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Interview With Author Lindsay DeRollo

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By way of introduction, here is Lindsay DeRollo’s bio:

Lindsay DeRollo is a children’s book author and illustrator living in Central New York.

She is a former fine art and psychology student from Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.

She has always loved to read books, so it comes as no surprise that she has created books of her own now.

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Hello, Lindsay, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

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When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I was about ten years old when I began writing short stories and journaling.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, just on the side.

How long have you been writing?

I self-published my first picture book through Amazon in 2017 (4 years ago).

Have you won any literary awards?

I won an “Honorable Mention” award from Story Monsters for my books: Sugarplums and Shooting Stars, If the Slipper Fits and A Christmas Kitten for Max. I have also won a Reader’s Favorite 5-star award seal for most of my books.

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How many published books have you written?

Six picture books and a short story for young adults.

Which genres do you write?

Children’s and Young Adult.

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What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Children’s books are the easiest because they are so much shorter (this goes for Young Adult short stories, too) and you are relying more on the illustrations to help tell the story.

The most challenging aspect would be the competition with other [more well-known] authors.

What are you working on now?

A new picture about building self-esteem and celebrating your differences.

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Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

From the hundreds of children’s books I’ve read throughout the years, as well as my own experiences in life and people I know.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?


Hearing from someone how much they loved reading my book and how much it meant to them.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Be very patient, seek advice and guidance from other published others and keep motivated!

Remember that most authors don’t start out successful (even James Patterson!). Expect some constructive criticism and try not to take it personally if someone doesn’t like your book.

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Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I like to paint [abstract art], make jewelry (some based on my books) and I enjoy marketing books.

What message are you sharing in your books?

To follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.

What are your favorite books?

I like to read psychological thriller novels. My favorite children’s books include Winnie the Pooh, the American Girl series and the Elephant and Piggy series.

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If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

James Patterson, Mo Willems, Gillian Flynn and Sarah Dessen.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

The authors mentioned above, as well as books that have similar topics to mine and that I can relate to.

When you’re not writing, where can we find you?

Relaxing at home with a good book. Or out shopping!

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A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

I would first introduce my book and writing background as well as what influenced it.

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

Run in the opposite direction!

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Follow/connect with as many authors in your writing genre (especially on social media pages) and join as many Facebook writing groups as possible where you can market your book.

It is also very beneficial to join a local writing group and attend or create an author signing event (libraries are very helpful in organizing one).

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Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Author Page: Amazon.com/author/lindsayderollo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shimmeringhope86
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/faery86
LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-derollo/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lindsayderolloauthor/

Where can we find your books?

Through Amazon (listed above) and a publishing company I’m a part of named “Two Girls and a Reading Corner” (linked to Amazon): Twogirlsandareadingcorner.com/shop.

Some of my books are also available (online only at the moment) at Barnes and Noble and Walmart.

Thank you, Lindsay, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lost of luck!

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Lindsay DeRollo’s Featured Book

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Available on Amazon

Book Blurb:

The Swan Lake Ballet recital is coming up, and Emma has the lead role! She spends a lot of extra time practicing with Bella, who also has a major role in the performance.

Emma’s best friend, Pinky, has a slightly smaller role in the ballet. She is a little sad that she doesn’t get to spend as much time with Emma, who always seems to be too busy practicing with Bella to spend much time with her anymore.

Pinky is afraid that Emma has forgotten a very important day coming up… and could Emma and Bella also be keeping a secret from her? Pinky is in for a big surprise!

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Photo Bombed Book Blast & Giveaway

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Giveaway Link

Available for $0.99

GENRE: Cozy Mystery

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BLURB:

When a corpse crashes the party, Bianca is on the case.

Bianca Wallace is a work from home mom raising her teenage daughter as a single parent. She’s determined to stand on her own two feet in Edenville, Texas after her bitter divorce.

When the town’s wedding of the year stars her friend as the bride, Bianca can’t wait to celebrate the nuptials. Neither she nor the guests expect a corpse! When the police suspect the bride, Bianca’s determined to prove her friend’s innocence.

Lamar Sims, the new police detective in Edenville, is investigating the murder case. Bianca’s “interference” is not helping, but she won’t stop when her friend’s freedom is on the line.

He makes it clear he wants her to let the police do their job, so she has to find ways around him.

No one in Edenville is safe until the killer is behind bars. Bianca won’t let Detective Sims dismiss her hunches. They may have to work together before another dead body shows up.

