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Interview with Dreia Wells

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
That I am an expat, originally from Houston, Texas. I have lived in England for 13 years now.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy. I also write under the pen name D. Sparks where I focus on Contemporary and Dark Romance

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
That I love to sing.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Mister Crunch. It just had a relaunch. It’s a brilliant book and an amazing love story.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
That is a crazy question. I couldn’t possibly choose just one.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Ha! Not yet. I have had one that I struggled to finish but I got there in the end. My first book under my second pen name Insatiable. Let’s just say my writing schedule was too ambitious this year.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Absolutely. Music is my driving force. Sometimes I can write chapters with just one song on repeat.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Messy/Tidy. It’s organised chaos.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I am a little bit in between.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
People love a good story…no matter the trope.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Learn as much as you can about the marketing side. The writing part is the easiest.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I love Italy. Florence is one of my favourite places.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I’ve worked with Tom Ford.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
A Biomedical Research Scientist. I was and still am a bit of a nerd.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
Writing is not my full-time job, but I want it to be.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My husband.


Thank you so much for your time, Dreia!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Dark Romance

Interview with Shanjida Nusrath Ali

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
That I’m a tea addict. I’m a huge fan of Schitt’s Creek, Brooklyn 99 and FRIENDS. I’m mostly an introvert but if I find a common topic with you then nothing can stop me from talking for hours.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Mafia romance and Gothic romance.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
My age and I will keep it a secret forever. Lol.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Cross My Heart. It was my debut mafia romance book and I tried to make it as unique as possible, with unexpected plot twists, heart-breaking moments, betrayal, revenge and intense sex scenes. It also has a realistic side of the mafia world where the lead characters truly suffer to get out of that darkness.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
It’s an extremely long list that I could write a novel on, lol. But as for my top favourite I would say it’s gonna be The Button Series by Penelope Sky. If you like dark mafia romance with a badass FMC and broody and cold-hearted MMC, mixed with debt romance (don’t know if it’s a trope but you know what I mean), action, kinky and intense AF sex scenes, with some really swoon-worthy moments then READ THIS SERIES! Also, it was my first mafia series that I ever read and got inspired to write one.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
While writing Cross My Heart I felt broken for the pain I was putting my characters through, but it didn’t make me feel I would never write something like that again. Instead the tortures on my characters got more intensified with every new book.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
I’m in between. Sometimes I listen to it, sometimes I don’t. But I think music helps me to get in the right mindset for certain scenes.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Don’t have a desk currently. My lap is my desk, lol.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Two things. First are my readers whose love and support for my books keeps me going. Second is Pinterest where I see any picture that gives a book vibe, I instantly feel inspired to write a story.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m an “exintrovert”.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just write. If you want to be an author just do it. There will be a shit ton of hard work for it, but hey what thing doesn’t? Nothing is easy in life. Write whatever you feel comfortable with. Make sure to research everything properly before publishing. If your story is a hit, then great, start working on a new one. If not, then check what things might have not worked out so that your next story can be improved.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Definitely my hometown.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
One of Cora Reilley’s book worlds.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
My bed.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
100? LOL

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
I never had a fixed dream. I first wanted to be a princess. Then a teacher to ban homework. Later I wanted to be Queen Elizabeth, I really don’t know why. Then I wanted to be a doctor before I decided to be an author.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My mom.


Thank you so much for your time, Shanjida! To find out more, click the graphic:

Author Blog, Author Interview, Steamy Romance

Interview with Holly C. Webb

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I’m an Irish author who loves HEAs.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Romance with naughty bits.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
That I’m actually a little shy when you meet me in person.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
It’s hard to pick one, but I think I would have to say Dear Ollie, because I just love the story.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Gabriel’s Inferno, because Professor Gabriel Emerson is everything.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Not really, though most of my books have made me proper cry while writing them.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Absolutely, music is almost as important to me as writing if I’m honest. I always have music on, even if I’m not writing.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Currently it’s messy, but it has to be clean when I’m writing.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Music. Music is my biggest inspiration.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Introvert 100%.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
HEAs, you gotta love them.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Don’t write to be rich and famous. Write because you have a story to tell. And always tell the story you want to tell, not what you think others want to read.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Disneyland, Paris.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Hogwarts.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
In bed. I actually write better in bed than at my desk. And I always read in bed.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Well, I have 30 done, I would love to reach 100.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Paul McGrath and Ronan Keaton (not that impressive).

