1.) What propelled you to become a writer? I always wrote as a hobby since childhood, but it wasn’t until I published my first book on a whim in 2012 that I started to have designs on actually being an author.
2.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there? Women’s lit and Romantic Suspense tend to be my niche genres. The ideas I have for stories just happen to fall into those categories, and those are the ones I’ve been most interested in writing in thus far.
3.) Do you engage in any rituals before or as you write? Not really, but I always have music playing.
4.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in three sentences? The current book I’m promoting is “What I’d Do For Love.” My pitch in three sentences: Greer Patterson has always felt alienated from everyone except her father and her husband. When she discovers her husband’s infidelity, she snaps, kills him and frames the side piece. Now, she’s in search of a new love, and she’s determined not to let anyone get in the way of fate again!
5.) What’s the most daring thing you’ve yet to write but think you should? With every book I try to increase the cleverness of my plots and outdo the last book I wrote, but I never know what I’m going to do until I do it.
6.) What was the best sex scene you’ve ever written OR most enjoyed by your fans and why? I’m not really sure. I’d have to say it was the first sex scene between Brenda and Lane in Behind Closed Doors because it was the first romantic one I’d ever written and a lot of readers seemed to think it was erotic.
7.) Generally, what sexual position is most preferred among the characters in your novels? I’d say they vary, though doggy style is maybe the most selected.
8.) Which one of your characters would you date? Why? Describe him. I’d date Lane from “Behind Closed Doors” and “Liar’s Ball.” He’s 6’4” with an athletic physique, dark brown skin, low fade, and a neatly cropped goatee. He’s a finer and slightly darker version of Alonzo Mourning from the Miami HEAT.
9.) How long did it take you to see that you had grown a noticeable fan base? When I published my 3rd book “When I’m Bad I’m Better” I was shocked at how many readers already knew my name and were waiting for a new release from me. It stayed at #1 in its genre for a few weeks and I was pleasantly surprised.
10.) What has been the most successful avenue in winning readers to fans? Promotions on social media have worked best for me, whether it has been through my own promotions, or via using a paid promoter.
11.) Which has been the most valuable lesson as an author? Always do your best to put out the best version of your work the first time.
12.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you? My books are on my website, www.kfjohnsonbooks.com , Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in other retail online stores. They are also available in some local distributors in Indiana, Florida, Atlanta and Virginia. I can be found in any of these places online or on social media.
1.) What’s your genre? What drew you to it? I have always had a passion for Fantasy and Science Fiction because it always dealt with some philosophical flexibility and hypothetical scenarios that are not capable of being executed in reality as we presently know it. However, having some degree of speculation allow me to stretch my imagination as far as it will allow me to proceed.
2.) Tell us when and how you knew you’d been bitten by the writing bug? I was eight when I started writing stories. Then, I ignored and repressed it as I grew up. Then, I returned to it years later to reignite the flames of passion that were once kindled for the craft.
3.) Which scene (non-spoiler), or character pushed you to write with more grit? Perhaps describe something that made you reach into your soul and just go there with reckless abandon. One of the main characters of my book is sexually abused, and I wanted to find a way to express the chaotic state of mind and her mentality without being too graphic or detailed about the process. It challenged me to describe what happened without pornographic detail. I was glad I did because it can be read at the appropriate age without getting too explicit.
4.) Is there a subject you’d never touch, include, or write about? Why? I cannot think of one subject that I would necessarily be hesitant because I believe any subject can be artfully addressed with enough creativity and craftsmanship.
5.) How many times did you edit your book? How did you know it was time to let it fly? I actually edited my first book nearly eight times, and I decided to publish it when I could not recreate the scenarios mentally as he perused the text of my work.
6.) What’s something that you’d want to try next regarding your career as an author? I would definitely love to branch out into other genres and combine the genres for more diversity. For instance, I would like to write Fantasy and Science Fiction that is combined with Mystery to make it more edgy and alluring.
7.) How have you grown as an author? My formatting, editing, and writing style has improved exponentially from the time I initially began writing for publications. I am not as impatient as I was when I began; furthermore, the amount of depth, research, and diversity allows me to add realism to a genre that is not expected because of its very nature.
