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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Genevieve Jack

Genevieve Jack

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author Genevieve Jack and I write wild, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and romantic fantasy. I believe there’s magic in every breath we take and probably something supernatural living in our dark basements. You can summon me with coffee, wine, and books, but I stick around for dogs and chocolate. My novels feature badass heroines, fiercely loyal heroes, and fantasy elements that will fill you with wonder.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Probably the first because I’m establishing the world and the magic system that the rest of the series will develop.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Even though my characters are paranormal creatures, the themes of my books revolve around real life events and emotions. Because each book features different characters in different situations, there really isn’t much overlap in the stories. They are tied together by a series arc and common goals in some cases, but other than that, each is an original work.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Most writers I know have wanted to do this since they were little and genuinely enjoy the process of creating their art. If this describes you, learn your craft and then keep writing until you finish your book. Write for the joy of it first. You can fix imperfections when you’re done by working with a professional editor, or keep that first book just for you and write another book.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

4-6 hours

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

I do love Nathaniel from The Dragon of Cecil Court. There’s something about a dragon who owns a bookstore in London that’s exceptionally magical to me.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

The Dragon of New Orleans featuring Henry Cavill and Elizabeth Gillies

What is your definition of success?

Waking up every morning knowing I have good friends, loving family, and purposeful work.

What are your social links?

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGenevieveJack/
FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenevieveJackWickedReaderGroup/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorgenevievejack/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/genevieve-jack
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6477522.Genevieve_Jack
Website: https://www.GenevieveJack.com

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Genevieve-Jack/e/B0097PJ7FI/
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/genevieve-jack/id557982095
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=genevieve%20jack&fcsearchfield=Author
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/info/name/Genevieve_Jack?id=1hcqnw2dc
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Genevieve%20Jack%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall
Audible: https://www.audible.com/author/Genevieve-Jack/B0097PJ7FI

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Danielle Keil

Danielle Keil

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Danielle Keil. I’m a lover of avocados, chocolate, coffee, and Corgis. I’m a decent dancer and… oh. Wait. Did you want info on my authorship and books? Okay… I’m a YA/NA author. A mix of contemporary and romance, mostly romance. I love putting mental health and real-life issues into my books, because it makes them *real* and relatable.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

All of them 😛 Or editing. And blurb writing. Those are way harder than writing the book itself!

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Trying different tropes, putting new spin on characters, different personalities, different issues going on in their lives.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Take your time. Find your tribe. Find friends in the same spot as you and friends who are ahead of you to help guide you!

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Maybe 1-3 hours. All the other stuff takes up so much time!

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Probably Lizzie Wright, from Far from the Surface. She is based off of me in high school, so she’s very near and dear to my heart.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

Hmm. Radical Royal was based on an actor from Julie and the Phantoms– Owen Joyner (the drummer), so definitely him as Ollie. And maybe a young Vanessa Hudgens for Maggie? I’m so bad with this question, especially since I write YA and I’m not totally up to date with the younger actors!

What is your definition of success?

Whatever makes you happy! It doesn’t have to compare against another person, it can be any small victory. Did this book get more preorders than the last? Success! Did you hit a page reads goal? Success! Are you happy with this book, even if no one is reading it? Success!

What are your social links?

FB group: facebook.com/groups/daniellesdandelions
FB page: facebook.com/authordaniellek
Insta: instagram.com/daniellekeil
TikTok: vm.tiktok.com/ZM8u6VSDq

What are your buy links?

amazon.com/author/daniellekeil
All books are on Amazon and in KU

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – A.d. Ellis

A.D.  Ellis

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

A.D. Ellis
I’m a mom of two teens, an educator of 23 years, and an author of over fifty books between two pen names. I also love, in no particular order, hot tea, chocolate, pizza, naps, reading, crocheting, and writing. My husband and I have known each other 25 years and been married 21. We live in the suburbs just south of Indianapolis and I teach in the inner city. My children are involved in show choir and band, so that definitely keeps us busy.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

For me, it depends on the characters. Excitement over a new book/series usually pushes the first book along, but subsequent books/characters are easier because I *know* them more. My books don’t usually follow the same couple through more than one book. Most of my series are books with connected settings/groups of friends/family and focus on a new couple each book.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Each new couple gets their time to shine while we still get to revisit the couples in previous books. I think readers and writers enjoy a good balance of fresh/new with the warm/comfortable.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

I do my best to write a little every day, but I also have to be honest with myself and let it go when a day just ISN’T going to be a writing day. Also, sometimes it helps to write something else. Interview questions/answers 😉 for example. Or I’ll find quotes I love and handwrite them as a way to get creativity going.

