Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense, Steamy Romance

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!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Steamy Romance

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 Ashlee Rose


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!


Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Spicy contemporary romance.

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Love Always, Peyton. It shows how much the characters grow within the two books. They’re such a beautiful couple and their story is raw and real.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Promise Me. I wrote the book in 30 days, I felt heavy once I finished and as if the weight would never lift. But it did, and it is still to date one of my best sellers.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes. Music has always been an important part of my life and music just feels right when I am writing.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Tidy… most of the time

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m a bit of both, I love to be home with my family but I do enjoy going out occasionally

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Go for it. Open your computer or laptop and just write. Listen to your characters and don’t let anything hold you back.

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

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a vet.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My husband. Always and forever.


Thank you so much for your time, Ashlee! To explore the author’s library click here

Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance

Interview with Eleanor Lloyd-Jones


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?
What you see is what you get. I’m a pretty laid back, no-drama kinda gal. There’s no mask I hide behind. I usually say it as I see it but try to do so in a way that doesn’t cause trouble or hurt people’s feelings. I don’t suffer fools lightly, and I can’t stand liars. I can usually sniff them out! I’m a really good judge of character and can generally suss out if someone is my kinda person within half an hour of meeting them. That’s more than one thing isn’t it… Sorry. Lol. 

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Contemporary romance is my genre, although there are others that I would like to dabble in. I do have a very secret project in the pipeline that couldn’t be further from romance. I don’t really buy into the “trope” idea I don’t think. I don’t really plan like that. If it turns into an enemies-to-lovers story it’s just because that’s how the characters decide it’s going to play out. I’m very driven by my characters’ voices. 

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
Hmmm… I don’t know that there’s much. I’m quite an open book. I don’t really hide anything about myself. I guess I’m fairly private with my feelings, especially online, as I am a pretty stoic and “carry on regardless” kind of person. I don’t allow much to get me down, which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes a bad thing! 

Perhaps people don’t know that I never, ever hold a grudge. Life is too short for all of that. I’ll be pissed off at you, but once it’s done it’s done. Oh… Not many people know I have a VERY short fuse. Lol. I can keep it in check in public, but behind closed doors is a different matter! And I don’t cry when reading. Only three books have ever made me shed a tear! But I have never ugly snotted over the written word. 

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Probably Too Good Girl. It’s definitely the book I am most proud of in regards to my actual writing—as in it’s definitely my writing at its best, even if the story isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s my marmite book, I reckon, but I wish more people would read it because I’d like them to see how it’s written. 

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Gosh… One of my favourites is The Storyteller by Jodie Picoult. The plot was so unexpected, and I love how, as in a lot of her books, she writes about moral dilemmas that her characters must navigate. This one particularly stayed with me because it is one of the only books that has ever made me cry! I’m not a cold-hearted bitch, I promise! I just don’t seem to cry at books. 

I also love Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. It was one of the first classics I ever read, and I think I read it twice, back-to-back. 

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Firefly, which is my most recent release. I struggled massively with finishing it. Working out the plot nearly finished me off! I changed my mind and ran it by friends so many times! And even once I knew where I wanted to go, the words would not come. I was on a deadline, which I do NOT do well with, and I honestly almost threw it all away on a number of occasions. So in that sense, yes it nearly broke me!

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes. I have playlists for every story. I listen to music constantly. I am inspired emotionally by songs, and very often, whole scenes between my characters will play out in my mind whilst I’m listening to a song. That song will then go on repeat until I have finished writing the scene. All of my books, except Firefly, have songs attached to the chapters. So if you’re a reader who likes to get the whole experience, you can listen along!

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Sometimes it’s really tidy; sometimes it’s a real mess. I am a funny one. I can’t bear mess. It drives me crackers. However, if things become too messy, I feel overwhelmed by it and can’t face doing anything about it. That is until it gets to the point where I literally cannot cope with it being messy anymore! I’m not sure if there is a name for people like me! Haha! 

