AuThursday – Helen Henderson

henderson-headshot-portraitTell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thank you, Tina, for letting me stop by. To my readers of fantasy and romance, I’m Helen Henderson. To those of my historical westerns, they know me by the name of my ancestress, Jessie Treon. My Gemini sign matches my heritage and shows in my writing in multiple genres which are perfect for a tour guide to the stars, the Old West, and worlds of imagination.

What are you working on at the minute?

A companion book to the Dragshi Chronicles is readying for flight. First Change consists of a collection of short stories and novellas from history and legend of the dragshi–humans with a twinned dragon soul. Another tale of the Archmage, Lord Dal, and the sea captain, Lady Ellspeth, is drifting just offshore, awaiting the scribe to capture it. Besides working on the novels, I’ve decided to try something new in 2017. I will be participating in my first writing challenge, a post a week on a specified topic in 52 weeks.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

Shorter works such as novellas are usually free written. I do like structure for full-length novels, but I don’t hold to the hard rule of outlining the entire work before starting to write. When I write, I storyboard or write the draft of a scene or chapter depending on how much the muse is visiting. A scene in the storyboard might have a line describing the setting, an annotation of whose point of view I expect it to be in, and maybe three to five bullet points. Or, if the muse is visiting that block in the storyboard will be completely fleshed out with dialog, transitional phrases and be a true first draft. As I get deeper and deeper into the story and the characters take over, there are less stubbed scenes and more completed ones. Usually by the time I get to the end of the storyboard I have a complete first draft ready for editing and peer review.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

That really is an unfair question. A number of items impact the time to complete a story. A book written in the early days of my career took longer than the most recent one. Generally, a full-length novel takes a year from initial draft to the publication-formatted manuscript. A novella can be completed in a month if the fates allow. As a caregiver sometimes emergencies and life gets in the way of writing which can impact the time to write. Although I have written while sitting in doctors offices, emergency rooms, and at 2 in the morning.

Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

My response in the past to a question regarding writer’s block was that I usually don’t get it. I have too many projects going on. However, never say never. Two novels, both set in the world of Windmaster, refuse to cooperate. There was too great an age difference between the male and female lead characters. That problem was solved by changing the point-of-view to different characters. However, the storyline had one of the “now-secondary” characters go on a journeyman walk and after a battle stay in a foreign land. To keep the series integrity, the original intent that it would be the tale of the next generation, the girl going walkabout would be no older than seventeen. Again the age felt inappropriate for the storyline. That is being re-evaluated.

henderson-windmasterlegacy-200x300The second novel in the Windmaster series awaiting a scribe faced the problem of expanding a paragraph-long legend to a full-length novel. The first two chapters came easily, then life interfered and a break occurred.

As to how to overcome the writer’s block, for the one book, time will be set aside to re-read the first two novels in the series and re-immerse myself in that world. A visit with the original characters will, hopefully, get the next generation talking to me.

I see you’ve written a series called THE DRAGSHI CHRONICLES.  Can you tell us a bit more about your series, and what draws you to writing it?

The Dragshi Chronicles are action-filled, romance-laden fantasies about a group of men and women who are more than just what you see, but are two beings—one human, the other a dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. But be warned, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.

Each book is a stand-alone tale. The first book is Dragon Destiny. For hundreds of years, Dragshi Lord Branin and his dragon soul twin Llewlyn searched for their intended mates. Lady Broch of Ky’Port, the firebrand leader of a band of raiders, vowed to marry the dragon lord, with or without his willing cooperation. Everything changed the day a wistful thought touched Branin’s.

Hatchlings Curse continues the story of Lord Branin and the trader girl Anastasia. Branin means to break the hatchling’s curse and end the childlessness of the dragshi. To save his kind he has to win the mating flight. And the cost? All he treasures. Throwing the competition is not an option.

The series continues with Hatchling’s Mate. Talann’s dilemma. No dragons sang a welcome at his birth, so how is he to save all dragon shifters. Or, save himself from the mind control wielded by the leader called – the Parant.

Hatchling’s Vengeance completed the series. Lady Glynnes Janaleigh had found her mate, but finding him is only half the battle. Keeping him alive is the other when duty has other demands and Fate holds all the cards. On one card is written: “Vengeance has two paths—death or love. And a long memory.”

As to what drew me to the world of the dragshi? My heritage is the child of a coal miner’s daughter and an aviation flight engineer. My world was grounded in the rural life and the skies. I grew up on a farm watching hawks soar overhead. The hawks became dragons and my desire to fly became real.

henderson-windmaster-200x300You have so many lovely book covers, can you tell us if you have a favorite and why?

While I love all the covers (even the ones I created), my favorite cover is Windmaster by Michelle Lee. The alluring model and ship hints at fantasy, magic, pirates and romance. Oh, wait a minute. Windmaster is all those things.