8.) What area of performance do you want to improve? I would definitely like to give my characters more depth and diversity although this is improving, everyday. I truthfully want to improve all areas of my craft (even those I have mastered) because surpassing one’s self is part of what motivates me to become better. What area of performance are you most proud of? The way I describe the characters and their mentalities upon interacting with their environment.
9.) Which character of yours would you spend the day with and why? I would like to spend time with Trouble because he is rambunctious, but he cares is willing to jeopardize his life without question or concern for his own safety to assist others in need.
10.) Is there a character that made you just want to reach into your book and just help? Yes. Tenesha. Why? Because she is truly a victim in many ways and circumstances she does not deserve.
11.) What’s the scariest or hardest thing about writing from your experience? Having a massive number of people tell me that my writing is deplorable without any positive reinforcement to mitigate the effects of negative or discouraging reviews.
12.) After a reader closes your book, what do you hope they get from it? I would like a reader to have received an entertaining yet enlightening story with sharp, underlying, moral overtones to make them think more about themselves and their environment.
13.) What’s your favorite social media platform and why? I like Instagram and Youtube because of the ease of accessibility and allowing access with few or no restrictions.
1.) What propelled you to become a writer? I have always had a passion for writing and when I was a kid I used to write poetry but once I got ahold of Zane's Nervous book and the Coldest Winter ever by Sistah Souljah I was hooked and knew from then on that I wanted to be a writer.
2.) What’s the name of your first published book and how’d you come up with the concept? My first book is titled Trust Issues. The concept of the book came from some experiences in my life and I took that and came up with a storyline that continued to grow. I grew up in a neighborhood that was full of poverty but we used what we had to maintain, also it was very hard to find real friends so the ones I had I kept them close. This book touches on so many things that I feel women can relate to when they read it and that’s what i was going for.
3.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there? I don’t really have a genre of choice because I love all types of books like I do music, the Trust Issues series just happens to be in the Urban Fiction family but I hope to branch out into other genres as I continue to mold my craft.
4.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in three sentences? I’m currently promoting the entire Trust Issues series because you can’t have one without the other. I would say that it's a story of five friends fighting to keep their situations in tact but the trust issues are real and you never know who to trust.
5.) What do you want or think a reader will get out of this book? I think they will get the whole nine when reading this series. Love, sex, lies and betrayal this book will definitely have you giving people that claim to be for you the side eye.
6.) What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing as an author? The biggest issue for me right now I would have to say is time, because there are just not enough hours in a day for me to focus on my craft. Slowly but surely I’m getting it together though so it won’t be a challenge for to long.
7.) What was the toughest part about writing this book? It took me almost two years to write the first book to this series because I kept second guessing if I would be good enough and meet the expectations of the readers so I would start and stop until I finally just decided to go with it and here I am.
8.) Do you engage in any rituals before or as you write? Music is my ritual, that is my go to that helps me put pen to pad or stroke those keys on my laptop. Music takes me through all the emotions I need to feel when I’m writing so that I can come up with the best characters and their situationships as I like to call them.
9.) What words of encouragement do you live by? The words that help me are those that I feel every author should live by and that’s just to write from your heart, don’t rush your flow just let it come to you and the work will be that much better.
10.) Which author has been your biggest influence? One of my most favorite authors of all times is Noire but there are so many that influence me.
11.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you? My books are available on amazon kindle, if you have kindle unlimited (Ku) you can get them with just one click and as far as how to find me I’m on Facebook as Tia Barnes, Author Tia Barnes, my group That Girl Can Write is a group that I encourage everyone to check out because there are tons of amazing authors in there. I’m on Instagram @imsexyintheskinimin, my twitter is @Barnestia34. You can also contact me through email at authoress to email@example.com
1) What’s your genre? What drew you to it?
Mystery/Suspense and Urban Romance. I don’t like to put myself in a box so I knew my books would be “different”. I didn’t have ONE particular genre I wanted to write in, but different elements of each were included in my work.
2) Tell us when and how you knew you’d been bitten by the writing bug?
I knew I was bitten when I was a child in middle school. At the time I was still reading Fantasy and YA fiction until I stumbled across ‘The Coldest Winter Ever’ at a beauty salon. I was with my sister getting her hair done for half the day and I knew we would be there until the early morning. Someone left a copy of Sista Souljah’s book out and I finished the entire book in one sitting. Ever since then I’ve been hooked. I want my readers to feel the same way I did reading my first urban fiction novel each time they read my work. On top of that, I was always in someone’s bookstore growing up, and dreamt of eventually seeing my work on the shelves.
