Today we’re getting to know another one of our fabulous authors! This time, it’s the incredible Amy McNulty!

What was the first book you wrote? Published?Luna cute 003 (Medium)
Nobody’s Goddess, a YA romantic fantasy, is the first manuscript I finished and the first one I published! I did, however, write a manuscript called Dreamalgam that was 120,000 words long and still only “half finished.” It took me nine years and I finally shelved it. I did mine some material from it for Nobody’s Goddess in the end, though.
What is your ultimate goal as an author?
I would love to be able to make a modest living as an author so I could afford to spend more time writing fiction instead of writing business content. However, to get to that point, I need to put a lot more books out. I need more time to write so I can (I hope) one day have more time to write. It’s a conundrum.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
YA fantasy or dystopian because I love immersing myself in fantastical settings. I specifically enjoy YA because I relate more to characters struggling to find their places in the world.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Drafting! With one exception (when I wrote the first draft of Nobody’s Goddess in nine days!), I take longer than I’d like to write the draft. I have much more fun editing the manuscript and polishing it.


kISeGCcCDo you have any go to snacks while writing?
I tend to give myself an energy boost mid-afternoon with hot or iced tea and yogurt or a granola bar.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up, even when you feel like your writing isn’t good enough.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Getting to spend time in imaginary worlds with imaginary people in my head and not feel like a crazy person for doing so.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
There’s literally nothing else I’d rather be! I used to want to be a translator (not an interpreter) of French or Japanese, but I struggle with anxiety so I couldn’t bring myself to study abroad. But I’ve always wanted to be an author as well.

What is your favorite place to write?
On a futon using a laptop table in my office. It’s where I do most of my writing, fiction and non-fiction.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I’m a huge geek and I fell in love with anime when I was 12 years old after I asked my parents for a doll that I discovered was from Sailor Moon. I still love anime and manga to this day, and I contribute to Anime News Network as a daily streaming reviewer.

Happy Friday! Today we’re getting to know Kellie Sheridan, author of The Hitchhiker Strain Series and co-founder of Patchwork Press, Weapenry and Write All Year!


25465318What was the first book you wrote? Published?


The first book I ever published was technically End Dayz, an ebook prequel to my first full novel, Mortality. I was definitely on a bit of a zombie kick back then!

Which author do you most look up to?

The authors I most look up to are those who dream big and take the time to try and make a difference within the publishing world. They may not be the authors that I read the most, but they’re absolutely the ones who have made the biggest difference in my life.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?


Ahhh, that’s hard! I guess to have a lifetime career in the publishing industry, both in putting out my own books and making a difference in the indie world. I may look into traditional publishing at some point just because I’d love to explore all corners of the publishing world, but anything there is more of a bonus where as indie publishing is really the goal.

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?kellie

I’m horrible with eating and writing at the same time. Either it’s too distracting, or my fingers get sticky, which is also too distracting. Basically I need to be in a bubble when I’m writing or I get distracted. Tea I can handle though!

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?


Adventurer! Is that a real job?

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?


Ahhh, it vaires so much lately. I’ve done a book in six months, I’ve done a book in a year. It really depends how focused I am/how many other things are going on.

dustinTell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

In the past year or so I’ve achieved my dream of becoming a foster dog parent. We’ve had four pups stay in our house while they’ve been waiting to find their forever homes and it has been a great experience!


Learn more about Kellie online!

Today we’re getting to know about eco-fantasy author, Terra Harmony.


 

terraWhat was the first book you wrote? Published?


The first book I wrote and published was The Kindred Curse Anthology, a New Adult vampire set of connected short stories, each subsequent story a prequel to the prior. I don’t advertise this one too much, it was more of a guilty pleasure than anything to get vampires out of my system!

Which author do you most look up to?


I really look up to authors (self-published or traditionally published) that take the time to mentor and coach the rest of us. I definitely would not be where I am today without these selfless, talented people.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?


