Today I have a real treat for all who follow my blog, Travis Luedke author of the adult vampire series ‘Night Life!’

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RWM – “Hello Travis and welcome to FFA. I am so pleased we have finally got together to talk about your work. So, what gave you the idea to choose the subject to write about?”

Author Travis Luedke

Author
Travis Luedke

TL – “I have always been a fan of escapist fiction. In my teens I devoured Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert R. McCammon, Peter Straub, and various sci-fi authors. I found that horror/thriller novels centred on the supernatural were always the most fascinating.
It was Brian Lumley that taught me the dark, wicked beauty of vampires. And then a few years later I discovered Anne Rice. I have always loved the Vampire Chronicles novels, but it bothered me that these creatures never had any real physical contact beyond biting and feeding – no sex. And they always killed their victims.
Then I found Laurell K. Hamilton, and the world of erotic/romantic dark fiction blasted wide open. I am now a total addict of vampire novels, films, and that is what I write.
I like it dark, gritty, violent and sensual, with thriller intensity.”

RWM – “We are all so pleased that you are, does your current series get enough attention? Would you like it to hit the big time?”

TL – “It gets enough attention for the moment, but I sure would like more. I think as Indies, we are forced to be much more creative with guerrilla marketing to find exposure and discovery. So, each week I learn more about this process of reaching out to readers of my genre.”

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RWM- “Agreed, we tend to have to permanently blow our own trumpet to be heard of even to sell the minimum of novels, so to sell a lot is difficult! How much publicity would you buy with a million dollars/pounds, what would you do to help your series, would you just not bother and buy other things?

TL – “I’ll take the million pounds – higher currency exchange value than the US dollar. I would go on a world tour, with the excuse that I need it for research – which I do. And as far as ‘buying’ discovery, I would do what most NY publishers do: order tons of paperbacks and hardbacks, shove it out to all the libraries and physical bookstores, and blast press releases and advertising all over hell. And I would probably consume pages of this interview to go into all the sordid details of the ways to get discovered when you have big money to invest.”

RWM – “ LOL that’s fabulous, so you like your work isn’t that half the battle? I love writing, it’s always a pleasure when your books are bought isn’t it, I always feel pleased when I check and some else has picked one up. How do you cope with marketing your work? Do you get a lot of support from others?”

TL – “My free novel, the first in the series, THE NIGHTLIFE NEW YORK, is my ambassador to the world. It’s my calling card, my introduction, gets my foot in the door. So, I pimp my freebie for all its worth. On twitter alone, I can give away hundreds of copies a week (If I have the time), and usually some of those people will come back to buy other novels in the series.
So, by using a freebie that is blatantly handed out to everyone I meet, I am actually driving sales, one person at a time.
It’s pretty old school marketing, but it works.
Each new release drives discovery of the backlist. The best marketing for all your novels is a new book launch.
And I am working on building that mailing list, working on building the fan base that will jump on the next one, and the next one after that. It’s a slow and steady drive to push that snowball ever larger, little by little, day by day.
I do get some support from other authors and bloggers here and there. Social media is designed for sharing, and lots of people share my work around.”

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RWM – “Above is a fab picture, what would you caption it with? Just for fun!”

TL – “I would whip out my Rambo survival knife and gut him like a fish while screaming, “You drew FIRST BLOOD!!”
Yeah right, I’d probably screech like a girl and run. And if I made it out of there alive, I’d probably have to change my underwear.
But, monsters don’t really exist do they?
It’s hard to say what I’d do. When faced with life or death situations, something monstrous, the fight or flight instinct drives us to extreme behaviour. In times of war and survival, people do things they never thought themselves capable of.”

RWM – “LOL that’s fantastic and very cool that you are honest! I too would scream, but may have to limp away slowly ha-ha! Tell me something you like about yourself?”

TL – “I like that I can always find ways to deal with whatever life throws at me. I am a survivor, and I don’t let obstacles slow me down for very long. And I have way too much fun out in social media. Some people do it because they have to, I do it because it’s sort of an addiction. But, at least I’m getting paid for it!”

RWM – “Great attitude to have Travis, I am sure your fans are glad of your addiction! I certainly am! What do you hope to achieve with your writing?”

