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#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

#AuthorSpotlight – Bella Roccaforte

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

“Bella Roccaforte….I’m bella roccaforte bitches you know me. Kelly. JK. I’m just a hot mess that loves to tell stories. Prefer to tell the darker side of things. ”

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

“depends on the series. The deadly dreams series was easy to write when fitting it into my schedule. Finished it finally. But book two in the Crescent Hunter series is impossible. But I’ll do it someday. ”

What comes first? The plot or characters?

characters – I know them all intimately before I start writing about them.

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

“This may sound crazy, but I’ve met so many from George Martin, Anne Rice to Ava K. Michaels. I might like to meet K.F. Breene because I love her work AND judging from her facebook posts she’s sort of like my kindred. She just doesn’t know it. I need to fix that shit. ”

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be? “Lort. I don’t know I think probably how do you balance life with children and sitting down and writing? How do you stay focused and how can I make people like me. She’s very likable, I would like to be likeable. I’m a very nice person really. “

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

“BLURB – and Satan said, “”make them write a synopsis.”” ”

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I’m really incredibly blessed in this. I have so many. Meeting Ava K. Michaels in person. Agreeing to create a publishing company with her. Chocolate chip Bundt cake with S.J. Pierce. Smokes and coffee with Jo Michaels (no relation to Ava) But here’s a great reader story. Okay, this is stupid BUT I think it’s when I was in the airport shoving a bagel with cream cheese in my face and someone came up to me and was standing “in my space.” I was really awkward and nervous and looked up with cream cheese on my face and was like, “What?” and she was standing with a copy of Ink: Fine Lines in her hand and said, “You’re Bella.” I was stunned and thought about not fessing up to it because my mouth was full and I had cream cheese on my face. But I said, “Yeah.” And she asked me to sign her book. I was so giddy I almost lost my bagel out of my stomach. So it’s that or the time I was “detained” in Chicago after doing an appearance at Comic Con.

What is your definition of success?

If one person can read one of my books and escape this shit world for a few hours. That right there is all the success I need. Oh and to be able to afford to publish the next book:).

What are your social links?

“https://facebook.com/bellaroccaforte https://facebook.com/bellasbonfire http://bellawrites.com”

What are your buy links?

#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 – M.J. Schiller

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

Hi! My name is M.J. Schiller and I’m a romance writer/retired lunch lady. (You probably haven’t met too many of those!) I’m also a mother to one wonderful 26-year-old and three equally wonderful 24-year-olds! (Yes, they’re triplets!) I like singing at karaoke and watching St. Louis Blues’ hockey!

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

Usually when I write a series, I have each of the books planned out, so they’re usually equally difficult or easy. However, the first one does seem to go more quickly.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

It’s kind of simultaneous and also depends on the book. For DAMAGE DONE it was a single line that popped into my mind that spurred the rest. “Even through bloodshot eyes he could tell she was different.” It all built from there. Plot and characters are so closely intertwined for me it’s hard to say which comes first.

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

Nora Roberts.

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

1) What do they credit their success to. 2) What inspires them. 3) Have they ever felt like quitting.

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

Probably blurb writing, although all can have their difficulties.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Probably the toast my husband made at my first book signing. He had planned it out and I was very touched!

What is your definition of success?

For me success in the business equals having enough sales to pay for editing and covers for the next book, and advertising. If I could make a little more to ease some of the stress on my hubby, that would be awesome, too. Success in life is a whole other story. I guess my definition of that would be striving to be the best that you can be each day and serving others.

What are your social links?

“Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/m-j-schiller Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockingTheWorldOneReaderAtATime/ Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mjschiller/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjschiller Instagram: http://instagram.com/mjschiller Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6479377.M_J_Schiller ”

What are your buy links?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/M.J.-Schiller/e/B009JOQFQQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

#AuthorSpotlight – Naomi Valkyrie

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

I’m Naomi Valkyrie. I’m an Autistic Author that loves dark and spooky things. I spend most of my time writing paranormal fantasy, paranormal romance, and procrastinating – I mean networking – with other authors in a Discord group.

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

I have found that each book comes with its unique challenges.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

It depends. Sometimes all I get is a name to start with, other times I get bits of story line.

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

This is a tough question. I read so much that it is difficult to choose just one. For this round I’m going to say, Domino Finn.

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

(1) Where do you research the magic elements you write? (2) Where did the idea for the Black Magic Outlaw series come from? (3) How many parts of the BMO books did you love but have to cut out during editing?

