Author Interview with Imogen Keeper

I’m very excited to share with you a little chat I had with a dear friend of mine. Actually, it’s weird for me to call this an author interview because of how close we are, but I’m gonna call it that anyway.

I’ve been working closely with Immy for…I don’t know, a long time now. Long before either of us published. It’s so fun to be on this journey with her. Immy is so very talented, has an incredible knack for detail and description, and builds an exciting world in her stories. I love reading her work.

I could go on and on, but I won’t. You can check her out yourself if you want at her website, Facebook, or Twitter. She’d love to see you. So, without carrying on any further, here’s our Q and A session:

1) Why do you write in your genre?
Hmmm…. Why do I write steamy romances (heavy on the steamy)? I guess… it just happened. When I first started writing I had the idea in mind of a sleeping beauty. Only, I wanted to know what happened after the prince kissed her and woke her up. It seemed like that story ended way too soon. It just sort of came to life around this image of a man in space finding a women who’d been in cryo-freeze. I didn’t plan to write scifi. That happened on it’s own. Then, I added some steam because I thought it would be easier to make a name for myself in erotica. That was a deliberate choice born of lack of confidence.
2) What is the single biggest struggle you’ve had in your writing?
Dealing with myself. Self-doubt. Laziness. Lack of motivation. Inability to focus. Self-doubt. Laziness. Motivation. Focus. Rinse. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat.
I am my own worst enemy. Being my own boss is incredibly difficult. If left to my own devices, I’d probably start a new book every month and stop writing after chapter five and hop on to something else. I’d convinced myself I’m terrible and never finish a thing. The only solution I’ve found for it is to be entirely intolerant of my own foibles. In order to write, I have to bribe, punish, bully and berate myself on a daily basis. Chocolate provides strong incentive.
3) What’s the easiest part of writing for you?
The beginning. The first chapter is the most fun for me. I love it. I discover as I write what’s going on. I get to know the characters. They reveal themselves to me slowly and the world unfolds around them, full of excitement and mystery. That’s magic. If I could start a new book every month, I’d be a happy writer, but I’d also never finish anything. So I wouldn’t be a writer, I’d just be a person who writes sometimes.
4) Who’s your favorite character in your work?
That’s such a hard question. It really is. I love them all. I think for men, the first MC I ever created. I have a soft spot for him. He had a potty mouth and he made so many mistakes, but he just wanted to do the right thing. He was a sweetheart deep down. I love him.
For the women, I think the one I’m working on at any given time. I have to really get into their heads, so I get very invested in them while I’m writing. I love Klymeni, from my third novel. She’s naïve at the beginning for sure, but she grows up a lot. Not everyone would call her strong, but she’s got a serious backbone and a strong set of morals.
5) How do you write?
Mostly sitting in my family room on the sectional with my laptop in my lap. I have a desk, but I never seem to get to it. If I had the ability, I’d have uninterrupted writing time. Even two solid hours a day with no one to bother me and I think I could be tremendously productive. But that never happens. I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. Someone needs me constantly. Some day, I’ll have my own office with a big cozy chair and a great big door. But for now, I write when I can.

Immy currently has two novels published and is feverishly working on…I don’t even know how many more. Three that I know of, but knowing her, there are more. Two of those that she’s currently working on are a part of the series that’s already out, although all of her novels can be read as standalones.

Both of these books are available at Amazon.

Here’s Immy’s bio:

Hi! Call me Immy!
I’ve got a stupid-rampant imagination for all things silly, sexy and sordid. It’s hard to keep it all in, so I write down my day-dreams and my night-dreams into the form of big alpha heroes and the ladies who love them.

www.imogenkeeper.com
facebook.com/Imogenkeeper
@ImogenKeeper
imogen.keeper@gmail.com
https://www.amazon.com/Imogen-Keeper/e/B01K832H86/

Happy Mother’s Day! My gift to you, a free copy of Luck o’ the (non)Irish

Hey all you wonderful people, I’d like to share the joy of the day by giving you a free copy of my police romantic comedy book, Luck o’ the (non)Irish.

The love of a family is the greatest joy in life, and to celebrate that, I’d like to give you a copy of my book, in hopes that I can also give you some laughter and joy. You can pick it up here free on Sunday, May 14. (It is in KU, so if you’re enrolled, feel free to snag it up any time.)

Finding Passion at the Bowman’s Inn

Spring is in the air, with summer right around the corner! Woohoo! And with the fresh new season, it’s a perfect time for new romances!

