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An Interview With Hanleigh Bradley

Today we're taking a few minutes to talk to Hanleigh Bradley about her upcoming release Cursed By The Crown. If you've not heard about the book yet, then you should definitely check it out. It's Hanleigh's first attempt at swapping genres. Instead of writing her usual Contemporary Romance, she's delving into a fantasy world where it's totally legit to have Seven mates.

Let's kick it off with a few questions about you, Hanleigh. Give us five words that you think describe you best.

Imaginative. Dreamer. Spontaneous. Silly. Ambitious.

What was the first book you ever wrote?

Broken Rules was the first book I ever published. I wrote that back in 2015. But before that I wrote under another name, writing Harry Potter fanfiction... yes, I was that geek. I wrote a whole load of stories. If you've ever read any of the Snitch of Secrets series... you've read my work and didn't even realise it.

Tell us about your current WIP.

I'm currently working on my second book in the Fate Series, Inexplicable Fate. It's a Romantic Suspense book; all serial killers and sexy arsed cops.

Do you have pets?

Two dogs; Manny and Missy. Although I secretly want to get a duck.

Talk to us about Cursed By The Crown. Rumour is you're very excited about this release...

My closest author friends say they've never seen me so excited about a book before. It's completely different to anything I've ever written before. It's still got all the juicy romance but it's so magical. It also incorporates some of the Asian themes I love so much. I'm currently learning Mandarin and so I've used my basic - very basic - understanding of some of the Asian languages to help me create the world Cursed By The Crown takes place in.

Tell us more! We want dets but no spoilers.

It focuses on the Kumari, or the Queen at the very beginning of her reign. She's in a bit of a rush to find her Seven mates to maintain magical stability.

Wow. Seven mates?

Yeah. That's quite a few, right? I was really excited to write about her seven mates. The challenge as an author of guaranteeing that their characters don't accidentally merge or that you don't diminish the others by focusing on one. To guarantee the stability of the realm she must choose seven mates, one from each of the seven tribes; Canku, Laoshi, Kumai, Dixia Muxue, Seom, Nun and Wenhe.

Do you have a favourite mate amongst the Seven?

Ewk. That's a question and a half. No and yes. I think Armel is really special because he's her first mate and I adore Maroo, but really, I'm not sure I can say they are my favourites. I love them all. They all have different strengths that make you love them.

Tell us about your female lead!

She's amazing. She's young and naive but she's also strong and independent. She thinks for herself and throughout the book you see her come into her own, especially with her mates support. Her name is Bae and she has fiery red hair and green eyes. I wanted her features to resemble magic. In this world magic is very corporal. It's not just something that you imagine is there, it's visible, at least to Bae. It's a silver fox - a Kitsune.

So, when can we read it?

The book is currently up for pre-order and will be released on the 1st of July.

Will there be another book?

At least three, if not five. The next book will be called Tainted By Prophecy.

You have a little giveaway for us all today, don't you?

Absolutely, you can all read the first two chapters for free today!


British Author with a world inside her head that insists on being put to paper.

Title: Cursed By The Crown

Release Date: 1st July 2018

Pre-order Price: $2.99

Release Week Price: $3.50

Normal Price: $4.00



Trust was a liberty that as Kumari, Bae could not afford, especially after the murder of Bae’s mother, the late Kumari.
The Kumari bloodline had to continue regardless of the cost, even if it was the life of someone she loved.
There were only two things that a Kumari should trust; magic and her seven mates.
The race was on for Bae to find and claim her seven mates before she would have to defend her realm from an unknown enemy.
With them, she still might not win, but alone she would definitely fail.


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An Interview With Lia Peele


Today we've got another interview with one of our awesome authors. This time it's the lovely Lia Peele. Lia is a British author from the North East of England who writes contemporary erotic romance all day long.

So let's kick it off with the basics. First, what's your genre?

Contemporary, erotic romance

What was the title of the first book you ever wrote?

Definition of Flawed

Do you have a tagline?

Deliciously Dysfunctional Romance

Give us five words that best describe you.

Tenacious, Assertive, Perfectionist, Worrier, Loyal

Tell us about your current work in progress.

Completing my five book 'Definition' series. Working on the last book now - called Definition of Absolution

Let's take a few to talk about what's coming next. What's the next title?

Definition of Craving

Give us the Dets. but no spoilers.

Flawed is a prequel novella, and technically Stripped is book one. Both Flawed and Stripped have been published. Craving is a continuation of the dysfunctional relationship that is Scarlett Trent and Dev Jackson. It's full of twists and angst.

When will you be releasing it?

I intend to rapid release Craving, Redemption, and Absolution by June 2018

If there's one thing we all know it's that authors are readers too. What was the first book that made you cry?

I remember the last book that made me cry: J A Redmerski, The Edge of Never. It really affected me, but I wonder if I read it now, whether I'd feel the same way.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Do you recall the first book you ever read?

I've been reading forever, but I can remember the first adult novel I read - Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. I was probably about 13.

Which book inspired you to write?

I read a cougar book about a woman who fell in love with her son's best friend. They married and had a baby. I finished that book and a lightbulb went on. It hasn't stopped shining since 2015.

Now let's talk about writing. What do you think are the common traps authors fall into?

Relying on your own edits and publishing - I read too many books that obviously haven't been edited and the typos spoil what would otherwise be a good book.

Do you try to be original or deliver what you think readers will want?

I've tried original with my current series. The next one is going to be delivering what they want, but that won't be difficult because I love reading dark erotic romance.

