Today we are interviewing the wonder Nanea Knott. She is a paranormal erotic romance author with a flare for other genres as well. Nanea was also born and raised in Hawaii. Maybe she can finally get me the hook up with Alex O'Loughlin. Ha! I kid, I kid.
Let's get to the interview!
Q: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
A: Yes. The skill of a writer is to describe a person, place or situation so vividly that the reader is swept into the story to live and breathe the action. A good writer can make the experience authentic and real. Lack of having strong emotions doesn’t necessarily mean a writer is incapable of creating that scenario. Admittedly, it might be more difficult in some instances, but it’s not impossible.
Q:Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
A: It does both some days. I often wake up with the next scene of my WIP in my head, and I can’t wait to get started. Other days, I stare at the text, usually when I’m editing, and feel a sense of dread solidify in the pit of my stomach. I hate editing.
Q: What is the first book that made you cry?
A: I don’t remember. There have been a lot of books that made me cry including some of my own. I’m one of those people who sometimes tears up at sweet commercials. *rolls eyes*
Q: In your opinion, what are common traps for aspiring writers?
A: I think the biggest thing is taking it too seriously or not seriously enough. Some writers are so concerned with every detail of their career that they are beating themselves to death with the Baseball Bat of Perfection. There are factors we can’t control. Move on and do the best you can to work around it. They, myself included, can work themselves into a state of paralysis from all the micromanagement their trying to do. The other half of that is not taking the time to listen to those who have walked the path ahead of you and do what they say. Some authors think by reinventing the wheel, they’re going to take the literary world by storm. Good luck with that. Learn as much as you can, and keep moving forward. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A:I’m doing my best to strike the sweet spot in between. I know some people write only what is selling at the moment and they jump on that bandwagon as fast as they can, and God bless them. I also know authors who think themselves so original and poignant that only the intellectual elite would ever be able to comprehend the heights of their genius. Whatever. I write what I like. Period. I sometimes write to the market as a challenge to myself. Every project I take on is a challenge to myself to become a better writer. That doesn’t mean I don’t care about my readers, I do, but I always write what I like to read. I’m fortunate that my readers are good with it.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
A: A cabana on a floating platform in the Bahamas. I’m kidding. Success for me would be financial security. I’m not looking for a big house or fancy cars or anything like that. I would like to pay bills. I want to travel more. At some point, I would love to do a reader appreciation event and have the readers come and hang out with me. I’m also big on community service, I would like to pair up with organizations that truly do help their communities. If I could do those things with money from my books, that would be the height of success for me.
Q:How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
A: Oh dear God. Eighteen that I can think of, there are probably more.
Q: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A: Getting the dialogue right. My editor has told me on occasion something to the effect of “No man would say that, EVER.”
Q: How do you select the names of your characters?
A:From real people usually, I find a name I like either from someone I met or read about and I write their name down. I don’t ever use the first and the last name together in a story. It’s usually the first name, and I use someone else’s last name, or I use something from a site that gives the origins of names. I just recently found the name generator in Scrivener. It’s very useful
Q: Do you hide secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A:No, I’m not that clever. Haha. I’m pretty straightforward when I write. I know it’s common in some genres to do things like that and if my writing were more complex, it’s something I would think about for my diehard fans, but I don’t do it at this time. *Contemplates new series*
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We also have the privilege of hearing from one of Nanea's characters!
Name and where we can find you – I’m Marissa Davis. The first time
you hear of me is when I work with Willow Harris, another succubus in
the book Remember Me.
Q: What is the one thing you want but can’t have right now?
A: My mate. It’s rare that a sex demon finds the one person who will
remember having sex with them. Our partners forget us the next
morning. The chances of my finding him are next to nothing but hope
Q: What do you do for a living? Why?
A: I’m publicly known as a rich socialite in Seattle. I work with
organizations, mostly doing fundraisers. Privately, I’m also the head of
the local Sex Demon population in the Puget Sound Area. I maintain my
public image to help conceal my private activities. When I make unusual
requests, people don’t think anything of it. They chalk it up to the
eccentricities of the rich. My private responsibilities I willingly took on
as an atonement of sorts for my errors. I work very hard to make sure
other sex demons don’t make the same mistakes I did. My arrogance
cost someone dear to me their life. I can’t let it happen again.
Q: Do you ever struggle with inner conflict?
A: Inner, outer and everything in between. I live according to a delicate
balance that threatens to crush me or someone I know every moment I
draw breath. There are times when life and death decisions must be
made, and often they are made by me. The consequences of those
decisions weigh heavily on me.
Q: Five years ago, did you see yourself where you are today?
A: No, I was living the carefree life of the wife of a rich man. It was my
error in marrying him that put me in the position I now hold. Five years
from now, I will probably still be here doing what I can for the local sex
Q: Why do you think your author wrote your book?
