Mystery and mysticism
I think one of the best parts of being an author is that we get to create new ideas every time we sit down to write. I love nothing more than reading a newspaper heading, or seeing a television show and letting my mind wander. If that was my character what would they think? Where would they be and how would they react? And every time it is something different and exciting. But the worlds of mystery and mysticism are intertwined. What if this world that we perceive is just the tip of the iceberg, and our thoughts and imaginings of a thousand different characters are simply our minds tapping into alternative universes that we can sense but not see? What if those other worlds are more similar to our own than we realize, but with strange or fundamental differences? The idea of it thrills and excites me. This month I thought I would talk to two more authors to see what thrills and excites them.
This month's authors:
Ashley A Quinn
Ashley is an indie author with a love of history and romance. With several books under her belt, I was keen to find out how she managed to be successful.
What is the appeal for you about historical writing?
Even as a child I found history intriguing; learning where we've come from and how we got there captivates me. I don't write historical fiction in the traditional sense, but some of my books incorporate historical elements. My Flames of Fate series is set in modern-day but revolves around Ancient Greece. I love the blend of old meets new and what the two together can accomplish.
Who is your favorite character you have created and why?
My favorite character is Hades. In many stories, he's depicted as a villain, but when reading the mythology surrounding him, he isn't the devil many think he is. There is also so much more freedom in writing a supernatural, immortal being. I took licenses with him that I wouldn't with a human character. He turned out exactly how I imagined him--cocky, arrogant, and powerful, but with a heart.
What's the hardest part about writing for you?
Staying in it. I have two young children and a very hyper, very large dog who demand a lot of my attention. I have a hard time picking back up where I left off after I've been interrupted, so I don't always get as much written during the day as I would like. It leads to some late nights as I try to make up ground.
How often do you write and where is your favorite place to do it?
I try to write every day for at least a little bit. My goal lately has been 3000 words a day, but I'm really only hitting between 1500 and 2000. I do most of my writing at my desk in my little office corner of the master bedroom. I do like the couch, though, too, but only after everyone has gone to bed.
Ashley loves to catch up with her readers via :
and you can check out her blog at: https://ashleyaquinn.com/blog
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
Kat is a lover of pets, creator of sexy romance books, and a university scholar. From picking up objects with her toes to creating engaging characters, Kat has been busy gathering accolades and characters. So I was keen to chat with her and find out how she does it.
What inspired you for your new release "Hex, Love and Rock&Roll"?
I knew that I wanted to write a book with both music and magic. As a music lover myself, I connect deeply to the intangible, emotional impact of a song. In the story, I strove to capture elements of that connection in a literal sense by bringing in the supernatural aspects in a direct way.
Your stories have a large magic element to them, is this pure imagination or do you do any research for this style of writing?
I did a great deal of research into numerous magical practices and allowed elements of that research to inform my world-building. Ultimately, the magic system in Hex, Love, and Rock & Roll and the ensuing additions to the series is one of my own inventions.
What has been the hardest part of writing the book for you so far?
When I was drafting, it always felt overwhelming to realize that some aspect of the book wasn't working and that I'd have to re-draft large portions. While the process was daunting, it was also exciting to watch the book improve with each installment.
Of all the reviews you have received, what has been your favorite, and why?
Jaqueline Snowe's blurb was amazing! I respect her so much as an author and was immensely flattered to learn that she loved the story. It was so cool how she said that the book pulled her in as a reader and didn't let go because that's the experience I want all of my readers to have.
Kat loves to connect online, and there's plenty of options. You can find her at: Twitter: @Kat_A_Turner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kat.turner.50364 Insta: katturnerauthor BookBub: @katurner34 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19786105.Kat_Turner Newsletter sign up https://katturnerauthor.com/newsletter/
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking out her book, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler