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Sunday, 31 May 2015

J STERLING

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH
J STERLING

Hi jenn how are you ?Tell us a little about yourself?

Uh, my name is Jenn- and I am from southern California (born & raised) and I love it more than anything. okay, not anything- but I love it a lot. lol  I don't believe in sleeves and I don't own any jackets. lol

Are the stories old ones you have saved on you computer or new?

Everything I write is a new piece of work- although I have various parts of books that I've been writing for the last 4 years on my computer that I hope to get to when the timing is right.

When and why did you begin writing?

I got fired from my job in 2010 and the first thing I did was buy a laptop and start writing the book that had been in my head for the last 10 years (in dreams).....  that's how it all started!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

For a long time, I couldn't call myself a writer, or an author, or anything that was an official title like that- because I didn't feel like one because I never felt successful enough. I think it was after I release The Perfect Game that I finally got comfortable shouting to the world "I AM A WRITER! AN AUTHOR!"  and was okay with it without feeling like a fraud. you know?  lol

  




What inspired you to write your first book?

A dream I had that I NEVER forgot, or quite got over... and my very close friend Tray. It's a combination of fiction mixed with a hell of a lot of real life feelings and emotions.  I have a soft spot for that story (in dreams).

Who was the easiest character to write for and why and  hardest and why?

Easiest? A lot of the girls are the easiest for me because they stem from my personality-  the hardest so far has been Paige though- she's the least like me in real life, so everything about her was a challenge to write- she goes against everything my personal instincts would tell me to do.

What was your favorite  book as a child?

It's possible that my favorite book was Tager Tales- something my mom read to me often.


How much of the book is realistic?

Every one of my books has pieces of my reality and real life in them. And I honestly try to write things that might really happen to someone in real life- I like to think that I write realistic romantic fiction.  At least, that's what I hope to write.  things you can relate to. :)

What book are you reading now?
 


Nothing at the moment, but my favorite reads of the year so far have been Fisher's Light by Tara Sivec, The Pact by Karina Halle and Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. And my kindle is fullllllll and needs some of my attention.  :)

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Hard to say- sometimes writers aren't new, but they're new to me- you know? 

What are your current projects?

I have the 2nd book in the Celebrity Series releasing at the end of June (June 29th). It's a really sweet and fun book- like all of my Celebrity books have been. Aside from that, I'm working on the last book in the series, as well as a couple other stand alones.  It's a hodge podge of goodies right now! 





Jenn you have written  loads of books, out of them which one would you say is a favourite  of your readers?

THE PERFECT GAME!  hands down. no one competes with Jack F'n Carter!  <3

And which one is your favourite  book you have written?

In dreams holds a very special place in my heart since it was SUCH a personal story and started me on this whole crazy journey, but The Perfect Game changed my world and made this a career for me and I am eternally grateful for that.  So I guess it's a 2 way tie. 

Who is your favourite character  out of all the brilliant  ones you have brought to life in your books?

Jack. My readers can't get past him, and I can't either.

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


getting excited for Book #2 in The Celebrity Series?  Breaking Stars comes out on June 29th... Still a little bit away, but I wanted to share some of the beginning of the book with you.  I hope you enjoy it!  :)


Paige
When a text message pinged on my phone, I clicked on the link included without thinking. I didn’t bother reading the contents of the text or the link description; knowing it was from my best friend, Quinn, was enough of a reason to absentmindedly click for me. Usually she sent me links to things she thought I should see that involved our friends, coworkers, or her boyfriend. This link, however, had nothing to do with any of her usual subjects, and when I realized that, my heart stopped.

The video appeared grainy at first as the cell phone camera adjusted to the strobe lighting in the club. My boyfriend, Colin, suddenly appeared in the frame, a smile plastered on his face as his eyes focused on someone or something not in the picture. He raised a hand, waving someone over toward him, his grin growing more mischievous.

My brain screamed at me to stop watching. Something inside begged me to look away, turn it off, throw my smart phone across the room, but I couldn’t. It was obviously bad enough for Quinn to send to me, so I had to keep watching.

No matter how much it was going to hurt.

An overly busty blonde sauntered into view, showing more skin than clothes, dancing seductively as she made her way toward my boyfriend. He reached for her waist and pulled her onto his lap. She straddled him, her legs wrapping around his very private area in very plain sight.

Who does that?

The blonde’s skirt rode up, revealing her bare ass, and Colin’s hands were suddenly there, squeezing it, slapping it, lifting her skirt higher. As she leaned her head toward his face, I honestly thought for a second he’d come to his senses. Maybe he wouldn’t kiss her. Maybe he’d toss her off his lap, tell her to go to hell, and rush out of the club, humiliated. Then again, that type of thing only happened in the books I read and the movies I starred in. Most guys weren’t anywhere near as well-behaved as we women wanted them to be.

As if reading my mind, Colin fisted a handful of her hair, and I watched as he yanked her head back, causing the rest of her hair to spill provocatively behind her. His lips pressed against her neck as he licked his way up to her mouth. She laughed, and then he kissed her. It was a mess of tongues and body parts grinding, with hands roaming in places hands shouldn’t be roaming in public.

I’d seen more than enough, so I stopped the video and tried to remind myself how to breathe, my heart pounding as if I were on a treadmill. If anything came after that spectacle—no pun intended—I didn’t need to see it.

Pushing off from the couch, I walked to my window and glanced down toward the street, noticing the swarm of paparazzi already beginning to form.

They’re quick.

This wasn’t the first time claims of infidelity like this had been leveled against my pop-star boyfriend, Colin McGuire, but it was the first time pictures had accompanied the accusations. If a picture spoke a thousand words, this horrendous video and the photos that accompanied it screamed a million. Colin could never talk his way out of my seeing his tongue being buried in that woman’s throat, seeing him grab her ass and grinding on her for all to see.

Falling back on the couch, I tried to unsee what I’d just watched. I couldn’t believe Colin was so blatant and stupid. Most celebrities knew if they were going to cheat, they should do it where people couldn’t watch them or take photos for proof. Apparently the VIP section of a club in London was not that place. Maybe he wanted to get caught? But why not just break up with me first?

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I struggle with setting the scene and really remembering that people like description and not just dialogue based action. I'm so dialogue driven-  I'm trying to slow down and take my time with things, but it's very hard. I love to write fast paced stuff!

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

My favorite author?  That's tough!  I will say that Tara Sivec is unbelievably talented in so many genres and they're ALL so good. I love the way that she writes a story and can write them all so differently- that's a great talent that I don't think many posses. I'm constantly in awe of her ability and enjoy reading everything she writes! 

Who designed the covers?

Michelle Warren from Indie Book Covers does ALL my books, She is the best designer out there- hands down.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

just challenging myself to be better with each story I write. I'm always trying to grow, write better, be better, etc..

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Follow your heart- not your wallet. Don't do this for the wrong reasons.

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

I freaking LOVE you and owe you everything!  I never take you for granted. You are so appreciated and I am so thankful for you.  :)

What do you like to do when your not writing  you next book?

I'm doing everything I can for my son and his future baseball career. So I'm at the game, traveling with him, etc. It's all baseball, all the time in this house!

If one of your books was made in to a movie like so many  books from amazon, which one would you like it to be and who would you cast as your  leading characters?

I think The Perfect Game might be okay on the big screen, but I'm not sure!  RYAN GUZMAN is jack carter. Hands down. There is no one else! 
 And for Cassie- I'm still torn!

What an when is your next release?

Breaking Stars- Paige & Tatum's story is coming 
June 29th! It's available for pre-order now
 and I hope you all enjoy it!  :)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

L A CASEY

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
WITH
L A CASEY


Hi L.A how are you? Tell us a little about yourself?

Hey Louise, I'm doing great, thanks! My name is Lee - it's my nickname at least - and I am a twenty-three-year-old single mother with a stellar passion for writing.


Tell us your latest news?

My latest news would be the date change of my upcoming novel KANE. I had to push the date back from May 5th to June 2nd in order to get everything in an order that I am happy with. It sucks but has to be done.



Are the stories old or new?

KANE is brand new; it is the third book in my series, Slater Brothers.



When and why did you begin writing?


I first began writing when I was in school. I wrote mini stories under five thousand words to pass the time in class if I was bored. It made things exciting... in my head at least.



When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After my first novel, DOMINIC, was published and someone bought it.



What inspired you to write your first book?

A fight I saw in a night club. It sounds weird - okay, it is weird - but I witness a five were two brothers fought five lads in order to defend their younger brother. That brotherly bond stuck with me and eventually the Slater bros were born.



Do you have a specific writing style?

I'm not really sure, I just write what is in my head. I don't have a set time for writing, I write whenever something in my head is bursting to get out.



Who was the easiest character to write for and why and hardest and why?

The easiest characters for me are the brothers in the Slater Brothers series because they're all similar, but different. I'm not sure why, but I find it easier to write male characters. The hardest character would probably be Aideen - leading lady in KANE - because her character is stubborn, even for me.













How did you come up with the title?

I just named it after the lead male because I'm shite with coming up with titles. LOL



Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

People come in and out of your life, but family is forever.



How much of the book is realistic?

The setting is real, it's set in the area where I grew up.



Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Nope, I'm boring compared to the adventures my characters find themselves on.



What books have most influenced your life most?

There are too many to name, but I like to think that I take away something from every book I read.



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

Lorelei James simply because I'd happily read her shopping list.



What book are you reading now?

None. I don't read when I'm writing.



Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I wish I could say yes, but I haven't read something by a new author in a while, but I plan to on my plane ride to Tampa next week. I'll find something.



What are your current projects?

KANE (Slater Brothers, #3) - this book is my main focus.



If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope, my latest book - KEELA - is just the way I want it.



Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

In school, in English class, I loved the idea of creating a new world from nothing during creative time. I was fascinated that I could zone out and lose myself to a world inside my head. I only started writing the stories out when so much was happening in my head that I couldn't keep up.



