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Meet Author A. Giacomi

Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author A. Giacomi

Giacomi is a wife, and mother two tiny humans. She is a Canadian born writer, educator, and artist. She is a zombie enthusiast, lover of all things Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Marvel, Star Wars and just generally just loves film, essentially she’s a fangirl. The Zombie Girl Saga is her debut series and you can find out more about her and the series on her blog: www.poeticzombie.com

Book sample:  Zombie Girl (YA Horror)

Synopsis:

Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average.

Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day.

Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her.

Excerpt:

I am trying to let it all sink in, but it’s a lot of information to process. What I got out of the whole story was that there was no cure, at least not yet. My body had become infected by a virus that kills you, and then forces you to kill others.

I was officially a monster. Human no longer. This was hardest to take.

Not human. The two words swam around in my mind making me lightheaded.

I hold my hand over my heart. No heartbeat? Never again?

“Will someone please check my pulse; I just need to know…” my hands were too busy shaking to check for themselves.

Cam walks over to me, his eyes bleak. I cross my fingers as Cam presses on my wrist. He waits thirty seconds and then decides to press his fingers to my throat instead. He waits another thirty seconds and then removes his hands slowly shaking his head.

Dr. August and Alex look on with wide eyes, I can smell the fear on them, and the scent is delicious. What Dr. August had said was true, my heart had stopped, and I ceased to live.

I am a living dead girl.

I get up from my chair unsteadily, “Dr. August I think I’ve had all the information I can stand for today.”

Grab your copy of Zombie Girl for $0.99 until April 15, 2017

When did you decide to become a writer? I have been writing since elementary school. I remember getting my first journal at a book fair and I began writing in it every day, but I soon got really bored with writing about reality, so I started writing fiction and poetry instead, filling the pages with ideas that would later become The Zombie Girl Saga. As for becoming a published writer, I decided to finally sit down and write the series after having my son, I felt that if I didn’t try and go for my dreams that it wouldn’t feel authentic telling my son to reach for the stars. I want to show my kids that you can do anything you dream!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special? Eve is the main character in my Zombie Girl Saga, she’s a small town girl infected with an ancient virus. She’s a zombie but not a typical one, instead of simply being undead and feasting on brains, she actually gains some pretty magnificent powers. She’s super strong and braver than she knows. She ends up becoming an undead hero in a lot of ways, but you’ll have to read the series to find out just how she manages that!

What is the hardest thing about writing? It may sound cliché, but writer’s block is a real thing and it’s really difficult to overcome sometimes. I know what it’s like to feel stuck, and not know where to go with a story. I’ve even abandoned some stories not knowing where to go next. It happens! What I do suggest is to keep those stories, never scrap them, you never know when inspiration will strike and you’ll be able to revive those stories.

What is the current book you are promoting? I just recently finished my Zombie Girl Saga and am actively promoting the four book series. I just went to my first comic con to promote it and the beautiful covers got a lot of bites and some sales! The series is something I would read and so I wrote it! If you like iZombie, Supernatural, or Warm Bodies, this series will definitely entertain you!

Enter to win a copy of Zombie Experiment. Drawing ends May 7, 2017

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I actually cast all my books before I start writing, it helps my writing flow as if I’m watching a film about it! In my Zombie Girl Saga I have a special trinity of characters; they’re best friends going through this strange journey. Eve is my protagonist and Zombie Girl, I pictured her as actress Sophia Bush. As for Alex, she would be played by Jennifer Lawrence and Cam would be played by Brandon Routh. Oh dear I might have revealed too much of what I geek out about in there!

Who inspires your writing? I’m inspired by so many authors and artists alike. I feel that I’m made up of a mix of Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Charlaine Harris and Edgar Allan Poe. So what does that make me? I guess I’m a hopeless romantic, with poetic tendencies and a curiosity for the strange, the tragic and the macabre, but I like to keep it cute! I’m some sort of enigma alright!

Where do you come up with your stories? My stories all come from the same place, my dreams. I have to thank my over-active imagination for all the great story ideas, but unfortunately it does keep me up at night. I have a little notebook by my bed that I write in when I get a great idea in my sleep, it would be a terrible waste to leave it for morning and forget it all, so this is my way of making my dreams a very literal reality.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I really wish I had written Pride & Prejudice & Zombies! I often thought that it would be fun to mingle the classics with zombies. When I saw that book on the shelf, I was half excited and half like “dang!” I missed a real opportunity here!