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
An author.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
No, but my writing has been referred to as a nice hobby.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
It would be between my hub and Amii Maguire.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
In one of my books, I based that villain on a girl who was not very nice to me once upon a time 😀


Thank you so much for your time, Holly! Click the graphic to find out more about Holly’s work!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Paranormal

Interview with J Thompson

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I am a serial cuddler and have a slight obsession with dinosaurs.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Paranormal romance.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I have a new obsession for K/C/Asian dramas and Kpop. I can confirm I am now an Army and a Stay (BTS and Stray kids fan).

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Cupid’s Essence, this book is my version of marmite. You either love or hate it. But I can’t see how you can hate Cupid hehe!

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
I have a few favourite books. Gena Showalter’s Darkest Night, Larissa Ione’s Pleasure Unbound and Elizabeth Peters, all of her Amelia Peabody murder mysteries.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
I don’t think I’ve written a book that’s made me feel like that, I haven’t found my writing does depend on how my mental health is going. So if I’m struggling at work or home I may not write, but I will craft and that helps me.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Nope, lol definitely not me. I have to have silence when I’m writing as I get distracted very very easily.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It’s classed as an organised mess. And sometimes I let it get a state just so I can reorganise it.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
I’m an 80’s child so everything fantasy inspires me, I grew up on Labyrinth, Willow, The Goonies and so many more. I am also partial to some bloody good scenery as well, it helps to create those worlds in your head.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
A random combination of both, at signings I’m bubbly and bouncy. But in any other setting I hate crowds and would prefer to stay at home.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
Our overwhelming love for books and the amazing worlds authors create.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Go for it, never let anyone talk you out of it. Follow what’s in your heart.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Cornwall and South Africa.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
It’s kinda mean you are making me pick just one place….

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Anywhere as long as peeps let me read and don’t ask questions…you know what I mean.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Oh I would love to hit 100 books one day…..that’s if I don’t procrastinate the time away.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
In the book world it has to be Kresley Cole and Lara Adrian. Out of the book world Eric Carlson.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
A palaeontologist, that’s right, I wanted to be a dino girl.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
I wish, no. I currently still work as a dental nurse and write when I’m not at practice. I have been told a few times it’s just a hobby. But I am very lucky to have a supportive bubble around me.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My family and friends.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
The Dragons Love Too series was originally planned with only 3 books in mind…. There will now most definitely be a minimum of 6.


Thank you so much for your time, Jenn! To find out more:-

Author Blog, Author Interview, Hockey romance

Interview with Emily Bunney

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I’m only a part-time writer. By day I teach infants and try not to roll my eyes when they cry because they can’t find a pencil. But seriously, I love teaching – every day is different and they say things that make me laugh hysterically. For example, a child once asked me that if a cow licks itself, does it taste of beef? I mean only a child could come up with such a perfect question 😊

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I’m most well-known for writing ice hockey romance which to a British audience may seem a bit odd, but it’s huge in the US and Canada and I definitely have a growing number of UK based fans. I have a series based around a fictional Seattle team called the Whalers and I have 4 novels and a novella out so far. Hopefully there are more books to come.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
My favourite book is one from my childhood – Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I just loved the relationship Danny and his dad had and the adventures they went on. And even though they were doing something illegal (poaching pheasants), you still wanted them to succeed.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Hahahaha, it’s tidy and well organised, unlike the rest of my house. I’ve recently moved it from the living room to the spare room so I feel more like an author now.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m an introverted extrovert! I’m very shy when I first meet people, but once I warm up and trust people, I’m the life and soul.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Put your work out there. Whether you start out like I did and just self-publish on Wattpad or you send it to family or friends, get people to read what you’ve written. It’s scary as hell to make yourself so vulnerable but it can lead to the best journey of your life.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
America. I used to live there and I love going back. My bucket list destinations are Route 66, Chicago, Dallas (so I can stalk Tyler Seguin – if you know me you about my small obsession with the Dallas Starts hockey player!) and Seattle. I guess I should visit the city I write about – hahahaha.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I met the band Oasis in 1995 when they played a tiny club near where I lived in Connecticut, USA. We managed to get backstage and hung out with the band.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
I asked my best friend this, so this is her answer – I always saw her being an author and living in New York. I guess I have one part of that done.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some incredible people on my journey. I’d say my biggest cheerleader is my friend Lana. We met on Instagram and she was the first person to read my in-progress first novel All or Nothing. It’s totally down to Lana that I self-published on Wattpad and submitted to my now publishers 4 Horsemen Publications (I should also give a shout out to Val and Erika who are also my biggest cheerleaders). I would never have done any of this without Lana and she loved one of my characters so much, when it came time to name his heroine, I could only pick one 😊


Thank you so much for your time, Emily! To find out more, visit:

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Author Blog, Author Interview, Fantasy Romance

Interview with Chloe L Blyth

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I always have painted toenails. They might not always be neat, but they’re always painted. I hate the look of ‘naked’ toenails.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
My debut novel, Duplicity (The Dangers of Dreaming: Book 1). It’s the start of my fun and twisty action-packed fantasy romance series, so people need to read it to be ready for the rest of the series!

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
I can’t pick one, I have read too much and it’s constantly changing!

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Absolutely not! I’ll scribble down ideas with music on but once I’m trying to get some serious writing done, I need silence or as close to that as I can get. Music distracts me.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Anything and everything, I never know when inspiration is going to strike.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Definitely an introvert, socialising is over-rated 😉 (Except on special occasions like Authors at the Armouries 2023 & the Regency Ball afterwards!)

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
The magic of reading and losing yourself in a fictional world.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I love reading on the beach or in a park on a warm sunny day, and writing in bed when it’s raining outside.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Confession: I’m not a fan of LOTR and I actually Googled “how old is Gandalf the Grey.” Having recovered from that shock, my answer is “tens of thousands.”

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Fleur East. I also drunkenly told her I only knew who she was because of “I’m A Celebrity.” Oops.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
An author.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
Kyle might get a new love interest in Book 3…


Thank you so much for your time, Chloe! To find out more about her work, click her image!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Dark Romance, Steamy Romance

Interview with Lola King

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I love two things in life: kinky sex and books. That’s why I mixed both.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I think I’m most known for writing dark romance, especially for my bully trilogy.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
Not many people know I’m French!

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Queen of Broken Hearts, my FF novella. Because not enough people read FF!

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
One of my favourite books is Circe by Madeline Miller because I am a huge fan of Greek mythology and especially retold from a woman’s perspective.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
It did not make me feel like I’d never write again but it was really hard to write King of My Heart and Ace of All Hearts (they were one book before I split them in two.) It was a constant fight of writing what I truly wanted to write and what most readers want to read. I opted for what I wanted to write so I hope people don’t hate me…

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes! I don’t always write with music as I sometimes need to simply hear my thoughts, but I’m mostly inspired by music. Every single one of my chapters in every single one of my books has a song associated to it.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Messy. I’m a messy mess.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
What doesn’t inspire me would be quicker to answer! Practically everything inspires me. No one and nothing is safe…

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I think I’m an introvert but I’m still trying to figure it out. I have bursts of social behaviours and then hide for months afterward.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just write it, babe. Everything else can come after.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
I’ve always lived in Stoneview in my head, I’m not moving anywhere else.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Favourite place to read is by the fireplace. Favourite place to write is at my desk with no one else around.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
I’m going to aim for two to three books a year and Gandalf is a few thousand years old so…you do the maths !

