Author Spotlight – Kat Stiles

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Kat Stiles, and I write sexy and fun urban fantasy and sci-fi. I’m originally from Jersey, but now live in Texas. I recently got my USA Today bestselling author letters! It’s been a fun ride so far being an indie author, but I’m just getting started…

1.            When did you start writing? I’ve been writing since grade school – little stories here and there, but I didn’t get serious about fiction until around 2010 or so, when I first released Connected.

2.            What motivates you to write? Connecting with readers. Finding that one reader who totally gets me and devours all the books in my series in one night. I’m a reader myself, and it’s downright joyful to find an author you love to read!

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? UF/PNR, and Sci-Fi. I absolutely love superpowers, and everything I’ve ever written, save one morbid short story, has superpowers in it. I’ve been writing more Sci-Fi lately because I love the possibilities there – genetic tampering, alien beings, and political/psychological tension – everything that makes the classics like Star Trek great is there in sci-fi, and when you add superpowers to the mix, it’s even more fun.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal is to entertain readers and keep them coming back for me. Sure I’d love to be independently wealthy from it, but my main goal is to provide a world for readers to escape in for a while. That and it would be nice to finally overcome my obsession with comma splices.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? Not so much writer’s block as procrastination or general laziness. Sometimes I forget how much I love writing and focus on other stuff instead. As for the writing process itself, I tend to do a general plotting outline at the onset, and if I get stuck when I’m writing, I just refer to that, to get back on track again.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? Keep going, finish that book! That’s the first step. And try not to get too overwhelmed once you realize that after the monumental feat of actually completing the book, now you have to edit it. Then once it’s edited, you have to market it, which is a whole different set of skills. Even if you get an agent, you’re still going to have to market it, but if you can join some author groups, get some training, and commit to learning that skill, you’ll be fine. Remember to breathe and take it piece by piece – it takes time to get it all straight when you’re brand new to this business.

7.            Please, tell us about your work. I have four major series: Connected, Enhanced, Modified, and The Vampire Cure. Connected are YA superpowers and coming of age. It has two books – Connected and Imminence – featuring three friends and it’s romance heavy. Enhanced has more of a sci-fi superpowers X-men kind of feel. It has one book – A Fated Exception, and a prequel origin story, Spliced, which readers can snag when they subscribe to my newsletter. Modified is a sexy, geeky, super-powered graphic novel in written form. It’s fun and full of curse words! And it’s also my serialized series, meaning each volume is a continuation of the story, like a TV episode. It has five volumes, one novella length book, and an origin story. The Vampire Cure is my latest series, featuring science, superpowers, and vampirism. It’s got a poli-sci-fi feel, so I issued a warning to followers of the last regime here in the US, that they will not be amused. It’s got one book – The Vampire Cure, and the sequel is due out in mid-August. With the exception of the Connected series, my books are sometimes dark and sexy, and fun. I also have a Kindle Vella story called Her Alien King, and it’s a sexy alien sci-fi romance that I’m adding episodes to weekly.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you for having me, it’s been fun! 😊


Meet Kat

USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Young Adult Fiction.

Originally a Jersey girl, sunny Texas is where I now call home. I write super-powered urban fantasy that’s sexy, fun and dark. For fun, I like to read urban fantasy, horror, and existentialist fiction, as well as watch cartoons, movies, and sometimes even cartoon movies. I try not to take anything in life too seriously and I tend to smile often. Hop over to my website, katstiles.com for bonus material, fun blog posts, news about upcoming releases, and awesome giveaways!


Connect with Kat

Website https://katstiles.com

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katstilesauthor

Facebook: https://facebook.com/katstilesauthor

Instagram: https://instagram.com/katstilesauthor


Check out Kat’s Vampire Cure Series:

In the search for a cure to a viral pandemic, scientist Liz Meyer discovers something far more deadly…Vampires exist.

And what’s even more amazing, they’re immune to the virus.

Liz is both afraid and intrigued. Gifted with dreams that reveal the future, she sees how bad the pandemic will become. A blood sample could be the solution to a cure.

Sexy vampire Ryan awakens a desire within Liz, something she’s never felt before. Too bad the rest of the coven want nothing more than to feast on her blood.

Can Liz get the blood she needs to find a cure? Or will it be her blood that’s taken instead?

Buy the book HERE


Scientist Liz Meyer has to stop the manufacture of a serum that’s created a new breed of vampires. A breed different from her kind and in some ways, more deadly. She makes it her mission to find a way to reverse the effects of the serum, a serum she created. A string of mysterious murders has the police on a witch hunt to find these mutated patients. And the survivors of the coven that turned Liz will stop at nothing to eradicate the impure new vampires. But as Liz gets to know them, she wonders if this new breed is as dangerous as she’d been led to believe. Handsome detective Edgar shows her another side of the collective, and she begins to question her resolve. Was their creation simply a mistake to fix to protect humanity, or could there be something more to it? Liz comes up with a possible cure, a serum that will reverse the vampirism side effects for the new breed. But with the police and other vampires closing in, she may be too late. Can Liz keep the peace long enough to deal with the threat of the new breed?

Buy the book HERE


Author Spotlight – C.C. Solomon

Welcome

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was around eleven years old. I wrote a short play in my english class that my classmates put on and did some other short stories as assignments. My english teacher, Ms. Weber, told me I was good and to keep writing and I have!

2. What motivates you to write?

I’m a day dreamer and I love to read so I’m motivated by the world and my own imagination. Also I have a desire to see more diverse characters and themes in the genres I love. We underestimate the importance of inclusive writing. Especially to BIPOC readers. 

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve always been a fan of this genre since I was in middle school back reading R.L. Stine. I like the fantasy and horror elements and I also love a dash of romance. I also like the escapism but in a world that isn’t too unfamiliar so it’s manageable. 

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

Well the hope is always that you build an audience that appreciates your work. My goal is to entertain and reach readers that were underserved or just wanted new points of view. 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Absolutely. I try to write outlines for my stories to help with that but I don’t mind taking breaks if I have to. If I’m struggling writing then my reader will struggle to read it and I don’t want that. So I’d rather step back and revisit something when inspiration hits. Going for a meditative walk has always been helpful with any block I have. 

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Keep writing. That’s the biggest thing. Especially for indie authors. A lot of our success can come from building a brand which comes from having several books published. This way you give readers something to come back to. Also writing that first draft is tough but don’t stop. Even if you know you’ll change something, just make note of it to go back to later and keep moving forward in the story. Once the first draft is done I think it gets easier and more rewarding. 

7. Please, tell us about your work. 

My latest book, Dark Hauntings, is the start of a spin off series in my Paranormal World. In this world, there was an apocalyptic event that ended up killing off 50% of the population and turning most of the survivors into supernatural beings ten years ago. At some point in that time, the heroine in this book, half faerie/ half demon, Francesa Ross, had her memory stolen by angels because they thought she was dangerous. However, now they are having trouble returning it. They are also holding the promise of returning her memories over her head to get her to do their dirty work. In this book she’s asked to go on a mission in a vacation town to check out some odd happenings. Of course, there is more than meets the eye. At the same time, she has become a magnet for demons and this could possibly shed some light on her past and missing family. Oh, right, and a possible romance, with a Nephalim she might have been in love with in her hidden past.

Thank you for being my guest today.


Meet C. C. Solomon

A B O U T  T H E  A U T H O R

C.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has actively written fiction since the age of eleven. She’s an avid “chick lit” reader and urban fantasy fan. During her days, she works in Civil Rights for the federal government. In her free time, she sings karaoke, travels the globe and watches too much TV… when she’s not writing of course.


Connect with C. C. Solomon

Website:    www.ccsolomon.com 

Newsletter signup:  https://ccsolomon.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bb08ad3bf561a87ee173796bc&id=de24801e52

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Ccsolomon2004

Facebook page/group:   https://www.facebook.com/authorccsolomon

Other: https://www.facebook.com/groups/catsbetas


C. C. Solomon’s Book

Amazon.com: Dark Hauntings: A Paranormal Times Novel eBook: Solomon, C.C.: Kindle Store


More from C. C. Solomon

Author Spotlight – Pat Garcia

Please welcome Pat Garcia on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. I’m very proud to have this wonderful author, poet, singer and friend on my blog, and I thank her so much for being my guest today.


Welcome!

Please introduce yourself?

I am Pat Garcia. That’s my pen name. I write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and Lyrics, and I sing and play piano.

1.            When did you start writing?

I started singing when I was three and started writing when I started school at the age of five.

2.            What motivates you to write?

My raison d’ etre. It my purpose for living.

3.            What genres do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?

I write in several genres that are important for me. Romance to include Romantic Suspense, Women Fiction, Erotic and non-fiction I love writing creative non-fiction

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goals and my dreams are very personal and private, so I am not going to share them.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

There are times when I get stuck and when I do get stuck, I start on something else, or I write in my journal or I stay with the same story and just write until I find a spark.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

To not put a time table on what you want to achieve. In fact, I would advise them to not be so quick to share their souls with others. There are some things that the writer has to keep to himself.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

We are coming out of lockdown here in Germany. During the lockdown, I wrote. I submitted two stories to two different publications, started working at THE PIPELINE, which is an RRBC International online literary magazine as the chief staff writer, and now, I am finishing up a submission for another writing contest and a novella that will come out in 2022.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Meet Pat Garcia:

Born in Blythe, Georgia, USA, Pat Garcia enjoys writing, music, and games like Bridge, Solitaire, Bid Whiz, Chess, Checkers, and Knitting.

She lives as an ExPat on the European Continent.


Connect with Pat Garcia

Facebook.com- Facebook.com/patgarciaauthor

Twitter – @pat_garcia

Blog – http://patgarciaauthor.com

Instagram – https://instagram.com/pat7garcia


Pat Garcia’s Book:

Turn The Light On – Kindle edition by Garcia, Pat, Publishing, 4Wills. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Fundamentals of Writing: The Strong Antagonist #amwriting – Written By Connie J. Jasperson

I gravitate to narratives featuring a strong antagonist, someone who could have been a brilliant hero if only they had made different choices.

depth-of-character

Authors work hard to create a strong, credible hero. In genre fiction, the hero’s story evolves in a setting of our devising and is defined by their struggle against an antagonist.

Strong emotions characterize what and who we perceive as good or evil. Emotion is a constant force in our lives. When we write, the emotions we show must be credible, shown as real, or they will fail to move the reader.

Consider the forces of antagonism in the story. The antagonist can take many forms. In some stories, it will be a person or people who stand in the way. In other stories, an internal conflict and self-deceptions thwart the hero. When you think about it, we are usually our own worst enemy, constantly telling ourselves negative things that undermine our self-confidence.

When we create an antagonist, we take what is negative about a character and take it one step further: we hide it behind a lie.

First, we assign them a noun that says who the antagonist thinks they are. Good.

Then we assign them the noun that says who the protagonist believes they are. Evil.

CONTINUE READING HERE

A Dream Deferred by Pat Garcia @RRBC_ORG, @RRBC_RWISA

Please read this phenomenal blog post, written by my friend, author Patricia Garcia. She’s not only an amazing writer and poet, but also a great, caring and loving person and wonderful friend.


At the age of eight, I wrote and established my first newspaper in our dinky little neighborhood. Staff members-one person. Me. 

Being without a typewriter, I wrote it by hand. Personal computers were a thing of the future. I didn’t tell my parents about it. I desired to spotlight the positive changes in my community and give what I used to call the other people a different light on how they perceived black people. It was a fact that when we made the news, that meant we had done something wrong and was going to jail. 

To get writing materials, I went door to door selling the paper to my neighbors. I charged twenty-five cents a piece for each edition.

CONTINUE READING HERE

WHAT’S UP, Pat Garcia? – Written By Patricia Garcia

I seem to have disappeared after my book release, but I haven’t. I have been taking classes, writing feverishly on five submissions for writing contests, and preparing my marketing plan for Turn The Light On so that I could get it into motion. There were many things that I had to learn also about YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook that I hadn’t known before the book was published, and I have had fun learning these things most of the time.

Today, I am revealing the book trailer for Turn The Light On. Many thanks to 4WillsPublishing. They have been marvelous in setting my desires into the type of book trailer I wanted to have.

CONTINUE READING HERE

‘Cheating’ On Your Own Series

As many Readers, Friends, fellow Authors and Blog Visitors know, I am the author of ‘The Council of Twelve’ series, with the published books Soul Taker, Sundance, Demon Tracker, and Bounty Hunter.

Books five and six in the series are about to be sent to my copyright lawyer; book seven is almost ready to be sent to my editor. Currently, I’m tying book eight into the computer, and book nine is waiting to be typed in; and I drafted the plot of book 10.

‘The Council Of Twelve series is a pleasure to write, and I love my characters. They have become part of me, part of my thinking, and part of my family. I’m convinced I’m not the only author whose characters grew on him/her. I have been working on this series for more than five years. And I look forward to starting a new book in the series every single time. The series is supposed to consist of fourteen books, at least that’s what I planned, and I haven’t changed my mind.

Of course, I wrote a few short stories; I’ll mention two of them here: Bernie Showers In France and ‘The Famous House Special,’ both of them published on my friend the Vampire Maman Juliette Kings’ blog. Also, I published poetry, which can be read here on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest,’ in my poem category.