3) You’re a new author. How nervous were you as you prepared for your debut release?
Very nervous! I promoted the book for months before the release date just to build up momentum since no one knew who I was, but when I started getting positive reactions and questions asking me about the release date, I was like “okay, maybe I can do this.”
4) Which scene (non-spoiler), or character pushed you to write with more grit? Perhaps describe something that made you reach into your soul and just go there with reckless abandon.
Many of my characters are inspired by people I’ve known, many of them from Chicago, so the grit was already there in my first book. In my new book, there are a few scenes where I’ve had to dig a little deeper and do more research into the culture of my character (to say the least).
5) Is there a subject you’d never touch, include, or write about? Why?
I usually stay away from politics or politician characters in my books. If there were events happening significant to the timeline in the story I may highlight them, but other than that, you’ll probably never see a Scandal type storyline in my work, or at least not anytime soon. I don’t believe in saying ‘never’.
6) How many times did you edit your book? How did you know it was time to let it fly?
I lost count eventually; I made so many edits that I grew tired of reading the book myself. I wanted to correct every single grammar mistake, but I had to have the book uploaded by the date Amazon gave me and I would have kept editing if I didn’t have a deadline (which was probably a good thing).
7) What’s something that you’d want to try next regarding your career as an author?
Nothing over the top right now aside from building up my catalogue and trying my hand in different genres.
8) How have you grown as an author?
I learned so much from my first year of self-publishing a novel, but I would have to say my approach to marketing and budgeting for my books has changed and improved. I always think there will be room for growth as a writer though.
9) What area of performance do you want to improve? What area of performance are you most proud of?
I’ve done pretty well with staying on schedule when writing for the most part, but sometimes life gets in the way. Marketing, I’d like to be more consistent.
10) Which character of yours would you spend the day with and why?
That’s hard, my characters were drama-filled, but I would have to say Haron from ‘The Blood Line’. He was down-to-earth and laid back not to mention tall, dark, and handsome, too.
11) Which character would like to shake by the shoulders and smack the shit out of?
All of my characters hold a special place in my heart, but I would have to go with Cortez or Lorenzo. They were unlikeable in the book and also in real life.
12) What’s the scariest or hardest thing about writing from your experience?
Fluctuation in confidence and self-doubt; I think many writers, including myself, are always skeptical about whether or not their next book will be as good as the first.
13) What’s your favorite social media platform and why?
I started off with Facebook, but Instagram is becoming home just a tad bit more.
14) Where can we stalk you and find your books?
My latest book can be found on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited, and I can be found on the following websites:
Rosezenia TeezyOne Cummings
1.) Where are you originally from? What made you leave? Would you go back? I am from Charleston, SC. I was raised in Brooklyn, NY and was relocated to Ridgeville, SC in August 1998. We relocated because my aunt and uncle didn't like the influence it was having on us with all the gangs making its entrance into our projects. Whether or not I would return is still in question because it has been on my mind.
2.) Your name is unique. What’s the story behind your name? Growing up I hated my name. But I learned the origin behind it. My mother loved flowers and her two favorites were the Rose and the Zinnia so she called me Rosezenia but changed the spelling a little. I want to get both flowers tattooed on me soon.
3.) You may not be an author, but you’re friends with a lot of them. How did that happen? I went to the library one day and got the book Dirty Red by Vickie Stringer and Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah and read them both in one day. So, I started getting more and more books. One day while strolling Facebook I decided to look for book clubs and found Keys & No Locks and requested to join and from there I learned about eBooks and authors that I have read books by were also on Facebook. I started buying and communicating and it skyrocketed from there and that was about 5 years ago. And I must say that I met some interesting and wonderful people along the way!
4.) Do you plan on writing your own book? I do plan on it in the future. I have an erotic short story published in a compilation by LDP titled Cum For Me 3: Slippery When Wet.
