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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

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Sophie Stern

Sophie Stern

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Sophie Stern – I’ve been writing professionally since 2005 and can’t imagine doing anything else!

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

The first book is usually the hardest for me because of the world building and setting the tone for the series.

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

I love adding in comedy. Jokes always make me laugh and I’ve found it’s a great way to mix things up.

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

Try not to take yourself too seriously. Write what makes you happy. Some people may critique you, but also remember that the great thing about writing is that it’s easy to fix mistakes.

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

At least eight hours

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

Mel from my Return to Dragon Isle series is one of my favorites. I just love her adventurous spirit.

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?

That’s an impossible choice! Could I get Neil Gaiman to play literally any character? 🙂 And I would definitely want Helena Bonham Carter to play a dragon shifter.

What is your definition of success?

For me, being a successful writer means supporting my family on my writing – which I’ve done!

What are your social links?

http://www.facebook.com/sexysophiestern

http://www.twitter.com/sexysophiestern

http://instagram.com/dontdatedemons

What are your buy links?

http://www.sexysophiestern.com

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Miranda Shanklin

Miranda Shanklin

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Miranda Shanklin I live in Central Illinois with my husband, our two children, our 100 lab, two cats, our sons 10 month old lab and our daughter’s cat. I work full time during the day as a Paralegal at a very busy law firm. That job is very demanding and stressful. I love my job, but I also love I get to come into my home office (which hubby built for me and is everything I wanted) and escape into another world for the weekend.

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

For me the first book in a series is the easiest one to write. I think it’s the last book in the series that’s the hardest to write. I had such a hard time with it I had a spin off trilogy already planned because it wasn’t coming together the way it needed to in order for that to be the end. Luckily, the last book in the Trilogy (which took me three times as long to write) was able to give me that completed feeling.

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

Yep. My series is a serial series. It needs to be read in order. The spin off trilogy isn’t really as much but it’s better if it’s read in order. It’s also better if you read the series first because I always refer back to things that happened in prior books.

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

I have cried many times while writing. All that means is I put all of myself into my writing. To me writing is personal. Don’t separate yourself from your writing. Immerse yourself in the story. Write a story you would want to read.

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

I don’t typically write during the week. As I said my day job is demanding and stressful. I am usually drained by the time I get home. I want to make sure I am giving my characters my all. On the weekends it depends. I had some health issues that had to be dealt with and some anxiety issues and now that I’m back I make sure to get at least 5,000 a weekend but try for more. I currently have three fantasy series, a second chance romance, a contemporary fiction, and a dystopian I am working on so sometimes it’s just a matter of taking notes or writing a few scenes in my journal I carry around just for that purpose.

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

I do, I love this character. I really wish I could tell you about her, but she is in a book that I’m still working on. She is one of the main characters in one of my fantasy series. I will tell you it is about dragon shifters!

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?

That’s a hard one. I’m thinking it would be one three different ones. Of course, I can’t tell you about those either because I’m still working on those too ! I know authors can be so frustrating can’t they?

What is your definition of success?

Most people would answer this with some kind of money measurement. That just isn’t who I am. If one of my books helps someone through a tough time, then I am a success. Or if I inspire someone to reach for their dream, then I am a success. I have a job that pays the bills, I don’t do this for the money. I do this because I love it. When I was about ten years old my mom let me read Stephen King for the first time (I had been bugging her for about a year and she finally caved) and I was hooked. He is the reason I became a writer. I thought if I could help one person escape whatever is bothering them like he did for me, I couldn’t do anything better for someone. There is no greater honor in my opinion.

What are your social links?

www.mirandashanklin.com

https://www.facebook.com/mirandashanklinauthor

https://www.instagram.com/mlshanklin/

What are your buy links?

https://author.amazon.com/home

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Liz Flaherty

Liz Flaherty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Liz Flaherty – I live in north central Indiana and I write sweet contemporary romance with leanings toward seasoned romance and women’s fiction. I’ve also written a column called Window Over the Sink for over 30 years.

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

The ones after it are harder because I have a difficult time with two things. (1) Keeping things straight, no matter how much attention I’ve paid to detail. (2) Maintaining excitement. At the end of the day, I’d rather write stand-alone than series.

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

I try to make the stories and the protagonists as different as I can, but I’m not sure I accomplish it.

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

Use it. Emotional writing is often the best. Who wants to read about a life that’s not messy?

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

I come to the office first thing in the morning and stay here until about noon, then occasionally a couple of hours later in the day. How much of that time is spent writing and how much is spent staring at the wall is…well, it’s the process.

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

Grace, from ONE MORE SUMMER, is probably my favorite. She had every reason in the world not to be loving and giving, but it didn’t stop her from doing both–even though the love was sometimes of the tough variety! She wasn’t beautiful or extraordinary in any way except the size of her 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?

HOME TO SINGING TREES is a historical based right here where I live. I’ve always thought it would be a good film. As to who would star in it, I don’t watch enough movies to pick anyone! At the time I wrote it, I think I had Jeff Daniels and Anne Hathaway.

What is your definition of success?

Being happy.

What are your social links?

http://www.facebook.com/lizkflaherty
https://twitter.com/LizFlaherty1
https://www.amazon.com/Liz-Flaherty/e/B001J919R4%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3336348.Liz_Flaherty
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/liz-flaherty
https://www.instagram.com/lizkflaherty/?hl=en

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#WOTR22 #AttendingAuthor #Spotlight – Dahlia Rose

Dahlia Rose

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I write traditional published and info published books, I span across multiple genres, I love to Cosplay, dance, music, bartend. Im a bit of an eccentric blend girl.

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

I’d say the rest of the series

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

Its not really hard, my characters are alive in my head so we have some of the best conversation on where we should go from here

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

Chaocoate mattinis… Ok Kidding or am I? I would say one b book at a time, and being true to yourselves.

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

10

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

Fayth and her family in I think we’re alone now. They were so diverse and all a bit crazy, Maxie the 7 year old was a representation of my son Brenin and the many questions he asks 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?

For my book with Hallmark “Mistletoe in Juneau, I would pick Boris Kodjoe and Antonia Thomas who plays Doctor Claire in The Good Doctor.

What is your definition of success?

being better than you were last week. A person doesn’t define your success, you do and as long as you evolve, and keep learning. you are successful.

What are your social links?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.dahliarose
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/fansofdahliarose
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dahliarose1029
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/dahlia-rose
Book+Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/AuthorDahliaRose

What are your buy links?

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

go to www.WritersontheRiver.com

VIP is $45. 12-1 VIP signing Time, Swag bag and 1-4 general signing time.  Plus includes After Party.

Early Access is $25. 12-1 VIP signing time, Swag bag, and 1-4 general signing time.  No After Party.

General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY