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Interview with Marie Mistry

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?
If you bring me a cup of tea, I’ll be your friend for life, but if you give me coffee, I’ll bear a silent and unending grudge against you for the rest of all time…

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I write fantasy and paranormal reverse harem romances!

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Either Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole or Play of Passion by Nalini Singh. Sorry, but I just can’t pick between the two.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
I need it to block out the sounds of everything else, including, ironically, the sound of silence. It gives my hyperactive brain something extra to focus on while the rest of me digs around in my head for the story. I’ve had music that becomes synonymous with certain characters and scenes because I had it on repeat, which I love.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It’s controlled chaos. It’s not going to win any awards on Instagram, but I know where everything is and some desk is visible beneath the crap.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Highly introverted except with a few close friends. I hate talking on the phone and I struggle to speak to store assistants lol.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Join the right Facebook groups, even if it’s just as a lurker. There is a ton of free information out there and the right groups will teach you everything from the importance of good covers and blurbs to how to write to market etc.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Budapest. Literally the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
I’d want to be a Valkyrie in Kresley Cole’s IAD world.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
On buses or trains, but my dream is to have ‘the chair’ – an armchair so comfy and squishy that I don’t want to write anywhere else. I have yet to find this dream chair, however.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
First it was Indiana Jones, then a pop star, then a dancer, then a famous violinist, then a palaeontologist… basically whatever the hero of the movie I watched last was! Eventually, I had a really good English teacher who encouraged my writing, and that was it.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
I used to get this a lot when I was part-time, but it’s tapered off since I went full-time—mostly because I’m a hermit, which doesn’t give many people the opportunity to pass judgement on my career choices. 

BONUS Q. Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I give all my main characters one ‘trait’ that they inherit from me. It started as a way to keep myself separate from them when I was learning how to write, because I didn’t want all my heroines to be cookie cutter copies of me. Now it’s just something I do for fun. It can be anything from eye colour to period cramps, but they all get one thing.


Thank you so much for your time, Marie. To connect with the author, click the graphic:


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Interview with M.F. Moody


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 M.F. Moody has answered my questions in video form! She pulls no punches, it is pure and honest and there is language! It is unedited and totally genuine for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy it in two sections:

WATCH PART ONE

WATCH PART TWO

(I will post the video files to our FB Group for those who don’t have a Google account)

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Interview with Holly Bloom


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 can talk for hours about weird shit like whether aliens are living at the bottom of the sea, and you’d probably think I’m some sort of sex-obsessed serial killer from my internet search history (it’s all for book research, I swear!).

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Reverse harem. My books are filled with hot guys, complex characters and gritty twists that’ll leave you wanting to throw your kindle.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I used to dabble in illustration and made the covers to the Lapland Underground series myself. Designing and making pretty things is so much fun, and I’d love to do more of it if I get the time.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
My current work in progress, Disharmony. It’s the first book in my upcoming ‘Ash and The Basilisks’ series, and this baby just didn’t want to end! Whenever I thought I was getting close, the story kept going. Finishing the first draft made me want to hibernate for a month, but I’m excited to get stuck into edits now and finish it.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Music definitely helps to get my mojo back if I’m struggling to feel inspired. For every book I write, I have a ‘theme song’ to get me in the zone and I blast it out on repeat for hours. Lately, it’s mainly been heavy metal – my neighbours must hate me.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Tidy, always! I’m a minimalist and keeping the space clear helps me to focus.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m an introvert who loves people – weird, right? I’m content with being a hermit most of the time, but I really light up when having a good chat and meeting new people, which is why I’m so excited for the signing!

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
People love to read about love.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Keep going. Practise makes perfect. First drafts are nearly (almost!) always trash. The second draft gets a bit better. The third… well, you’re probably gonna hate your book right now, but don’t stop! The whole process is helping you improve as a writer and revisions will take less time the more books you write, so try not to get disheartened.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Nowhere specific – preferably somewhere away from busy cities with a lot of trees and pretty walks.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
The Harry Potter world post the Battle of Hogwarts. Nobody wants to deal with Voldie lurking around corners in Diagon Alley when you’re trying to chill out with a Butterbeer.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
To read? A cosy armchair piled with blankets and a sweet-smelling candle burning. To write? Alone, with music, in my make-shift office. I struggle to write anywhere else.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I met Matthew Lewis in a pub in Leeds once – not too far from the Armouries!

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
When I published my first book, I never dreamed more than a handful of people would read it. My amazing readers inspire me to keep writing and pick me up whenever imposter syndrome kicks in (which it often does). I’ll be forever grateful to them.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
A couple of characters from my Lapland Underground series will be making a small guest appearance in ‘Disharmony’ as it’s set in the same universe.


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

www.hollybloomauthor.com
www.instagram.com/hollybloomauthor/
www.tiktok.com/@hollybloomauthor
www.amazon.com/Holly-Bloom/e/B09JMZYFTS
www.goodreads.com/author/show/21948035.Holly_Bloom
www.bookbub.com/profile/holly-bloom


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