TL – “I want what every novelist wants: Millions of adoring fans, discussion groups loudly debating my works, mothers across America wearing screen-print t-shirts of my book covers, maybe a few blockbuster Nightlife Series films?
Really, I’d be happy to just earn a decent living. Anything more than that is a bonus.”

RWM – “Please give us information about how to get your books!”

TL – “Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, Allromanceebooks.com, Sony, Diesel, Ebook-eros.com, and Kobo (maybe?? The thought police have busy lately)”

http://www.amazon.com/Travis-Luedke/e/B00911L5PS/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/travis-luedke/id556103568

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Travis-Luedke

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/twluedke

https://ebookstore.sony.com/author/travis-luedke_414868

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Travis+Luedke

http://search.diesel-ebooks.com/author/Luedke,%20Travis/results/1.html

http://search.ebook-eros.com/author/Luedke,%20Travis/results/20-Default/1.html

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RWM – “Thanks so much for the information, I love your taste in book covers they really are stunning! Are you glad to be one of the little guys or would you prefer it if a big publishing house took you under its wings?”

TL – “I would be happy to accept a large publishing contract, but under my terms. I have become such a control freak over editing, cover art and all the elements of my stories. I have 3 editors-critique partners, and they sync with me, they understand my dark little twisted heart. I’m pretty damn pleased with the team I have.
Realistically, I would probably take a contract on one of my books, and not necessarily all of them, to retain the majority of my autonomy.
I would be perfectly happy selling sub-rights, like foreign rights or film options through the ‘legacy’ agent-publisher channels, but my own Indie publishing is just too intensely personal and gratifying to allow some other corporate entity to muck it up with their ideas.
I suppose money might play a huge factor. Start throwing six-seven figure deals at me, and watch my resolve tumble like the walls of Jericho.”

RWM – “Again this sounds like good thinking to me. It’s good when you gel with the editing team you have, I too agree I have a fab main editor! Tell me a little about yourself, do you have another line of work besides writing?”

TL – “I write/publish and surf/promote over social media full time. I am talking about 10+ hour days. There is nothing lazy about being an author-publisher. Takes a great deal of self-motivation and a serious work ethic.
I do some social media promos for other authors by referral, as long as it’s a similar genre like erotic/romance, fantasy, or paranormal. The fees I charge to do Goodreads, Facebook, Blog, and Twitter promos supplement my writing income. I do a lot of ARC’s (Advance Review Copies) and/or freebies and giveaways.
Swimming through the rivers of social media to spread the word about your book is a daunting task. You must have a feel for the culture, the proprieties. Social media is heavily abused for promo, yet certain kinds of promo are welcome, like special offers, freebies, giveaways and such. You have to attach onto special value offers to move through social media as a promotional engine. Otherwise, no one cares about your ‘buy my book’ tagline, because there are gazillions of people saying the same thing.
There are new and interesting ways to grab blog traffic by getting involved in ‘tribes’ of bloggers via Triberr. Triberr has made the effectiveness of book blog tours explode across social media like nothing else. Find any book currently touring, run a search for that book title on twitter and you will see, over the course of the tour, hundreds of tweets coming from bloggers sharing via Triberr. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.
But what makes a blog post soar through social media is the title. An eye-catching blog title will grab tons and tons of traffic on social media. So, there again, the ‘ole ‘here’s my book’ just doesn’t cut it. You need something unique, some value offered, something provocative and interesting.”

RWM – “Thanks so much Travis it really has been a pleasure to talk to you today, thanks so much for all the wonderful information, I am sure there will be a lot of authors out there who will be glad of your advice, I am certainly one of them. I really wish you so much success with your series, it truly is fantastic! You are a great person to know and always seem to give such great advice to others when called upon. I am sure all those you have helped and are helping will agree. ”

RWM – As a footnote
*** This has been an absolute pleasure for me and Travis really has so many great things going, I really loved this interview!
Thanks to all who have joined us today!

By Ruth Watson-Morris

Welcome a slightly delayed FFA, Welcome to the house Andrea Barbosa writer of Massive Black Hole

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RWM – “This Fantastic Friday author is the Sci-Fi author Andrea Barbosa who has wrote one of my favourite books this year Massive Black hole.
Hello Andrea, Hope you day has beengreat!”

AB – “Yes thanks, it’s good to be here.”

RWM – “What is your current genre? What made you chose this subject?

