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#WOTR23 #Authorspotlight #Attendingauthor – Siera London

Siera London

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello Twinsie Girls! Siera London here. After 23 years in the United States Navy, I retired and started writing my first romance novel.

I loved my career as a nurse practitioner and serving my country, but I don’t miss that life.

My kids are grown, the grandkids are a blast, and my cat is my favorite writing partner. Since the release of my debut novel, Chasing Ava on March 30, 2015, I’ve written forty books.

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

Setting up the first book in a series is by far the hardest. For me, crafting each character so they resonate with book lovers is key to the success of the first release and each book that follows.

Of course, I want readers to love the protagonist, but it’s equally important to feel a bit of intrigue for the other characters, too.

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

Huh, this is an interesting question. Like the people in our lives, characters are nuanced, their stories are unique to them, and their past experiences shape their perspective.

As a writer, each story is a challenge to share a universal journey in a creative and relevant way. In my latest Lunchtime Chronicles release, Peaches and Cream, the heroine is on the run, but she works as a migrant worker to stay under her pursuer radar.

Again, giving Empress a familiar backstory (damsel in distress) but, a non-conventional job (migrant worker) twists an old trope in a new direction.

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

Take a break when YOU need it! I know the currency of today’s writers is to write every day, but I don’t. And that’s okay.

Honestly, I give myself permission to manage my writing day my way. Accept your process as the best process. It may change; that’s fine, too. Storytellers must let their imaginations run free to devour great content and excellent media. It’s essential to fill your creative well. To do this, we need rest, relaxation, exercise, and to consume good stories on the regular.

So, binge-watch television, and listen to audiobooks when you feel like cracking a book open. In other words, getting the words out of her head is the right way… the best way for you. Different is okay.

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

Three to four hours. That’s enough to get 2000-5000 words on the page and allow my body time to recover.

 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?

Oh, I would love to see the Men of Endurance on the big screen. To start on want Brad Pitt, Sam Elliott, Dwayne Johnson, Angela Bassett, Regina King, and Eva Marcille on the set.

What is your definition of success?

A growing catalog of stories that appeal to a growing number of readers who share and review my books. I want connect with readers who want to know me in addition to enjoying my books. Success to about building a career where the my readers share the journey with me.

 What are your social links?

Follow me on TikTok, BookBub, and Amazon.
Siera on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@authorsieralondon
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/siera-london
Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1Oce1Ht

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Siera’s Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1Oce1Ht

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#WOTR22 #Character Interview – Steel MC Montana Charter with one of the authors Michel Prince

Twinsie Angie and Twinsie Melinda are super excited Michel Prince talked to Red and the other members of the Steel MC Montana Charter.  They are being allowed to tour the clubhouse and talk with the members plus their ol’ ladies for the afternoon.

~~~~~~

Angie drives her car slowly through town to see everything she has read about in the books.

Melinda stares out the window and smirks, “Need gas?  I see a certain gas station ahead.  Oh look.  I think the mechanic is on duty.”

Snaping her head to look out Melinda’s window “GUUURLLL Don’t tempt me! But I do not want to be late to the clinic to meet Red, Nova, and Michel.” Angie replied with full sass.

“You are so not gonna keep your cool when he is around.” Melinda says while laughing.

“Girl, again I don’t think you should be talking because a certain someone I know you love will be at the clinic getting his ol’ lady after work.” Angie says while she smirks at Melinda.

Melinda rolls her eyes and says “Whatever. I can keep my drooling under control. “

“Riiiight” Angie replies with a full eye roll.

Angie parks her car at the clinic.  Both ladies enter the clinic.  They See Red and Nova talking quietly with their heads down.  Preacher Girl is rubbing her belly while snuggling with Hack who is counting down the last few minutes until she is off work. Lil Mama is corralling the twins while Cass is laughing at his son who must have repeated a word not allowed while rocking Maddox on his hip.  Michel is sitting and typing all of this down frantically on her laptop. She is trying to get it all down before she forgets and can’t share it with her co-author, Wren.

Melinda sighs. She looks at Hack and Preacher Girl longingly.  Hack gives a slight smile and Preacher Girl a wave since they both know her obsession with him.  They continue their discussion.

 “Tritan,” Hack said.

“No,” Preacher Girl replied.

“Carmelida,” Hack received a hard glare from Preacher Girl. “Fernado, I’ll sing ABBA during the delivery.”

“Wait,” Angie whispered to Michel. “Are they having twins?”

“No, but they are having a surprise,” Michel added. “So Hack is tormenting her because she refuses to find out.”

“So you don’t know either?” Melinda asked only to get a mischievous smirk from Michel.

Michel yells “ Ok guys can we head over to the Clubhouse.  I hear Maggie is making those Lemon Bars.  Before Baldy eats them all, I want to try one.”

Angie slightly whimpers at his name and the thought of seeing him.

“You need a napkin? Mop? Are you going to be able to contain yourself? “ Michel asks.

“Doubtful.” Angie replies to Michel while walking to her car.

Melinda snorts “I mean I kept my cool.”

Michel points “Is that drool on your shirt?”

Melinda checks her shirt and rolls her eyes when she realizes Michel was messing with her and yells “ You, my friend, suck!”

Michel- “Who told? Onyx? Bounty? Baldy?”

Angie nearly breaks her neck snapping to look at her. 

“Just making sure you were paying attention.” Michel winks then mumbles something under her breath. 