5.) Let’s get straight to it. You’re abrasive and those can’t stand it, will no doubt unfriend you. But most of us don’t because you command that platform fearlessly. How did this happen? How long have you been on FB with this brand of behavior? Well….I've always had a slick mouth as my family call it. But I was also quiet. It would take a lot to get me to even acknowledge an altercation let alone argue my point. But it came to a point when some took my quietness for weakness, so I had to let it be known that I'm not as meek as I seem. I opened up on Facebook because it was always someone sad or down that needed a laugh. There was always someone who committed acts of betrayal against those who I know were good people that needed to be told about themselves. So, I just started being me and let it all out! Like this is me, this is who I am, take it or leave it because I rock to the beat of my own drum and won't change for anyone.
6.) When you let it all hang out, so to speak, did you have to talk yourself into it or was it just a balls-out type thing? Did you always have an unbitten tongue or did you stop clamping it progressively? I use to have to talk myself into it but then I had a self-realization that no one can stop what I don't want them to so I will do and say what I want. I use to be quiet and bit my tongue a lot but people didn't respect it. So, I came out of my shell so now it's like I'm unfiltered! I say what I feel, when I feel and don't care what anyone have to say. You don't like it...dismiss yourself!
7.) Does your finger ever linger over the ‘post’ button because you have to give your post a second thought? What makes you tell yourself, ‘Rosezenia, this may be too far.’? Hahaha! This has happened in many occasions. I have stopped myself from posting things that I know hit close to home to some and didn't want to seem insensitive. There are some topics I just be like...aye it is what it is but others I dance around carefully because if someone come for me about something, it's touchdown to cause hell!
8.) How would you have taken it if you would’ve received more backlash than support? I would still be me! If I'm wrong I'm not above anyone to be a woman and apologize but no one will make me feel bad for my opinion! I stand by my word and my beliefs.
9.) What height would you like to go to with your brand? At first, I didn't really think about it, but then with all the feedback I was receiving and am receiving I'm thinking when I hit a certain point I would switch to videos and see where that take me. Not sure yet, but we'll see!
10.) In school, what were you like as a student and peer? I wasn't really a people person in school. I was a bad kid in school. I always got in trouble, always fighting, cursing out teachers...my parents was at their end with me. I didn't get along well with others and I only had a select few I dealt with most of which was family. I was respected and I respected others until they changed the way that went. The older I got I changed a little...LOL!
11.) Who’s your favorite male and female comedian? And of all the comedians, is there one who has the success that you’d like to experience? My favorite male would have to be Eddie Murphy! He is funny as hell! As for female I would have to go with Sommore. I love her! Not one level of success just wherever this takes me I'll be grateful.
12.) How do you come up with your FB content? Thinking while indulging in...well you know LOL. And random thoughts from different conversations or I see something close to it so I twist it in my own way.
13.) Out of all your jokes, which one stands out as your favorite? I have so many...I can't really say for sure but I have a couple in there. One being: “Don't cry over that dude sis! Pick your head up! Nah for real pick your head up...your tracks showing!”
14.) Which one or subject is saltier for your audience to digest? I have gotten some negative feedback on sexuality preferences. I have gotten negative feedback on cross-eyed jokes as well. I don't pay them no mind, but it was kind of funny, something so mediocre!
15.) Do you have any projects up your sleeve for your fans? Not as of yet, but I'm working on something's so there's no telling! Be on the lookout! LOL!
16.) Where can we stalk you? Besides Facebook also on Instagram at Luvlirose
1.) What propelled you to become a writer?
A: I've always been writing. Ever since I can remember, I was filling up my journals with all sorts of different things. Sometimes it was the standard 'dear diary' stuff, and other times it was with random stories in my head. In school I loved when we had a creative writing assignment and I excelled.
2.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there?
Romance is my 'umbrella' genre. But within that genre I tend to write in, romantic suspense, dark romance, New Adult romance...and well pretty much everything. I don't know how to stick to one genre and I probably never well. In one of my books alone there will usually be 2-3 genres alone.
How I ended up here was...well. As much as I adore the works of Stephen King and other authors outside the romance genre. My heart pulls toward romance. That doesn't mean all my books are 100% centered on just the romance aspect (in fact it's usually 50/50) but I love when a romance is intertwined within a really good story.
Plus I'm also a perv who loves sexy times, whether it's a slow burn or a wham-bam-thank you-ma'am .
3.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in three sentences?
The Complicated Hearts duet is my current WIP and it's set to come out this summer.
Hmm, just three? Okay ::Deep breath:::
It's everything you hate in romance books.
You've never read anything like it before.
