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Monday, 8 June 2015

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH KEMMIE MICHAELS

AUTHOR KEMMIE MICHAEL'S


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

    Doing great, thanks! I've been writing novels since December of 2012, but I've been writing my entire adult life. I have written for newspapers, magazines, public relations articles, and a host of personal projects. I absolutely love to write! In my personal life, I'm a stay-at-home mom of two autistic boys. They have taught me so much, as has being married for eighteen years to a football coach/accountant. Needless to say, my life is never dull :)


Tell us your latest news?

My latest news is CALLEN, the sequel to LEDGER and MASON in the Second Chance Novels. His book is nearly complete and should be released sometime this spring. His sequel, SHELBY, is nearly done, as well, and will be out this summer. I'm so excited to finish out this series and move onto two other projects I already have started.





Are the stories old or new?

All new :)


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I wrote little books from the time I could write a sentence, but I never considered myself a writer until my junior year in high school. I was writing typical teenage angst poetry almost daily, and then I got more serious when a teacher introduced me to the importance of transitions in writing. Though a simple concept, I bought in completely. He made me look at more than just the subject of my work, but rather how accessible the theme is to the reader. I was hooked.


What inspired you to write your first book?

I got my first kindle for my birthday in 2012 and I began gobbling up romances left and right. I fell in love with Ethan Blackstone from Raine Miller's Blackstone Affair series, and imagined another couple and what their first kiss would look like. I wrote the scene and never stopped.


Do you have a specific writing style?

I would say 'non-linear'. I don't write from beginning to end, but rather I write whatever scene pops into my head, then string them all together in the first draft for editing. Keeping a timeline is difficult that way, but I've figured out how to work around it. For me, writing is more fun when I can just sit and type whatever inspires me without the constraints of writing chronologically.


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

Easiest character was Abby from a book that hasn't come out yet (Fall this year). I adore her and she simply tumbled out of my head. My hardest has been CALLEN himself. I wrote and scrapped more than 20k words before his story took off. I'm not sure why he gave me such fits, but he's cooperating now :)


How did you come up with the title?

For my Second Chance novels, each carries that theme, and labeling each with the main character seemed an appropriate way to introduce each.


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

I suppose in each book I write there is an element of being true to yourself. I've struggled with this often, myself, as I am bipolar and constantly trying to adapt to my situation while maintaining whichever "me" shows up.


How much of the book is realistic?

The plots of my book are possible but not probable, and the physical perfection of most of my characters is completely impossible. No single group of people could hold that standard, and if they did, not all of them would be dynamite in the sack. I read for escape, however, so I like books which take me away completely. I like my fiction to contain plenty of fiction.


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

None. Sometimes I'll put a friend's quirk in there or I'll name a character after my friend's dog, but the experiences are all made up in my head. My love of socks made a debut in Unlikely Hero, and my neighbor's love of soaking in a big old tub became a part of Breaking Through.


What books have most influenced your life most?

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman got me pleasure-reading again once I graduated from college, and Raine Miller made me want to write enticing, sexy stories.


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

There are too many romance author to name. Though not a romance writer, Dean Koontz is BRILLIANT and I would love to emulate his style.


What book are you reading now?

Just the edits of my own, lol. I can't read nearly as much as I want to if I keep my books cranking every few months.


Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I love Aleatha Romig, Raine Miller, and so many others. I love finding fellow indies to read.


What are your current projects?

Finishing my current series with CALLEN and SHELBY, then a stand-alone, steamy love story between a musician and an artist.


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

Not my latest book, but the second book in my first series (The Atlanta Series), Real Challenge, I would do a major over-haul on. I may still someday.


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I think it's simply always been. I wrote books all the time when I was little.


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

CALLEN, but I'm not sharing the next after the series. It's too far away to spoil <3


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Pacing. I try to keep things moving slowly at times and sprint at others. It's tricky but I think the variety keeps the book more interesting.


WHAT was your favorite book growing up as a child?

The first books that got me going was "The Borrowers" series. I loved the little people living in the house like mice and the culture and adventures they had. I loved the fantasy of it. Then junior high brought the Sweet Valley High books. High school killed my love of reading, but The Golden Compass brought me back after college.


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

Dean Koontz, and EVERYTHING. His command of language and metaphor astound me. His characters are varied and true, and his stories can be enlightening or twisted. He's the most versatile author I've read.


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

I don't have to, but I like to! I've attended a few signings and I have a blast at each. I love interacting with readers and fellow indies.

Who designed the covers?

The Atlanta Series and Second Chance Novels were designed by Robin Ludwig Designs and I ADORE THEM! For cost purposes, I did my novella, "Do It Again" on my own. That book certainly doesn't carry the quality as the others, but I had fun doing it.


