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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 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:

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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!

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Interview with Dani René


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 super shy Gemini LOL!

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

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I have a debilitating fear of spiders.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Love Beyond Words. It’s a beautiful story about how two unlikely people find love without ever seeing each other.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
This is extremely difficult. I have so many favorites, it’s hard to choose just one.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Mmm, I have a book that broke me, but none of my books ever made me feel as if I’ll never write again. I think that if I didn’t write, I’d go crazy. LOL!

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
It is everything to me, I always have music playing, but as my answer above, I would write regardless. I do have songs I tend to have on repeat while writing certain books/scenes.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Messy!

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
The world around me, learning about others, music especially.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Introverted, very much so.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
The incredible readers!

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Don’t focus on anything other than writing. Get the book done, then you can worry about everything else.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Usually a beach holiday is my choice.

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

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
On my sofa.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Mmmm, I want to say 200, but I’m almost at 60 now, so who knows. LOL!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Jared Leto

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
My answers changed so much over the years, but I knew I wanted to always work for myself.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
Writing is my full-time job now, and I have had a ‘proper job’ so, not really been told to get one. Haha!

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My readers are!

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
One of my books has an actual scene written from a real life experience I had. 😉


Thank you so much for your time, Dani!

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Interview with K.L. Taylor-Lane

Over the next 11 and a half months, 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!


Q. What is the first thing people should know about you?
I’m a daydreamer and I unapologetically use bad language, like, all the time. Sooo, just keep me away from impressionable young ears… I do try to behave, I swear!

Q. Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Dark romance, mainly crime and horror/gore.

Q. What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I am madly squeamish! I write horror and heavy gore and violence, but I don’t even like bruises! I can’t even look at broken nails. The thought of a cut or a broken bone makes me nauseous and light-headed.

Q. Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Penance, book two of my Swallows and Psychos series, absolutely killed me. I re-wrote that baby three times! And I died a little during the process, but it still has some of my most favourite scenes I’ve ever written in it.

Q. Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
To some extent, absolutely! I have headphones permanently locked around my neck whilst I’m in the writing process. Although, writing some of my upcoming book, Heron Mill, I had to have absolute silence! That’s never happened to me before, so it was definitely a new experience.

Q. Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Tidy, if there’s mess around me, I can’t concentrate on anything but tidying it.

Q. Who or what inspires you as a writer?
I’m inspired mostly by real-life experiences, things that have happened to me personally or close around me. However, horror has a HUGE impact on me in everything I write. Films, books, theatre productions, horror/Halloween attractions and experiences, all have an impact on me. I like being scared…

Q. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Total Introvert! I never want to leave my house… but once you get me talking, you’ll never shut me up.

Q. The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
My love for writing. I think I’ll be passionate about my characters and their stories forever.

Q. What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just do it! Take a deep breath and create your author page, write what you love and tell the story YOUR way. It doesn’t matter if your trope is trending or not right now, just enjoy it for you. And don’t rush, take your time and enjoy the experience, build relationships with people before diving in to work with them. And don’t be shy to reach out to your favourite authors, or authors that already write in your genre. We all started somewhere. I still consider myself a baby author and I’d be nowhere without the huge family of friends I’ve made.

Q. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Anywhere there’s water.

Q. Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Read in bed and write outside.

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

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
There is a HUGE death in Persecution, book three of the Swallows and Psychos series.


Thank you so much for your time, K.L. Taylor-Lane! To find out more about this author’s work and pick up all those stalker links, click here.

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