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Meet The Author: Interview with Jessi Elliott


Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner today is Jessi Elliott, a law clerk and author of both young adult and new adult romantic fiction. Her love of writing was born after many years of reading and reviewing books on her blog.

She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her adorable cat, Phoebe. Yes, named after the Friends character.

When she’s not plotting her next writing project, she likes to spend her time hanging with friends and family, getting lost in a steamy romance novel, watching Friends, and drinking coffee. Let’s learn more about her Twisted series and what to expect from her in the future.

Tell us your inspiration behind writing the Twisted series.
Going into it, a knew very little, just that I wanted to write about fae that looked human, and that I wanted to have a badass female main character who gave the leader of these supernatural creatures a run for his money. After that, I just had fun with it!

Tell us about Aurora Marshall.
Aurora is my soulmate. I almost feel like she’s the person I want to be (most of the time). I see a lot of myself in her. She has goals–and works hard to achieve them. She cares deeply about her friends and family, and even about people she doesn’t fully understand. But the girl also doesn’t take any bullshit, especially from the fae, which I adore about her.

Tell us about Tristan.
Tristan is the leader of the fae and a businessman in the human world. He’s strong willed (much like Aurora), but he also has a fun, snarky side.

Aurora deals with a loss in her family, how important was it to have that particular incident in the story?
It was incredibly important. It showed the human struggles Aurora was dealing with in contrast to the supernatural ones Tristan and the fae posed for her.

You bring readers into Aurora and Tristan’s battle of attraction for each other, what should readers expect from these characters in Twisted Gift?
A lot of change for Aurora. I don’t want to spoil too much, but things do get steamy. Even more so than in Twisted Fate. There’s a lot more tension between them in this book. Aurora has a lot to come to terms with before she can make a decision about Tristan, The struggle is real, haha.

What is your process for world building?
Oh gosh, I really don’t enjoy world building all that much. Luckily, the story takes place in a human, urban setting (loosely based on Toronto, Ontario), so I didn’t have to do too much research. I based several of the locations on places I’ve actually been, which was cool. World building is an aspect of fiction writing I’m still working on.

You have a YouTube channel where you share information and tips regarding writing, what is your process for creating content for your channel?
I try to be as original as I can, but that can prove to be difficult. There are so many amazing AuthorTubers with such great content, it can be hard to talk about something fresh that no one has made a video about. I love working with other authors on collaborations, and writing vlogs are super fun to film (and they’re some of my favorite to watch)! Sometimes I plan and script my videos, other times I just sit down in front of the camera and start talking, it just depends on what kind of video I’m making.

What has been your biggest challenge as an author?
Comparing myself to other authors. It’s a dangerous game, and one that’s very hard not to play–especially with social media being such a hub for authors.

What has been your biggest challenge writing a series?
Wanting to go back and change things in the previous book to make something work better in the current book. It’s super frustrating! I end up cursing past Jessi a lot, haha.

What is two things you would like your readers to know about you?
1. I love cats
2. I’m incredibly sarcastic

As you finish up with Twisted Gift, what is next for Jessi Elliott? What should readers be on the lookout from you?
So much. I’m keeping busy, haha. I hosted a writing retreat in August, I’ll be attending Apollycon in March 2019 and hopefully BookCon in June 2019. If you read to the end of Twisted Gift, you’ll know what’s coming next. I’m thrilled about it and I hope readers will be, too!

Where can readers find you?
My website, social media, and I have a YouTube channel! I post writing videos every Friday! Come say hello!

Share with readers one of your favorite inspirational quote.
“If it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk.”

It was fun interview such a talented writer. If you would like to know more about Jessi and the other book, Twisted Fate in the series, visit her on all her social media avenues:

Website/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook 

Goodreads/YouTube

About The Book

Being the new leader of the light fae really puts a dent in your post-grad plans.

Aurora, once a snarky business major, struggles to adjust to fae life—and the diet of human energy that comes with it. A change made worse by the overwhelming ability to feel the emotions of everyone around her, especially when she can barely manage her own.

Agreeing to work with her dark fae counterpart, Tristan, in an attempt to bring peace between their people is a painful reminder of how strong they are together. Even still, Aurora fights the urge to keep her distance. She needs to be sure what she feels for him is real, and not a result of the former light fae leader’s manipulation as a part of his plan to eliminate Tristan.

Aurora thought she’d encountered the worst thing since early morning lectures when she stumbled into the world of the fae. She’s about to find out that they may not be the most twisted creatures out there.

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Meet the Author: Interview with Debbie K. Lum

​Debbie Lum is a native of Tampa, Florida and earned her baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. She was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving that organization as Sunshine District chairman and president of the Tampa chapter. Always a competitor, the enticing games of Greek week and fraternity derbies attracted her to her college sorority, Chi Omega. Following graduation she was an alumnae volunteer and worked over ten years to help build Greek housing at the university.

She enjoyed a 28-year career in marketing, working in banking, tourism and higher education.

She splits her time between Florida and Texas. She is married and has two sons, one in law school and the other a recent college graduate.

Q&A with Debbie Lum

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

For me it was more of what did I NOT want to be, and that was a doctor, nurse or anything medical. I get dizzy even thinking of medical questions and even fainted at one of my kid’s doctor’s appointments. Interesting though, when I write medical scenes, it doesn’t bother me at all!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?

Writing was something I had only done for work, writing speeches or press releases, so I never imagined writing anything like a novel. It happened by accident as a way to get a story idea out of my head. After much research (and work), I’m now the author of five novels!

Where/When do you best like to write?

I’ve written three books in Virginia, and two in Texas, and those two in Texas were written in two different locations. So apparently it doesn’t matter to me where I write!

Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

After I get a story idea in my head, I begin a “scribble book.” My scribble books are simple spiral-bound notebooks where I capture all of my ideas. The scribble books are so handy when you need to go back to check on something you researched or want to change a character’s name and need to remember the first names that had come to mind.

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Flying on an airplane! That is where I do most of my story conceptualizing.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters that make you wish you were them (and characters that make you thankful you are NOT them too!)

What inspired your story?

I wanted to write a story about two best friends at a turning point in their lives and the decisions they make.

How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you?

Story ideas come to me when I am flying, or when I’m on the treadmill listening to music. I let my mind wander and there is a sweet-spot in daydreams where stories are born.

Is there a message/theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Believe in your friends, even when others around you are wanting you to question your friendship. Make your own decisions.

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

How fun the research part would be! You begin by researching “X” but during that research you uncover “Y and Z”

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Talk to my kids! I have been fortunate to have raised two young men who are big communicators. They love to tell me about their days (in law school and college) and I love to listen.

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

When I first began writing, I had kept it a secret. But one friend, Jill, pulled it out of me. She’s one of those friends who probes a little deeper, and then follows up with support and questions. She’s turned into my number one beta reader and is the first one I’ll tell when I am writing a new novel. She also sees the first draft. I appreciate her enthusiasm…it helps me through the not-so-enthusiastic times!

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Put your best foot forward. That was good advice from another friend and beta reader, Keri.

Learn more about Debbie and her work by visiting https://www.debbielum.com/

 

About The Book

Book Features

Book Blast: Bad Intentions by Charleigh Rose

Title: Bad Intentions
Series: Bad Love #2
Author: Charleigh Rose
Genre: NA/Contemporary Romance
Release: April 30, 2018
Cover Design: Leticia at RBA Designs

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Moving to River’s Edge was supposed to be a fresh start.

Away from chaos.

Away from bad influences and worse relationships.

All I wanted was to give my little brother more of a chance than I ever had.

It should’ve been simple.

I didn’t count on my transgressions following me.

And I definitely didn’t count on meeting Dare.

Tall, tortured, and tattooed.

A Lost Boy through and through.

Falling for someone like him was asking for heartache.

But I was a sucker for punishment.

Dare

I had a routine.

Eat, work, sleep, repeat, only ever doing the bare minimum to keep up appearances.

I kept my circle small and my guard high.

I spent years making sure I didn’t repeat the mistakes of my past, forming an
impenetrable layer of ice around my heart.

Then Logan showed up in my town, in my tattoo shop, testing my patience along with my self-control.

She was fire and I was ice.

I should’ve stayed away.

But I had been cold for far too long.

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Book Features, Giveaways

Happy Release Day! Dare to Live by S. B. Alexander #giveaway

Dare to Live

The Maxwell Series, Book 5
by S.B. Alexander
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 12, 2017

Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.

As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

This book can read as a stand alone.

Intended for audiences 18+ Strong language and sexual content.

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Dare to Kiss (#1) | Dare to Dream (#2) | Dare to Love (#3) | Dare to Dance (#4)

About S.B. Alexander

S.B. Alexander is a bestselling romance author. Her books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors growing up were Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. She stills enjoy reading Stephen King. In fact, she loves most genres, although in the past three years she has gravitated toward the romance genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book. Her motto: write what you love to read.

Aside from writing, she’s a huge sports fan, in particular, baseball. Since she hails from New England, she is a diehard Red Sox fan. She’s also a navy veteran and former math teacher, loves white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends and family.

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