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Author Interview – Ashley Phillips

Third interview for today is Ashley Phillips. I met Ashley and one of my very first author takeovers a few months ago and the rest is history. It’s like we are old friends. I’m already in love with her first WIP and can’t wait for you all to read her craziness 🙂

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My name is Ashley Reneé Phillips, I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas but I now live in Virginia. I help my sister with my niece and nephew, so you could say I am a stay at home Auntie. I am a clumsy person who broke her leg 3 times within 2 hours. Yes, I guess I had to make sure I broke it bad enough to have a plate and 13 screws. I suffer from A.D.D so if I ever switch a subject talking to you, just go along with it. I swear like a sailor but I can be funny, I think. I love music and movies, I get lost in them really easily. I’m a Paranormal Romance freak and I love it! From sparkly vampires to ones who death sleep and burn in the sun, I love them all.

I am in the middle of working on the first book in the Texas Shifter Series so I have no blurb yet. But I will say my main lead girl has an attitude with a mean right hook. And my lead male is a sexy German who shifts into a lion. So stay tuned!

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Interview – Ashley Phillips

Describe yourself in five words?

1. Funny: Well according to my mother I am not funny at all. Of course this is when I annoy her the most. If I am impersonating my step dad though, then I’m as funny as Jeff Dunham.

2. Emotional: I cannot watch sad movies. I will be depressed for hours and crying throughout the movie. I cry in happy movies too or when I am upset. I have no control over these tear ducts!

3. Caring: I hate when someone else is hurting. I have to at least make them smile while I talk to them.

4. Annoying: My cousins can agree that I can be very annoying at times. But this jumps back to being funny. I love to tease and win arguments against them. Ahhhh I love having Bunny and Chi-Chi Rodriguez as cousins.

5. Quiet/Shy: Okay, okay if you know me some might say I’m not. But truthfully I am. Sometimes I like to just sit and hear nothing for hours or not speak at all in a room full of people. Shy though, I have always been. I get nervous a lot. In middle school I had to read off the overhead projector and a kid said it looked as if I was making guns with my index finger and thumb and putting them in and out of my pockets quickly. Yeah I have stage fright too.

 

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire?

Melissa McCarthy. I think she would fit my sense of humor and could pull off my personality. I think she would be a great me! Plus, I would love to be as silly as she is.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Scotland. Gotta love a man in a kilt! Okay Authors and movies made me want to live there. Long red hair, tall, muscular and a kilt? Yeah a girl could definitely drool in a place like that. Ireland is my second choice. Yep, after P.S. I Love You and Leap Year, I have to say that they are drool worthy too!

 

What are you addicted to?

Vampires. Well now more Paranormal. I was 6 when my mom took me to blockbuster to make a video tape of myself. They asked my 7 year old sister what her favorite movie was and she said, “The Care Bears Movie!” Her voice was sweet and high pitched when she answered. When my turn came, I said, “Buffy the Vampire slayer,” with a low dark voice. Yeah, I was one of those kids.

 

What color represents your personality the most?

I would say the whole color spectrum. A color can mean a lot of things and I cannot pin point one because I am not always happy or sad or moody. Whatever mood I am in, then that’s my color. So I would say Every month I go through the all the colors.

 

What movie do you love to watch?

10th Kingdom. I will sit through all those hours and love every second of it. Being me, I can’t choose just one so…. Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Mary-Kate and Ashley Movies (Yes I just said that) adding in True blood, Gossip Girl, Supernatural…and many more, we could be here for hours!

 

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life?

Oh gosh… okay here we go. When I was a freshman, I had these awesome jeans I liked to wear. Well one day I am at school (a day where I didn’t wear my backpack all the time) and third period rolls around. A friend of mine taps me on the shoulder in science class and says, “Ashley, I think you have a hole in your pants.” Well I blew it off saying that they were made that way. I had no idea what she was saying. All day I walked around school without anyone saying a word about my pants. Well, seventh period arrives and at the end of class the same girl taps me again on the shoulder and says,” Ashley, I REALLY think you have a hole in your pants.” Right before the bell rings. So I grabbed my pink raincoat and tied it around my waist and walked straight to the bathroom. After locking myself in the stall, I remove my pants, hold them up, and yelled, “Holy shit!” I quickly got dressed tying my rain coat around my waist and left the building to my mom’s car. As my sister’s friend and I got in the car my mom asked me, “What’s wrong?” I told her just wait until we get home and I will show her. So I walked in front of them and stood in the dining room facing away from them. I took off my coat and bent over to which both of them laughed so hard they were crying! Here I am mortified and ready to cry because the hole in my pants were the size of my ass with a few strings here and there and they were laughing at me. Even worse, I had on very colorful “granny panties” and now everyone in school knew what type of underwear I wore. Well I have to say, luckily I’m not a thong kinda gal of this would have been even more terrifying. On the other hand, I would have known sooner about the hole!

 

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.

The last book I purchased was actually Richelle Meads Vampire Academy, Last Sacrifice. I love this series so much but she ended Rose’s story! I’m sad and broken now. Dimitri! Ahh I guess good things have to come to an end…. Now for Blood Lines!

