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Interview with Sarah Michelle Lynch

Yes, I am the organiser of this event! But I am also an author first and foremost. So read about my inspirations…my work…and then try to figure out why I’ve decided to organise such a massive, badass event!


What is the first thing people should know about you?
I write…a lot. Like, a lot. All the time. And most of my books aren’t short!

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I’m not known for any one genre or trope because I write everything. However, I have tried to separate some of my books so that I write thrillers and sci-fi as S. M. Lynch and romantic suspense and sub-genres as Sarah Michelle Lynch.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
My siblings call me Sally.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
I wish more people would read the entire Sub Rosa series and not just the first three. The others are also so important (although I am told that once you’ve read all 7, the hangover might be a bitch).

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Who asks these stupid questions? Oh yeah… me. Haha! Erm, could not possibly say! Because I am an eclectic writer, I am an eclectic reader of wide-ranging tastes. Fave of recent years would probably be All Souls by Deborah Harkness (I’ve re-read these which is rare for me). It is well documented that I have a thing about the Brontes, but also in school, I used to get really high marks for essays on feminist fiction. The late great Fay Weldon springs to mind.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Never.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Not at all. When I started writing over 10 years ago, I wrote along to a lot of music. Now, nope. I need absolute silence. Which is odd, I know. Especially when I hear a certain song on the radio from the early days and it takes me right back to writing a particular book. I especially associate John Legend with Jules and Warrick in Angel Avenue. “Cos all of me, loves all of you…”

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Organised chaos. I have to be able to access anything at any time. Even if it’s messy I know where everything is and brave is the person who moves a single thing out of place. But nor am I one of those writers who has stacks of crap everywhere lol.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Everything. Everyone. Life. Love. All that in between.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m that rare extrovert, but I am also a HSP. Which means if I’m quiet, it’s because something has caught my attention and it’s being processed at speeds most others cannot comprehend. I discuss my HSP-ness in The Thistlewick Duology.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
There will always be something for everyone.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Bloody soak up every second. As hard as it might be, sometimes I’d love to be that again. Being fresh is a blessing. Those first few books you write may not be as good as the next ones, but they will mean more to you than the rest put together.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Somewhere quiet, remote, warm and green.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Definitely Mordor. I’d be able to do as I please without getting in trouble.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Read on the beach or in the conservatory; write at my desk. (Fellow authors, if you still write on the sofa or in bed, tut tut. Listen to someone who’s written 50 books.) You not only concentrate better at your desk, you save yourself a back operation.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
If he’s like thousands of years old, and I’m me and I get to live that long, the list of books I might write in that time is actually quite a terrifying prospect…. let’s hope they don’t invent the cure to everlasting life!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I couldn’t possibly say; they weren’t very nice! That saying never meet your heroes is sometimes very true! (Ask my MIL who met Shatner)

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
Always a writer. Never anything else. I knew I’d do this from about the age of 8.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
Do you really think anyone would dare? (They have.) But my trajectory is unstoppable.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
Husband.

BONUS Q. Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I plotted Loath to Love (coming soon) one afternoon while I was on holiday. It’s turned out pretty much as planned!


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Interview with K.M. Harding

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 extremely fussy eater so never expect me to say yes to a meal out lol!

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Romantic suspense.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Broken is my only book baby so far, but I’d love for more people to read it. So far, (as far as I know) no one has seen the twist coming & I’d love to find a reader who does!

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Jane Eyre or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I just love the classic style of writing & the feminist elements of the stories.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
100% My writing playlist is an absolute necessity.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
I write on the couch so there are times I’m surrounded by children & toys, but for the most part, I keep it tidy.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Somewhere in between. I’m really shy & quiet when I first meet people & I’m not great in crowds, but once I get to know people or feel comfortable enough, I never shut up!

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Don’t give up & enjoy the journey. Write the story you want to write not what is expected. It’s a hard slog this publishing/marketing thing, but be proud of every milestone you achieve – the smallest wins matter.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
A cruise to anywhere. Even though I can’t swim & hate water, I adore cruises.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Ha! At the rate I’m going, 3 at the most lol, but I’d like to think a lot more!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
David Boreanaz & a bunch of other Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel cast members.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
A mechanic & with all the car trouble I’ve had over the years, I wish I had!

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My mum & best friend.


Thank you so much for your time, Kerry! To find out more click the pic!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Suspense thrillers

Interview with Andie M. Long

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 talk utter nonsense if I’m nervous.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I’d say paranormal romance, but I also write contemporary and psychological suspense at times.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I think people know everything about me – I’m an open book!

