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I’m a romance author, a promoter, a graphic designer, and the creator of Cocktails Fiction & Gossip e-Magazine. I have many novels and short stories that are published and tons are in process to be published with different publishers, and some I published on my own. As a promoter I created the new e-Magazine Cocktails Fiction & Gossip Magazine for everyone to participate in it, no limit to who will be in the magazine or what we will gossip about. It’s for all types of readers who like fiction and innocent gossip lol. Also I’ve created Romance Alley and you can check it at www.romancealley.suzannahsafi.com this site is for authors who write romance in its all genre.
My other passion, being a freelance designer; I created my own Book Trailer Company, you can visit my book trailer design company’s website at www.design.suzannahsafi.com I have created many trailers and book covers for authors to boost their book promo in an intriguing artistic way with affordable prices. I wanted to do something that I enjoy, have passion for, and I found that writing, promoting, and designing book trailers and covers are my real passion so I’m doing that and proud of what I’ve accomplished. Can’t have enough sleep, hick who needs it anyway LOL. Welcome and I hope you enjoy this issue.
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Entertaining and fun magazine, Cocktails Fiction & Gossip Magazine is for all readers to enjoy and learn about authors and their adventures. Interviews, gossip, travels, recipes, dreams, books and more please join us and learn about new authors, their life, and their hard work to bring you beautiful entertaining stories. Every issue will have different authors, stories, articles and gossip. Have fun and ask the authors anything on my blog www.suzannahsafi.blogspot.com Readers do you want to be a guest on Cocktails Magazine, email me at admin(at)suzannahsafi(dot) com and join the party with us and let authors and the world know what you like to read and learn about you as well. Authors do you want to gossip and talk about anything and let readers know you and your books in a fun way, contact me. Hope you all enjoy this issue and the ones to come every month. Love. Peace. And be safe. Suzannah Safi The name of Cocktails Fiction & Gossip Magazine Copyright © to Suzannah Safi, all rights reserved. The stories and graphics are the property of their creators. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without consent of the copyright holder. The cover art of the magazine created by Book Trailer Design owned by Suzannah Safi and is not permitted to be used in any form without the permeation from the artist. This a free magazine to readers. All participants agreed on granting their articles/stories/pictures only to be published for free on Cocktails Fiction & Gossip Magazine .
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Marketing for Romance Writers Org. is focused on learning marketing and publicity. We discuss ways to advance our careers, brainstorm new ventures and ideas, get feedback, and find others interested in mutual promotion. Our motto is "Seek, teach, share, learn, succeed." We welcome marketing-related material that asks a question, offers a promo or idea, or is a request for help, advice, or opinions. We offer opportunities to promote and join others in promotional efforts. As fellow authors (published and not-yet), publishers, literary agents, editors, author promo groups, promo assistants, and artists, we are your support group and co-workers. Need to buy pens, pins, or other goodies? Found a great place to do that? Please share. We are open to all fiction and non-fiction genres without limit. Our writing per se is not discussed; we focus on creating an image and using it effectively. Pitch sessions and calls for submission are welcome. Group site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/ Newsletter http://www.issuu.com/MFRW
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Born and raised on the bayous that I write about, I have intimate knowledge of the area, people, customs, language, and folklore. A single mom of two grown kids, living in a small town in Louisiana. I have a passionate and sensual spirit, which I pour into my books when I create my own little worlds. In my titles you will be transported to little bayou towns filled with suspense, action, drama, lots of hot sex, dominant men who protect their women, and women whose passions are released by these masterful men. Also a poet of sensual poetry. Have no idea how that came about, yet when the words come to me, I pen them. When taking a break from my writing, you can find me channeling my creative juices into making luxury skin products, jewelry, and painting. http://theworldofheavenoshey.blogspot.com The World of Heaven O'Shey Learn all about Love's Bayou @ http://theworldofheavenoshey.blogspot.com/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/heavenoshey Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/HeavenOShey
Karen lives in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, itâ€™s a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug who totes a sense of humor and lots attitude. But it is her dream. A real life dream to inspire the romantic suspense novels she writes. Romance...It's Complicated
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Rochelle Weber is a Navy veteran and holds a BA in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago with an emphasis on creative writing. Her non-fiction article, “Bulimia,” was featured in Hair Trigger 9 & 10, the acclaimed Columbia College student anthology. Her first novel, Rock Bound, is available at Create Space, Smashwords, Amazon and BN.com. The sequel, Rock Crazy is available at MuseItUp Publishing. She edits the Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter. Rochelle lives in Volo, Ilinois, with her elder daughter and her fiancé as well as her granddaughter, his daughter and his granddaughter. Her younger daughter lives in Paris, Illinois with her boyfriend, and has a son and two daughters as well as her boyfriend’s son.