4.) Which book gave you the hardest time when writing and why?
It's a toss up between Complicated Hearts and the last book in the Blame It on the Shame series.
In regards to the Shame series: It was the hardest because I'd spent a year with these characters and it was so very hard for me to let them go and I wanted to make sure I gave them the ending that fit their story. It was a brutal, story. It wasn't always hearts and butterflies...but it's without a doubt one of my favorite books that I'll ever write. And Ricardo and Lou-Lou are etched in my soul.
As far as Complicated Hearts: it's difficult because I'm doing something completely different. For one, it's not dark. It's total NA. And secondly: Well, it will have some m/m parts (none of my books have had m/m in the past) as well as m/f, and m/f/m.
Some days it's exciting and other days, I'm so hard on myself because I want to do these characters' justice and I know I have to tell their story the right way, even though I know not everyone will like it. (In fact, I'm betting most won't because it will be too uncomfortable for them due to how unconventional it is.)
5.) What seem to be your characters’ favorite sexual position?
Lol Doggie Style. They like that ass. ;)
6.) You write bold content and give plenty of action. Was there any idea or content that gave you pause? If so, how did you get past it to put it on paper?
Yes, a few actually. There was something that happened to a character in part 2 of a popular series of mine...that I KNEW no one saw coming and I knew was going to be hard for most of my readers to digest.
Personally it was one of the hardest things for me to write about...but it needed to be done and the character deserved to have her side of the story told, no matter how heartbreaking it might have been for us to endure.
I got past it by reminding myself that it wasn't my story...it was theirs. Every messed up part of it was their story and I had an obligation to tell their story in full, no holds barred.
7.) Is there anyone in your family that would make you “die” if they read your books?
Well, my father has already come to my house and pretty much stole one of my paperbacks. I really didn't want my mother in law to read my books, but alas. The hubs was fixing her computer one day, she asked him to order something on amazon for her and BOOM.
She bought my book. I told the hubs (or rather, screamed) and asked him to tell her not to read it. (She's VERY conservative.)
She promised she wouldn't read it. But I secretly think she has.
8.) Which character from your book would you date and why?
Man, he is sexy. Dark, dangerous. And he's just walking sex and masculinity.
He's also smart and has a vulnerable side to him that only his girl gets to see.
9.) If you could turn any book into a movie, which one would it be?
I've been told that Blame It on the Pain (Jackson's story) and Blame It on the Shame should without a doubt be a mini series on netflix and I 110% agree. Either that or showtime or HBO.
10.) Which author has been your biggest influence?
Personally I'm a fan of K. Webster. Not only is she talented, she's so versatile it's inspiring. I also love that she just goes for it. She has a confidence that's enviable and I'm still in awe that I can pm her and she'll message me back and we actually talk.
Also A. Zaverelli. She's part poet, I swear. I honestly love the way she writes....it's book butter. So smooth and rich and just addicting as hell.
Also, I remember not too long ago when hardly anyone read my books (before I had readers or a groups etc) she took a chance on me and read one of mine. Then she told people how much she liked it. I credit her so much for helping me in regards to the indie world. I know whenever I have a question or am unsure about something, I can pm her and pick that intelligent brain of hers.
11.) What has been the nicest review or anything said about you that you'd wanna share?
There was a reviewer (not a blogger and not someone who runs in the book world circle) just someone who picked up, Blame It on the Pain one day and gave me a gushing review. She ended that review with- 'Please don't ever stop writing.'
It was a poignant moment (and review for me) because the book world was starting to get to me and I felt like I was hitting a brick wall and no one would take a chance on me or my books.
I seriously thought about not not publishing anymore because the stress wasn't worth it.
And then I read that. A reader who decided to pick up my book, despite the lack of reviews at that time. Someone who took a chance on me.
I cried. What was probably a simple sentence for her, touched me so much.
12.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you?
As of now all my books are available on Amazon and I'm part of the KDP program so they're all exclusively on amazon.
In the future, I plan on branching out a little and I'm super excited for that.
You can always find me on fb: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyJadeAuthor/
1.) What propelled you to become a writer?
I'm an obsessed reader and an obsessed writer. Writing for me is compulsive, in the same way swimmers can't live without water and runners have to feel their feet pounding on the pavement. There wasn't a single moment in which I've decided to become a writer. I always knew, from the first book I've picked and read by myself (The Little Prince), that this was my destiny.
