Author Interview: Nicole Coverdale

Welcome to my author interview with Nicole Coverdale, author of paranormal and urban fantasy novels.

Welcome, Nicole. It’s great to have you here.

Thanks, Book Squirrel!

What inspired you to write?

Writing is something I have always loved to do. Growing up, you could always find me with my nose stuck in a book and I was in awe of those who could bring such amazing things to life, just with words and I just knew that’s what I wanted to do. In English class, I loved everything about it, grammar, writing, sentence structure, etc and one day I decided I was going to write a story and I did. It was childish, something I would never share with anyone, but it was special to me and eventually writing became like a therapy to me. Growing up in a house of divorced parents, and being the middle child of three daughters I needed some way to get my emotions out, especially since I was very quiet and shy. Writing gave that to me.

What are you working on writing now?

Right now I am working on the 5th book in my The Wiccan Way series. A series about magic, and a group of sister witches who are struggling with their destiny. This book, titled Bound by Magic follows the sisters as they search for an ancient sapphire that has been scattered throughout the world, before the demons get to it first. 

Do you have a favourite food or drink that helps you write?

I like to snack. Peanuts tend to be my go-to, and I do like a glass of wine to help calm my thoughts.

Who designs your book covers?

I follow a lot of different designers, many who have created covers for my books. Kristyn from Drop Dead Designs, Tara from Fantasia Frog Designs, and Michele from Captivating Covers and Plots just to name a few. They’re amazing, and so easy to work with. I’m lucky to have found them.

What’s your favourite kind of music?

I love my 80’s rock music, or hair bands as some may call them. Poison, Motley Crue, Def Leopard, Aerosmith, etc. I haven’t been able to find a music genre that moves me as much as the hair bands do.

Forest, country, beach or city?

Country! There’s just something so soothing and calming about the country. Being with your own thoughts, and of course, getting to watch the wild life. There’s nothing quite like it.

What’s your favourite TV show?

I have two. For comedy and good laughs, I love watching  Brooklyn 99. I could binge that show a hundred times and never get sick of it! For drama, Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve watched it since the beginning, and love how much it’s grown. Plus it’s been on for so long, I just can’t not watch it!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Honestly, I wanted to be so many things! I wanted to be a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, even a cop, and finally, yes, an author. But you know the cool thing about being an author? You get to put yourself in so many different character’s shoes that I get the chance to be every one of those. With a little help from some research, of course.

What’s your favourite season? Why?

I love the fall. The colors of the leaves changing is one of my favorite things to watch, plus it means football season is here and I love watching football!

What’s your favourite quote, ever?

I’ve always loved the quote, “when one door closes, another opens.” It just always helped me remember that whatever life throws at you, there’s always more. And even in the face of our darkest days, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and good things will come. But sometimes you do have to be patient for it to come.

What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?

That it’s not easy. While I love  getting the chance to do what I love, write and share it with so many readers, being an Indie author is tough! You not only have to find the time to write and set strict guidelines for yourself, you also have to make sure you find a good editor, a good cover designer, get the book’s interior formatted, not to mention knowing where and how to promote your work. It can get exhausting! But it is so worth it as well.

Where can readers find your books?

My books are on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Where can readers follow you on social media?

I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Thanks for chatting with me today, Nicole!

Thank you for having me, it has been fun. Bye for now!

Author Interview: Aly Locatelli

Today I’m chatting with Aly Locatelli, one of the contributing authors in the upcoming murder mystery anthology, ‘Death Among Us’.
Welcome, Aly!

Thank you, Book Squirrel! It’s so nice to be here.

What inspired you to write?

I began writing when I was 11 years old. My family and I had just moved to the UK from Italy, and my English was very poor. All I knew were the basic school-taught phrases that, unfortunately, didn’t really help in real world situations. My English teacher at the time suggested I try writing short stories in my spare time to practice the language. When I handed in my first short story and she really enjoyed it, I realised how much had enjoyed writing it. From then on, I would write short stories and beginnings of full-length novels and hand them in every week. 

Practicing English also came in the form of listening to audiobooks, reading, and watching shows with the subtitles on (a habit I still have to this day), but writing really cemented my learning.

What’s your favourite thing that you have written?

I’ve written a couple of books that I’ve had a blast writing. One of them features a haunted island and a very unlucky teenager and her family; another is high fantasy with dragons, magic, political intrigue and talking sloths. I hope the world gets to read them one day.

What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?

Oh gosh. I am a huge fan of V. E. Schwab. I’d read her shopping list if I could get my hands on it. A Darker Shade of Magic saw me through some rough days, and is a book I turn to whenever I struggle to live in the real world. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas is another, even though I haven’t finished it. I have a lot of thoughts on those last two books. Also Tana French and Gillian Flynn, for the murder mystery lover within.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

*stares at teetering TBR pile*
This year has been hard for me when it comes to reading. I haven’t had the right head to sit down and actually get through all the books I’d planned on reading. However, I absolutely adored Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan and Sadie by Courtney Summers.