If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Before starting to write read self help books on how to write first. Then I'd tell my younger writing self to start networking under her author name much sooner. Big mistake on my part not joining Facebook until last summer when I'd been writing for two years previously.

What was an early experience that taught you that language has power?

As a teenager I babysat on a regular basis for someone. She paid regularly at first, but then she'd say she didn't have the spare cash and could she pay me next time. This happened twice, and when she asked me to babysit again, I told her in no uncertain terms it wouldn't happen again unless I got paid. I was only 15 but wasn't afraid to stand up to her and speak my mind.

What's the most difficult thing writing about the opposite sex?

I'd love to know what it feels like to orgasm as a man and be able to describe it. My husband can't help because I've tried asking him!

Next, we're going to ask you a couple of questions about the book community. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

Authors trolling other authors, or inciting their readers to troll another author. This is an abhorrent practice.

Do you participate in the book community on social media?

Yes I participate sometimes in my author name, sometimes in my real name, it depends on the group. I prefer to keep my author name as a benign entity so I don't attract negative publicity. If I want to be controversial, I use my own name. Social Media is a necessary evil for networking. Find the right group and they can help to make your book a success.

Do you read your reviews? How do you handle negative ones?

When a book is first published I read them then. Unfortunately I imbue them with too much power, especially the negative ones. Most are fab, but if I read a negative one it affects my mood for days. I need to get tougher, and grow a thicker skin but I'm not there yet.

Now we want to know a little more about your books! Did you ever think you wouldn't be able to finish your first book?

Actually, I started writing a book in 2013, and only got as far as one chapter. I never went back to writing until 2015 when I got the idea for Stripped. Once Stripped took hold though, wild horses wouldn't have stopped me. I may re-visit the first one at some point!

Are your books standalones or are they connected?

Body of work with connections between each book, then spin offs from that if the series is well received.

Do you have any secrets hidden in your books that only some will find?

I have a motif running through my books - it's a number. I also sprinkle song lyrics throughout, spoken in a sentence as dialogue.

Who are your books dedicated to?

Always dedicated to my husband.

What is the one thing you think readers generally don't know about your specific genre?

I advertise as a contemporary erotic romance author, ergo my books are adult content which include profanity and sex. One reviewer said my character's swore too much and there was too much sex. I'd like to take that reviewer to one side and ask her what she expects from a contemporary erotic romance novel.

What was the hardest scene to write?

The ending of Craving. I cried.

Thanks so much Lia for answering our questions!


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An Interview With Pandora Spocks


At AFWB we absolutely love getting to know our authors. One of our awesome authors is the awesome Pandora Spocks. If you havent read anything by her then you need to! But for now, lets just find out a bit more about Pandora. Pandora Spocks is a sassy ginger and hopeless romantic, living her happily ever after in South Florida. She enjoys reading and writing literary erotic romance. She is the author of the three-novel epic spicy vanilla romance Rannigans Redemption, and a naughty little romantic novella, Just One Night. The Dream Dominant Collection, a series of light BDSM stand-alone novels, includes Luke & Bella, Lost & Bound, and For Sparrow.. When she's not reading or writing, Pandora can be found binge-watching her favorite programs: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, The Walking Dead, or Naked and Afraid. Pandora is currently at work on her next steamy romance.

Hi Pandora, lets start with the obvious questions so what genre do you write?

I write contemporary, erotic romance.

What was the title of the first book you ever wrote?

Luke & Bella

Do you have a tag line?

Smart, Sexy Romance

Give us five words that describe you best.

Redhead, romantic, optimistic, determined, blessed.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

I'm writing the 4th Dream Dominant book, a spin-off of Lost & Bound called Warrior Mine.

Sexy Dominant Scott Nielsen quits his job as a wilderness counselor to start his own outdoors survival school.  He heads to his friend Blake Walker's family's guest lodge to see about leasing space from them for his school.  That's where he meets Blake's sister Jackie, a strong single mom who runs the lodge. 

Their attraction is immediate, but Jackie's not interested in ceding her power and submitting to Scott.  Can he earn her trust and soften her warrior princess soul?

When will you be releasing it?

No current release date, but fingers crossed, sometime in June.


Of course, everyone knows that to be an author you have to be a reader, so what was the first book that made you cry?

Angela’s Ashes

Have you ever gotten readers block?

Not really.  Although I don't always write in a linear way.  Sometimes I stop where I am and head to a different part of the story.  Then I work to bring the ends together.

What was your favourite childhood book?

I always loved A Wrinkle in Time.  I'm afraid to see the movie.  I'd rather just stick with the way I saw it in my imagination.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I wish I had written the first chapter of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  I aspire to write something that beautiful.


We want to know all about your author habits. What was the best money you ever spent as an writer?

The best money I ever spent as a writer was on professionally-designed book covers.  I'm not a graphic designer, and my first covers were awful.

What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling to write their first novels?

I would say, Don't quit.  Keep writing.  Even if it's crap, write it.  You can always go back and fix it later.  Just get it out.  After that, find someone who can help you avoid the mistakes they already made.

What is your view on co-authoring books, have you done any?

I respect people who are successful with co-authoring.  I tried it once and it's not easy.  My partner had wonderful ideas for how the story should go, who the characters should be, and I couldn't figure out what I added to the mix.  We never finished, and I recently told her that she should take the story and run with it.  I hope she does.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies. Is there any truth in that?