Depends on which day you ask me! Sometimes I think I’m not sure I event want to write anymore. Sometimes I want writing to be my full time thing. Sometimes I start delving into how to write screenplays. Overall, I believe life is all about balance and I’m in a good place right now where I can balance my career, my writing, and my family. I’d be content maintaining status quo – though there will always be a part of me that wants something more for my novels.img_1186

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

Eating and writing is hard! So it is coffee, tea, water, or soda for me.

 

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?


A stay at home mom. 🙂  Between crafts, the gym, volunteering at the schools and neighborhood, and being a Girl Scouts leader I would stay plenty busy.

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?


Six months, give or take. I am generally able to publish two books per year.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I recently got into coloring.  I use fancy markers and intricate coloring books, and have ‘coloring’ parties with a fun group of ladies. It is an amazing stress relief!


Learn more about Terra online!

 

We’re kicking off this week by getting to know the one and only Janna Jennings who writes the always amazing Grimm Legacy books.


 

What was the first book you wrote? Published?

A Grimm Legacy, which started out as four character sketches, and grew from there. I entered the manuscript with all it’s many flaws into a contest on NaNoWriMo. That’s how I got hooked up PWP… and the rest is history

janna1Which author do you most look up to?

This could be a long answer. I’ve always loved C.S. Lewis, and think he’s an author who could easily be considered timeless. Kids enjoy his books as much fifty years ago as they do today. Jerry Spinelli’s language and descriptions create these amazing visuals that drag you right into the heart of the matter. Newer author Shannon Messenger really knows how to build a world and twist a tale right on its ear. Honestly, there is so much good writing out there, one is never out of things to read.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?

To connect with readers. To have them enjoy a story, to love the simple act of reading and being satisfied and a little sad when they flip to the last page of the book. To leave them wanting more.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?

I think there is always little pieces of me and my experiences in each character I write. But the troublemakers seem to flow from my pen a little too readily to deny a strong connection with them.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

I’m on the fence between historical fiction and fantasy. The historical fiction always seems so fascinating to me, and it’s the only way I enjoy history. Wading past the dates and facts and getting to the human heart of the story. What was this person’s experience, hopes, dreams? And fantasy is always fun, pushing the boundaries of what is possible, one great big ‘what if?’

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Consistently finding time to write, and probably because it is a fresh would… formatting!

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

9781927940518I’m a tea drinker 🙂

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

I think I’m going to have to go back to Lewis on this one. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Being able to absorb advice and apply it to my writing.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

The importance of having a plan before you start writing.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The power words have. Twenty-six simple letter, when strung together can elicit unanticipated emotions, thoughts, and dreams from anyone they come in contact with.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

Librarian, and fortunately, I get to live it!

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

A year. It would be nice to cut that down.

What is your favorite place to write?

Surrounded by books, usually a book store or library.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I recently started my dream job of being a librarian at an elementary school. I get to spend all day surrounded by books and get kids as enthralled about books and reading as I am. And just how excited would you be if your employer had a substantial budget for you to buy books every year?


Learn more about Janna on her website!

 

We still have a lot of amazing authors to get to know. Let’s jump in today with Angela Shelley!


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What was the first book you wrote? Published?efd_ebook-cover
The first book I wrote was in the second grade. I co-wrote a story about some kids who found a tunnel that went into a secret world. A friend from church illustrated it, and we had big plans! I wish I still had that book.

Which author do you most look up to?
This is a difficult question, just because there are so many wonderful authors out there. I have a deep respect for any artist who commits to their art to the point that they spend decades on it, and use the medium as a means for personal growth. I’d list many authors that I’ve read since childhood, or even some newer ones who, you can tell from the story, were dedicated to it. They worked hard, and I respect that. And then there’s the unpublished authors who study craft, enter contests and break their brains learning their artform. There are so many, too many to list.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
It changes often, but currently I’m reading a lot of fantasy. I love the symbolism.Angela Shelley Book of Shadows

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Finding time to write with two preschoolers is definitely my biggest challenge. And yet, they are my biggest loves, too.

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?
Patience, perhaps. Understanding that being a writers is being an artist. Just like a painter, not every painting is going to reach everyone. And being okay with that.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write every day.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love that as a writer, I’m both an artist and a business person. It’s the one career that allows me to exercise both halves of my brain!