~~~~~~

They all drive following Red and Nova on their bikes.  When they arrive at the clubhouse, it seems Red is not too thrilled his pregnant wife is taking the curves a BIT on the fast side.

Red angrily states “ Nova, keys now. I told you not to go so fast.”

Nova laughs “And I told you I was just fine.”  Ignoring Red while spinning her keys over her head to walk with the ladies, “Come on in and let’s get this party started.”

Topaz runs over to Michel.  She grabs her and hugs her. “ I am so glad you are here.  There is so much stuff to share especially about Porsche and this little girl” 

Onyx walking up to Topaz and kissing her on the neck “Topaz, that isn’t our story to share. “ 

Topaz eye rolls and giggles at her man. “I know but Michel needs to know about it,” wiggling her eye brows “Especially if we want to sell the tickets to ya’ll stripping!”

Melinda and Angie both GASP at what Topaz says.  Both have huge, wide eyes and you can see their brains spinning at the thought of naked Steel men.

Melinda nudges Angie and whispers “We need to find out how to buy tickets before we leave.”

Angie whispers back “Damn straight we do.”

“So you know,” Michel said. “Baldy’s incorporating the cane, no reason to short the ticket holder’s a man.”

“Like all of them?” Angie asked, scanning the room taking in the mix of men currently clad in leather, jeans and ass kicking boots. 

“Not all,” Topaz groaned “One’s being a stick in the mud, but I’m working with Porsche on getting him in booty shorts and crop top to walk around and collect bills.”

Topaz and Onyx look at the ladies.

Onyx grabs Topaz “Woman let’s go so they can eat.”

Topaz sighs “FINE” but as Onyx is leading her away she yells “Get some of the Lemon Bars.  Baldy has eaten like 5 already!!”

At the mention of Baldy, Angie gets weak in the knees.  Michel and Melinda both laugh at her and walk to the kitchen where Maggie is serving food.  

Maggie yells over the hustle and bustle in her kitchen “Welcome ladies.  I hope you are hungry.  I made enough for an army.”

Michel replies “Isn’t that normal?”

Maggie laughs and replies “My family keeps growing and so does my cooking.”

Angie and Melinda both grab a plate and start to add food to their plate.  All of a sudden someone whispers in Angie’s ear “The Lemon Bars are so good. “

Angie tenses up because she KNOWS the voice, “Thhhhanks for the information” Angie blushes when she sees him wink, a hitch still in his step as he spins his cane, then plants it before stepping again.

Lil Bit shakes her head and says “Baldy, you are going to give her a heart attack.  Go find Beno already. He needs to eat something besides the candy Brick keeps giving him.”

Melinda Snickers “You ok there bestie? “

Angie gives a shaky reply “Yup. I am just fine.” gulping back as if no one would notice.

Lil Bit smiles. “I understand your adoration completely.” She turns and looks at Melinda. “ Ya know Hack just got here and was looking for you.  I think these two have huge egos since they found out from Michel over there they are your favorites in the club.“

Angie and Melinda both mean mug Michel and Scream in Shrill voices “ MICHEL!!!  You weren’t supposed to TELL!!!”

Michel replies laughing “Oh no way was I not telling them. Their reaction is worth their weight in gold.”

~~~~~~

The ladies and the MC all sit around the tables they’d shoved together to give enough room.

Michel, Angie, and Melinda all sit.  They watch as the group all find seats to begin their chat.

Melinda looks to Doc and Chief for the first question. “ How is the newest couple doing?”

Doc frustrated says “I’m still trying to figure out how Chief thinks shaking his money maker is going to get us a fire truck.”

Chief shakes his head “First, not my idea.”

Doc side eyed him “But you jumped at the chance.”

Chief scratching at his chin. “Porsche had a point, show some hose to get the money. Besides, I’m not the only one. Hey Angie, you comin’ by on Mother’s Day to watch Baldy swing his cane?”

Angie chokes on a lemon bar and needs a moment to compose herself. Meanwhile, Melinda laughs and is smacking her back so she won’t choke.

Baldy smirks. “Come on Ang, what song you want me to dance to? And Mel, Hack’s gonna do his part for the cause.” Melinda’s eyes go wide enough to see the back side of the moon. “I know you both are good with charity and fundraising. Five won’t get you six at this one, but a five in the right string might get you–”

Lil’ Bit yanks his long hair currently tied back into a ponytail.

Baldy looks at Lil’ Bit and says “You really want to show Angie the way to my heart?”

Angie takes several sips of water and turns her attention to Mountain and Amber. “How is the house and how have the kids adjusted everything?”

Nightingale smiles “They are loving the freedom of Ms. Meadow and being in the same class, for the most part. As for the home, I’m not sure if we’re building a house or a clubhouse.”

Mountain waves his hand “A few amenities we’ll open up for the guys.”

Nightingale puts her hands on her hips “ A gun range, pool–”

Mountain interrupts, “The pool was your idea.”

Nightingale shakes her head “But the lazy river wasn’t.”

Mountain laughs “If you’re gonna build it, do it all the first time because additions are tacky.”

Nightingale whispers under her breath “Martha Stewart was your neighbor wasn’t she?”

Mountain’s face flushes red, “No,” runs hand over his face and mumbles,  “But my mother was one of her first clients.”

Melinda looking to Free and Hollywood, “Any news to share? “

Free turns her head to the side, her face drawn for a moment until Hollywood leans over and whispers in her ear and a small smile hits the corner of her lips. –

Angie looking to Dreamer and Freaky, “How is the school and the house flips going?”

Dreamer snaps her attention to them from little Livi in the carrier rocking next to her. “School is a mix of insanity and joy. But I like the levels together, giving me freedom for one on one teaching and then the younger ones are learning above their grade.”

“Is Olivia in the classroom with you?” Angie asked. 

“For now,” Dreamer said. “Can’t keep that up once she’s moving around more. But she’ll be just downstairs in the nursery with the other kiddos.”

Freaky took over rocking duty and within seconds Livi’s giggles had everyone at the table smiling.

Melinda looked to Cass and Lil Mama, “So the twins are a handful plus the new baby.  Any plans for more?“

“See, told you, everyone wants us to have more,” Cass teased, nudging Lil’ Mama’s shoulder. 

“Fine, Melinda, you take the kids for a weekend and we’ll see what happens,” Lil’ Mama said taking Maddox from Cass and passing the little boy across the table. The little man’s eyes widened and arms began to flop a bit as he blew raspberries and then put a hand on either side of Melinda’s head. “See, he likes her.”

