Q&A with Alice C. Hart

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This week on the blog is another of my fellow authors from Sexy in the City Toronto.. the every beautiful… Alice Hart!

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allyhartWhat were you like at school?

I loved school. It was more of a social event for me than anything. Looking back, I wonder what could have happened had I gave a fuck and applied myself.

Were you good at English?

I rocked English… In school. I’m pretty sure I’d fail miserably now. Math was not my strong point and still isn’t. Fuck numbers n shit.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’d love to have a writing career. For this to happen, I need people to read and hopefully love what I write. This is going to be hard for me because I love being a tad un-conventional. I don’t care about HEA’s, love cliffhangers, I love all the things that a lot of people don’t like lol.

Which writers inspire you?

EVERYTHING

So, what have you written?

I wrote a book. It’s called, Obsession. The main character is loosely based on me. All the other characters are based on my friends.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

My story is told from three different POV’s. My main bitch, Abby Osborne actually has a job, an apartment, and so does her love interest, Jake Jackson. They both work at a homeless shelter.

What I love about my characters, they are not perfect. They drink, they smoke, they party. I feel like they live their lives without apologising but also aren’t hurting anyone at the same time. People aren’t perfect. Life isn’t perfect. It’s messy, complicated, and sometimes you have a stalker LOL.

What are you working on at the minute?Small New e Cover

Oh lord, I have three things I’m currently working on. Book 2 to the Stalker Series is top priority. I also want it to kick ass and refuse to release it until I feel it’s good enough.

What genre are your books?

This series is Romantic/Suspense, sprinkled with a hint of funny.

What draws you to this genre?

I’m generally drawn to dark reads. I’m not saying my book is dark. It isn’t. It’s really only, tip of the dick creepy.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

God, Mila Kunis is the perfect Abby and I love Jensen Ackles as Jake. I actually had no idea who I wanted my stalker to be. Zero image. Then, the book trailer was born and I guess someone saw something I didn’t and BOOM… Hello, Justice Joslin!!!

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

Not yet… But I’m sure hell going to!!!

When did you decide to become a writer?

I don’t you decide to become a writer. I’ve always written things and have had a different way with words. It wasn’t until I started reading Indie Authors about three years ago that I realised, books didn’t have to suck, follow any rules, and I could write books that I’d want to read myself.

Why do you write?

My Therapist said I needed an outlet *shrugs*

 

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

There is nothing about me that’s structured. I do love to write first thing in the morning with a cup of tea. Or two.

 

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I just got a Mac. So, it’s like I’ve landed on another planet and I’m learning how to use it.

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

I’m a write by the seat of my pants kind of gal. I do make notes though. I have pads of paper with scribbles that only I would be able to understand.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’ve evolved entirely. My world has changed. For the better.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Trying to make sure it doesn’t suck. Trying not to offend people’s sensibilities but realising, it doesn’t matter what you write. People will always have something to say, so why not go for it?

 

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

yessssssss

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

I stop and work on something else. Or, I read. Reading usually toggles something in my brain that gets the wheels spinning when my hamster falls asleep.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?

Yes. The Stalker Series. I think the second book will finish what I started. I want to move on with other projects that I’m excited about.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I love a lot of the Original Gansta Indie Authors like, Tara Sivec, Helena Hunting, Colleen Hoover, and Kendall Grey, RL Mathewson, Rebecca Donovan, I know I’m missing more. But I’ve also fallen hard for some new authors. I can’t name them all. There are just too many.

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

I prefer to read ebooks but hoard signed paperbacks.

Approved Teaser 3What book/s are you reading at present?

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas.

 

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes, and I love my cover.

How are you publishing this book and why?

Indie. Writing is fun for me. I don’t have a boss. For the first time in my life, I set my pace. The only way I’d ever go with a publisher is to put my books in stores. And, even if that never happens, I’m still a happy woman because I’m doing everything my way!!! (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

How do you market your books?

I blast on Social Media. I network with people. I’m kind of fun so people like to be around me n stuff.

Why did you choose this route?

Because I didn’t know any other LOL

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

I don’t. Should I?

What do you do to get book reviews?

Great question. I’m thinking about offering sex on the side with each sale. Bahahaha, just kidding. Or am I??? I’ve sold quite a few books. More than I even thought. I’ve given away so many copies at online events. But, I can’t make the people write reviews. Even if they said they would. It sucks donkey balls too. An author needs to get past 50 reviews to get into the algorithm on Amazon. It puts you into more searches. This is why we Authors beg for reviews. And, when you are a nobody and brand new, it’s the hardest job. I’m not a best seller of any kind. I only have one book out.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

After busting my ass, begging, pleading, selling my soul to the devil, I’ve done ok. I had some help from my amazing friends.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I need them all. Let’s talk about bad reviews. Every single Author has them. Not everyone is going to like your book. You can put all the warning labels you want, it doesn’t matter. Someone will read it and hate it. It’s OK. It would be nice if people were constructive instead of saying, “Hey, you suck, quit writing,” or “I skimmed the book,” ß— that’s not reading it. I feel books are like movies. You don’t know what you’re getting. It’s a surprise. Do you want to know how it ends before you even go? Maybe you liked it, maybe you didn’t. Do you bash actors based on one performance?

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

Can I tell you… I hit publish by mistake. Two weeks early. No ARCS went out. NOTHING. I was so not prepared. It was a big old whoops. I then had my release party two weeks later.

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Facebook

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

I don’t ever tell people what to do!!!

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?

Bahahaha, I wish.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

I’m always going to make mistakes. It’s how I roll. So, I don’t put pressure on myself like that.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I love them. I love mine ❤

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

https://vimeo.com/149568710 

In what formats is your book available?

Just Amazon. It was on other platforms but it wasn’t worth it.

How do you relax?

Ummm, if you read my book it will be fairly obvious how I relax lmao

What is your favourite motivational phrase?

If you write it, they will read it. Alice C. Hart

What is your favourite positive saying?

Giddyup

What is your favourite book and why?

I love love love Seduction & Snacks by Tara Sivec and stalk her on a regular. She knows. It’s not a secret LOL

 

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A big thank you to my girl Alice for coming to hang out on the blog with us this week! Be sure to follow her and check out her book!

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WIP Wednesdays: Only The Willing

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Stan Has FACEBOOK!

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“So where do you want to start?” Stan asked powering his computer on as he sat back once again in his chair.

“You mean you are actually going to use that thing today?” jane asked a look of fake surprise crossing her face.

“Well unbenounced to you I have taken a liking to using my computer. Ask Julian, he can tell you I am getting better at using it every day.” Stan beamed proudly.

“Well I never thought I would see the day. You really must be spending a lot of time with the kid in order for his habits to be rubbing off on you like they are.”

“Yeah well once he made me realize just how handy they were. And that they were not there to make our lives harder, then I was able to put my reservations on hold long enough to learn more about the damm things and how to use them to help whatever investigation we are working on.”

“Ill be dammed. Not in a million years did I think that you would be one who would eventually convert into a computer user. Not with your inherant distrust for them.”

“Oh I dont trust the dammed things. Dont get me wrong, I back everything up from here to Sunday, but at least I am using them more than I did. Actually I think thats where I got that bit about the red headed ressive gene.”

Jane nodded.

“I even have a facebook page and am on twitter.”

“You have a facebook? are you serious Stan?” Jane asked her eyes wide, “wait never mind I really dont want to know about it. Lets just get back on topic.”

 

Teaser Tuesdays: Sacrifice of Innocence

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Welcome back! Time for Stan to get down to business… right?  Jane sure thinks so!

Building the camaraderie between I felt was important as they have a lot they have to face together. If they don’t have the light and levity, the dark will no doubt take over. They have a unique way of dealing with things that crop up, and generally while Jane is serious and focused, Stan, while he faces everything with a dogged determination he also approaches everything with a sense of humor.

It is that humor that keeps him sane.

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“Yeah, I’m awake. What do you want?” he said into the phone.

“Nice to know you are in a good mood,” Jane answered sarcastically. She was as close to Stan as a sister. People who didn’t know them well often looked at them like they were worst enemies but Stan wouldn’t trade her thick derision and sense of humor for anything. It brightened his life and made it worth living.  

“Yeah, well, the one day I wanted to sleep in, I couldn’t. So what did you expect – me to be happy about it?”

“Oh, did I wake the sleeping giant?” she asked innocently.

“No, I’ve been awake since five-thirty, but up since eight-thirty. Been catching the local news. You looked good on it yesterday, by the way.”

“Yeah, sure. I looked like hell.”

“You looked a hell of a lot better than I would have standing there beside the chief. After the first three questions, I would have probably told them to screw off and wait for the trial and you know it.”

“True,” she laughed. “However, I wish I’d been in your shoes. You got to go home and start to unwind. I had to be in the center of a three-ring circus.”

“Yeah, but you looked good doing it.”

“Whatever! Look, I got a call from the chief about twenty minutes ago. He wants us in his office ASAP.”

“Oh, come on!” Stan groaned, rubbing at the sleep that still crusted his eyes. “This was supposed to be my day off.”

“It was my day off too, remember? But duty calls. At least you don’t have to explain to your sons that you can’t take them to the zoo today like you promised, because you have to work once again. You only have Sammy to worry about and believe me, as long as he gets fed, he doesn’t care if you are there or not.”

“Yeah, well-”

“Don’t ‘yeah well’ me. If I have to, I will come down there and drag you out of your house to the station in your housecoat and slippers,” Jane threatened teasingly.

“I don’t own a housecoat, or slippers for that matter,” Stan informed her.

“Better still. I’ll haul you in wearing nothing but your underwear, so get your ass moving before the chief has both of our heads.”

“Alright! Alright! I’m coming, just let me grab a shower and I’ll be there in an hour.”

“See you there and don’t be late,” she said, hanging up the phone without waiting for a goodbye from him.

 

Sincerely Me…

sinsundaySo I thought since I have interviewed hundreds of authors over the years on this blog, that you would enjoy hearing me answer some of the questions I have posed to them over the years.

Each week I will answer one or two questions, if you want you can leave your own questions for me in the comments and I will try and answer them in a future blog post!

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

At the moment I write part time, here and there between working, raising my kids, training the dog, and being a wife.  That doesn’t always mean the muse cooperates. Sometimes she buttons up on days when I am footloose and fancy free. Some days shes babbling like a brook on a hundred different ideas, while I’m running around being an adult.

It really depends on the day with her.

If I could I think I would be very happy to write full time. Who wouldn’t to have their passion be their job? I however am very lucky, I work for a wonderful boss who knows I write and fully supports the muse (so long as my work gets done first of course!)

Q&A with Maria E Schneider

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Please give a cold dead welcome to the lovely Maria Schneider to the blog this week!

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maria_schneider_authorpixWhat were you like at school?

Oh, you know how it is. You get involved in undercover work early. Plotting, making sure the bad guys are caught and keeping up a veil of innocence at all times!

Were you good at English?

I thought I was at the time, but passing an English test is a lot different that writing stories. There’s so much more to a story than mere words.

Which writers inspire you?

Elizabeth Peters because she wrote some of the funniest and entertaining books ever. Patricia Briggs because she writes intense character-driven stories.

So, what have you written?moonshadowboxbook20

I tend to stick to three genres in my writing. I write cozy mysteries (Sedona O’Hala humorous mysteries), urban fantasy (Moon Shadow series) and fantasy romance (Dragons of Wendal series). I’ve veered off this path now and then with Soul of the Desert (Coming of age crime novel) and Catch an Honest Thief (futuristic mystery). I’ve also experimented with different styles by writing short stories (Tracking Magic and Sage). (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

I like strong characters—this includes male and female characters. Family elements often play a part in my writing as well. None of my heroines or heroes are alone in saving the world—no, they have baggage—mom, dad, brothers who get in the way, and aunts and uncles to make the job harder! I like to make sure that the hero not only gets the bad guys, but he or she learns to recognize the strengths in other people.

How much research do you do?

I research constantly. I’m a reader before a writer and every topic under the sun interests me. You never know when my research into “Communicating with cats” will come in handy! And, of course, my research is never done. I still can’t convince my cat that he does NOT need to go outside at 3 in the morning!

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

I wish I could work from an outline, but I’m a seat of the pants kind of writer. If I don’t just let the ideas flow, they turn into sludge. I call it the hummingbird approach. I zip in and out of a story, adding scenes, characters and details. Eventually, I have to stitch everything together, but the bulk of the writing is done free form.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’ve learned to focus better and build on a single theme.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Writing. It’s supposed to be fun, but it’s work. THINKING about writing and THINKING up ideas is easy. Sitting down and turning them into a cohesive, fun story is a lot like tilling the garden. You’re sweating up a storm, dirt is spattered everywhere and your leg muscle cramps just when you need it most. Instead of a calm, scholarly person, you look like a deranged, muddy fool. If you’re very lucky, you avoid running the tiller over your foot.

What are you working on at the minute?

I just finished up Executive Dirt, the fourth book in the Sedona O’Hala mystery series. I plan to work on either another Dragons of Wendal book OR begin a new series. I’m freewheeling at the moment. (Translation: Goofing off.)

DragonswendalCoverWhere do the your ideas come from?

