Adell Ryan: Author Spotlight

I have had the opportunity to interview yet ANOTHER amazing author ❤ Adell Ryan’s book Perfect in Her Reverse Genus series was one of my first few books I read in the reverse harem genre. I loved it so much that it became an obsession. I have read this book so many times ❤ Book 2, Broken, and Book 3, Resistant, are even more freaking amazing. Her writing is soooooo good. Let’s get into it ❤

My Reviews

See my review of Perfect here!

See my review of Broken here!

See my review of Resistant here!

The Interview

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’ve always been quite partial to the way Georges Guétary, in the film An American in Paris, describes Leslie Caron’s character as a wonderfully multi-faceted woman: enchanting, beautiful, spiritual, exciting, lusty, sweet, shy, old-fashioned, vivacious and modern, yacky, incessant, wild, fun, moody, and happy — I too am multi-faceted; I’m a little bit of everything rolled into one! Same goes for my lifestyle, hobbies, and talents: In addition to being a writer, I am also a professional photographer, graphic designer, and homeschooling mother of three boys.

That’s Adell in a nutshell. However, Adell Ryan is a hubby/wife pseudonym. I am Adell, and he is Ryan. Ryan acts as a sounding board, beta reader, and schedule manager among other imperative things.  He also plays a vital role in making sure my male characters act manly enough.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have written creatively for as long as I can remember. When I was in first grade I won an award for a special character’s story I had shared. This character went on quite the adventure; he dragged himself through a desert, bounced through a giant forest, and rolled around in a plush field of grass. At the end, he found himself quite stuck at the bottom of a lake. Why? Well because he was a golf ball, of course.

I continued to write on-and-off throughout my life but never took it seriously. Then, when I gave birth to my first son, I would write him little poems… I even wrote him a song. The song thing became a tradition, and my next two boys earned their very own as well. These personal songs taught them how to spell their names and always reminded them how much they are loved. I also wrote a short children’s story at one point, but never thought I was much good at it, so it got set aside.

When it came down to writing for real, rather than me seeking out the writing life, the writing life found me. In August of 2017, I was very sick and bedridden for quite some time. Books became my escape and I had a budding love for Paranormal Romance. One of my many book searches during that timeframe led me to Trickery, the first book in the Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. I read that book and just completely and utterly swooned over the guy characters, then was like “What is this sorcery, and WHERE DO I FIND MORE?!” I got all grabby handy and desperate. Gimmie, gimme, gimme. Soon, I found myself in a Facebook group called Reverse Harem Readers with thousands of other women (and men) who were also obsessed with the genre. A story idea I had thought about in brief six years prior flourished in my mind yet again… this time with a Reverse Harem twist. From there, the story and the characters practically wrote itself.

How long does it take you to write a book?

From first word to publish, books one and two in my current series, Her Reverse Genus, took eight months to write. As I became more knowledgeable and comfortable in the role as writer, I began to see a increase in my speed. Book three took half the time, at only four months to write, and book four is moving along even faster!

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of three boys, so I base my writing schedule around those things! My most productive hours are in the middle of the day when the boys are finishing up their schoolwork and utilizing those hours for outdoor play or quiet time! However, my hubby (the Ryan in Adell Ryan) and I have also worked out a plan where I get what we call two “full-focus” days a week. He handles all the domestic stuff, and I focus on my writing career! Each writing day is spent logging as many words as I’m capable of. No min or max!

How hard was it to get your books published?

Publishing for the first time is incredibly intimidating. To be honest, there is a lot to do when publishing each book… but there are even more steps when publishing your first book. Not only are you writing and releasing, you are also getting your name out there for the first time, creating a logo and brand, establishing your business, and so much more. Without a step-by-step manual, I had to figure it out on the fly! Talk about a challenge!

Where do you get the ideas for your books?

My ideas come from a plethora of things: music, environment, experiences, desires, people, places, and so much more.

How much research do you put into your writing?

 A lot. So. Much. Research. When you’re dealing with the topic of DNA and a contemporary, near-future setting, you need to be extra specific with the scientific verbiage and details as well as understanding what advancements in politics, economy, and science may be realistic. I’ve put more hours into research than I have into the actual time spent writing my Her Reverse Genus series! Then I flipped the script and came up with a fantasy world for my next – top secret – work in progress, and a slew of entirely unique research has come with that as well.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize! All the way! I can wake up and do it from morning until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer at night!

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Most definitely word choices and behaviors! I don’t want them speaking or acting like my female characters.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, eat, sleep, hike, travel, photography and design, and spend time with my family… among other things!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That I don’t have thick skin. Not yet. People judging my work – and the subsequent negative reviews –  can be incredibly debilitating at times, and that judgment is not something I expected going in.

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Go for it! But always try to embrace the hard stuff too; the challenges you’ll face — because you will face them. Find the lesson in every step along the way, and always try to “level up” even if you might think you don’t need to. Also, try your hand at writing apps like 4thewords or MyWritingClub to help with speed and motivation.