I think writers are inherently people-watchers.  We're constantly collecting ideas and details.  And writing is a task you perform alone.  So yes, I can see that.


Being an independent author, you of course belong to the extended book community on social media. Do you participate in it? Share your thoughts?

I'm fortunate to be a member of the Wicked Pens, a Facebook community of erotica and erotic romance authors.  Other members include Nia Farrell, Felicity Brandon, Patient Lee, M.S. Tarot, Reed James, Linzi Basset, Isabel James, and others.  They are my support system, available day and night, to advise and encourage.  Together, we run a large fan group and we host takeover events and support up and coming writers.  Without social media, most of us would be going this road alone.  It's a great tool.

Where do you interact most with your readers?

I love to interact with readers and I do it mostly on Facebook, although, social media-wise, I'm all over.  On Facebook, I have a reader group called Pandora's Passionista Paradise.  I also run a Facebook online book club called the Sizzling Hot Romance Book Club.  Every month, we read a book together (sometimes my book) and we discuss it.


Now tell us all about your other books. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

No, because when I started out, I never imagined it would be a novel.  I started out posting a chapter at a time on Wordpress.  Suddenly one day, I realized it could be a book.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of works with connections between each book?

My books are intended to be stand-alone, with the exception of Rannigan's Redemption, which turned out so long, I divided it into three books.  But I DO categorize my books to make it easier for readers to find what they like: my Dream Dominant Collection books all feature a light BDSM theme, while the other ones are what I like to call 'spicy vanilla'. 

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Yes, I do.  I know I enjoy that in the books I read.  It's like a little reward for being a loyal reader.

Do your novels carry a message?

I don't know if you'd call it a message, but all my leading ladies have red hair.  I think gingers are sexy, and underrepresented in erotic literature.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

I always start with my love. All my heroes have their beginning in him.

Thanks so much Pandora for answering our questions and letting our readers get to know you a little better.


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An Interview With Cassi A. Williams

  1. What inspired you to write your (most recent) book?  (Writing a book was always a dream of mine and so I wanted to show my kids that you can always follow your dream and accomplish them with enough work and dedication.)

  2. Who is your favourite character from your book(s)? ( I would have to say Eliza because she was the first character that started “Talking to me.”)

  3. Is there an underlying theme? ( If I had to pick a theme it would be that love always prevails.)

  4. What motivated you to become an author? (I am one of the biggest book nerds And I told my husband one day that I wanted to write a book and he told me, “Babe you can do anything you want to do and I can’t wait to read your books.”)

  5. What inspires you to to get out of bed each day? (Hands down my family. They are the greatest supporters I could have ever asked for.)

  6. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? (With my family or cuddled up with a good book.)

  7. How do you discover the ebooks you read? (Social Media and book recommendations from fellow book nerds.)

  8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? (I was in the fourth grade and wrote my first poem that was later published.)

  9. What is your writing process? (As organized as I am my writing process is rather chaotic. I have notebooks filled with different ideas for my books then I put them all together.  Then the characters start “Talking” to me.)

  10. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? (The child called “it” was one of the first stories that showed me that you can express so much emotion through writing.)

  11. Describe your desk. (Chaotic at times but most of the time it is very organized and has different quotes all around it on the walls.”

  12. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? (I grew up in a very small town in Alabama and when I say small there wasn’t even a stop light.)

  13. When did you first start writing? (I was always writing when I was younger, it just took my a while to realize that I had the ability to put it all together and create a story.)

  14. What else have you got planned? (More and more writing.)

  15. What’s the story behind your latest book? (The one I am currently writing is a story about love and compassion. A girl that didn’t believe that she deserves love and finds it in an unlikely friend.)

  16. Do you have any bizarre writing habits? (I wouldn’t say bizarre because of course they make perfect sense to me.)

  17. What was the hardest part of writing your book? (Always thinking in the back of my mind “Who is going to like this?)

  18. What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre? (That it’s going to be cheesy because it is a romance.)

  19. What is your reading format of choice? (E-books or paper books.)

  20. How do you make time to write? (Most of the time I write once my adulting for the day is done.. Once dinner is cooked, everything is cleaned up and the kids are in bed.)

  21. What do you like to read? (I read just about anything I am not picky in my reading preferences.)

  22. Any ideas for future projects? (oh yeah….. we will just have to wait and see what becomes of them.)

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An Interview With Kim Deister

  1. Where are you from?

Potsdam, NY, but I live on O’ahu in Hawai’i now.


  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I ‘ve either in or married to the Army since I was 17. I was a linguist in military intelligence for most of my career, trained in Polish and Vietnamese. I’ve also been a tech writer, a web designer, a translator, and a bunch of other stuff, too. I’m also an Army wife married to the love my life (who will be appearing in uniform on the cover of a future novel) and a mom to four boys.


  1. Tell us your latest news.

I just released my first novel, Kissing Frogs. I’m in the process of finishing up its prequel.


  1. When and why did you begin to write?

I’ve been writing most of my life. It’s always been a bit of an escape for me. I love to read and writing seemed like a natural step!


  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

About 5 weeks ago when I released my first novel!


  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

It came from a college assignment, a rom-com short story. My prof loved it and encouraged me to take it all the way.


  1. How did you come up with the title?

There’s a line in the book parodying Katy Perry’s song I Kissed a Girl. My MC also has been through her share of frogs on the way to true love!!


  1. Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I don’t think that I do. I love all kinds of genres and tend to write the stories I need to tell, rather than be genre-specific.


