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I grew up watching westerns with my father. Man, did he love a good western...and a good book too, as far as that goes. Ivy posted her blurb for Kidnapped by an Outlaw on The Writing Gals Facebook page to get some feedback and as soon as I read over it, I knew I had I would be checking her series out when it was ready. Upon grabbing this adventurous historical romance novel just a week after its release, I simply had to ask her what inspired her to write it.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Ivy, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Hey Shanna! I’m currently roasting in the heat of Florida, so there’s that. I live about ten miles from the Gulf of Mexico, but I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t give two craps about the beach. For shame. :) I love the mountains and wide-open spaces instead, which show up a good deal in my books.
I’m a wife and a mom, the most important parts of me other than being a writer. Of course, those parts make my writing take ten times longer! :) I’ve always wanted to write books though. My mother told me I wrote my first book in preschool when I was five. When she came to pick me up, I was finishing it and asked her how to spell “illustrator.” Strange kid, teehee.
I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with writing since, I suppose. Dreams crushed by reality, life gets in the way, have to get a real job. All that. But now my dreams are here to stay, and I’m quite happy about that.
Me: LOL! Nice. What inspired you to write Kidnapped by an Outlaw?
I write in many different genres, but I’ve always loved to read romance, so I wanted to make the plunge into that area. There’s something rugged and very appealing about cowboys to me, so I knew I wanted to hit that first (pun intended, perhaps). I have a lot of stories plotted for this little made-up town in Wyoming, but the thought of opening things up with the bad boys sounded like a lot of fun, and so Kidnapped by an Outlaw led the way.
Me: Haha, I understand the obsession with cowboys (wink wink) Now, how many books will be in the series?
Total? I’m not sure yet. I have lots of plans! There are four books written right now, and I have immediate plans for three more. There are tentative plans for some past that, so as long as readers still enjoy it, I’ll keep visiting Emerald Falls.
Me: That’s awesome. An open-ended series, I love that! Which character in your collection is your favorite? Why?
Oh, man. Which of my children are my favorite? That’s cruel. :) I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to pick I’d say Clay. He’s the hero from the first book, Kidnapped by an Outlaw. He is just yummy. He’s definitely an outlaw and a little broody, but he’s also very sweet and protective of the heroine. Plus, you should see him in my head...
Me: Ah, yes, I loved Clay. He was the perfect albeit sweet alpha outlaw. So, did anyone in real life inspire your characters?
I tend to pull character traits and backstories from all over, but I almost never model a character after someone I know on a large scale. I do grab photos of celebrities that make me swoon for my heroes though.
Me: I understand. I do the same. Now, have you ever been to Wyoming? Are the places in your book real or made up?
I have! I love it there. The air is fresh, the views are spectacular, and the weather is wonderful. So different from Florida.
Some of the areas in my books, like the Absaroka mountain range and the city of Sheridan, are real and mentioned to give the general area of northern Wyoming, but the town of Emerald Falls is fictional (as are two other places only mentioned so far, St. Aspen and Hollard).
Me: I love that!! Wyoming and Montana are on my bucket list. So, what are you working on now?
I’m doing the last bits of editing on a prequel for the series. Then I’m going to pick up a new project for a bit, get my feet wet and see how I like it, before I continue on with Emerald Falls Book Four. I’m excited about both!
Me: Very cool! Tell us a little about your writing process?
I like to plot, and I like to determine what my cover is going to look like. That means I spend time figuring out who my characters are and what they want, as well as digging up photos that capture them for me. It’s helpful to look at a photo (or even a completed cover) to help me get back into a couple’s flow. I write fast and edit slowly, which is irksome but necessary.
Me: Nice. My cover is actually the last thing I do, so that’s interesting that you do yours first. What drew you to the historical romance genre?
I like “simpler time” stories. Things are so fast paced these days. It stresses me out sometimes. It’s nice to go back to a time when living life was a little slower. It may have been more dangerous, but hey, tomato tomahto, right? I like the restrictions it puts on my characters too. There are more rules about relationships and marriage, and someone can’t just pick up a cell phone and make problems all better. Hello, conflict!
Me: Haha, yes and I agree. Would have loved to live during a “simpler” yet tougher time. Who are your favorite authors/books?
This is always so hard for me… I’m so spread across the genres. Let’s try this: Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, Kelley Armstrong and her Otherworld series, Jean M. Auel, Nicholas Evans, Kristen Ashley, Nora Roberts, Ruby Dixon, Craig Johnson, Sara Gruen.
Me: Nice :-) What do you personally love about writing?
It’s like reading a book, letting yourself get lost in another world. Living the life of another person in another land. You suddenly have skills or problems you never had before, and you have to figure out how to overcome them. Writing is grasping that excitement of reading and taking it to the next level. Not only do I get to explore new worlds and characters, but I get to make the decisions. Building a story from the inside out is a blast.
Me: Yes. Writing is the best! What are you looking forward to before the end of 2019?
Having my cowboy books come out in paperback in September. I can’t wait to have them on my shelf! And to have a second series growing in a new fun romance category. I’m so looking forward to getting those books out. Onward and upward, 2019!
Me: Thank you so much for “being here” tonight, Ivy. Best of luck to you and your Emerald Falls Series. I know lovers of historical romance and cowboys will enjoy your series for sure. I certainly did!
Ivy McAdams wants to be a cowgirl when she grows up.
She may reside on the beaches of Florida, but her heart lives in the wide open spaces of Wyoming. She grew up dreaming of horses, playing cowboys and indians on her grandfather's farm, and curling up on the couch with him to watch westerns. Cowboys have been her heroes ever since.
Ivy loves the warm feelings and happily ever afters of a romance novel and has married her passions together to bring you historical western romance stories.
When not writing, she's taking care of two beautiful girls and teaching them to adore books as much as she did growing up. She can't wait until they're big enough to dress in cowboy hats and ride horses with her.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys reading about cowboys, historical or otherwise ;-) and supports her fellow indies, like Ivy McAdams
I had the pleasure of meeting the highly talented Nicole Scarano on Twitter. I'd added her book to my Goodreads TBR stack long before it was recommended to me by my fellow indie author, J.D. Park. As soon as I saw that it was about Greek mythology, I jumped on that baby like a desert dweller to a bucket of water. With each page I read, I knew I was in the midst of a fascinating tale, and Ms. Scarano didn't disappoint. After reading it, I knew I had to ask her what inspired her to write it. Here's what she had to say:
Me: Hi Nicole. Thanks so much for being my guest tonight. I’m honored to have you here on my blog. Tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Hi! Thank you for having me here. I am an indie author of Pomegranate which is a fantasy twist on the Hades and Persephone myth. My day job is video editing. I am a hard core dog mom and love rescued pitbulls. I adopted China five years ago, and her adorably sweet personality made me fall so in love with the breed.