Dawne Prochilo currently has many erotic and contemporary romance books. Her writing in the romance genre varies from sweet and sensual all the way up to four flame heat erotic. She's the Promotion Director for a publisher, she's a freelance writer for a newspaper and was a contributing writer to USA TODAY in September 2011, she writes web content and is the Review Coordinator, Workshop Coordinator, and Managing Editor eMag for Books and Trailers Showcase. She oversees and contributes to thirteen blogs weekly, twelve facebook fan pages and is in the process of writing a promotional eBook for authors. She writes relationship articles for mademan.com, yahoo.com and associated press. She's also a reviewer for Eden Fantasy products and writes for their sister website, Eden Cafe. She contributes to Good Vibrations Magazine and many other adult content websites. She reviews books for Coffee Beans and Love Scenes, Simply Erotic Reviews, All-Girls Reviews and Sexy Reads. She is a staff member and group liaison for Marketing For Romance Writers. She spends time on the MFRW blogs interacting with commentators and is giving a workshop during MFRW's Summer Camp in July 2012 about finding a fan base and locating readers. She plans on offering more online workshops for MFRW over the next few years. Dawne's Books
Crape Myrtle- June 2009 On Her Own- July 2009 Sex Sells- Feb 2011 Room 11- Feb 2011 Rachel's Desire- March 2011 When We Meet Again- May 2011 His Holiday Seduction- Oct 2011 Insatiable Kate- Oct 2011 On Her Own (re-release)- Nov 2011 Wildfire Beach- Nov 2011 A Cougar's Revenge- 2012 Callie's Way- Jan 2012* Lynn's Chance- 2012* First Chance- March 2012 Weekend Retreat- 2012 Melody's Dance- 2012* No Matter What- May 2012 Forever Friends- June 2012 Tessa's Passion- July 2012* Finding Kennedy- July 2012 Bewitching the Sheriff- July 2012
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Kayelle Allen founded Marketing for Romance Writers to help authors learn how to market their books, build an online image, and establish a brand. She is an award winning, multipublished author who writes about badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable--or hide it forever. Her unstoppable heroes are known for uncompromising love and unforgettable passion. Kayelle is also the founder of The Author's Secret, a company that creates custom book videos, and provides personalized phone support for media-related services for both authors and readers.
Homeworld http://kayelleallen.com Facebook http://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author Twitter http://twitter.com/kayelleallen Unstoppable Heroes - Blog http://kayelleallen.blogspot.com Romance Lives Forever - Blog http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/ Romance Lives Forever - Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romancelivesforever The Author's Secret http://theauthorssecret.com
An introvert since childhood, R.J.'s first friend was books. After opening her first "Fear Street" by R.L. Stine, she was hooked on the spooky, paranormal world and decided to try her hand at writing darkly and weird stories, which often featured her friends and enemies as the main characters. After combining her passion for writing and her love for sports, she spent five years at the local newspaper as a Sports Reporter - where she met her eventual husband during a routine interview. When the newspaper disbanded, she took a different career route and trained to be a dental hygienist, taking a few years off from writing. She was bitten by the writing bug again three years ago and has been busy pounding on the keyboards in the late evenings creating the dark world of her paranormal/urban fantasy romances, which she hopes one day will make it to publication. Her brain boosts of creativity most present themselves while she sits in front of the television listening to a NHL or NFL game in the background. R.J. Lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, crazy boxer dog and fat cat.
