Interview With Author Kendra E. Ardnek

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By way of introduction, here is Kendra E. Ardnek’s bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales.

She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her.

When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.

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Hello, Kendra, 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 always knew that the written word was my destiny (I share a birthday with two famous authors), and I’ve been making up stories since I understood the concept

I wasn’t serious until I was eleven or so and decided to rewrite my own movie version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Anywhere and everywhere. The characters of this book are all based on those of Jane Austen’s work, but I have one in another project that literally developed out a skirt. She’s a Dragon Fairy. 

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

Getting to connect with readers who fall in love with my characters and worlds just as much as I am.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your story. Each word you write will get better. Focus on loving your stories, not writing a masterpiece. 

What are your favorite books?

Ella Enchanted, That Hideous Strength, The Ilyon Chronicles, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lunar Chronicles, Emma, Elven Alliance, The Four Kingdoms, and lots more. I like a lot of books.

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

The problem with this question is that my brain immediately goes to the Inklings and its ultimate implosion. Honestly, the groups I have are amazing and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

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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?

Probably be a villager or a servant or some such. Though I would really want to play the Mistress. 

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

I’ve been in the publishing scene for ten years now, and it’s a constantly evolving process.

But the timeless guidelines are—Keep your book visible (don’t worry about being the annoying author who always talks about her own books. (SHOW THOSE BABIES OFF.)

Have a great cover and be able to pitch your book in a single sentence (I highly recommend Finding the Core of Your Story by Jordan Smith to learn how to do this).

Create a community for your readers and promote a fandom. Word of mouth is the most powerful tool, and people love a club. 

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

https://kendraeardnek.weebly.com

knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon!

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

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Kendra’s Featured Book

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Book Blurb:

After their father’s death, and thanks to their older half-brother’s wanderlust, two sisters find themselves caught in the politics of a mysterious forest.

Elinrose finds herself in direct conflict with the wood’s Mistress, while Snowmari hides a deadly secret that could mean her death if found out.

Can their bonds of sisterhood withstand these trying times? Or will they even make it out alive?

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?

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.

Interview With Author Kayla Dodd

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By way of introduction, here is Kayla Dodd’s bio:

Author Kayla Dodd lives in Dowagiac, Michigan, with her four kids and her husband.

Kayla loves writing. It has been a hobby of hers for many years. She is so grateful to be able to have the opportunity to share her imagination with her many readers.

Hello, Kayla, 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 just started publishing my work, but I wrote short stories and poems at a very young age.

Is writing your full-time profession?

 Yes

How long have you been writing?

 A while

The Second Chance by [Kayla Dodd]
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How many published books have you written?

2 books with more in the works

Which genres do you write?

Contemporary, Horror, Sci-fi, Paranormal

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

In horror, it’s hard to have to kill some of your favorite characters.

What are you working on now?

Another Horror book

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Whatever comes out of my mind.

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

Hearing that readers have read my book and like it.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Keep writing, never give up. Taking in constructive criticism is essential to improve your writing craft.

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

I love writing, and I hope that readers enjoy reading my work. 

What are your favorite books?

I like Eric Carle’s books.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

Nobody influenced me. I write just what comes out of my mind. 

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

At my kids’ sports games or the park with my kids.

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 wouldn’t want to be in the movie, but I think it would be interesting to watch on set.

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?

If he’s sneezing and wheezing and coughing, I guess I’ll offer him a Kleenex.

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Trying to appeal to readers who are interested in that genre.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

https://www.facebook.com/kaylaDoddAuthor

Where can we find your books?

Amazon, Target, Walmart, https://penitpublications.com/?s=kayla+dodd

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

Kayla Dodd’s Featured Book

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Available on Amazon

May is a scientist who studies aliens. She has dedicated her entire life to finding out the truth. It jeopardized her marriage to Chris because he did not want her working in the lab. He wanted her to quit, but she stood her ground and it cost her much.


When she comes face-to-face with the alien she has been studying, what will she do? Will she run away or will she have feelings so strong for him that a romance blossoms.


The ground was blue and sandy, but I saw what looked like many trees and various flowers. Both were prominent and more substantial than those I knew back on Earth.


As I pulled into the castle, I was amazed. It was simply beautiful with long spiral towers that surrounded it on all sides. The walls were a beautiful blue and the water that surrounded it was purple. I had never seen anything so exotic.


The beauty is nothing compared to what she is about to experience when she meets ‘the Alien’.

Interview With Author Djennicia A. Francis

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By way of introduction, here is Djennicia A. Francis’ bio:

Whimsy is my name and Building Positive Mental Health practices is my game!

Djennicia A. Francis is an educator, pageant queen, and author of the book In the Mirror. She is a veritable fairy whose love for books is only matched by her love for life.

After graduating with her degree in Psychology she embarked on the journey that led her to teaching. Through this melding of worlds, she’s received certification in “Strategies for Dealing with Low Self Esteem in Children” and “Counseling Children and Youth.”

When she manages to tear herself away from her books, she trains aspiring Pageant Queens in Public Speaking, sings in her church’s choir and binge watches Japanese Anime. Believe it!!

She is free spirited and sees Mental Health as tantamount to success and joy. Add that to her love for kids and you have a fantastical soul who’s on a journey to teach children to Master their Minds so they can Master their Reality.

Hello, Djennicia, 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?

Years ago, honestly, but in the form of Spoken Word and Pageantry Speech Writing.

However, the children’s book writing bug, took a huge bite out of me about two years ago, one morning while I was in prayer.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Not at the moment but it is definitely a profession that I am interested in pursuing for the long haul.

How long have you been writing?

As mentioned before, I’ve been writing for numerous years, just in varying capacities. But let me let you in on a little secret, I wrote In the Mirror in one evening’s sitting!

How many published books have you written?

This is my first one. OMG I am a published author!!

Which genre do you write?

I am a children’s book author whose focus is mental health in children. So, my current book and all the books to come will be deigned to teach children positive mental health practices

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

My use of words for sure. I am a lover of words for sure, which is evident by the fact that I have a web series entirely dedicated to words!

I am always working towards expanding my vocabulary. So, it was quite difficult keeping my words at the level necessary for the pronunciation and comprehension of a younger audience.

What are you working on now?

Surviving lol. Seriously I am working on marketing. I am brand spanking new in the industry and must put the work in to make myself known. I am also working on my second book, so 2021 here we come.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

That’s such and interesting question, and the answer is, it varies. Isabel Ink was inspired by what I truly wanted to see in a children’s book and people tell me all the time that she looks like a mini me.

So maybe I, even as an adult, wanted to see myself in a book. Additionally, diversity is very important to me, so I try to create characters that are relatable to children across the globe.

Finally, I’m inspired by my students, their mannerisms, everyday interactions, curiosities, and all that they go through on their journey.

I have been in the presence of children of all ages with insecurities, dealing with loss and more. So being with them essentially inspires me to write for them.

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

You should have seen my face when I read this question. Big bright smile!

Hands down the most rewarding experience thus far, was when a lady messaged me and explained that she had shown my book cover to her daughter and her daughter loved it because Isabel looked like her!

That almost made me cry, because I wanted that. I firmly believe that representation matters, and I took a lot of time ensuring that Isabel looked the way she does, so little girls who look like her can see themselves, know that they’re beautiful and can do anything they put their minds to.

Isabel is meant to inspire all, but in that moment, all the work was worth it.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Find a mentor. My mentor Felisha Bradshaw has so much to do with how I got here.

Join author groups on social media. Essentially be ready to learn a lot and align yourself with people who are doing it successfully for guidance.

Reach out to someone, authors are nice people lol. Just ask the lady that started it all for me, this very special blogger here lol.

You will be surprised at how many things you don’t know that you don’t know.

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

All my books are meant to be read aloud, because I believe that reading out loud is the foundation of public speaking. This is another love of mine.

I’m currently a speech writer and public speaking coach for pageant queens. I am currently developing a program to help children build public speaking skills and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

I am a vocalist, dramatist, and pageant queen. Additionally, as mentioned before, I have a You Tube Series dedicated to words. It’s called Wonky Wacky Words.

There I introduce my audience, to the Wonkiest, Wackiest Words that actually exists and words with mega cool meanings.

Its for all ages so check it out and get wonky with me lol!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/rm3L8vpACko

What message are you sharing in your books?

It’s all about mental health. The mind is the most essential part of what makes us, us and what makes us succeed.

Unfortunately, though, insecurities, negative self-talk, negative environments, and in general poor mental health practices, hinder us immeasurably.

So, my dream is to equip children with the tools they need to keep their minds healthy and happy.

My mission is to: “Teach our children to Master Their Mind, so they can Master Their Realities.

In this I can see them excel academically, financially, and truly be free human beings.

What are your favorite books?

I am a huge fiction fan! Both Young Adult and Adult Fiction tinkle my fancy.

My all-time favorite book series is The Vampire Huntress Legend by L.A Banks.

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

L.A. Banks lol (I’m sure you saw that coming), Felisha Bradshaw, this awesome blogger right here.

P.C. Cast- and I’d ask her where is book 4 of the Tales of a New World Series? and Tomi Adeyemi.

I’m pretty sure there are more but those are who I can think of right away lol.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

As it pertains to my children’s books, I’d have to say my students. Their troubles and triumphs keep my creative juices flowing.

In general, maybe my mom, I want to use all my talents to create a better life for her.

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

Reading, watching Japanese Anime, or doing Karaoke.

I’m also usually in church or at a church event, teaching or hanging out with friends and family.

P.S. Food would most likely be involved in most if not all of those. I LOVE FOOD.

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 be Isabel’s mom. Encouraging her every day to speak into being everything she desires for herself.

I would speak life into her, every day, making sure that my little Issy knows how powerful and loved she is.

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?

Did you say Elf? OMG!

Normally I would offer the poor dear some tissue and ensure that he was ok. Then we’d have to talk about Santa of course.

Eventually, I’d ask what inspired the tattoo and since when did elves start getting tattoos. But, its 2021…. and Covid-19… so I’d most likely head for the hills, because Lord alone knows what magical Covid-19 could do.

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

I am still figuring this out, so if you have some advice, feel free to share them.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speak_peek_childrens_books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/speakpeek/

Phone:  +1-868-760-5699

Email Address: SpeakPeekTT@gmail.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B08NCGPZL6

Where can we find your books?

The book is available on Amazon in both E-Book and Paperback.

Additionally, if you live within Trinidad & Tobago, it can be ordered directly from me, however on Book link http://www.amzn.com/B08N9ZSFQB

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

Djennicia’s Featured Book

Available On Amazon

Come spend a day in the life of little Isabelle Ink as she asks every living thing “What do you see in the Mirror?” Endearing Isabelle Ink is a remarkable little girl who believes in the magic and power of Positive Affirmations!

So imagine her surprise when she hears her best friend saying negative things about himself! What will Isabelle do?

Come dive into “In The Mirror” to find out, as we teach our Children, to Master Their Minds so they can Master Their Realities. This book is written with Mental Health for Children in mind.

It aims to foster Self Love and help children develop Emotional Intelligence all while featuring Diverse Characters.

It also comes with Affirmation Games for Families and Classrooms alike, to truly bring to life the lessons learned!

Interview With Author Amelia Griggs

By way of introduction, here is Amelia Griggs’ bio:

Amelia Griggs is a Learning Design and Development specialist, Instructional Designer, Writer and Authorpeneuer.

She enjoys researching, designing, and developing all kinds of educational materials, writing instructional articles, blogging, and composing fictional short stories.

She is currently working on educational eBooks, how-to guides, and instructional YouTube videos.

Amelia has always loved writing for as long as she could remember. She also loves writing short stories, rhymes and poems, and there’s even a historical fiction novel in her future.


She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a Major in Computer Science, and a Master’s of Science in Instructional Design and Technology.

Hello, Amelia, 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 always loved to write, for as long as I could remember. As a young girl, I was fascinated with rhyming and poetry, especially funny ones. I always had a secret wish to someday write and publish books.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Currently, I devote about 50% to writing, publishing, and marketing. I’m also a freelance Instructional Designer and eLearning developer.

Eventually I can see myself dedicating most of my time to writing, self-publishing, marketing, and helping others fulfill their dream of publishing a book.

How long have you been writing?

For many years, but I got serious about it about 10 years ago.