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? It’s okay to fail. I have submitted to lots of publishers and agents, so many that I’ve lost count over the years. You will hear “no” more times than you thought possible, but don’t let that stop you from breaking down the door and trying again! I still get lots of “nopes” but I’ve also heard “yes” a few times now, if I didn’t keep trying, I wouldn’t eventually have heard that “yes” and had something published!

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I’m currently reading the third book in the Paranormal Detective Series by Lily Luchesi, the series is so addictive, it is all about a secret supernatural squad in Chicago who fight to keep humans safe. There is also a great love story woven into it between a vampire and a human. It’s simply fab!

What do your readers mean to you? Everything! I wouldn’t say I have an abundance of fans, I’m still pretty new in the writing world, but the ones I do have are so super loyal and encouraging. I can’t even put into words what all their kind words mean to me. Writing is a hard gig, actually anything to do with the arts is! People who like your work really make it all feel worthwhile. My readers are what keep me writing and I like to thank them when I can. I’ve started doing random giveaways for all the subscribers to my newsletter, just to say thanks! For anyone who wants to join my loyal Zombabes, as I affectionately call them, here’s the link: http://agiacomi.wixsite.com/poeticzombie

There ya have it folks! For more about A. Giacomi and her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Daccari Buchelli

Hola lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author Daccari Buchelli

Born in 1993, British writer Daccari Buchelli spends his time focusing on his favourite genre, Fantasy. Having developed an early love of literature, he became determined to create his own magical wonderlands for fellow readers to explore. He spent his teenage years working on several Fantasy novellas, which he has yet to release to the general public.

He has since released the first book in a new Fantasy series, which revolves around young royals and the elemental magic that they possess. As an active member of the LGBT+ community, Mr Buchelli hopes to help reduce intolerance and bullying by promoting acceptance and understanding of those different to ourselves.

Check out this sample:  Phoenix: Book One of The Peradon Fantasy Series

Young Adult/ Fantasy

‘You’re only a prisoner if you believe you are.’

Peradon. A world of magic, separated into four unique realms. Sheltered from unknown cruelties, Princess Violetta Flame came to adore her natural ability, until a terrible tragedy struck her home realm, leaving her to fear her gift.

Meeting her sworn enemy, the charming Emperor Ryore, sees her falling under a different kind of spell, one which could lead her to the freedom she so desires, or drag her down into the depths of despair.

When did you decide to become a writer?  From a young age, I was fascinated by books. As soon as I’d learned to read, I was adamant that I wanted to create my own stories so that others could experience the joy I did. As I neared my teenage years, I practiced writing more and more, crafting several novels and novellas that as of yet, have not been published. Over the next few years, I hope to re-work some of these titles and publish them as separate novellas.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  The time it takes me to complete a piece of work depends on the length. For a 100,000 word novel, it takes me roughly a year and four or five drafts, three of which are on paper.

For a 30,000 word novella, I’d spend around 6-9 months.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  Over the past few years, I have done constant research on the craft of writing, in the pursuit of improving upon my earlier work. I have learned how express a genuine sense of emotion in my writing and have begun to alter the structure of my work.

With the help of reader feedback, I’ve learned that sometimes description must take a backseat, while we dive into the heart of a story.

What have you written?  Besides from the eight novellas that are yet to see the light of day, I have crafted the first novel in a fantasy series, entitled Phoenix.

I have recently produced a revised copy of the book, which is available for pre-order on Amazon (publishing date 30th April 2017.)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phoenix-Revised-Peradon-Fantasy-Book-ebook/dp/B06XSL13FD/

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  Although I usually work to a strict plot, I’m coming to learn that letting your characters lead you through your stories can make for more interesting outcomes

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Give your heart and soul to your work. Don’t become a writer for money or power, or any other material gain. Do it because you can’t help but write and find yourself jotting down ideas all through the day. Do it to inspire positive change and to fulfill not only yourself, but others around you.

Where do your ideas come from?  Most of my ideas come from dreams or in sudden flashes of realization. A crucial aspect of the nature of man might jolt into the foreground of my mind, or be triggered by the dullest of conversations. I don’t believe that you look for or come up with an idea. The idea finds you and when you’re ready, you can begin to explore it.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  The Big Bang Theory has been my favourite TV show for years. I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore as most of it bores me to tears, but this show boasts so much knowledge and humor that I find I cannot keep away. It’s one of my guilty pleasures.

