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Meet Author Alyse Nennig

Hello! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Alyse Nennig

Alyse Nennig is a full time health care professional living in rural Wisconsin with her farmer husband, five rambunctious children, and energetic black lab. She usually writes when the kiddos are sleeping but takes notes anytime an idea comes to mind. Her favorite genres are paranormal romance, crime, fictional history and mystery but if the story is interesting then genre doesn’t matter.

Book sample:  Never Again, Book of Origins Volume One

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica

Synopsis:  All vampires were once human. Who says they can’t be again?

Carrying invisible wounds from a tragic childhood, Hannah Jacobs doesn’t allow herself to fall in love – until she meets John Trott. Sexy as hell, charming, and sensitive, she immediately finds herself drawn to him and, within days, giving him her heart. Twice broken, John effortlessly makes her heart whole again, except Hannah’s buried fear threatens to shatter it once more as dangerous circumstances reveal dark secrets.

One is a vampire and the other a vampire hunter, making a relationship impossible as they’ve been labeled natural enemies throughout history. A witch’s journal, however, tells a much different tale. Centuries old it holds a dark and troubled past with a cure and prophecy, giving Hannah and John a future.

But, it’s one they’ll never see…if she has a shattered heart.

Sample:  Ringing….ringing….ringing….”Hi John. Checking in are we?” asked Price.

“Good morning to you too, Price.” I answered halfheartedly.

“Uh oh, you don’t sound too enthused. Have you talked to Hannah yet like I advised?”

“Yes, I did. We met for coffee yesterday, but didn’t have the opportunity to buy any.”

“What happened?” Price asked with concern in his voice.

“Well…we, ah, linked hands and then something strange happened to both of us. I’d rather not get into detail right now, but, needless to say, we spent the entire day and night together. She only left a little while ago to get ready for work.”

“And now you have to suffer with a painful heart until you see her again, am I right?”

“Completely, and I can’t take anything to numb the pain because you know what happens.”

“Yes. I remember you tried that in the sixties and seventies. Not one medication or narcotic worked. Your blood just diluted everything; same for the alcohol. You tried so hard to get drunk during Woodstock but it barely affected you.” Price said, reminiscing to when he was a child and my secret was under the care of his father before being passed to him.

“And some would say that is an advantage, but not if you are drinking to numb the pain.” Sighing heavily, we both let brief silence linger before I continued. “Have you found anything in the books yet?”

“I haven’t translated much else but found a lead on another book. There’s just one problem. I called the college library in Virginia I traced it to and they haven’t been able to locate that book for over a decade. It was last checked out and returned by an Andrew Jacobs but, since it was technically returned, they couldn’t say he still had it. It was deemed lost in the system.”

“Price, did I really hear you say the words Virginia and Jacobs?” I asked skeptically.

“Why? Is there something I should know?” Price asked, sounding more hopeful than he did before.

“Hannah is from Virginia and when I researched her parents deaths the names that came up were….” I paused for a second, almost not believing what I was about to say. “They were Penelope and Andrew Jacobs.” And then dead silence ensued.

“Do you think she knows – ?” Price began.

Quickly interrupting his train of thought, I retorted “no….well, I don’t know. Maybe. She hasn’t given me any reason to believe she would.”

“Okay, let’s forget I asked. But if these two Andrews are one and the same then let’s say for arguments sake that somehow he still had the book. With him dead his belongings would resort to Hannah. Is there any chance she would still have it in her possession?”

Letting this hypothetical talk sink in I closed my eyes and pinched the bridge of my nose. Knowing that this missing book could hold the key to a future with Hannah I told Price where to

find her.

“Price, you will find Hannah at the Jefferson Memorial Library this morning. I think she is done at noon but you best leave now in case you do find it. Chances are she has the book or at the least knows its whereabouts. She may have had a hard life with her father but based on how she talked about him this morning she loved him and wouldn’t just let everything go. I am positive she has kept some things to remember her parents by.”

Stunned Price said, “Now I think I am hearing things, though it could be my getting older. Did you say Jefferson Memorial Library?”

“Yes. Why?”

“I know you don’t believe in coincidences but how about fate or destiny because I am already there,” he answered.