These quotes are always good for me when I’m feeling drained or stressed with writing.

“I tell my students there is such a thing as ‘writer’s block,’ and they should respect it. You shouldn’t write through it. It’s blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven’t got it right now.” -Toni Morrison

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” -Margaret Atwood

“‎If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” -Stephen King

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Typical day during the school year: Up at 3:15am, zone out on social media, take a shower, get ready for school, be at my desk with tea by 5:00am, write until 6:00am, leave for school. After school, I’ll usually do administrative type work but not often any real writing.

Typical day during breaks: Up around 6 or 7am, an hour or two writing, do whatever is scheduled for myself or kids, another hour or two writing.

You’d think I’d be more productive on breaks, but I’m really not.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?

Why don’t you just ask me which of my children is my favorite 🙂 Honestly, Sawyer holds a special place in my heart because he brought me to a very dear friend and his book was the one that thrust me into the world of LGBTQIA+ Romance.
Others who stick out: Jay in Can’t Fight It (he’s in the whole BJ Boys series), Braeton in Braeton & Drew: Something About Him, Cooper in Adore, Justin in The Perfect Blend, Charlie in Perfect Timing, Kota in Holly Hills Christmas, Marc in Take Me Home. But I truly love each character for one reason or another.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

I suck at these. I’d LOVE to see the BJ Boys made into a movie. I think Remington Place would be a fun movie/mini-series. But I am HORRIBLE at picking actors for characters.

What is your definition of success?

Honestly, I think it changes and can be different for different situations.
Is success writing a book? Maybe.
Is it writing over fifty books? Getting good reviews? Being asked to write in a special project? Again, maybe.
Is success when even just one reader is touched by your story?
Or do you need to be able to claim “best seller” to be successful?
Do you need to make six figures and quit your day job to write full time?
Depending on the parameters of what society/others/you set as “success”, it truly can be anything.
Some days, I’m a success because I got out of bed or remembered to wash that load of laundry.
I count it as a success when my kids’ teachers report they’re polite and helpful and great students.
It’s a success when I get through lunch duty with a smile on my face, when students seek me out for a hug, and when I see our students in the building making progress.
So again, success is different for different people and depending on the situations and experiences.

What are your social links?

This link will take you to a list of all of my social media (including my pen name)- https://www.adellisauthor.com/mylinks/

What are your buy links?

This link goes to a list of all of my social media and buy links- https://www.adellisauthor.com/mylinks/

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Anna Hague

Anna Hague

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Anna Hague and I live just a little north of Indianapolis IN. I also work as a sports writer/photographer for a local paper. My husband and I don’t have any children, but we’ve hosted 11 foreign exchange students. Before Covid, we did all kinds of activities. Now we’ve gotten content hanging out at home with our two dogs and three parrots. We are planning some vacations this year and plan to visit one of our kids in Italy in a year or so. I started publishing in 2016 and the best thing is all the wonderful people I’ve met in person and online.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I think the other books are harder. You have so many ideas with the first, and after that one, you have to find something that will make the new book unique and just as interesting to the reader as the first.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I’m using secondary characters as the MCs. By using them, I can dive deeper into their lives and personalities the reader didn’t really get to see in the previous book. So both the reader and me get to know all kinds of things we didn’t know before.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t force it. If the words aren’t there, leave it alone for awhile. I had to take a break for medical reasons. I had no desire to write. Now after the hiatus, I’m really excited to be back writing.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Because of my job, my hours are never set. I try for an hour everyday and days I’m not working, I aim for five to six. But I have to get full permission from the dogs, and they don’t always agree.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Jamey from Captured Hearts. He was my first, but I still love him. He did something really horrible, and through three books and a span of almost 18 years, he cannot forgive himself even though others have.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

Thunderstruck would be a great Netflix movie because it’s a paranormal. I think Chris Hemsworth and Mila Kunis would be a good pair.

What is your definition of success?