In high school, my dream was to move to L.A. and become a script writer and film director. I loved film and television (still do) and wanted to be a part of the movie magic. I wrote my first full length script in high school and my second in college. By the time I graduated with a degree in film, I had discovered while I loved all aspects of filmmaking, my true love was storytelling. Every movie or show starts with story. Without writers, we have no entertainment.
Me: Amen to that. I wanted to do movie makeup as I kid and would still love to do anything involving film. So, I gotta ask- What inspired you to write Pomegranate? Where did you get the idea to turn Hades into a woman?
I started Pomegranate as a script in college, but the story dates even further back. It has been over ten years since I first came up with the idea to write a reinvention of the Greek myths centering on Hades as a woman, but to be honest I cannot remember where exactly the idea started or what made me think of it. I have always loved the gods of death, though. Anubis, Hel, Hades. I love anti-heroes, villains, and darkness. Hades was always a god hated for his rule of the Underworld, but according to legend he was the more straightforward god. Unlike Zeus he didn’t often meddle in human affairs, seduce multiple women, or lie. He tended to do what he said he would, and I loved the idea that this man history hated was probably one of the more honorable god. I wanted to write a script with Hades as the MC, but I love female protagonists, so I’m sure that had something to do with the gender change.
Me: That is so super cool! I love it!! And I, too, have always been fascinated by the Egyptian and Greek gods too. (If I ever have another dog, it’s gonna be a Doberman named Anubis) Now, I bet you had to do a great deal of research on this novel before writing it. Did you plot everything out or did you just let the pages take you away and see where it was going to go?
Yes and no. Of course I had to research each myth and know what the originals told and work them into the plot, but the great thing about re-inventing myths is that you only have to know the basics before you write your own version. When Pomegranate first started, it was right after college, and it began as a script. I did not outline and by the time Hades meets Keres (for those of you who have read this you know how soon into the book it is) I felt the idea was good, but it was going in a direction I did not like. I deleted everything, wrote an outline, and then turned it into a book. I outline everything to this day, even shorts.
Me: Good point. How long did it take you to write this book?
About six years. I started it after college and wrote a lot at first, but I got a full-time job, adopted China, and eventually started dating someone seriously. I kept finding less and less time to work, and Pomegranate got abandoned. It always seemed like an impossible dream. Then two-and-a-half years ago, I went through a rough patch and felt I was floundering in life. I got a tattoo of a line of dialogue I wrote; partially because I love it and partially because in essence it is about facing the impossible and fighting anyway. I picked Pomegranate back up and have not stopped writing since.
Me: I understand one hundred percent. Abundance was written well over fifteen years ago, and my own personal struggles helped give me the courage to publish. So, which character in your book is your favorite-- Besides Kerberos ;-) LOL? Why?
Hades. I adore her. She is so much a part of me. Sometimes when I write I feel Nicole is gone and only Hades exists. She is so badass and loving. To me she is the best part of the book. I love Alkaios cause I mean, how can you not? I also love Keres and Charon. Keres is the friend we all want, and Charon is this surrogate father to Hades, guiding her through her new godhood.
Me: I love it and love all those characters too. Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters? Hades? Alkaios?
Hades definitely is inspired by me. I did not write her as a biography or even do this on purpose, she just evolved that way. She is partially who I am, and who I want to be. Kerberos is inspired by China, my rescued pitbull. People dislike the breed or fear them, and these dogs are often mistreated. China came to me so shut down and anxious. She does not trust easily, but once you bond (and she is so sweet and bonds with almost everyone) she is loyal and full of love. Kerberos and Hades have a similar relationship. He is feared and hated and doesn’t trust easily, but with Hades, he is a big bed-hog puppy… with three heads, a leathery hide, and razor spikes
Me: I love it. Dogs are the best. What are you working on now?
The sequel to Pomegranate. It is so close to being done and should hit sometime later this year. I also have a YA Dystopian in the works as well as a romance novella.
Me: Awesome! What drew you to the fantasy genre?
I have a weird relationship with genres. I never set out to write any certain genre. I just come up with a story and then go ‘I guess this is what it is’. Most of my stuff stays in the fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian/apocalyptic genre, but I tend to genre blend. I love doing this. Pomegranate is Fantasy Historical Fiction, and my next series will be a sci-fi fantasy.
Me: Ha ha, you sound like me, I never set out to write a specific genre either, but it is what it is, right? So, who are your favorite authors/books?
Thunderhead (sequel to Scythe) by Neal Shusterman
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
Me: Hmm, I’ll have to check those out! What do you personally love about writing?
The ability to live lives that are impossible, exciting, and beautiful. I love so much about writing and reading, but I think one of the most magical parts of a book is its ability to transport us into these adventures. Real life often is composed of endless days that consist of waking up, going to the office, coming home to errands, cleaning, cooking to go to bed and repeat. Writing and books open up worlds to you; adventures and romance. I love living through their stories. I also love a good plot. There is something about a plot so well crafted that I cannot guess the ending. An interesting soulful story sticks with you, and I want to give my version of those stories to the world.
Me: Amen to that!! What are you looking forward to before year’s end?
Pitchfork finally being published! This sequel is two years in the making. I have written shorts for contest and a novella all to hone my skill, and this new book really shows my growth as an author. I cannot wait.
Me: That makes two of us, Nicole. I am super excited to read book 2. You have a true talent. Thanks so much for ‘hanging out with me’, I wish you all the best :-)
Nicole Scarano is an avid Audible listener, book reader, and TV lover and therefore loves the art of storytelling. She is the author of "Pomegranate" which follows Hades rise from mortal woman to god of the underworld. By day she is a video editor and dog walker, and in her spare time she is working on two novels, a novella, and any other short story that comes to mind while her rescued pitbull, China, keeps her company.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart...and supporting her fellow indies, like Nicole Scarano ;-)
I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Michelle Hillstrom almost from the very beginning of joining Instagram. We were grouped together in a romance author huddle that a mutual friend of ours put together and I’m super glad we found one another. The support of the Instagram writing/reading community has been invaluable.