“You must be joking. Tell me you are joking, Price.” I snapped at him.

“Before you called I was already coming up to the library entrance. There is a reference for a student’s paper I need to crosscheck before entering a final grade. Like I said, maybe it’s fate or destiny. Maybe we are meant to look inside that book. Otherwise why would Hannah and I be in the same place at the same time?”

“You are probably right, as usual. Well, when you get inside look for a woman with deep chestnut hair, big sea blue eyes, and a heart shaped face. She will be the most beautiful one there,” I advised Price, smiling as I did so. Just the thought of her was making my heart go wild but at least it didn’t hurt.

“Alright, I will try to be tactful but depending on how much she knows I can’t promise anything. You know, if we are lucky she would have tucked the book away on a shelf that rarely sees visitors. A library this size would be the perfect hiding place for a book you don’t want found.”

“Yes, I suppose it would. Well you best get in there and be careful on approaching her. Her past is something she doesn’t openly share with others.”

“I see. But, ah, she did with you?” Price softly asked, not sure if he should have in the first place.

“Yes, she did. But I will give you details after you get that book. I need to know what our options are,” I replied.

“Okay, I won’t press you further but don’t sit by the phone waiting. I will call you after I’m done here. Bye John.”

“Good bye.” Ending the phone call several emotions ran through me at once. I was elated at being so close to this book Price says could be the key to everything, but was also

apprehensive about what it will tell us. Most of all I feared that Hannah may know about the world I was born into, making me wonder if she would accept me for who I am no matter our

feelings for each other. I suppose we shall find out soon enough.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? Around Halloween of 2014 a co-worker asked me to read the short story she bought because she didn’t like its ending and wanted my opinion. Liking many of the same books as her I read it and completely agreed with her. It was a good story but not at all what we expected. In hearing us complain about it my second co-worker joked that if we didn’t like how it ended we should rewrite it. Thinking it would be fun to create my own world instead, soon after I began work on the prologue for Never Again. People I knew loved it so I kept writing and now I’m trying to see if others will love it too.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Unless it’s something for kids I usually need relative silence. I’d become too distracted to think if it’s something I’d pick for myself.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I use a little of both. I at least have a plot decided on within my first chapter but for me a full outline is too restrictive. If I get an unexpected idea from life or from what I’ve already written I’d rather see where it takes the story than scratch it because it doesn’t fit the outline. After all, sometimes the best things in life are unexpected so why can’t that be true about writing.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I use Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations. I love working with her. Visit her at www.okaycreations.com.

Where do your ideas come from? The book in the series, the characters and the back story all come from my likes and dislikes, my life experiences, my friends, and my family tree to make Hannah and John’s world feel real. Everything else in the series can be connected to anything, from music I love and books I’ve read to something someone said to me. Sometimes I even get an idea from my kids’ bad behavior!

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? I struggled with writing a book description. It sounds like a silly problem to have after completing 27 chapters but the happy medium between saying too much and saying too little eluded me. I had drafts upon drafts varying in length and approaches but my beta readers and I felt nothing worked, so I took a mental break. Upon revisiting my drafts I reworked the one with the most promise and wrote a fresh one. Then I let my beta readers go to work again and ended up combining the two. It was because of them that I was able to keep Never Again on track for publication.

What is the current book you are promoting? Never Again, Book of Origins Volume One

What is your next project? Family Again, Book of Origins Volume Two. As Hannah and John’s story continues they travel to Bohemia to find the cure’s last ingredient. An encounter with the original vampire, however, leaves Hannah in Bohemia and John back in New York. While separated Hannah decides to pick the brain of her captor and discovers a misunderstanding over 800 years old.

Many thanks Alyse for sharing! For more about Alyse, her work, and getting yourself a copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Pete Planisek

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Pete Planisek

Pete Planisek lives in Columbus, OH, where he teaches English, runs Enceladus Literary LLC, and is co-host of an entertainment podcast called Hindsight is 20-20. He received his Masters from Ohio University where he founded a student literary arts magazine called Recently Eclipsed. He has published newspaper articles and is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.  He served for seven years as adviser/co-adviser to a NCTE award winning student literary arts publication.  Frankenstein A Life Beyond was his debut novel.