2.) What’s the name of your first published book and how’d you come up with
It's called Tyed and it's a rom-com on the shorter side (though it is still considered a full-length novel). I remember it all started when I wanted to write a heroine that was as awkward and introvert as me. Everything else kind of fell into place and before I knew it, I had a novel. I remember reading the whole thing and thinking: "okay, what now?"
3.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there?
I really don't have one genre. Tyed was a rom-com, Sparrow was dark-ish, Blood to Dust was SUPER dark, Vicious was almost-dark and Ruckus is just plain emotional/with a touch of humor. I let my characters and their personalities and the world they live in set the tone for the genre. Rosie and Dean ("Ruckus", coming out this May) were two people with a great sense of humor, so it didn't make sense for them to have a dark story. Vicious, however ("Vicious", my last novel) harbored a lot of secrets and dark stuff he needed to deal with. So it really depends on the story.
4.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in
My upcoming release, Ruckus, is coming out this May 26th. In three words: Emotional. Rollercoaster. Angst.
5.) Which book gave you the hardest time when writing and why?
They've all been a pain in the ass to be honest. Writing comes with a lot of self-doubt and hours upon hours of digging inside yourself to try and find the right words and voice that you're trying to convey to your readers. My books usually have a suspense element so it's even harder, and to make things really really bad, I always seem to choose a subject I know absolutely nothing about and write a book about it.
6.) What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing as an author?
Ignoring the voices in your head telling you that it's crap.
Every. Single. Day.
7.) You publish books at a good rate. How do you make this happen?
I try and write at least four times a week and when I'm not writing, I have a beta or two go over it so I can refocus by the time I get back to my WIP. And I read. A LOT. Reading inspires me.
8.) What’s your favorite or most successful marketing technique?
I'm not very good at marketing to be honest. I try and do giveaways for signed paperbacks and ARCs whenever I can to help spread the word.
9.) If you could turn any book into a movie, which one would it be?
Mine, or someone else's?
I would have liked to see Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank become a movie.
Mine....hmm, I'd say Vicious or Sparrow from my published work. Sparrow would probably be more cinematic but Vicious is more marketable.
10.) If you could date any of your characters, who would it be?
None of them. My boys are all horrible villains who torture my heroines until they realize that they are crazy in love with them.
11.) You still can’t believe that this person has read your book? Who is it and
God...so many. Basically every single author I've read and adored before I became a published author myself.
I think Jay Crownover was the one person who really made me lose it. She gave me a shout out after reading Blood to Dust and for the first few hours I thought it was one of my friends who hacked into her social media to pull a prank on me.
12.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you?
you can find all of my books on Amazon and you can find me on my author page - https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/
or my official page - www.authorljshen.com
Joshua Holton Sr.
1.) What propelled you to become a writer? I believe every writer has to be a reader first. I grew up reading Stephen King and a number of other authors. I started making up stories in my head and writing it down on paper. As soon as I did, I fell in love with the process of writing. When I got married four years ago, my wife actually inspired me to put pen to paper and create these beautiful stories of love. Out of all the authors I ever read, she has been my greatest inspiration.
2.) What’s the name of your first published book and how’d you come up with the concept? My first book was called Whispers of Passion. I just wanted to explore two different subgenres of Romance: erotica and contemporary. The book was around 90 pages long. The ideas for the book came to me quite quickly in a period of six weeks.
3.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there? I chose romance because there was plenty of competition. Romance is by far the most challenging genre to master. I enjoy a good challenge when it comes to writing. My wife actually inspired me to begin writing these types of stories. Wives are amazing, aren’t they? (Laughs)
4.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in three sentences? I am currently promoting my book called For Now, Forever. My pitch: Are you seeking an interesting read? If so, check out my new book called For Now, Forever. It is a romantic tale that will leave you breathless. It is now available on Amazon.com.
5.) What do you want or think a reader will get out of this book? I think that they will learn that true love is always possible no matter what age you are, no matter how many years go by and no matter how hopeless it may seem. That’s the undeniable message in all my books.
6.) What was the toughest part about writing this book? The toughest part about writing a book is always the conception of the idea.
