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Interview with Zavi James/Naaz Spencer

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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 Dreia Wells

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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!

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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.


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Interview with Holly C. Webb

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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 😀


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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 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.


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Interview with Elle M Thomas


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 don’t know that there’s anything you should know about me, however, I am incredibly funny and make myself laugh regularly. My wit is dry and sarcastic!

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Steamy contemporary, with a little erotic romance thrown in, but I have no issue with it being called smut, dirty romance or anything else really.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I am a mother to twins, although lots of people are probably aware of that. Oh, okay, I once attended a signing in Blackpool and thought the people in the neighbouring room were having very loud sex, very early in the morning . . . turns out it was the lions from the neighbouring zoo saying good morning!

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Disaster-in-Waiting – the first book I published and the hero, Cy is my absolute perfect book boyfriend – I love him.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
There are lots of books I have read and enjoyed, been inspired by, Hero by Samantha Young, The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz, pretty much anything by TL Swan.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
I don’t know that it broke me and made me feel like I would never write again, but I did think I had created as near to a perfect story as I ever could when I wrote Disaster-in-Waiting, but as each new book came along and found its audience, I realised that someone’s 5* is someone else’s 1*. Also, when I published Single Dad and it became my most popular book, that message was reaffirmed.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
No, I have tried to be, but I struggle not to get distracted by music, so tend to write in silence.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
I don’t have a desk or designated space, so usually it’s laptop on my lap, so pretty tidy.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Lots of people in different ways, but author wise, TL Swan, Tiffany Reisz.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Depends who I’m with and where. People who know me laugh when I talk about being shy, but I still am at times and when I was younger was too but covered it well. So make of that what you will!

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
Readers demand for more – and that is a good thing. As a romance reader myself, I find that when I find an author I like, I really cannot get enough. And in romance the Happy Ever After never gets tired.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
If you really want to give it a go, write. Write what you want in the way you want, because as I previously said, someone’s 5* read is someone else’s 1*, and these 1* reviews mean you have arrived, lol

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I don’t have any one place. Places I have been with my kids hold a special place in my heart, but the world is such a big place, (I only really came to this conclusion recently) that it’s a shame not to see more of it – so, I have a few places on my bucket list: Paris (it’s been many, many years, since I went there), the lakes of Italy, Santorini, New York – too many to name probably.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
That changes from book to book, lol. When I write, I kind of do live inside that world, but when I read, unless there’s a group of girlfriends who just love and support their circle, I tend not to think about living there. If the sisterhood is there, then I want in. I have recently read the Dirty Texas series and I love that girl (and Derrick), plus the friendship group and would love to be one of the gang.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I tend to read in bed or if I am travelling on a train, and whilst lying in the sun. Writing tends to be in my living room, or if I need a break from those four walls, a Costa or Starbucks.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
It scares me to put a number on it as that’s like putting a ceiling on my achievements, so, I will keep writing so long as I enjoy it.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I once met Simon Le Bon, very briefly and cried at him! He was the first man I loved so regardless his level of fame, that makes it pretty special.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
It changed a couple of times but a children’s nurse or an actress were the two big ones – never became either.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
It’s not my full-time job, but that is the dream, and I think proper jobs might be overrated!

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My children and I have a couple of people I’m close to who are always supportive and encouraging.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I am currently writing a book with a Catfish theme!


Thank you so much for your time, Elle M Thomas! Here are all of her stalker links:

https://radishfiction.com/writers/4731
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https://twitter.com/ellemthomas24
https://www.instagram.com/authorellemthomas/
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/elle-m-thomas
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elle-M-Thomas/e/B01NBV3R97
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16429813.Elle_M_Thomas
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Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Steamy Romance

Interview with Mia Kun


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 obsessed with my dog, coffee and dancing.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Romance and especially friends to lovers. I love exploring that slow-burn chemistry between friends and how they push the boundaries a little more with every chapter. I’m also known for having dance/ballet themes in my book.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
English is not my native language. It does say in my bio and I never hide it, but most people are still caught by surprise by this fact.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Journey of a Butterfly. It was my debut and even though it’s a coming-of-age book with very little romance it was based on personal experience and it’s the book closest to my heart. I used that story to let out all the frustration stuck in me and as a way of dealing with common teenage issues such as frenemies and first loves. It’s not my best novel by far, but it’s the most personal one.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
There are way too many to choose from. I don’t really have a favourite one – I have comfort books – the ones I like to re-read whenever I’m feeling down. These include Confess by Colleen Hoover and Stay with Me by Nicole Fiorina, the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Claire and the Lux and Origin series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. They all transport me out of my sad, miserable state and take me on an adventure or on an emotional rollercoaster which is what I need to forget reality.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
High Roller, the first book in my new series Elites of Eastview High. That story stuck in me for such a long time, the characters of Essie and Axel danced in my head for years before I dared to write them. It’s darker than my usual books, it deals with some heavy topics and is a real emotional rollercoaster. I wrote the book in less than 2 months and felt empty after it. It took me months to be able to write again.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
It depends on the book – for some books I re-listen to the same song over and over while writing a scene or chapter. When I was writing an emotional part of The Sky Between Us, I re-listened to the same song for at least thousand times until it made me cry. Needless to say, it was my most listened song when I received my Spotify Wrapped… funny enough I never listened to it after.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
I don’t have a desk or a writing space. I write in coffee shops, on my bed, on the sofa, very rarely by a table. I like to be comfortable.

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
It was my mother who encouraged me to ‘write it out of myself’ whenever I was dealing with something. And it became a habit to keep writing, coming up with new stories and characters – giving a part of me to them.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
It depends on the people I am around. I’m introverted, but around the right people I can be the most annoying extrovert.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
Hot guys on covers. Alternative covers are getting big, but hot, half-naked guys will always stay.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just be yourself and stay true to yourself. I heard from many people that they try to write what’s popular and what’s selling, but in my opinion, if you don’t write what you enjoy and you just do it to please everyone else you will always be unsatisfied. Write the book you would want to read and you will find your readers.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Home to visit my dog and the beach. But I do like exploring new cities and having an active holiday full of sightseeing. But if I had to choose – I’d pick my dog. (For context: My dog lives with my parents as he was my graduation present. Unfortunately, a month after graduating I moved to London for a job and I’ve been living in London for almost five years.)

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
In bed or on the sofa. I like to be comfortable and lay in weird positions since I’m a dancer.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, I went to their book signing – and various famous ballet dancers that probably can only be considered famous for me.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
First of all a princess, but then I settled for being a ballerina. I was always very girly and living in my own fairy-tale.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My family. My dad even read all my books and trust me when you write smutty romances the last thing you want is your father reading it… but he even tries to give me suggestions and improvements for the next one. Regarding the plot and characters… not the smutty scenes. 😉

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
The daughter of the characters from The Sky Between Us will have her own story. She is the main character in Double or Nothing (Elites of Eastview High #3). Also, one of my characters was based on my dog. Both their name is Sky.


Thank you so much for your time, Mia! To find out more, scroll to the bottom!

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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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