Once I saw that Michelle wrote paranormal romance, I was super excited to read her work--as I’m a big fan of all things that go bump in the night. I won five of her books as part of a giveaway on Instagram -- Yaaayyy me ;-) -- a few months ago and read the first one of her books in her Kiss series while I was chillin’ at the pool this summer.
Here’s my review of it Goodreads.
After reading this intriguing debut vampire novel of hers, I wanted to ask her what inspired her to write it.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Michelle, tell me a little bit about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Michelle: Hi, Shanna! Thank you for asking me to do this interview! So, a little about me… I was born and raised in Texas. I’m a Marine Corps Veteran, a Fur Mom, and a chronic illness warrior. I began writing as a child and wrote my first novel when I was twelve. It wasn’t very good, but that was when I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I grew up with a love for books thanks to my parents who would read to me every night before bed and would take me to the library frequently to check out books.
Me: That’s awesome and thank you for your service :-) So, what inspired you to write The Kiss Series?
Michelle: The Kiss Series was inspired by a dream that I had one night where I saw a girl watching a guy walk down a set of stairs talking to his friends. (The scene in chapter one of The Faithful Kiss.)
The Kiss Series is actually a combination of that idea and an idea that I had of a vampire who was in love with a vampire slayer who was frequently reincarnated. I ended up cutting out the vampire slayer and setting it on a college campus instead of during the Renaissance.
Me: Now, how many books will be in the series?
Michelle: The series will be a total of six, maybe seven books, but at the moment I’ve stepped away from the series to publish two standalone books that were clamoring for me to write them and preventing me from focusing on the series.
Me: Ha ha, right! Which character in your collection is your favorite? Why?
Michelle: In The Kiss Series, I think that Elizabeth is my favorite character. She is so tragic, dark, and has experienced so much trauma. It makes her a very interesting character. Writing her book was the most fun for me because I really got too dig deep into her motivations and her psyche.
Me: She is quite a character just from what I read of her. I’m eager to see her history.
Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters?
Michelle: There are bits and pieces of different people in some of my characters, but none of the characters were based solely off of one person.
Me: What are you working on now?
Michelle: Currently I am preparing FRIENDZONE, (a New Adult, Jock Romance) for publication while simultaneously writing Courting Death (a Dark, Fantasy Romance).
Me: Ooohh, sounds interesting! Tell us a little about your writing process?
Michelle: I don’t have a very strict formula or process when it comes to writing. I’m mostly just moved to write by my Muse, usually at the most inconvenient times. But, I actually do a very large part of my writing on my cell phone while soaking in bubble baths, or jotting down different scenes on my water-proof notepad while in the shower. Water seems to really help me get the words flowing.
Me: Haha, isn’t that the way it goes…wanting to write at the most inopportune times! Now, what drew you to the paranormal romance genre?
Michelle: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” started my fascination with vampires. Angel and Spike were my first vampire loves and they inspired me to write a vampire romance story. But I never got around to finishing because life took me on a detour from writing for a few years. It wasn’t until a friend introduced me to the Twilight Series back in 2008 that I was brought out of the dark, uncreative place that I had found myself in and got back to reading and writing and really started to focus on writing my own paranormal romance series.
Me: OMG, I LOVE Buffy and Angel AND the Twilight series. So, who are your favorite authors/books?
Michelle: How can you ask me that??!?! Well… let’s see… I have to give a shout out to Stephenie Meyer since she got me back into reading and writing. Gone with the Wind, Where the Red Fern Grows, Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, Outlander, Harry Potter, Rebecca, Gillian Flynn, Anne Rice, Victoria Holt, but right now I am really enjoying reading a lot of indie books.
Me: All great ones and likewise! I’ve read so many awesome indie books! Now, what do you personally love about writing?
Michelle: I love just getting lost in a new story that I am writing. Creating characters that people will fall in love with, become invested in, and care about what ends up happening to them. I always say that I’m just a big kid who never outgrew her imagination, but now instead of acting out stories with my Barbies, I write the stories down and create books.
Me: Ha ha, yes! But where’s the fun in growing up? ;-) Now, what are you looking forward to this year?
Michelle: I am looking forward to the release of FRIENDZONE in December!
Me: That's great, it sounds so good. Can't wait for it!
Thank you so much for being my guest tonight, Michelle. It’s been a pleasure.
You can grab Michelle Hillstrom’s Kiss series and all her other books on Amazon here.
Michelle Hillstrom is a New Adult Romance Author. Her work includes “The Kiss Series,” “Insomnia,” and “#MeToo: A Collection of True Story Crimes Against Women.”
Michelle was born and raised in Texas where she began writing short stories at a very young age and wrote a novel at age twelve.
When she isn’t writing, Ms. Hillstrom advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, animal rights, and suicide prevention and mental health. She enjoys cooking, dancing, and reading. She spends as much time as she can with family, friends, and her two Labradors.
Ms. Hillstrom was honored to serve her country in the Marine Corps Reserves before being medically discharged.
Michelle Hillstrom continues to reside and write in her Texas Hometown.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills, and warms her heart... and supporting the spooky bitches of Lubbock too :-D
I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely and talented Evelyn Montgomery on Instagram among many of the indie romance authors in that supportive writing/reading community. We connected easily and as soon as I read the blurb for her book Indecision, I knew it was going to be right up my alley- Firefighter southern gent and a strong Cali girl writer, what’s not to love about that? After I read it, I had to know what inspired her to write it.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Evelyn, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Evelyn: I’m a Southern California girl, who grew up in Northern California before moving to Central Kentucky almost three years ago. I knew at a very young age I wanted to be a writer. To be honest, it has always been with me before I could even write words. I would scribble down what I thought was a book on several pieces of paper and staple them together, very proud of what I created. I was probably about 4 years old.
Me: Aww, how cute is that! I love it! So, what inspired you to write Indecision?
Evelyn: Indecision is sort of an autobiography in some ways. In a lot of ways it is not, but there are very similar mirrored situations in the book that took place in real life. I am a journalist. I was born in Orange County. My family still lives in Huntington Beach and I always wanted to move back there.