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Music.
My imagination.
Things I observe. 
People.
Places. 
Stories I’ve read. 
All sorts really… 

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Apparently I’m an introverted extrovert (or an extroverted introvert, whichever way around it is!). I’m often confused for an extrovert because I’m really sociable. I’m often the life and soul in fact… I ‘play’ the extrovert really well. But I find myself having to explain my introversion. Unfortunately, most people don’t get it. Lol. 

It depends who I’m with and where I am. Environment is a huge factor. The ambiance, the music, how loud or quiet it is and who is there. Other people are equal parts intriguing and exhausting to me. That includes my family and friends. I’ve just read this back and it sounds like I was lying about the whole mask thing. I’m not. I don’t hide behind my extroversion like it sounds!

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
People will always want to hear stories, no matter how they are presented. Stories make the world go round. Stories are how we know about the past and how we get to imagine the future. Whether it be Mavis over the road telling the milkman how her dog escaped under the hedge that morning, laughing about how she had to run after him in her pyjamas; Grandad Jim regaling his grandsons with tales of his time captaining a merchant navy ship in WW2; or a lonely teenager scribbling poetry that tells of her troubled mind, stories connect us to one another and always will.  

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just write. Write a story or a poem. Embellish a shopping list. Describe a scene you have witnessed or a picture you have seen. Write a letter to an imaginary friend. Just don’t stop writing. Write, write, write. 

Don’t write for your dad, or your friend, or potential readers. Write for you. Write the stories you want to tell. Then, once people find your work and love it, write for yourself and those super fans. Don’t write for reluctant readers or to gain hard won 5-star reviews. You’ll never, ever please everyone so write to please those who love what you do—those who are the first to download your new book without even reading the blurb. You’ll be a unicorn author to someone. Write for them. 

Listen to advice from other authors whilst remembering that you do not have to take the advice if it doesn’t work for you. Save money to get your work edited by someone who knows what they’re doing and so you can purchase a good quality cover for your book. Do not skimp on these two things. 

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
The Yorkshire Dales. It’s my happy place. Don’t get me wrong, I love a golden beach, sunshine and a deep blue sea, but give me rolling hills and the sound of cows any day!

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I can read anywhere really. At the table, on the sofa, in bed. I’m not so good at reading in the car cos I get distracted by the scenery and sometimes a little car sick. 

Writing… Usually not at my computer. Because I design book covers, the internet and images and things can pull me away from writing. If I sit elsewhere with my iPad instead, I’m less likely to start looking for pictures to add to pre-made covers because I don’t have Photoshop on my iPad. 

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Not as many as you might think! I’m a very slow writer. And by that I mean it takes me forever to finish a book, not that I type slowly! If I know what’s going to happen, I can knock out the words quickly. But I am very busy with lots of other aspects of my life that I don’t always have time to sit and write for long periods of time. I generally release one book a year. That’s about my average I think, and I’m happy with that. How old is Gandalf? 24,000 years old apparently. So I guess I’ll have written 23,956 books! 

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Richard Attenborough. I used to work at a Showcase cinema. It was the busiest cinema in the UK at the time. When the film Chaplin was released, our cinema premiered it in the UK. Richard Attenborough directed the film so of course he was there. I was a supervisor and was in charge of the running of the concessions stand. We were having lots of work done on the building at the time and had scaffolding everywhere. There were plywood ramps leading up to the main entrance where the steps used to be and tarpaulin all over the place. I had painted a HUGE mural of Charlie Chaplin on the massive glass windows at the front, too. 

Our general manager asked some of the staff to dress up as Chaplin and line the sides of the ramp where Richard and the other guests would enter. He asked me to be one of them and, since I was the supervisor, he also asked me to walk Richard down the spillway to his screen and then greet him after the film had finished. So as Richard arrived, he walked up the ramp and spotted me—the only female Chaplin—and leaned in to kiss my cheek. He whispered, “It’s not often I get to kiss a man!” 

