C E Long

C E Long

1. Who are you? What do you do? I’m Charles, and I’m a writer. Love the softball questions. Have you ever seen the movie Anger Management? Remember the scene where Jack Nicholson asks Adam Sandler to tell him about himself. Adam Sandler starts listing off a bunch of superficial qualities. He says “No, tell us who you are.” No matter what Adam Sandler says it’s not the right answer. That’s what I think of when I ask myself that question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-GV46SUcWs. Does that say anything about me?

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? I do EVERYTHING ELSE but write and wait for that moment until I can do NOTHING ELSE but write. I don’t eat, I don’t sleep, I’m nourished by coffee and cigarettes. I do nothing but write until the wee hours of the morning until the sun comes up. Then I have to consciously force myself to eat a meal and pass out. Then I wake up and do it all again, having far too much in my mind that needs to come out to sleep any longer than 2 or 3 hours. I repeat this daily until all that inspiration is spent, then I wait for it to happen again. Could last days, could last weeks, could last months, and the wait in between is the same. I know… this all sounds very unhealthy and draining, but it’s the greatest feeling I know in this life when it happens.

3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? Passion. I think that’s it. You don’t have to be published or sell a lot of books to be a writer. If you write, you’re a writer. If you love it, you live it.

4. What motivates you to write? Sometimes I have too many thoughts floating in my head, and my only relief comes from putting them on paper.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I don’t really force myself to write when I don’t feel it, so no. I just wait till the inspiration comes. Once it does there is no such thing as writer’s block.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers? Breath. Take it one day at a time. I write for the joy of it, so I can’t really give advice on how to do it any other way. Now publishing, that’s a different story. Google is your friend! Research, research, research. Everything you need to know can be found. Don’t rush the process and put your book out as quickly as you figure out it’s as simple as uploading it to CreateSpace or KDP or whatever platform you choose. Read up on what other authors have to say and what they recommend you do before publishing. There are many advantages to planning your release carefully, so don’t rush it and do the research.

7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? The message is to be you and don’t let society define you. Find what makes you happy and go for it. There are no rules to YOUR happiness. Only you make the rules.

8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? That I can actually write a book LOL. I couldn’t imagine spending that much time and actually developing a full-length novel. It came out of nowhere. I honestly don’t take credit and give all credit to the muse.

9. What are your current/future projects? I want to help others get their work out. I’m currently going back to school to learn the ins and outs of publishing so I can help others share their writing with the world.

10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? This’ll sound weird but Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. It was the first book I was ever in love with. I read through it so many times I had a good chunk of the poems memorized, even the long ones. It made me value reading and books. They weren’t just things I got from school that equaled homework.

11. Is there any other information you want to share? The new edition of A Thin Line Between Love and Lust will be out Nov. 24th

Author Website: http://amazon.com/author/c.e.long

Ann M Pratley

Ann M Pratley

1. Who are you? What do you do? I’m just a regular gal with far too many words and stories in my head.

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? When I need to get words out, I make time to sit at my computer and type. I tend towards a fairly regular routine but if the words aren’t there, it’s best to go out and get on with other things.

3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? Imagination and a belief that whatever you’ve got to say, somebody out there is going to like it.

4. What motivates you to write? I love all aspects of the writing process. Writing stories is only one part. Beyond that is learning about marketing (via sites such as whattoreadafter50shades!). I’ve also been very blessed in making friends with other writers, which is incredible.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? If the words aren’t coming I get on with my day. They always come back, whether it’s that day or the next, or the one after that.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers? Believe in yourself and tell the tale you want to tell.

7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? Overall I get pretty good responses to my stories. I write in a number of different genres, with the romantic books covering the ‘clean and wholesome’ right up to extremely explicit. Blurbs and reviews give an indication of content so as long as a reader reads them and is prepared for what’s to come, all seems to be good.

8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learn with every book I write. That is one of the great things I love about being an author. There is so much to learn all the time.

9. What are your current/future projects? There are books in process for three of my existing series – Forbidden Conflicts (romantic suspense), The Golden Desires (fantasy paranormal romance with a sliver of time travel), and my new series, Freedom of Flight. Each of these is definitely ready for the next chapter so my goal is to get them out in coming months.

10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? Cynthia Harrod Eagles is by far the author I read most books by, however this year I’ve read lots of books by less known authors and I am loving that. There is so much talent out there that no-one ever sees or hears of.

11. Is there any other information you want to share? Sign up for my newsletter via my website. Each month you’ll get updates of new books coming out, price drops and even freebies – yes, freebies!!

Author Website: http://authorannmpratley.wixsite.com/writingisbliss

M.L.Ruscsak

M.L.Ruscsak

1. Who are you? What do you do? I am M.L.Ruscsak Author of The New Reign a Of Lite and Darke Novel. Aside from that I design book covers, do promotional Mock-ups

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? I write when inspiration strikes \. I don;t set a routine or decide that I have to write 1000 words today. For me it brings on writers block. Where as just writing to write frees my mind and takes my work into a whole different direction and usually becomes so much better then what I ever dreamed.

3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? I have to have spell check, A keyboard since I can’t read my own writing, And I have to have an editor that understands my vision.

4. What motivates you to write? My husband is my muse. Without him I would have never sat down and wrote my first novel or would have continued the story.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? It does happen so I write something for fun. Something for me. It doesn’t have to make sense. Doesn’t even have to be spelled correctly. It’s just something for me to let my mind wonder for a moment.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers? Write what you dream, what you feel and never listen to those who tell you that you should write “this”. Their vision is not yours and will ruin yours if you let it.

7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? There is a message however it won;t come into play until the end of the series. Right now I get either the ones that understand my madness and see the potential for a movie. Or the ones that don’t get it that are disappointed in the book. I promise the prequel is much better and will fill in some of the gaps in the first.

8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Oh yes, I learned that I love creating new worlds and those who are in my book have a mind of their own.

9. What are your current/future projects? I am working on the third book in the “Of Lite and Darke Series”, working on the first book in a new series and planning a stand alone book for later.

10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? Anne Bishop, Shannon Hale and so many others that would take me forever to name.

11. Is there any other information you want to share? I started writing as a way to communicate following tow strokes back in 2011. It took three years before I could form enough of a straight thought to pen what would become “The New Reign”

Author Website: http://ofliteanddarke.my-free.website/

Jillian Hoff

Jillian Hoff

1. Who are you? What do you do? I am an author who primarily writes erotica.

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? I try to tune out the world and write at least 1000 words every day. I like to write in public places with headphones on. Coffee shops are typical, but they work so well. The activity of other people inspires me for some reason. I write on my laptop and usually have quiet instrumental music playing in my ears. I try to get all of my writing down before noon so I can focus on other things the rest of the day.

3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? I think the most important element is entertainment value (assuming you are reading for entertainment). Tools: a sense of humor and the ability to look at a situation/person/issue from many points of view. Basic grammar and proofreading skills. The understanding that a story needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. Even short stories.

4. What motivates you to write? The fear that the people inside my brain will have their way with me if I don’t let them be heard.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Rarely, but when I’m not getting what I want from my writing I try changing locations. A new view can bring new views, or something like that.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers? Learn to take notes and criticism. When you get the same note from multiple places, work on improving that issue. Write all your bad stories now so you can get to the better ones.

7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? My books are all erotica, so I’d like to think they are a celebration of human sexuality from multiple points of view. The sex in my books is sometimes complicated but always aspires to be joyful. I have had few reviews so far, but they have all been five-star good as of this interview.

8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? That I could do it. And that simply having that completed manuscript was an achievement that nothing and no one could take away from me.

9. What are your current/future projects? I just finished Volume 6 of my GOOD FRIEND series of short stories and Volume 0, which is a bonus free book available only at my website. I am toying with a story about a secret society of spies and assassins told from a rogue female sex assassin’s point of view. The little work I’ve done on it has all the sex with an extra heaping of violence, so I guess it will be a dark erotic romance/action story. Is there a category for that? There must be.

10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? When I was in jr. high this girl used to bring her mother’s hot romance books to school. We’d read them out loud in a circle on the grass at lunch. One of the stories had a girl who got raped and then immediately after killed the guy with his own switchblade. That pretty much shaped all of it for me. I don’t really like books with rape elements just for the sake of titillation, but I’ll read sex revenge books all day long. So yeah, I don’t know the author’s name on that one. I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice since I was young goth girl also.

11. Is there any other information you want to share? I like giving my stuff away so I’m running free days on my books in Kindle each week through the middle of Sept 2017. Barring that I have a free Ebook available at my website for signing up for my newsletter (which I basically never send out. The newsletter that is. I definitely send out the Ebook). I also have selections of writing from each book posted there. Please come give it a read!

Author Website http://www.jillianhoff.com

SJ Henderson

SJ Henderson

1. Who are you? What do you do?  I am just a guy who likes to get lost in my imaginations. I ended up writing the book Dear Love, Are you dead? because I thought of taking a vacation to an imaginary world filled with chaos and nightmares that I created.
2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?  I don’t follow a regular routine. Whenever I feel like getting lost in my imaginary world, I open my word pad file and start writing the things I feel inside my head. Usually I write for six days a week.
3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?  One needs to have passion towards writing and if authors are just gonna write books for the sake of money. I don’t think it will lead them anywhere. Dear Love, Are you dead? is a success because it was not written for the sake of money. It was written to impress a woman named Merlyn and later the passionate work paid off by getting more than 200 copies sold in the first two days.
4. What motivates you to write?  The reactions of the readers is what motivates me to write more. I enjoy the people getting fascinated with my work and getting thrilled at the scenes I created in the book and also laughing at the jokes I came up with. It gives me an immense amount of joy and happiness to see them react to what I have written. That motivates me to write!
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?  I cant impress people of all ages. For the people who are into romance and comedy, I don’t end up satisfying them as my books are mostly about nightmares and chaotic situations filled with dark matter. There in lies my problem, but I don’t really focus on people of all ages. I have a specific set of audience to target and I am satisfied with the fans who love the way my mind works.
6. Do you have any advice for other writers?  Don’t write to earn. Write to learn.
7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?  Readers are fascinated by the book and they are waiting for the second part. Cally Taylor, one of the best authors of the best selling novel The Lie mentioned that my book is one of her favourites which delighted me a lot and her review in amazon attracted many readers to have a look at my book.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?  I learnt how to spend hours writing without getting tired.
9. What are your current/future projects?   Dear Love, Are you dead? is a success. I am working on the second part right now, but I haven’t named it yet. Excited to work with this project since the second part is going to be a lot more darker than the first one.
10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?  American Gods and The passage are the two books which inspired me to write.
11. Is there any other information you want to share?  I would love to thank my beautiful friend Merlyn who was the prime reason why I ended up writing a book. She helped me financially to get the book contesting in the annual book of the year competition and got many people buy the book. She did not buy the book however since she is playing the role of a witch in my book!
Author Website –  https://www.facebook.com/stephen.henderson.7777

Wednesday Noir

Wednesday Noir
  1. Who are you? What do you do?

I’m Wednesday Noir. If I’m not writing you can most likely find me watching80s horror movies or binge-watching Netflix with a cat on my lap. I’m obsessed with all things My Little Pony and gourmet teas. Being social has always been hard for me. But social awkwardness led to my love for books and writing. My favorite genres include Urban Fantasy, Erotica, Paranormal Romance, and Horror.

  1. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

My writing routine varies but usually, all the writing takes place on my couch, a blanket on my lap and a cup of hot cinnamon tea by my side. I always write best late at night when the house is quiet and it’s just me and the cat.

  1. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

Patience first and foremost. Passion for your story. An overactive imagination. A really good editing program. Friends who are supportive.

  1. What motivates you to write?

There is no greater feeling than creating a world in which you can be anyone or anything. It’s an escape into new worlds, you’re only limitations is your imagination.

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I’m cranky when I don’t write. Usually, a cup of tea and a hot relaxing shower takes care of any mental blocks.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Write for yourself first. Never stop until you get to where you want to be.

  1. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?

The message in all my books is. Sex should be embraced all your (legal) kinks explored. Life is too short not to discover new things to broaden your mind.

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I always learn from my characters. But mostly self-confidence. Everyone deserves to be loved and fulfilled.

  1. What are your current/future projects?

Currently, I’m working on a follow up to Tale of the Panty Thief.

 

Jennifer Lassalle Edwards

Jennifer Lassalle Edwards

1. Who are you? What do you do?

I’m Cajun girl from Louisiana who now resides in Colorado with a husband and a furry menagerie. While attending college, I majored in Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, English Literature and Respiratory Therapy/Cardiopulmonary Science. Constantly changing interests, I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, mainly because I refuse to ever become a stagnant adult. I believe in living life to the absolute fullest. In pursuit of an abundant life of adventure, I have spent time as a burlesque performer, a roller derby referee, a bartender in the French Quarter, writing for a music site in New Orleans, and currently am an amateur fitness competitor. I currently write Erotic Romance/BDSM. I currently have four novels: Ripped & Twisted, Candy & Kink, The Surrender of Luella : Perchance to Dream Book One, and Illusions : Perchance to Dream Book Two.

2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

I don’t have a process, but I do carry around a pen and notepad everywhere. I find that scenes and ideas pop into my head at all times. However, I do find that when I am writing, I usually am found sitting on my sofa with my laptop on a pillow on my lap.

3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?

I go against the grain. I know there are so many ideas of what elements need to be included in writing. I ignore all of the formulas. For me, it’s grabbing the reader and making them feel all of the emotion in the story. I do agree that having a developed story line and characters are crucial. As for tools, you can never go wrong with a dictionary and thesaurus! I also value my MLA Handbook. Having a proficient proof-reader is key in this industry too.

4. What motivates you to write?

I have written stories since I was a child. My mom still has a box full of stories on loose leaf paper. It’s just ingrained in me; I think. I have a compulsion to pen my daydreams to paper. I am a constant dreamer.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I don’t think I have writer’s block, but sometimes I struggle with finding the words to create the imagery that I see. When this happens, I may skip ahead to another chapter that wants to flow, or I may go back to the beginning of my story and begin rereading to see if I will get the words to come forward.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write daily, whether it’s two sentences or ten thousand words. Write anything. Journal. And most importantly, never stop reading. Read every genre. Never stop learning. If you only write what you know, sooner or later, you’ll run out of things to say.

7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?

I often try to convey a new message in each book. I want women to find themselves, be strong, and independent, yet know they can still be vulnerable without being weak. Kink and alternative lifestyles are okay. Create the life you want, find your happiness, and your reality is yours to choose.

8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I have learned that anything is possible. There’s always room to learn and improve. The process has taught me that I desire each book to be better than the last. That’s my goal.

9. What are your current/future projects?

I currently have two books started. One is focused on the cameo of the character Lottie Taylor in Illusions. It will also be an erotic romance. Then, I have another project started that is not erotica – but will be romantic, and hopefully, inspiring.

10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

I have been a Stephen King fan. Anne Rice was a huge love of mine. In the past few years, I have become enamoured with Chuck Palanuick. I know, none are romance writers! But their writing elicits a gut response in me, and I aspire to write on that level. In the indie world, I will always pick up Rosemary Willhide, Al Daltrey, and GG Carver. Their writing always touches me, in many different ways.

11. Is there any other information you want to share?

I am an Instagram and Twitter whore. IG: @jenniferflassalle Twitter: @LaPetiteMortMad

Author Website

http://candyandkink.blogspot.com