  1. How much of the book is real life experiences based on someone you know, or events from your own life?

A lot of it, actually, except for all the magic stuff. But the family dynamics, the bad dates… that’s all me!

  1. Who designs your covers?

Kennedy Kelly is doing the covers for this series.


  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Just that love comes at the most unexpected times.


  1. Are there any new authors that have taken your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really draws you in?

This is a tough question. I love so many books and authors, so many great stories!


  1. Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Author Jessi Gibson.  She’s been fantastic!


  1. Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely do!


  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I wouldn’t. The story is what it is and changing it would change its meaning.


  1. Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Quite a bit. How to be more efficient in the writing process, better ways to promote myself.


  1. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Oh, wow!  For my leading lady, Emma Stone. My leading man, Colin O’Donoghue.


  1. Any advice for other writers?

Listen and learn from those who have the experience.


  1. Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me.


  1. What book are you reading now?

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland.


  1. Do you remember the first book you read?

Little House on the Prairie


  1. What makes you laugh/ cry?

Laugh… pretty much anything.  Good comedy, a good pun.  Cry… pain, injustice, others’ sadness.


  1. Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Katherine Hepburn. She was such a pioneer for women!


  1. Do you have any hobbies?

Learning languages (I’m a nerd!), crocheting, art journaling.

  1. What TV shows/ films do you enjoy watching?

I’m addicted to crime shows and action movies!


  1. Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Go back to being a linguist because I loved it.


  1. What do you want written on your head stone?

Here lies Kim Deister. She lived life without regret…


  1. Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates?


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An Interview With R. Murray

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a London girl currently living in Auckland New Zealand. Touched By The Wolf is my debut novel and I am a mixture of nervous excited by it. I am an avid
reader and will pretty much read everything and anything and love discovering new authors. I have written on and off all my life mostly fanfictions, but now I am very happy and settled in to the world of paranormal. I have many more adventures planned.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?
Read, work, hang out with my amazing friends and explore the beautiful country that is currently my home. I feel very blessed to call New Zealand my home.

3. Do you have a day job as well? How do you balance that with your writing?
My day job is a Dog Supervisor at a dog day care centre in Auckland. I basically get to hang out and play with dogs all day, it’s a tough life. I write mainly at the weekends and as it is shift work I do, if I have an afternoon off I will write then.

4. When did you start writing?
I first started writing when I was a teenager, mainly fanfictions that I did post on a fanfiction site. I stopped through a lot of my later teenage years and my
twenties till about four years ago when I joined a RP group on twitter. I also dabble in poetry though haven’t had a chance recently.

5. How did you choose your genre?
I actually originally started writing a historical fiction, but when I struggled to get into it I took the two main characters and moved them to a paranormal world. Fantasy is my favourite genre. Fantasy of all types and so it made sense for me to write what I love to read.

6. Where do you get your ideas?
The idea for Emilie was from my very first character I ever wrote in RP and she has been with me for four years, so I am so excited to finally write a whole book series around her. My ideas come as I write, I didn’t really know where this story was going until I was about half way through the second chapter. Then it just clicked and the story worked.

7. Do you ever experience writers block and how do you overcome it?
I do experience writers block when I get tired. So I simply stop and return back to it when my mind is ready, it could be a few hours or a few day. Normally I lose myself in a good book and gain inspiration from the amazing authors I read.

8. Is there any particular authors or books that have inspired you?
Every book I read inspires me, not matter what the genre as does every author. I think the best research an author can do is by reading other authors in every
genre, that’s where inspiration is found.

9. What is your writing process like?
I like to plan very roughly the main story of the book, a brief description of each character and then I plan each chapter out with key words. Then I write and
build around the notes I have written. Most of the time I change a lot so I don’t like to plan thoroughly.

10. What do you think is the hardest part of being an author?
For me, it’s time. Time to promote a book, time to write a book especially if you are writing a series. Also getting noticed. I don’t write for money, I am writing
because I love it. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t want some acknowledgement and my work to be seen.

11. Tell us about your upcoming book.
My upcoming book is called Touched By The Wolf and it is a paranormal/ YA romance. It is the first in the Dark Blood series that will have three books
altogether. The story is the typical Vampire/werewolves war but I think it has a brilliant twist that I do not want to say much about.

12. Is it based on your own life experiences?
Not at all. It would be a pretty cool live I would have led if it was though.

13. Tell us about your favourite scene.
I think my favourite scene is when Emilie is forced to defend herself and another against a mob of newly turned vampires. I love the image of her stood amongst
them chanting spells as light illuminates her. The wolves come to her aid, and again the visual I had of their fight with her, and the love shared between her and Maccon. The mutual respect between her and the wolves is a very touching part of the book, and a turning point also.

14. Do you have any strange writing habits?
No. I don’t think so. I am a pretty boring writer.

15. Do you read as much as you write and what are you currently reading?
I read so much. I have three books on the go at the moment. They are:
Crimson moon by Sherri.A.Wingler
Tattered loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan
Beast by A.Zavarell.

16. If you could claim to be the author of one bestseller what would it be?
I am going to have to say JK Rowling. I am such a Harry Potter geek, it’s ridiculous.

17. Is there anything you would never write about as an author?
I would never write erotica it is just not my thing at all.

18. What literary character is most like you?
Wow that is a tough one and if I am honest I don’t think I can think of an answer to that.

19. What was the most challenging part of writing your book?
Getting into the head of some of the characters. Not all of them I got on with and so that was tough. I am hoping I find them easier in the next book.