A lot of the characters have traits from friends I call family in my life, but for the most part are made up. I wanted to tell the struggle of a woman having to give up her dreams for something she did not expect. I guess in a lot of ways like I feel I gave up mine.
Don’t get me wrong though, I am happy here in Central Kentucky. But Cali will always be home.
Me: Awww, it’s such a beautiful location for this book, I’ve always wanted to go there. Why did you choose this setting for your book?
Evelyn: I grew up there for 34 years. It was all I knew before moving to the South. I wanted to write about what I knew. The great places I have visited and the places I called home.
Me: I love it!! Now, how many books are in the Kismet series?
Evelyn: Three. The fourth is in production. ;)
Me: Awesome! I’m excited to read Reckless soon. So, which character in the collection is your favorite? Why?
Evelyn: Before I started writing my current work in progress, I would say Rex. He is the man candy in book 3. But now, I am falling in love with Jolene and Troy in book 4 and can’t wait for others to fall in love with them too.
Me: Aww, yaayyy. From the teasers I’ve seen I can understand that ;-)
Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters? Noah? Evelyn? Rex? Gwen?
Evelyn: Noah is completely made up. Not one person inspired him. I wanted to create my own version of a southern dream, and so he was created. Lol Evelyn takes part of my personality, but she is A LOT her own too. Gwen is me mixed with a lot of my longtime best girlfriends. Rex, lol, he’s everyone's favorite guy friend and the man most women drool over but know they can never tame. I created him with that mindset, and that is for sure how he turned out.
Me: Haha, yes! Understood! So, what are you working on now?
Evelyn: Deliverance - A military romance due out this fall. I am hoping early October if not sooner. It is the story of Jolene, Noah’s sister, and Troy Young.
Me: I can’t wait!!! Tell us a little about your writing process?
Evelyn: For Indecision and Devotion - I did not plan. I just wrote as the story flowed out of me. For Reckless, I plan and plotted for the first time. I can honestly say I think that made the book take longer to write. For Deliverance, I am going back to the way I naturally am - realizing I am not a planner or plotter. So far the story is flowing well and i don’t feel trapped in a plotted box like I did with book 3.
Me: LOL! Yeah, I’m not much of a plotter myself so I completely understand that!
What drew you to the romance genre?
Evelyn: I am a woman who loves a good love story. Enough said. ;)
Me: Haha! I’ll drink to that ;-) Who are your favorite authors/books?
Evelyn: My all time favorite is F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby. Some Contemporary Romance authors I like are: K. Broomberg, Adrianna Locke, Corrine Michaels, Britney Cherry and Melanie Harlow.
Me: I guessed as much when I read about Gatsbys ;-) Now, what do you personally love about writing?
Evelyn: Creating worlds. I love the feeling I get from starting and not knowing what is going to come out, and later standing back and thinking- Oh my, did I write that? The feedback from readers is amazing too. I have met some amazing faithful readers and some awesome author friends since starting my indie author journey.
Me: Agreed 100%. So, what are you looking forward to in 2019?
Evelyn: My first book signing. Finishing Deliverance. Making new author friends and talking with readers who enjoy what I have written.
Me: The signing is going to be awesome! I can’t wait!! I wish you all the best, Eve. And I look forward to meeting you face to face in October. It’s so amazing to be on this great writing journey and have so many supportive and awesome women by my side.
Grab Evelyn’s Kismet series, now available on Amazon.
Evelyn Montgomery is a Southern California girl now embracing her southern roots in Central Kentucky. She is the author if The Kismet Series, available on Amazon. Her novels take you from the West Coast to the deep South. When she is not writing, she works as a journalist and editor of a community newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children - Ava, Sophia and Logan - and her husband, Jason.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys good books that thrill, chill and warm her heart...and supporting her fellow indie authors, like Evelyn Montgomery
I met the inspiring and talented Trisha Harley McCarthy on Instagram last year and we connected instantly. Being both a fellow believer in the paranormal and writer of cowboys, I knew I would enjoy her work. When she released her newest book in May, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. It revolved around the existence of Big Foot, so when I finished it, I simply had to ask her what inspired her to write it.
Here's what she had to say:
Me: Hi Trisha, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Trisha: When I was in high school, my creative writing teacher told me I had talent. At that point in my life, the thought of writing wasn’t on my radar. Around 2006, I became hooked on fan fiction and wrote (poorly I might add) a continuing story of Bridget Jones’s Diary. After I began to receive positive reviews it was then that I began to entertain the thought I could write my own book. I began in 2007 and published my first book, Just As He Is in 2012. The rest is history. Since then, I’ve published 9 books with 3 more in progress.
Me: That’s great! What inspired you to write Eye Shine?
Trisha: As a kid my family used to go camping in remote locations. Late one winter night, we were parked in our camper at a secluded campground in the Sierra Nevada’s near Lake Tahoe, CA. Something woke me up in the middle of the night. I could hear large footsteps outside. I remained still listening intently. I was so scared and the hairs on the back of my neck raised during the entire episode. The next morning, I saw large footprints in the snow. Since then the subject of cryptids also known as Sasquatch or more commonly known as Bigfoot has fascinated me. I love to write unique stories involving the paranormal.
Me: How cool! Scary, but a great story..and it inspired you to write a book! Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters? Macy? Carson? Colton?
Trisha: There may be a little of me in the Macy character. Carson and Colton are purely fictional hunky characters conjured up through my imagination!
Me: Nice! Love it! Which character in your collection is your favorite? Why?
Trisha: I personally love the Colton character. He is the dapper, sweet and rationale character of the book. I love his alpha mentality towards his love interest, Macy.
Me: Yes, he was my fave too! What are you working on now?
Trisha: I am working on three projects at the moment. On Ice, A Hockey romance due out by fall. It is my first sports romance inspired by the San Jose Sharks, my team. Taboo is a contemporary romance featuring very sophisticated characters who face the challenge of heartache and coming to terms with being unable to conceive a child. The third project is The Staircase in the Woods. A suspense thriller romance with a supernatural element woven into the storyline.
Me: How intriguing!! Sounds awesome! Tell us a little about your writing process?
Trisha: I think all writers have their quirks. Mine is I do my best writing around four pm in the afternoon and write for several hours. I listen to loud rock and roll featuring my favorite band Nickelback. It allows my creativity to flow.