What is the current book you are promoting?  I am currently promoting Phoenix, the first book in a young adult fantasy series.

The revised edition is due out on Amazon on April 30th.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend?  Yes, I would recommend Stephen King’s On Writing.

What is your next project? My next project is the second book of The Peradon Fantasy Series, entitled Symbiote.

Other projects in the works include a thriller novel aimed at young adults.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? Just the one, a two year old terrier cross breed, Sam. He loves new people and tries to eat everything he gets his paws on.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes?  Not especially. I write them in a mild and tasteful fashion and that’s if they’re necessary to the plot. I try to keep things clean since my work caters mainly to young adults.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  Both have pros and cons. Traditional publishing provides more publicity and a larger budget for marketing, while giving you less freedom of control.

Self-publishing gives you more creative freedom and control, but makes it harder to gain exposure. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding self publishing. I’d wager about 80 % of it is useless.

What book are you currently reading or just finished?  I’ve started reading Weaveworld, by Clive Barker with a lady I met via Instagram. I’m loving the book as I read it when I was younger, but hope to finish it this time around. This is the first joint read I’ve done and I’m loving it.

What do your readers mean to you?  Readers mean everything to me. Without readers, books would serve no purpose. All their knowledge and potential would go to waste. I love to engage with others online and to talk about the books we have read.

Is there a book you love that you’d like to recommend to others?  Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White. It’s part of a trilogy and appears to be aimed at teenage girls, but I like it all the same. It combines an urban setting with fantasy, thrills, and a plentiful supply of mythical creatures.

There ya have it folks! For more about Daccari and his work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Alyson Larrabee

Hola my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Alyson Larrabee

In addition to being an armchair ghost hunter and proud resident of the Bridgewater Triangle, Alyson is the author of Enter If You Dare and Her Evil Ways, both YA paranormal romances. She’s still seeking representation for her third novel, Hidden in the Dark, a mystery about a psychotic serial killer who’s obsessed with his first victim’s teenage daughter. A graduate of Oliver Ames High School, Emerson College and Bridgewater State University, Alyson has three grown children and lives with her husband in Easton, MA. She enjoys long walks through old cemeteries, small children and large dogs.

Enjoy this sample:  My first novel, Enter If You Dare, published in 2014, is a YA Paranormal Romance with an unusual love triangle. It’s about possession and explores the question, what would happen if a girl fell in love with two boys at the same time and these two boys shared the same body?

Why do you write?  I’m part control freak and part voyeur; I dream up a character and then watch what happens each time I place her in a complex and difficult situation. I keep throwing problems at her to see what she’ll do. My characters often surprise me and that’s the best part. I like surprises, even bad ones, as long as they’re fictional. I’m one of those “pantsers” as opposed to a “plotter”. “Pantsers” means you choose to “fly by the seat of your pants”, a concept that creates a very interesting visual, like you could buy jeans with large, white, feathery wings attached to the butt. That’s me; my mom jeans have wings. It’s like a super power.

When did you decide to become a writer?  When I was a little girl it seemed natural to read books (tons of them) and then pick up my notebook and pen and write my own stories. I began to actively pursue publication around 2007, when I took a graduate level short story writing class and the teacher made us send our stories into magazines. Up until then, I had only shared my writing with friends, family and my students. A story that I sent to Listen Magazine was chosen for publication and they paid me eighty dollars for it. I loved the whole experience: writing the story, getting the “congratulations” email and making money, so I decided to attempt to repeat it.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  I’d like to take forever because I’m never satisfied with what I’ve written, but eventually I have to put an end to revisions and send my hopes and dreams out there to be shattered by multiple literary agents and publishers. Then I do it again. It’s a very Sisyphean process.

The first book took me five years from first word to publication. The second book maybe two years. My third book, Hidden in the Dark, about four years. I spill the book out pretty fast and then, as I reread it, the flaws emerge, but the solutions to the problems I discover get stuck in my head. I know there’s something wrong, but I’m not sure how to fix it. That’s where my literary friends come in. I have one close friend who’s written tons of mystery stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine and Ellery Queen Magazine and she’s full of advice about information dumping and head jumping and some of the things I wasn’t aware I was doing.

I love critical advice (not criticism…that’s different). I lap up advice like it’s a magical energy potion and then run with it. I’m willing to cut passages up or out completely and rewrite massive amounts of prose. I’ve changed the point of view of a 100,000-page novel and the verb tense, also. I’ve cut 10,000 words from a manuscript. I don’t like rejection but I’ve learned so much from the rejecters who’ve given me specific advice that I can act on.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  Ghosts and people who’ve seen them have always fascinated me and I’d always wanted to write a novel. Two of my kids were away at college and the third, Annie, was a junior in high school, so I had a partially empty nest. Annie chose the topic of Local Supernatural Legends for an important assignment and she snuck into a couple of abandoned psychiatric hospitals at night and skulked through a few graveyards after dark and the slide show she created was fascinating, not just to me, but to her teacher and classmates as well. I watched her work on the project and she shared her ideas and experiences with me and the character of Annabelle Blake was born. She crept into the fictional Wildwood Psychiatric Hospital and found the legendary ghost of the Lonesome Boy. She met a handsome young medium. He channeled the ghost. Their whole supernatural experiment exploded out of control and everyone’s paradigms shifted. I lived in a world where two boys (one living, one dead) shared the same body and loved the same girl. I wrote about these three people constantly for about five years straight. They became very real to me.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I’m a morning person and I try to start every day with writing, even if it’s just a book review for Goodreads or a blog entry or the answers to the questions in this interview.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  If anyone tells me a story about an interesting experience, I immediately begin to make it my own, imagining dramatic scenarios and characters interacting and I want to write about it or weave it into something I’ve already begun writing. I wasn’t always like this but it’s not recent either. This creative way of interacting with people keeps evolving organically. It happens with places, too. Everywhere I go, I see settings for scenes in novels. I can’t pinpoint exactly when this way of looking at the world and its inhabitants began. It’s all happened gradually and naturally.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I listen to music with lyrics before I write or during breaks. While I write I sometimes listen to classical music. I like Handel and Mozart and some others, too.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  Start Media has artists and they designed the covers for Enter If You Dare (cover by Gemini Judson) and Her Evil Ways (cover by Nancy Donahue). My friend, Shaun Melendy took the cover photo for Hidden in the Dark, which hasn’t been picked up by a publisher yet. I told him what I wanted and he hiked out into the Hockomock Swamp at night and took tons of great photos for me to choose from.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  The hardest thing has been writing taglines to promote Hidden in the Dark and writing the blurb. I also hate writing synopses.

Also, writing when I’m not hotly inspired to pour it all out is tough but I have to do it. I don’t live in a constant state of passionate enthusiasm and water-falling ideas. Sometimes it’s drudgery but I prefer it to any other activity or work.

What is the current book you are promoting?  I recently finished a Kindlescout campaign for Hidden in the Dark, which has been an anxiety producing experience. I don’t know yet if Amazon will publish my book or if I’ll have to go back to querying and pimping it out.  During your book’s thirty day campaign, it’s posted on the Kindlescout website and people can nominate it for publication. There are about 200 books at a time in the competition, I think. Every day of the campaign, the top twenty books (the ones with the most nominations for that 24 hour period) are displayed at the top of the web page with an orange “hot” label pasted in the corner. Every morning, during my campaign, I’d wake up and check to see if Hidden in the Dark was “hot”. Then I’d look at the other books on Kindlescout and compare mine to them. Then I’d look at the books that had been chosen for publication already and compare mine to them. My campaign is over, but I haven’t received the email that announces acceptance or rejection yet. The whole thing is a long shot for me but I wanted to try it. The nail biting isn’t over and it’s making me a little crazy.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  This is a teaser for my book that’s finished but not published yet.

I hate writing blurbs, but here goes:

Harper Flagg was two years old and the only witness the night that Gabriel kidnapped and murdered her mother. She’s all grown up now, and a dangerous opponent. She drives too fast, punches too hard and is training to become a detective, like her father. She’s obsessed with capturing the famous criminal who murdered the woman they both loved. And he’s obsessed with capturing her, too.

I’m much more comfortable sharing the first few paragraphs of Hidden in the Dark:

Chapter 1 — Gabriel

Sixteen Years Ago

She needed to die quickly with as little pain and mess as possible. So poison was out, as was strangulation, manual or otherwise. After all, he wasn’t a sadistic psycho, just an ordinary guy on an extraordinary mission. Absent mindedly, he fiddled with the knife in his pocket, then picked up the binoculars and scanned the upscale neighborhood again. All the yards were precisely landscaped. Not a blade of grass out of place. Shrubs trimmed. Leaves raked. Quiet. Tidy. Perfect. After the excitement died down, maybe he’d buy a house like one of these. Become a typical suburban dad. Wear a Red Sox cap backwards and shop at those huge home improvement stores, examining paint chips for hours, comparing one shade of yellow to another. Like the owners of the colonial across the street must’ve done. He wondered how many days or even weeks it had taken that couple to make their final decision. The clapboards were dandelion yellow. The dark green shutters matched the well-hydrated grass. And the six-paneled front door was an artfully faded, rusty shade of red. This family’s proud home had what people called curb appeal. Tons of it.

Would the privileged young wife he’d chosen for his first victim be thinking about opposite sides of the color wheel when he held the knife to her throat? Not likely. Her last thoughts would be about family, friends, love. Things he didn’t quite understand because he’d never had them.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend?  I’m constantly reading articles about writing online. My go-to book is On Writing by Stephen King. I like some of his novels, but I’m not exactly a diehard fan. I admire his commercial success and he’s so interesting as a person and a writer. Every writer should read On Writing and take his advice about the craft to heart. Even if you don’t apply all of his advice (impossible), seriously think about everything he says in this book.  

Many thanks Alyson! For more about Alyson and her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author J. J. Angel

Hello lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author J. J. Angel

J.J. Angel is an energetic and focused creative author who enjoys immersing his ideas and creating imaginary worlds within the realms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is a former Entertainment Tech Film Major and a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award for his contribution towards the anthology titled, Voices from the Bayou.

When he isn’t writing, he enjoys creature features, stargazing, watching old sci-fi and fantasy movies over and over again, volunteering, and digital media production.

Enjoy this sample: The name of my series is Tales of Power. It’s what some would call “Speculative Fiction”, but I just say Sci-Fi Horror or Science Fantasy. I like the term Science Fantasy though for some reason. Young adult but a little edgy at times, just a little.

A supernatural entity descends upon an unsuspecting community with a voracious appetite, and when a string of disappearances occur, the local law enforcement are left to investigate. What lies waiting for them is something deadlier than they could ever fathom.

Mankind’s only hope rests within the hands of two friends, thirteen-year-olds, Rupert and Amare, who are caught in the crossfire of being young adults and gaining strange abilities, which may be the only thing that can save the world from utter destruction.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? The first and middle initials of my real name begin with the letter “J”. My surname Angel, is short for my mother’s name, Angela, which is derived from the Latin word ángelos, meaning “messenger of gods” or “angel messenger”.

Why do you write? I write because it releases stored energy within my soul. I really enjoy the feeling of creating new worlds and characters from the ground up. It’s like being a god on a lesser level and giving the breath of life to your creations. I have a vivid imagination and I want to share it with others.

When did you decide to become a writer? I started writing in Jr. High. I didn’t decide it was what I really wanted to do until my mid-twenties.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? If I’m focused with a few days out of each week, I can finish a book in about two or three months. The first month is draft number one though.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I had uncovered some old stories and goofy stick figure drawings I had done when I was between seven and thirteen. I read over them and made up my mind to sit down and map out the story and develop it more. It really has changed a LOT since I was seven, I’ll tell you that. Thank God I decided to evolve the story because a few years later, the stories got destroyed!

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? Whenever a thought hits my mind, I jot it down and can’t wait to go see what I can do. I really like to have a little spare time on weekends to get everything done. Basically, anytime I know I don’t have to work in the early morning.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think I have come a long way. Tales of Power started when I was just seven as simple stick figures because I always wanted my own cartoon show but something that was somewhat edgy and a little dark. The darkness comes in with one of my favorite authors when I was a kid.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Sometimes I do. I enjoy listening to John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Randy Edelman.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Keep on writing and never let anything hold you back! Write to your heart’s content and make it a habit of finishing what you start and being positive about it!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? My main character(s) tap into something which is at the core of humanity. Reading through the Power series, you’ll understand a bond that many other “things” seem to not understand.

What is the hardest thing about writing? For me, it’s the stopping that can get me sometimes. I’m a compulsive writer once I get going. You’ll have to slap me around a couple of times to remind me I’m not inside my own story and I need to eat.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Having enough time to write it but I’m up for the challenge though.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? Favorite Movie: Ridley Scott’s, Legend, got me into the slight dark fantasy swing of things.

Which writers inspire you? The first writer off the top of my head I can remember is R.L. Stine. His Goosebumps series is so great and I remember going to the school library in elementary and checking them out. My first was, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp. It was my introduction into reading fiction stories of that type. Normally, I just stayed in the library and read about animals, weather and Guinness Record books. I transitioned to fiction pretty quickly afterward. Stephen King, Michael Crichton have some books I love. The Relic, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child was something I remember reading in my bunk bed, right after I finished reading, The Lost World. However, R.L. Stine has to get the bulk of the credit for breaking me in with his stories and characters. Shout out to his illustrator for those creepy covers too.

What is the current book you are promoting? Tales of Power – Power: The Shadows (Book One).

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? Well, Tales of Power continues into Book Four. There’s a girl who I plan on giving the lead role to. She plays a very important part in the story, dealing with something about the future of Earth…or something like that. She may have a love interest.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? I love them all. If I had to pick one though, it would be Setesh, one of the main antagonists. I like Setesh because of “its” character development. I often joke to myself about how Setesh “develops character” in the series.

What is your next project? Power: The Awakening.

Who inspires your writing? Anyone with an imagination inspires me to write. Through them, my creativity gets another whiff of fresh air and energy!

Where do you come up with your stories? Depends, sometimes I may be watching something and wonder what it would be like if it happened much differently. Other times an idea will pop up in my head and I’ll mold it into something by acting out scenes. I place some of my notes in Google Keep.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? I’ve written a few for other stories I have in my vault and don’t mind them at all.

What do your readers mean to you? I would consider my readers people I can discuss things with and share my ideas to. It’s like we are just good friends hanging out and sharing our ideas and discussing our dreams.

Tell us something unique about you. I act out my scenes in my novel when no one is watching. I even think of musical cues and art to match these scenes.

Is there anything else you would like to add? I like good Alfredo pasta, broccoli and grilled lamb…

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I’m hip on the social media scene so luckily I’m only a click away.

There ya have it folks! For more about J.J. Angel and his work, just follow the links below:

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Meet Author Xela Culletto

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Xela Culletto

Xela is a working mother of three, living in the Utah. She teaches secondary English and after talking to students for years about following their dreams and doing whatever it takes to achieve them, she decided to take her own advice and complete her lifelong goal of writing a novel. When she’s not playing with her kids, or sorting through the endless laundry, you’ll find her watching The Walking Dead, horseback riding, or working on her next book.

Enjoy this sample: Understanding the Stars

Alexandra Blackwood is minding her own troubled life when she unknowingly gets caught up in an extraterrestrial conflict. Ronan, a human with his own alien-entangled past, has been keeping an eye on her and sets out to help her escape looming abduction, and maybe win her heart.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Don’t give up! There are so many unfinished books out there. It really does take a lot of stamina to finish an entire novel, but all the sacrifices are so, so worth it when you see your finished book.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  Alexandra is just about to graduate from high school, and is in the middle of dealing with her family’s troubles, when she learns she’s been the victim in an alien experiment. She discovers that her life has been monitored for the past four years. I think she handles this revelation quite well and deals with the aftermath as best she can. Her voice was so clear to me when I was writing it felt more like she was telling me her story, rather than me creating it for her.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  My next book is set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring a super strong heroine named Rhyan. She faces down hostile aliens alongside a small band of survivors. The big reveal of the story is when she finds out what the aliens are actually doing on earth, which ties all the elements together. It’s coming along much faster than “Understanding the Stars”, which took about three years to write, and I can’t wait to release it!

Where do you come up with your stories?  Understanding the Stars was inspired by the fact that, even without proof, even science believes there is life out there. I wondered what they would think of humanity, and the story grew from there.

What are some of your favorite books and why?  My favorite book has always been Ender’s Game. I read it during my teen years and it’s shaped the person I’ve become. I also jumped onto the Harry Potter train during its prime, and have never left the magic.

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