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Author Bio:

Daria started writing as a teenager. Since she loves romance novels, she figured why not write them too? She also writes Christian fiction along with cozy mysteries!

Daria graduated with a degree in healthcare management, so writing was not in the cards for her. It’s rare that you won’t catch her reading. Aside from that, she loves Turner Classic Movies, painting, Pilates, the piano, and chocolate.

Website: www.dariawhite.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Daria_White15

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dariawhite90

Buy links: The Wedding Report https://books2read.com/u/31Gow6

Christmas Therapy https://books2read.com/u/b5Q1rA

Christmas Connection https://books2read.com/u/bMpYRV

Wish for Love https://books2read.com/u/49oyNd

Interview With Author TL Shively

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By way of introduction, here is TL Shively’s bio:

T.L. Shively is an award-winning author who plays mom and wife with a daytime job. After hours you will find her knee-deep in gnomes, fairies, and all things fantasy.

She loves when her imagination takes her places she hasn’t been, then she writes them down on paper so she can share them.

Hello, TL, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t thinking up stories in my head. I would even create characters to star in books I had written.

It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I finally started writing all these stories down and then the Guardians were born.

Is writing your full-time profession?

I truly wish it was. I work in a drywall yard as inside sales/administrative. But my goal is to be a full-time writer and I’m working very hard to accomplish my dream.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was young and having my mom read the stories, but I seriously started around 16 years ago.

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Have you won any literary awards?

I won an award for the best book cover for The Town That Time Forgot at Once Upon A Book 2019 in Frankenmuth, MI. When they announced I had won, it took me a few minutes (and my husband nudging me and telling me they called my name) to realize I had won.

How many published books have you written?

I have published 5 books in my Sanctuary Guardian Series.

Which genre do you write?

YA Fantasy

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

The most challenging thing for me is keeping everything straight. You wouldn’t believe how many sticky notes I have on my desk.

My characters speak to me, and they will change the plot on me when I least expect it. I must try to not let it get too far out of hand.

I love fantasy but I try to keep a bit of realism in it as well.

What are you working on now?

I have a few projects I’m working on.

One is a story outside of the Sanctuary Guardian universe about a spider goddess who discovers that there is more to her story than she knew.

I’m also working on a coloring book for the Sanctuary Guardians as well as a Christmas story for the Guardians.

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Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I created the Guardians when I was very young growing up in the country.

The stories that I would read and create other stories from. Those were the ones that the Guardians would star in until they finally got a story of their own.

Other characters’ inspiration has come from people in my life and sometimes I look at a picture online that will create a character for me. Inspiration comes from all around.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

When I get to see fans who are just as excited about my stories as I am. They are my rewards.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

The only advice I can give is to not give up, to keep trying and keep asking questions.

Everybody’s approach is unique, and you have to find the one that works for you. Watch what other authors are doing and try it.

If it doesn’t work, then try something else. Reach out to other authors and ask for advice and help. Never stop asking.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I love all things fantasy, which includes my gaming. I love playing RPG games.

I love dragons, gnomes, mermaids and, of course, fairies. I love to draw and craft.

What message are you sharing in your books?

When I first started writing, I never realized there was a message. I always thought I was writing a story for people just to escape.

During an interview, I realized my story was about teamwork, learning to work as a team with each other and others.

What are your favorite books?

I have so many, but Harry Potter and Percy Jackson top the list.

If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Washington Irving would be my top ones to invite.

In school, I was the kid who loved reading the required reading. Those stories inspired my imagination.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

My mom, even when I was young and writing stories that probably made little sense she would read them and tell me how interesting they were.

She kept my love of reading and my imagination alive. She has always been my biggest fan.

Although with other authors, I will say that I can’t pinpoint just one. I take away something from everything I read.

I know what I like when I read, so I tend to put that into my writing.

I skim over all the descriptions to get to the actions and so I try to bring that to life in my writings.

I know descriptions are important, so I make sure to add some descriptions, but I try to keep them from suffocating the story and let the reader use some of their own imagination when reading my stories as well.

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When you’re not writing, where can we find you?

During the day I work.

But at home if I’m not writing I work at my crafting table making crystal creations for my stories, outside by the fire pit with my husband, or possibly curled up with a good book another fantastic author wrote.