He has two published works in his Resurrection Trinity series titled Frankenstein A Life Beyond (Book 1 of 3) and Frankenstein Soul’s Echo (Book 2 of 3) and won a 2016 Silver Honoree IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Book Award for his children’s fantasy book titled Princess Bella and the Dragon’s Charm.

Enjoy this book sample: Frankenstein A Life Beyond (Book 1 of 3) The Resurrection Trinity

Genres: Fiction, Literary fiction, Horror, Historical fiction, Romance fiction, Sci-Fi fiction

Blurb:  Ten years after the loss of his entire family to madness and death, Ernest Frankenstein finds himself compelled to return to the city of his birth, Geneva, in order to discover if his elder brother, Victor, might still be alive. Only Victor can provide the answers to questions, which have long plagued Ernest. The quest for answers will force Ernest to confront demons, both internal and external, from his past, which refuse to be at peace and which ultimately will endanger both he and his new family. Hunted across Europe their only hope may lie with a French spy, Ernest’s childhood friend, and a mysterious gypsy girl whose people believe that Ernest will lead humanity to its salvation or final destruction.

Frankenstein A Life Beyond by Pete Planisek is a direct sequel to Mary Shelley’s iconic story, Frankenstein, which examined Victor Frankenstein’s quest to both create and kill an unnamed creature that ultimately destroys all but one member of the Frankenstein family, Victor’s brother, Ernest. Frankenstein A Life Beyond explores many of the issues left open by the original, while establishing new characters and mysteries.

Excerpt:  “Your neighbor’s death was an accident, nothing more.”

So this monster had followed him back to Geneva. What all had he witnessed there?

“If his death is so trivial, then explain how he died.”

There was only the briefest of pauses.

“Fear,” was the solitary answer.

Ernest’s breath was now escaping in short bursts, and a cold sweat clung to his skin.

“Of what?”

“Of what you are seeing, right now.”

He felt it, before he saw it. A hand had reached through the curtain to clasp Ernest’s wrist. No, it was not such a commonplace sight which beset his eyes; it was anything but.

At least twice the size of a normal man’s hand, it encompassed not only Ernest’s wrist, but a portion of his arm as well. It was shriveled and mummified, the skin of a nearly translucent nature, which made visible the networks of veins and muscles throughout. The cruel nature inherent of the claw-like fingers, capped by blackened nails, was re-enforced by the strength of the grip. It felt as if Death itself clutched Ernest. Were it not for the visible movement of blood and the controlled beat of the pulse, he would have claimed that he was restrained by a corpse.

“What you seek awaits you in Ingolstadt,” the voice wheezed, “Find the clues, Uncle, so our destinies can be fulfilled.”

The pressure from the fingers increased. Ernest wanted to scream, but found himself too frightened to utter a sound.

Why do you write? It’s an essential part of who I am.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Honestly, it just depends on the book. Some of my writing projects have lasted years but I’ve also written a full draft of a children’s book in a single day.  A variety of factors can impact the creation time for a book but as long as you invest yourself in the process and keep writing your project will get done.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I know when I first started writing when I was young a lot of the stories where very comedic and over the top.  I’ve always had a pretty unique sense of humor and I think writing initially gave me a means to express and explore it. As I’ve matured as a person and an author, I find inspiration from a much more diverse set of experiences, resources, artistic mediums, and a desire to explore the possibilities of being an author. I never know where inspiration will come from but I know now it’s important to embrace it when it does because you never know where it will lead you as an artist. I’ve also learned to trust myself more than I once did by trying to judge less and listen more, be it to people or my own instincts as an author.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I almost always write to music. I actually have entire scenes in my stories that were created around specific songs.  Sometimes I just use music to help get me in the mood to write.

What have you written? I have published two fiction novels, one award winning children’s chapter book, and a host of short stories and poems. I’ve also written for blogs and a newspaper.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I’m much more apt to just see where an idea takes me when writing a short story or poem than I am if I’m working on a novel. Outlining is great but you also have to let a story develop as you write. Outlines can help guide and create structure but shouldn’t be viewed as an absolute. Play!

