Author interview with Brianna West


 

Another Wednesday has arrived. So has another interview. This week the author is Brianna West. A young, talented writer from someplace called California.

Her new book, Victor has now hit the shelves. It looks well worth a peek, as do her other works. Here is the synopsis:

A companion series to Promiscus Guardians series and standalone paranormal romance* Lilly Hughes, pureblood witch and Guardian-in-training, has worked arduously the last three years to become the best Guardian in her class in hopes of securing a position on Lucas Easton’s team, the highest coveted position in the Guardians and the team her late mother was a member of. However, she suffers from a dangerously clumsy nature that threatens to make that dream just that, a dream. Until she meets Victor, supervising angel to Lucas Easton’s team and active member on the Promiscus Guardian council. He’s an angel with a gentlemanly demeanor and incredible looks that immediately turns her bad luck for good. Or does he? His gentle nature is hiding a dark secret, a past that Lilly has been desperate to know since she was told of how her mother perished in a mission. What is Victor’s connection to it? How can she control these subsurface desires for the one man who might hold the key to her future and the secret behind her mother’s death? Will it ultimately lead to tragedy?

Check out all her works at: http://www.amazon.com/Brianna-West/e/B016APSN6Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Interview…..

1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

There was no real click, shift, “I’m gonna be an writer!” moment for me. It was more so a longstanding obsession for romance that led me to ultimately decide I could write it better–or at least I tell myself so–and then it was just boom baby, I’m a writer. Writing romance is my little bit of release from daily hectic life, a life I greatly enjoy but sometimes want to run headlong the other direction from screaming.

2. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

So far, I’ve released three books, two of which are part of my main series, Promiscus Guardians–not to be misunderstood as promiscuous. The third book stems from this series, a spin-off called Guardians In Love, which follows the love stories of the secondary characters featured in my main squeeze, the Promiscus Guardians’ series. As of right now, I am several chapters into the third book of my main series, and I am hoping to fit another two spin-off books afterwards. What can I say? I love to write; it gets me.

3. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

First and foremost, write the damn book. I know, shocker. That’s ultimately where you start. How you work the media scene, how you network yourself, how you proceed through your authorhood is really just a matter of style. I know there’s a lot of “how-tos” out there to “lead” new authors into writing, presenting themselves, promoting their works in order to achieve the ultimate “I’m the big bestseller mofo,” but what it really comes down to is what you want, how you want it, when you want it, and if you ready to kill for it….I mean, work for it. If the answer is yes, you’ll make it. It’s hard work, especially if you’re like me that does everything yourself, be it covers, editing, formatting, and promoting yourself.

4. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

I write for me. I don’t let other writers influence my style, however, I do have those of which I admire. Mostly, I admire those writers that continue to write for themselves; who never take it for grated; who strive to be a better writer every time they write; who never give up. Those bastards are tenacious, and I love it.

5. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

Me. I know that sounds narcissistic, but that’s who I write for. I love getting feedback. I love hearing what others think about my work, but ultimately, I write for myself. I write as a release. I write what I want to read. Most importantly, I write what I enjoy. Because let’s face it, I’m awesome, and I have to keep me, myself, and I happy, right? Just kidding. However, it’s true that I never write with anyone else in mind but what I’d like to see on the page.

6. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Brianna…I’m a Taurus, growl. Haha! Me? That’s a concept. I’m a mother of three who never spends a day alone. I am a wife to a wonderful husband that never judges my perverse sense of humor. I’m a woman that has found a passion with writing and nursing that exceeds any happiness I could have bought for myself. I’m a woman that enjoys making people laugh, making them forget their worries momentarily with a well-timed yet entirely inappropriate gesture. And whether or not it truly feels this way sometimes, I’m an author–a badass romance writer that has a style uniquely her own.
Thanks Brianna:)
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Author Interview with Sharon Karaa

Another week, another interview. This week I have the pleasure of interviewing my first English author, Sharon. Her wicked sense of humour is evident from the word go. I’ll be delving into her books very soon, as should you. Enjoy!

INTERVIEW:

  1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

When I was five and got a pencil stuck up my nose. Only kidding! I was first published at the age of 15 – I had an exceptionally brilliant English teacher who submitted my stories to a publisher in London. I had some poems published by a vanity press in my twenties but didn’t write my first novel until two years ago (notice I’m giving you no hints about my age?!?!). I wanted to have a bit of life experience before I attempted a full novel. I’ve skirted the question, haven’t I? Oops! All my life, would be the answer!

 

  1. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

I’ve released five books so far and I’m working (not so hard!) on the sixth. All of my books are paranormal romantic comedies as I do love a laugh. My husband thinks I’m bonkers because I frequently laugh at myself whilst I’m writing. I love writing paranormal comedies because – let’s face it – wouldn’t we all like to be able to turn some toe-rag into a frog?

 

My series of three is Northern Witches – stories about witches, demons and angels. Each book is about a different person but the common thread is the friendships, the bickering and the scrapes they get into! The first in the series, The Last Challenge, was my first published book and is Lauren’s story. She is the last witch in her line and faces a challenge by three damned souls. If she loses, she goes to Hell and they get a free pass to roam the earth. Her only defence? Her ancestor, Agnes, who’s been dead for 400 years, but makes a mean hangover cure and loves G-strings.
Bite the Big One is the first in another series (I’m currently writing the second!). Jen see’s dead people and her best friend is a witch. A bad witch. Not evil, she just never seems to get it right, and when Jen’s ideal man turns up in her life, she’s sure Becky is behind it.
My latest release is Stupid Cupid and this tells the story of Bella who is madly in love with a man who doesn’t know she exists – haven’t we all been there? She finds a magic ring that allows her to see things she shouldn’t, Cupid being one of them, and she smacks him with her handbag when he points his tiny arrow at her beloved. Unfortunately, someone has to take his place and that someone is her!