20. Any advice for other authors?
To never give up on your dream. I was very badly bullied mentally by someone I once called a friend and they destroyed my confidence in my ability to write, but
I eventually turned such negativity around and use the abuse as my strength, and now I have my first book published. Never let people tell you that you cannot do something, you can! Write for you first, someone, somewhere will always read your work.

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An Interview With M. Kristine

  1. What inspired you to write your book?

I am currently writing my first book. I have always wanted to be a writer and have been inspired by many authors over the years. My current book is book 1 in at least a 4 part series, but may be more.

  1. Who is your favourite character from your book(s)?

I don’t have a favorite character yet

  1. Is there an underlying theme?

This series is an MC romance. I would like to stay in the romance genre

  1. What motivated you to become an author?

As I said earlier, I have always wanted to write. Now that I am older, I have found that my creativity has flourished and now I have the opportunity to put that to paper.

  1. What inspires you to to get out of bed each day?

My children and my grandson that is due to arrive any day now

  1. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I have a full time job, so writing is done in my spare time. Other than that I enjoy spending time with my family

  1. How do you discover the ebooks you read?

Many time by word of mouth or word of technology (lol). I find many of my books on Facebook and the many groups I am a member of

  1. What is your writing process?

Since I am new to this, I have put all of my ideas to paper first. Then once I have an idea of the characters, story line etc, I start to write. I let the characters guide me and I have found that my storyline has changed a few times already.

  1. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I don’t, but I know I was exposed to reading from a young age. My great grandma read to me all the time when I was small and I have always had a love of reading.

  1. Describe your desk.

Right now, it is my kitchen table, lol. I recently moved and haven’t had a chance to get my desk situated yet

  1. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in a small town in eastern Ohio. Being a shy kid and having few friends, I spent time reading and found that I had quite the imagination as a child. As I grew, my creativity diminished for many years, but I can say I am glad it has come back and I am excited to be writing.

  1. When did you first start writing?

About a year ago. I started to dabble, but the past 3 months I have really been spending as much time as possible.

  1. What else have you got planned?

I will finish this series, how ever many books that contains. After that I am not sure

  1. What’s the story behind your latest book?

It is about an outlaw MC. The female is a victim of child rape after her mother was murdered. His current problems and her past collide.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing habits?


  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting all of my thoughts to words. It makes sense in my head but sometime it doesn’t make sense on paper.

  1. What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre?

That its just sex. But there is always a story to be told and heard. That’s what I enjoy, the story

  1. What is your reading format of choice?

Ebooks. I love my kindle

  1. How do you make time to write?

I write when I feel it. I cant write if I don’t feel like the characters are talking to me, if that makes sense

  1. What do you like to read?

I love romance of any kind! Paranormal, MC, BDSM…if its got romance, I am all for it!

  1. Any ideas for future projects?

I do plan to continue writing. I suppose we will see what comes about.


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An Interview With Anna Edwards

  1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?


I’m relatively new to writing having only started three years ago. My previous life was devoted to Accountancy. Can’t get further extremes. I became a founding member of a roleplaying group on Twitter. The group was based around historical romance in the time of the Musketeers. I started to develop a book based on our storyline and a friend, Charity Hendry read it. She loved what I wrote and encouraged me to think outside the box into contemporary romance and publish. Charity is NYT bestseller, Carrie Ann Ryan’s PA so I’m very lucky to have her assistance.  


  1. What is the first book that ever made you cry?


I’m quite a hard arse and don’t really cry much at books. I get sad but not really cry. I did cry once when I was roleplaying. One of the characters had to die and it was really emotional writing the scene with my friend who was playing that character. I was finding it hard to type for all the tears falling down my face.


  1. How long does it take you to write a book?

It can vary. Surrendered Control, my first book took six months but Divided Control only three. The Touch of Snow, my first paranormal book, only took me three weeks. I still work as an Accountant one day a week and I’m also a mum to an eight and five-year old so writing is something that I still have to fit in around other things. Hopefully that will change one day.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing quirks?

I talk to myself when I write. So much so my husband thinks I’m going mad. I can be cooking dinner and talking to myself but I’m working an idea through in my head and acting the scene out. He does insist that I try to keep the working of a sex scene hidden.

  1. Where do you get your book ideas?

A lot of the ideas just seem to pop into my head (I carry a notebook with me at all times). The Touch of Snow came to me in a dream. I also read a lot and sometimes I see something in a book and my mind twists it around to form a story of my own.

I also feature a lot of travel in my stories. That all comes from personal experience. In Surrendered Control, Amy and James visit India. In 2012, I live there for eighteen months with my husband and very young children. It was a fabulous experience and I’m so excited that I can share it with my readers.

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing or being a mummy or accountant I love to bake and take photos. I make a lot of my children’s birthday cake and love to have fresh cookies available to them.

Photography is a new passion of mine and I hope to use it in my writing as well with cover shoots. I was given an all dancing, all singing camera two Christmases ago. I wanted to learn how to use it properly so I took a couple of courses. I know see life through a lens very differently. Below are a couple of pictures I took with Controlling Darkness in mind.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

They are all really proud of me. My daughter insisted on taking my business cards into show her teachers. She tells them that she is not allowed to read my book until she is eighteen though. So cute.

  1. Do you hear much from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?

I do. I’ve got a few followers now that stop by and say hi when I’m posting. It’s really nice. Everyone is so friendly. The author community really is a kind and helpful one.

At the moment most of my readers are telling me to hurry up and write my next books. Although I don’t like to leave the couple in a cliff-hanger. HEA’s are important. I like to leave something to get the reader thinking and wanting more.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

To me it is believable characters and the way they interact. I have to fall in love with the hero and want him for myself. The heroine has to contain something of myself that I can see. I have to loose myself in the characters so that the book can flow. If I find a book like that I will read it in a day. I won’t be able to put it down. Which at the moment is a problem as I’m finding so many books like that.  

  1. Does writing energise or exhaust you?

Writing energises me. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for a number of years now. I also lack confidence in social situations but writing allows me to become a different person. It gives me a voice that has often been hidden. That doesn’t say that after a mammoth writing session, especially fight or sex scenes I’m not ready to curl up in bed.

  1. What are common traps that new authors fall into?

I think common trap, and one I fell into myself, is believing that to be an author all you need to do is write. There is so much more being successful, it is a lot of hard work especially for an Indie author. You’ve got takeovers, social media interaction, form filing, trying to understand KDP every-time they change it. A how to manual would be great for new authors but to be honest everything changes so fast it would probably be out of date before you’ve read it.

  1. Have you ever got READERS Block?

I have. I had terrible writers block half way through Controlling Darkness. I knew what I needed to get on the paper to tell the story but I just, for the life of me, could not write it. It was just not working. I stepped away for a week from the story and planned a few others. Took time out to read and then came back to it. I read through what I had previously written and then the words just flooded out. It probably helped that I came back to it one evening after a couple of glasses of wine.  

  1. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

Have confidence in your abilities and ignore everything that you were taught in English Literature, contractions are good.


  1. What was the best money you ever spent as an author?

The best money I’ve spent is on my graphics. They complete my book and make it look professional. I must admit I’m a snob with covers. If I see one that just doesn’t look good, I won’t even try the book. It could be the best book in the world but the cover and the blurb sell the book to me.

  1. What does literary success look like for you?

Ultimately, I want what everyone else wants and that is bestselling status but that is long term. That is literary success. I have lots of short term goals. My next two are to release a book in a new series which I’ll be doing on the 27th June and then to attend my first convention, which I’ll also be doing in August at the Manchester author event.

  1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is the first in my paranormal romance series called, ‘The Glacial Blood’. It tells the story of Selene Harper and Brayden Dillon. Brayden is a shape shifting snow leopard. He is trying to find in place in the pack and has been told that he needs to mate to become Beta. Selene has no idea who or what she is. All she knows is that when she touches a human she hears their thoughts and when she touches a shape shifter something even worse happens.

  1. Do you sometimes find yourself Googling yourself?

Of course, who doesn’t. I can’t wait to get that blue verified marker on my twitter account as well.

  1. Describe how you felt when you published your first book.

I think I felt numb at first. I know that sounds strange but I was so excited in the lead up to publishing and so busy trying to sort everything out that I didn’t really have time to think about it. I suddenly found myself not pressured. My book was out. I had a copy in my hand. A copy of something that I had written. I was in shock. Now when they release though I’m on a high for days. I don’t check sales. For me this isn’t about sales at this stage. It is about getting my word out to everyone.

  1. What’s coming next?

Next we have lots of exciting things happening.

The Control Series is continuing with Controlling Heritage which is Sophie and Grayson’s story. There are three other books after that to come before January 2018. From that series I have two spin offs planned, unfortunately they are hush hush at the moment so I can’t say much. They are really excitement and feature very sexy males though. I will also be lending one of The Control Series characters to the AFWB anthology. Miss Alexia from Divided Control will get to tell her story in a special Christmas tale.

My paranormal romance series is set for seven books long (at the moment) and I’m hoping to get Emma’s story, ‘Fighting the lies’ out in September or August.

In 2018 I’ve got lots of conventions planned in the UK, Indie Pop up in Bristol, Writers by the River in Kent and Fanssastic in Birmingham. I’m also hoping to travel over to America and maybe attend a convention there, either as an other or a fan.

  1. Do you have a favourite book?

I don’t really have a favourite book I have favourite authors. In Contemporary romance I love Sophie Oak and Cherise Sinclair. In paranormal romance it has to be Donna Grant, I’m just a massive Dragon Kings fan and even though I was her assistant at a convention in March she wouldn’t give me any clues to the storylines conclusion.


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An Interview With Author Meg Anne

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been drawn to words and stories, especially the transformative power they hold. For me, there’s a special beauty in discovering a perfectly placed quote. And it’s a really individual thing, something I might find meaning in, another person could over look completely. It just depends on how the reader connects to the writer’s words. I’ve always thought that kind of relationship was powerful but I don’t think there was a particular lightbulb moment where I was like, “Hey! This is my thing.” It was more of a gradual build and something that was always in the back of my mind. I finally got to a point where other people were reading snippets of stories I had started and were pushing me to finish them.

2.What is the first book that ever made you cry?

Gosh, that’s a tough one, but the first story that came to mind was I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Green. The first time I full ugly cried (like had to stop and get a tissue because I couldn’t even see the page anymore) was when Dumbledore died. Am I allowed to say that? Is that still considered a
spoiler? I read the book before my mom and put a post-it at the beginning of the chapter warning her to keep her tissues handy.

3.How long does it take you to write a book?

Well, technically I started Mother of Shadows in 2014, and I would find the file every 6 months to a year and dabble in it a bit before I finished it over the course of 6 weeks earlier this year. If you added all the time I actually spent on the book over the last 3 years, it would probably only be about 8 weeks.