AB – “My current genre is sort of a surrealist fiction. I like books with a twist, some unexpected ending to make one think, and that’s how I ended up with this genre.”

RWM – “Agreed, you can’t beat an ending you aren’t expecting, so tell us what your current book is about?”

AB – “Massive Black Hole tells the story of 3very different women that became friends in their late teens while looking for their goal in life. A series of events and incidents prompt them to act out their different personalities, transforming their friendship in an unlikely way. The book touches on suicide, abortion, the meaning of life and the existence of hell.”

RWM – “That sounds absolutely brilliant! Who is your favourite author? Can you recommend one of their books?”

AB – “I have several favourite authors, and I will highlight Paulo Coelho here. Among his works, ‘Brida’ is one of my favourite”.

RWM – “Thanks for that recommendation Andrea. How long have you been writing?”

AB – “I actually started writing while I was a teenager, but never got to do it seriously or publish a book. I wrote several articles for yahoo contributor site, and also have a blog. A few years ago, one of my poems showed up in a collection of poems and I have also edited a book of poems by another writer.”

RWM – “I am starting to believe writers are born to be, so many tell me they wrote a lot as a child!  What is one of your pet hates?”

AB – “I may be guilty of it as well, but bad spelling is one of them (like when I read “I should of” instead of “I should have” really ticks me).”

RWM – “Ha-ha I definitely am, I have accents on most of my Voxian population and that could be the way I make them speak! LOL Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”

AB – “My positive outlook in life. I’m a positive, optimist person (although this quality is not necessarily reflected in my writings – I don’t like to write sugary predictable happy endings!)”

RWM – “That’s a fabulous outlook to have, it’s good to be positive and agreed who need sugary endings, life isn’t always that predictable is it? What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?”

AB – “I hope that I will develop into a better writer and influence people to be better themselves by reading tales that will make them think about life and their purpose.”

RWM – “Please tell us where we can get your book and a little about it?”

AB – “What is your favourite work? What is its link so people can buy it? Tell me about it and why you believe people should buy it?
Right now, Massive Black Hole is the only published work I have. I’m working on a short story book, and perhaps a poetry book, and I also have started on my next novel.
Massive Black Hole is a surreal type of fiction. If you like unexpected endings and are not looking for the happy ending love story, you will probably enjoy Massive Black Hole. The 3 characters are from different places (Rio de Janeiro, Houston and New York), and there are vivid descriptions of these great cities throughout the book, along with profound imagery of the characters’ dreams, fears and obsessions. The main characters are not heroes, on the contrary, they’re pretty much the bad ones. You will either love them or hate them, and that’s the purpose of the book, to mess with one’s emotions, to make you wonder if the surrealist hell that is presented in the book could be a possible outcome after death. It’s a very different concept, I believe. So, you have to read it to find out more and see it for yourself.”

Here are the links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Massive-Black-Hole-Andrea-Barbosa/dp/148487532X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376442958&sr=8-1&keywords=massive+black+hole

http://www.amazon.com/Massive-Black-Hole-Andrea-Barbosa/dp/148487532X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1376440564&sr=8-1

RWM – “Do you believe that big authors and publishers can charge too much for their eBooks?”

AB – “In the US, the price for a big author’s new release on hard cover is approximately $30.00 so they charge $12.99 for the eBook equivalent. I think it’s too pricey for an eBook.”

RWM – “Wow, that is an amazing price, especially if you know how much they cost to make! Tell me a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”

AB – “I was born in Brazil and there is where I developed my liking to books and writing. I’ve always loved reading and wanted to write my own characters from an early age, as I mentioned before. I graduated from the University in Rio de Janeiro with a B.A. in Tourism, and this led me to eventually leave Brazil, travel around and settle in the US where I’m living today. I currently work as a sales manager and interpreter/translator, besides being a full time mom and writer.”

RWM – “Well Andrea, it’s been an absolute pleasure talking to you today, I am so pleased to have met you and have enjoyed talking with you so much, will look forward to a new interview when you get your next work out. Can I please wish you love and luck for the future.
Thanks so much for being here today!

By Ruth Watson-Morris

Meet the new boy.

New YA series 15+

New cover for book 4 of the new generation coming in 2014

Meet Az, the new kid on the block. You have met Katania due out 15th December, and Jaredzane my beautiful demon. Now meet my lippy, funny mechanical genius Azhenn! Believe me when I tell you – HE ROCKS!