 

  1. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

Write. Every day. Carry a pencil or a device with you where-ever you go because you never know when inspiration will strike! Secondly, get a good editor and trust them! Join forums like KDP and KBoards. Read the posts, seek advice from the members. There are some lovely, lovely people who will help you more than you know but you have to be willing to listen and take constructive criticism. Leading me on nicely to my next bit of advice – grow a thick skin! Not everyone will love your babies (and by that I mean your literary masterpieces!). Don’t be offended – wouldn’t it be a boring world if we all liked the same thing? Finally, you need to spend as much time marketing your book as you did writing it! Don’t skimp, there are over four million ebooks on Amazon – you need to put in the elbow grease if you want yours noticed!

 

  1. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

Yep – the list is so long! Terry Pratchett is my all-time hero, but authors like Robyn Peterman and Tara West will have you wetting your knickers.

 

  1. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

I like to make people happy.  I’m a people pleaser (unfortunately its in the genes!).  I’ve always made up stories for my nephews and neices and while they may have been being kind, they laughed!  It is addictive.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a full time author (crikey, I love saying that!) but was previously a software development manager. I left my full-time position in October so that I could focus on my books. I’m from the North East of England (the friendliest city in the country!) and I live in a village just outside of Newcastle with my lovely husband. He still won’t let me have a cat. I’ve now started asking for a snake and I’m hoping he’ll negotiate.

 

 

Author interview with Julayn Adams

 

Here’s my second author interview. This week I spotlight a very exciting young writer. My friend Jules.

 

With a diverse background ranging from preschool teacher and professional princess, to diagnostic sonographer, Julayn Adams has discovered a new passion and talent for writing. Originally from Massachusetts, she now resides in Australia with her husband and four children, three of whom she home-schools. With her first work, a children’s book illustrated by her youngest son, already released, she is excited to introduce her Young Adult novel, Almana. Julayn is currently working on the second of this three part series, Vision (Almana #2), and looks forward to its release later in the year.

 

Almana synopsis.

In the aftermath of World War III, the world has become a dangerous place. The ruthless dictator, Equis, and his army, Armageddon, are quickly taking over major metropolitan areas on the west coast of the United States. The end of humanity is imminent. Their one hope lies in the hands of a seventeen year old girl, Alexa. When Almana volunteers to leave Heaven to guide Alexa, she never thought that her own destiny would include falling in love with a human. Now, cursed to remain on Earth forever, Almana finds that her task is much more than she bargained for.

 

INTERVIEW:

 

  1. When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

I’m a little unique amongst writers in this topic. While most writers have been writing since they were children, I only recently got the bug when I had an amazing idea for a story that I just couldn’t put away. That idea has now developed into a trilogy! I’ve always been a great communicator and have always had a talent of getting into the mind of others, but I’ve never used those skills in this way. There are many different sides to my personality (ask my alter, Georgina :P) and I think that it helps me really build characters that I truly “know”.

  1. What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?

While working on the first draft of Almana, I was inspired by an interaction between my two younger boys, Masen and Gavin. From that came “My Brother’s Name is Masen”. It’s a true to life picture book about their relationship to help siblings of Asperger’s children (Masen has Asperger’s Syndrome). Gavin did all of the illustrations and we published it on Amazon in September of 2015.

Almana is due to be released within a month. It is a young adult paranormal/ romance/ dystopia. Almana is the first instalment of a trilogy and is about an angel that leaves a lost Heaven to guide and save the girl who will save both humanity and Heaven after a devastating World War. It’s about friendship, love, loss, and there are a few unexpected twists hinting towards the intense third book.

  1. I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?

Well, we’re in this boat together! I have found the community of writers, especially indie, to be amazingly supportive. Help out others and they will help you in return. Be a giver, read tons, promote early, and don’t give up!

  1. Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

There are so many! My family’s support has been the biggest influence. I also have made a good writer friend, Lanie Jacobs (Amaranthine) who has been irreplaceable. I would have given up at chapter two had I not had their support. There have been books that have more recently influenced and inspired my story like the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver to name a few.

  1. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

Excitement! It’s like a virus really. The Almana series has built in my mind so vividly that I honestly can’t contain it.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

First off, I’m a Christian, a wife, and a mom of four/six (four mine, two hubby’s). I’ve worked a variety of types of jobs: restaurant manager, school bus driver, and preschool teacher. I’ve also owned my own business organising and entertaining as a princess at children’s dress up parties and tea parties. Most recently, I enjoyed a very rewarding career as a sonographer up until moving to Australia, which is a story in and of itself!
I’d describe myself as an eclectic type of person. I enjoy a large variety of things from history and science, to fantasy, movies, sports, art, and reading. Some days I’m very introverted, others I’m very extroverted. I love to talk to and meet new people and rarely wait in line at the grocery store without striking up a conversation with the people behind me. I must be pretty interesting because it never seems to weird them out 😉

 

Thanks,

Julayn

Almana hits the virtual shelves very soon. Be sure to grab a copy and let yourself be swept away…