But for a while now, there was this story in my head. First, it was an idea. I wrote down a few sentences to not forget about it. And we’re talking about just three sentences and a few notes in my scrapbook. I took the notes over to OneNote, my writer’s tool that I constantly carry around with me in my devices, laptops, phones, and tablets. I transport my character sheets, ideas, notes, places, and many other things. Whenever I have time, I have a look at them – and slowly, very slowly, that idea started to stabilize, and I began to develop the plot, form the characters, and finally grabbed a scrapbook to begin writing the draft.

I have been sick for weeks… I’m not going into details here. During that time, I tried to do the most necessary but couldn’t really write or read. I felt horrible most of the time. While the work on this new book ceased, my brain still tried to work, and I’m trying my best to catch up on the writing.

And at this moment, I start touching a subject which I try to understand, and still, I’m not exactly sure what to make of my feelings. I started writing this story. It’s fun, building the characters, drafting the plot, planning the twists. Compared to the ‘The Council of Twelve’ series, that book is neither Young Adult nor Fantasy. It’s fiction, and I write for adults. There’s some romance, intimacy, crime… It’s something I never thought I would plan to write, but it’s fun; I like it. And I feel guilty!

I know, it sounds odd. But I honestly feel like I would ‘cheat’ on my series! I’m not really sure how to handle that feeling. Should I feel guilty? Is it normal to feel that way? How do other authors think if they decide to work on a book outside their series? Do they just start writing on their new project, or do they wait until they completed the series? What are they doing? How do they feel? Is it normal that I feel guilty not to continue to write the series, to feel like I’m neglecting the work on ‘The Council of Twelve’ series?

I’m not yet feeling all too comfortable writing this new book, even though it’s so much fun to write. But why should I feel guilty? Why should I not write a new story? What would other authors feel in such a case? Let me know in the comments. I’d be grateful.

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Author Spotlight – Caitlin Denman

Welcome!

1.            When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2018 after I had a dream about what is now my debut book She Awakens.  I had a dream about the story and just knew in my heart that I had to write that story.

2.            What motivates you to write?

I think I’m lucky in this aspect. Writing relaxes me and I’m an easily stressed person so I find myself writing multiple times a day as a way to calm myself.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write in young adult fantasy. I picked this genre because it’s the genre I most enjoy reading. I’ve read hundreds of books in this genre and it is a dream of mine to have my own book on the shelves beside books that I’ve already read and loved.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal in writing is to be a full time author. I want what probably every author wants, I want to make a living sharing my stories with everyone. But honestly if my stories resonate with even one person I would feel like all the stress and time spent writing was worth it.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I think every writer probably suffers from writer’s block at one time or another. I encountered writer’s block a couple of times along the journey writing my debut novel She Awakens. The first time this happened I didn’t write, I just waited for the block to leave, but that took months. While the writer’s block did eventually leave and I was able to continue my writing when it happened a second time I didn’t have months to wait for it to go away. The second time,  and every time since then, I’ve just pushed through. I push through by writing other things, that can be a different scene or even another story all together. I’ve found that by pushing through and continuing to write the writer’s block always leaves me in a couple of days.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

WRITE, WRITE, AND WRITE SOME MORE!!! Get everything you can down on paper. If things seem too daunting take it scene by scene if you have to. If you’re not feeling a scene that day, skip it for a scene you want to write. Take a notebook with you everywhere you go and if you get even five minutes to write, do it. Even if you only get a few words down a day that’s a few more words down on paper than you had the day before.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

My book is set in a time where the Fae have taken over the world and humans are in hiding. It revolves around Attina, a human girl who knows nothing about the woman who gave birth to her. The book follows her, along with her sassy sidekick talking horse Raven, as Attina learns more about her past and who she really is. As her journey progresses she learns that she is the only person who can take on the Fae King and put an end to the Fae’s vicious reign.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Find out more about Caitlin:

Caitlin lives and grew up in Southern California with her family and her three horses, three dogs, and a cat. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s in agribusiness.

Caitlin is a debut author and her first book is a YA Fantasy called She Awakens which is available now at Amazon and is a part of kindle unlimited. She Awakens is a coming of age story about a human girl and her journey, with her sassy talking horse Raven, to take on the Fae King.

Besides writing, she loves training and competing on horses. She has competed in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping, and mounted shooting. She has owned and ridden horses since she was twelve-years-old.