A: My author hasn’t written my book yet. It seems she only writes about
those who have found their mates. I can understand why. It’s such a rare
thing that it’s cause for much celebration. Having the story told makes
sense. Perhaps when the day arrives, and I’m fortunate to have found my
mate, I’ll have a book of my own. Until then, I fulfill my role in the lives
of others and help them find their happiness.
Q: Tell me what your day is like.
A: The first thing I do is to set tasks for the team of sex demons that work
for me. They’ll call me with progress reports throughout the day. That
way I can be flexible with plans in case something goes wrong. Then I
have scheduled meetings with those hoping to gain my cooperation on
something. Sometimes that’s local politicians, other socialites or groups
of influence. I usually eat lunch at my desk after ordering food from the
cafeteria in the basement of my building. The afternoon and evening are
usually taken up with whatever I need to do to keep the sex demon
population hiding in plain sight. One of those things might include
sending a succubus to a hospital with the task of influencing an
employee to delete medical records.
Q: Off the top of your head, what are three things you would wish for
A: A vacation to a place where no one knows my name. A truly
comfortable pair of heels. The ability to completely dismantle the
organization called Humans First.
This or That
1. Beach or Mountains – Mountains
2. Steak or Chicken – Steak
3. Car or Truck – Car
4. Tattoos or Piercings – None, please
5. T-Shirt or Button Up – Button Up
6. Marvel or DC Comics – Marvel
7. Skydiving or Bungee Jumping – Skydiving
8. Trip or Staycation –Trip
9. Dogs or Babies – Babies
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One of my goals for 2018 is to write more reviews for the books I read. Here we go! Review number one of the year.
Kristen Ashley's The Hookup
2018 started off with a bang. Seriously! I picked this one because she absolutely one of my favorite authors and never even think twice when it comes to her books. I knew going in that this one was going to be slightly different than her others, because she warned us readers about it a bit. There was going to be some feels.
I knew this.
But then I was reading and I thought to myself, this isn't so bad. Johnny Gamble was charing Eliza and the rest of us women while he was at it. Things were going so damn good
Then it happened.
Bonnie Raitt comes on.
I won't give that part away, but gosh, my heart broke. I sat there crying with Iz wondering how we would ever survive this.
I was a bit jaded at this point in the book. Johnny Gamble wasn't my favorite person. However, that changed and it changed quickly.
There was so much heat in this book it was HAWT! Lord have mercy, someone grab the fire extinguisher, that hot. It just the right amount of sweet, angst, and love wrapped up tight in one. It is perfect!
Like I said before Kristen's books are a non discussion, I will purchase them all. This one though? It's at the top of my list. (Nobody can take Tack and Tate's spots)
Johnny Gamble is life.
"She shouldn't have looked for dreamers. She should have found a man who knows all the different types of motor oil."
Title: Rewrite Our Ending
Author: JL Long
Cover Designer: Kovers by Kari
Release Date: February 1st, 2018
We've said our vows. For better or for worse.
She thinks she could so easily take my place.
I will not be defeated.
I am prepared.
Prepared to fight for our ending.
Because I am going to rewrite it.
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About the Author
JL grew up in a small town in Illinois. Not to be mistaken for Chicago.
She currently resides in Southern Georgia with her husband, three children,
and their fur-babies, Buster Malone and Cali Girl.
She has lived an adventurous life…doing
just that, living. Dream it. Do it. Live it.
JL is a hopeless romantic, who loves seeing love
unwind before her eyes. When she can’t see that for herself with other people in real life,
she writes it or reads it. Writing has been a part of her life since she was a little girl,
along with an avid reader.
She will continue to write until the pen will not allow it anymore.
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Author Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/jllong
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Website Link: http://www.jllong.net/
★★★ Published Books ★★★
Copperfield Lane (Copperfield Lane Book One)
A noun that describes two people that are connected to each other in ways only our souls
understand. You can feel it in your heart, the way the strings tighten whenever that person is
around. The way you are happier, at your best when they are near. Whether this be a friend
or a lover, there is a soulmate for everyone in this extraordinary world.
I found the love of my life on Copperfield Lane. He is my best friend. He is my lover.
He is my soulmate.
The flames are burning within us but the hold we have on each other is going up in smoke.
What happens after you get your happily ever after? Does love strengthen or does it
smolder to ash?
Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/mdNwYw
A Dance Worth Dancing (Tactical Men Book One)
Love is a strange thing. It can heal, it can hurt and it can be astonishing.
For Rori and Colt, it's a mixture of all of these things.
Rori is a single mom who is looking for love in all the wrong places.
Until one fateful night her hero comes to her without her even knowing it. She has too
much at stake to risk a dance on the wild side.
Colt isn’t the type to settle down. He’s been there, done that and was left high and dry.
Colt’s just surviving by throwing himself into his work on SWAT and living the simple
bachelor life with his dog Tank. Or at least it was simple, before Colt’s greatest demons
come crawling to the surface.
Can they pull through when it seems like the universe is doing everything in its power to
pull them apart? Can love really conquer all?
Buy Link: books2read.com/u/4Do9Kk
The Sacred Truth (Tactical Men Book Two)
The only failures in life are the mistakes you don’t learn from.
It was only supposed to be casual. Then I fell for her. Falling head first in love, only to
have fear rip it out from underneath me. I severed us with my destructive words. Correcting
all the mistakes I’ve made is what I have to do, I just don’t know how.
She does. She always knows what to do.
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Author Interview with C.L. Knopf
Today we are showcasing C.L. Knopf and one of her characters. Check out both interviews below!
1. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions
-I think they could still be a writer. They may struggle more that the
ones that feel emotions strongly but I believe it can be
2. Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
-It does both……most of the time it feels energizing except when
3. What is the first book that made you cry?
-I have never cried reading a book. I did cry writing my own.
4. In your opinion, what are common traps for aspiring writers?
-Having unrealistic goals. Thinking everyone out there is just
waiting for your book release. Writers block…..that’s a big one.
5. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they
-I try to stay true to myself. I am open to suggestions for sure but it
has to feel right to me at the end of the day.
6. What does literary success look like to you?
-Seeing my books in bookstores, maybe becoming a household
name…..that would be amazing.
7. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
-Currently I just have one. I try very hard not to have a ton of
projects going at the same time.
8. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the
-To write them without plugging in female traits…..thank god for
beta readers. Saved me a time or two.
9. How do you select the names of your characters?
-I picture the character in my mind and the name usually follows
10. Do you hide secrets in your books that only a few people will
-Not so much secrets but some of my main characters bear a ton of
similarities with myself when it comes to events, personality and
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Name and where we can find you – Callum Lawson - Bali
1. What is the one thing you want but can’t have right now?
2. What do you do for a living? Why?
-Watersports instructor at a resort in Bali. Why? Because I’m living
3. Do you ever struggle with inner conflict?
-More now than ever.
4. Five years ago, did you see yourself where you are today?
-In a way I did. I came to Bali five years ago to start my new life.
Then I met a girl. That’s where the inner conflict comes in.
5. Why do you think your author wrote your book?
-She wanted me to experience a love that I didn’t think existed.
6. Tell me what your day is like.
-I get up, throw on my swim trunks and resorts shirt and head to
work, which to me isn’t work. Usually I would teach my classes,
hang out with my mate Espen at the beach bar. When Hannah was
here my days were consumed with her.
7. Off the top of your head, what are three things you would wish for
-Hannah, Answers, Solution
This or That
1. Beach or Mountains – Beach
2. Steak or Chicken – Steak
3. Car or Truck – Car
4. Tattoos or Piercings – Neither
5. T-Shirt or Button Up – T-shirt
6. Marvel or DC Comics – Marvel
7. Skydiving or Bungee Jumping – Skydiving
8. Trip or Staycation – Trip
9. Dogs or Babies – Dogs
How I Failed NaNoWriMo
I have failed you, Literary Gods, failed you so hard.
National Novel Writing Month.
The month of November came and went and so did NaNo. I was so amped to participate this year. I made charts, I had all my goals in line, outlines --which I never do--, and I had rewards, 'cause who doesn't a love a reward. I had everything you could think of planned out and ready to go.
But I forgot one key element. I forgot to NaNo.
The first two weeks were solid. I wrote every day. Exceeded my goals and was rather impressed with myself. Then I slipped. I forgot to write one day. That one day turned into another, and then another.
I'm sure you are wondering how the heck I forgot to write. I'm a writer for crying out loud.
Beats me, to be honest.
Although deep down I know it's the pressure that got to me. But just because I didn't achieve 50,000 words by the end of November doesn't mean I suck as a writer.
No. It just means I have to realize my boundaries when it comes to my writing. I can't feel forced, yes, sometimes the force to proceed is needed. What I mean is that with everyone doing NaNo I felt like I had to exceed. I had to do good... because everyone else was. It started to weigh me down. I got so far inside my head that it prevented me from actually writing.
I've done NaNo for the past three years. Each year I've failed, I'll add. The first two years I just didn't try. I was still learning as a writer --still am, really-- and just didn't want to put the time in. Blah! I'm a butthead sometimes.
But this year was different. Half way through I came to the realization that NaNo just isn't the fit for me. That doesn't mean I will stop trying every November.
It just means I am going to do it my way. Modifying it to my writing style. Suppose this wouldn't really be NaNoWriMo then, eh? And I'm also going to redo NaNo in December.
I mean, obviously it won't be the traditional NaNo. But I plan to set my own goals I know I'll be able to obtain. I encourage y'all to join me on this.
Well, that's it for this blog post! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I feel the rope tightening around my neck. My nails digging into my skin trying to loosen it. You pull tighter. My breath becoming shallower and shallower. You don't care.
You did this.
You took me.
You tied me up.
Put me on display. Humiliated me. You whisper, "I'm sorry. This is the way it has to be." I shake my head.
Desperate for peace, relief.
Desperate for you to let me go.
I'm just a number. A figure in your well placed hidden plan. You move about the world with practiced ease. People kneel to you, people respect you. I respected you. You lead a life that most would love to have until they find out who you really are.
You're a monster. A monster that you keep concealed so well.
I trusted you. Trusted you to not hurt me.
You hurt me.
I believed you.
I believed that someone like you could never hurt someone like me. I guess you never truly know someone.
I can feel my body growing numb now. My will to fight is gone now.
You won now.
You always win.
My body slackens, my eyes closing. Before I drift to my peace, I feel the blade against my skin. A blade I know will be the last thing I feel. This I know for sure for you told me. Telling me you would watch my limp body almost to the peak of demise. Only then you would sliver your hate through my body, watching the crimson wetness stain the floor.
So delicate, like a flower, you wrap me in your arms and let the rope fall from around my neck.
I sigh in defeat. The closeness of my death so near I could taste it. A welcoming feeling.
Take me away from a man I loved and trusted.
Never to be reached again.
Never to feel again.
Copyright © by JL Long 2016
This is my list of favorite books of all time. Some of them go back to my childhood. Some way or another these books have touched my soul and stuck. I hope you check them out and get lost in these worlds just as I did.
Here's my list...
1. Night by Elie Wiesel
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
3. How To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. How To Kill A Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo
6. Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
7. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
8. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
9. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
10. Tarryn Fisher books
11. Kristen Ashley books
There you have it, my list of favorite books.
Looking back on the day I decided to self-publish.
It was scary. It still is. I've been a writer of words for a very long time. That doesn't mean I know all the rules.
Not even close. What I do know is, I love writing. I remember writing stories when I was a little girl, they were unique --different-- but mine. I think sometimes we get lost. We stop writing for us and write for our readers. There's nothing wrong with that, but if the story is what everyone else wants, are you going to be able to write it to the best of your abilities?
With that being said, I have some tips. Not your everyday tips. Tips that I wish I would have listened to from day one of publishing.
My tips to myself now...
1. Do it.
-Just do it. Don't ask why. Grab your pen --or your laptop-- and just write.
2. Don't doubt yourself.
-You will doubt yourself. I think all success comes from a bit of doubt. What I mean is, don't doubt yourself to where you no longer have a desire to write. You have to be the controller of your doubt when it creeps in. Control it and move on.
3. Write what you feel.
-This is a big one. Don't write what people think might happen. Write what you feel needs to happen. It's your story, you write it.
4. Don't quit because of what others say.
-Not everyone will like your story. People will be mean, cruel, and ruthless. Take it for what it is. Don't let that taint your dream. After all, you are writing for yourself, not them.
5. Know when to listen.
-Everyone has their 'how to'. Everyone will try to influence you. You have to be the one to decide what fits you. It's like a pair of jeans. Slip it on, if it doesn't work, chuck it. You will know when it fits.
6. Rules are rules, but...
-They can be broken...sometimes. Don't be afraid to walk that line.
7. Don't lose yourself trying to find yourself.
-This is a huge one. People change in this industry. Sometimes you can't do the things other authors do, don't force it.
8. Success doesn't happen overnight.
-"If you build it, they will come." --remember that handy-dandy quote from Field of Dreams? It's true. Who knows when that will be. Just work hard and trust that you are doing the best that you can. Don't break your back or your bank account trying to achieve something that just isn't reachable at this time. You can't do everything. There will come a point where those things will be more available to you. Do what you can when you can.
9. You will feel alone.
-This comes with the territory. We have things running through our brains that others don't. People don't understand. It's okay to feel this way.
10. You will feel like you're making the biggest mistake of your life.
-This is normal. It'll keep happening. Again, trust yourself.
Struggle you will, but don't you ever give up. No one likes a quitter.
There will come a point where acceptance doesn't matter. Take that moment in. Bet you'll feel a calm come over you like none other. This isn't about everyone else, it's about you, sugar plum. How you want it, where you want it, when you want it. Work for it. The only person that needs to love your story is you.
Lift that chin up, baby. Stand ten foot tall and bullet proof.
You got this.
Because I believe in you.