What is your favorite place to write?
My office. I know, it’s kind of boring, but I’ve set it up nicely and actually rarely get to write there, oddly. I suppose the second favorite is this quiet little cafe I go to sometimes, MacLean’s Coffeehouse.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I love making and decorating cakes for my family. I’m currently making a Lightning McQueen cake and My Little Pony cake for my kids birthday. I’ll send pics when they are done!

 

Angela's cakes

Finished cakes!

 


Learn more about Angela online!

Let’s continue getting to know our authors, shall we? Up next, the always wonderful Majanka Verstraete.

stacksWhat was the first book you wrote? Published?
The first book I wrote was “Fractured”. I first called it “Mirror, Mirror”, but my publisher decided the other title fit better, and I agree. It’s a YA dark fantasy. The sequel, “Reflected”, released last year.

Which author do you most look up to?
J.K. Rowling. I’m absolutely in love with the Harry Potter series, and to think she came up with all of it, and it has captured so many readers’ hearts.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?
I want people to read my books. Becoming a bestseller author is of course one of my dreams, but just getting books out there and having people read them and enjoy them, that’s my ultimate goal. I want my books to mean something to my readers.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?
Riley Scott. She’s the main character of The Angel of Death Series, my YA paranormal series. I love her, and I can connect with her in so many ways. She’s the person I’ve always wanted to be.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
Horror. I love horror, always have. Even when I was a kid, my favorite series was Goosebumps, hehe. Nowadays I still love that genre the most.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Editing. I don’t like editing my own books at all. I don’t mind when I get them back from the editor and have to work on them, but self-editing after I’ve written the first draft? No, I don’t enjoy that part of writing at all.

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?
Not really. I don’t usually eat when I’m writing.

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?
What a tough question! Probably “In The Forests of the Night” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. It’s about vampires, and made me fall in love with the supernatural. I’ve read the book like fifty times at least.

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?
Storytelling. I think that’s my greatest strength, I can tell a good story.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?majanka
Don’t give up. Keep on writing, no matter what. And I have.

If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?
Five favorite characters: Bellatrix Lestrange (from Harry Potter), Risika (from In The Forests of the Night), Arya (from Song of Ice and Fire), Rose (from Vampire Academy) and Damon Salvatore (from The Vampire Diaries). That would be an amazing literary party! Two vampires, one evil witch, a dhampir, and Arya! J

Five favorite authors: Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling, Richelle Mead, George R.R. Martin and Mary Shelley.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Connecting with your fans! I love it when fans mail me telling me they enjoyed the book. Even if they didn’t love all of it, or had some comments about some of it, I still love talking to them about my books and characters.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
I studied law, and now I’m studying criminology. So once I finish that, I’ll also start working as a lawyer, which is my second dream job. Ideally, I want to be part-time lawyer, part-time author.

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?
Usually two or three months. Shorter books (kids books) don’t take as long.

What is your favorite place to write?
On the train. With no internet connection, I can’t do anything but write, and it helps! I can usually write 5k words when travelling to university by train.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
My favorite food in the whole world is spaghetti.


Find more about Majanka online at majankaverstraete.com

goddess of war

From the award-winning author of the international bestsellers Rise of the Flame, and The Chronicles of Koa series comes Goddess of War, an epic fantasy series set in a world of wizards, warriors, and a battle between dueling gods.

After escaping the Vault, a prison for gods, twin siblings Preeti and Vineet make a desperate journey to another world.

The Abyss, also known as the human world.
The Abyss is nothing like they imagined, and soon they find that they may like it more than the world of the gods, especially when relationships form with their human friends.
Three years is all they have to hide from the Goddess of Law, a woman determined to either imprison or kill the twins and take their spot as rulers of the gods.
The human world will never be the same with the Goddess of War and the God of Peace hiding in their land.

Preeti and Vineet are thrust into a war for more than their lives, but their souls, and those of the the humans they have grown to love. The Goddess of Law will stop at nothing to destroy them, even if that means tearing the human world apart.
Goddess of War is the first installment in a three book series.


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