There are also some wonderful friends I have met online during my time in book groups, fellow readers and even authors I will chat with on Facebook.

Can’t forget about the marketing side of writing, the dark side, as we sometimes refer to it as but a necessary evil for being an author.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

I would like to play a part where no one knew which side I was on.

One small line and no one would know if what I said was to help the heroes or to hinder them.

I really like the grey area characters; you never truly know which side they are on, but they are always entertaining. Even if they are only there for a moment.

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

After I go full momma on him and give him something for sneezing, wheezing, and coughing (yes, that would be my first instinct. I am a lot like Vanna in my stories that way).

I would then listen to his story and help him out in any way I could. Can you just imagine the story he would tell? What adventure he could lead me on?

The chance to see an elven village and the other magical creatures I could meet. Better than any story I could come up with!

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What are your most effective marketing strategies?

I’m still working on that.

I share posts about my books in Facebook groups; I take part in author takeovers; I have a PR person who posts on my pages for me, and I have used Facebook and Amazon ads.

I’m also looking at creating a coloring book to help with promoting my Guardians as well.

I had dolls created to represent my characters and I am working on getting drawings done for each of my characters.

On my website I have a series called A Moment with Chad that follows the comic relief Guardian of Ice as he shares snippets of the book his Uncle Leroy gave him for Christmas, Useless Facts that You Will Never Use in Your Life.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

I do and you can find them all on my link tree:

https://linktr.ee/tlshively

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, Target, the Apple store, Scribd and Kobo, to just name a few.

I also offer signed physical copies on my website, or you can reach out to me anytime.

Thank you, TL, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

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TL Shively’s Featured Book

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Available on Amazon

Book Blurb:

The Guardians visited a cursed town, walked under the water of Prince William Sound, and battled Shadows wanting to wake the Sleeping Lady.

What they want now is to relax and enjoy the Crystal-Con. Unfortunately, their fated callings have other plans.

A Hunter has gone rogue and Arion warriors have ventured from the Alaskan frontier to help hunt him down. But they can’t do it alone.

Venturing to the underground realm of the Hunters, the Guardians join the search. Distracted by high-tech gadgets and hover bikes, the team unknowingly falls into a trap.

But it will take more than a blinding headache to stop them. 

Capturing the rogue comes easy… too easy. To their surprise, he has connections to the Sanctuary that challenge everything they thought they knew.

Shadows. Secrets. Hidden agendas.

How much more can the Guardians take before they go rouge themselves?

The Seeker’s Core By K.M. Jenkins

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Book Blurb:

In a universe governed by gods, darkness awakens and demigods are called.


Two journeys.

Two planets.

Lennox walks a path that separates her from her family. But allies along the way bring her to her destined fate.

Becca seeks to advance knowledge in the medical field. Fate has other plans in store when she stumbles upon long-forgotten ruins.

Two demigods walk different paths on separate planets. Will they find each other before it’s too late or will fate change their lives forever? The journey of a universe forever changed begins right here.

Buy Link: mybook.to/seekerscore

About The Author:

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K.M. Jenkins is a published international bestselling author that writes epic battles, forbidden romance, and tales of fantasy and adventure.

She has a big love for the fantasy genre and loves dragons above all creatures.

When she is not writing, you will find her chasing her twin boys around the house. Between the three she has epic battles throughout the day and nothing ever gets boring.

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Interview With Author Katherine Monroe

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By way of introduction, here is Katherine Monroe’s bio:

A native of Poland, Katherine Monroe, is an artistic soul who enjoys learning foreign languages and writing stories in various genres, with flavors from many cultures (especially East Asia).

Hello, Katherine, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I think it was when I was between 10 and 12 years old. My family and I were on vacation with my uncle, when my younger sister and I made a contest with him to write the best short horror story – it was then I thought about being a writer in the future.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Unfortunately, no, I’m just beginning my journey. I can’t pay my bills with money from books yet, so I have to work in other fields as well.

How long have you been writing?

I started as a 10-year-old, so I have been writing for 20 years, of course with some hiatus along the way since my teens to late twenties.

Have you won any literary awards?

I won 2nd place in a popularity contest on Fictionate.me, the main platform I publish on, with my thriller novel Blossom Tears.

How many published books have you written?

Six novels, counting in the three parts of my series Light & Darkness. Another two are in the making 🙂

Which genres do you write?

Mostly Fantasy/Romance, but I wrote two novels from the Thriller/Crime/Suspense genres.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Thriller is the most challenging since I rarely write in this genre because it’s hard to write a good thriller suspense story. Fantasy is quite easy for me because it lets me freely use my imagination.

What are you working on now?

I will be writing Light & Darkness: Book 4 and currently I am writing a Fantasy/Romance novel called Love of the Snow-White Fox.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

In a lot of places: music, movies, other books, sometimes all around me, while meeting various people.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Every positive comment, where people say they loved the story, is rewarding, showing me I should keep on writing because my novels can make others happy.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Never give up, especially if writing is something you love to do, read a lot, learn from others to improve your writing, look for inspiration everywhere: from various cultures to everyday life, you never know where you’ll find a great book idea.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I just want them to know I appreciate every opinion and hope that my novels are making them happy.

What message are you sharing in your books?

Most of my books contain a “love can change the world” idea, so I wish my readers would regain hope in the strength of love, since I believe in it with all my heart.

What are your favorite books?

I love Stephen King’s works, also Anne Rice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Overall horror books are my favorite, mostly in vampiric themes. I also like period romances like Jane Austen’s books.

If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

Anne Rice for sure, Bram Stoker and Jane Austen for sure 🙂

Also, Stephen King, of course. And many more I don’t remember right now.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

I think maybe Japanese anime. Many of my fantasy novels have elements of it. Korean detective dramas definitely inspired my thriller’s.

When you’re not writing, where can we find you?.

Anywhere there is good music, peace and nature.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

Hmm, that’s a hard question, but maybe as a passerby? I don’t want any big role, to be honest 🙂

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

I would definitely ask if he needed any help, also about his tattoo, and maybe I would also give him some hot tea with honey.

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Just promoting on social media, I guess. Although I’m not the best at marketing 🙂

But for sure, a pretty graphic or video about your novel is always eye-catching.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, on Facebook you can find me as Katherine Monroe, which is my pen name, facebook.com/KatherineMonroePL . I also have an active Instagram as eastasiaaddict_pl

Where can we find your books?

Most of them are on Fictionate.me or Dreame platform.

I also have some on reading apps like Readict, GoodNovel, OnReading, Libri & Bravonovel.

More info can be found on my Facebook’s author page: facebook.com/KatherineMonroePL

Book Links:

Love of the Snow White Fox (Fantasy/Romance): http://fictionate.me/…/6CC28753-66A8-463B-A5F9...
The Scarlet Angels (Supernatural/Thriller/Psychological):
fictionate.me/books/4AA26379-BA2F-427B-BEB2-5D6982A01CAF
Blossom Tears (Suspense/Thriller/Crime):
fictionate.me/books/802D2F68-CFC2-456C-B28E-D96594FA6C0E
Black Roses (Paranormal/Romance):
fictionate.me/books/659E3E83-7E05-4384-B183-3EA585146E24
Moonlight Waltz (Fantasy/Romance/Adventure):
dreame.com/novel/41RMVRIGEjiifqx6Du%2FVLQ%3D%3D.html
Scarlet Rose (Fantasy/Romance/Vampire):
dreame.com/novel/vg%2B7KCUB6T6zQWrxhS7SrQ%3D%3D.html
(For Dreame: Better copy+paste the link instead of just clicking, it may redirect you to the Dreame home page)

Light & Darkness series:

Book 1: fictionate.me/books/C04685C6-EE28-4EC4-8E38-24FE46D993BA
Book 2: fictionate.me/books/7542FA3D-4629-4EA7-81AE-E076D78E6D2D
Book 3 : fictionate.me/books/7A12E281-648D-4F1E-BC5A-04EF27B853EF

Thank you, Katherine, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

Katherine Monroe’s Featured Book: Available September 1, 2021

Book Link: fictionate.me/books/6CC28753-66A8-463B-A5F9-264F62685BA6

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/219063840083721

Book Description:

Soo Jung is a gumiho – a Korean nine-tailed fox spirit – but also one of her kind, with a fur as white as snow.

After being saved by a human, she walks down from the mountain, turning into her human form, but soon tragic events occur and Soo Jung escapes to the mountains and falls asleep for a long time, not intending to wake up.

However, one day she is awoken by a dream about a man who resembles her long lost love. Soo Jung goes down from the mountain once again. She soon discovers the world has drastically changed and tries to fit in, while searching for the man from her dream.