See all of Adell Ryan’s work here!

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Are you swooning yet, dolls?

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Serena Akeroyd: Author Spotlight [Giveaway!]

I have had the privilege to interview another amazing author. This woman is a writing wizard. Everything she writes is seriously amazing. I love it all. You can see my reviews of some of her work below. Her name is Serena Akeroyd and she writes some super steamy books that don’t fade to black (who wants that?!). She has amazing story-building skills and creates characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. ❤

GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

See my review for The Kingdom of Veronia trilogy here!

See my review for the Charmed By Them (Quintessence series) here!

See my review for Screw You & Screw Me (Five Points series) here!

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’m such a boring person, Julia. Seriously. It’s depressing, lol. My life is literally revolved around my writing and my books. Oh, and don’t forget my dog! 😍 His name is Trev, and he’s got more attitude than a Kardashian. 😉

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 18, I first picked up a Harlequin book from a library. I devoured about ten of them in a week and thought, holy crap, I need to write like this. It seriously went from there, and I devoured everything and anything Harlequin. I have about 2000 books in my backroom, 🤦‍♂️, and from there, it went to erotica, and then menage! My first ever menage was a Maya Banks novel. 😋 When I read that, wow, it was like a hurricane to my brain. I knew I wanted to write poly because I connected with it so hardddd.

Do you have a pen name? If so, what made you decide to do that? 

I used one because I thought all the best authors used them! 😂 Talk about bowing to peer pressure. Well, of the self-imposed variety.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It can take me anything from three days to a month, story depending. A Quintessence book can take about a week. The story is developed to the point where I have a lot going on. At the moment, I’m struggling with one of the stories as I’m trying to fight where it’s going. I average about ten thousand words a day.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is impossible to schedule. 😋 I sleep mostly through the day and am awake at night. I could be writing at 5am and 5pm, then sleep for fourteen hours to start again. Sleep is one of my biggest issues. I have a crappy sleep routine.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That my characters drive me to the point where I go completely off script. I’m scheduled to write a few books in the upcoming months, and yet, I’m writing none of them at the minute. 🤦‍♂️ A story popped into my head and I have no choice but to follow its lead!

How hard was it to get your books published?

I actually had a few publishers interested in my earlier books, but then I went the self-publishing route which is sooo much easier.

Where do you get the ideas for your books? 

From anywhere and everywhere. I tend to find my story roots in a question. Like why did someone do this? Why wouldn’t they? Etc. It’s pretty random. My story concepts can stir from a single line and boom. There’s a book. My brain is nuts.

How much research do you put into your writing?

A shit ton! OMG, so much. It depends on the story, though. Dare You To Love Me required a ton because I’m British so never went to American High School. I had to learn everything and it went through so many editors to make sure it was authentic. Then Hotter than Hades was packed with Greek mythology. I had so much to learn but I love research!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first one, I was around 21.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Very little. 😂 I’m reading or watching TV, walking my dog or trying to persuade myself to do yoga. I told you already-I’m super boring. 😂

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That people connect with my work. It’s a dream come true to know that people like my stories. That people follow my series for more. It’s a revelation.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think I’m coming up toward fifty. My favorite? Impossible to say. 😉

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Read. Just read. Seriously. Read more. Then some more. Get a KU subscription, see what’s popular, and go where the market leads you but ALWAYS stick to your guns and your own voice. Write your story the way you want, and hold fast. ♥

Who is your author idol?

Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed.
Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed. 

Which book/series was the most fun to write?

Five Points was one of the funniest series because I was totally enthralled with the characters. Finn in Screw You and Screw Me had me enraptured from the start. That’s always a good sign. I wrote that duet in two weeks. I’ve never written anything so quickly in my life.

Which book/series was the hardest to write?

I’d say The TriAlpha Chronicles because it was long, in-depth, and so convoluted plot-wise for me that it was like weaving a tapestry. I loved it though but it was difficult because each book was super long and I had to get each one ready every month for half a year!

What kinds of books do you like to read?! What books are on your TBR?

I’m currently in an MC and Mafia phase. I’m addicted to the mobsters. 😂 I just devoured a crap ton of Hayley Faiman books.

I am way past fangirling! Serena is freaking amazing. She is a writing machine. Somehow she is able to put books out at such a fast pace and they are freaking amazing. She is such a kind soul and super interactive with her readers. If you aren’t swooned by her yet you are crazy!

Find Serena’s work here!

Enter a giveaway here to win one of Serena Akeroyd’s books!

Lana Kole: Author Spotlight

Hi dolls! I want to share an amazing author with you! She currently has 3 books out with her 4th releasing very soon. She was nice enough to let me interview her. & by interview that obviously means asking her all the questions I’ve been dying to know then fangirling over her answers! 🙂

You can find my reviews of the first two books in the Crystal Clear series as well as her standalone below. They are some really good books! You’ll love them, trust me 😉 — Click the links to read my reviews, click the pictures to find them on Amazon!

Click here to read my review of Illusion of Escape!

Click here to read my review of Illusion of Death!

Click here to read my review of Feline Good!

Meet Lana…. ❤

Tell me a little about yourself, your likes, dislikes, etc.

Why do I feel like I’m writing a bio for a dating app? I’m Lana Kole, author of paranormal reverse harem romance. Three cats own my house, and I only live there, catering to their needs. Iced coffee fills my veins and snacks keep the creativity flowing. I’m not one for social activity, and not only because I hate real pants. Anyone wanna date me yet?

Do you use a pen name? If so, what made you decide to go that route?

I do! I’m not only an author—I have a full time job, too and I didn’t want my employer associated with my books.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved reading, and have been obsessed with the imagination and dedication it takes to create an entire world, build characters, and make them come to life on a page. Vivid dreams have always woken me up in the middle of the night, and I’d lean over and jot down the dream in my notes, wishing I could develop it into something more. It didn’t even occur to me to try publishing until I came into the RH community and learned about self-publishing, and I started developing.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It’s hard for me to answer with only four books under my belt, because I have yet to establish a routine. I would like to take three months to each book, but that’s just impossible. So, usually about a month and a half, to two months, but I’ve been cramming recently.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I work my full time job from 8-4, and then come home and write, and cram on the weekends. Its 24/7 grind for me right now.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Interesting? I’m not sure about that word, lol. It has to be dead silent for me to focus. A friend once called me a witch because I heard some kids playing outside my house and without even realizing, I was like, “I hear children.” You can tell I’m a single cat lady.

How hard was it to get your books published?

The process with Amazon is actually pretty simple, but its writing, and making covers, and doing promotions that are the hardest part. It takes so much time and energy out of an author to get everything ready in time.

Where did you get the idea for your books?

For Crystal Clear, it literally started with an image in my head of a woman surrounded by darkness. I worked the series around that first scene. For Feline Good, it started as a joke, a cat lady with shape shifting pets, but then it took me where it wanted to go.

Where do you get your information for books?

I despise research, honestly. So I try to build worlds that I don’t have to focus on timelines, or historical accuracy. For Feline Good, it did actually require lots of research, and my friend Stacey is an expert in all things Egyptian, so I leaned on her a lot through that book.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Once upon a time, my mom and I started writing a MF romance together. Yes, we’re that close and she’s that cool. I was probably around… 16ish at the time.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Reading or mindlessly watching TV, giving my brain a break.

What does your family think of your writing?

My mom is so thrilled, and she even betas for me. My aunt says she wants to read it, but I’m afraid she’ll disown me, LOL. I told my dad he wasn’t allowed to read them.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How hard it was to actually develop a world. It’s difficult to make sure that what you envision is what you’ve written for someone else to read.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written four books, and it’s impossible to pick which one is a favorite. Book two of the Crystal Clear Series is so light and fun and sexy, but book three is darker—in the way it’s about Mori and the guys growing together. It’s real, and they struggle, but overcoming those obstacles make them stronger together, and I think that’s beautiful in a way.

Do you have any suggestion to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Push the self-doubt away. Write through it, keep going, and always revise later. Don’t get hung up on perfecting the first paragraph before you even write the first draft.

Do you hear from readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Oh my gosh, do I ever. I love my reader group. They send me cat memes, and basically have free reign over my group. They talk to each other a lot, and it makes my heart happy to see friendships play out.

Who is your author idol?

I really love Madison Faye, her instalove books make me so happy, lol. Kresley Cole and JR Ward got me into the Paranormal Romance world back when I was in high school. Also my girl Kathryn Moon, and I don’t say that just because we’re besties. She writes like no one else I’ve ever seen, so flowy and magical and pretty. No one could replicate that if they tried.

What are some books on your current TBR?

Well I was looking forward to Kathryn Moon’s third book in the Librarian’s Coven, but I finished that pretty quick. In case you’re wondering, it was awesome. Next is her Sun and Moon series. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at what she has so far, and I’m literally vibrating with excitement to see where she takes it. Bethany Jadin is cooking up some pretty awesome stuff that’s at the top of my list, and anything Madison Faye writes is an instabuy—she’s doing a series of historically inaccurate romances—Kilts and Kisses—and I can’t wait! JR Ward’s Savior just came out, the 17th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I can’t wait to sink my fangs into that one. (har-har). Also, Joanne Ganci just released her debut novel and it sounds adorable.

Thank you so much Lana Kole for answering all my questions ❤ If you haven’t fallen in love with this girl yet you are crazy. & not the good kind. Make sure you check out her books because they are AMAZING! You have time to binge-read the first two books of the crystal clear series before book 3 comes out this month!