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Royal Rebellion my time-travel romance duo. It’s really different. A fae princess ends up having to travel to earth to save her twin sister. Sometimes I don’t know how my mind comes up with these things.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. It has a book within a book and is such an incredible story (first in a trilogy). They’ve just made (or are making) a TV series of it.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
None that I’d never write again, but my suspense books take me a long time to write due to the darkness in them and there are years between releases or it would be too much. BULLIED was very loosely based on eighteen months of terror at the hands of a group of teens who decided to bully my son (and extended it to us by smashing our car windscreens etc). It was cathartic to work out my frustrations through my fiction, but also left me extremely drained.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes and no. I don’t write to music. I need quiet. But I can hear a song and it can inspire me to write a scene. Taylor Swift is amazing for that.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It’s extremely tidy to the annoyance of my other half, as I tend to write sitting on the sofa and not at my desk. The coffee table is strewn with everything that should be upstairs!

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Get the book written and edited before you start announcing its actual release date. I get it, you’re excited, you want to tell people, but many times when a new author’s book goes to an editor it needs a developmental one and can take a LONG time before it’s actually ready for release. Be developing your social media, your newsletter, and dropping sneak peeks to get readers excited while you get it finished.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Gnarly Fell. I invented my ideal place to live lol. I mean a cupcake café/bookshop. Yes please!

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
I think I might be that old lol! I’ve written over seventy books so far. I’m in my early fifties now.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
Miss World hahahahaha. My grandma used to let me wear her long nightgown as a ball gown and interview me. Basically I’m obsessed with crowns and tiaras!

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
No, which is very wise of people to not have said that to me!

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I’ve just revealed in book 6 of my Sucking Dead series, Just My Suck, who the mystery ice-cream man is… readers will find out on 12 Jan.


Thank you so much for your time, Andie! To find out more, discover Andie on….

Tiktok and Instagram: @andieandangelbooks

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Interview with Zavi James/Naaz Spencer

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 your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Godblind by Anna Stephens. It’s an amazing book – the entire series is great. Dark and gritty with amazing world building and characters. I can’t recommend it enough.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
I haven’t written it yet, but I have an idea and every time I think about the characters and their journey it makes my heart ache. I know it’ll be a tough one to write.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Definitely! I have to have a playlist on in the background otherwise I struggle to get words onto the page.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
A mess. I can’t find anything I need.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
People and places. I find mannerisms and conversations tend to inspire my characters. Most of my main characters have traits that I’ve been around in my life. I also get inspired by places. Sometimes I see a location on a drive or a walk and I find myself thinking about how it would be the perfect place for a scene.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Introvert! It takes a lot to get me out of my shell. Writing was a way to be a little more extroverted and I feel like I’m getting better at being more out there but in my soul, I love being left in a cosy corner with a book. I’ll probably be under my table at the signing.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Write the story you want to read. Don’t worry about thinking that it might have been done a million times already. Your twist and take on it will be unique. Write and keep writing even if it’s just a sentence a day.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
My favourite place to read is tucked up in bed, first thing in the morning. I get up super early so it’s still dark and the house is quiet. I find it easy to get carried away into a different world while still being cosy in the blankets.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
I left my job as a postdoctoral research assistant to write full time. That caused a lot of my friends to raise an eyebrow and ask some questions. But I’m happier doing what I do now and I think that’s what is most important.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My family. Without a doubt they have had more faith in me than I’ve had in myself at times. I can’t thank them enough for the amount of unwavering support they give me.


Thank you so much for your time, Zavi!

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Interview with author A. S. Roberts

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 a hugger.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Romance: contemporary, sports, rock stars, suspense, BDSM.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I can touch my nose with my tongue.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Undeniable… It finishes my The Fated Series and ties up all the loose ends.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Driven by Kristy Bromberg… it led me back to Romance as a genre. Whenever I’m in a book funk this is the book I turn to. I was also lucky enough to be chosen to write Deception in this world.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
I’m writing it now. Twisted Oath is dark romance. The story has been difficult to write, but the story won’t leave me. I know it needs to be told.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
YES! I have a playlist for every book.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Both, depending on the day.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Life… Every book I write has something in it that I’ve personally lived through or experienced with family or friends. But life requires a happy ending, and this is what I aim to give all of my readers.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Extrovert… until I want to be an introvert.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
Being able to pick up a good book and to lose yourself within its pages.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just write the damn story. You can sort out everything else after that first draft.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Italy.

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

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

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

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
E. L. James… Paul McCartney

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”?
I have a “proper job” – I work forty hours a week running my own early years business as I’m a pre-school teacher.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My husband.

BONUS Q. Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
My very popular Default Distraction series will have another story coming out soon.


Thank you so much for your time, Andrea!

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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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Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Interview with Laura Rossi

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!


Today Laura Rossi has answered my questions in video form! She has generously shared insights into writing and author life! I hope everyone enjoys.

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