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Rapa Nui: Easter Island Imagine that you are an astronaut in the space shuttle. You have an emergency over the South Pacific and must land at the nearest NASA -designated safe harbor. You step from the shuttle into a warm breeze. The natives are friendly. They speak Spanish, some even speak English. Where do you think you are?
Cont Welcome to “The Navel of the World,” the most remote inhabited place on earth, Rapa Nui. Better known as Easter Island, Rapa Nui is in the same time zone, but a different hemisphere, as Denver, Colorado. But its seasons are reversed. The island is 2318 miles from the Santiago, Chile and 2352 miles from Tahiti. Its closest neighbor; 1200 miles away, is Pitcairn Island, where the mutineers from the infamous Bounty ended their journey. For those of us who didn’t come via the shuttle, Lan Chile Airlines flies from either Tahiti or Santiago, Chile. The Spanish discovered the island on Easter Sunday and named it Isla de Pascua. Their influence shows in the tall, dark-haired conquistador types trotting their horses shoulder to shoulder alongside more traditional bicycles or vans. Located at the outermost border of Polynesia, Easter Island was annexed by Chile in 1888. Tourism and agriculture are the main support for the islanders. My husband and I have had a love affair with Polynesia—a generic term meaning many islands—so we were intrigued and captivated by this place where mangos and passion fruit thrive alongside harvested cornstalks. Many of the “boulders” are actually toppled moais pronounced mo-EYES. Their basalt and red scoria stones, also used for the eye pupils, rest in an unrelenting sun. Usually seen from the hips up in promotional photographs, moais are humanlike stone figures. Traditionally their long, noble heads look toward land from the edges of the Pacific. One exception is the site called, Ahu Akiva, where seven moais face the sea to honor the equinox. There are 887 of the statues still above ground on the island. At one time, there may have been as many as 1000. Early period moais weighed between five and twelve tons and stood as tall as 16 feet. Their bodies were two and a quarter times longer than their faces and were usually buried up to their chests. The largest, and the last to be toppled, Pora, lies on its back at the Moai Rana Raraku quarry on the side of a long rolling hill. It weighs between 74 and 82 tons and is close to 40 feet long without its red stone topknot. The topknot weighs 11tons. How did they do that? Moais were carved in place at the quarry and chiseled down until nothing but a keel at their backs remained attached to the original rock. Their hands were depicted, folded above their loincloths, and the fingernails were long like those of Egyptian royalty. The keel was gently hammered away and the moai slid or dragged on tree trunks, partway down the hill. Stone wedges were placed behind their backs and they were eased into a hole, which had already been prepared.
Before transportation to the seaside began, their backs were etched with raised designs, called petroglyphs. Each figure was different, representing the living face of an ancestor or a specific king. During a special ritual ceremony, white coral eye sockets were clipped on. This brought the statues to life. Once they had spirits, mana, the worshiping of the ancestors could begin. Their spiritual power was thought to benefit the community. Many have been re-erected. Easter Island’s 46-square-mile triangle of hilly volcanic terrain is considered the largest outdoor anthropological museum in the world. In 1950, Thor Hayerdahl and William Mallory carbon dated the moais as far back as the 7th to the 12th centuries. The Kon Tiki explorers of 1956 believed they proved the wedging stones theory when they attempted it and found it took eighteen days to re-erect one moai. Rapa Nui’s history is divided into four time periods: The earliest, 400-700 AD, includes the migration of the First People from Polynesia. The original islanders were called Haviue, “people of the light.” The Rapa Nui name came later. Rapa means big flat stone or land. Nui is Polynesian for island. Easter Island is much flatter than many Polynesian islands, which have jutting, shark-toothed mountains. Most of the moais were quarried and carved during the second period, 700/900AD to 1500AD. The descendants of the First People sculpted these statues while they were slaves. As the artists became more skilled, the statues increased in size. Some moais took 100 years to finish. Mid-tour, we stopped at Rano Kau to view the inactive volcano. Its graduated sides create a Garden of Eden, with vineyards and cornfields lining the walls all the way down to the blue still lake, overlain with floating mosses. Most moais were toppled during the tempestuous third period in the island’s history, from 1500 to 1722. Tribes pushed each other’s moais forward onto their faces to crush their eyes and break their necks so that their mana would be lost and their enemies would lose their power. The most powerful warlord divided the island along its vertical middle. The western side was given to the chief’s oldest son; the east was for his other children. There was much intermarriage. The people became cave refugees or hid under the moais. Some retreated to the edges of the sea near the small offshore islands called motus. They created ceremonial villages of manmade caves made of slate and sod that look like raised rock gardens. Small square entrances at the base of each cave face the sea to prevent enemies from sneaking up on them. A few caves, decorated inside with primitive paintings, remain. These caves overlook the craggy abutments of the motus.
Cont During the fourth period, from 1722 on, pigs and horses were brought to the island. The Bishop of Tahiti originally had sent eleven hundred natives to Easter Island to escape disease. In 1862, Peruvians sold so many of them into slavery that at one time only 111 of the descendants of the First People remained on the island. The three thousand living on the island today are a mix of the Incas, Polynesians, Peruvians and Spanish. One of Easter Island’s most publicized traditions is the legend of the Bird Man of Orongo, a feast and ceremonial ritual that was performed yearly by fifty-two chosen athletes of the warlord clans. The clansmen competed by swimming to the motu, scaling the treacherous cliffs, “catching” the frigate bird’s first egg out of the air and returning with it unbroken to the village. The victor was given gifts and a secure cave with the hollowed-out egg displayed on a post in front. For that year, he had servants to do his bidding. Each year, the ceremony was repeated. The same clan won every year until 1868. Our last stop included a picnic at the Parque Nacional Rapa Nui and a visit to the museum, Museo Anthropologico de P. Sabastian Englert. We spent a day exploring the main seaside town of Hanga Roa. From the restaurant overlooking the Pacific, we watched a freighter unloading. The island is so isolated that major deliveries of supplies come by ships quarterly and are transported to shore via a barge converted from a World War II landing craft. Surfers entertained us while we watched them and sampled our empanadas, a hot cheese or meat sandwich similar to a folded burrito. At the marina, a staffed dive boat, wetsuit, hood, tank and dive equipment cost a mere thirty dollars in 2001. Although semitropical, the water is cooled by the return flow of the Humboldt Current, so a wetsuit and hood are necessary. Gone are the colorful fish that used to inhabit these waters. Tuna and dense schools of tiny fish are all that remain on view. Despite the pristine environment, most of the fish and lobsters have been caught. Hotels and restaurants’ menus consist mainly of grilled tuna, beef, and lamb. Menus come available in six languages. Wine lists comprise all the best that Chile has to offer. Some of these wines are now exported to the United States.
Rapa Nui is an enchanted place, imbued with traditions, where human nature and nature meet. As we stood at the edge of the Oceano Pacifico, we felt the uncompromising strength of the water shaping this magical island with its powerful thrusts. Though we were not visitors from the shuttle or aliens from outer space, we experienced the majesty of the moais.