I’m excited to be a part of this Spring/Summer 2017 collection of short stories. Bowman’s Inn is a magical place where love and happiness are sure to be found. I mean, what better place to meet your lover than at a bar, right?

Ha! I suppose that could go either way. But with the help of Cupid, aka Valentine Archer, and Psyche, aka Amanda Boone, odds are pretty good that all will turn out well, even if there are a few fun bumps along the way.

Finding Passion is a story about two people with opposite demeanors. A man who is cut-and-dry and no fun, and a woman who’s bubbly and cheerful at every moment. They’re sure to annoy the heck out of each other, right?

Right.

But Amanda and Val know better than Aidan and Carrie do. Once Val slips them the heavenly Spring Break drink, it’s only a matter of time. Carrie does her best to teach Aidan all about passion.

Too bad he’s a slow learner.

Good thing she has patience.

And thank goodness for Val and Mandy.

But this is only the beginning of their story. With any luck, Aidan and Carrie will continue their journey of falling in love into the Fall/Winter Bowman’s Inn collection, in Passion Found. At that time, even with temperatures falling, things will definitely heat up.

I’m so happy to be a part of this collection of stories. Bowman’s Inn is an ongoing publication, with new stories being brought to life a few times a year. What a fun and refreshing idea! After all, inns and bars do see a lot of people over time, and this is simply the story of some of those people passing through. Pick up a copy of Bowman’s Inn Spring/Summer 2017 edition! I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy!

Author Interview with D de Carvalho

I’m really excited to share with you an interview I did with a good friend of mine. Actually, not only is D. de Carvalho a good friend, but so is the other guy, Francisco Cordoba whom he speaks of. D is a wonderful and good-hearted person, has a personality larger than life, and is a very talented writer. His stories are steamy and spicy, for sure, but they’re also tainted with plenty of emotion and sweetness. I devour everything of his that I can get my hands on.

So, here you are with a bit of my discussion with D. de Carvalho.

  When did you decide to become a writer?

About a year ago. Actually, my great friend Francisco Cordoba suggested it to me. We were chatting about his Horsemen of Golegã series, and I was helping him sex up some of his erotic scenes. I tried to put in a BDSM scene, which he felt was totally inappropriate for his characters. I pushed the issue. We argued. I may have called him a pantywaist. That led to more argument and a few insults I won’t repeat here. By the time the dust settled, he’d challenged me to, “Write your own damn porn and stop messing with quality”.

Obviously, I couldn’t let him get away with that.

The funny part is that he’s been writing for years and had already put in twelve months on The Horsemen of Golegã. It’s now twelve months since he challenged me, and he still isn’t published. But I am.

Hah! Suck on that Cordoba.

(I’m (Renee) laughing my butt off at this point. Told you D is a handful.)

  What drew you to write humorous erotica?

I love sex. (Yes, he does. He talks about it all the time. 😛) I love weirdness and anything a little off the wall. Everyone likes to laugh sometimes. Combining these concepts thrust me towards the idea of #KozyKink, and Hot Pink throbbed into being with a screaming orgasm. It was a completely organic transition from my real life interests to the Hot Pink world.

  Can you give us an insight into the main characters in your published stories. What makes them special?

In Hot Pink Heels, the main character is Johnny – a mild-mannered shoe-salesman with a huge talent for fitting large appendages into small spaces. His nemesis/sometime sidekick is Ug, the not-so-little caveman in his pants.

The main character in Hot Pink Dragon is Pinkie – the little shifter that could. Five lives are altered forever when Pinkie comes to town.

What are you currently working on and what is it about?

Currently, I’m working on two new stories.

Hot Pink Dick is a humorous erotic mystery. When the prized Crystal Dildo—the jewel encrusted phallus belonging to Howie Huffner—entrepreneur and CEO of the infamous Kitten Klub—goes missing, retired Detective Richard Clitoris, now Private Eye Dick Clit, is hot on the trail interviewing all and sundry in his own inimitable and intimate style.

Hot Pink Links is a humorous erotic romance. When Megan convinces Christie to celebrate her new single status with the Complete Hot Pink Package of lessons at the local golf club, golf pro Ace and Wood the caddie take turns as teachers, and the ladies learn that addressing the balls satisfactorily is all in how you swing.

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

Control is the main advantage for me. I make my covers, I write my stories, I edit my stories or work with a buddy of mine to edit them, I publish, market and promote. It’s all about me, and I can reap more rewards for my efforts than if I published traditionally. I’m also a grumpy old fart and if I sat around waiting for a traditional contract, I’d likely be dead before I saw a book for sale in any form.