 

Who is your favorite author?

I’m torn between Kerrelyn Sparks and Lynsay Sands. Each paint a very humorous world of vampires that is delicious and addicting! I simply never want it to end.

 

What book genre of books do you adore?

Mostly I read Paranormal Romance/ YA paranormal. It is my Favorite genre to read. You will catch me reading Johanna Lindsey though. I love love love her Malory Series!

 

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

It’s a Paranormal Romance Series with Shifters. A woman loses her memory and when her Brother and Boyfriend find her, her world is never the same. The once kind and sweet woman is now a tough bitchy broad with a mean right hook. Since the book is not finished yet, I will leave it at that and keep you guessing!

 

Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you?

Yes I have. Shakuita Johnson is such a wonderful woman with a big heart. She has been such an amazing friend and has encouraged me to write my first book. Anytime I have a question or anything, Shakuita is always there. I am grateful and thankful to have met her.

Author Interview – Isabella Tredway

Our second interview is for Isabelle Tredway.

BIO: Isabella Tredway is the author of YA urban fantasy novels for teens. Born and raised in Colorado, she works on her two series full-time. A Gemini who became inspired to become a writer after reading novels by: Holly Black: Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, S.D. Perry: Resident Evil Series, and Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy and Bloodlines Series. A life-long reader, Isabella has always had a fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal, as well as folklore. She enjoys watching creepy ghost shows and is obsessed with Anime. She attended college but due to her learning  disabilities, she failed English and Math so she dropped out and started working on her Manga comic book and writing Anime stories. Her break out  series: VAMPIRACY is set for publicationand will be released on June 15, 2014.

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Interview – Isabelle Tredway

 

Describe yourself in five words? Shy, funny, determined, dedicated, driven.

Who do people say you look like? My oldest sister Angelica Holway.

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? Don’t know.

What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Real. Rough Road But Alive.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I’m a rapper.

What are you addicted to? Pepsi!

What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? I look mean. I talk a LOT!

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I cry and force myself not to think negative about whatever it is. But I don’t let the fear hold me back from doing something.

What scares you the most? Losing my mom before I can get her out of the nursing home she’s presently in.

What makes you happiest? My daughter Ambria.

What’s your greatest character strength? I am driven and I never give up on my dreams no matter how insane they are!

What’s your weakest character trait? Self-Esteem issues.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My daughter Ambria.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? That I was an author who inspired others to never give up on themselves.

What other jobs have you had in your life? Fast food clerk, Voting Judge, lots of volunteer work!

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Music.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Anywhere with palm trees!

Tell us about your family? My mom raised 5 of us on her own and I have learned to respect everyone, even those who don’t respect you.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 8.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Pink!

What’s your favorite meal? Mexican Food!

What color represents your personality the most? Hot Pink.

What movie do you love to watch? Resident Evil.

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? Depends on how people are using it.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do? Be a rapper.

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? Helping those who are being bullied and feeling suicidal. I was picked on in school and I don’t want others to feel like they have no one to talk to about it.

What makes you angry? Rich people not helping those in need.

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? Wow, I have many of those! At a Drill Meet in Denver, I took my row down the wrong path and messed up the whole drill!

Are you a city slicker or a country lover? Defiantly a City Slicker!

What would you love to produce in your life? Music.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? Probably to help others with their self esteem.

Do you know your neighbors? Not really. They speak Spanish!

How important are friends in your life? Very important, it’s good to talk to them when I have a problem and they won’t judge me.

How many friends does a person need? A couple of close ones is all I need.

What does love mean to you?

What social issues interest you the most? Bulling and Suicide in Teens.

When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? The library, I read about the Paranormal.

Do you find the time to read? I don’t! My daughter won’t allow it.

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. Bloodlines: The Fiery Heart. I haven’t finished reading it since it’s in storage.

Who do you admire? My mom because she’s been through so much in life and is still smiling.

Why do you write? NA/YA urban fantasy.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes.

What motivates you to write? My love for books.

What books did you love growing up? Goosebumps

Who is your favorite author? I actually have 3: S.D. Perry, Holly Black, and Richelle Mead.

What book genre of books do you adore? Horror.

Is writing a gift or a curse? A gift.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in Pueblo, Co and I still live here.

How did you develop your writing? In school.

Where do you get your inspiration from? From Holly Black.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Getting published and marketing.

What marketing works for you? Facebook and Twitter.

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not really.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Yes they do.

Do you plan to publish more books? Yes I do.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Everywhere!

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Everyone!

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Publishing my books and being known as a great author!

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I talk to teens and they help spread the word about my books.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? I’m working on two different series at the same time. But the book I am working on is the third book for my Vampiracy Series. It’s about a Latent Vampire named Zyra Falls and she is a super heroine vampire known as Hell’s Guardian. She must protect the innocent Lugat from the evil Varacolaci who threaten to kill them.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Watching TV.

Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Listen to music.

How often do you write? And when do you write? Almost every day. Wherever I can.

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? My determination to finish what I start.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I just want to inspire them to do their best in life whatever that may be.

How do you feel about self-publishing? I self-published my Vampiracy book first.

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BLURB: 18 yr. old Zyra Falls, is a latent vampire known as a Stregoni Benefici who is thrust’s into the vampire world and becomes Hell’s Guardian, a vampire heroine who protects the Lugat from the evil Varacolaci. Will Zyra survive long enough to protect the innocent or will she die trying?

 

Author Interview – Ron Stelle

So for the 4th of July weekend I thought it would be cool to bring a few different authors in to interview. I will have a few a day for the next 3 days so hopefully someone somewhere will find a new to them author and fall in love 🙂 First up is author Ron Stelle and fellow Heart Powered Publishing (I’m signed with them as well 🙂 ) author…

 

The Interview – Ron Stelle

Describe yourself in five words? Bright, kind, unexpected, immature and funny

Who do people say you look like? Wolf Blitzer although I don’t get it

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? Steve Zahn

What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Comedic tragedy, “Really?”

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I am retired Navy and I am very patriotic

What are you addicted to? Writing, energy drinks and the truth

What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? That I am well off…. That I am hard headed.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Prayer

What scares you the most? Failure

What makes you happiest? Making my wife proud and seeing someone compliment my work.

What’s your greatest character strength? Loyalty

What’s your weakest character trait? Patience

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My writing

What do you hope your obituary will day about you? “He made people think and he made people laugh”

What other jobs have you had in your life? Too many to list

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Advertising

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? In a log house by a beautiful lake in the good ole USA

Tell us about your family? I am married to my wonderful wife Sandy. We have three children. Phoebe, Michelle and Mitchell

How much sleep do you need to be your best? Seven hours

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? My mothers Sylvia and Pat ( divorce situation)

What’s your favorite meal? Papa Johns favorite on thin crust

What color represents your personality the most? Maple brown

What movie do you love to watch? Independence Day

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? If you use them right, yes. They are a wonderful way to keep otherwise nonexistent relationships active.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do? I am already doing it…writing. Would just like to do it for a living…LOL

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? The truth in all things. Seeing the depravity of man every single day on the news and in political postings.

What makes you angry? Watching folks become blinded by a false since of security when in reality they are being corralled up for the slaughter.

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? You are definitely going to laugh. I broke very loud wind halfway through my “speech” while asking a girl to my High school Prom.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover? Yes

What would you love to produce in your life? Great books that bring forth emotion from those who read them.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? “To glorify Christ.

Do you know your neighbors? A little

How important are friends in your life? Very

How many friends does a person need? One

What does love mean to you? Living

What social issues interest you the most? “Bringing America back to its senses.

When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? I try and stay current on current events.

Do you find the time to read? Yes, when I am not writing which is all the time.

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. Mr Mercedes… Excellent King storytelling.

Who do you admire? True heroes The Professional questions

Why do you write? Because I cannot stop

Have you always enjoyed writing? Since I began…yes.

What motivates you to write? It is who imam, no motivation needed.

What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like) My short story AWEN in “Almost Reality.” http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Reality-Ron-Stelle-ebook/dp/B00IQ4IHDY/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158408&sr=1-3&keywords=Ron+Stelle

What books did you love growing up? “Scary ones”

Who is your favorite author? “Stephen King

What book genre of books do you adore? “Horror and thriller mystery”

Is writing a gift or a curse? Yes

What book should everybody read at least once? “The Streets of Our Youth”

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? I don’t know. I only read what I like…

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in Houston Texas in the burbs. I now live in Chicago…in the burbs.

How did you develop your writing? I still am

Where do you get your inspiration from? Some dude that lives in my head. I take dictation from him. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Definitely marketing

What marketing works for you? Haven’t found one yet

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not at all

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 100%

Do you plan to publish more books? Yes, yes and yes.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I work in the auto industry as a service consultant. Yes, unless you get lucky, win the lottery or have a rich support system.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? iPad

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? My publisher and editor Faith

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? My wife. She is my biggest fan

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? The house by the lake and writing stories that folks love

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I mostly use social media but I am about to expand that with my next release to international exposure through emails, hitting the trail and the internet

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? My new book is “Extreme Ramifications” and is about a retired Profiler who has a photographic memory and his other Irish friends and family. I wanted to write in a vein where I think I could break out. We are very excited about the possibilities

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Four wheeling, garage sailing, boating on a lake and watching a great movie.

Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Relax and let the your future take its course. Swimming is good.

How often do you write? And when do you write? I write every single day after work.

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule? Nope

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? I truly love what I write. I think it is actually very, very good. So I also truly believe that one day soon I will be able to quit my day job.

Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you? Yes, Faith and Rogena Mitchell

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I want folks to feel they have been a part of the story and leave wanting more. Oh yeah, I want them to laugh.

How do you think people perceive writers? That would depend on the writer but overall I think they are perceived as creative.

What’s your next project? Sequel to my first book

How do you feel about self-publishing? Whatever it take to get out there

 

Find Ron at the below links…

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