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

Check out my website and look up Kane, all info on that book is up there, along with some teasers ;)



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Sticking to my outline. I swear my outlines, they work for me, but while writing Kane sticking to my original outline turned out to be hell. I scraped it twice and re-quote the outline half way through the book because things took a turn I wasn't expecting.



WHAT was your favorite book growing up as a child?

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. I loved this book in school.



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

Lorelei James - I love everything about her styles, but her way of making all her characters, even side characters, interesting is awesome to me.



Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

A few times a year I travel around for signings.



Who designed the covers?

Mayhem Cover Creations creates all my book covers :)




What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Knowing when to stop.



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

I did, I learned that it's okay to go back and do a million re-writes because with each re-writes I'm closer to the finished book I'm craving.



Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, write, and write some more. NEVER give up.



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

I love you all, without you, I don't get asked to do cool interviews like these. I don't get to call my passion my job without all of you. Thanks you!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

samantha fontain





Hi Samantha can you tell us your latest news?

Well I am helping organise Claddagh Author Event Dublin 2016. There are three of us Krissy V, Summer Clark from Summer's Book Blog and myself that are putting everything together.

Are the stories old or new?

My stories are all new

When and why did you begin writing?

I have always written but I started my journey in January 2013 officially. I used to write short stories, that I never used to let anyone read, with the exception of my Dad. When he was passing away, he made me make a promise to do something with my writing, and here I am.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

LOL only when I published my first book and it sold.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My life if I was to be honest. I have had a wonderfully varied life, where I have experienced things both good and bad. I used lots of 'my own' personal experiences in my writing for story lines etc.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Erm... lol... I don't know, I have been told my writing style is quite unique, but I tell a good story.

Who was the easiest character to write for and why and hardest and why?

Oooohh Good question. Easiest for me is Rubin Miller from my Dragonflies Trilogy and I suppose Duncan Peters too. Hardest?? Hmmm I don't know. None of my characters are hard to write for me, what I find hard to write is the ends, its the letting go I find hardest.

How did you come up with the title?

My How to Catch Butterflies was because of something I say to my Sorrella. The Dragonflies Series and their titles just seemed right when I first said the names. Same with my 'Wee Bookie Of Nookie' Series, although the titles for these are very 'tongue in cheek' as they are Rubin Millers humour.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, Loyalty, friendship, love are the big under-currents to my books. I, as a friend, love hard and my loyalty is unquestionable. Because I don't have a large family (bar my hub & kids) my friends are family to me.

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

I do use lots of my own personal experiences in my stories, if you know me personally you will know what is real. And yes I do draw on my friends experiences too.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I don't read fiction really, with the exception of anything by Clive Cussler. However, I did read the Lady Of Hay by Barbara Erskin and that hit me like a bolt of lightening when I was in my early twenties. It really resonated in me and opened my mind to the possibility of reincarnation. My downtime reading, if I get the chance to read is normally a factual book on Titanic. I am a huge Titanic buff, have been since a small child.

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

I don't have a writing mentor as such, but my writing hero would be Clive Cussler or Ian Fleming.

What book are you reading now? Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I'm not sadly, I don't have time to read, as any of my spare time (I'm a mum of two teens and a wife) I use to write..

What are your current projects?

Bar Claddagh Author Event Dublin 2016 I am currently writing my Novella Series Wee Bookie Of Nookie. I have just finished From A to B, which is Rubin's first ménage à trios experience and I have two more titles I will be working on.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No lol I am more than happy with my Trilogy and how it flowed. I am however working on my first book (HTCB's) as I have just got them back from the publishers and I am re-working/editing and re-sizing for re-realease.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have always written from a small child. I was the one who liked getting English essay's as homework. I think it has always been with me.

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

It's from my smutty Novella Series Wee Bookie of Nookie - and it's called 'A taste of Turkish Delight'

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

No, only lining up my play list ready to write.

WHAT was your favourite book growing up as a child?

Easy, Enid Blytons The Faraway Tree.

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

Clive Cussler has the well deserved title of Grand Master of Action and Adventure. The way he writes is amazing. I love the research he does and how his stories flow. And his characters have real depth as do the stories.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I tiny bit. I have written about Italy a bit as I love going there. Because I live in the middle of Ireland in the countryside I have to travel to go to book signings.

Who designed the covers?

For my new covers for my Dragonflies Trilogy all credit goes to MG Bookcovers and Designs. For the old covers I found my own pictures as I knew what I wanted. My HTCB's Shelly Pratt did the first and the publishers just re-coloured the second. My Wee Bookie Of Nookie - A dip in the Fontien was by Jade Jez

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The End, as I don't want them to finish lol.

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

I have learned so much since putting pen to paper as so to speak in every way possible.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Only be nice, both to your peers and to your readers, especially your readers, they are the ones that will be buying your books. As for your peers, there is enough room on the shelf for everyone.

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

Yes, sorry for making you cry <3