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? I’ve designed the basic concept and layout for each of my books but the final covers have been a collaboration with a photographer, Scott Coons, and an illustrator, Elizabeth Nordquest.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Your worst story is the one you don’t write. We grow by practicing and expanding our skills as writers. If you’re not writing, you tend to stagnate.  Not everything you write will be brilliant or will be something you want to publish but everything you write can help you to mature as an artist.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Ernest Frankenstein and the creature have some interesting parallels. They are both survivors struggling for answers about the past and seeking a way forward in their lives, both are connected and weighted down by their relationship to Victor, and they are bound in unique ways as “family.”

What is the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Writing Book 3 of my Frankenstein The Resurrection Trinity series is a bit daunting because of all the plotlines I need to resolve and because I know I’ll be saying goodbye to characters who have been with me for years.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Abrielle is probably my favorite character to write because she is so complex.  Her background and life leading up to the events in the books has been so dark, difficult, at once sympathetic and unnerving, and wholly interesting that it’s a lot of fun to figure out how she’ll respond to certain characters, conflicts, and situations throughout the Frankenstein The Resurrection Trinity novel series. She tends to surprise both me as a writer and the reader.

What is your next project? I have two short stories I’d like to finish before returning to completing Book 3 of my Frankenstein The Resurrection Trinity series. I also am working on getting my first children’s picture book underway.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have two “fur babies.” My dog, August (Auggie) is a rescue schnauzer and I have a stray cat, Asoka. They’ve both got personality to spare and when they’re getting along (both want plenty of lap time) I call them The A-Team.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? The Frankenstein The Resurrection Trinity series books are actually allowing me to kind of explore what I would have done if I’d penned aspects of Mary Shelley’s classic. If I had to pick another book, it would probably be either Self- Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (nonfiction) or The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (fiction) because both inherently ask the reader to go deeper into themselves and the texts.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Perseverance. You’ll get writers block, get negative responses/feedback, have failed marketing strategies, and face general setbacks but if you believe in your work, foster a support network, are realistic with yourself, practice patience, and adopt the right attitude then no obstacle is insurmountable.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? I’ve only written a few but no I don’t feel self-conscious.  My scenes are typically major turning points for character development so there’s more than just sex going on in them. I find them fun to write.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I think both can be viable routes for writers to get their works out to a larger audience. It really comes down to the goals of both the writer and publisher. As long as an author does their homework and makes an informed decision, and is willing to put effort into the publication and marketing process, they can be successful with either publishing model.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? I think there can be. People sometimes associate self-published with poor quality, and while this can be the case for some books (traditional or self-published), more often than not, self-published books are just as well-crafted and creative as traditionally published works.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? Montana 1948 by Larry Watson and A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? The Moor by Laurie R King and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Tell us something unique about you. I love to hike, travel, cook, garden, photography, one day I’d love to try and climb a mountain, and am great at doing different character voices spontaneously.

There ya have it folks! For more about Pete, his work, and to get your own copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Brian Terenna

Halo, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Brian Terenna

Brian Terenna is a skilled badminton player, a shaper of reality, and a steady practitioner of meditation. He runs a relaxation and meditation YouTube channel called, “The Calm Life.” His first two novels are “Talent Storm” and “Kissing the Intern.”

Book sample:  TitleKissing the Intern: A Multicultural Romance

Synopsis – The path to true love is never easy… but it’s always worth it.
Nova Velez, a sassy Dominican, has a busy life, working two jobs, volunteering at the hospital, and finishing graduate school. It’s all necessary to fulfill her dream of helping troubled children. To graduate, she has to complete her school counseling internship, but it won’t be easy working with depressed, hormone-addled students. When she meets her distractedly handsome mentor, Bryce, a health conscious vegan, and the jealous, domineering principal, things become more complicated. When sparks begin to fly between her and Bryce, complicated takes on a completely new meaning.
Enjoy this and more in the enchanting love story, “Kissing the Intern.”

Why do you write? I have a passion to create worlds, characters, and stories. I’ve always been imaginative, but it’s nice to get things down on paper and make them permanent. I primarily enjoy writing science fiction and fantasy, but the love of my life inspired me to write, “Kissing the Intern.”