What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Days when I can't work on it! :)


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

I've learned SO MUCH. My writing has improved, as well as my editing and plot-lines. I've learned some of the complexity of the indie world and the entire scene fascinates me. I've also learned a degree of patience as I try to navigate indie publishing and how to build success.


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing, no matter what :)


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

THANK YOU for taking a chance on a new author!

Sapphire Knight




Hi Sapphire Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Sapphire Knight, the Author of Secrets and Exposed. I’m a mom of two awesome boys. I married my love when I was twenty years old. That was eleven years ago and we are still going strong, even after his deployments from the military. I absolutely love football. I am a die-hard New England Patriots fan. I have gone to college for ten years, for four different majors. I studied Psychology to become a Doctor the past 4 years but have fallen back in love with writing. I have two Doberman Pinschers who I love a great deal. We are currently planning on having another baby. We want to get pregnant around June. I was mostly raised by my grandmother. She is the woman I idolize and hold the highest respect for. I love fast cars, tattoos, and loud music.

How would you describe your books?

I would describe my books as the stories I want to read. They may have an underlining story such as the Russian Mafia, Oath Keepers MC or an MMA gym, but ultimately they are a love story.

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?

Currently I am on the cusp of venturing into other waters. I have been writing the types of books that I personally enjoy reading. I like fun characters, steamy scenes, and a little bit of action.

Share with us a quote from one of your favorite characters?

Tate from Secrets- In a softer voice he says, “Baby, Красота means ‘beauty’.” I find you so fucking beautiful, you don’t even realize.” His lips graze mine as he speaks and after he says it I nip at his bottom lip a little. That does it. Next thing I know he is kissing me softly, almost testing my lips out. It’s like he’s memorizing the flavor, the texture, the wetness. His mouth is cool and fresh and his lips are so soft.





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

For me personally, no it’s not very hard. I will be driving or in the shower and ideas just hit me out of nowhere. I have a bad habit of just standing in the shower and running a scene through my head.

How long does it take you to complete a finished book?

So far, my average is about a month. I want to start writing longer books though, so I expect my time to increase slightly.


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

So far my easiest character to write has been Cain. You will meet him in my Book Exposed, which will be released on April 17th. I think he was the easiest because he is a character I have often dreamed of meeting in real life. The words came pouring out and it seemed like I never had enough time to write as much of him as I wanted.







The hardest character to write is in my book I’m currently working on. He is called 2 Piece by his MC (The Oath Keepers MC). He is frustrating because he is turning out to be so different than what I originally imagined. I don’t have a title picked out yet, but I am planning on releasing his and Avery’s story around June.

Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on Tv or Movie stars?

Originally no they weren’t. Now however, I am finding that I’m including little pieces of myself and my life in different characters attributes.

Without giving anything away ,what is or are your favorite scenes in your book?

My favorite scene right now is in book two-Exposed. The first time Cain sees London in the grocery store. His thoughts and their conversation is so flirty and fun.

What's up next for you?

Next, I have two works in progress. One I mentioned is book three in my Russkaya Mafiya/Oath Keepers MC series. Book three is 2 Piece and Avery’s story. It builds more on Nikoli and Ares characters and introduces some more members of the club. The other book I’m working on is from a series I started writing a few years ago. I had written half a book and it was lost. These characters I remembered well and wanted to give them their own story.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes I have a lot of hobbies. I love to read when I’m not writing. My husband was a mechanic in the military, so we enjoy car shows and classic vehicles. We work out at an MMA gym as a family and are really involved in my son’s football practices and games. I enjoy playing with my Doberman Pinschers (best dog’s ever!) and donating to the Doberman rescues of Texas.

Is there anyone besides you in your family who writes?

My aunt was actually a well-established scientist and worked for the Mayo clinic on Cancer. She has been published in Time magazine and such. She has written many articles on her work. She passed a few years ago of Cancer herself. I am so proud to have had such a successful woman in my family to look up to.


When did you start.What was your first published piece?

I have always loved writing, whether it is a poem/short story when I was younger or one of the many college papers I wrote for all of my Psychology classes I took in college. I started really writing books about three years ago. My first published piece is my book Secrets. It is the first book I wrote completely for myself. I wanted to write exactly the type of book I would want to read, and I did.

Do you have any favorite books or authors?

Of course! I have many, many books and Author’s I love. For MC books alone, my favorite Authors are: Joanna Wylde, Madeline Sheehan, Kira Johns, and Bella Jewel. There are so many more greats, but these have really hooked me. My first book boyfriend hangover that lasted months was Travis Maddox, in Beautiful Disaster.

Out of all the books and stories you've written which is your favorite?

So far, my favorite is my book Exposed. It’s book two in the Russkaya Mafiya/Oath Keepers MC series. I can’t wait to share it with everyone on April 17th.



