Meet Dania Voss, Author

Dania Voss iconAbout Dania Voss

Born in Rome, Italy and settled in the Chicagoland area, Dania Voss became a romance junkie in her teens. After decades of voracious reading and dreaming of one day writing her own romance novel, Dania decided to stop dreaming and take a chance on herself.

In November of 2017 she participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, completing the challenge with over 75,000 written words. Those words became her first erotic romance novel On the Ropes, the prequel in her Windy City Nights series.

When she’s not dreaming up adventures for future stories, Dania and her husband can be found getting into all kinds of mischief in and around Chicago.

10 questions with Dania Voss

What is the thing that you are most proud of?

I’m quite proud of earning my BS in Computer Science (with honors) as an adult attending night school while working a full time job. A 3-week dream honeymoon in Italy and Greece is another amazing thing I’ve done.

If money were no object, what’s the first thing you’d buy just for yourself?

I’d love a villa in Tuscany. My country of origin sometimes calls to me.

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Introducing Author Alexia Adams

Introducing Alexia Adams, author, mother, adventurer!

Alexia Adams authorAlexia the Adventurer

I have the heart of a nomad. If I could, I’d move to a different country every two years.

I used to have lots of adventures. My husband recently sent me a photo he’d seen online and said, “Isn’t this place amazing?” To which I replied, “Yes, it’s in India and I rode an elephant up the hill to the gates when I visited.”

What are some of your pet peeves?

I’m a mother of four so I’ve had to forget any plans I might have had for a clean, neat house. But what really gets my goat is when a family member cooks food just for themselves then expects me to clean up all the dishes.

Where were you born?

I was born in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada near to where I now live. But I’ve also lived in Montreal as a child and a small town in Manitoba where I went to high school.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

It would start with a long massage, then a catered picnic on the beach with my family, followed by a fabulous dinner in an Italian restaurant (again with my husband and children) where we’d share our favorite funny memories. Laughter and wine (and a glass or two of limoncello) would flow until it was time to go.

Who is your hero and why?

My husband is my hero. He had a disadvantaged childhood but has never let it stop him. He has a great sense of humor and is a fabulous life partner.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I read. If I’m really stressed then I’ll reread one of my favorites as I already know the ending so I can just enjoy spending time with characters I know and love.

How do you find time to write as a parent? Continue reading

Introducing Brian James, author of Mjolnir

Brian James10Qs with author Brian James

Q: What is something unique/quirky about you?

A: I’m a political libertarian who doesn’t smoke or do drugs. I will only drink alcohol if it comes with a little umbrella in the glass. Also, I am looking forward to the day when I am old enough to scream at kids to get off my lawn with the sort of curmudgeon credibility that only comes with an AARP card.

Q: What are you working on next?

A: My next project is Romans Vs. Zombies. Most people don’t know that the ancient Romans once invaded Denmark. This was back in the days before the Roman Senate used Ginsu products to express their displeasure with Caesar.

My next book builds on the factual events of the Roman incursion into Scandinavia and introduces the ancient world’s finest military force to draugrs, mythology’s first zombies.

Q: If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

A: Screwing around with models. Not the kind with silicone in their chests, but the type that require[s] glue and meticulous airbrushing. Of course, that could be the other kind as well, but not in this case. I have a backlog of models I haven’t had time to build yet. If I knew I was going to die, I would have to finish one or two, if for no other reason to satisfy my OCD leanings.

Q: Who is your hero and why?

A: I’m not sure I have a hero. Whoever performs Hafthor Bjornsson’s prostate exam would probably have to make the list. This is based on nothing more than his heroic lack of self-preservation instincts. But I can’t think of one person who stands out as a hero.

There is more of a particular trait in some people that I find extremely heroic. I hate to quote a cartoon, but in Megamind there is the line

“The Megamind I know would never run from a fight even if he knew he had no chance of winning! It was your best quality.”

It’s a rather silly example (especially considering that Megamind is voiced by Will Ferrell) but the Spartans of Thermopylae, the British at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, Stephen in front of the Sanhedrin, and The Scottish under Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn. They all exhibited this quality. I find it to be admirable.

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Get to know author Sheena Binkley

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I used to play the clarinet in middle school. I was really good at it. I also wanted to be a news reporter and did a news show for a local public access channel when I was in college.

What are some of your pet peeves?

People chewing with their mouths open and leaving trash in my car.

What inspired you to write this book?

Just Right is a novella that is part of one of my series, Something Just Ain’t Right. I did the series over two years ago, and I figured I should write an update on the main characters of the series. It felt good to go back and write about how the couple in the series changed over the years and what they have accomplished after everything that has happened after the series ended. I think the readers of the series were also happy to read about how much the characters have changed and just to see how they are adjusting to life now.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I just wrapped up the third book, How Deep Is Your Love, from my current series, The Love Chronicles. This book is a romance/new adult novel that is a continuation of the main couple in the series. The story is an emotional roller coaster that readers will experience. I know I did while writing the story, so I know readers will feel the emotions throughout every scene.

Where were you born or grew up?

I was born and raised in Houston, TX.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would spend my last day with my family, and I would do all of the things that I would love to do, including bowling (if I can), going to the beach, and watching the sunset.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I mainly listen to music to unwind. When I do, I’ll just put my earbuds in, lay back and just relax. Shopping also helps too, lol.

How to find time to write as a parent?

Writing when you’re a parent can be a challenge, lol. My son is 10, so I try to balance everything on a daily basis. I would usually write when he’s asleep, or on my days off from work. When I have a huge deadline, I would either try to write while I have some downtime at work. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about writing as much when I go home.

What advice would you give new authors?

My advice to new authors is to never give up on your dream. There will be critics and naysayers that will criticize your work, but don’t let that discourage you. Also, write because you love to do it, and not for the fame or money; because believe me, sometimes writing is not all it’s cracked up to be. You must have patience and thick skin to be in this industry; if you do it for the wrong reasons, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about 27 years since I was 9, but I have been a published author for four years.

Bonus Q: Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Unique, imaginative, spunky, energetic, & romantic. Continue reading

An Interview with Author Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Keyworth photoPhilippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel, Fool Me Twice (Madison Street Publishing, 2016), is a Georgian romance that has just been released.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?

This is a tough one! There are quite a few characters from Fool Me Twice that I would love to spend time with, but I guess if I’d have to choose, I’d want to spend the day with Lady Rebecca Fairing. She’s the best friend of my main character Caro Worth and the life of the party. I like her because although she’s a privileged lady of society, she also has a lot of heart and a good sense of humour!

I wouldn’t mind popping into Mr Negri’s confectionary shop in Berkley Square with her, just as she and Caro do in the book, and share the latest On Dits while enjoying a pistachio ice…

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?

Here I don’t want to give too much away! But I think it would be safe to say I would never get along well with Mr. Rivers. He’s one of the cronies of a rather nasty noble, and I never like a person who will follow along with nasty people without their own principles. Continue reading

10 Questions with Mitch Goth

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.

Mitch is also the author of War Town, a new adult thriller. Read more about War Town here.

I got to ask Mitch 10 questions, here are his answers.

If you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I’m not sure, somewhere warm and close to the ocean. Living in the Midwest my whole life, those are two things I get very little of. So I’d love to live somewhere on or close by the ocean or some other large body of water. Plus, relaxing by the water puts me in the perfect writing mood.

What is your writing process?

I start with a lot of outlining, working through detailed character and plot descriptions before actually writing. By the end, my outlines end up being novellas themselves, often between 20k and 40k words. After that, the actual manuscript writing becomes mostly just filling in and expanding on the outline. I know exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it before the words hit the page, and I know exactly where the book (or in some cases, the whole book series) is going.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

It’s been a long journey, that’s for sure, and I have barely started. I started writing as a hobby since I knew how to write, scribbling stories since grade school. I wrote my first novel-length manuscript when I was fourteen, and wrote two unpublished works before releasing my first novel, Parabellum in March of 2013. Since then, I have released over a dozen other novels and novellas. More recently, I have refocused my writing skills to longer, more fleshed out single works rather than fast-paced, short novellas and novels. My most recent release, War Town, is a product of that mental restructuring, as will be numerous upcoming projects currently in the outlining phase. Continue reading

Get to know author Tani Hanes as she answers 10 questions

Get to know author Tani Hanes as she answers 10 questions.

Welcome, Tani!

If you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I can’t answer this!! We very recently moved to New York City, which has been a lifelong dream, and it’s been as wonderful as I hoped it would be. I’ve also daydreamed about living in Italy, in any large city, or in the Lake Como region. And Athens. I like cities, the sounds of traffic, the feeling of life going on around you all the time

What is your writing process?

First I had the idea, the desire to write about this girl I fell in love with. Then I tried it out on my teenaged students and daughter, who all loved it. Then I made a pact with myself that I’d do it, every day. This is easier if you stop at a spot where you already know what you want to write next. Never, ever stop when you’re blocked! I was a substitute teacher, so I had class time most days to write, and students to bounce ideas off, and names for my characters. I mean, especially in high school, which was my favorite, the regular teacher isn’t going to leave quantum physics in the lesson plans lol, so I had time.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

It’s been fun, with a little frustration thrown in. Trying to get an agent is awful. I didn’t know if my work was even being seen, never mind assessed. So I decided to publish online, which was right for me. I can engage with my readers directly. But there’s a lot of work involved because there’s no infrastructure, no team getting things done: it’s all on me.

How do you stay motivated?

The feedback from my beta readers really kept me going. I really wanted to tell Birdie’s story, so it wasn’t hard to work every day. And getting tearful texts from my betas asking why I let (insert drama) happen made me feel motivated too!

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

Not being able to get an agent was very disheartening. I’ll admit I didn’t try for very long, though! I wanted to write this, I loved my characters, so not being able to share it would have been difficult if I’d kept going the traditional publishing route. Reaching out to readers directly really saved me. Continue reading

Interview with Natalie Bennett

In this edition of 10Q’s we welcome author Natalie Bennett.

Natalie Bennett authorIf you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I would have to say Hawaii, I think it’s gorgeous there and has a more community type atmosphere. I’m from Ohio and just recently moved to Florida, so the change wouldn’t bother me.

What is your writing process?

I’m a night-owl. I write much better at night than I do during the day. My stories usually aren’t plotted out on paper, occasionally I’ll do a rough outline but mostly, they stay in my head.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

When I first began writing I had no idea what I was going to do with my book. I’m a shy person by nature so publishing something I wrote wasn’t even fathomable at first. But, I have a great family and I decided to go for it. I have met some great writers and discovered new books because of this. Darling Dark is my debut so I haven’t been at this very long, but I only hope to learn more along the way.

How do you stay motivated?

Often I tell myself, the book isn’t going to write itself and set a daily goal for myself. 2k words a day is always my minimum.  I read a lot to; I believe reading and writing go hand and hand and it often motivates me to keep writing.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

I would get halfway done with a story and self-doubt would set in. Like what if people hate this? Now I’ve come to the firm conclusion that not everyone likes every book and mine is no exception. Continue reading

Writing with Sandy Goldsworthy

Author Sandy GoldsworthyWhen did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have enjoyed writing since I was in high school. I dabbled in fiction back then and took a creative writing class—which I loved—but I didn’t take it up seriously until about five years ago.

What motivated you to start writing?

I enjoyed writing ever since high school when my teacher challenged me to be more descriptive. She didn’t want to read that the front door was red; she wanted to see the shade. It was very motivating to me, to slow things down a bit and detail the setting.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Initially, writing was just a hobby I did it in my spare time. But after a friend invited me to join his writing group, I began to take it more seriously and set writing goals. That really helped me stay on track knowing I had to finish a set word count, by a certain date. I also had a lot of support from my family and friends. They encouraged me to keep going any time I felt like giving up.

What was the inspiration for your story?

The concept of Ben Parker’s character came to me a few years ago. I had a very visual dream about a train derailing. Railcars tumbled off a ridge, landing on top of each other in a ravine. There was a young man on the train that was untouched by the accident. Once everything settled, he pulled victims from the crash site and escorted them to heaven. I ended up writing a short story about this, and eventually, Ben’s character came to life.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Great question!  I would highly recommend joining a writing group or a workshop. Getting feedback is critical to any author. I’d also suggest reading your story out loud. Trust me, it sounds completely different than what you think it says when you’re reading silently. Lastly, once you’ve reached the point of sending queries out to publishers or agents, be patient. You will get lots of rejections, so expect it and don’t take it personally. Don’t give up. When you get rejected, send out another query.

Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?

Honestly, I was a closet writer for years. Every time I read a good book, I thought, “I can do this.” So I guess other author’s stories influenced me. Once I told people I was writing, I had a great network of friends and family that encouraged me.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

To relax! Initially I plotted, but after a while, I found it difficult to write within the outline I created. It became unnatural and didn’t flow right. When I let loose and relax, the story takes on a life of its own.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When it comes to writing, I’m really a creature of habit. I work best if I’m in the same room, same place, and even the same day or time of day. I’ve tried switching it up a bit, but I’ve found I wasn’t as creative.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

It’s the ultimate love story that lasts more than one lifetime.

What projects do you have up and coming?

I am currently working on book three in the Afterworld Saga.

Sandy Goldsworthy book coverTitle: Afterlife (The Afterworld Saga #2) by Sandy Goldsworthy
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Afterlife is the highly anticipated sequel to Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy. This exciting Young Adult mystery romance is a must-read.

Everything seems perfect for Emma Bennett—she has a new set of friends she adores and a boyfriend she is crazy about. But when Emma sees a picture of her hunky boyfriend kissing another girl, she begins to question if his love for her is real. As she searches for the truth, will Emma be exposed to the dangers of another world?

Ben Parker enjoys the role of high school student and boyfriend to the love of his existence. Juggling his social life with his job in the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation is supposed to be easy for the decorated undercover agent. But when some kid captures a photo of him in a precarious position, he’s faced with lying to his girlfriend or erasing her memory. Instead, Ben makes the worst decision of his career. Now, forced to face the consequences, he loses the only thing that matters to him—Emma.

When seemingly insurmountable obstacles separate the lovers, will the two soul mates be able find their way back to each other?

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About Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy was raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, blocks from the Author Sandy Goldsworthyrocky shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, she fantasized about becoming an author. She jotted story lines in spiral notebooks and drew images of characters that never came to life. Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red and that character you want to get to know.

A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Sandy is the YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She spends her days managing corporate client programs, and her nights and weekends drafting new plot lines in spiral notebooks. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and an energetic puppy. Learn more at www.sandygoldsworthy.com.

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Sara Jane Stone Writing Journey

Welcome back Sara Jane Stone. I am really honored to get the chance to interview Sara on her writing process and journey. Such a great interview, thank you Sara!

Author of Full ExposureWhat is your writing process?

SJS: I start each book with a character outline and a short summary of the story. This two-paragraph blurb generally resembles the back of the book copy. Sometimes, if the publisher requests one, I write a synopsis. Then I start writing the first draft. I write whenever I have time until the manuscript is complete. I usually go back to the beginning about halfway through and read what I have to make sure the characters and plot are on track. And after the first draft, I go through many, many rounds of revisions and edits 🙂

Describe your journey as an author so far.


SJS: I discovered romance novels while working as a sales representative for Random House. The more I read, the more I wished to write them myself. After a few failed attempts, I wrote a story that caught an agent’s attention. Then I wrote another that I sold to Harlequin. My debut, Command Performance, released three years ago. Mixing Temptation marks my 13th published book!

How do you stay motivated?


SJS: I love to write. But deadlines also help. I’m generally very motivated when the first draft is due. And I’m always eager to hear what my editor thinks about story.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?


SJS: Learning how to structure a story. I wrote a few terrible manuscripts before I sold my first book. They were creative and I had a strong voice, but the characters lacked goals and motivation. Also, I’d skipped the conflict. My agent and my first editor helped me by recommending books about story structure. Save the Cat, a screenwriting book, is my favorite. My agent recommended a number of blogs. Then I took everything I’d learned and read a lot of romance novels. I reread some over and over until I understood structure and could apply what I’d learned to my own writing.

Why did you write this book?

SJS: Great question! I wrote this one for all of the readers who asked for Caroline’s story. Initially, I pitched Caroline’s story to my editor as a secondary character/plot line. But readers started asking, so I spoke to my editor and we decided that this was the right direction for this series. Even though writing a story about a woman who’d been raped while serving in the Marines didn’t exactly sound like a recipe for happy-ever-after, I found one for Caroline. But wow, the bumps along the way! Mixing Temptation was the most challenging story I’ve written so far. And the most complicated to research. The first person accounts and interviews were heartbreaking to read. In the end, I think the story delivers on the HEA promise romance readers expect. And yet it is also realistic.

Thank you for being a part of the Mixing Temptation blog tour! And happy reading!! Continue reading