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I can’t listen to music or watch TV while writing. I’m very easily distracted! Instead, I listen to a beta wave binaural beat video I made to aid in concentration. I’m likely the video’s number one fan, haha. Binaural Beats Focus Writing – Improve Concentration

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I’m a very structured writer. I’ve learned that the more outlined a novel is, the less editing that you will have to do. I do extensive planning on my characters and fully plot the entire novel before writing.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? I create my own covers since I’m good with Photoshop and have always been artistic. Many people might not know that I’m also featured on the covers of “Talent Storm” and “Kissing the Intern.”

Any advice for aspiring authors? I strongly advise learning everything you can about writing and the process before starting to write a novel. It’s important to know how to create realistic characters, how to create a plot, and how to write a descriptive well-written novel. Never stop learning and relearning about the writing process. Never.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he or she do that is so special? Nova Velez from “Kissing the Intern” is very caring and sweet, yet she has low self-esteem and a bit of a short temper. Bryce Marsh is a dedicated vegetable gardener and a very supportive guy. He does however get very stressed out at work.

What is the current book you are promoting? “Kissing the Intern: A Multicultural Romance” is my latest novel. It can also be considered a Light Romantic Comedy or a Sweet Romance.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I have no formal writing education. I have a master’s in school counseling, which was my previous profession. I don’t think that it’s necessary to get a formal education. There is great information on writing novels all over the internet and on YouTube. If you are a dedicated person, you can learn how to write on your own and save a ton of money.

What is your next project? I’m going to start Young Adult Apocalyptic Science Fiction trilogy. I have a ton of notes and am excited to start plotting. I’m probably going to write in first person and possibly in the present tense. The main character will be a sixteen-year-old, Dominican girl, computer hacker/gamer, who finds out that things can be even worse than her foster home experiences. I’m extremely excited to get started on this project.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? It’s too hard to pick one. Kvothe from “The King Killer Chronical” is someone that I would want to be. He’s brilliant, creative, and witty. He’s extremely talented and achieves amazing things. Another favorite is, Karsa Orlong from the “Malazan Book of the Fallen” fantasy series. He’s larger than life, has no fear, and always wins no matter the odds. I even named a stuffed animal after Karsa. MF: I have both of these on my shelf to be read.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? I would remove greed from the world. So many problems arise from people’s greed.

What are some of your favorite books and why? My three favorite series are the “Red Rising Trilogy,” “The King Killer Chronical,” and “The Stormlight Archive.” All three are super imaginative fantasy novel series with superb main characters. I strongly recommend these series to anyone who likes fantasy. You won’t be disappointed.

Tell us something unique about you. I once went 63-0 in foosball when I was in Suzhou, China. There was a time that I considered going professional, but I like writing too much.

There ya have it folks! For more about Brian, his work, and to get your own copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Adam Mann

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Adam Mann

Mike Lord has worked for over 50 years in what is called “developing economies”. Most of the time Mike’s work has been with the thousands of small scale farmers, who have appreciated sustainable livelihoods, so that they now have enough food to feed themselves, and also some produce to sell so that they have a cash income.  That is why most of Mike’s novels are set in these remote rural locations.

Three years ago Mike finally retired and started writing, and has now under his pen name, Adam Mann, produced 32 fantasy romance and historical books nine of which have been published, and 23 self-published at Smashwords and Amazon KDP.

Mike Lord is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.

Enjoy this book sample:  Red High Heels – Romance with explicit sex – blurb:

Roxanne Brown arrives at a busy hotel who book her into a room already allocated to Roger Browne, and the overworked receptionist gives her the key.  Later when they do meet they have only bath towels to protect their modesty, but laughter turns into a trip to a nearby Italian restaurant.

Roxanne is running away from a potential marriage, whilst Roger is trying to find funding for a Stem Cell Research project.

As the hotel is fully booked Roger agrees that Roxanne can share his room, and they begin to exchange jokes, including one about two tramps and a pair of Red High Heels, whilst Roxanne is trying desperately to remember the joke about a team of wild horses.

This novel is a love story, with explicit details of the sex that they both enjoy together, so only for Adults (18+).

EXCERPT:

Roxanne lay still and tried to remember what had happened to her yesterday, before she met Roger.  Early yesterday morning she remembered having a furious argument with her mother, and then her father when he tried to intervene.  They both wanted her to marry Paul, and she had disagreed.  Simple as that!