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

Blurb writing – no contest. I hate it so, so much, lol.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I think the memory that stands out is feeling relieved that there were actually people who loved my first book.

What is your definition of success?

There are several categories of success. You can be successful in all areas, or just in some areas. At this point in my life, I feel like anything that makes you feel accomplished or satisfied with your work is a success.

What are your social links?

“NEWSLETTER: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/t2y9y0 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/naomivalkyrie/ FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebookdungeon/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NaomiValkyrie INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/the_book_dungeon/ MEWE: https://mewe.com/i/valkyriemcdonald PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/thebookdungeon/ BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/naomi-valkyrie GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/valkyrieoracle ALLAUTHOR: https://allauthor.com/author/naomivalkyrie/ WEBSITE: www.naomivalkyrie.com”

What are your buy links?

“No Rest for the Wicked (Life is Hell 1) – https://www.amazon.com/Rest-Wicked-Life-Hell-Book-ebook/dp/B08KGQHT5K/ Hell Hath No Fury (Life is Hell 2) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L18PH5Y House Valdis Origins: Xenobia (House Valdis 0) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F4G84D3/ The Rise of House Valdis (House Valdis 1) – https://www.amazon.com/Rise-House-Valdis-Naomi-Valkyrie-ebook/dp/B07XXJR5QF/ It Comes From Within (House Valdis 2) – https://www.amazon.com/Comes-Within-House-Valdis-Book-ebook/dp/B0888TMF87/”

#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,

#AuthorSpotlight – CM Mills

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

Jo Anna

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

First

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Plot

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

Sylvia Day

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

How do they plan? What gets their juices flowing? How do they make their work exciting?

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?

Publishing my first book this year

What is your definition of success?

Publishing & living your dream

What are your social links?

@authorcmmills on IG and twitter @lillianrhaine

What are your buy links?

“www.authorcmmills.com Get my debut book here: https://linktr.ee/thanightskyy03”

#AuthorSpotlight – Julie Lafrance

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

Julie Lafrance, I am a hockey loving Canadian and I have hugged JM Walker.

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

The last book.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

I’m a word vomit so my characters come first

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

Lila Rose

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

Where do you get your inspiration? What is the best way for marketing? Do you plot?

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

Naming the book!

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Getting to hug JM Walker

What is your definition of success?

Success is having the nerve to push a book out to the world, the rest is gravy.

What are your social links?

“☆.¸(*•.¸(´*•.¸(*•.*🔷*.•*´)¸.•*´)¸.•*´)¸.☆ ✦•••✦Are you stalking me? ✦•••✦ ☆.•*(¸.•*(¸.•*(¸.•*🔷*•.¸)`*•.)`*•.¸)*•.☆ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JALafranceAuthor/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/JA-Lafrance/e/B01C6B1S1A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14951067.J_A_Lafrance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ja_lafrance Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/JALafrance1 BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ja-lafrance?list=author_books Readers Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1351744788198642/ Website https://jalafranceauthor.wixsite.com/website JA Lafrance Gear https://teespring.com/stores/ja-lafrance-merchandise https://www.zazzle.ca/store/ja_lafrance_store Newsletter sign up http://eepurl.com/gffh-b Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JALafrance2016”

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/JA-Lafrance/e/B01C6B1S1A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

#WOTR21 #6YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – JM Walker

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

J.M. Walker – J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

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

I find the ones that follow the first book because I suck at keeping track of timelines and details. I have a notebook for a series and I still forget things.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Characters – I don’t plot. I’ll take notes but that’s about it.

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

Tijan and Lily White. They are both my unicorn authors!

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

Um…well I’ve talked to both of them so…I guess I would ask Lily to help me get deeper into the dark subjects I write about. Go beyond the blood and gore kind of thing.

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

The blurb. Always the freaking blurb.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Meeting and interacting with readers! So this would include all of the book signings I’ve been to as well!

What is your definition of success?

Besides being able to quit the day job of course, which I think is a goal for a lot of authors – I think I’m pretty successful. Sure, I don’t have a movie deal or anything but I have readers. They are what keeps me going and striving to be a better author, person, etc. I really couldn’t do this without them.

What are your social links?

Website: https://www.aboutjmwalker.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jm.walker.author
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JMsJems/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmwlkr
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorjmwalker/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5132169.J_M_Walker
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/y7dpjkud
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-m-walker
Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/o2i6u2

What are your buy links?

https://www.aboutjmwalker.com/books