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Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.

21 Sep

Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma.  I’m a wife, a mother of two, an NICU nurse on “indefinite vacation”, a paranormal investigator, and an avid daydreamer, which serves to help me create my stories.  When I’m not writing or being domestic, I’m reading YA novels and sometimes painting pictures of horses.  Now that it’s getting closer to Halloween, I’m decorating my house with the MANY decorations that I’ve accumulated over the years.  My kids might need therapy someday from all the monsters in the house.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It took me four years to write One Petal Flower because of all the distractions in my life, but I never gave up on my dream of becoming published.  In my book, a few of the locations I used were based on actual haunted places that I investigated.

What genre does One Petal Flower fall under?

One Petal Flower is a young adult novel. 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I got the idea when I learned a high school classmate that I had had a crush on died suddenly at age 30.  He was the inspiration for the character Jonas.  The rest of the book formed around him as I added the elements of Native Americans and their customs, the holistic properties of gemstones, and the paranormal aspects of ghosts, werewolves, and revenants.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise and like and prefer to sit on the back deck with the sun shining)?

My setting isn’t romantic by any means, but I like it just the same.  I sit on the couch with jazz music playing (unless I want to listen to something specific), and I always have coffee beside me.  I write with paper and pen and then type it afterward.  I like to be able to write anywhere I go without having to drag a laptop with me.  And it actually helps me edit and revise if I do it like this.

Okay so if you were to have lunch with one of your characters who would it be?

I would want to have lunch with Chayton (my Native American character) because he is just my type of guy.  He’s mature, protective, musically inclined, knows how to use a hammer, and best of all, he’s forgiving.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I would probably pick his brain about Native American beliefs.  Their ancient stories hold such wisdom and advice!  They are connected to and have such respect for nature and animals.  They believe in many things that close-minded people wouldn’t even sit still long enough to hear.  And then I’d also hope Chayton could give me advice on how to communicate with ghosts, because unlike him, I can’t hold a conversation with them.

Alright now in my research, I found that you like to do paranormal research, so which show do you like best Ghost Hunters or Ghost Adventures?

I prefer Ghost Hunters.  They go in with the intent of helping the client.  No one should be scared to live in their own home or be at their place of work.  The investigators assess the situation, gather data as scientifically as possible, and present the findings with the client’s well-being in mind.  Of course, if they get great evidence they are thrilled.  We each have a story that led us to the paranormal, and those stories were just enough to create the passion for answers.

Since 2008 how many paranormal investigations have you performed?

Oh gosh, so many.  We go on Saturday nights, but occasionally a Friday night is needed.  We’ve been to many houses; old to new, small to large.  But, we also go to libraries, museums, places of business, theaters, hotels, schools, hospitals, and restaurants.

Any popular place or places?

The most popular place that Oklahoman’s will recognize is Spaghetti Warehouse (a restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City) and possibly the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Oklahoma. 

Have you had your own paranormal experience?

My first paranormal experience was when I was 18.  It was after my grandmother died.  I saw an image of an arm handing me a blanket.  I had just gone to bed and had been crying.  I think it was trying to comfort me.  The other time was just a couple years ago when I saw an apparition of a head and shoulders peek around a staircase at me.  It evidently made a noise that the other paranormal investigator heard because I saw his head snap in that direction right after I saw the apparition.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Whether the author is brand new or not, my advice is to just keep writing.  You are doing it for the passion of creating a story.  Your soul obviously has something to offer this world, so let it.  And know that no two people are alike, so not everyone will like your story.  That’s okay.  Because the people that do like it will make your day, your week, your life, with kind words that make the hard work all worth it in the end.

Will there be a follow up to One Petal Flower or are you writing a new story?  So what is in the future for you?

I had intended it to be just a single book.  Anything more seemed daunting.  But, I’ve decided that the story was not finished.  I’m working on a sequel, and it will be in Chayton’s point of view rather than Darian’s.  This will require me to delve even deeper into Native American customs and beliefs, which I’m so excited about doing.  I’m also working on a contemporary young adult novelthat I think people will really enjoy.  The characters are coming out so crystal clear that I feel I know them personally!

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Feature Friday….contd’

17 Aug

Feature Friday with Author of Tears of Crimson Vampire Series.

Michelle Hughes

Give us a little bit about you and how you started writing Vampire Erotica?

 

All of my vampire books are based off of dreams I’ve had.  I’m not sure I ever intended to write erotica it just happened that those dreams were the ones that fueled my imagination.  Rafe (one of the characters in my book) has been with me in dreams from my early teenage years and he’s pretty persistent about having his stories told.  In these dreams he would take me to other worlds and we would explore many things together, passion being one of them.

 

You also have Erotic Novella and a BDSM book, so how do you choose which genre you will write your next book in?

 

I would have to say that the book chooses me.  I know this sounds strange but my dreams have always prompted me to write.  If I dream about a certain situation I have to write about it.  Most of them I would never tell the people I’m closest to about. I don’t know how this works for other authors, but my muse will continue filling my head with dreams until I write them down.

 

Does the story come first or the character?

Always the character for me.  Being introduced to someone new in my dreamland is always a shock and I vividly feel those emotions of first meeting in those dreams.  Depending on the temperament of the character, I can go through a whole gamut of fear, desire, or pleasure.  With the story it’s like being led through a moving picture and experiencing each situation.  Thankfully I haven’t had nightmares in years, which is why I don’t write horror.

 

Do you find yourself fighting with what would you do if you were the character or do you more find yourself if you were someone else what would you want to do?

 

I don’t know if it’s fortunate or not, but since I live out my stories in dreams first I write exactly what I see happening in them.  In essence, I become the character until the book is finished no matter what age they are.  I never fight against myself internally about what my characters do, it’s hard to fight with yourself.

 

With all that you are involved in what is your writing routine like and how often do you write?

 

With the latest book 10 Nights, it was absolute insanity.  84,000 words in 14 days and I paid a price for that one.  As many people know I’m a mom of five so any writing that I do has to be done after my crew here has gone to bed.  For me that means no sleep if I get hit by the muse which was continuous for two weeks on this project. I managed 3 hours a day and ended up at the doc with a nice little fever and cold.   I don’t have a schedule, when I’m inspired I write.

 

As you know, Hotlit Books’ goal is to help authors, so what advice do you offer?

 

I like to tell my writing friends that I have no idea what works to push a book, so I try everything.  It’s insanity some days, but I will try and push out blog posts for the five blogs I maintain, talk to friends and fans on twitter and facebook, answer the emails, post on Triberr, update my feed140 tweets, stop in at goodreads, and make sure I share all posts with stumbled upon and pinterest.  I also try and share my friends work on facebook and twitter daily. 

 

What past or present author would you like to collaborate on a book and why?

 

Charlaine Harris is still my favorite author and I would love to collaborate with her.  As another Southern writer I think we have many of the same little quirks in our writing and while Charlaine keeps her work pg -13 (shocking if you’ve watched True Blood) I would love to add a little more steaminess into her scenes.  She write in a way that always keeps me entertained and I just think it would be fun to see how a book would turn out if we collaborated.  Of course, I would be just as happy to take over writing the True Blood scripts. 

 

When you write does it have to be quiet, or do you have music playing, TV on etc…?

 

It depends on the mood I’m in.  There are nights when a little music will help get my creative juices flowing and others when it just annoys and distracts me.  The television on would drive me crazy and I’d probably be ready to throw it through a window if I had to write with it on.  There are enough people talking in my head when I write, I really don’t need anything else going on around me.

 

Okay I am going to ask a few hard ones now.  So if you had to choose one of your books as your best one, which would it be and why?

 

After all the edits and rewrites, I would have to say my first Tears of Crimson Book.  I’m not so sure it’s better than the rest, but there is more of me invested if that makes sense?  My soul went into that book and it took me two years to complete it.  That book lifted me out of a great depression and changed my outlook on life, so it will always be my favorite.

 

In your opinion, do you think that vampires written today are any different than ones written in the days of Bram Stoker?

 

I think today’s vampires are substantially different, and I see no problem with that.  I loved Dracula, still do, he was such an influence on my writing.  I love all vampires, and will read or watch anything with that theme.  I have no idea what it is that draws me to this beautiful creature but I do know that it pulls me in and makes me wish that they were real.

 

Today we cannot seem to get away from someone having a criticism. How do you handle criticism for your work?

 

My first bad review nearly broke me.  When you spend two years writing out a story that engulfs your entire life and have someone stomp on it, it’s heartbreaking.  I cried for hours and then I put on my big girl panties and lifted my chin.  There are going to be people who hate what you do, there is no way around it.  I remember going through my favorite authors and reading every bad review they had and that was what saved my sanity.  In my opinion, if all those wonderful authors I love to read had such terrible reviews, then I had to look at it from the standpoint that maybe I didn’t suck as bad as the reviewer said.  As my granny use to say, there’s an arse for every seat, so I look at it this way, there are readers for every book.

 

Do you prefer Twilight, Vampire Diaries or True Blood style of Vampire?

 

I prefer them all.  My favorite from all those shows is EricHe is the yummiest thing since sliced bread and while I will watch or read anything vampire related, he is my heartthrob. From the Twilight series, I was actually a Jacob fan. 

 

If given the choice would you let a vamp turn you?

 

 

I would say you’re a little late buddy, and yes.  Without any second doubts at all, if vampires were real I would definitely be standing in line to be turned.  Eternal life, are you kidding me?  Of course it would be nice to go back about twenty years first.  If you run across any sexy vampires, please send them my way!

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