 

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

At this point in my career, I am now what is called a hybrid author–someone with one foot in the indie world and the other in the more traditional publishing arena. When I first embarked on publishing my own works, I was fortunate enough to have the contacts to overcome a disadvantage many independent authors encounter–the building of your own stable of technical experts from cover designer to copy editor to proofreader. An even bigger disadvantage is the social isolation. When you’re with a publisher, the authors support each other. You benefit from their social media reach and they yours. Fortunately, if you look for them, groups of independent authors have formed that provide a similar function.

Publishers, especially small press, can be a security blanket, a launching pad, or the perfect place for an author to call home. They have extended reach, resources, and enable authors, who don’t want to run their own company, to learn, grow, and become “published authors.”

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

WEBSITE: helenhenderson-author.webs.com/

BLOG: helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com

AMAZON: http://amzn.com/e/B001HPM2XK

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/777491.Helen_Henderson

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/HelenHenderson.author

GOOGLE + –http://ow.ly/JEZug

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AuThursday – Olivia Night

Reprinted with Author’s permission from January of 2016.

Please welcome, my fellow LSB author, Olivia Night.   So tell us, Olivia, how long have you been writing?

I have been writing all my life. I started to write full length novels about four years ago.

Q:  Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in third person and I switch perspectives frequently. I like that you can get inside the head of both the male and female leads (and bay guys too!)

Q:  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I am very much a slave to feeling inspired. I just recently wrote over 60,000 words in just a few weeks. And then the inspiration just fizzled away. And I LOVE the story. But it’s just the way it goes with me. I have to wait for it to resurface. (which hopefully will be soon)

Q:  Your FTI Series takes place in different locales.   Which country would you most like to visit and why?

I have visited Spain (book 2) and will be visiting Scotland (book 3) this summer. And in 2018 (yes I am a big time planner) I will be visiting Africa so that’s all three locations!

Q:  How did you come up with the idea for this series?

Brandt and Aislinn just popped into my head one night when I couldn’t sleep. They were pretty much already fleshed out. I just had to write their story. Mid-way through Patrick came along and I wanted to tell his story. Logan appears in both of the first two books and his story is heartbreaking. But I love writing it! And just last week a guy showed up at the end of book 3. I didn’t plan for him; he isn’t in any of my notes or outlines. But there he was and I know he has a story to tell. I just have to wait for him to tell me.

Q:  Which one of your covers is your favorite and why?

Well so far I have just the two. But the second one I like the best. I think the characters on the front more closely resemble what I have in my head.

Q:  When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

My characters are completely in control. But I think it is so much fun!

Q:  What books can we expect to see in the near future?

Book three will be out this summer. I have started a second series and the first two novels should be out by the end of the year. The first novel in that series is so haunting and intense! Really, the whole second series has a very different tone than the first.

And this new guy who showed up in the third book of my first series is definitely going to have his own story and he has a couple of Alpha friends  that will get their stories told as well.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

www.olivianight.weebly.com

https://www.facebook.com/olivianightauthor/

And you can follow me (on Twitter) @olivianightread

Please join me on Sunda when we read an excerpt from Olivia’s third book. ~Tina

 

AuThursday – Colleen S. Myers

Please welcome Colleen S. Myers to the Clog Blog.  Colleen, what is your latest news?

I am so happy to announce the second book in my Solum Series is coming out June 6th, 2016.  Available everywhere in eBook and print!

Q:  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

This may sound odd but I don’t feel I had one mentor, I had dozens! Every author I have read help make me the writer I am. Plus, I was a Harlequin Teen junky when I was little.

Q:  What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantzer? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?

I always have a basic Idea for a plot before writing. Sometimes I do free write to stimulate ideas but right now I have 5 separate series in my head so it has been a while since I have done that.

After I get the idea, I generally plot it out and organize it in Scrivener.  My first draft is in scrivener, then I do all my editing in Word once I have the plot ironed out.

Also while in scrivener, if I am having trouble writing scenes or characters, I tend to do Point of Views or little excerpts about the characters so I get to know their motives.

Q:  What inspired you to write your book, MUST REMEMBER?

I love fantasy. In real life I am a doctor which can be very stressful and very grounded in reality. I like to imagine what it would be like elsewhere sometimes and thus Must Remember was born.

Q:   Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learn from everything I do in life.  Even if you fail, you have learned something!

Q: How did you deal with rejection letters, if you received any?

I take everything with a grain of salt. Not everyone is going to like everything I write, just like I don’t like everything I read.

Q:   Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?

Oh, well I totally missed mine!  My husband was sick that day so It went to voicemail and they didn’t talk to me, they just left an email, so mine is pretty anti-climatic.

Q:   What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?

Getting my first fan, someone who is completely separate from my family who told me how much she liked my book.