It’s certainly not about the money. I think from Page 1 to The End is success. The whole process of writing a novel is challenging at every turn. The story, the conflict, the pacing, the resolution. It all takes so much of yourself and sanity to complete.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010050496430

https://www.instagram.com/annahagueauthor/

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B01N19LUF1

https://books2read.com/u/4XXzB5

https://books2read.com/u/brvR9e

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Taki Kasai

Taki Kasai

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello I’m Taki Kasai

I live in South Roxana IL with my eight animals. I have four dogs, Molly, Max, Copper and Khanna. I also have four cats, Cleopatra, Sassy, Salem, and Luna.

Hobbies include: Reading, Writing, and Video Games. (Totally a nerd)

I write multiple genres, I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Contemporary Romance. I am going to be dipping my toes into the PNR world here soon as I have come up with a witchy novel that must be done now. My first book was a fantasy novella The Dark Arcane Master back in 2017. My latest book is Save the Last Dance published in 2021.

When I’m not writing I work as a truck dispatcher and a server at a Vineyards. (Can we just say all the free wine?)

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Everything that comes after the first book. I am always having to look back at my last book to make sure I’m staying consistent with looks, nicknames, places. It sometimes become so boggling even with my notes. The first book I feel I can let my imagination do a free for all.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I add new characters and places to the series to add more layers to the story line. To make the story feel like it is more 3D then 2D. I also plan on adding in a new adventure in every story. Per example my Mage War Series is a fantasy series, so there will be more of an adventure story, a battle story, a love story. Etc.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t force the words and always take me time. Sometimes just enjoying the weather and a nice cup a tea can do wonders for the stress. Especially when the words are not coming. I have also learned that it is okay to get help doing certain things. We can’t do it all!

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I typically spend a couple of hours writing. I don’t do it all in one sitting due to my 7-5 job but I space it out in-between. Sometimes it can be a few words and other times I might get a few pages written. It really depends on the day.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Addie Moya is one of my favorite characters. You meet her in The Red Assassin. She is a hacker in the book and tends to blend into the background. She is willing to stay in the background unless one of her friends are hurt. Then she has no problem getting her hands dirty. Not only that she is the one of my mysterious characters who continues to develop as I write. I learn more and more about her every time that even makes me do a double take. I adore her and think she has a lot of potential.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

I would really want my Mage War Series made into the a movie. Just to see Michael Fassbender (Playing Lorcan Adair) and Misha Collins (Playing Mihaly Novak) Go head to head. I think it would be epic. Not only are they brothers but they are each others ultimate enemies. (Let’s not forget Scott Eastwood playing Jackson, one of Mihaly’s best friends and a Bear!)

What is your definition of success?

Someone telling me how much they enjoyed my books and how I have touched their life.

What are your social links?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakiKasai
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/kasaitaki/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TakiKasai
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/taki-kasai
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/takikasai

What are your buy links?

Amazon: amazon.com/author/takikasai

*I have books listed on KOBO, iBooks, NOOK as well*

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Alison Bliss

Alison Bliss

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Alison Bliss, a best-selling, award-winning author of sexy, contemporary romances that are laugh-out-loud funny. Something I like to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.” I’m a born and raised Texan, who currently resides in the Midwest with my super supportive husband, two awesome kids, and five pets. I’m also the youngest of five girls, which means I’ve never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. I enjoy writing fun, steamy love stories that put a smile on a reader’s face.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I think the first book in the series is easier because you are open to any possibilities. With the next books in the series, you’ve already established things such as characters, settings, and backstory that you sometimes wish you could change. Fortunately, there are usually ways around these kind of writing barriers.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I try to always keep my characters fresh. For example, in my Perfect Fit series, the heroines of each book are all plus-size women, but they aren’t the same person. The women are all different and aren’t going to feel the same way about their bodies. Leah (Book 1) is my self-depracating heroine, Valerie (Book 2) is my confident heroine, and Jessa (Book 3) is a total foodie who doesn’t have any hang-ups about her size. Interesting fact – the hero in Jessa’s book is actually the one who struggles with a food addiction.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

When you’re having a hard time writing a particularly difficult scene or struggling to finish your book altogether, keep in mind that even published authors who have been writing for years have these same struggles. Writing books is not easy, but if you stick with it and don’t give up, you will get through it.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I wish I could write daily, but it’s just not possible right now. I have a personal life and a busy household with a husband, two kids, and six pets. For me, it’s a balancing act to make sure everything gets done, including the writing. But on the days I do write, I usually am working for a good eight to twelve hours with some breaks in between.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

My favorite character that I have written thus far is the heroine from my debut novel, Rules of Protection. Emily Foster is a girl after my own heart. She is sassy and gives the hero so much grief. I will admit that she is a bit of a brat, but once you read her story and get to know her background, then I think it’s easier to understand who she is and why she behaves the way she does. The woman actually has so many layers that you get to see unfold throughout her story. She was definitely a lot of fun to write.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

For Rules of Protection, I would love to see Emma Stone and Tom Hardy portray my characters, Emily and Jake.