Paul was an idiot she thought now, but he did have plenty of money, which would have been her only consolation.  She did not have a boyfriend, which weakened her argument, and to make matters worse she and Paul had been friends since childhood.

She felt Roger moving and she looked at his watch.

It was seven thirty, and the conference started at nine, so they could just get breakfast if they hurried.  She kissed Roger to wake him, but he pulled her down to him and kissed her.

“Roger, I’m hungry, and the conference starts at nine!”

Roger got out of bed and walked to the bathroom.  Roxanne could hear the shower running and then on impulse she decided to join him, as they washed one another, all over.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it?  It started as a family joke – Adam the Man – so I chose Adam Mann as my pen name.

Why do you write?  I started writing historical romance 20 years ago, but I didn’t get that book published until 2014.  I enjoyed the research, and then the planning.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I didn’t, it just happened after I retired as I had these books to publish…

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?   Once I get the planning and research done I tend to write very quickly – about 3,000 words a day.  It then takes a long time to edit, reedit, and find/design a cover.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  20 years ago I worked in Sri Lanka, and several times visited a place called Singiriya.  Many people asked “who are the ladies in the frescoes?” so I decided to invent one, and I choose the 4th Queen of the Rajah whose name is unknown to history, so I invented one for my book.  But I did stay close to the history at that time.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  No, I often get up very early in the morning, like 4.0am, write and then go back to bed!

What have you written?  32 books and novels, 4 of which are paperback.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I do tend to prepare an outline, but sometimes as I’m writing the plot is changed by the characters themselves!

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  9 of my books have been published by publishers (Phaze, GPG and eXtasy), who have their own design department.  I have an artist friend (Adam Norton) who designed several covers, and I did the others, like the two in this interview.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?  I wish I knew!

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Don’t forget your author name is your Brand Image, so get it out there.  You can then say “a new book from ***”!

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  I live and work in Vietnam, so TV is a bit limited, at least in English, so I tend to watch programs like the Discovery channel!

Which writers inspire you?  Charles Dickens, and Rudyard Kipling, and Mark Twain.

What is the current book you are promoting?   Love in the Boondocks.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  I better not say as I despise most politicians!

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  I have experience of both sides, and yes the traditional publishers have good reputations and contacts, but I still have to do a lot of promotion myself.

Tell us something unique about you.  I used to play a lot of sport, including games like Polo where I became an international player.

Many thanks Adam for sharing with us! For more about Adam, his work, and getting your own copies, follow the links below:

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Meet Author T.M Sullivan

Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author T.M Sullivan

T.M Sullivan is a new author who recently released her new published book Homecoming (Secrets & Lies #1). She resides in a VERY small town in Ontario, Canada, where her two beautiful daughters and wonderful hardworking husband keeps her busy. She works as a Hairstylist writes in her spare time. T.M. is a lover of art, music and books. Sappy romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance and M/M romances are her favorite genres.

Book sample:  Homecoming (Secrets & Lies #1)

Willa McKenzie left her hometown Ferris at the age of eighteen to pursue her dream of performing. Now, ten years later Willa is living her dream singing and dancing in Las Vegas as one of the cities most beloved showgirls.

Receiving a serious phone from her older sister. Willa becomes confronted with the decision to stay in Vegas, where her life is perfect, or go back home to a town she wants to forget.

Once Willa returns to Ferris, she finds herself immersed in chaos. With her older sister’s deteriorating marriage, her mother declining health, and the memories of her father’s death and twin sister’s suicide, just reminds Willa why she left in the first place. Being faced with the secrets and lies, she swore she left behind, Willa is forced to face them head on once again.

Grayson Malloy was in love with Willa years ago, but with their ten year, age difference Grayson always held back. Missing his chance to tell Willa how he finally felt. He buried those feeling way down deep in order to become the best father he could be to his beautiful daughter Charlotte. Now that Willa has returned Grayson is determined to make her his. With his demanding demeanor and stellar good looks, he makes it impossible for Willa to say no. Not to mention his daughter Charlotte doesn’t make it any easier, making it very clear she approves of Willa for her father.