Caitlin would love to connect with each and every person who loves her books. You can find her links here:

http://bit.ly/LinktreeCaitlin


Caitlin’s Debut Book:

In this Young Adult page turner, Attina finds herself in an unlikely predicament when it’s uncovered the normal, human existence she thought she lived is turned upside down. Finding out she’s half Fae not only confounds her, but in a time where the brutal Fae run the world she is suddenly tasked with bringing the Fae and humans together.

With the help of her trusty, and somewhat snarky steed Raven, Attina sets out on a mission to save the human race from extinction. As she continues on her mission, she discovers powers beyond her wildest dreams.

In a world where it’s tricky to discern who’s good and where the evil really lies, Attina finds herself in one predicament after another, not knowing who to trust except for Raven. As her journey unfolds, her strength and will are tested.

Will she ever be strong enough to bridge the gap between these two worlds?

Here is the form for a signed paperback: https://forms.gle/MPtEGy4fpprngBvr8

Links to She Awakens

US- http://bit.ly/sheawakensus

UK-http://bit.ly/sheawakensuk

CA-http://bit.ly/sheawakensca

AU-http://bit.ly/sheawakensau


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Author Spotlight – Amanda Forry-Fino

1.            When did you start writing?

Since I was thirteen years old and homeschooled, my writing has been one of my forms of relief. When I self-published my first book when I was 23, everything fell together. 

2.            What motivates you to write?

Throughout my life, many people have asked me to write about my life, as well as how I coped with my Cerebral Palsy and conquered it. To me, having CP means that I have to overcome it each day. Writing it was very challenging for me because I knew I never wanted to return to what I had experienced in my past. I was also inspired because I would like to see people without disabilities treat people with disabilities like them.

other than that…

Because of Cerebral Palsy, I have a speech impairment, which is why I write. It’s my way of expressing myself.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I tend to write in the romance genre. I always have been a hopeless romantic daydreamer when I was younger but now I’m older, adding true crime, forbidden love to my romantic storyline mix. Hey, who says that evil bad guy doesn’t have soul-mates. LOL

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

When I started out, my goal was to become a best-selling author with movies and TV shows based on my work. Life had happened and I decided to go and became a Certified Disability Self Advocate,  I’m trying my best to become one of the voices of those who, through disability, cannot speak for themselves. I am not out for myself; I’m out for that friend who went into an institution for life because of her CP. And that friend who can’t talk or walk, who uses a wheelchair and his iPad to communicate. I hope to make a positive impact through my new book “Living Strong With Cerebral Palsy,” and continue writing under a pseudonym, Sasha Fino- “Getting My Sexy On.”

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Several years ago, I suffered from writer’s block. I dropped the ball with my pen name of Alexandra Forry. During that time, I was in a dark place. Yet, I met another author, and with their help, I wrote ‘Blue Bell’ and published it.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

There is a sorry inside of you. Don’t let anyone stop you from writing. Nothing or no one ever gets in your way to publishing your book.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

In total, there are eight books that I have written, Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy and Cerebral Palsy Gal, my first attempt at a children’s book by me, Amanda. Under my pseudonym, Sasha Fino, Omerta: Journey to the Past, Kingpin, My Vega Confessions, Sedona’s Heart, and Blue Bell; a Dark Academy Romance. One is a short story in Witchy Wonders anthology that was out for a limited time. Each book is special to me for different reasons, so I can’t choose my favorite.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

No thank you for having me here!


Learn more about Amanda

Greetings, my name is Amanda Forry-Fino, and I’m a Disability Self Advocate. The book entitled Cerebral Palsy Gal is part of the Living Strong with CP series and is the second book in the series. This is my first attempt at a children’s book. Also, being an active member of the Training Alumni Association (T.A.A.)—an association of graduates of the Partners in Policymaking program and the Youth Leadership Academy supported by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to facilitate grassroots advocacy. Being a proud graduate of this year’s class of 2020.

While writing under a pen name, I have published numerous novels and short stories. I enjoy spending time with my mom and our dog Mila while watching good films noir with my dad.


Find Amanda Here

cpgal.com


Amandas Books

6 Creative Ways to Name Your Fictional Characters – Written By Andre Clayton

Thank you, Andre Clayton for a great blog post about naming our fictional characters. We all have been there. And for all of us it’s always interesting to find out how other authors are doing it!


on The Write Life:

When you start writing your story, how long does it take you to come up with character names?

Choosing the perfect name for your protagonist and antagonist can take ages, especially when you’re not sure how to start.

I’ve been there. After wasting days staring at a blank computer screen, attempting to come up with names for all of my characters, I developed with some helpful naming strategies. And I’d like to share them with you!

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