The main disadvantage is the work. In some ways, it would be great to just hand a draft over to someone and say, “Let me know when it’s published.” But then again, that’s a bit like handing your lover over to someone else and saying, “Let me know when she’s pregnant.”

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want to introduce people to the world of Hot Pink and the concept of #KozyKink. In the Hot Pink world, sex is sometimes silly, sometimes fun, sometimes romantic, sometimes just a damn good time. Dark encounters and brushes with BDSM can and will occur. Shifters and other paranormal beings will show their steamy sides. Aliens and other peculiar denizens may sometimes be bouncing on the beds. Inanimate objects may take on a life of their own.

The main point of Hot Pink is to have fun, tell a good story, and explore the lighter side of weirdness. Basically, anything goes when it’s hot and pink.

By the time I’m done, I want to see an army of Hot Pink titles dancing, writhing, shimmying, and groaning their way from my fingers into readers’ hearts and between their legs.

I want to turn you on and make you read one-handed while a huge grin spreads across your face.

 

And there you have it. D. de Carvalho.

I’ll admit I screwed up on timing of this post. de Carvalho was just featured on a blog takeover, and I missed inviting you all to it, but you can go check out the shenanigans at Facebook/opheliadragons.

You can find D de Carvalho at the following locations:

Website: https://www.thehotpinkpress.com

Twitter: @hotpinkcarvalho

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

Hot Pink Heels is available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Pink-Heels-Free-all-ebook/dp/B01M7PMX8W/

Hot Pink Dragon is available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Pink-Dragon-Because-sometimes-ebook/dp/B06VVGJB5V/

A FREE Hot Pink title EXCLUSIVE to fans will be available shortly.

de Carvalho Bio

A native of far-flung locations, and a grade A student of life, Carvalho developed his passion for fine foods and erotic encounters at a young age. He is proud to be a practicing member of the BDSM community, as well as a self-confessed and widely acknowledged grumpy old man.

In his Hot Pink series, D. de Carvalho serves up a smorgasbord of hot ‘n spicy erotic tales with no holds barred. Whether you savor sweet romance or crave the delicious tang of dark desire, Carvalho caters with tales to tempt every taste. Each sexy story arrives with a side order of humor sprinkled with romance, suspense, paranormal, or mystery.

“I like to explore the lighter side of weird shit.” – D. de Carvalho

Valentine’s Day Anthology Release!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the publication of a fun little Valentine’s Day Anthology. Five fun short stories, and they’re all quite different. A little something for everyone! For some laughs, romance, and sexy times, please check us out! Valentine’s Day Anthology

As a thank you for your purchase, feel free to sign up for my email list at the right of this page and I’ll be happy to send you a copy of my next short story free! A St. Patrick’s Day Romance, Luck o’ the (non)Irish. I’ll be sharing the cover soon!

Thank you!

Author Interview with Bigga Day

Woohoo! I just got to spend some time getting to know a fellow writer in the Romance genre. Such a fun person! Bigga has concentrated on writing short stories in the past, but she’s recently delved into the world of writing novels.

Here’s a little snippet of our conversation, along with her bio and contact link at the bottom of the interview.

So how do you develop your characters for your story?
Ah, this depends on what I’m writing, but mostly I develop characters as I go along according to the story. I admire writers who have dossier upon dossier on their characters – they know every single detail about their character.
For me, I just know their gender, and perhaps their story goal. Sometimes they wouldn’t even get names until I’d written a considerable portion of the story.

 
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Oh boy, that’s so funny and tickles me because I’m still an aspiring writer in some ways and there is already so much advice out there – good, bad and plain useless.
I guess from my own expereinces I’ll say read, write, and for crying out loud, don’t get exhausted by reading ‘how-to-write’ books, or following the writing rules. And treat so-called writing blog gurus with caution.
If possible, invest in a reputable basic or beginner’s writing class or course with a commercially published instructor/tutor. Equally, join a good critiquing or workshopping group (in real life or online). I’m a member of Scribophile which I highly recommend, because I doubt I’ll have finished my novel if I wasn’t part of the site.

 
What drew you to write in this genre?
Now that’s an easy question. I read a lot of romance as a teenager, so when I started writing I just seemed to gravitate towards romance.

 
Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I’m not into about famous people. I’m interested in celebrity news but it’s mostly for watercooler and small talk or just icebreakers. Also there is the public image and persona which may be very different from the private person.
I’m more about non-famous people I can learn directly from – I work in the charity sector so I get to meet and work with a lot of inspirational people, and then my family, friends and people I know.

 
Are there types of scenes you find more difficult to write? How do you handle that?
The sex scenes are difficult. The action sequence, the mood, and feelings or sensory details. A little more than ‘Wham bam, thank you, ma’am’ type thing. At times, I’m not sure it’s worth the effort since getting the right balance can be challenging, and it’s also a matter of reader’s taste.
How do I handle that? At this point I’m not sure, I like sex scenes to be emotionally charged and move the plot forward. So the jury is still out.
The next are emotional scenes. These are best written when I know the ‘essence’ of the character. I can really channel into their core emotions, and it’s hard to describe because it’s not just about having a paper character profile with traits.
However, if I don’t have the ‘essence’ of the character, writing emotional scenes can feel flat and generic. It will still be technically sound but just missing that something – however at times that needs to be good enough.

Anna W Aden lives in the UK. She also blogs and writes under the pseudonym Biggaletta “Bigga” Day. She is a self confessed cake-aholic who loves a bargain in the sales, discovering London’s open green spaces, the occasional music concert, and libraries.

And once in awhile she catches up on reality and youtube shows.

https://applesandpeanuts.wordpress.com

Interview with R-R Varg

Wow! I just had the chance to hang out with a fellow writer. We had a ball discussing our writing habits. R-R writes romance, but not the same type of romance I do, so I was quite interested in what she had to say. She writes male/male, and she has a true passion for her stories. So much fun!

R-R’s not yet published, but working hard toward that goal. If you’re interested in M/M romance, keep her in mind and follow her updates!

Here’s a little portion of our conversation:

How much research do you do? Too much. I do research when I should be writing. I think it’s fun to learn new things. However only in the context that it’s needed for my characters to be able to live their lives. I’m not interested in learning new things if it’s not for them. I’m odd like that. Now if I had only had a character interested in science when I was young. Then I might actually have done some much needed school work.

Have you written works in collaboration with other writers, and if so: why did you decide to collaborate and did it affect your sales? I have, with my sister. We posted it on a Swedish website so we didn’t get any money for it. We did it for fun, which it was. I would definitely do it again with others if I was given the chance.

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit? Yes, I let it stew for longer than that though. I have unfinished stories from 22 years ago however I sadly do not have them on file. So I can’t work on them anymore. I do have an old external hard drive that I have several old stories on (maybe 10-15 year old) that I’m going to go through sometime in the future, and I also have a lot of stories (1-10 year old) waiting for me in my dropbox. I hope that none of them have turned rotten when I get back to them.

Do your romance novels feature sex, and if so, where do you lie on the spectrum between fade-to-black and explicit? Well, considering the fact that I write romance, yes, almost all of my characters above the age of 18 have sex. However, I do not write any of it. I write kisses and touching but when it leads to something more I fade to black. I have only written one short story erotica. I might do that for stories when I have had them published later but I won’t add any sex in the actual books. I know that will disappoint some of the people reading my book because I will market it towards ‘youngsters’ who read Yaoi and shounen ai (male gay romances written for girls,) but I want to focus on the relationships, not the sex they might end up having.

Would you let your grandmother read your work? First off, she wouldn’t be able to read it because it’s in English and that’s not our native language, and I don’t believe that English was something they were taught in school when she was little. However, if it was translated…Well, I would just have to ask her beforehand about her views on homosexuality and transgenders. If she doesn’t mind that, then yes, I would let her read it. She would probably enjoy it as well. She’s an odd one.

R-R. Varg’s Bio

R-R. Varg is a 35-year-old shounen ai writer living in a small apartment in northern Sweden together with 4 cats and a dragon.

Storytelling has always been R-R’s major hobby, but it was not until recently that a sudden realization hit R-R. Getting published turned into more than just a childhood dream, it’s about to become a reality.

Looking forward, R-R’s debut novella from the Scrambled collection series will be self-published in 2018.

Visit R-R’s information hub at: http://rin-rins.net

Interview with Demi Hungerford

Happy January! Happy 2017!

For my kickoff into the new year, I got to spend some time with my friend Demi Hungerford. She’s an amazing woman, bursting with energy and love for everyone she comes into contact with. I swear, it’s like she has a magic wand she zaps everyone with to give a little spring to their step.