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INTERNET ADVERTISEMENT VS. THE TRADITIONAL ADVERTISEMENT (TV. AND NEWS PAPER) SUZANNAH SAFI Many channels of advertisements are out there did not exist many years ago when TV and newspaper/magazines were some of the few channels to advertise a business. Today, with the many gadgets and the internet being available on many devises advertisement went to a completely new concept. Consumers these days would like the freedom of choice, meaning compared to traditional advertisement on TV and newspapers where ads are shown without a choice of what each person want to see, however, on the internet consumers search what they want and when they want. I believe internet advertising is more beneficial in that case because you are targeting the customers who are interested in what you are showing. Other benefits, low cost and high return on investment, you will save hundreds of dollars compared to the traditional marketing channels like TV or News Paper advertisement. If you compared the cost of printing a full News Paper Ad for one Day vs. the cost of e-mailing to 20,000 e-mail addresses. Internet is clearly the winner. You can place your add in any e-magazine that emails consumers, you will benefit from that and you will save lots of money reaching those readers of the magazine. The other benefit is durable and cost effective advertisement, in a newspaper you have one to two days, after the release date, max of exposure to your add. Renting a booth at a business fair or conference may be beneficial, however, it depends on the amount of consumers visiting the book fair or conference â€“ it may reach someone once it is over but still that may or may not happen. Also not to forget, the costs of both and print ads adds up. Spending some of your budget on a professional design for a website last you a lifetime, your website content will still be valid and viewable years after you have done the work to launch it and the costs are much more reasonable than printing one ad in News Paper. The other benefit the internet offers, you have websites that allows you to choose when you want to pay consumers to see your ads online or redirect to your website. With print, you do not have that choice and you pay the same, no matter how much business it generates. Easy distribution of information to global audience, media trailers are a unique marketing strategy to show your product whatever that product is. Like book trailer, or adds for a product you want to bring the attention of the consumer in a movie like production that will grab their attention whither using humorous or mysteries style to show your product the sky is the limit. Consumers love to see and watch your product to learn more. A huge number of people at different age groups are on different types of digital gadgets.
Currently, many if not most people depend on the internet; they watch or read something that they are interested in and shop instead of going out to the stores. In addition, if you have a change in your prices or products it is easy and nearly no cost or low cost to change your website and online advertisement. Compare it with TV Ad or Radio Ad and make the calculation. Calculable results, one of the great advantages of Internet Marketing is being able to quantify how many actually visited your ad or website and bought from your product. You can obtain detailed information about customers’ responses to your advertising. One more benefit is quick results, compared to TV ad or other traditional marketing means; you can advertise on E-Commerce websites that consumers buy different things at one time this gives you the chance for new consumers and the chance to spread your product more and sell better. This is still more affordable than one ad on TV or Paper, with the same price you may be able to advertise on a huge number of websites and emagazines gaining more viewers and consumers than the traditional marketing channels. Availability, your website and ads on your website and other websites is 24 hours open; a Web shop sells round the clock all seasons, YouTube, or Facebook to show your product, websites never close, so it is up to you how you will bring more visitors to your product and how you advertise and take advantage of best strategies. On the internet, you can generate more revenue to your products. Consumers use many devises like the tablet, Kindle, Nook, IPod-I pad and phones. In today’s age and with the numerous digital gadgets that consumers of all ages and social levels use, many are affordable for any person to get no matter what the budget is, today you will find even young adults and children owning such gadgets for education, entertainment or shopping. The internet is considered now ‘the-eye-on-the-world’ and not to forget you are getting consumers from all over the world and that is a plus over TV and News Paper that do not have, you will go international with your product. So, create ads, media trailers and spread your wings promoting yourself fully to your digital users, which are in millions. The key is a good promotional material and numerous websites carrying your ads. However, it is important that you create professional ads; immature ads will hurt you more than help you sell your product. Finally, although the internet is more effective tool to promote your product, however, do not disregard other promotional channels if you can afford it go with all. Sincerely Suzannah Safi Author, promoter, and graphic designer
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Executive Editor | Publisher: Ashley Christman Having spent her life fostering a love affair with the written word, Ashley decided to make a living doing it. First as an author, then as an editor. She began editing four years ago as a content editor, eventually working her way up to managing editor and senior editor positions in other small ePublishing companies (as both herself and under the nom de plume Charlotte Magdelena). Her dream was to open a publishing house one day, but before doing that she wanted to garner experience in the ePublishing world and immersed herself in learning its many faces. Upon opening Entranced, she vowed to put her knowledge to work in a place she is passionate about with books she canâ€™t put down.