“He’s never known a person who didn’t love him,” Cass said, then turned his attention to Lil’ Mama. “Wait, babysitter, this mean we’re running away and–”

Lil’ Mama placed a finger over his lips as she softly said shhhhhh. 

Angie looks at Bounty and Cream prompting Melinda to ask, “So how is everything going with Liam? In case you didn’t notice, we love the babies you all are having.”

Bounty had the same gleam in his eyes that Cass had just sported and Cream cut her eyes at him. 

“Down boy,” she warned. “Liam is wonderful and I think he’s helping my mom with her fine motor skills. They work on things together. All the learning toys are practically the same.”

“Cream, how has it been having Chief back in your life?” Melinda asked with warmth at the reconciled family. 

Baldy interrupts, “ So, Angie you, afraid to ask me  anything?” smiling as he sees her blush and starts to move in her seat.

Angie looks at her notepad “No, I’m good.”

Baldy laughs, “Come on, ask me anything.”

Lil Bit rolls her eyes, “Seriously go ahead and ask him.  He is going to drive you nuts until you do.”

Angie takes a big breath in and giggles, “ Ok. Has anyone held your beer lately?” 

Baldy rubs his hand over his face “Thank God noone has needed to hold my beer since this lady came into my life.”

Hack looks at Melinda and states “Ok Melinda. Angie got the hot seat so now it is your turn.  What do you want to ask me?”

Melinda sitting up tall, trying to not look crazy “How is Rose doing in School?”

Hack looks confused “Really, Rose? Ok. She is adjusting well from what I can see. Took a bit academically to catch her up, but we have a bit of a brain trust that helped her get through.”

Preacher Girl smiles at Melinda. “She is loving the new life, but teenagers can be a little bit of a handful we are discovering.”

Melinda nods totally understanding

Hack looks angry “and boys are not a good thing.”

Preacher Girl sighs “Now Thomas, He just gave her a rose.  It was sweet. “ 

Hack grumbles “He is under surveillance as we speak.”

Melinda  giggles “Wow. Ok so you like being a dad I see,“

“I do, but I need this one to come out soon and be a boy,” he said rubbing Preacher Girl’s belly and talking to the belly. “Hear me, I need a boy because another girl might kill me.”

“You need to stop, Rose is enjoying the little bit of freedom you give her, that’s all.”

“I might need to reassess my limits,” he said. “She was raised to be grown by twelve, why can’t she just enjoy being a kid, she only had a few years of it.”

“Hack,” Baldy said as he got up and spun his cane. “Time’s a wasting.”

“Sorry ladies, when Baldy calls,” Hack then leaned across the table and scoffed at Angie. “Look who I’m telling, coming Daddy.” 

Angie leans over to Melinda, “Why do I have a bad feeling about those two?”
“Because you know them,” Melinda said with a slight chuckle. 

“We better go before we have to start explaining things,” Angie said.  “Thanks so much for letting us come over and hang out.”

Melinda “This has been amazing and insightful for us.”

Angie and Melinda giggle as they get up to leave and Angie asks “Uhm ladies is the Roadhouse open?  We wouldn’t mind a private preshow. I mean, we just want to make sure it’s a SOLID performance” she says while smirking.

Melinda grabs her wallet “I have lots of bills here that need a good home.”

“Michel knows we wanna help out anyone with fundraising,” Angie smirks!!

“Careful what you wish for,” Michel raises an eyebrow as Nine Inch Nails starts blaring through the stereo system and the women notice the kids had been spirited away as Closer starts to play and cane hooks a bottle of Jack sending it flying along the bar top into Hack’s hand as both men moved around the bar, cuts off and shirtless.

An undisclosed amount of money was raised that night. 