For years I was writing training manuals and building computer courses, and then I started writing online educational articles, and then short stories.

Writing short stories, poems and rhymes was fun and allowed me to be more creative. I entered a short story contest, and then 2 of my stories were selected to be part of a short story anthology. After that, I was hooked.

Have you won any literary awards?

1st and 2nd place for a monthly short story contest in 2014 to be published in an anthology book

Best Seller Ranking on Amazon for several of my books in my Microsoft Office Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts series

Best Microsoft Excel Books of All Time Winner, BookAuthority.org

Reader’s Choice in Business and Investing, 2018, 3rd place, TCK Publishing

How many published books have you written?

So far, 9 books in 2 different genres, including business technology and children’s books.

Which genres do you write?

I like to write in different genres, including non-fiction technology books, and fiction including children’s books.

I’m also working on a non-fiction book and video series about my author journey due for release in 2021.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

For my technology book series, the challenge is keeping up with software updates and new content.

For my children’s book series, the challenge is figuring out the best storyline, characters, and illustrations to fit for today’s audience. The key is to create something unique and special.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my author journey book and video series. The goal in mind is to help authors in different genres learn how to successfully self-publish and market their books.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

For my children’s books, my mother and memories of childhood are my biggest inspiration.

For my technology and other non-fiction books, after years of working in the computer industry, it was always my dream to write instructional books to help others.

The common theme in all my books is learning and have fun doing so.

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

My most rewarding experience has been attending author expos and live events where I can talk and meet readers.

In addition, it’s also rewarding when readers reach out to me online and let me know that one of my computer books helped them be productive, or that one of my children’s books brought joy and fun to their family.

The most exciting reward is when someone sends you a picture of them holding your book in their hands.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

For new authors, I would say to keep writing and never give up. Dream big and remember you can accomplish anything!

Also, be sure to network with other successful authors who can mentor you, as you continue your author journey. When you need help, ask for help. Never stop learning.

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

Just that I am a strong believer that anyone can accomplish anything, as long as you believe.

If a little negative voice pops into my head and says that isn’t good enough, I replace the negative thought with a positive one.

It’s just like in the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.”

What message are you sharing in your books?

All my books share a common theme: Learning. Just like books come in different shapes and sizes, so does learning.

Learning can be as simple as learning a new word, or as complex as developing a computer program. All my books are designed to help both children and adults learn something new.

What are your favorite books?

I love to read as well as write in different genres, so I have many favorite books in different genres.

This includes non-fiction (the Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale), suspense (Agatha Christie novels), historical fiction (the Abbington Picket series, by Corinne Hewitt) and children’s books (Amelia Bedelia books).

As a young girl I remember reading Forever by Judy Bloom, and I still have this book.

When my children were very young, I enjoyed reading as many children’s books as possible, especially rhyming books like Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat.

As an adult, I love reading self-help books, suspense/mystery and business/technology.

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

Hmmm. That’s an interesting question. There are so many talented authors in the world right now, as well as in the past.

I think it would be interesting to have writers from a variety of eras, including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Dr. Suess and Maya Angelou, to name a few.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

My mother is my inspiration for writing.

She used to tell me interesting stories about how she grew up in Italy, and how they made things by hand, including clothes, embroidered napkins and blankets, and how they cooked every meal from scratch.

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

When I’m not writing or working, I’m either cooking, drawing, creating training videos, exercising, watching movies, listening to comedy shows, or spending time with family and friends.

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 could play a teacher, and one of my students is Bella, the main character in my children’s books.

For show and tell, Bella shows everyone how to bake a cake. Fast forward 20 years and Bella is now a grown woman with her own café, where home-baked goods are the most popular thing on the menu.

Hey…that gives me an idea for a hallmark movie!

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?

Help him find his way home so he can get well. Since his name is 12-25, he is probably one of Santa’s helpers and needs to get back to the North Pole in time for Christmas!

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

To effectively market books, it’s important to build your brand, know your audience and build a following.

Doing so helps you interact with potential readers to let them know about new books and offerings they may like.

When possible, it’s helpful to attend in-person author events. In addition, it’s important to have a strong online presence and interact with customers and network with fellow authors.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, I have a blog called www.ameliaswritingcorner.com and several other websites. All of my links can be found on https://linktr.ee/ameliagriggs

Where can we find your books? My books are available online on www.amazon.com/author/ameliagriggs as well as many other online bookstores, and several local bookstores in the area where I live.

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

Amelia’s Featured Book

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***The Bella and Friends Learning Series! ***
The third coloring and activity book in the series: Candy Canes, Snowflakes and Gingerbread Houses PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!

This fun coloring and activity book is holiday-themed and includes lots of FUN activities including:

  • Matching Activites
  • Drawing Activites
  • Spot the Difference
  • Seek ‘N Find
  • Mazes (Easy, Medium and Hard Levels)
  • Color by Number
  • Decorating Activities
  • Counting Activites
  • Snowflakes Dots Games
  • Missing Letters
  • Christmas Crossword

This coloring book is inspired by the book “Snowflakes With Sugar” which is part of the Bella and Mia Adventure Book Series. There are lots of candy canes, snowflakes and gingerbread houses throughout this book!

The Bella and Friends Learning Series is inspired by the books in the Bella and Mia Adventure Series, where the use of rhymes and recipes promote fun activities with parent and child. Now it’s time for more fun with holiday activities!

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Here are other books you might like in the Bella and Mia Adventure Series. These are fun rhyming stories! Learn about recipes and how it is to cook!

  • Silly Willy Apple Cake
  • Squishy Wishy Meatballs
  • Snowflakes With Sugar

Interview With Author Cait Marie

Photo courtesy of: Cait Maire via functionallyfictional.com

By way of introduction, here is Cait Marie’s bio.:

Cait Marie has been obsessed with books her entire life. The love of writing didn’t hit until 2017. Since then, she has held multiple positions within Coffee House Writers, including C.O.O., Advertising Supervisor, Editor, and Writer.

In 2018, she used her passion for reading to create Functionally Fictional. In 2019, she joined the indie staff of YA Books Central as a reviewer and then Indie Assistant Blogger.

Cait graduated with honors in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and she is currently enrolled in their Master of Fine Arts program.

She lives in Indiana, where she freelance edits and provides a variety of other author services. When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching Disney movies or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, creating bullet journal spreads, or singing along to various soundtracks and showtunes.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Cait Marie, let’s get to know her a little better.

Hello, Cait Maire, 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 never liked to write, but I always loved to read. When I moved back home in 2015, I started reading more, and a book didn’t go exactly how I wanted.

So, I said to myself, “Why don’t I just write my own book? Then I can put anything I want in it!” I basically wanted all the tropes in one story, and I was bored.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, it’s not. I am a freelance editor, and I offer a number of author services. I also own the book website Functionally Fictional, which I am working on building into a full company.

It’s my goal to offer self-publishing authors help throughout the entire process, from writing and editing to publishing and marketing.

How long have you been writing?

I started in 2015, but I didn’t start seriously writing with the intent of making it a career until 2018. Even then, I was still getting a psychology degree and writing wasn’t my main focus.

I thought the books would be something on the side. In 2019, I decided to apply to an MFA program instead of continuing with psychology after graduation, and I decided to start self-publishing.

How many published books have you written?

My first book releases today, March 18, 2020.

A big CONGRATULATIONS!

Which genres do you write?

Young adult fantasy, contemporary romance, dystopian, and some science fiction, as well as new adult fantasy and contemporary romance. Most of the books border the YA/NA line.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Usually, the distinction between YA and NA is the most difficult for me. I don’t know how to categorize most of my books because they’re written more like YA, but the characters are in their early 20s a lot of the time. NA also has a bad rep in the book community, unfortunately.

What are you working on now?

I am writing a YA contemporary romance, The Last Summer, which I’m aiming to release in June.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I read a lot and watch a lot of movies. Well, not the latter so much anymore, but I used to.

I tend to pull my favorite qualities from a number of favorite characters and kind of mix them up for the specific story. For example, Adalina in The Lost Legends was greatly inspired by Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean.

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

I haven’t published yet, but I have sent out the advanced readers copies, and the reviews have started coming in. Seeing that people actually love my book has been so rewarding.