Art Director: Suzannah Safi
Suzannah Safi is a graphic designer; she is pursuing her degree in Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She is also a multi- published author and a promoter. Her passion for design and studying the market gave her the experience she strives for to create unique visual language that evokes the viewersâ€™ senses, she relies on all the visual elements in her design to pass on an emotional message that takes hold of all type of viewers. She never stops learning and adding to her growing skills every day.
Entranced Publishing Marketing Director | Managing Editor: Eden Plantz
Eden discovered her first romance novel when she was twelve, during a sleepover at a friend’s house. It was old and well-read, the cover faded and outdated, but she couldn’t put that book down. She stayed up all night reading it cover to cover and she was hooked. She’d never read anything like it, but she knew she had to find more. Now, years later, she’s grown, married and has kids of her own, but she still loves the romance genre as much as she did that night. From paranormal to historical to romantic thriller, she soaks it all up like a sponge. Books are her passion and romance will always be her first love. She is thrilled to be able to use more than five years experience in editing – and even longer in marketing – to help authors succeed.
Content Editor: Diana Bocco Diana Bocco is a full-time freelance writer, editor and writing coach. Her publishing credits include over 200 articles for national, international and online publications such as Marie Claire, Adirondack Life, Writer’s Digest, and the Discovery Channel. She was also a contributor to the bestselling book Vegetarian New York: The Essential Dining, Shopping, and Lodging Guide, edited by Suzanne Gerber and with a foreword by Paul McCartney.
Content Editor: Wendy Strain
Wendy Strain is a freelance editor and writer by profession. She works with everything from fiction to press releases as ghostwriter and copy writer. As an editor, she has worked in a number of subjects from brain science to fantasy romance. Her areas of specialty are in the humanities, but as technical writer, she is also widely experienced in business writing needs. Words are her passion and bringing stories to life is her lifelong pursuit.
Content Editor: Emily Ward Emily Ward is an author and freelance writer and editor currently studying Linguistics to teach English overseas. Sheâ€™s been a lifelong reader and writer of fiction. Her short stories and articles have been published by Literary House Review, Young Salvationist, the New Frontier, and other publications. After years of critiquing fiction in her free time, sheâ€™s excited to be on the staff of Entranced Publishing to help produce quality books that readers will rave about.
Line Editor: Melody Van De Graaff
Abducted by aliens at the young age of seven, Melody never tried to fit in with â€œthe cool kidsâ€?. Instead, she consumed every book she could get her hands on, thrilled at the chance to belong to another world for a short while. Her high school writing teacher helped her pen her experiences through poetry and prose writing. The more she enveloped herself into the world of writing, the more Melody knew she loved it. Along with her writing, Melody seeks to help others improve their writing. Melody dreams to help others discover which worlds they belong in, and which worlds they can entice their readers to slip into.
Line Editor: Sonya Clark
Sonya Clark is a writer, editor, voracious reader, and music lover.
DIARY OF A VAMPIRE STRIPPER By Cinsearae S.