4.Do you have any bizarre writing quirks?

I don’t think so... I do find that those quiet moments in between hitting the snooze button tends to be when my brain starts to build potential moments in my stories.

5. Where do you get your book ideas?

Probably daydreams. I sit in traffic a lot, so I come up with stories to help pass the time. I tend to think of scenarios before I discover the characters.

6. What do you do when you are not writing?

All of the usual things! I love spending time with family and friends (especially my little cat Henry!) I’m an avid video game player and love to binge on books and tv shows. Oh, and work... that tends to take up a lot of writing time.

7. What does your family think of your writing?

My family is super supportive. My mom was one of the first people to read my first love scene, which looking back is pretty awesome. My grandma isn’t much of a reader, but she promised that my book would be the first she would ever read. I think they’re planning on reading it out loud, come to think of it I might need to find a reason to be out of town that day.

8. Do you hear much from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?

So far, I think I can count the number of people that have read my story on both hands, but the general consensus has been something along the lines of, “Is this a freaking cliffhanger?!?!” “OMG I need a Talyrian!” “I want Darrin to end up with Helena” and then about 20 minutes later, “Scratch that, Von is super hot.” lol.

9. What do you think makes a good story?

For me, it’s about the chemistry between the characters, an author’s attention to detail (ie: when something small early on in the story becomes big at the end) and something unexpected. A great story draws you in right away, keeps you hooked as you’re reading it, and when a story is exceptionally good you’re going to feel something as you read it.

10. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I feel super energized while I’m in the middle of it, but when I finish a session my brain is total mush for a few hours.

11.What are common traps that new authors fall into?

I think authors can tend to worry too much about what their readers are going to think or want, and that can stifle their creativity. I was a reader long before I was a writer and while there are common themes/storylines I enjoy, I don’t need to read the same book written by 7 different people. As a writer, you need to trust in your voice and your instincts. I also think authors can try to force their characters/story in a certain direction which is when they’ll experience “writer’s block.” Your story evolves as you write and doesn’t always end up where you think it’s going to. As weird as it sounds, I don’t think you can always have every detail plotted out in advance, there’s got to be a certain element of spontaneity - that’s where the magic comes from.

12. Have you ever got READERS Block?

OMG Yes! Although it’s also sort of like Reader ADD - I either can’t decide what kind of book I want to read, or I’ll start about 5 or 6 books and not finish any of them. This usually happens after a particularly strong book hangover. It’s not always easy to jump into a new world when your head and heart are firmly rooted in another.

13. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

Believe in yourself! I had so many ideas and so many stories that I started and got rid of, or never wrote down at all, because I didn’t think they were good enough. I wish I had pushed myself to write more then, even if it was in a classroom setting, so that I would have more tools and confidence now.

14. What was the best money you ever spent as an author?

I flew out to a book signing in New Orleans this year (Naturally Naughty in NOLA) and got to meet some amazing indie authors. Everyone was so kind and helpful, many offering their help and support even before I asked for it. It introduced me to the community in a big way, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be
where I am now without them.

15. What does literary success look like for you?

For me, it’s a sea of readers hungry for more of my books. It takes time, talent and a lot of luck to build that kind of following, but I would love to be able to connect to people on that kind of level.

16. Tell us about your book.

Mother of Shadows holds a very special place in my heart. It’s a fantasy romance that follows Helena as she learns about the part she plays in a rather infamous prophecy. She learns that not only is she one of the Chosen, a group of people gifted with magic, but she is also destined to be their ruler. Part of her claiming this title calls for her to undergo a trial to test her new found magic and for her to find her soul mate. It was really important to me to write the kind of book I love to read, so there’s a pretty epic love story, a lot of sass (especially from the supporting characters) and a taste of some darker elements that will be developed throughout the rest of the series.

17. Do you sometimes find yourself Googling yourself?

Only to make sure all of the embarrassing photos don’t come up!

18. Describe how you felt when you published your first book.

I haven’t yet, but everything is very surreal. I’m constantly surprised when people tell me they are in love with my book. I don’t think they realize how much it means to me!

19. What’s coming next?

Reign of Ash, Book Two of The Chosen. 

20. Do you have a favorite book?

I could never pick just one! I do have books that I find myself constantly rereading. The Harry Potter series is among them. All of Sarah J Maas’ books as well. I have a hard time letting go of characters that I fall in love with.

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An Interview With David M. Kelly

One of the best bits about working with AFWB is all the amazing authors I get to meet and work with. One of our awesome authors, David M. Kelly is one of those seriously talented individuals. He joined AFWB towards the end of last year. We wanted you to get to know him a bit better so we've asked him a couple of questions.

  1. What inspired you to write your (most recent) book?

Right now, I’m working on edits for Perimeter, book 2 of the Mathematics Of Eternity series. This one is largely set in space and has more of a darker, mystery feel than book one, but it’s still a fast-paced thriller with great characters and plenty of acerbic humor. The series was inspired by many of the things we see happening in the world today, such as climate change, genetic research, technology developments in materials and space access, then playing “what if?” games inside my head.

  1. Who is your favourite character from your book(s)?

I think my personal favourite would be the lead character in Three Lives Of Mary. Mary is very tough and a survivor who faces up to everything thrown at her and yet still retains her human vulnerability, despite being a cyborg. Her toughness is in her resilience. She doesn’t go around killing people or fighting like many female sci-fi figures we see but has an inner strength and determination that carry her through her ordeals.