Me: LOL! Yes, we do!! Nice- I love Nickelback!! What drew you to the paranormal romance genre?
Trisha: I am a paranormal investigator. So, the subject matter is near and dear to my heart. They say write what you know, and I have. I’ve written about aliens in my book Dimensions, and now Bigfoot with Eye Shine. I binge watch all the various paranormal shows on cable.
Me: LOL! Likewise! I am completely fascinated with the paranormal! So, who are your favorite authors/books?
Trisha: I love Helen Fielding who wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary. She is my real inspiration for my very first book. Other favorite authors are Maria Luis, Carian Cole, Ella Fields, Louise Bay and of course you, Shanna. Suddenly Forbidden is an all-time favorite of mine by Ella Fields.
Me: Aww, wow, thank you so much! I’m so glad I rank up there among your faves (Blushes ten shades of red) I’ve never read Bridget Jones’s Diary but I loved the movie, it was hysterical! What do you personally love about writing?
Trisha: I love when people tell me my writing has helped them in some way. A recent reader told me she was going through chemo and my books helped her during a difficult time. Another reader emailed me and told me how after an accident when she reads my stories it allows her to escape the daily pain she endures. I am humbled at the way my writing has helped others in some small way. I love being of service to others. If my writing brings some measure of comfort, then I am elated.
Me: Aww, that’s so awesome! How wonderful! Yes, touching hearts is definitely a perk of our work for sure. Now, what are you looking forward to in 2019?
Trisha: Being a better version of me in all ways and maybe striving for a best seller!
Me: Aww, I love that! We can all improve ourselves in various facets. Love the perseverance and dedication. You’re a true inspiration, Trisha. Thank you so much for being my guest tonight! I wish you all the best in all you do and look forward to reading more of your work!!
You can follow Trisha on Amazon and read her various romantic and paranormal works. Be sure to grab your copy of the thrilling tale, Eye Shine.
Trisha Harley McCarthy is a certified Life Coach and prolific romance author specializing in fantasy, paranormal and contemporary genres. All her books are available through Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys hearing stories about the paranormal and all things unexplained. She also enjoys supporting her fellow indie authors...like Trisha :-D
I met the lovely and talented, Bella Emy on Instagram and through networking in various groups began reading her work. Bella is a USA Today Bestselling Author and has her own library of amazing books on various platforms. I was lucky enough to read two of them so far and will be reading lots more before the years’ end.
Bella was able to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with me about her work, her writing life and what’s coming next for this “heart-breaker”.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Bella, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Me: It’s my pleasure having you on my blog! That’s so awesome, Bella. What inspired you to write Beneath a Starlit Sky?
Me: I just loved King of Arrogance too, OMG, Derek Mykels, grrr. I can’t wait for Between the Sheets! When will that one be out?
Me: Man, it’s gonna be so good. So, which character in your collection is your favorite? Why?
Me: Did anyone in real life inspire your characters?
Me: Haha, right! I understand completely (wink, wink) So, what are you working on now?
Me: Perfect! Our little secrets, haha!! Now, tell me about your writing process?
Me: Haha yes, understood. Hubby bought me a ton of notebooks for Christmas that I leave around the house to jot down inspiration on when it strikes! And I feel ya, no day starts without coffee. LOL! What drew you to the romance genre?
Me: Understood-100% and I agree. Romance is the best, but throwing in some tragedy is always a strength builder for the characters and the story ;-) Who are your favorite authors/books?
Me: Yes, love my BBBs and Nicholas Sparks too. What do you love about writing?
Me: Yes, it’s really the best feeling ever, being a creator! So, what are you looking forward to in 2019?
Me: Awesome. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to read more of your work in the future. It’s been a true pleasure. Thank you for joining me tonight!
You can find all of Bella's books on her website and be sure to follow her for updates, sneak peeks and more.
Bella Emy is a USA Today Bestselling Author.
She loves all books, but her favorite genre to read, as well as write, is romance. Bella loves creating heartbreaking stories that will deeply touch her readers, but in the end, a good HEA is usually the turnout.
Whenever Bella is not typing away on her computer with a nice hot cup of coffee, she loves spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite places to go are the movies, the beach, or just on a good plain old road trip. Some of her must haves are coffee, chocolate, pizza, music, & movies.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills (and breaks) her heart. She also enjoys supporting her fellow indies...like Bella! :-D
I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Gabrielle G. through mutual author friends of ours on Instagram and was super excited to read Gab’s debut novel, Always & Only after it came out in March because it sounded unique and different. After the emotional rollercoaster that was this book left me craving more, I knew I wanted to interview Gabrielle and ask her about what inspired her to write this novel. (Read my review here)
(*To note- I just grabbed up book 2 in her Angels and Sunshine series- Never & Forever- SQQUEEE and guess what?! It’s on sale for ONLY $0.99 from now Thursday 6/6 until Sunday 6/9, so be sure to get your copy too!!! **Link at the bottom.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Gabrielle, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Gabrielle: Hi! Thanks for having me. So I’m French and Canadian, lived in Switzerland for thirteen years and now reside in Montreal with my husband, my three kids and a cat who hates me.
I always loved writing. I started when I was twelve to manage my teenage turmoil, but never published anything until this year except articles in magazine as I was a freelance writer for many years.
Me: What inspired you to write Always & Only?
Gabrielle: I was feeling very courageous reading romance about young adults when I was coming closer to forty. I remember thinking, what if the heroine was single again and totally freaking lost and if the Hero was the one sure of where their story goes? What if they were forty and didn’t have their shit together? What if she was the girl we all hate to be, but sometimes are anyways?
Me: Ha ha, yes, loved to hate Julia but that’s what made it unique. So, which character in your series is your favorite? Why?
Gabrielle: In the series Angels and Sunshine: Ryan. I loved to break him in Always & Only and write his story in Never & Forever. He’s sweet and savage at the same time. He has a lot of me in him.
In all my books: Dex. He’s in every book, every series, everywhere and he has such a big personality, I can make him say anything I don’t dare to mutter out loud.
Me: Nice! Loved Ryan...and Dex. Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters? Julie? Ian? Ryan?
Gabrielle: Julie is inspired by a few of my friends who went through a separation or a divorce these past years and just lost their confidence and their way, wanting to refocus on themselves and went a little boy crazy.