Q:  Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am currently working on the third book in the Solum series over halfway done. I am also working on a Contemporary romance novel dealing with a wounded veteran finding love with his high school sweetheart after coming home from Iraq with a missing limb.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Social Media links:

Website:  http://www.colleensmyers.com/

BLog: http://www.csmyersmusings.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenSMyers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenSMyers

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/csmyers3637/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/csmyers3637/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114862374558510360435/posts

Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-myers-883a66b6?trk=hp-identity-name

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Colleen-S.-Myers/e/B016XCBKA2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14553363.Colleen_S_Myers

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Colleen’s 

 

AuThursday – Glenn Maynard

Author PhotoPlease welcome Glenn Maynard to the Clog Blog.  Glenn, I have to ask, what was the most difficult aspect of writing Wayward Soul?

This story is a sequel to my paranormal romance book, Desert Son. The most difficult part of Wayward Soul was figuring out where to begin and finding paranormal elements that would WOW the readers like in Desert Son. Then I had to upgrade the side shows that occur between scenes in order to keep the reader hooked. When I was able to create that WOW moment, I knew that I had created something special that would rival Desert Son.

Q:  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Wayward Soul is what one reviewer called a “stand-alone sequel to Desert Son.” You can read the second book and survive because much of the backstory is rehashed during the sequel, but it would do you well to start with Desert Son, and as an incentive, the Desert Son ebook has just been reduced to $2.99 on all online platforms, so now is the time.Desert Son blb cvr

Q:  Do you use any techniques, tools, or aids to help you write?

My writing process has changed with each book. With Desert Son, I wrote every scene on an index card, and then methodically flipped the cards over once I completed the scene. Wayward Soul was more of a loose outline with a list of scenes on a sheet of paper. For the third book of this Desert Son trilogy, in which I just completed the first draft, I started with nothing. I just wrote and let the characters take me wherever they wanted me to go. I was lost the entire time, and ended up writing my biggest novel yet (over 100,000 words).

Q:  How do you make time to write?

I stay up late at night or write whenever I can in order to reach my writing goals. One day this summer I wrote while on the beach. I took notepad and pen with me. It was great for my weekly goal, but terrible for my sun burn quota.

Q:  Who has had the most influence on your writing?

I believe Stephen King has a way of creating total darkness and doing it more effectively than anyone I’ve read. He creates tension, horror, and fear like nobody else, and I marvel at his ability to alter human emotions with his writing. I tend to gravitate towards his books, and I learn from his writing, so I guess I’d have to say that Stephen King has had the most influence on my writing.

Q:  What advice do you have for other writers?

Keep writing books. You will find that your time will be consumed by marketing your books, but you also need to keep writing them. It may seem daunting at first, but you have to budget your time between writing your current book and marketing your published books. If there is any time left, then you can live. How many words are you going to write this week?

Q:  What books can we expect to see in the near future?

I have finished the first draft of my third book of the Desert Son trilogy. Carter and Brenda are just trucking along, but I’ve created a wild finish to my series. I still have a lot to do, but it’s shaping up to be just as intense as the first two books of the series.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

http://www.glennmaynard.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/GlennMaynardFanPage

http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Son-Glenn-Maynard/dp/1612963129

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20505634-desert-son

Join me on Saturday as we read an excerpt from Wayward Soul. 

~Tina

AuThursday – Bella J

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Please welcome my fellow LSB author, Bella J Bella,  can you tell us where you hail from?

Hi, Tina, and thank you so much for hosting me.  I hail from the sunny city of Cape Town, South Africa—also known as the Cape of Storms and home of the beautiful Table Mountain.  People here in Cape Town—including me—always seem to be in vacation mode, especially during summer.  In winter we just hide and wish we could hibernate.  There’s a reason Cape Town is also known as the Cape of Storms.

Q: Tell us your latest news?

Resplendent Rush (Resplendence #2) is due for release on January 11th 2016, and I can’t wait for Lexi and Levi’s story to be out there.  I had so much fun writing this novel and putting these two characters together.  Rush is a fast paced, funny, hot and heartwarming story of two people finding love when they really weren’t looking for it.  They are two opposites, but whenever they are together it’s explosive.

Resplendent Rage (Resplendence #3) just got signed up, and is scheduled for release in March 2016.  Rage is a romantic suspense, but old characters are sure to make an appearance to bring a little ‘funny’ into the mix. 😉

Q: What inspired you to write your first book?

I can’t say that there was one specific thing that inspired me to write Resplendent Ruin, but I had this image of a sophisticated, refined and reserved character in my head—Juliette—and she just kept on pacing around in my mind for months. So eventually I started thinking that what if I throw a bad-boy, tattooed, biker with attitude in Juliette’s way?  How would she react to a beer drinking, cocky, arrogant man that hates responsibilities?  And when Knox’s image started floating around in my head, I just knew this was a story that needed to be told.  But since I love drama so much, I decided to add an ambitious, sophisticated, classy and stylish fiancé who from the outside seems perfect for Juliette.  That’s how Daniel became part of the story, and a very emotional love triangle was born.

