

Frowning, I wonder how the hell he knows I went out and just hit the home button, exiting the message without responding. Before I can even put the phone down, another message comes through, explaining the first. It’s a link to an article that says I’ve moved on from Jonathan already, and shows a photo of me standing outside Quay with Brad, and another one of us kissing next to the cab.
the name).I roll my eyes, hating the fact that the people who write this shit share the same profession as me. It makes me glad I work for Voyeur though, it’s our company ethos to only report legitimate celebrity and world news. All news is approved and we are committed to never buying paparazzi shots. Our shoots are done with permission when a person of interest lets us be a voyeur into their world (hence

While I’m looking at the article, another text comes through.

I can’t believe you already moved on from me. After everything we went through together…

Rolling my eyes, I laugh a little as I switch my phone to silent and drop it in my bag, deciding that the best way to deal with Jonathan is to ignore him. Then I head out to the kitchen where I find my mother swearing over the coffee machine.

“You okay there?” I ask, watching as she slaps the top of it and exclaims that it's a ‘fucking useless piece of junk’.

“What? Oh yeah, I'm fine. It's just the stupid coffee machine that has its days numbered,” she grumbles.

“Let me have a look at it,” I suggest, and she moves out of the way so I can switch the machine off at the wall outlet to give it a chance to reset.

“So, how was your date last night?” she asked while she watched me. “You got home early so I'm assuming you didn't get up to any hanky-panky. Which is very disappointing, I really think you could do with a little bit of rumpy pumpy in your life.”

I roll my eyes hitting the power switch on the coffee machine and waiting for it to go through its start-up sequence again. “Rumpy pumpy? God mum. Please don't try and talk sex with me, it's just disturbing,” I groan.

“Why is it disturbing? It's not like I don't have any experience with it, your father and I still —”

“Don't even start,” I practically yell over the top of her. “I so don't want to know that you and dad are still doing it.”

“Why is that an issue? Your father is the same age as Brad Pitt and you wouldn't turn him down would you?”

“Well yes, I would turn him down. There is no way in hell I'd get involved with celebrity. Especially one as big as him. And comparing dad to Brad Pitt like that is all kinds of wrong. I don't want to know anything about your bedroom business. There are some things mothers and daughters shouldn't share.”

She pokes her tongue out at me like a child who didn’t get their way, at the same time as I hear the coffee machine click to signal that it's ready.

“There, I say. All fixed. Now you. Now you can have your coffee.”

“Do you want one?”

“No thanks, I'm just going to go and grab a shower before work.”

“I still want to hear about your date, by the way,” she calls after me. “What does this Brad guy even do?”

“He's a chef,” I answer. “And that's all you get, or I’ll be late for work.”

“You’re no fun,” she calls after me and I respond with a laugh as I shut the bathroom door.'

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Just getting the words out as fast as I'm thinking them. Sometimes I struggle with RSI in my hands because I force myself to type past the point of exhaustion. But I find that my characters are incredibly naggy creatures who won't let me rest until their story is told.



Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?


I have quite a few favourite authors. But one whose work I always read is Janet Evanovich. Her stuff is a lot of fun.


 Who designed the covers?


I do.


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Getting the start to be as engaging as I want it to be.


Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?


That the world of publishing is a very hard and fast place to be. But I love it anyway.


Do you have any advice for other writers?


Read lots, write more, and talk to other writers because they are your people.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?


Keep reading! lol, you're all awesome and you've been the reason my dreams have come true.


What is your favourite genre to write?


New Adult Romance. I love experiencing that first real love with my characters.


What is your favourite genre to read?


Women's fiction and paranormal romance.


How long have you been writing for?


Since I can remember, but professionally for two years.


What is your favourite  movie?


The Princess Bride.


How  difficult is it to come up with one of your amazing plots?


The basic plots aren't too difficult to come up with as they are loosely based on my own experience and those of my friends and family. I just add a fictitious twist on those events and make it much more romantic than it actually was! lol.


How about characters?  Are they easily born and developed?


 Once again, they're very loosely based on people I've known in my life. Although sometimes, a new character I've never met before presents themselves to me and as I write, I get to know them.


How long does it take you to complete a novel from concept to completion?


About two months, sometimes three, depending on the length and my own life circumstances.



What was your first published piece? And how was it to publish your first book?


My very first was Confidante: The Brothel. It was a lot of fun and very exciting because it was new and there were so many possibilities because of it.


Have  you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn't turning out as you planned?


I have. During one of my novels, I got half way and decided I hated it, so I had to push its release date and start again.


Out of all your brilliant  characters  Which ones were you favourite?


Paige from Phoenix and A Beautiful forever and Damien from Drawn


Do you have a special time or place to write?


I generally find that I write best from 10pm to 2am, and I write in the lounge room on the couch watching tv.


Any funny experiences or quirks you'd like to share with your readers?


I have an obsession with songs that evoke the emotions I want to show in each of my books. There'll be a particular one that I will play over and over again to get myself prepared before I start writing. I also require a strong coffee and sparkling water before I sit down to type. Because once I start, I'm not moving! lol


Which one of your awesome  books would you like to see be made in to a movie?


Drawn. I'd love to see that passion on the screen.


What was the worst job you ever done?


I generally have a pretty positive outlook on working, I can make the most out of most situations. But I did work with my mother for a while and it was hard to keep home away from work. So things could get quite uncomfortable and embarrassing.


Do you ever get any ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hand on to them?


I do. I have a Galaxy Note 3 as my phone, so no matter where I am, I can pull out the little pen and scribble down my thoughts. There's a lot of different ideas on there these days.


Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow and how do you over come writers block?


 I'm yet to experience writer's block so I'm very lucky in that respect. But I can write on demand and find that my best work is done under pressure. Too much time and I procrastinate.


Who was your inspiration  behind your lead men in your books?


My husband likes to think it's him, and my male friends like to think it's them. But in truth, they're all the men I wish existed. They're my own special fantasy.