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#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Jade C. Jamison

Jade C. Jamison

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jade C. Jamison…I’ve been writing most of my life but published my first book in 2011. I have four children all adults now (!!!) and live in Colorado. So happy that Angie and I met each other thanks to the world of books!

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

Hmm. For me, it’s individual books that are more difficult, and it all depends on that specific book. For example, Bullet (#1) was relatively easy to write; Rock Bottom (#2) was like pulling teeth; Feverish (#3) was easier than the other two. For me, it’s the book itself, the plot, and the characters rather than where a book falls in the series.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Again for me it depends on the book. In the case of the Nicki Sosebee series, it was the characters. Most of the time, I think it’s the characters. But with a book like In a Haze, it was the plot first.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I would have loved to have met Toni Morrison.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

I would love to talk to her in depth about her process.

What are your social links?

I have lots but the main ones are these:

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JadesBulletBabes/
Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/JadeCJamison

What are your buy links?

A majority of my books are currently in KU, so I’ll give you that link:

Amazon Author Page

#AuthorSpotlight – Daryl Banner

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

My name is Daryl Banner. I’m an author of primarily male/male romance, but I also write dystopian and fantasy fiction, and I’m also a composer. I know all the awesome Twinsies! 🙂

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

The ones that follow. It is a challenge to find new territory in an established series to explore that is both unexpected and new, yet familiar enough to not jar the readers.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Characters! The plot is absolutely dependent on who is living the experience, and quite often changes in the process of fleshing out the story.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Chuck Palahniuk

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

What was your most fulfilling writing experience? Which scene from one of your books still gives you chills when you think about its conception? Did you know in writing “Fight Club” that it would change the world?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

Blurb writing is often the biggest struggle, though honestly all three of these things have given me substantial heartache. lol

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first time another author read one of my books and gushed over it. It was the amazing Madeline Sheehan, and the book was The Beautiful Dead.

What is your definition of success?

Feeling okay when everything is not okay 🙂

What are your social links?

“www.facebook.com/darylbannerwriter www.twitter.com/darylbanner www.instagram.com/darylbanner www.bookbub.com/authors/daryl-banner”

What are your buy links?

www.amazon.com/author/darylbanner

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Marie Piper

Marie Piper

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Marie Piper. I live in Chicago with my husband, kiddo, and three cats. I write historical romance set in America, and I’m a big history nerd.

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

I find the subsequent books in a series way harder to write than the first, actually. Something about having all the wide open space in the world for the first book makes it easier than when I have to work within the confines of what exists for books to follow.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Since I write historicals, the idea usually comes from some sort of moment or image. For my Salem Witch Trials novella, A STRANGE AFFLICTION, I had been thinking about the time period and I had the idea for a woman skipping a stone over a pond…and the book was born from there.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I’ve had the good fortune to meet a lot of my romance writing heroes at conventions and events, so I would actually choose Sarah Vowell.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

1. How do you keep all the dates straight? 2. What time periods/events in American History would you love to write about? 3. When can we expect a NEW Book?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

I. Hate. Writing. Blurbs.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Probably my first trip to RT. It was the best kind of whirlwind for a newbie author and I met so many amazing people.

What is your definition of success?

Writing my weird little books and having some people enjoy them. I don’t need to be a bestseller to be happy as a writer.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/MariePiperBooks, https://twitter.com/mariepiperbooks,
http://www.mariepiper.com/,
https://www.instagram.com/mariepiperbooks/

What are your buy links?

#AuthorSpotlight – Stefanie Spangler

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

My name is Stefanie Spangler, and I am the author of Dark Designs. Dee is my favorite Twinsie.

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

I know lots of authors who really hit their stride after the first hurdle, but for me, right after I finished the first book, life happened. So everything after the first one is definitely harder.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

For me, I have to start with the characters. Otherwise, I can’t quite see how the plot would go without knowing the characters first.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

Usually, writing the blurb and coming up with the title is a team effort with a few people on the publishing team. Blurbs are just universally hard, I think.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/StefanieAuthor Twitter: @StefanieAuthor www.stefaniespangler.com

What are your buy links?

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight #EventHost #6YearFamily – Jillian Jacobs

Jillian Jacobs

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jillian Jacobs I’ve recently moved into a money pit and it’s sucking up all my reading time 🙁

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

After, because you have to remember everything from previous books.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Characters

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

TJ Klune

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

I think I’d just ask him how he comes up with all his “worlds” and which character is the most like him and how he feels about self publishing versus traditional

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

Blurb writing

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Book events

What is your definition of success?

Anytime someone enjoys what I’ve read

What are your social links?

Www.jillianjacobs.com for all the info

What are your buy links?

I’d say use the jillianjacobs.com again

 

 

#AuthorSpotlight – Kelsey Elise Sparrow

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Kelsey Elise Sparrow. I am a romance author who loves most versions of the genre. That means, I write under several subgenres. I’m also a teacher and mother. Some of my favorite stories have all left me wanting for more as well as thrown me for a loop. I decided I wanted the same to be found in my writing.

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

The ones that come after especially if there has been time or other works between works.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Most of the time the plot comes first. On a very rare occasion, the characters give me the plotline and everything that comes with it.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I have a few. JM Walker, Audrey Carlan, JR Ward. Top of my list would be Gena Showalter. I love her works and have for years.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

1. Do you keep a notebook handy for all your notes on a particular book as you write? 2. Do you have a process or checklist from concept to publish? 3. Are you one to promote other lessor-known authors?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

Oh gosh. I absolutely loathe writing the blurb for my novels. The series names and titles come easily but the blurb makes me want to bawl my eyes out every time.

What is your definition of success?

Success is when you have readers who are just as passionate about an author’s characters as the author themselves. The characters are loved and the readers want to know what’s going on in their lives.

What are your social links?

“Website: http://kelseyelisesparrow.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelseyesparrow/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelseyelisesparrow/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelseyesparrow Amazon Profile: https://amazon.com/author/kelseyelisesparrow Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelsey-elise-sparrow Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cYDXE9 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kelseyelisesparrow YouTube: https://goo.gl/HUhyyk Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorkelseysparrow/”

What are your buy links?

The Works of KES

#AuthorSpotlight – Jesse Lane

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Hi! My name is Jessie Lane and I am super blessed to know Twinsies Angie and Melinda the best. They have been a blast to have as friends and readers through the years and I cherish them a great deal. Especially Angie because she has absolutely no problem verbally kicking my butt to get it in gear.

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

For me, the books after the first are the hardest. I feel that readers have these expectations of what I should or should not do with the characters, and I struggle with staying true to my vision versus making readers happy.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Honestly, that’s a toss up. I could go through every book and answer this question and it would end in a 50/50 scenario for plot or characters. I’m always open to the creative ideas or characters that come to me and I just go from there.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Wow, this one is hard because I have been insanely blessed to meet some of my unicorn authors such as Lora Leigh, Jeaniene Frost and JR Ward. However I would absolutely love to meet Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

“If I could ask Karen Marie Moning and/or Kresley Cole three questions they would be: 1) Do you plan on starting more new series in the future? 2) Do you read as much as you write? 3) What is your favorite supernatural/paranormal species?”

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

The blurb! How in the hell do you summarize an entire book in two paragraphs without giving it all away? It drives me nuts sometimes.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Honestly, it’s a mash-up of meeting all my readers. I’m constantly humbled by how many people have read my books and want to come meet me in person. I’m just little ol’ me, and it blows my mind that other people like what I write.

What is your definition of success?

Success is completing a mission and feeling gratification from it. Whether that’s cleaning my house, writing a book or not killing my kids when they drive me nuts. Sometimes life is about big wins, but mostly it’s about cherishing those everyday little wins.

What are your social links?

“Want to keep in touch with me on social media? Come here to stalk me everywhere: https://jessielanebooks.com/follow-me-links/”

What are your buy links?

“All of my books descriptions and buy links can be found on my website here: https://jessielanebooks.com/all-books/”

#AuthorSpotlight – Aviva Vaughn

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Hi ladies! I’m Aviva, I write diverse, slow burn, contemporary romance. I love food, travel, and books (in no particular order) and those passions all show up in my stories! I’ve published eight books and my readers often say they “feel like they are right there with my characters” in whatever city or country the story is set. I am currently working on three series, one of which is a project with Penny Reid’s Smartypants Romance (slated for release in 2021). I don’t know any Twinsie yet…I was referred to you by Naomi and Tonya of Love and Devotion.

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

The first book, because you need to lay the foundation (backstory) while still keeping the plot moving. You also want to lay some clues so that careful readers start to wonder/guess at what is coming next.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

For me, the plot comes first. Or maybe I should say that a question comes first. For instance, for my series BECKONED I wondered what it would be like if two people were meant to be together, but they met at the wrong time. That question birthed six books and spanned five years.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Living or Dead? My first choice is Jane Austen, however, for living authors I’d say Talia Hibbert or Stephenie Meyers.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

I’m going to go with Jane Austen for this because the least is known about her. I’d ask her how close to the first draft her final published works were, why she only wrote standalones, and what the heck happened with the hot mess that is Northanger Abbey.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

BLURB WRITING FOR SURE. It’s hard to sum up 100,000 words into three perfectly perky paragraphs.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I’ve had so many special moments. Having my work touch someone is incredibly gratifying. I printed out and taped up the first time a reader emailed me. That was special. Anytime someone tells me they’ve read my books more than once blows my mind. Also, my mom is a big fan, and she’s never liked anything I’ve done so that was a shocker (not kidding).

What is your definition of success?

Being creatively fulfilled while having enough to share with others. The freedom to live/work anywhere. Impacting readers positively.

What are your social links?

“AvivaVaughn.com Facebook.com/AvivaVaughnAuthor amazon.com/author/avivavaughn goodreads.com/avivavaughn bookbub.com/profile/aviva-vaughn Instagram.com/AvivaVaughn Pinterest.com/AvivaVaughn Twitter.com/AvivaVaughn”

What are your buy links?

amazon.com/author/avivavaughn

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Genevieve Jack

Genevieve Jack

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Genevieve Jack, Award winning and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and fantasy. I’m a fan of all things supernatural, from witches, to dragons and everything in between. Love wine, dogs, and the beach.

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

Whatever book I am currently writing is the hardest book I’ve ever written! Send chocolates.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Both. I’ve never had a story come to me that didn’t involve something happening to a very specific character. I usually start by imagining one vivid scene and the book builds itself around that.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

The blurb (a.k.a the back cover copy or description). You’ve just unveiled a complex story over 300 pages of blood, sweat, and tears, and then you have to tell it again in 200 words or less. It’s a cruel and not so unusual punishment.

 What is your definition of success?

Having enough that I can share it with others. Enough love, money, time, etc. If I have enough to share, I feel good about where I’m at. It means I have room to breathe.

What are your social links?

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/genevieve-jack, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6477522,
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGenevieveJack
https://twitter.com/Genevieve_Jack

What are your buy links?

www.genevievejack.com, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PHN9G6V, https://books.apple.com/us/author/genevieve-jack/id557982095, https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=Genevieve+Jack, https://play.google.com/store/info/name/Genevieve_Jack?id=1hcqnw2dc

#AuthorSpotlight – Heather Savage

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Hey! I’m Heather Savage and I write under the Pen Name H.R. Savage. I like to write novels that take place in magical or apocalyptic worlds with some suspense and steamy romance. I live in the sunny SoCal and have three kids, a supportive hubby, and a cat named Korra.

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

Definitely the ones after it. The second and third book can be KILLER. Because not only am I hoping to give the characters the same juiciness as the first book, but I’m also trying to cross-reference the first book to make sure I’m not missing any key details, or contradicting something that happened.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

For me it’s the plot. Then I build the characters who therefore change the plot entirely LOL.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Oh gosh. Probably between Stacey Marie Brown and K.F. Breene.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

“1. What is your plotting process, if you plot at all? 2. How they make secondary characters SHINE! 3. What inspiration they use for writing”

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

OMG All of the above! I think I have a panic attack every time. For Captured I went through so many titles, and then the series I kinda just threw together. It takes a lot of tears and me bugging my Critique Partner, Ella Burns LOL.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Getting a message from someone who just stumbled on my books. Not a friend. Not an ARC reader or Beta. But someone who just picked my book up and thought it was amazing. That really makes my heart feel whole and drives the confidence to be able to write.

What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is being able to have a great community of readers that is supportive and fun, while still making enough of a profit to keep writing!

What are your social links?

“Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHRSavage Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629457934010857 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hrsavageauthor/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/H-R-Savage/e/B01G4NCJYQ”

What are your buy links?

Here is my Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/H-R-Savage/e/B01G4NCJYQ