By Ruth Watson-Morris

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Welcome to Fab Friday Author spot, today we have a fabulous author of the chinese thrillers In the Shadow of the Dragon & Dragon (Book 2) Francis Laveaux!

Francis

Francis

RWM – “Hello Francis and welcome to Fab Friday’s, it’s great that you came to share some time with us today to talk about you and your writing. What made you chose the subject you write about?”

FL – “I lived several years in China, when I was younger. I have kept a good memory, even if I was not fooled by the regime and its hardness. I started to write “In the Shadow of the Dragon” long ago, but it was lying in a drawer. An element that has motivated me was the murder of a Chinese friend by Beijing police in January 2008. Originally, I wanted to pay tribute to my friend, but gradually as I developed my book, it became quite different.”

RWM – “Wow that’s so intriguing, it must have been hard to cope with your friends murder, I am so impressed with In the Shadow, I love researching both the Chinese and the Japanese cultures. Please can you tell me about your current book you are working on or are your title/s out and being read?”

FL – “In the Shadow of the Dragon” originally had another title in the French version. It has three parts which only two have been published. I am currently waiting for the replay of the third party in English simultaneously publish this last part in French and English.”

RWM – “I am so pleased there is more to come from this series. If you had a million pounds what would you do with it?”

FL – “One million pounds is a nice sum! I do not really know, because it seems so unreal. I certainly would quit my current job and I dedicate myself completely to writing, because I have a lot of book projects in several areas of fiction.”

RWM “I keep looking at a bungalow on the borders of Scotland, not sure if my joints could take the cold for very long there, but I do love it so much, my million would go on that amongst other things. LOL! How do you cope with marketing and selling your work, do you get a lot of support from others?”

FL – “Marketing is something difficult. Being an independent writer is challenging because you have to do everything yourself, but at the same time, it is absolutely exhilarating. The hardest part is to make known to his re sells books, and in attracting readership.”

RWM – “I agree, it’s hard work but I love it, every sale brings a smile to my face. It is hard to become known in this business, we have a lot of competition, but I really enjoy my work. I am not someone who gives in easily and supports anyone who does the same. Do you write a series? What made you think of your story?”

FL – “I wrote a big novel, then a colleague of our ASMSG group of writers suggested I cut it into several parts. I found the idea interesting and so it became a series.
I do not have a well-defined method to write. Often, it is a general idea, I imagine the scenario in my head, and then I start writing by hand, in a Moleskine notebook. Then I take the computer and continue directly on the PC. I am also inspired by what is happening around me, I do research on the internet, but I seek advice to my companion.
I’m also experimenting with a new method. I wrote when I was walking through the streets of Agen and Pau also observing what was happening around me. The result is quite surprising. It allowed me to write a short story I am currently typing and correcting.”

RWM – “That’s something I look forward to seeing, tell me what you really like about yourself?”

FL “I love to be free and not depend on anyone or any system, but it is very difficult. I enjoy hiking and chat with my family and of course the incredible time I spend on social networks.”

RWM – “Your time seems very well spent, it’s wonderful to see the photographs you put up sometimes, they are breath-taking.  What do you hope to achieve from your writing?”

FL – “I have never written to be famous. In fact I think I am writing for pleasure. But if by chance the success came, I would be very happy and it will certainly facilitate my life and that of my family. I write, in fact, for a long time but I never thought to publish my writings. The status of independent author is fine with me.”

RWM – “Me too – Please give us information about how to get your book!”

FL – “So far I’ve published on Amazon and Create Space. I shall see in the future if I continue like this. Here are the links to find the first two volumes of “In the Shadow of the Dragon” which are called “The Shadow” and “Dragon”
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ATPVYCO
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRM2NJA
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RWM – "What is your favourite work? What is its link so people can buy it? Tell me about it and why you believe people should buy it?"

FL – "In the Shadow of the Dragon" is not an easy book. It is also culturally linked to the Chinese world, which is difficult to understand for most Westerners. Currently, I am trying to extract a portion of the book to do something more general about the oppression that people can suffer, and how we can meet inside a concentration camp system that will crush you, even if you have done nothing wrong.”

RWM – “I can vouch for that, I really enjoyed reading your work and have both the dragons. Are you glad to be one of the little guys or would you prefer it if a big publishing house took you under its wings?!