7.) What has been your favorite or most impactful review so far? Reviews are always fun to read because you get to see what the readers like or dislike. If they liked something about my book, I usually want to keep doing the right thing. On the other hand, if they disliked something about my book, I keep their opinion in mind when I'm crafting my next book and do my best to improve on it.
8.) What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a male writer in the romance genre? The advantages of being a male writer in the romance genre is I can blend any other genre with romance. For example, if I wanted to write Science Fiction, I can add an element of science to a romance story. Or, if I wanted to write Thriller Fiction, I can add an element of thrill to a romance story. I can add other elements as long as I keep that core love story the same. The disadvantage to being a male writer in the romance genre is the fact that romance is the largest genre in the world. And most amateur male authors find it difficult to stand out in this genre because there's so much competition. That’s the challenge I faced going into this genre. I still face it every so often.
9.) Which one of your characters pushed or challenged you as a writer and why? Usually all my characters are challenging to write. Keeping them fresh and original in every book is challenging to do, considering the fact that, every character known to man has been done before in both book and film.
10.) Every writer experiences doubt. How did you pull yourself up from that moment? I will admit doubt does creep in from time to time. I deal with it by keeping my faith in God and staying prayed up. I believe my faith is what has kept me going throughout the years. Without God, I can do nothing on my own.
11.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you? My books are available on Amazon.com. And I can be found on Facebook and Instagram. My Facebook is Joshua Holton Sr and my Instagram is joshua_holtonsr.
Lori Windsor Mohr
THE ROAD AT MY DOOR
1.) What propelled you to become a writer?
I was better able to connect with others through writing than face-to-face.
2.) What’s the name of your first published book and how’d you come up with the concept?
THE ROAD AT MY DOOR is a memoir told as autobiographical fiction.
3.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there?
Writing what we know is one thing, writing what we want to convey is another. I didn't want to write about me. I wanted to write about the experience of depression, the destructive power of secrets. Memoir seemed an obvious choice.
However, that form has limitations. Its true memoirists use a novelist’s tools to bring readers into the moment: dialogue, scene, descriptive detail. But as a literary form, it didn't allow the creative freedom I needed for writing the most compelling, fluid, readable story possible.
In Road, I compressed time, reconfigured the family, combined two characters into one—
decisions made for building tension, keeping the emotional focus where it needed be. In the end, this wasn't about truth versus fiction. It was about what I hoped readers would experience.
The character of Reese Cavanaugh allowed me to create the best version of me that would move the story forward, draw readers in. Reese is prettier, smarter, funnier than I ever was. And she became her own person as the story evolved. I hated saying goodbye. In fact I kept tweaking the manuscript because I didn't want the story to end. Reese Cavanaugh brought magic to the writing, taking me to that sublime gray space between reality and illusion where you find creativity.
If I've written well enough, readers will be too enthralled and moved to care much whether the story comes from real life or not. They'll go where Reese Cavanaugh leads them, connect on a feeling level with their own experience. That's the emotionally satisfying experience I wanted to offer. I couldn't get there with memoir.
4.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in three sentences?
THE ROAD AT MY DOOR, set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the 1960’s sexual revolution, follows protagonist Reese Cavanaugh on a dark journey to save her family without destroying herself. ROAD is a perfect storm of conflicting beliefs about love of self, love of another, fast-changing attitudes about sex, and the toxicity of family secrets. Through Reese Cavanaugh, Lori examines the deep tension between appearance and reality, portraying a family in turmoil.
5.) What do you want or think a reader will get out of this book?
I want readers to have an emotionally satisfying experience on the importance of connecting with others. Depression and secrecy are byproducts of the loneliness we grapple with every day. Look at Facebook posts. We share ordinary moments—a beautiful sunset, a yummy meal, political views, pride over our kids—things that take on added meaning when we share our feelings with someone else. Connection with another human being is essential.
6.) What was the toughest part about writing this book?
Genre and voice, in my opinion, are at the heart of the writing process. I had misunderstood voice. I was looking to genre. I had a good story, a complex character, the structure for telling it. But even with all the elements in place, I didn't get voice. I didn't understand that these aren't separate entities, but that voice comes from content. They're inseparable. As the medium between writer and story, voice has to be right. I still wasn't connecting.
I went back to genre, the choice of fiction over memoir. I didn't want readers to shake their heads at a sad story, a memoir. I wanted them to feel something. The only way I saw to do that was to get them to care about Reese Cavanaugh. That's the answer that had been eluding me.