We shared a laugh and then I walked with him down to the screen. When the film was done, I greeted him. He linked arms with me, and my general manager walked at the other side of me. Halfway down the spillway, he turned to me and said, “How would you like to come back to Manchester with me?” 

I glanced at my manager who said, “Sorry, she’s working.” 

And that was that! See! A story that now connects you with me a little bit. 

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
A teacher. Or a ballerina. Or an author. I’m now an author and a teacher! 

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
I have a very close-knit group of author friends who champion me at every turn, tell me to shut up when I’m having doubts about my abilities and give it to me straight when my writing isn’t good enough. And I think that’s what cheerleaders should be like. 

My partner doesn’t like romance so he doesn’t read what I write, and I wouldn’t ever expect him to, but he does give me time and space to do it, so he cheers silently! 

BONUS Q. Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
One of my works in progress has a 15-year-old girl in it called Marcheline…. 


Thank you so much for your time, Eleanor! To find out more, click the image:

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Interview with Anne Wedgwood


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 books are set in Beverley, where I live. I’m a Londoner by birth but I’ve lived in Yorkshire for nearly fifteen years, and I’m a total convert!

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
The best description would be cosy crime. My books feature the same detectives but they’re told from the point of view of the protagonists, who are female, feisty and usually up to no good!

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
In the dim and distant past I wrote/co-wrote several children’s musicals, including The Hobbit and James Bond. I was particularly proud of a song called Shaken, not Stirred!

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
The Soloist – because it’s just out and I want it to do well.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
This is a hard one – can I have two? My favourite book ever is Of Mice and Men, because it’s about people that feel real. The hero, George, is a good man but not perfect. But my writing heroine is Agatha Christie, and I can’t not pick The Murder of Roger Ackroyd for the obvious reason, which I’ll avoid in case anyone reading this hasn’t read it yet, but also for the wonderful Mah Jong scene – it’s hilarious.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
No, which is weird really, because I spend most of the day listening to my husband play the piano while I write and I’m a musician of sorts myself. I need music in my life but not in order to write – I’m just as happy working in silence.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It’s often quite tidy but there are regular spells of messiness, especially when I’m planning a book, when it’s covered in bits of paper, index cards and post-its. I do try hard to keep it tidy, though, and it’s big, so that helps!

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Agatha Christie – her plotting is amazing, and she reveals a huge amount about her characters in just a few words. I’ve just read her autobiography where she reveals all sorts of stuff about herself that endears me to her, such as she was a good pianist, loved numbers and didn’t call herself a writer for years.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I look like an extrovert, but it’s all a front really, I’ve made myself able to be that way over the years.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
You can’t beat a good plot. And without characters to care about, there’s no point in writing anything.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Don’t just write – try to learn first, whether through a ‘real’ or online writing course, reading a book or talking to other authors. I didn’t do that, and the result was 3 useless versions of my own book before I managed to produce one that was halfway to being readable.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
The Lake District or Scotland – I’m can’t resist the combination of water, space and mountains.

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
None – I like the real one.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
In the garden. But when the weather’s not good enough, which is most of the time, at my desk, which looks out over the garden so it still feels like I’m in it. I think it’s where Lilian, the narrator of my first book, The Botanist would write if she was an author.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My husband. Whenever I feel like giving up he always tells me my books are wonderful, which is especially nice of him when you remember that ‘The Soloist’, my second book, starts with a pianist being murdered.

BONUS Q. Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
In an earlier version of The Botanist DI Ronnie Twist rides a Harley Davidson. Perhaps she still does – it might come up in the next book!


Thank you so much for your time, Anne! To find out more, visit –

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Interview with Marie Anne Cope


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 my writing has been likened to James Herbert, which is a huge honour for me.