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
No! I have two jobs, writing and acting, and both are super unstable, so people around me are used to it.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My mum, of course.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I’m going to be one of those authors who kills a character you love. Sorry. I can’t say which book though.


Thank you so much for your time, Lola! To find out more about the author, click the icon!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Paranormal

Interview with Adaline Winters

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I’m friendly, but incredibly nervous!

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Spicy paranormal romance with alphas and strong heroines.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I’m a mathematics teacher – not an English one.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Whispers of the Dead. I love these characters, so much of my own life is in that book. A set of crazy aunts, a suspicious, possessive male. Maybe I get a little witchy at Halloween too…

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh. This has everything I love, a strong heroine, a broody morally grey hero, and a good mystery plot.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Seducing Hope was my first book, it took a monumental effort to get it out into the world. My readers and the support in the community are what had me coming back.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes! Playlists are my life! Every book I have written has one, inspired by the characters and the story.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It starts off tidy, then as the day passes it descends into a mess. Chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks, books, kindle, the dog… they all creep in during the day.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Stay true to what you enjoy reading. If you write what you love, your readers will find you, it just takes time and patience.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Harry Potter, without a doubt I need to be a teacher at Hogwarts – I think teaching potions.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
A hundred. That’s the dream. Also I’d like a conversation with Gandalf at that point to discuss life facts.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
Without a doubt, my husband.


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Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Steamy Romance

Interview with Anna-Maria Athanasiou

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
My first series, Waiting for Summer, was written in secret and only when I’d finished it, did I tell my family and friends that I’d completed it.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Predominantly romance, with a healthy helping of sexy and plenty of family drama! I think it’s because I come from a big Cypriot family and so I can relate to multi-generational characters. I’m a hopeless romantic and always strive for happy-ever-after endings.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I was the first person to bring male strippers to Cyprus in 1998, which caused quite a stir, I can tell you! Now there’s definitely a book in that story!

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
La Casa Series, I love all my books but this is a big family saga with many sub plots that have you invested in each character. It’s based around the leisure industry in my home town of Leeds and it highlights the beautiful surroundings of Yorkshire, which I always like to promote. Plus, Jerome Ferretti is a total sex-pot!

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
So many to choose from but the most recent that I can think of are, The Kiss Thief by L. J. Shen, I admire her writing and the plot of enemies to lovers is done to perfection in this book. Mr Masters by T. L. Swan is just such a good read, with laugh out loud moments as well as tear jerking, I love all her books but this one has just something extra. Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige, I marvel at how Laurelin can make you lust after a total asshole, but she totally nails it in this book, Donavan is just yum! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this book blew me away, so many layers, themes and takes on love and loyalty, I became immersed in the plot and its twists.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Not at all! But at the same time every time I finish a book I think…I’m never going to find the strength, inspiration or time to write like this again, yet somehow I do.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Nope, I love music and it features heavily throughout my books but when I write, I need total silence, so I can hear my characters’ voices. Music would be too distracting.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Desk? I wish! I write on my dining-room table, which needs to be tidy because it’s constantly on display but there’s usually a cat sprawled across the table and a bowl overflowing with keys, pens, papers and watches. I have an obligatory box of tissues, for when I get emotional, plus a bowl with either wrapped chocolates or sweets, for guests not for me. In the cool months I always have flowers on the table too, which just makes me feel good.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Many things, from a song I hear to other authors I talk to or books they’ve written. A scenario I witness or I hear about that has me thinking of what led up to it or what transpired afterwards.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Definitely an introvert. I’m a watcher not a doer, always have been but as I’ve got older I’m a little more comfortable stepping out from the wings of the stage, though not up front. I would’ve loved to be an actor but I was far too shy and self-conscious to ‘get up there’. Writing means I can act behind the comfort of computer screen, sitting in my yoga pants with a cup of tea or glass of wine and be anyone and do anything, without actually physically doing it! Perfect for putting my imagination to good use.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
A good book has to have good characters that you’re invested in. The characters can make a simple plot the most riveting book you’ve ever read. You don’t have to like them but you need to have a connection, that’s what makes you turn the page.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
There will be days that you think you’re rubbish, there will be days that you think you are wasting your time and no one will care or appreciate what you’ve written. You will read your work and feel so despondent but those days will be erased when you nail a scene, get positive feedback about your work, when you touch a paperback that has your name on the cover and your words running though the pages. It’s worth all the self-doubt and endless lonely hours, just sit down and write, you’ll thank yourself for being that persistent.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I’m lucky to live in sunny Cyprus, so I kind of feel in holiday mood over the summer months. Not to rub it in too much but we can go to the beach eight months of the year. What I can say is that my favourite kind of holiday would be sightseeing. Ideally, I’d love to explore the whole of Italy. I want to experience new places and take in the culture, architecture and landscapes. Also eat my way through their culinary delights too!

