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#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?

#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 – 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

#AuthorSpotlight – Quinn Ryder

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

“Well, I can’t tell you my real name because anonymity is everything when you write under a pen name, but I go by Quinn Ryder. I’m new to the MC/Mafia dark romance world, but have been writing under a different pen name for over five years. I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades, because there’s no genre I’m afraid to tackle as long as I have the inspiration to get the words out on paper. (or computer screen 😉 ) I am married with two kids, both in those crazy teenage years where attitude is in abundance, and friends are your only reason for living. I might as well live in a zoo with how many pets I have, and I spend most of my time either homeschooling the hormonal teens, dabbling in the underbelly of the criminal world with my stories, or editing for other authors. I enjoy watching movies, spending time with my family, and writing, writing, writing. As for the Twinsies, I’d love to get to know each and every one of you. I’m new to your blog, but you definitely have a new subscriber. ”

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

To be honest, the actual writing of certain books has never been hard for me. What is hard is the spontaneous bursts of inspiration that tend to lead me away from finishing series. I’ll be writing in one series, then get an idea for another. When you’re writing for two pen names, you have to go where the words take you, and sometimes it’s into new worlds that are screaming to be written.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

PLOT! There are times where I’ll have a book in my head but the characters refuse to name themselves. 95% of the time I have the blurb to my stories written before I have even started the book.

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

Hmm, I’d really like to meet Cassie Mae, Suzanne Collins, and JK Rowling (Mainly because my daughter is a super freak when it comes to Harry Potter, and I’d love to see her face while meeting one of her idols.) but I did already meet one of my Unicorn authors, RS Grey, when I first started getting into publishing.

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

Blurbs have always come easy for me, titles and names have as well, so, in my opinion, the hardest thing about writing for me has always been writing the middle of a story. I write the beginning of a book, then the ending, and it’s the middles of a story that like to mess with me. I think of it as kinda like building a sandwich where you only have slices of bread and you have to go searching for that perfect ratio of meat, cheese, and condiments to pile in between that give your sandwich all the pizazz and flavor to make the perfect bite. Writing is like making sandwich. You have a solid beginning and a mind-blowing ending you know the readers love, but you also need those pieces of brilliance in between to round out your story and make it the perfect mix that readers can’t wait to sink their teeth into.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I think my favorite memory as an author would be publishing my first book. I was reluctant to take that leap off the proverbial ledge into the writing world because I was afraid I would sink, and now that I’m here, I keep treading water looking into the vast sea of amazing stories wondering which wave I belong to.

What is your definition of success?

I think success is what you make of it. For me success was the first time a reader contacted me to tell me how much they loved my story and how the book affected them in a emotional and positive way. I never expected people to love my books the way they do, but the outpouring of love I get from my readers is all the success I need. Sure, becoming a best-selling author who brings in a lot of money is a writer’s dream, but as long as people love my stories, that’s all the success I’ll ever need.

What are your social links?

“Website: https://authorquinnryder.wixsite.com/mysite Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorquinnryder Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorquinnryder/ Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/quinn-ryder Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20312549.Quinn_Ryder”

What are your buy links?

“Specter’s Wake: https://books2read.com/SpectersWake Dusty’s Tracks: https://books2read.com/Dusty Sergio: The Santoyo Brothers Book One: https://books2read.com/u/ml2daY Revving For Love Anthology: https://books2read.com/Revving Sinful Valentine: https://books2read.com/SV Killing Me Softly Anthology: https://books2read.com/KMS ”

#AuthorSpotlight – Andrea Joy

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

Andréa Joy. I write romance in its various forms from dark to contemporary to MM and RH. I know Jo-Anna

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

I think they’re equally hard. The first because you’re establishing characters and hoping readers will like them and the plot enough to pick up the rest of the books in the series. And the rest because you have to make sure they’re just as good or better than the first book.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

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

Lucy Lennox

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

Definitely blurb writing.

What are your buy links?

amazon.com/author/andreajoy

#AuthorSpotlight – J.L. Baldwin

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

“J.L. Baldwin I know J.M. Walker! She’s one of my favorite humans EVER. A bit about me? Oh, goodness. Ummm…well, I’m a huge Disney nerd. I plan on moving to Florida soon to be closer to Disney World. That just about sums up my personality! haha! No, I’m just kidding. Well, other than writing, I love to read a lot. Not as much as I’d like to, because I have stories to write. 😉 I recently got into The Office so that’s my new obsession. #JimIsMine Other than that, I don’t really have much about me to talk about. I’m boring. LOL!”

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

The first book. ALWAYS. If it’s a continuous storyline spread out among several books, that’s a big harder to tackle. But if they are standalone books, then that’s easier. I kind of already know how the characters are going to be from the first book so that kind of sets up the rest. The writing comes a lot faster. It’s that first book that makes me want to pull my hair out sometimes. haha

What comes first? The plot or characters?

It’s equal. Sometimes I develop the plot first, other times the characters. For the current series I’m writing, the plot for the first book kind of came first. I just made some minor changes then the characters started talking. I’ve never had a book where I know right off the bat how each main hero of the book is going to behave this early in the game. I’m about halfway through book 1, and the next two books, the heroes are so freaking loud, I can’t silence them.

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

J.M. Walker! She’s one of many. She could write a cookbook, and I’d buy it. Others are, Colleen Hoover, K. Webster, etc. The list is endless.

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

“1. What’s your outlining process? 2. Do you always have characters in mind when you’re developing a plot? Or do they come afterwards? 3. Which one of your books do you see being made into a movie or TV show? ”

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

BLURB *hiss* The blurb writing is the WORST. Omg. I’m so glad there are blurb writers out there because even though I haven’t used one yet, I am glad to know they’re available if I need them. LOL. Oddly enough, I can’t write a story unless I have either a title or working title that can be changed later. I need something as a foundation.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Meeting readers. Seeing how excited they were is a feeling that will never grow old. I’ve always said I will never take being an author for granted, and seeing how excited people get over your books is the best feeling in the world.

What is your definition of success?

Success is being able to take a family vacation for the first time in years because you finally can afford it, or putting your kid through college so they don’t ruin their adult lives with student loans. Or buying a house with the money you’ve made doing something you love. Being successful to me means living comfortably. I don’t care about becoming rich. Okay, I lie. I’d love to be rich and own yachts and mansions, etc. But, if I’m able to live a comfortable life, pay my bills, put some money into savings, and not be stressing out over money every day like I am right now, that’s what being successful means to me.

What are your social links?

“Reader Group: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinFBGroup Twitter: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinTwitter Instagram: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinFB Goodreads: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinGR Amazon: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwin Bookbub: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinBookbub Newsletter: https://bit.ly/JLBaldwinsNewsletter ”

What are your buy links?

www.amazon.com/author/jlbaldwin

#AuthorSpotlight – KC Freeman

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

KC Freeman – I’m a contemporary fantasy/paranormal romance author who writes in my “spare” time due to also being crazed mom of 5 (plus a puppy). I found this signup posted on the Nikki Holt Sexton (reposted from JM Walker).

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

1st

What comes first? The plot or characters?

plot

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

Sarah J Maas

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

1) Are we going to get any more Feyre/Rhysand books? 2)Do you research the fantasy creatures you use in your books or just make it all up? 3) What are your go-to steps to get past writer’s block?

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

THE BLURB!

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Reading the first review (thankfully, it was a good one)

What is your definition of success?

Someone can say that my writing/story touched their imagination and gave them a fresh perspective on guardian angels

What are your social links?

“https://www.facebook.com/KCFreemanAuthor https://www.instagram.com/kvcfreeman5/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19024932.K_C_Freeman https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kc-freeman https://www.linkedin.com/in/kc-freeman-author-425a541b5/”

What are your buy links?

“https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZHMNMGZ/ https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rekindled-prophecy-k-c-freeman/1134332705 https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/product/rekindled-prophecy-ebook/”

#AuthorSpotlight – Quell T. Fox

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

Quell T. Fox. I am an indie author. I write reverse harem, both paranormal and contemporary. I currently have 9 books published. I don’t think I know either (sorry!) a fellow author shared this link.

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

The first book in the series for sure! Trying to get everything in order is the hardest for me. Once I have that first book down, the rest flows because characters and plot are mostly developed at that point.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Characters always speak to me first. Plot takes me some time to get down.

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

Probably KV Rose. My favorite series is by her. Also a huge fan of J Bree.

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

What inspired the darkness? How long does it take you to plot out? Who do you go to for talking out ideas?

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

Blurb, blurb, blurb. Did I say blurb? They are my enemy. I struggle so hard! It’s almost embarrassing.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I love each and every fan that reaches out to me to talk about my books. Those are definitely my favorite moments.

What is your definition of success?

Funny because I wrote a paper about this in 8th grade and won something for it. Had to read it in front of the entire school. It was not fun. But what I said then was that “success is being happy in what you choose to do,” and I still believe that. It’s different for everyone, but happiness is the goal in life. To me, that is success.

What are your social links?

“Www.Facebook.com/quelltfoxauthor Www.Instagram.com/quelltfoxauthor Www.Facebook.com/groups/quelltfoxauthor QuellTFox.com”

What are your buy links?