FL – “I like to be independent, but I would not refuse a proposal for a large publishing house if I was getting one.”

RWM – “Tell me a little about yourself, do you have another line of work besides writing?”

FL – “The only condition that I would ask I want to write what I want, and not what the market demands.”

RWM – “That sounds like the words of a very independent man; it has been so brilliant to talk to you Francis, thank you so much for your time. Can I wish you success and lots of love in your life, it has been a pleasure to have you here today.”

By Ruth Watson-Morris

Wednesday’s just got interesting! Welcome one and all to the Wednesday’s wonderful world of authors! Try saying that after a few pints!!!

Welcome one and all to the first Fab Wednesday author interview and who better to start off the Wednesday fun than our fabulous author of children’s series ‘Cecilia Spark’! Please give a massive welcome to Ngaire Elder!!!!!!

Fiesta time

Fiesta time

RWM – “Hello, hello Ngaire and a very big welcome to the Vox blog, I am so pleased to have you hear with us all today! Can you please tell us about your current genre and what made you chose to write children’s books?”

NE – “I write for children in the juvenile fiction category, aged 5-8/9 years-of-age. I think this age group is at such a magical stage in their life for discovering books, and defining their reading habits and genre. I love the step children take towards beginning to read by themselves. Having 4 children I was a major part of their ‘reading-with-mum-to-reading-on-their-own’ transition. The books we read were amazing and I think I was captured by the juvenile fiction category … it seemed a natural place to start my writing.”

RWM – “I love reading to my grandchildren, they love your books, you certainly have a way of making their reading experiences wonderful. Are you working on a current book?”

NE – “I have 2 projects on the go.
The first is book 3 of my children’s series – ‘The Adventures of Cecilia Spark’. It will be called ‘Dragon’s Star’, thanks to one of my fans who convinced me to stick with that title!
Book 3 takes a fantastical, mystic turn with wonderful new characters and creatures, and it will be published winter 2013, so watch this space.
The second work-in-progress is an A-Z rhyming picture book. My daughter has done the illustrations for this book and they are magnificent. This book which will be published as an eBook and paperback should be out in the wintertime.
I am really excited about this project, working with my daughter was wonderful and we had many a laugh! Also, in the paperback edition there will be a ‘Field Note’ section which the children can use to record details of any animal, fish, bird or plant that they encounter whilst out and about, kind of like a nature-diary!
Furthermore, I am keen to experiment with some adult writing and have pencilled some ideas for an adult short story. My first adult short was published under a pseudonymous name of Claire Appleseed in the anthology ‘Reality Bites’. Why, the name change …? Well, I didn’t want any genre mix-up!

Reality Bites UK Amazon link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reality-Bites-ebook/dp/B00CA95CES

Reality Bites US Amazon link – http://www.amazon.com/Reality-Bites-ebook/dp/B00CA95CES

Reality Bites

Reality Bites

RWM – “Well that was news, I kept looking at reality bites but will definitely give it a read now I know one of my favourite authors have written it. My grandchildren are waiting with bated breath to find out what Cecilia gets up to now, they are very excited about ‘Dragon’s Star.’ So tell us who your favourite author is? Can you recommend one of their books?”

NE – “Oh, my goodness, my favourite author, jings – I have 2 or 3 favourite authors can I mention all of them …?
On the Indie Published bookshelf I favour the likes of Mary Ann Bernal, especially her novel The Briton and the Dane: Concordia. Wow, that book is incredible; subtle historical references weaved in to this romance, beautifully written. Adult, contemporary writer, Mark Barry, is another of my favourites. He writes for no particular genre, but can proficiently ‘jump’ from dark romance to thriller to sport fiction. My favourite novel of Mark Barry’s, gosh this is hard, it is either Carla or Hollywood Shakedown … I can’t choose between them!
For the traditionally published authors I’m loving Ernest Hemingway at the moment and have just finished The Sun Also Rises; simply wonderful writing.”

RWM – “That’s cool, I too have a few of Mark Barry’s books Hollywood Shakedown is fab! How long have you been writing?”

NE – “I have been writing officially for about 5 years.”

RWM – That’s quite new for some of the writers I interview have been dabbling for ages, some even into childhood. It’s good to have fresh faces in the world of writing; new talent is always a welcome new addition as far as I am concerned. What is one of your pet hates?”