The town of Ferris soon finds out that someone has their sights set on Willa and her sister. Someone wants them to suffer, wanting them to feel torment and misery. Someone wants revenge.

Finding herself in life-threatening situations, Willa is determined to stay strong; she is determined not to back down, regardless of the people around her pleading for her to stop.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it?  I guess you could say it’s sort of a pen name. T.M is my real first two names Torie Marie (I hate my middle name by the way.) I used my maiden name instead. Just to keep my two world separate if you will say…lol.

Why do you write?  I have always loved writing. When I was younger I use to write Poetry. And when I was in school a few of my teachers told me I should be a writer but I never listened.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I decided in 2015 to try my hand at writing. To be honest I really had no clue what I was doing. I was a big reader and knew of those authors but I didn’t follow them. I didn’t stalk them. I really had no clue about what it really meant to be an indie author.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  OMG, it actually took me a year to write Homecoming. I’m hoping to get faster but I am a perfectionist. I can’t have anything bug me if there is something that bugs me I have to change it.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  Like I said I am an avid reader and one day I sitting beside my husband and said I have great ideas for books and I can’t get them out of my head, maybe i should try writing a book. He said why not. And so I did…not very exciting, but that is how it went.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I write during the day if I’m home alone and no house work. I also write at night. My husband likes to watch TV and I don’t so I sit and write with headphones in while he watched TV. Sometimes he asks me not to write and spend time with him. (I guess I should do that every once and awhile).

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think for me I’m more open about writing different genres. I am a huge M/M romance reader and I have opened my mind up to writing one myself which I would never have done that at first. I always thought it was best to write what you know. And now after talking to other authors and getting to know some I have realized that it’s ok to push past your fears and insecurities.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I listen to music a lot. Music is huge for me. I actually have a playlist at the end of my book and will for the rest I write as well.

What have you written?  I have only written the one book. I self-published at first and then I wasn’t happy with how everything turned out. So I pulled the book and did a complete re-write and ended up getting it published by Bella Tulip Publishing and had a new cover designed for it.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I do outline a bit but then I just say screw it and write. I can get really bad sometimes and venture off path a bit and then I have to go back and tidy it up.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?   I didn’t design my own covers…I wish I could. BUT I am super picky. The Publisher did my new cover for me.  I love how it turned out.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? I am learning about marketing every day. I’m still a newbie so I am far from being a marketing pro. I know for me I have joined lots of groups and have tried to connect on Facebook. I’m still trying to get other things together that will help me out. I learn every day from other authors.

Any advice for aspiring authors?   Don’t give up, don’t be afraid to speak your mind about what you want. I learned the hard way that this is your work. You worked hard and it should be the way you want it. But also with that, don’t be afraid of constructive criticism, it’s really is good for you. Sometimes an outsider can really put things into perspective.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Ahhh Grayson Malloy. He is a single father who owns a construction company. He is big, gorgeous and incredibly bossy. He can come off like a jerk sometimes but really love him. (My mother-in-law hated him…lol). He loves his daughter more than anything, and when Willa McKenzie comes back home he is like a tornado there is no way she is getting away. I’m not going to lie he does act like jerk, but he loves fiercely. His family and friends are everything to him. He and his daughter teach Willa that she is loved and she can trust him.

Where do your ideas come from? Sometimes I do get ideas from songs. I will listen to a song and then all of a sudden ‘PING’ a light goes off and I will write it down.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Trying to stay positive. When I pulled the book I didn’t want to look at it for months. I was so disappointed in how it turned out. But a friend said she was going to keep bugging me till I fixed it and was happy again. This book had really put me through the ringer. It literally was my learning book. I learned everything with this one. It wasn’t even about selling it. It was getting it re-written and feeling good that I accomplished it and could feel good about a story that I wrote again.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Feeling good about it. I am a bit of a perfectionist and can be very hard on myself. I just wanted to write it and be like “Yes, i can now publish this, I’m happy” that’s a hard feeling for me. I’m struggling with the two books I’m working on now. I guess it will always be that way.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?   I don’t watch a lot of TV but I did enjoy the show Six it was based on Navy Seals. I’m a sucker for military men. And I’m getting excited for the new Prison Break to return. I love old movie (including musicals)

Which writers inspire you? I am a diehard Kristen Ashley fan, I re-read her books every year. I’m a sucker.