What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is being able to do something you love while also earning enough to make a living.

What are your social links?

Website: http://authoralisonbliss.com/
FB Author Page: http://facebook.com/AuthorAlisonBliss
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alison-bliss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AlisonBliss2
Amazon Page: http://amazon.com/author/alisonbliss
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/AlisonBliss
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AlisonBliss2/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/AlisonBliss2
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dvShQv

What are your buy links?

Amazon Page: http://amazon.com/author/alisonbliss

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alison-bliss
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/AlisonBliss

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Molly McLain

Molly McLain

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Molly McLain. I’m from Wisconsin, am married, and a mom to three kiddos. I write steamy small town romance with blue collar heroes and spunky heroines.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

They’re all hard! The first book has to be just right to grab readers’ attention. Then the next books have to be similar, but different, too. Personally, I think I like first books better, because they set the premise for a new world and everything is fresh and new, but it’s also really fun to write cameos of previous in characters in subsequent books, too!

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t compare your author journey to others. Set goals that work for you and measure your success by those accomplishments, not what you see other authors doing.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I spend about two hours a day writing romance. I also write for my day job, too, so some days it’s really hard to spend any more time in front of my laptop.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

This is like asking a mom to choose her favorite child! They’re all special for different reasons.

What are your social links?

Mailing List: https://smarturl.it/MollyMail
Bookbub: https://smarturl.it/MollysBBub
FB Author Page: https://smarturl.it/MollysAuthorPage
FB Reader Group: https://smarturl.it/MollysMisfitsRG
Amazon: https://smarturl.it/MollysAmzn
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollywritesromance
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mollywritesromance

What are your buy links?

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Renee George

Renee George

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Renee George, USA Today Bestselling author of cozy paranormal mysteries, paranormal women’s fiction mysteries, and paranormal romance/ mysteries.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

They are all hard. LOL.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I am a pantser who writes mysteries, so I set up the suspects and the crime, then I work through it, investigating along with my heroine. I like to put in a lot of red herrings and make things twisty at the end, but usually, about the time that reader knows who-done-it in the story is about the same time that I knew when I was writing it.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Writing like any creative pursuit is one of those jobs you have to love enough to do it even when you hate it. The best tip I can give an aspiring writer is don’t compare the way you approach writing to the way other authors approach writing. Every one is different. Your process is your process. Comparing yourself to other writers is a great way to stay frustrated all the time. Honestly, it’s just one word after another until “The End,” however you get there.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Writing is more than just getting the words down. It involves a lot of planning and thinking, so I count that as writing time. Which means, all the waking hours in the day are typically spent writing. Hah!

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Currently, Nora Black from my Nora Black Midlife Psychic Mysteries is my favorite. She’s my age, has been through some of the things that I have been through, and she still kicks butt. I love having a heroine who represents a woman over 50 who is still young enough to live her life. I mean, I’m not dead, yet. Right?

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

In the Nora Black series, I’d have Kate Blanchett playing my heroine. She’s over 50 and still got it. Henry Cavill would play Ezra. Sandra Bullock would play her best friend Gilly.

What is your definition of success?

I write books and I get paid for them. It was always my dream, and that dream has come true. That’s success.

What are your social links?