NE – “Jings, a pet hate, let me see … selfish people!”

RWM – “There are a lot of them in this industry… but I tend to ignore them and just concentrate on those who deserve help and love. Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”

NE – “I like the fact that I love to help other Indie authors. I enjoy promoting and sharing their new releases, interviews, reviews etc. gives me great satisfaction.”

RWM – “I can only whole heartedly agree with you, “Everyone deserves a chance at success” a quote from a wonderful friend of mine who taught me psychology many moons ago. What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?”

NE – “I would like to encourage children to read and write and to enjoy it. I would like to inspire children to explore the great outdoors more; using their imagination and having a fantastic time whilst doing so.”

RWM – “That’s a lovely way to be, I do love children being free to explore this fantastical world and I believe you have achieved such an exciting place for them, my Grandson Ryan and granddaughter Emma definitely love Ceclia very much. Can you please tell us where we can find your book? What is your favourite work? What is its link so people can buy it?

NE – “My favourite work so far is Book 2 in my children’s series – The Mystical Mountains of Terra. The protagonist’s character is more developed and the reader will get to know Cecilia Spark better. Also, the story touches upon important issues such as emotions, trust, and friendship.
Here is the book blurb for MMT –
‘The beast was coming … Cecilia kept running … she heard the fearsome beating of Pyrbrok’s immense wings and thudding behind her …’
A race against time. Good versus evil. The Sceptre of Malvado is at risk of falling into the wrong hands, and Soldier’s fate depends on its recovery. Can Cecilia and Soldier find the sceptre before the total eclipse of the sun, or will someone else beat them to it?
Another gripping adventure for Cecilia Spark, with lots of thrills and spills along the way.
Book 2 is available in eBook format for Kindle and paperback. I prefer paperbacks for children of this age and so I share that link” –

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Adventures-Cecilia-Spark-Mountains/dp/1479261572

US http://www.amazon.com/The-Adventures-Cecilia-Spark-Mountains/dp/1479261572

Cecilia Spark

Cecilia Spark

RWM – “Do you believe that big authors can charge too much for their eBooks?”

NE – “Yes, I do. But I don’t think it is just the ‘BIG’ authors that charge over the odds for their eBooks. I know what it costs to publish an eBook compared with a paperback, therefore, when I see an eBook the same price as a paperback, I will buy the paperback (also my preferred choice, old fashioned, I know!)”.

RWM – “I tend to buy paperbacks, eBooks are just not my thing either, but sometimes I get frustrated because some of my favourites are only on eBook! What’s that all about? Authors need to have more faith in themselves sometimes and go the full works!!!!  Tell me a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”

NE – “I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where I spent most of my childhood playing with my brother and my imaginary friends. As a child, I wrote plays, just for fun, but it would be years before my first book was ultimately published.
After college and university, I embarked on a career in the health and safety sector. As a Health and Safety Advisor, I was instrumental in implementing health and safety laws in the workplace. After meeting my husband, I chose a new occupation, and became a full-time wife and mother.
In the past decade, I have managed to balance a writing career and family commitments. I have participated in reading events at primary schools in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and have taught English to young children participating in the Spanish school system’s extracurricular activity programme. I have been interviewed extensively by European and American bloggers, and my work has been featured in Indie Author News, British Indie Fiction, and the Coleraine Times.
I am a passionate supporter of horse rescue, having volunteered in a rescue centre in southern Spain. I am actively involved in fund raisers supporting not only local rescue centres, but also for international programs, such as saving the wild mustangs in the Pryor Mountain range in Montana.”

RWM – “It’s good to know such a lovely person. Thank you so much Ngaire for taking the time to talk to me this morning, I feel very privileged and happy to have met you.
Okay folks! Here are some links to Ngaire’s website and other contacts for you to ask her more questions about her fabulous work.”

website http://www.ceciliaspark.com

email info@ceciliaspark.com

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By Ruth Watson-Morris

Hurray! Friday Fab author Selena Robins (Maddie Ryan) is here to talk of Romance books!

Selena Robins

Selena Robins

RWM – “Hello this wet UK morning and welcome at last to our Fab Friday Romance and children’s author Selena Robins (Maddie Ryan). I am so pleased to find you well and here today.
Can you please tell us a little about your current genre? What made you chose this subject?”