~~~~~

Now if you have not read this series…ya know you want to right???

Steel MC Montana Charter

Goodreads – HERE

Amazon – HERE

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – CJ Baty

C.J. Baty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

CJ Baty
I’ve been writing for eight years and it was a dream I had as a young person. Unfortunately, I didn’t get started until I was in my 50’s. To date I have 20 published books and stories in several anthologies. I’ve lived in Southwest Ohio for most of my life, but my favorite place is anywhere there is mountains. I enjoy reading, playing games on my Kindle, sitting on my porch during the cooler months and spending time with my adult children. I’m also at the age where I am caring for my aged parents. No grandbabies yet but lots of wonderful fur babies and grand fur babies. Writing brings me a peace that I never knew existed. Sharing stories is one of the best things in life.

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

I guess the first book would be the one with the most research and work. There’s a lot of room to watch characters grow and mature when you take them through a series.

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

It depends on the series. The Pinkerton Man series allows me to move the characters to new locations and face new foes. The Ghost Train was fresh because each one took place in a new locale. Some series have new main characters in each book and that gets you invested in a new couple.

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

Gather others around you that you can talk things over with. Hash out a plot with someone. Other authors, your editor, and even readers can spark an idea that you spurs you to keep going.

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

I’d like to say I write for six hours every day!!!! But life doesn’t always let that happen. I usually write between two and three hours when I get started and the words are flowing.

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

I think that of all my characters Stiles Long from the Pinkerton Man series is my favorite. Over the course of four books (five stories), I’ve watched his character struggle with many things. He’s grown and been able to see that a future with his lover is a possibility. He didn’t believe that two men had a chance for that in the beginning. Unfortunately, the next two books in the series is going to see him really struggle and I’m excited to see how he handles the situations.

What is your definition of success?

I think we tend to base success on how many orange stars we collect, how many books we sell, or how much we made in any given month. I know that we all fall into the trap at times. The most successful I’ve ever felt was when I met a reader who was so excited to meet me, she cried. My words on paper moved someone to that. I’m just a person. But that is success, for someone to enjoy my stories.

What are your social links?

www.cjbaty.com
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063683973107
https://www.amazon.com/C-J-Baty/e/B00K2ISIQI/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/c-j-baty
https://twitter.com/search?q=cbaty&src=typed_query
https://allauthor.com/search-page.php?q=C.J.+Baty
https://www.instagram.com/cjbaty27/

What are your buy links?

https://books2read.com/links/ubl/create

https://www.amazon.com/C-J-Baty/e/B00K2ISIQI/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Patti Fiala, but I write as PJ Fiala. It’s not much of a stretch, I know. My husband and I have been married for 36 years and have been blessed. My careers have been varied, from waitressing, to factory work, to hair stylist, to business owner then to paralegal. After many years working in the legal field, I decided to finally sit down and write my first book in 2014. That started my final career – writing/publishing. I’ve written 28 books to date and have more coming. I have story ideas that will outlive me so I just keep writing to get as many of them out of my head as I can. When not writing, my husband and I ride our motorcycles around and visit as many inspiring places as we can. We really do live in a beautiful country.

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

The others after it for me. I normally know how a series will start and end, but fitting all the pieces in the middle can be a challenge.

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

I try to add different tropes to each book in a series, which then changes up the stories. I know if I’m bored writing a story, readers will be bored reading it, so keeping it fresh is not only important, but a necessity.

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

You need to know this is a long game. Don’t take on all the social media to find readers – you’ll find that all it does is take up valuable writing time. Do do all the things – you’ll find tons of time wasted when you could have finished a book. Basically, pace yourself and put out the best product you can put out. Find a great team to work with you – editors, cover designers, beta readers. Over the long run, those will be the most important people in your career.

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

Likely only a couple of hours. The business part of this business is time consuming. The writing part of this business is draining. So, I start the day with business. If I have a book to format and upload, that gets done first. Otherwise, I can’t focus on my book. I keep thinking, “Gosh I need to get XXX done.” So, I get my business stuff done, then focus for a couple of hours on the writing. It works for me.

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

I hate to pick, I love them all. They’re like my children. But, I do have one that is special, and she’s that way for a reason. Jax Masters Sager, is a character I hold dear to my heart. She speaks her mind. She’s strong without being bitchy. She’s tough as nails and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. She doesn’t sit in the corner and wait to be saved, she runs in and saves others. She never second guesses herself because she’s confident as hell. She’s special, because I want to be her. Just like her.

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?

Moving to Love’s Jeremiah Sheppard could be played by Brad Pitt. Think Brad in Legends of the Fall with the long hair and rugged look. Ford: Finding his Fire’s Ford Montgomery would be played by Liev Schreiber as he is in Ray Donovan. Doesn’t small talk, doesn’t suffer fools, and isn’t interested in gossip. Strong and silent. Saving Shelby’s Diego Josephs would be played by Bradley Cooper.

What is your definition of success?

Success for me is completing a book and hearing that readers love it. That doesn’t mean I need only praise, it just means so much goes into creating a new world, characters and situations for readers to enjoy is part of the reason I do it. The other part is that I enjoy it. To have both, is a blessing.

What are your social links?