Diary of a Vampire Stripper 248 pages GENRES: Chick-Lit/Vampire/Dark Paranormal Romance/Action/Suspense RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2012 ISBN: 146995916X ISBN-13: 978-1469959160 CONTENT WARNINGS: SOME VIOLENCE/LANGUAGE, SEXUAL THEMES, DISTURBING SCENARIOS Buy link:
www.createspace.com/3778782 Trying to juggle college tuition and rent, young Audra Perez seeks a fast fix to her financial woes by auditioning as a stripper for the Hoochie Coochie Club. What she didn’t expect was to actually be chosen. Barely a few months into her new job, she becomes acquainted with a mysterious, distinguished gentleman by the name of Darren Von Eldon, and they secretly begin dating against club rules. Then one passionate night at his beach house changes Audra’s life forever. Now as a newly-awakened vampire, this only adds to her day-to-day mundane burdens. Refusing to drain humans, she hunts birds for nourishment, and finagles a way to avoid going to classes during the day. But bigger problems loom ahead. Radical cops that know about her kind roam the night, seeking to destroy any and all ‘monsters’, and her best friend’s family has a bone to pick with Audra’s. Headless human bodies are turning up on vamp and were turf, each side blaming the other for the murders. It’s up to Audra and her friend Lu to figure out who’s doing the killings before an all-out war happens between their families, their search leading them beneath the city streets to encounter an abomination neither one of them will ever forget. And the relationship issues? Well, it’s not easy dealing with a boyfriend and a vampire husband, so let’s not even go there… “Plain-spoken and brash, Diary of a Vampire Stripper is a graphically wild lunge through the trials and tribulations --both amorous and otherwise-- of newly-turned vampire Audra as she sets the paranormal world on its ear.” ~Tony-Paul deVissage, author of The Night Man Cometh.
What inspired you to write Diary of a Vampire Stripper? My muse has a tendency to talk to me from time to time, so I can’t really say where the idea for this one came from, except from said muse, *lol*. I find it so much fun to see a ‘movie’ playing out in my head. The harder task is trying to write down everything exactly like how I see it in my mind’s eye. Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve? I have absolutely no writing ‘routine’. I write whenever my muse tells me to *grin*. The only thing that drives me nuts is when I have to wake up early in the morning because I’m getting snips and pieces of a story in my head, and I have to write them down. If I don’t, I’ll forget what was said before I ‘officially’ wake up. I’ve learned a couple of hard lessons there! My only ‘research’ for this particular story involved a fraction of true-life experience, although I won’t say which part of the book it’s in…. Do you create your characters, or do they create themselves? About 99% of the time they create themselves, and even have their names and personalities already, *lol*. Sometimes, it’s like I have other people in my head, but in a good way… *grin* Do you have a favorite character? I’m the kind of person that roots for the underdog, as they’re usually overshadowed by the ‘main’ character. My own underdogs are the characters that I wished I had in my own life. So, for this one, I’d definitely say ‘Lucinda’ is my favorite one. What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book? I hope they are at least well entertained by the story, as I loved creating it. I have underlying messages about family, friendship, trust and humanity in this book that I hope will be recognized as well. What do you like to do when you’re not working on a story? I love watching old horror movies--I’m a big Vincent Price fan. A lot of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe-based movies that starred Price have certain quality, style and class that you simply can’t find in today’s so-called ‘horror’ flicks. I also love photographing cemeteries, ruined structures, and scenic locations that catch my eye if they have an ‘eerie’ quality about them. I also love going to horror conventions and creating jewelry, creepy dolls and accessories, then adding them to my Etsy shop, Mistress Rae’s Decadent Designs. Any advice for aspiring and first-time authors? Ignore and avoid any and all naysayers like the plague! Those who have given up on their dreams will be the first to drag you down or dishearten you from fulfilling yours. Writing is a business, and we as writers are also entertainers. For that reason, you *have* to learn how to develop a thick skin and brush off any negative flack you may get, as some people delight in being cruel instead of constructive when it comes to voicing their own personal opinions about your work. So I pass this on if it’ll help newbie writers, as it definitely helped me out when I first heard it: ‘Opinions are like a**holes; everyone has one’. Also, find supportive writing groups; most writers are a ‘lonely’ lot, but we’ve got to come out of our little worlds and talk to others every so often! And keep yourself up to-date with the latest happenings in the publishing world. It changes faster than a chameleon changing colors!
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