SR – “I write both adult fiction (romance) and children’s fiction (under the pen name of Maddie Ryan).
The romance genre is fun to read and write, because of the emotional kicks that are packed in the couple’s journey, and I also love escapism and happy ever after endings. I think happy ever after is a continuous journey, whereas the couple meets each milestone head one, either together or alone, but always with a positive attitude and looking forward to the next milestone. A good romance novel will have those elements, and the reader can finish the book, satisfied knowing that the characters are going to have this type of ending, which really is the beginning when the book ends.”

RWM – “That’s really interesting; it’s useful sometimes to have tips on how to write romance even if you don’t write in this subject area. What is your current book or work about?”

SR – “My current release is a romantic-comedy with a splash of suspense, lots of sexual tension, heat, fun, and a twist that readers don’t expect. It’s called WHAT A GIRL WANTS.”

RWM – “My daughter loves reading romantic comedy books, will make sure she knows about this one.  Who is your favourite author? Can you recommend one of their books?”

SR – “This is a tough question, as I have so many favourites. I do have an account on Goodreads and have a list of books I’ve thoroughly enjoyed from romance to mystery to non-fiction. I only review books I love, so it’s a good place to see my recommendations.”

RWM – “I do exactly the same, I do believe those who deserve it should always get good words spread about them, it’s the malicious idiots that troll their way through life that do my head in a bit. But if they have no life? LOL! How long have you been writing?

SR – “Like most authors, since I learned how to read.”

RWM – “Ha-ha, yep it seems to be the norm for authors to have been writing for a while. What is one of your pet hates?”

SR – “Stupidity.”

RWM – “To the point, there seems to be a lot of that about, but we all have our bad days. Some of it can be quite funny!  Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”

SR – “My inner strength and sense of humour.”

RWM – “It’s good that you have such great flexibility in your life, you need it in this game. What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?”

SR – “My hopes have never altered as they have always been for my family to be healthy, happy, and enjoy the blessings I am surrounded with and never take anything for granted.”

RWM – “That’s a great attitude to take towards life, I admire people who take care of their families as well as themselves, taking everything has it comes as a gift and not taking anything we have for granted. Please tell us about your book!”

SR – “Current release: WHAT A GIRL WANTS
Readers who want a thicker read in a romance, meaning a lot of story, plot twists, comedy, two fun and sexy characters, a witty heroine that isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, and a hero who is sexy, intelligent and has a lot of patience. (He has to have a lot of patience with this heroine and her antics). Readers who enjoy a slow burn with boat loads of sexual tension, the intense build up with a big pay off when the couple finally burn up the sheets.”

RWM – “Do you believe that big authors can charge too much for their eBooks?”

SR – “Authors who are contracted with a publisher do not have any input into the cost of their books.”

RWM – “Ha-ha – This can be true, unfortunately some of the bigger authors do, but you are right of course most don’t, so maybe the wording should be do publishers charge too much for their client’s books on Kindle and such? Whoops oh never mind, I am sure we can all see that some of them do. Tell me a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”

SR – “My passion is the love of God, family, friends, writing, reading and cooking. Embracing positive people and events, feeling grateful for the many blessings in my life.

My two mottos in life are: To strive to be a better person today than I was yesterday.

To not follow someone else’s path (especially if it’s already been beaten) and to follow my own, leaving a trail, making the journey fun-filled for myself and others.

I write books that I love to read, which is pretty eclectic. I’ve written short stories, children’s books and romance novels with sassy heroines and hot heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she’d dated a few in her life). My work has been described as genre-defying, witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and sexy.

I’m a self-professed chocolate guru. I love to dance with the family dog as if we were on the Jersey Shore and sing into my hairbrush. Passionately in love with my husband, family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions and red wine (sometimes all at the same time).

After giving up my dream of becoming a movie star/dancer/singer, I decided that my second-in-line dream was to be a writer. Even if I never got published, I’d still want to write stories with fun characters and happy ever after endings.”

Links:

Website: https://selenarobins.com/

Blog: http://selenarobinsmusings.com/

RWM – “Thanks for meeting with me today Selena it has been such a pleasure to talk to you today. Glad we have finally had some time together, can I wish you huge success for the future and love and luck throughout your life. You really are an inspiration to others.” 

By Ruth Watson-Morris