Website: www.pjfiala.com/
PJ Fiala’s Road Queens: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PJFialasRoadQueens/
Newsletter: http://www.pjfiala.com/ReadersClub
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pj-fiala
Amazon Author Page: www.pjfiala.com/PJFialaAmazon
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pjfiala1
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/pjfiala
Bingebooks: https://bingebooks.com/author/pj-fiala
MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/pjfiala
Gab: https://gab.com/PjFiala
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pattifiala
Instagram: https://instagram.com/pjfiala/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala

What are your buy links?

Amazon Author Page: www.pjfiala.com/PJFialaAmazon
Apple Books: https://www.pjfiala.com/PJFiala-Apple
Kobo: https://www.pjfiala.com/PJFiala-Kobo
Barnes & Noble: https://www.pjfiala.com/PJFiala-B&N
Bingebooks: https://bingebooks.com/author/pj-fiala
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala

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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

#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?

#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

 

 

#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

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer  Daniels

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jennifer Daniels, I’m from Upstate, NY were I live with my husband and son. I write Fantasy/ Romance books but I’m a hug paranormal book junkie and Hallmark channel watcher.

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

For me it all depends on the characters. My first book unusually I have planned. On occasion for a series there can be a problematic character to connect with. In the end, it all works it’s way out.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Each book is different. I have done it both ways before.

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

Robyn Peterman

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

What do you do for writer’s block, how do you gain inspiration and what made you start writing.

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

Blurbs… I hate writing them.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I received a letter from a reader and when I had a reader bring her own books of mine to WOTR that she purchased online for me to sign.

What is your definition of success?

When it comes to writing, it’s when you have done your very best. And have touched at least one person with your writing.

What are your social links?

https://m.facebook.com/jenniferdanielsauthor

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B076HB3XV1

https://authorjenniferdani.wixsite.com/authorjendaniels

https://twitter.com/Jld0316Jennifer?s=07

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17240726.Jennifer_Daniels

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jennifer-daniels

What are your buy links?

#AuthorSpotlight – Maggie Adams

Maggie  Adams

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Maggie Adams – Maggie Adams is an internationally bestselling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, the romantic comedy-Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, Humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the various best seller 5-star lists with her Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of various awards for excellence including Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015, the Readers Favorite Award 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 and the 2017 New Apple Awards -Suspense. She hit #1 best-seller on all major ebook sites with her contribution in the Feisty Heroines Romance Collection of Shorts in 2020.
She also writes paranormal romance, young adult romance and women’s fiction. Maggie’s books can be found on eBook and paperback on her website and all major book sites.
When she’s not writing, she can be found dancing, singing and cooking (usually all at the same time), and spending time with her family and friends. Her life, according to her husband, is a living version of the a Lucille Ball sitcom, but they wouldn’t change it for anything!

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

The others after in my opinion. You have to make sure all your timetables, characters, and scenes are in sync with each new book. It’s amazingly tedious.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Characters are always first for me. Those darn voices in my head!

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

Lexi Blake!! Of course, I’d probably be so star struck, I’d likely giggle until I snort like a pig then pass out.

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

How do you maintain the freshness of each book in a series? Is your husband your guinea pig for figuring out scenes? (mine is…) Who is your favorite author?

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

The Blurb!!! Gah, I hate writing those. I’m always afraid my knowledge of the book is going to either give out too much (spoiler) or not enough (boring).

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Wow! I’m not sure I could pick just one. I’m always amazed and humbled that people recognize me at events. Same goes with other authors. I’m like, “but I’m just me and you’re so well known. How do you know me?” lol

What is your definition of success?

Being happy with your life, no matter what you do, or what others think. It’s taken me quite a long time to come to the conclusion that if your heart is happy, then life is good.

What are your social links?

http://www.maggieadamsbooks.com – website
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/maggie-adams
https://www.facebook.com/maggieadamsbooks – book page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/maggiesminxes -reader group page
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9867300.Maggie_Adams – goodreads
https://twitter.com/AuthrMaggieAdms – twitter
https://www.pinterest.com/maggiesminxes/– Pinterest
https://www.instagram.com/maggieadamsbooks/ – Instagram
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-adams-006a8b142/ – LinkedIn

What are your buy links?

https://www.maggieadamsbooks.com ,

https://www.amazon.com/Maggie-Adams/e/B00PKHNK6E,