She’s a true inspiration and a leader in everything she does, which is a lot, if you take a look at her history below or her Facebook page. Check out her sites if you want an added smile from time to time. (She likes to post funny or sexy images, which of course is always fun. 😛 )

Here’s a little excerpt of my conversation with Demi:

  1. What are your views on social media for marketing, and which of them have worked best for you?

I’ve not gotten a handle on social media marketing. I’ve tried giveaways and Facebook parties and Twitter. I need to devote one day per week to marketing, and so far I haven’t been able to do that.

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

I’m a movie buff, so I can’t really narrow things down to one movie of all time. But I love Somewhere in Time, I love the BBC mini-serioes of Pride and Prejudice, and I love Deadpool. I actually adore all of the Marvel Universe movies so far.

  1. Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

Being a writer is a gift, because you absorb so much of the world around you and figure out how to use it to improve your writing. It’s a curse because often you would rather be alone with your computer instead of socializing or working. Of course, when you are sitting at your computer, the ideas often play hide and seek. At night when you try to fall asleep, the ideas come out and mock you.

  1. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing as far as content?

Description. When I read some books that go on and on telling the reader what color carpeting the room has or what books were on the shelves, if it doesn’t help the plot, I skim over it. So when I write, I seem to give little or no descriptions. My beta readers help me with that.

  1. When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

My characters only let me know a certain amount of their back story at a time. My heroine in Regency Banquet: Entrée—Pure Captivation had a secret that I didn’t unravel until my third attempt to write the story.

This is just a little taste of Demi’s writerly journey. She truly is an amazing person, and a brilliant writer. I encourage you to check her out!

Biography for Demi Hungerford

Born and raised in Southern California, DL Hungerford began writing right about the time you would expect. She has worked as a child care provider, a cook, a caterer, a clerk, customer service operator, blackjack dealer, house cleaner, bird breeder, a case worker for local government, and a supervisor of case workers. She honed her writing skills through fanzines, epic letters, and minutes for various clubs. She also wrote newsletter submissions for clubs, as well as movie and book reviews.

DL loves the world of fiction, especially Regency England, but hopes to explore other horizons as time permits. She still lives in Southern California with her husband, a spoiled cat, a spoiled dog, and a flock of parrots and other birds.

She also writes under the pen name of Roxanna Haley. You can contact her through any of the various links below:

http://windr0se.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HungerfordsHistoricals/

https://www.facebook.com/RoxannaHaleyAuthor/?fref=ts

http://www.amazon.com/Roxanna-Haley/e/B00XZC10BS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

https://www.amazon.com/Entr%C3%A9e-Pure-Captivation-Regency-Banquet-ebook/dp/B01L6DJYEC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472734392&sr=8-2&keywords=Roxanna+Haley

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/661631

 

 

 

Interview with author Sherry Terry

I’m excited to introduce you to my author friend, Sherry Terry. I’ve read lots of her work, and she’s quite an amazing storyteller. Her romances are sweet and tender…and hot. You can’t help but fall in love with her characters.

Sherry writes historical as well as contemporary romance, and is quite particular at getting her facts straight. Her passion for facts leads to incredible detail in her stories. You feel like you’re their watching it all happen! From being stranded in the mountains during a blizzard (contemporary) to watching the castle being taken over by the enemy (historical, obviously), you’ll be in for a fast-paced, exciting adventure.

I was recently able to ask Sherry a few questions, and here are her answers:

Q: Do your friends and family know that you write romance/erotica?

A: Yes. They support me 100% and encourage me to keep writing erotica romance. In fact, they bug me more than anyone else about when I’m going to publish.

Q: Where do your ideas come from?

A: Everywhere. Mostly scenery, a beautiful spot during a sunset, a tree growing unusually, a dark path into the forest. A friend can post a picture online, and I’m off to the races with a story idea. Rarely do I get ideas from a written prompt, it’s usually a visual prompt. I once saw a linen cart in my grandmother’s nursing home that gave me a flash of an idea for a horror story, bodies stuffed in the linen carts… Que scary music!

Q: For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

A: I’m not all that thrilled with the new trends in the publishing world because I like the feel of a book in my hands. An ebook doesn’t have the same feel. I love the way paper and hard back books smell, the turning of the pages, the folding down of the corner to save my place. I swore I would never hold anything less than a book in my hand. Then I got old and can’t see well anymore, so ebooks are better. I have a light on my kindle.