What are you working on writing now?

I’m working on a few projects at the moment. I’m trying out the whole “plan, don’t pants” thing and… well. We’ll see how that goes. One of a horror/mystery and the other is, of course, fantasy. 

Do you have a favourite food or drink that helps you write?

Coffee. Coffee gets me through every single challenge. It’s like the writing buddy I never knew I had.

Forest, country, beach or city?

Forest! Give me silence, solitude and cooler weather any day of the week.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I started off wanting to be a lawyer. Then a psychologist. Then a criminologist. And then, somehow, I wanted to work in publishing if not become a published author myself. I guess I’m kind of getting there with the last one, ha!

What’s your favourite season? Why?

Winter. I grew up in the mountains bordering France and Italy, right in the peaks. We had some of the coldest winters with thick snow and blizzards. Something about winter is just endlessly romantic to me. Hot chocolate, thick blankets, fluffy socks… *sighs*

Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?

George RR Martin is top of my list. The guy managed to build an entire world, several languages and a multitude of stories that have captured the world. I’d love to be like him one day.
V. E. Schwab. She’s published quite a few novels, all whilst getting her degree. She’s also public about mental illness and her day to day life living with it and for someone who struggles with depression and anxiety myself, I feel seen by her.
Jay Kristoff. The way he writes is magical and captivating and even his darkest novels (Nevernight and Godsgrave) are humorous with some light-hearted moments. He’s another author I’d love to meet one day. 

What’s your favourite quote, ever?

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” Delilah Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic. 

Name three people you admire, and give reasons.

My mum and dad are two of the people I admire. I know it sounds cliché, but we truly have been through some stuff in our time. Awful, depressing stuff that most people wouldn’t come out of. My mum and dad have always been my constants, people I could turn to even just for some words of comfort. My mother is so strong — mentally, physically, emotionally — and my father is tough as nails and as wise as can be. I’d be lost without them.

The other person is my boyfriend. We’ve been together almost two years but, again, we’ve been through stuff you wouldn’t think possible. He’s been my rock and his sense of humour and positive attitude has pulled me out of more than one “dark day.” I don’t know what I would do without him, and hope I never have to find out.

Name two things in life that you wish were easier.

Life in general would be great if it were simply easier. Joking aside, writing is definitely one of them. If only there was a universal rulebook we could all follow when it comes to writing books, that would’ve been fantastic. Another is accepting criticism, personally. I actively seek out people to criticise my work, but then sit there for days self-hating because of said criticism. It’s helped me grow, that’s for sure, but I wish it were easier for me to brush it off and move on.

Before you go, why don’t you tell us about ‘Death Among Us’?

‘Death Among Us’ is a collection of 23 murder mystery short stories that releases on July 7th. It is a really varied and interesting multi-genre collection by some really great authors.

That sounds great! Where can we get a copy?

It’s available for preorder via Amazon, and you can find out more by watching this video.

Thanks for being here today, Aly. It’s been great to get to know you a little better.

Thank you for having me!

Author Interview: J. Raven Wilde

Today we welcome J. Raven Wilde, author of steamy romance and paranormal romance novels.

What inspired you to write?

I have always loved reading, as well as writing. I knew that I had a few stories that I would love to share, it has just taken me a while to get those stories written and published. The more I read, the more stories I wanted to tell. Soon, the creative juices were flowing and ideas were popping up. I have many writing projects going right now to keep me busy for a while.

What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?

The Beautiful Monsters Series by Jex Lane. I love the world that she has built in her stories and the characters that she has created. I have read her series at least eight times, they are that good!

What are you working on writing now?

I’m working on a few things; the second novella in my Sanctuary Series called, Claimed by the Bear, which I plan to have out in August.
The first novella in my Sanctuary Series, Claimed by the Alpha was just released and available on Amazon.
The other writing project I’m working on is another steamy romance novella called His Orders.

What’s your favourite TV show?

Supernatural, of course.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A veterinarian however, that didn’t happen. I joined the military and traveled the world.

Forest, country, beach or city?

The country and the beach. Definitely not a city person. Too much noise. I need a little peace and quiet, tossed in with some sun, sand, and water.

Who designs your book covers?

I actually found a really awesome graphic artist on Fiverr called, Designrans. He wasn’t my first cover designer, but now, he’s the one I go to.

What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?

I like being in control of my work, as well as the percentage of royalties that I receive compared to a traditionally published author. I am able to publish more and often, rather than waiting a year or more just to publish one book. I can set my own prices. True, you have a lot of leg work to do as far as getting your name out there, but you are doing just the same amount of work as you would be as an unknown traditionally published author.

Where can readers find your books?

People can find my books posted on my publisher’s webpage at http://www.twistedcrowpress.com or on Amazon.

Are we able to follow you on social media?

I also have a Facebook page where I keep everyone up to date on my current projects or newly published works.

Thank you for talking with me today, J. I’ve enjoyed our chat.

Thanks, Book Squirrel. It has been fun!