Ian and Ryan are just pieces of all the men I know. Nobody in particular, everybody in general.
Me: Gotcha! So what are you working on now?
Gabrielle: Right now, I’m working on Asher’s story. He’s the nephew of Ian, the son of Virginia. His book won’t be in the Angels and Sunshine series, but there will be references of it of course.
I’m also editing Often & Suddenly, book 3 of the Angels and Sunshine series, m/m romance.
Me: Great! How many books are there going to be in the Angels and Sunshine series?
Always & Only released March 12th
Never & Forever released May 15th
Often & Suddenly which is planned for a summer release.
Me: So, what’s your writing process like?
Gabrielle: I don’t really have a process. I research a lot before and sometimes during. I plan every chapter, but sometimes my characters lead me in another direction. I complain a lot and listen to the playlist I create for the book. I write better in the morning and need to drink gallons of teas to go through the day.
Me: Tell me a bit about book 2, Never and Forever, that just debuted on May 15th? I can’t wait to read it!
Gabrielle: Never & Forever is a love story, but it’s also a story about moving forward, going over your addiction and finding peace. What I loved to do in this series was to play with the point of views the reader can experience. In book 2, you see the heroes of book 1 through another lens. And what you think happened in book 1, might be a different story in book 2… and then there is book 3. They are all standalone but interconnected.
Me: Sounds great! Now, what drew you to the romance genre?
Gabrielle: I’m the kind of person who peeks at the end of a book to know how it ends up. What I like is to see how we get from A to B, not what is B. Romance is perfect for that. You know the heroes will have a Happily Ever After, otherwise it isn’t romance. So, I always know where I need to go, I mainly never know how I’m bringing my readers there except through a lot of emotions.
Me: Got ya! I don’t ever peek. I like surprises. LOL! My cousin always did that, but I can’t bring myself to do it, ha ha!! Who are your favorite authors/books?
Gabrielle: My favorite book is a French book named If I was God by Barjavel. I read it many times.
In the romance genre, I’ll one-click J. Daniels, Melanie Harlow, LJ Shen without thinking twice.
I’ve read every book by Camilla Läckberg or Fred Vargas too (suspense) and love biographies and poetry.
Me: What do you love about writing?
Gabrielle: I didn’t think I would enjoy it so much, but talking with people about what they got from my book is really interesting. Each reader has another point of view depending what they have experienced in their life, and it’s amazing to see what I intended to create and how it has been interpreted.
Me: What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Gabrielle: Releasing 2 more books, writing some more, spending time with my family and turning 40. I love my birthday, and I know this year is going to be extra awesome. If anyone knows my husband, let him know my expectations are high.
Me: Haha, Nice. I hope it’s great! Thank you for being my guest. I wish you all the best!
You can find both of Gabrielle’s books on Amazon now.
Never and Forever is just $0.99 from now until Sunday-
Get your copy here
Who am I?
A question I haven't found the answer to yet...
I don't like coffee, I have a fluffy cat and a computer, that's all you need to know, right? Do you need more details about me?
I have a great heart but a dirty mouth.
I looooove my birthday, and I still celebrate my half-birthdays.
I have a dry, sarcastic, dirty sense of humor.
I'm a mom, and mostly I like it. (see above)
My cat hates me. (Not a joke)
My mother tongue isn't English, but I speak it very well with a slight French accent.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart...she also enjoys supporting her fellow indie authors, like Gab :-)
I met Heather during one of my book promos on Book Funnel, so when her book Clover Creek came out, I immediately fell in love with the cover and storyline. I quickly downloaded it, and I’m sure glad that I did because it was such a sweet and funny read. I mean what’s not to love about a small town, second chance romance, right? (It’s actually book one of a four part series- of which, book 2, Hickory Falls, premiered TODAY, so be sure to grab your copy! * Link at the bottom of the interview)
After I read this adorable novel, I knew that I wanted to interview her and ask her what inspired her to write it.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Heather, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Heather: I think it was gradual, actually. I have always loved reading. And for as long as I can remember, I’d hear a song or see a person and this story would play out in my head. Weird, I know lol. Then one day, I opened my laptop and started writing them down.
Me: LOL! I hear ya! Those stories in your head won’t be quieted! Now, what inspired you to write The Sweet Southern Nights series?
Heather: I love small town romance. Like the Hallmark stuff. And I’m from the South. So I thought it would be fun to write a small town series set around places I know.
Me: I’m southern too, born and raised. Which character in Clover Creek is your favorite? Why?
Heather: Gram! Because she is modeled after my own grandmother. Some of my best memories are of the times I’d spend at my grandparent’s house.
Me: Awww. I just loved Gram and yes, I can’t totally get that and relate. Just love my Nanny :-D So Gram’s character was inspired by a real life person, what about Claire? Jayce?
Heather: Jayce was actually inspired by- don’t laugh- but my sister in law. She works at a real life diamond supplier much like Sterling’s Silver. She started at the bottom and worked her way all the way up to the top. What she does and how the whole diamond industry works has always fascinated me.
Me: That’s awesome!! What are you working on now?
Heather: I am working on Sycamore Park, book three in the Sweet Southern Nights series.
Me: How many books are in The Sweet Southern Night series?
Heather: Four books
Me: Tell us a little bit about your writing process?
Heather: Oh gosh! Well, I’m definitely a plotter. I outline my outlines lol And I know a lot of authors pace themselves by word count. I don’t. I set a goal like - Okay today I’m going to get to such and such point in the story then, I can stop. I focus more on where the story is going than the actual words.
Me: Got ya! Tell me a bit about the next book of the series, Hickory Falls.
Heather: Hickory Falls is Bennett’s story and I LOVE it. It’s probably my favorite. Korie Lawson is a coffee shop owner who reads and reviews books as a hobby. Bennett is an author. She reviews his book. He doesn’t agree with her review so he emails her and…sparks fly. It’s super cute. I love bringing the book world into my books. And it released today, June 4.
Me: OMG!! I love it already! Can’t wait to read it!!! Now, what drew you to the romance genre?
Heather: Two words: Mr. Darcy
Me: Ha, ha! Got ya LOL!! Who are your favorite authors/books?
Heather: Jane Austen, obviously lol. I love the classics. Emily Bronte, F. Scott Fitzgerald, those guys. More modernly, I like Nancy Naigle, Brenda Novak, and tons of Indie authors. I love your book, Abundance!