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Reading on the beach is definitely my most favourite spot, simply because I don’t feel guilty. If I’m at home, I feel I should be doing other things.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
I’d like to get into double figures and ideally twenty.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I would say George Michael. I was lucky enough to meet him in May 1984 two weeks before he made it to number one with his WHAM! hit ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’. He came and sat next to me at an event I was at and we chatted about our Cypriot heritage. I told him I thought he was going to be a huge superstar and he genuinely looked unconvinced. I then told him I was so sure he would that I insisted he gave me his autograph, which he shyly and graciously did. It’s one of my most precious possessions.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
An actor, then for a few months I remember toying with the idea of being a biochemist, but I realised you need to be super clever for that, so it really wasn’t an option! Later, I set my heart on being a restauranteur.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
Not in those exact words but when I told one of my closest friends that I had written my first book, she looked at me incredulously and scoffed, ‘What makes you think you can write a book?’ Needless to say, she isn’t my friend anymore and I’m writing my eighth book.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
The last chapter of La Casa d’ItaliaFor Starters has an incident that happened to the female character, this actually happened to me when I was twenty-one.


Thank you so much for your time, Anna-Maria! To find out more, visit…

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Interview with Tracey Jukes


As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I love to wander off when at signings – seeing and talking to folk is me all over. I cannot sit still for very long.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Romantic Suspense, I love stories that have one hell of twist to them.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I am absolutely scared senseless of spiders.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
I have only written one so it would have to be Twisted Fate, I loved writing this story.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Has to be Callie Hart’s Blood and Roses series. She writes amazing dark books with alpha arseholes, just up my street.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Semi tidy, not that I seem to write at it lately though.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Life in general inspires me. TV and film are big influences and if I just happen to see something play out in reality that I think yes, I could write that into a scene. When I first started to write, Kelly Elliot and Callie Hart were my inspiration authors, I wanted to have stories just like theirs.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
An introvert through and through. I live in my four walls and going out is a luxury lol. Once out though I am a proper chatterbox you cannot shut me up usually.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
My love for reading and also writing. I love my characters and the ones I have coming up, they all hold a special place in my heart.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Go for it, life is too short not to have a go. Take your time when writing, do not rush it, this is your masterpiece and there is nothing worse than a rushed piece. Enjoy the process and always ask for help from anyone in the community including other authors, we will always be happy to help you.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Anywhere faraway. 

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Oh my there are too many to pick from, it would have to be Pirates of the Caribbean. I mean who wouldn’t want to be alongside Orlando Bloom.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Bed and outside when the weather is nice.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Mr Simon Cowell, who may I say is very short but a very nice man.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
Holiday Rep in Florida. I even went to college and did a travel course.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My handsome husband. He is always pushing me and praising me no matter what.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
There’s a secret child, and the father is not who you think it is! (Darkest Truths Book Two, Fortitude Memories.)


Thank you so much for your time, Tracey!

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