Welcome back to the 2nd episode of the Indie Debut Authors Bash! Take a look below for today’s featured authors!
When Dax Varley isn’t reading, she’s slinging words onto a page. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband and a half-dozen imaginary friends. Visit her website here.
Can you tell us about your Debut, SPELLBOUND AND DETERMINED, in 10 words or less?
Ancient spell = chaos = funny = friends. #EssenceofRomance
Witches are not in YA books nearly as much as they should be. Should we expect lots of spells and spookiness?
My characters aren’t witches, but spells abound. The main character works in her grandmother’s new age shop.
Absolutely. Look for CURSED AND CONTAGIOUS in 2014. Date TBA.
You also have another book that came out this year called SEVERED – A Tale of Sleepy Hollow. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Yes, that’s my newest. I’ve always loved The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and wondered how it could be told from Katrina Van Tassel’s point of view. In my version she gets caught up in the horror, beheadings, and a love affair with the gorgeous young Ichabod Crane. And with my freaky attraction to the Headless Horseman, it was a novel I felt compelled to write.
How difficult was it to release two books in the same year? No…within a MONTH apart from each other?
Actually, they were nearly three months apart. The ebook of SPELLBOUND AND DETERMINED came out on May 20. SEVERED was released August 12. Juggling the two hasn’t been easy, especially since they are so different in style – one humor, one horror.
What are you currently working on now?
A horror YA not for the faint of heart.
What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?
SIREN’S LURE by Renee Pace. It’s coming out in January.
N.L. Greene, who is 1/2 of the author duo Riana Lucas, has decided to venture outside of the Fantasy world that she and her best friend created with Poppy and The Deadly Flowers Series to write a few books on her own. While she loves working with her best friend, writing solo has allowed her to explore interest that had solely been her own. She spends a lot of time reading her favorite authors which range all over the place and in every genre, but spends just as much time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, shopping, and playing video games. Nichole was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Florida, where she and her high school sweetheart live with their two children.
Can you tell us about your Debut, TWISTED, in 10 words or less?
Ultimate betrayals from the one person you trust the most.
What genre would you categorize Twisted as?
That was actually a hard one. I placed it in the New Adult category because of the content, but I feel that any mature Young Adult could benefit from reading the book.
Can readers expect a fluffy romance in this one?
I don’t know if ‘fluffy’ is the right word. This book is more about the struggle that Nat has growing up and her best friend, who is the cause of all her struggles and heartache. The things she goes through aren’t sugar-coated or down played at all and the bulk of the book isn’t very happy. Does it have HEA? Yes!
Will there be a sequel? If not, are you currently working on anything else?
No, no sequel. Nat’s story is over and complete with this book. I am working on a NA Paranormal series now about magic. I’m really excited about this one too because my husband has been helping me with some of the ideas.
What was your favorite scene to write?
Hmmm…As odd as it may sound, I think it was the scene where Nat witnesses an overdose. It was hard to write because I wanted it to be real for the reader and it wasn’t pretty. But it was also the turning point for Nat and really important to her story.
Who designed the cover of Twisted?
That would be me!!!
What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?
Well honestly, I’m still trying to keep up with all of the AMAZING debut’s that are still to come this year. But I do have Alienated by Melissa Landers on my list to read.
Susan Stielow is a married mother of four who was born and raised in Michigan. In June of 2013 Susan and her family moved to Georgia to get away from the cold winters of Michigan.
Susan’s love for writing started as a young teen when she, her mother and younger sister, had to move. Starting over and making new friends didn’t come easy for her, so she started to write short stories about her old friends and the boy at the end of her street, that was a few years older than her that she had a desperate crush on.
It wasn’t until adulthood, when her oldest son graduated high school, that she finally started to take a writing career seriously. In 2010 Susan sat down at her computer and went through the many book ideas that she had written over the years, and thus, Bloodborn, began to take shape.
When Susan isn’t in the writing chair, she can be found at a local movie theater with her husband, forcing him to endure yet another chic flick. Or curled up in a chair when the house is quiet with one of her favorite books. But the one weekly ritual Susan cherishes the most, is hanging out with her kids watching various T.V. shows like: Supernatural, Lost Girl and The Game of Thrones.
Q: Can you tell us about your Debut, BLOODBORN, in 10 words or less?
A: Witty paranormal romance chock-full of supernatural thrills, mystery, and excitement.
Q: What genre would you categorize Bloodborn as?
Q: What was your favorite scene to write?
A: Chapter 16 Love, Loss and Family – Hospital scene. Pgs. 332 – 335. Was my favorite scene to write because the vulnerability and rawness between the two characters, Kellan and Gracie, was very real for me. The emotions that the scene invokes, are emotions that truly came straight from my heart.
A: I have to name each chapter before I can continue writing, or else picking a chapter heading will consume me. (I know, weird)
Q: Do you have any other authors who inspire you?
A: Too many to count, but here are a few. J.R. Ward, Darynda Jones, Cassandra Clare, Melissa De La Cruz, Larissa Ione, Stephenie Meyer.
Q: Are you currently working on anything else? Maybe a sequel to Bloodborn?
A: I am currently working on book two in the Bloodborn series. Scarlet Butterfly is the title of book two, and is due to be released late 2014.
Q: If you could cast anyone to play the main character in Bloodborn, who would you choose?
A: For the heroine, Gracie Ambrose, I would choose Jennifer Lawrence.
For Liam Kingston, I would choose Tyler Hoechlin.
And last but not least, for Kellan Hensley, I would choose Liam Hensworth.
Q: What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?
A: There are actually a couple. The King by J.R. Ward, Sixth Grave on The Edge by Darynda Jones, The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare.
I hold a Master of Education in Administration and Policy Studies and I’m chasing my doctorate in Special Education. Currently, I offer professional development in bullying identification, prevention, and intervention and I am available to speak to students at secondary schools about the writing process or bring a message that challenges them to S.T.O.P. bullying and suicide. Oh, and one more very important detail: I love CHOCOLATE!