7.) What has been your favorite or most impactful review so far?
Author David Corbett endorsed my book and his review is on the back cover:
"Lori Windsor Mohr has created in young Reese Cavanaugh a heroine with much, much more than a unique voice. Yes, she’s instantly likable. Yes, she has pluck and wit and the hapless charm of vulnerable youth. But through a series of harrowing ordeals and misplaced allegiances that would break most young women her age – all in the pursuit of just one person she can trust – Reese also demonstrates such an irresistible combination of spine and heart, insight and sheer humanity, that I dare you to pick up this book and not fall in love. Add to that a menagerie of equally unforgettable characters and you have one of the most engaging novels you could ever hope to encounter. Buy it, read it. Now."
—David Corbett, award-winning author of The Mercy of the Night and Done for a Dime, named a New York Times Notable Book.
8.) Writing seems to run in your blood? Tell us who else in your family has the writing bug or knack for grammar.
My son, Michael Mohr, is a fabulous writer. He's had numerous short stories published in a range of genres and is currently working on his second novel. He’s also an editor.
9.) Which one of your characters pushed or challenged you as a writer and why?
Reese Cavanaugh, the protagonist, was hard to write. I knew if I wanted readers to care, I had to inhabit Reese Cavanaugh, become her, go through her experiences, feel what she felt. Once I jumped off that cliff, I was able to offer readers the all-important emotionally satisfying experience I keep talking about, the opportunity to connect with something in their own lives. I was able to tell the story I wanted to tell.
Ten years later, THE ROAD AT MY DOOR is that story.
10.) Every writer experiences doubt. How did you pull yourself up from that moment?
I knew I had a good story. What kept me going was the belief that if I wanted to tell it, I had to figure out the best genre, find the right voice.
11.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you?
1.) What propelled you to become a writer? My year two teacher. She just made you fall in love with reading and writing. She would take us out into the playground or onto the sports field and really make us capture our surroundings in our work. Mrs. Williams will forever be my favourite teacher throughout my education.
2.) What’s the name of your first published book and how’d you come up with the concept? Thirty Days: Part One. I didn’t come up with the story concept…the story concept chose me to write it. I’m so grateful it did.
3.) What’s your genre of choice and how did you end up there? Contemporary Romance and Suspense Romance. I’m not exactly sure, it just seemed to be where I fit in.
4.) What book are you currently trying to promote? How would you pitch it in three sentences? Always You. An ugly cry to rival all others. Be prepared for a book hangover. You’ll always ask yourself, ‘What would I have done in May’s position?’
5.) Which book gave you the hardest time when writing and why? Right now I’m writing ‘Winner.’ This book is my hardest to date. It has so many layers and so much it could have included—I’m trying to find a balance between what is essential and what is not necessary. So, I’d say it’s harder to find the balance and create a good pace with this story.
6.) What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing as an author? Trying to make myself available to my readers as much as possible. Being a mother and having such a full life already makes it hard sometimes to really ensure I’m connecting on an appreciated level by those who follow me.
7.) If you could write an erotica book using already-established characters from one of your books, which two people would you choose? Abigail and Marcus.
8.) Which character from your book would you date and why? Marcus. (Swoon.) He is an alpha male with a beautiful heart. His love runs so deeply he’d do anything for the one he loved.
9.) If you could turn any book into a movie, which one would it be? Always You. This story is one that will never leave a person once the covers are closed. Also, I want to watch people cry. What? I’m evil. Haha
10.) Which author has been your biggest influence? Colleen Hoover is my secret mentor (Don’t tell her though…it’s a secret.) I love her personality and humility as much as I love her work, and I feel like she brings a lot to the table with everything she does in this industry. I would never want to be her, I like me, but I admire her greatly.
11.) What has been the nicest review or anything said about you that you'd wanna share? I’ve had so many exemplary reviews that I’d never be able to choose one. However, being given my first one-million-star review was excellent. Also, I love how a lot of my reviews say that I have very real to life characters and a strong skill of writing secondary characters into my work. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy reading such things.
11.) Where can we find your books and where can we find you? All my books can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Nook. Always You, will be going into bookstores (Australia only) sometime in 2017.
I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I also have a website which is www.bellebrooksauthor.com