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
My BONDS series is dark paranormal and my TALES FROM A SCARYGIRL short stories are horror, both supernatural and real world. I’ve also written a supernatural children’s book which is aimed at teaching kids it’s okay to be themselves. I am venturing into the contemporary romance genre, though, with my latest novel, CHASING RAINBOWS.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I LOVE taking my kit off in front of the camera! I have done a couple of boudoir photoshoots and absolutely loved it. They have been an exercise in self-esteem and learning to see myself how others do, which I’m not good at, as I lack confidence. I shared the first lot of photos, and my story, on social media a few years ago and was surprised and pleased by the response. By sharing myself in that way, I actually helped people. This means the world to me.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
I have two absolute favourites: Bram Stoker’s Dracula – the best love story ever told, and Jeffrey Archer’s Kane and Abel – an age-old rivalry that tugs at your heartstrings.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
I wouldn’t say it is EVERYTHING, but it is certainly an important part of my creative process and my writing routine. The music is different depending on the genre I am writing. So, for the BONDS and TALES FROM A SCARYGIRL series, Meat Loaf and his Bat Out of Hell III album kept me company, the album covering every breadth of emotion possible. With CHASING RAINBOWS, it’s been Natalie Imbruglia’s White Lilies Island I tuned in to, the melancholy lament of the songs befitting the story.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Most definitely tidy, although I am the post-it queen—and they are the best thing ever invented! As I’m writing, if a thought, idea, or simply a remembrance of something I may need to check on pops into my head, it gets put on a post-it; I’d never remember otherwise. I use post-its for everything… menopause brain! My most creative space in my home houses an antique writing bureau, which is only small, so there is no room for clutter, anyway.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Definitely an introvert. The idea of walking into a room, including doing author signings, fills me with absolute terror, but I force myself to do it. I struggle to socialise, though, which isn’t good, as people think I’m being rude; I’m not. I simply find it difficult to make the first move. If someone comes and talks to me, I’m like a limpet, and they run away screaming 😉.

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
The love of a good story. Stories saved me as a child when my parents’ hands were full with my twin brother and sister, and stories are where I go when I am down, need company, or simply need to relax. Stories are my happy place, and I’m not the only one.

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Get your story out of your head and on to the page, all of it, without stopping to worry about spelling and editing. If you keep stopping to edit what you’ve written, you will never finish. Get it out first, then go back and edit.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Italy. I adore the place and have been several times and want to go back… when I feel brave enough to face an airport and share a plane with strangers again. I recently completed a six-week taster course in Italian for this very purpose and am considering the longer language course starting in September.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I have several favourite places to read, depending on my mood and the time of day—my bed, my faux Chesterfield armchair in my living room, or my cosy chair in my conservatory. As for writing, well, that’s easy. There’s only one winner—the antique writing bureau my late aunt gave me. It’s been in the family for almost a hundred years, and I love to think about what it’s seen and experienced during that time. It’s battered, scratched and broken, and I love it!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
This is a tough one, and I know I’ll remember the “actual” most famous person I’ve ever met after this interview, but, from a writing point of view, it would be James Patterson. I met him at Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Festival in Harrogate in 2019. I also met and had a chat with Sir Ian Rankin, who was lovely.

With James Patterson

Ooooo, and I know not everyone may know who she is… unless they’re a Buffy fan! I met and had my picture taken with Juliet Landau a.k.a. Drusilla (pictured below) at Wales Comic Con in 2018. Which then leads me on to meeting Denis O’Hare, Mark Shepherd, Mark Addy and Eddie McClintock at the same event. Let’s just add that Juliet, Denis and Eddie all now have copies of BONDS!

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
A banker (don’t ask). That dream lasted six weeks… six weeks of cleaning vomit off the cash machine on a Monday morning was enough for me to know working in a bank was NOT a dream job. I stayed for six years, though!


Thank you so much for your time, Marie! To find out more click her image above!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Psychological, Suspense thrillers

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.


Thank you so much for your time, Lynda! Click the graphic to view her books:

Author Blog, Author Interview, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Reverse Harem

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.


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Author Blog, Author Interview, Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Paranormal, Urban fantasy

Interview with Dreia Wells

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 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!

Author Blog, Author Interview, Dark Romance

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: