Author Interview Round Up
Every now and again we have the opportunity to interview the writers that bring fantastic stories to your eReaders. From debut authors, to seasoned pros we’ve enjoyed getting to know these folks and learning about their inspiration and lives outside of writing. Today we’re pleased to bring you a round-up of our 2021 interviews thus far, so you can find your next favorite author!
With well over 1 million books published every year, according to Bowker, self-published and traditionally published authors alike face a lot of competition to be seen. Authors are faced with far more decisions than simply if their book will end in a happily-ever-after. Their brand, their books, are a small business. A small business that must make not only creative choices such as cover design and blurb copy, but also marketing and advertising decisions.
Through the Hidden Gems ARC program, we’ve introduced readers to books in over 15 genres from authors of all walks of life, starting out or well seasoned. It’s been an honor connecting readers and writers through stories and feedback.
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From time to time we have the pleasure of interviewing some of these talented authors who share their words and stories with the world, and today we’re doing a round-up of all the interviews completed in 2021 thus far, as a way to help you discover your next favorite author!
Looking for a refresh or restart after all that 2020 dealt us? Meet Bradley Charbonneau. Bradley’s motivational books regularly rank in the top 10 on Amazon’s Self-Help, Creativity and Health and Spirituality charts. He has a knack for inspiring people to take action.
When asked, “how would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet?” Bradley said, “A light-hearted, ‘been there, done that’ perspective on some of the big issues we face in life and how to face them—and win—with a laugh.”
Love some southern small-town love stories? Check out RITA Award-winning romance author Kait Nolan. Kait’s contemporary romance novels are binge worthy and always devoured by her adoring readers.
When asked to describe her writing, Kait said, “I write sassy, small-town, oh-so-Southern stories with strong women, lots of heart, occasional tears, and plenty of feel good along the way.”
Stephen B. King
Looking for something that will keep you up at night? Meet thriller author Stephen B. King. Stephen often writes about the dark world of serial killers and it was absolutely fascinating to hear more about his writing process and inspiration.
In describing his writing and how he tries to use it to connect with his readers, Stephen said, “As an author I write character driven stories. For me, that’s the whole point, and the aspect I work hardest on. If I can get you, the reader, to invest in my character, feel for them, even worry for them; then hold on to my hand tightly – we’re going on a roller-coaster ride. You may not like some of my characters, some you may even detest – especially the serial killers I sometimes write about, or Dave, the protagonist in Domin8, but I will always show you the human side to them and explain why they became the monsters they are. I have had people say in reviews they found themselves almost liking the murderer and even feeling sorry for them. For me that is the highest praise.”
Love a good mystery? Check out Lane Stone. Lane writes cozy mysteries and is currently working on a new trilogy of art thrillers. Her books are wildly popular with book clubs, and she considers her books to be “Fun Reads for Boomer Women.”
In the interview, Lane said, “My motto is work hard/ play hard. Covid has made the play part of the equation scarce but I still keep close to my friends with phone calls, texts and zooms. I’m grateful to have my dream job, and I hope my readers can tell I’m having a good time with these characters and want them to also.”
Ready for some hot stories that just may melt your e-reader? Get to know USA Today Bestselling Author JH Croix. JH is known and loved for her contemporary romances, and releases several books each year and often works on collaborative projects, so her readers are always satisfied.
JH describes her stories by saying, “I love people and places that inspire happily-ever-afters. I write swoon-worthy romance with smart, sassy heroines who challenges alpha heroes. Small town romance is totally my jam, and most of my stories take place in several fictional towns.”
Can’t decide which genre you want to dive into, but know that you love deep, emotional stories? Meet USA Today Bestselling Author Alexa Padgett. She writes contemporary romance, mystery and fantasy and her books have garnered accolades from prestigious organizations, including Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Publishers Weekly.
Alexa says of her writing, “I write deep stories about real people. Some of my books are angsty, some are emotional, all are about family, acceptance, and growth. I love all the feels.”
Looking for heartwarming stories to fill your weekend? Get to know Hidden Gems reader favorite, Beth Carter. Beth is a multi-award-winning author of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic comedy and children’s picture books.
Beth described her journey towards becoming an author as, “For many years, I worked in corporate America (in education, banking, and healthcare) and was a single mom. At age fifty, I shed my suits and heels and decided to pen my first novel. I had taken many creative writing classes in college, but was at a loss as to how to begin the publishing journey. I joined three local writers’ groups, took a six-week course, ‘How to Write Your First Novel,’ at a community college, attended numerous conferences, connected with many authors, and the rest is history. I call my writing style rollercoaster women’s fiction and heartwarming romance.”
If you want a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, get to know Joanna Evans. Joanna’s debut novel is a thriller rooted in science and has been named one of the “Best New Thriller Books to Read in 2021” by Book Authority.
When asked about describing herself to someone unfamiliar with her writing, Joanna said, “I’d describe myself as someone who never thought they’d be doing anything other than psychotherapy for the rest of their life. I had achieved my dream job then, suddenly, I couldn’t see myself as ‘only’ a therapist. I knew I had something else in store. I’d describe my writing, or at least how I hope my writing conveys, as an attention-grabbing style that holds your interest and keeps you wanting to turn the page.”
Hidden Gems subscribers enjoy books from authors like those mentioned above, and many more across a wide variety of genres. If you want to read more, for FREE, just sign up for the Hidden Gems ARC program. Each morning we send out offers for books from any of the genres you’ve chosen to hear about and selected readers will be sent those eBooks to read and review on Amazon.