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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 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.


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Interview with Lynda Throsby

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 had my own Harley Davidson until January this year when I sold it. I was a proper biker chick in a real MC.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Dark Psychological Thrillers.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
Probably being a biker chick and in an MC, haha.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
The Pain They Feel if you like really dark gritty, or The Best Day of My Life if you like single dad stories.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I read it way back years ago, and I just loved it. It’s a YA book but there was just something about it. It’s always stayed with me. There are many more, but that one always springs to mind and I also loved Thoughtless by SC Stephens.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Ha ha, no. None have broken me, but with each book I feel I won’t write again. It’s the Imposter Syndrome, I just feel like I’m not good enough and would love more people to read them.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
No. Music is everything to me, but I don’t have it on when I write. I like silence. When I have music on I like to sing (not that I can sing) and so it distracts me. I love music, I have a wide taste, I just recently went to see Billie Eilish for the second time. I love her music. My hero is David Bowie, I saw him at a few concerts. Prince was another idol of mine and I saw him a few times also. Then every time Linkin Park were on, I had to see them and also Muse, it goes on and on.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
My work desk is messy, but my writing desk is tidy.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
I just love putting my words down. I’m not the best at punctuation or telling and showing, but I love doing it.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
A bit of both really. I like my space and not have to talk, but then I like to meet people and talk.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Stick with it. It’s hard, really hard. There is so much to learn, and it does cost money to put a book out. If you can do it, then go for it. If it’s something you really aspire to and not just think it’s about making money (a lot of authors don’t make anything at all after costs) then do it, you will feel so proud of yourself for it.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
It’s been Florida for the last 30+ years and I had a house there, but I have just sold it. Now all I want to do is cruise. I think I’m getting more afraid of flying the older I get. I want to explore the world on a ship. That’s my goal for a few years from now when my hubby retires. I can write anywhere as long as I have my laptop.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Twilight. I would love to be amongst Vampires and Werewolves.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Read, which I don’t do much of anymore, was always in my bedroom. I started writing in my bedroom also but now I have a temporary writing office as I am due to move house in October/November and I will have a proper office set up then.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
I have done 7 full-length books currently, writing my 8th. 1 Novella and about 4 anthology stories. I hope to reach about 20 full-length in the next few years.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I’ve seen a lot but not actually met. I bumped into David Coulthard the F1 racing driver once, literally bumped into his chest in Harrods, I wasn’t looking where I was going. I’ve seen a few famous people like Michael J Fox in New York but never actually met him.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
An HGV driver. Ha ha, I never wanted to work in an office. Guess where I ended up? Yep, in an office and I don’t like it.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
I have my own financial business and writing is done in my spare time as that takes up a lot of my time.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My hubby and family.


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Interview with David E. Gordon


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 just a guy. I have a full time job and continue to carve out time to write because it is what I love to do. I am always looking for inspiration and find it all around me. I enjoy telling stories and believe it is important to get things right. My stories are about “real” people so I choose to write about real places, activities, and actions.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I am known for writing suspense/thrillers but have also written several short stories for charity anthologies.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I actually wrote my first short story in 10th grade and my English teacher told me I should write as much as I could because I was good at it. It took me about 20 years before I did it again.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Can I say all of them?

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean. It was one of the first novels I read as a young teenager and it always struck me. It is a suspense/thriller that takes place in WW2 and there all kinds of twists and turns, but never left you hanging.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
For me it wasn’t a book, but a scene. I had to write a funeral scene with full military components. It took me a few months including all of the research I had to do. It had to be right because I insist on that, but also because I don’t like to fake. Every time I wrote it, edited it, and re-read it I had tears. I had to get the emotions right also because the people involved included a special forces bodyguard/veteran, a young boy, and the family the fallen man was protecting.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Not really. I like having noise in the background. It can be a movie, TV show, or music.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
I write on my iPad or laptop so I can work anywhere.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
I get inspiration from life. Seriously. Places I have been for vacation or even day to day. I get it from movies, music, or even other stories. In my first novel I was struggling with connecting the dots, and a song came on the radio as I drove home from work and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I literally walked in the door, grabbed my laptop and started writing.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I am usually a bit of an introvert, but once I get comfortable in a setting I can be a total extrovert. Unless it is something I feel passionate about – then good luck getting me to be quiet.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
In my opinion, the one thing that never changes is that people like to read. They like to read a good story that is engaging, well written, with good, believable characters.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Write what you want to read, what feels good to you. If you write to sell books it won’t work out. Your readers will appreciate that and want to read more.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I have learned to love to travel and while I have some favorites – Paris, Scotland, Florence, Las Vegas – what I really love is to go someplace new. Meet new people, learn about new cultures, and try new foods (and drinks).

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I usually write at home, but writing outside on the patio is really nice. But I also really enjoy writing at a coffee shop, the people and over hearing their stories can inspire me.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My wife. She will read something when I ask her to, but she loves reading the whole story. And while she may have some ideas or changes she also always cheers me on and gives me the space to write.


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