Q: What do you think of “trailers” for books, and will you create one for your own romance and erotica work?

A: I’ve seen some good ones and some bad ones. I have no feelings one way or the other. Right now, I have no plans to create one for my stories at this time, but I need to do some research on how they impact sales first.

Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

A: I would do one of those castles vacations in Ireland or Scotland. I would love to stay at least a week or two and immerse myself in their way of life and history.

Haha! Of course she’d like to visit one one of those castles. She wrote a book with a castle as the setting. Beautiful!

And there you have it—a glimpse into the life of author Sherry Terry. I’ll let you know when her books are available. You won’t want to miss them!

Sherry Terry lives on Red Bull and sarcasm in a small town in Texas with her hermaphroditic cat named, Hermy. As a single mother, she put herself through college and worked as a Radiologic Technologist for almost twenty years before she gave it all up to be a bum. In her Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, she spends all of her time writing the next greatest romance novel to hit the market. Her blog is dedicated to helping aspiring writers with how-to articles and awesome research links.

Please feel free to friend her on Facebook

Follow her on Twitter

And visit her blog, verysherryterry

Interview with romance author Julia Ward

You all have got to meet my good friend, Julia Ward. She’s a fun, happy, energetic person who’s always bubbling with jokes and plenty of laughter. I’m currently reading a couple of books she’s written, and they’re both sweet and romantic. The men are caring and patient, and the women are sweet and a little bit sassy. We don’t know just yet when they’ll be ready for publication, but I’ll be sure to let you all know when they do come out!

We’ve been chatting up a storm lately, so I thought I’d give you a little taste of her energy! Here’s some of what we discussed:

Why did you choose to write Romance?

Julia: I didn’t choose Romance, it chose me. Silly but I had to say it.

I have a fascination with how people come together and stay together. Connections between people are amazing. Why didn’t I stay with that one guy? Why have I stayed with this one? What about that really sweet guy from the good family that had the great job but didn’t have that artist spirit? That fascination with just the right spot in the crossroads of intellect and emotion, reason and chemistry. Plus, I just love bringing people together. I am not a matchmaker in real life.

Do you live a romantic life?

Julia: You know, I believe that romance is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak. We all find different things romantic. When I was younger, I was a sucker for red roses. If my husband gave me any now I’d probably beat him with them. Some people like jewelry but I don’t wear it. What I’d find romantic currently is when he’ll play a game with me, something like (actual) mahjongg or Empire Builder (rail game), or maybe a jam session. But it’s also a choice, kind of like feeling sexy. That’s as much in my hands as it is in his. If I want flowers, I buy myself flowers (though I’m super excited when he draws one for me). So the answer is: Yes, I do live a romantic life. It takes some effort but it works for me.

What is your favorite movie and why?

Julia: That is an impossible question. (laughs) I don’t have one single favorite movie. I have many favorites depending on what I need at the moment. Always, Princess Bride, The Wedding Date, Must Love Dogs are go-tos for romance inspiration or when I just need crying girl time. Tango and Cash for explosions, action, and big, dumb guy inspiration. Star Wars (IV-VI) when I need homey, comfort movies. Then there are the X-men and Avenger series for when I just need to feel like someone’s out there kicking bad-guys’ back sides.

There’s just no way to pick only one.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Julia: The same thing my mom used to tell me. Have fun and be yourself. There’ll be a time that you’ll stop. Don’t. Figure out how to ride through it. But don’t sweat it. We’re still okay.

When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

Julia: I let them develop as I go. (laughs) This has been a pain sometimes. I have a couple of stories that need serious rewrite at the beginning because the MMC changed in the course of a couple of chapters. The hazard of being a “pantser”.

Julia Ward is a Pacific Northwest native. During childhood she delighted in running with the family’s pack of dogs through the neighboring forest pretending to live out many adventures. More stories filled her head over the years with only a few making it to paper. Now, with kids grown who have kids of their own, she looks forward to sharing her stories with others and hopes they’ll bring a little fun or love into someone’s life.

A variety of disparate jobs during her years has given her some interesting experiences and knowledge leading to the formation of some quirky characters.

Currently, her primary genre leans toward the romantic side but she also has works in progress that wander into the sci-fi as well as the paranormal realms.

She looks forward to getting to know her readers and hopes they enjoy her work.

You can find a little more about her at About.Mehttps://about.me/JuliaWardAuthor/JuliaWardAuthor

And some of her rambles (and perhaps a snippet or two) at halffastwriter.wordpress.com