Me: Awww, thank you! (blush) What do you, personally, love about writing?
Heather: Writing is therapeutic for me. I love the escape. I love creating this whole new world with these people I’d love to meet.
Me: Yes, agreed one hundred percent! It’s totally therapeutic and yes, me too! Final question, Heather: What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Heather: Sooooo many things! Meeting new people. Learning more about the business side of writing. Growing. Seeing where all my hard work takes me. I’m super excited about 2019.
Me: Awesome, well thank you so much for being my guest tonight, Heather. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading book 2, Hickory Falls.
You can find Heather's novels, Clover Creek and Hickory Falls on Amazon.
Heather Michelle is a brand-new contemporary romance author and shameless coffee-holic. When she's not putting words together to create heartwarming stories about love and life, she's either curled up under her favorite blanket reading Jane Austen, watching Hallmark, or sorting through endless piles of laundry. She spends the rest of her time with her wonderful husband, four amazing boys, and two spoiled furbabies.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart...she also enjoys supporting her fellow indies :-D
I met fellow author Jacob Rundle on Twitter in the #writingcommunity several months ago, when he was asking for books to review. He was one of the first male readers to read both my books and he thoroughly enjoyed them, much to my delight! :-D When I found out that he had a fantasy post-apocalyptic novel coming out of his own, I knew I wanted to check it out! Here’s my review.
I recently “sat down” with Jacob to talk about his debut novel, Augur of Shadows and find out where his inspiration came from.
Here’s what he had to say:
Me: Hi Jacob, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Jacob: I have always had stories run in my mind ever since I was a child. My mother taught me to embrace my imagination. Fantasy stories, comic books and movies have always been a major part of my life. I knew that one day I would be writing the stories in my head onto a piece of paper.
Me: That’s great! What inspired you to write Augur of Shadows?
Jacob: Honestly, as a book reviewer, I have read numerous pre-/post-apocalyptic stories, and I noticed a pattern. I wanted to write a story that was different; a story that truly showed that an entire planet was affected by a cosmic threat.
So, my story has three main characters: one who is a gay caucasian, another who is Latina, and the third is a Haitian boy. This cosmic threat poses a threat to the entire world.
Me: Yes, you definitely reflected that and it was truly unique. I enjoyed that you covered several ethnicities. Now, how many books will be in the Destined series?
Jacob: There will be 4 books, plus a pre-quel. All of the stories have been plotted out. Also, there are many other projects involved with this story. More will be revealed in time.
Me: Nice! That’s awesome! Which character in your collection is your favorite? Why?
Jacob: I love each of my main characters. However, I really love Etlina. She is a strong latina who embraces her magical heritage.
Me: Yes, she’s a fav of mine too! Just loved her sass and strength! Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters?
Jacob: Henri is inspired from me. Many of the emotional turmoil reflects many of the ones that I dealt with when I was younger. Growing up, I have always loved different languages and cultures. So, I have god family that are Haitian and Latino. I wanted to incorporate as many languages and cultures in my story.
Me: That’s great! What are you working on now?
Jacob: I am working on book 2 of the Destined Series. I am so proud of this book. Book 2 is far more emotional and the tone is darker. It’s a nice progression of the series.
Me: Ooh...exciting!!! Tell us a little about your writing process?
Jacob: My writing process is quite simple. I have an idea for a story. First off, I envision the cover of the book. Then, I plot out the story. I don’t write a vast outline. I still want my story to evolve. I push myself to write the first draft. After that, I start the editing/revision process.
Me: What drew you to the YA fantasy genre?
Jacob: Well, I do love any type of fantasy. My first book just so happens to be a YA novel. There is a time jump in Book 2, so it isn’t quite a YA story. YA stories tend to remind of my youth.
Me: Cool. So, who are your favorite authors/books?
Jacob: There are so many authors out there. I enjoy reading C.S. Lewis, Shakespere, Shayne Silvers.
Me: Yes, Shakespeare is super lovable! Now, what do you personally love about writing?
Jacob: I love putting the words on paper; seeing one’s story unfold on the paper is such a liberating experience. Also, I love seeing people read my story and taking in their input. Honestly, the entire writing process is amazing. I love it all.
Me: Ha, ha, agreed!! What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Jacob: I am looking forward to releasing Book 2 and hopefully, releasing book 3.
Me: Great! Well, thank you so much for being my guest tonight! I wish you the best in all your writing adventures!
You can find Jacob Rundle’s debut YA fantasy novel, Augur of Shadows, on Amazon
Jacob John Rundle was born on September 27, 1985, in Galesburg, IL. He attended Knox College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Russian Language and Literature. He served eight years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic.
After finishing his time with the Navy, he moved to New Orleans, and it is where he resides, pursuing his dream of being a writer.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart. She also enjoys supporting her fellow indies.
I met Danielle Novotny on Goodreads, not long after I joined back in September of last year, in fact. Her debut novel, Remade was actually the very first indie book I ever read on my self-publishing journey, AND the first one that I blogged a review about on my blog, so regardless of the fact that her book is super awesome, has great characters and lots of action, (Check out my review of it here,) it also holds a special place in my heart. I have said before that reading all these amazing works by my fellow indies-- who’ve also become my good friends too-- makes me feel like I’m glimpsing into the author’s soul. This book is no different! Remade made me laugh, cry, gasp and even swoon. And because of that, I wanted to ask Danielle what inspired her to write it and what’s coming next for the incredible Nova squad!
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Danielle, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Danielle: I’ve always been a writer. When I was younger, it was small, fictional stories (2-3 pages), and then throughout middle and high school I wrote poetry. In college I took a handful of English classes, enough to earn me a minor, and it was then that I really started to enjoy writing essays and analyzing writing.
But the big shift came about a year after I graduated from Brandeis University. I was reflecting on how many books I’ve read throughout my life, and I asked myself, “Why not try to write an actual book?” I started with an idea that I had written down a few years earlier, but it was slow going. And then… BAM! I got my idea for Remade. The rest was history!
Me: Haha, isn’t that the way it goes? So, what inspired you to write Remade?