  1. Is there an underlying theme?

I think one of the themes that runs through much of my work is that no matter how bleak things are, there’s always hope. Another common element in my writing is an often darkly humorous look at life and the situations my characters find themselves in. I also like stories where people are smart and solve their problems using their minds and not just with violence.

  1. What motivated you to become an author?

I was a very early and prolific reader and the idea of writing has always been inside me. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a very natural “story-teller” (to put it politely!). The push to actually start writing came when I was faced with an extremely long commute by train. I wanted something to fill the time and thought I’d give my long held dream a go. To my surprise I ended up writing a novel. It wasn’t a very good one and it’s never been published, but nevertheless I was hooked and have been writing ever since.

  1. What inspires you to to get out of bed each day?

After surviving a life-threatening illness a few years ago I feel grateful to still be here. That episode was also the push to finally go for my dream in publishing my writing. I love the process of writing and so getting up and “going to work” is usually very easy for me--especially as it means I spend a lot of time daydreaming about space! So there’s that, coffee, and my wife giving me a gentle kick

  1. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Hmm – editing, designing book covers and trailers, web design... Most of my time, especially in the long Northern Ontario winters, is spent on writing-related activities and I have no complaints about that! In summer, when I’m not writing I like to catch up with science news, hike and swim and drive around in my own personal starship – a vintage Corvette ZR-1.

  1. How do you discover the ebooks you read?

A lot of what I read now comes from other independent authors that I know online. I also subscribe to several book newsletters that keep me in touch with new releases and what’s popular.

  1. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

The first one I remember clearly was writing a series of stories about the adventures of a ninja squirrel who was unexpectedly called on a heroic saga to save his nuts. It was very tongue-in-cheek and full of ribald humor.

  1. What is your writing process?

Coffee. Chair. Word processor.

  1. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I read the usual Janet and John stories when I was very young, but the ones I remember most clearly from my youngest experiences were the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. They made such fun reading and had a crazily rich assortment of characters in them, something I try to bring to my own work.

  1. Describe your desk.

My work area is made up of 2 ex-government desks that I acquired from a liquidation store. They are fantastic quality, but so heavy I’ll never be able to move them again! I have two large monitors—which helps a lot with my graphics and web work—so I need lots of space. As to the state of the surface of the desks, let’s just say it defies description

  1. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in a large West Yorkshire town in the UK. The area where I lived wasn’t the best and it didn’t pay to be too smart at school. That and a general lack of encouragement from teachers when it came to any writing that was remotely creative, meant I never pursued the idea when I was young. I did, however, read—lots—and fell in love with science fiction early on.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I started writing “seriously” in 2002. It took a long time before I had any of my work published and even longer before I really felt like I was a “real” author. There’s been a lot of learning through that time as I worked to improve my technique and skills, but it’s all worth it the day you hold your first book in your hands!

  1. What else have you got planned?

See question 22

  1. What’s the story behind your latest book?

My very latest project is a novelette called “A Place In The Sun” and it presents a science fiction twist on a classic tale inspired by my love of old movies.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing habits?

I’ve been known to dream up entire plots and then frantically write everything down when I wake up to make sure I don’t forget it. I’m curious to know if this happens to other writers.  I suspect it might. I also like to have silence when I write, or at least nothing more than ambient noise. If I can make things out such as music or words, I get too drawn out of what I’m working on.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

For my novel “Mathematics Of Eternity” the most difficult thing was researching the scientific aspects and this was especially time consuming in the sequel. The vast majority of this research never sees light of day in the books themselves but gives me the framework in which to work in so that when I include a detail (which often is only in passing) I know it’s right.

  1. What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre?

A lot of people are completely turned off when they hear the phrase “science fiction.” They associate it with long, boring, highly technical stories with dull characters and no action. My books are definitely not like that! I want them to be accessible to anyone who loves a good story. So I aim for compelling characters, a concise style, action and twists, and often a healthy dose of acerbic humour in there too.

  1. What is your reading format of choice?

I have a huge collection of SF paperbacks, and there’s nothing like the thrill of receiving the print copy of your own novel in the mail and holding it in your hands. All that said, these days I find it most convenient to read ebooks on my tablet. I either download them through Amazon or through my local library.

  1. How do you make time to write?

I’m lucky enough to write full-time—having escaped the IT world a few years back after some serious health issues. But I could still use more time and often wish I didn’t have to sleep! Self-discipline is really important for my productivity—there are all too many distractions online. So I always try and start the day with a writing stint. Then whatever happens, at least I’ve made progress on my word count that day.

  1. What do you like to read?

I started reading very early and very heavily – it was almost an addiction. As a result I’ve read so much that it’s hard to pin down individuals. That said, I loved the works of Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and read as much of theirs as I could get my hands on and although their styles are very different, I still appreciate them to this day. I’ve also read a lot of Rudyard Kipling and was hooked on Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories very early on. For present day authors, I’d recommend Christina McMullen who writes classy SF with a touch of humor, some of it slanted more towards a YA audience. Other new authors that are turning out good stories are Jay Norry, who has written a large collection of zombie books, and also fantasy authors Richard H. Stephens and C.L Schneider. Beyond that I like to read histories, especially about scientific figures and also the work of science popularizers such as Brian Greene.

  1. Any ideas for future projects?

Book 3 of MOE is already under way and I also have another—very different--novel in progress, but still SF. I have a bunch of short stories to edit and publish and many ideas for more. I’m not going to run out of projects any time soon!

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