I have no idea. They are like the miracle of a flower blossoming. You start with compost and water and for the longest time you have smelly mud. Then, if you’re lucky, you get this green sprout. If you’re really lucky, it isn’t a weed. There are a lot of weeds and thorns in a writing career (Marketing. Bad reviews. That time you showed up for an interview and they thought you were Maria Schneider, the jazz artist.) If you take care of the details of writing long enough, you get a few blossoms.

Where can we buy or see them?

You can find my books at most retailers. Executive Lunch, the first in the Sedona O’Hala series is on sale right now for 99 cents. Under Witch Moon, the first in the Moon Shadow series is on sale for 1.99.

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WIP Wednesdays: Only The Willing

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There are a lot of things that go into the plots of my books, and one of which is reality. A lot of the crimes I write about are based, in part on other cases, some of which remain unsolved.

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“So what do you think Jane? Boyfirend or husband?”

“Not likely sir. A husband I mean. She didnt have any wedding rings on her fingers and we didnt find any pictures of her with any men in her wallet. Most women if they are married have at least one picture of them and their beloved. She had nothing. Which also leads me to believe that there is more than likely no boy friend either. Again for the same reason. Most women like to show off the fact that they have a significant other in their lives. Same goes for women who have children. I dont think this lady had any. We will be able to confirm that once Doc Williams gets through with his end of things.”

“Ok thats good. Always good to be able to try and narrow things down a bit.”

“That doesnt mean that we wont be looking into a boyfriend or even a husband angle. But we both agree that its unlikely.” Stan added.

“Well I tend to put a lot of faith in Jane and your judgement as it usually turns out to be fairly accurate. I wouldnt be surprised that you are right again here.”

“Well as I said we will be double checking, you never know she could have been one of those private type people who just didnt want the world to know anything about her or her life. It wouldnt be the first time that we have come across someone who went against the gereral sociaital norms.”

“Thats right. Then again this whole thing could have somethign to do with her profession.”

“That again is true, she could have been having an affair with one of her coworkers and that may have turned sour. Maybe a jealous wife?” Stan said without thinking as he made notes in his notebook.

“I was more thinking along the lines of prostitution Stan, but you are right I could be wrong about what she does for a living.” Tony said with a grin as Stan looked up and realized how dense his last statement had sounded.

“Yeah there is that too. Sorry wasnt entirely paying attention to the conversation, was trying to work my head around a few things, thats all.” Stan replied as he felt the blood rushing to his cheeks.

“Stan has a point thought. We could have this all wrong. She might be a regular there like the motel manager, whats his name said, but he doesnt know what it is that she is doing with the room. He could be the one who is all confused.”

Teaser Tuesdays: Sacrifice of Innocence

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So rather than tease you with upcoming releases, I figured I would invite you all to enjoy some of the first Stan Brookshire novels… this month we will start with Sacrifice of Innocence.

This prologue was designed to evoke feelings in the reader. I have fought long and hard with my own internal debate at its existence. It is not for everyone so please keep that in mind but I do what I do to shed light on the victims, in the hopes that one day.. there isn’t anymore to write about.

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The man in the corner listened in the darkness, the wind whistling through the crack in the window frame, billowing his hair around him. The child in the room with him was invisible in the darkness. Even the power of the sun, let alone the light from the full moon, could not dampen the gloom hidden behind the boarded windows.

Hearing a sound, the man stiffened. It was the child; the sweet, young child.

“Very soon, my precious, very soon,” Joseph whispered, his breath coming in short gasps. Excitement filled his belly; time was drawing closer for the boy.

Footsteps in the hallway caused the boy to whimper in fear, lighting the man’s loins on fire. Desperately wanting the forbidden, to touch and to play with the boy, he tried to force the urge back down. He wasn’t allowed that pleasure, yet. The priests would come soon and the boy would have to be pure. The man’s needs would have to wait. The boy would have to wait.

Dreaming of the day he would finally be able to have his way with the boy, the man fixed the delicious whimpers in his memory. The boy would no longer be able to cry and plea.

It was coming soon. So close now.

On the other side of the room, he heard the ominous creak of the door opening. Blinding light silhouetted a figure dressed in long robes.

He hurried over and retrieved his boy-child, his breath coming in gasps so ragged that he thought his lungs would cease to function.

A whimper was all that escaped the gag when the boy tried to scream. Cringing at the man’s touch, he fought against the bonds, causing the man’s groin to harden once more.

The man smiled. He tightened his grip upon the boy as he tried to wiggle free. The door stood open, waiting for him and the boy.

Suddenly, the door swung closed behind him, plunging the room into darkness once again.