Q: How did you come up with the title?

Coming up with the title was easy.  I knew I wanted ‘Ruin’ in there somewhere and I’ve always liked the word ‘Resplendent.’  If you ask me, it’s a word that doesn’t get used nearly enough.  When those two words got added together, I knew I was the perfect title for the story.

Q:  What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both? Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?

I don’t outline—at all.  Usually I start out with a character in my head, and I always know how I want that character’s story to end.  So I basically start with a hero or heroine—or sometimes both—and then an ending.  The rest in between consists of 80% ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ writing, while 20% is more planned to fit into the plot.  A lot of my scenes—especially the love scenes—I get my inspiration from music.  But other than that, I just write when I get the time. Since I have two kids and a full-time job, time isn’t something I have a lot of.  So when I do manage to have an hour or so, I know I have to make it count since there’s no telling when I’ll have that gap again.

Q: Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

Well, mine wasn’t a call—it was an email.  I got the email at 5am in the morning, and when I saw the words ‘CONGRATULATIONS’ and ‘CONTRACT’ I squealed like a teenage girl, and jumped on my husband like a crazy person.  Now, me acting crazy isn’t exactly a strange or rare occurrence, so my husband just kind of went along with it.  I’m thinking that maybe he thought I had something else in mind—*wink—but when I shoved my cellphone in his face he knew it couldn’t have been that since I’m not that kinky. LOL.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Twitter:      @BellaJ_Author

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BellaJ1983

Website:    http://bellajauthor.wix.com/sassy

AuThursday – Cheryl Dragon

Please join me today  welcoming fellow RP writer Cheryl Dragon.  Welcome Cheryl.  So Cheryl, how long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing in various genres since after college. I dabbled to find my voice and strengths. Finally I found erotic romance and sold my first book in 2006.

 Q:  Do you have a specific writing style?

I tend to write tight and fast paced. Lots of hot stuff…

Q: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Not usually. If I hit a wall, I’ll change books and usually that works.

Q:  How much of your books are realistic?

Lol…well, I write a lot of ménage stories but I think that people could do that if they wanted toJ With the exception of my paranormals…I think my books/characters are fairly realistic. A lot of people experiment with sex, be it BDSM play or other ways. It’s just not something people talk about openly.

Q:  Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 I never got a call, but I got an email from my first EC editor. I’d had a request for a full before a big conference. I had a pitch appointment with EC at the conference. Talk about crossed wires! After the conference, a day or two, I got the email that EC wanted the book! That was the summer of 2006 so there were fewer epubs back then.

 Q:  What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?

The biggest misconception is that it’s all sex and basically porn for women. There is a lot of sex but also a lot of emotion as well. The romance is a big part of it. Readers want an emotionally satisfying ending! They want the fantasy of the perfect partner who understands AND sexually thrills the heroine.

 Q: Have you ever been asked to “sex-up or sex-down your books”?

No, I’ve never been asked. Normally I have a lot of sex in my books but no complaints.

 Q:  What is on tap for 2013?

 Tons! The first book in my new Masters Wanted series—Love & History — released January 9th! It’s M/F Light BDSM contemporary erotic romance. I don’t write hardcore BDSM and I wanted a series that reflected the BDSM stuff that I enjoy/write. So the series is centered on heroines who aren’t necessarily new to being submissive. They knew how they want to play and are looking for Masters…specifically Bedroom Doms who don’t need to frequent clubs, groups, or show off in front of others to enjoy satisfy their subs.

 Love & History is the first book in Masters Wanted and available at Resplendence Publishing and All Romance eBooks

 Also at the end of January, I have my first Siren release with two things I love! Ménage + erotic romance and wine… Make sure to check out Pinot Noir Nights!

 2013 is already pretty busy!

 Don’t miss my All Male Nudes! Series. Book one is out, Hot Rivals, and more are coming. MM yummy stripper fun.

 Plus I’m up for a CAPA award over at TRS. Keep your fingers crossed that 4 Bikers & A Witch wins for Best Paranormal Romance!

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the world wide web?

 www.cheryldragon.com

http://www.facebook.com/cheryldragon

http://cheryldragon.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/cheryldragon

Join me Saturday for Sexcerpt from Love & History by Cheryl Dragon.

Until then be Naughty,

Tina

Happy New Year!

It’s another New Year and we’ll have more interviews from new authors as well as some of our old favorites. Yay! Our first interview will be with Julia Barrett on January 27th. Come Back and See us then.

Tina