Danielle: I’ve always been a vivid dreamer. There are even dreams from my childhood that I can still remember in detail. One night I had a dream, in a first-person view, about a young woman who was fighting aliens. She had these really cool abilities, but she seemed entirely unsure about herself. The dream skipped around – I saw six or seven scenes with her doing various things. When I woke up, the memory of the dream was so vivid that I had to write it down. And the more I wrote, the more I saw logical, plot-like connections between the scenes that took place in my dream. What I thought was originally going to be one book expanded into two, and then they became three!
The exciting part is that I haven’t even written out all of my dream-scenes yet. Remade contains a handful from that initial dream, but I have even more coming in book two and three. Aside from loving how the story has shaped up, I think my desire to finally, fully, write out those last few scenes is really motivating me to continue this series.
Me: Oh, how exciting!! It truly amazes me how many authors tell me that their books were inspired by dreams… Which character in your collection is your favorite? Why?
Danielle: I’m going to cheat here just a little bit, but Gunther and Gráinne are my favorites. These mysterious twins have shared very little about their background or how they came to know so much about spaceships, circuitry, and all things tech. They might not say a lot, but something they do behind the scenes in book two will have a BIG impact in book three!
Me: Ah, yes, the twins!! So cool! I can’t wait to read more about it! Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters? Aliya? Caspian?
Danielle: In my first dream about my plot, it really felt like I was living out the things Aliya was doing. And even as I wrote out my ideas – and even my first few chapters – it was hard to fully separate myself from her. I even had trouble coming up with a name for her for a long time! I knew I couldn’t call her by my name, so in my notes she was “the girl” for three to four chapters. Aliya still reflects a ton of my own characteristics, but she has definitely grown into her own person.
Me: Wow, that’s incredible. So amazing to have yourself reflected in your characters. Caspian is such a great name! How did you come up with it?
Danielle: Oh boy haha. Well Caspian originally had a different name (and for the life of me I can’t remember what it was, sorry!) when I started outlining. For some reason it didn’t seem to fit the character I was creating as I wove him into the story, and Caspian sort of came out of the blue! It fit really well in a scene I’m putting in book two, which I’ve been planning since I started writing, so it just stuck!
Me: It’s perfect!!! I love it!! Now, I assume you’re working on book two now?
Danielle: Yes, I’m working on the sequel to Remade. This work in progress has a title and a cover, but I’m keeping those secret for now! I also have an idea for a dystopian novel that’s been rolling around in my head for a few months now. I have most of an outline for it, but aside from that, I’m not actively writing it yet.
Me: Secrets. Ahhh... the suspense is killing me! When are you hoping to release it?
Danielle: I was originally hoping to release book two in the fall, but because writing is still slow-going with this new job, it’s looking more like a winter release right now.
Me: I understand. It’s hectic trying to work two full time jobs, but I love it and wouldn’t change a thing! So, tell us a little about your writing process?
Danielle: My writing process is a little all over the place, haha. I had most of an outline for Remade when I first dove into writing it out, but the middle and tons of smaller details appeared on the page in the spur of the moment. I even jumped around writing a chapter at the beginning, then skipping to the end, and then going back to another point in the book. I’m trying to be much more methodical and chronological in writing out book two. Now, I’m working from a full outline for the book, and while smaller details still come to me as I’m writing out the chapter, following the outline helps me keep my thoughts organized. The end of this book, however, is my exception to the chronological writing rule. I’ve seen those few scenes so many times in my head that I already have the last few chapters already written.
Me: Haha, yes, I think every writer has a different approach! Whatever works, right? Now, what drew you to the space opera genre?
Danielle: When picking a sci-fi subgenre there are quite a few paths you can take: cyberpunk, space opera, alien invasion, climate fiction – and tons more. I knew that Remade wasn’t pure science fiction because I don’t have all the nitty-gritty details about how space travel occurs or tons of futuristic weapons explained in great detail. As I conducted my subgenre research, I came across this description, “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking.” It was a great fit because I do have all of those elements without the deep dive into physics and science.
Me: Yes, VERY fitting, in fact! Who are your favorite authors/books?
Danielle: I have quite a few! A longtime favorite has been The Host by Stephenie Meyer. The subtle alien takeover was such a neat concept to me when I first read it, and then the identity crisis that Wanderer and Melanie work through was really powerful. And then I adore the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Despite writing a fantasy complete with magic, fae, and other mystical creatures, Maas made each character a complete and relatable person with a truly compelling plot. Another great one is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I was completely blown away by her writing style in book one of the series – it was like nothing I’d ever read! And finally, the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. Think Hunger Games taking place on Mars with epic space-knights. I’ll definitely try to channel his creativity as I write parts of book three.
Me: Yes, I loved The Host, such a unique idea… and I see now I have a few more reads to add to my TBR pile!
What do you love about writing?
Danielle: I love being creative. I’ve always loved crafting, reading, and writing, and being an indie author really rolled all three of those elements together for me. The creativity of coming up with my own story… rereading what I had written and surprising myself but what I had put together… and designing my book and cover to look the way I imagined it. It really was an incredible moment when I unwrapped my first copy of Remade and knew that I had done it. I’d taken a step towards becoming like one of the authors who had inspired me while I grew up.
Me: Aww, yes, I agree. Such a profound and surreal moment in time to see your work “come to life”.
What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Danielle: A lot! It’s already been a big year for me – both in writing and non-writing activities – and I have a lot more planned. I’m hoping to have book two out before the end of the year, and I’ll be attending an authors and artists convention in August that I’m really looking forward to. And who knows what else will pop up along the way!
Me: How exciting!! Well I wish you the best in your writing…and non-writing… adventures :-D ! It’s been a real pleasure. Thank you so much for joining me and being a guest on my blog! And happy writing! I can’t wait for book 2.
You can find Danielle Novotny’s Remade, an action-packed sci-fi adventure with elements of Frankenstein meets Nebula, where books are sold. Find the Amazon link below!
Danielle Novotny grew up reading all genres of fiction and has always loved writing. Inspired by these stories, she began her writing career in 2016. Her debut novel, Remade, was published in August of 2018, and she is currently working on the sequel.
Danielle was born in New Jersey, lived in California for a decade, and then returned to New Jersey for several years before attending college at Brandeis University where she pursued psychology, English, and legal studies. When she's not writing, Danielle works as an event marketing manager during the week and as a cheesemonger on the weekend.
You can follow her on Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram and Facebook.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that chills, thrills and warms her heart. She also enjoys supporting her fellow indie authors.