What is the current book you are promoting? I’m still promoting my first book. But I will be promoting my short M/M romance very soon.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? I love Willa. She is a strong smart mouthed, hard headed woman. She is not a pushover at all and I love her for that.

Who is your least favorite character and why? That would be my bad guy…sorry can’t tell you his name…lol. BUT there is a part of me that loves him too. He does bad real good.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? Oh I like this question. I would love for Christina Aguilera to be Willa and for Grayson I can’t help but think Tom Hardy.

What is your next project? My next is a short M/M Romance about a Homicide detective and a male model.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why?   I would have to say Wonder Woman, because she is a strong beautiful woman and can totally kick butt.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why?  The one person from history would have to be Michelangelo. He has always been my favorite artist.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  If there was one thing I could do, it would be fix poverty. I am saddened to see kids go to school with very little food or people losing their homes because they don’t make enough to keep it. It breaks my heart.

Who inspires your writing?  I grew up reading VC Andrews and then Nora Roberts. I’m not sure they inspire me, but when I read their books I was like wow. I would like to be that good one day.

Where do you come up with your stories?   I get an idea and work from there. It’s funny because it can be in the car or shower…lol. I actually seen something in town. one day and thought ohh that could be in a book, so I put a note into my phone for when I came home.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I am not a huge fur baby person. I love all animals I just don’t really like the fur and stuff. We have a very old dog named Murdock, he is Min Pin. My oldest daughter has a bearded dragon. I’m actually surprised how much I enjoy the reptiles.

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? Kristin Ashley is my all-time fav. The Rock Chicks are my absolute favorite series.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? No I haven’t done that. I guess I’m too afraid…lol But that really is a good idea.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Wow I guess I would have like to be the original author of To Kill a Mockingbird. It a book that I read a few times years ago but I still remember the whole thing. It is a classic book that is even taught in schools…amazing.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? That you can’t make everyone happy. Not everyone is going to love your book.

Do have a favorite car or truck model? I guess I better say Ford because my husband and his friends all own Mustangs. I’m not going to lie I love the Range Rover Sport but that would be punching my husband in the face.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? I do a bit but then I shock myself with how well they turn out…lol. I am more embarrassed when someone I know reads what I wrote. (Like my mother-in-law) MF: I’d love to watch my mother-in-law read my books. Muuhahaha! That’d be one of the best days of my life.

What are some of your favorite books and why? Kristen Ashley because of her alpha males. Maya banks KGI series because I love Military romance. JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood I love vampire books. MF: I have JR Ward’s on my shelf to read. Ella Frank’s Temptation series (that’s a wow M/M series for sure.)

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  I have tried both. Publishing is great for the person who can’t afford a lot. Editing is VERY important, but it’s also crazy expensive, and rightfully so because it’s a lot of works to make it great. Being with a publisher means you don’t get all the royalties but it also means they are going to do their best to see your book succeed. They also have something to lose. It can be a bit less stressful. Self-publishing is great too because you do have more freedom to do what YOU want. YOU do get more creative freedom for sure.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? I’m not completely familiar with that. But I do think self-published authors will always be less important to some. Which really sucks because I have read some really great self-published books. And some really terrible published books by ‘big named authors’. I chalk it up to it’s the world we live in and there is always going to be negativity and haters. But if people stopped doing things because of negativity, it would be a very boring world.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I just finished Maya Banks newest KGI book Brighter Than the Sun. I am now re-reading NR Walker’s M/M romance Thomas Elkin Series.

What do your readers mean to you? I have actually really enjoyed talking to them I have done a lot of FB takeovers and I love interacting with them. I want to please them I want to hear their input and even ideas of what I should do. I’m planning a contest where they can come up with title to my M/M book.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? I actually just read Jana Aston’s Wrong series and I absolutely loved them.

Tell us something unique about you. I am very boring actually. But two things: I am a huge germaphobe, hotels freak me out because all I can think of is how many people have slept in that bed. MF: That made me laugh 🙂  I am also double jointed…lol

There ya have it folks! Many thanks to T.M! For more about TM and her work, or to get a copy of work, follow the links and click the cover image below:

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