Join Renee’s Rebel Readers (Facebook Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/reneesunusualsuspects/

Like “Renee George, Author” fan page:

https://www.facebook.com/authorreneegeorge

Follow Renee on Twitter: @reneegeorge2008

Website: http://www.renee-george.com

Instagram: author_renee_george

What are your buy links?

www.renee-george.com for all my series

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Sara Whitney

Sara Whitney

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Sara Whitney writes sassy contemporary romance that’s always sunny with a chance of sizzle. A multiple award-winning author, Sara worked as a print journalist and film critic before she earned her Ph.D. and landed in academia. She’s a good pinball player, a great baker, and an expert at shouting her TV opinions to anyone who’ll listen.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Both have their challenges, but the later books require more consistency checks to make sure I haven’t changed a previously introduced character’s age, hometown, eye color, profession, last name… you know, little things like that.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Be kind to yourself. Writing can be lonely, and it can make you question your skill, creativity, motivation. Take breaks when you need it, and reach out to your support networks. Also, don’t forget that comparison is the thief of joy. Write your books and run your career without worrying about where you should be or what other authors are achieving. We’re all in this together!

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Erik, the Thor-like baker in my series starter, Tempting Taste. He’s one of those quiet, introverted characters who keeps his feelings under tight control… until he doesn’t. I love that the intensity of his emotions overwhelms the heroine, who’s starved for affection after a lifetime in an emotional Sahara.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

Tempting Taste: Amy Adams and Norwegian Instagram hottie Lasse Matberg (no idea if he can act, but he definitely LOOKS the part)

What is your definition of success?

I’ve succeeded if a reader enjoyed escaping into one of my books for a few hours. Money, fame, and a private jet staffed with Tom Hiddleston lookalikes would be great, but making connections with readers is what keeps me writing.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/SaraWhitneyAuthor/

https://www.instagram.com/sarawhitney_/

https://www.tiktok.com/@authorsara?

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/Sara-Whitney/e/B07RPBJV4L/

https://books.apple.com/us/author/sara-whitney/id1463165311 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Sara%20Whitney%22

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=sara%20whitney

https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Sara+Whitney

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Mellanie Szereto

Mellanie Szereto

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Mellanie Szereto, author of nearly forty steamy and super steamy romances, and I enjoy writing about characters who have experience with life, love, careers, and changes. Many of my stories are set in Midwestern small towns, much like my own life, and focus on family, friendship, and figuring out the meaning of true happiness. Living in the country suits me since I’m an avid gardener, am most at home in nature, and love hiking. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and reading, of course!

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

When I know I’ll be starting a new series, the first book is usually the hardest. I’m getting to know the main characters, setting, the dynamics of the relationships with secondary characters, and the general tone of the series. Once that world has its foundation, the other books seem to fall into place, providing enough background information to know what needs to happen with those other characters.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Like real people, my characters are unique and have their own life stories, experiences, fears, motivations, etc. While a few details may overlap here and there, each book develops into a story made for those characters. A different character will react differently in similar situations and each relationship is a new discovery!

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

BALANCE. Yes, I’m still working on it, even after 10+ years and nearly 40 books. Finding that perfect mix of writing, marketing, self-care, and other responsibilities can be difficult, but it’s a must to avoid burnout. And make time for reading!

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I spend about 4-5 hours a day focused on actual writing and about 4-5 hours a day on writing-related business like marketing, social media, and emails.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

One of my favorite characters is Georgie Swofford from And Baby Makes 2½ (The Homegrown Café Book Club 5). At the beginning of the series, I thought she was a hard-nosed workaholic family law attorney, but she developed into a truly loyal friend by book 4 and revealed a personal history in book 5 that explained her standoffish demeanor. She earned her happily-ever-after with Oscar, who turned out to be more sweetheart than grouch!

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

Oscar Banyan, former mayor of The Homegrown Café Book Club’s small town setting, from And Baby Makes 2½ will be played by Jason Momoa. He’s a recluse with a ZZ Top beard and long hair throughout the series–until Georgie insists on a haircut and shave to agree to his fake relationship deal. Charlize Theron will play the part of Georgina Swofford, his ex-wife’s divorce attorney and fake fiancée.

What is your definition of success?

While making a living from writing is important to me, creating books I love and having readers love them defines success to me. Hearing someone tell me (and other readers) they enjoyed one of my books is the best!

What are your social links?

Website: https://www.mellanieszereto.com
Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/mellanieszereto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormellanieszereto
Facebook reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/worththewaitseasonedromancereaders
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mellanie-szereto
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mellanie_szereto
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mellanieszereto

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/mellanieszereto
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/mellanie-szereto/id540431015
Audible: Audible page: https://www.audible.com/author/Mellanie-Szereto/B00GYKKZ7I
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Mellanie Szereto
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Mellanie+Szereto
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=mellanie%20szereto&fcsearchfield=Author

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

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