I’ve had a lot of self-confidence issues in the past, so to read these amazing reviews, especially from strangers saying they read the whole thing in one sitting because they couldn’t stop… it’s just incredible. It’s an 82,000-word book—it isn’t short. That takes some serious commitment.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Plan ahead and don’t give up. It is a lot of work. A LOT. But it is so worth it. Definitely plan things out though.

Too often I see authors doing things last minute and not putting a lot into the marketing aspect of it. The marketing side is just as important as the writing if you want your books to actually reach readers.

That’s one of the reasons I am building up my website. I know this part is hard for many authors, and I want to help.

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

See above answer haha. I really want to help indie authors. There are so many good books out there that people don’t know about because they don’t have the reach.

I don’t have the biggest following by any means, but I want to help. I just finished editing a book, for example, that was unbelievably good. It could easily be compared to some of the YA fantasy books from big publishers.

I do not know how big this author’s readership is, but I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

What message are you sharing in your books?

To follow your dreams and your heart, and to never give up. And that it is okay to believe in fairy tales.

What are your favorite books?

All of the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare. The A Court of Thorns and Roses series and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. The Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine. Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven’s two contemporary series, Redefining Me and Discovering Me.

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

Honestly, I’m not sure. Confession time, I’ve actually never read a full book from another time period. I’ve read bits and pieces, but never a full book.

I really struggle with them… So, here are some cliché answers because I love the movies based on their books: Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and C. S. Lewis.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

Probably Sarah J. Maas for many reasons. First and foremost, it was her books that caused the love of reading to fully take over my life.

They sparked the reading frenzy that led to the creation of Functionally Fictional because I needed a place to talk about books. I needed to find others who loved them as much as I do.

This then led to my involvement in the writing community and then my own books. More than that though, her books made me feel something I never had before.

The way she makes readers connect to her characters is so powerful, and that’s something I strive for now with my own.

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

Usually reading, editing, doing homework, working on promotional stuff for my books, or Functionally Fictional stuff. I also use a bullet journal and love creating new spreads.

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?

Probably someone in the background in the Tugora tavern scene if they could make my wheelchair blend in somehow.

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 have no idea. See if he’s okay, then ask about his name and tattoo…

Photo courtesy of Cait Marie via facebook

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Start early and PLAN! Plan when you’re going to do different types of promotion and work ahead.

For example, for my book that released today, I sent the book to the editor in November, then immediately started planning the marketing.

I decided to begin promotion January 1, with the cover reveal and pre-order opening a couple weeks later. After that, I did a different teaser graphic or book-related every Wednesday, and will continue to until the release, which is today.

However, I didn’t just plan this first book. I planned out the whole year, with a book coming out every four months. And each book will follow the same basic marketing timeline. I will gladly share the exact details of this with other authors if they’re interested.

Photo courtesy of: Cait Marie via functionallyfictional.com

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

All of the above. Here’s a list of most of my links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/c8_marie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cait.marie.h/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/caits.inner.circle/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/c8_marie/
Website: https://caitmarieh.com/
Functionally Fictional: https://functionallyfictional.com/
Newsletter Sign-Up: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/v1d5i1

Where can we find your books?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cait-Marie/e/B083W2CG3Z

Thank you, Cait Marie, for spending time with us and sharing your story. Good luck with the new book. We wish you lots of success!

Available on Amazon!

A plague. A prophecy. A centuries-long curse.

All her life, Princess Adalina heard tales of the legendary, immortal warriors known as the Nihryst. Cursed and bound to a deck of tarot cards by her ancestors, the Nihryst were stranded on a remote island nearly a century and a half earlier.

Her brother, Prince Shane, is destined to rule the kingdom of Detmarya. Though preparing for this role has encompassed his entire life, control of the kingdom may come sooner than expected due to their father’s sporadic behavior.

Discovering the king’s plan to set a war in motion with a mass assassination, Ada unwittingly joins a crew of pirates in search of the only beings powerful enough to stop him: the Nihryst. Meanwhile, Shane and a group of underground rebels make a haunting discovery of a plague infecting the streets of Detmarya.

With a looming deadline to save multiple kingdoms and thousands of innocent lives, both royal siblings join quests worthy of Ada’s beloved fairy tales.