Do you have a favorite character?

Yes, my favorite character is London. She’s sassy, fun and smart.

What is your favorite genre to write ?

I would say Erotica, because of the steamy scenes I get to write.

What are your favorite movies?

My favorite movie is definitely Step-Brothers. I love Will Ferrell, he’s hilarious. I also enjoy action films. I love comic based movies.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I have always had a passion for writing and English/Literature. The first time a teacher talked to me about my writing was in fourth grade. She loved some of my poems and sent them to be entered in contests for me.

Who or what has been your biggest literary influence?

I honestly don’t have just one. I feel like it has been many factors leading up to this point. I learned so much in my Theatre courses, about the writing and developing of stories and characters. I know the plays and scripts I studied, have a lot to do with how I write and see things play out in my mind. I feel it gives me a different type of exposure than just my English/Literature/Writing courses have in the past.

How Difficult is it for you to come up with one of your brilliant plots?

I plot in different steps. I write what I have then plot some more. I also like to go back and add about three different times, to build onto the plot.

How about characters? Are they easily born and developed?

Yes, in fact it’s overwhelming. It seems the more I write, the more character’s pop up and want their own books. Character building is one of my favorite parts of writing the story.

About how long does it take you to take for you to complete a novel from concept to completion?

From the first word to hitting publish; it takes me two months usually.

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

Not really. I have a work in progress right now that I have set on the back burner for a while. I feel I write best if I’m not trying to force the story. The story has to come to me and flow or else I feel it will be total crap. I have lost half of a book though, to my computer crashing. I thought I was going to puke when that happened.

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

One funny experience for me was when my husband read a steamy part of my book Secrets. He turns to me after he reads it and says “Holy crap! You write porn! Is this what you women read in those books?” I giggled and told him men might learn a few things if they read our books.

What are the good and bad point to being a writer. ?

The good is when someone loves my story and shares with me their feelings. When I get asked to write more, it is the biggest compliment ever. When you have a person trying to write, tell you that you are an inspiration to them. The bad points are: the negative reviews. Unfortunately not everyone is going to like my books. I understand that, but there’s a good way to give criticism. Some people lack that talent and in return hurt my feelings verbally or belittle my education. They don’t realize the amount of work and research it takes to write a full novel.

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

My goodness, I don’t know. Maybe Secrets? I would be flattered to even be considered for that to happen.





What is your favorite band or artist?

My favorite band is like my favorite Author, I have many. Music is very important in my life and my writing process. I do find myself listening to a lot of Metallica though.

What was  it like to publish your first book?

Exciting. I published it early and didn’t tell anyone. I wanted to be able to say it’s ready on a certain date, and it actually be ready. I see people having to wait for different sites to make the book available. I didn’t want anyone to have to wait.

What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?

I would say don’t give up. It’s frustrating, overwhelming and time consuming. It’s also fun, interesting and rewarding.

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

Yes, all the time. If I’m near paper I will write the general idea down, so I can pick up on it later. I have lost many ideas being too stubborn to write them down.

How do you overcome writers block and do you have a special place you like to write?

I write a lot in my car when I’m in the school pick-up line, waiting for my kids. It’s private, quiet and I get to listen to my music.

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

When given a specific subject to write about, then yes I can write under pressure.  If I’m writing my books, then I need to have time and not feel too rushed. I’m a pretty impatient person, so it usually doesn’t end up taking me long anyhow.

Who or what was the inspiration  behind your books?

My main inspiration is that I got so tired of reading the same stories, or having them not go how I wanted them to. I kept saying to myself “This should happen” or “No, it should be this way.” I finally gave in and said I’ll change it. I’ll write stories how I want them to go. I don’t want to read what color the walls are painted or how the furniture is set up. I want to read the actual story and fall deeper in love with the characters.


Friday, 5 June 2015

BLOG GIVEAWAY



BLOG GIVEAWAY - WE ARE NOW A TEAM OF 5 AT AUTHOR2AUTHORBLOGCHAT WE WELCOMED NEW MEMEBER Keira Garbett TO THE FAMILY THIS YEAR. 

 IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE I JOINED Danni Williams Katie Jackson AND Georgina Hannan AS PART OF THE BLOG FAMILY.  SO I DECIDED I WANTED TO CELEBRATE  WITH EVERYONE  ELSE AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE  THAN TO HAVE A BIG GIVEAWAY. ..SO FOR A CHANCE TO WIN SOME AMAZING PRIZES THAT YOU CAN SEE IN THE PHOTOS,



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 IT'S EASY  AS AS THAT.😃 THIS GIVEAWAY  IS NOT AFFILIATED  WITH  FACEBOOK. 

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