Author Spotlight: Callie Rose

Author Spotlight: Callie Rose

We had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Callie Rose! I’ve been following Callie since her very first book, The Help, and have LOVED how she has grown as an author. She has dipped into supernatural worlds, standalone, heartbreaks, reverse harem epicness, basically everything I love. And so many upcoming stories! I’m so excited for the Broken Bond series and Sweet Retribution series!

I want to also say that a lot of authors have been on the receiving end of social bullying right now. These authors are pulling their works because of this and other issues and thats never okay. When an author puts our a book, they probably put a shit ton of time, effort, and heart into it. It doesn’t matter if they received all the praise in the world for it, it really only takes one bad review, one mean comment to bring an author down. We want to be as strong as our characters, but in reality, words do hurt. Please remember that when you are demanding a book be finished, harassing an author to change something, or writing your reviews, these authors are real people, and will be affected by your words.

Interview

Q: What got you into writing? A: I’ve always loved stories. I’m a sucker for a good book, a good movie, even a poem or a song that tells a story. I started writing when I was little and kept up with it as a hobby for a long time. It was only after college that I started to get more serious about it and think about sharing the things I wrote with the world. It was a scary leap, but I’m so glad I took the plunge into publishing my work!

Q: What is your favorite book/series of yours? A: Hmm, that’s a really hard question. I guess the sort of “cheat” answer is that my favorite book/series is usually the one I’m working on at the time. When I’m in the middle of writing a book, I spend so much time with the characters that I’ll often dream about them. I get totally absorbed in the world and the characters that I’ve created, and I love that feeling. So whichever book I’m currently working on definitely holds the biggest piece of my heart and my focus.

But my favorite of all time? Ahh, I don’t know if I can pick! Maybe the Ruthless Games series. That’s my answer today, anyway, lol! Ayla is a character I relate to so much, and I love that she always manages to find her strength, even when she’s going through some shit.

Q: What got you into writing reverse harem books? A: I fell in love with the genre a few years ago, and I think it just really fits my writing style. I love writing strong female characters and complex heroes, and I think those qualities fit really well into reverse harem. I also love how much variety there is in reverse harem! I’m a sucker for both contemporary and paranormal romance, so it’s been really fun to create harems and stories in both worlds.

Q: What is your favorite character from your books? (Or another book/series) A: Ooh, another hard question. This answer totally depends on the day! I already mentioned that I love Ayla (from my Ruthless Games series), but I also really love Piper (the heroine from my Fallen University series). Piper is funny and snarky and not afraid to say what she thinks. She’s someone I’d definitely want to hang out with in real life. I think we’d have a blast!

Q: How did you come up with the characters from the series? A: Dreaming up characters is one of my favorite parts of writing. Usually they sort of reveal themselves to me slowly, long before I ever start writing the book. I’ll hear snippets of conversations in my head (does that make me sound crazy? I swear, I’m not, lol!) or get little flashes of their backstory. Sometimes I’ll see a picture of a person, and it’ll spark the idea for a new character. Something in their eyes or the way they carry themselves, some question I want to answer about them.

I think imperfect people are the most interesting to write about, so I spend a lot of time with my characters, finding out both their flaws and their strengths, their secrets and their fears. And then when it comes time to write them, I know them well enough that the words just flow out of me!

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? About writing reverse harem? A: For me, the most difficult thing about writing is the non-writing part. Being an indie author is amazing, but there are a lot of hats you have to wear, and I’m still learning the ropes of all of that!

When it comes to the actual writing, the hardest part is managing distractions. I’ve had to explain to my husband that when I’m zoned in at my computer with my fingers flying across the keys, I’m literally in another world and he should imagine I have a big “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging above me.

When I get into a groove, it feels like I’m seeing the whole book play out in my head like a movie, so I try really hard to make sure I don’t get pulled out of that zone when I’m writing. Luckily, my husband is 100% supportive and respects my writing time. My puppy, on the other hand? Not so much!

Q: Where do you get your inspiration to write? A: From all over. Pictures, songs, movies, conversations or interactions I overhear on the street. I think a lot of authors are “character gatherers.” We’re constantly creating worlds and people in our heads. Okay, now I definitely sound crazy…

Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t! And write every day if you can, even just a few hundred words. Even if you don’t publish the first thing you write, or the second or third, you’ll be building that muscle, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and finding your voice.

Also, there are dozens of writing craft books out there, and tons of social media groups for writers and indie authors. They can be such a valuable resource!

Q: How do you handle bullying from social media? A: That’s a really hard question to answer. The indie author community and social media sphere are pretty small, and while that’s amazing in so many ways, it can also have a very ugly side.

I guess the biggest and most important thing for me has been to focus on the positive, to focus on the people who approach the world with kindness, and to make my tribe out of those kinds of people.

The world feels like a mess right now. 2020 has been so hard for so many people, and cruelty and bullying only bring more negativity into the mix. So I’ve just made the choice for myself, my family, and my own mental health that I’m not going to play that game.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: Can I pick a place I haven’t been to yet? Hawaii is on my bucket list, and I would love to vacation there someday!

Q: What is your favorite food? A: My husband makes a crazy-good shakshuka that I’m addicted to!

Q: What is coming next from you? A: Next up from me will be Sweet Salvation, the final book in my Ruthless Games series. It’ll be bittersweet to say goodbye to these characters, but I’m so excited for people to read the final installment!

Thank you again Callie Rose! We appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions and are exciting to read your upcoming works!

The Lie-Callie Rose

Author Spotlight: Serenity Rayne

Author Spotlight: Serenity Rayne
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Serenity Rayne is a new, up and coming author, known mostly for her Aurora Marelup Series, that you are going to LOVE! She writes hectic, action packed, gory, reverse harems about shifters. If you like shifter books, fated mates, thrillers, then these books are for you! A little trigger waring, these books might not be for everyone. For someone who is obsessed with Halloween, being scared, loving the reality of the books, it was for me. Serenity is a down to earth Author and will answer any question you have, or just chit-chat about how much wine you’ve consumed throughout this quarantine. She is excited to hear from her fans and likes to interact with them on a daily basis. She is legit amazing and I can’t wait to see who comes next!

Onto the Interview!

Q: What got you into witting? A:To be perfectly honest with you I couldn’t find anything on the market that sparked my interest in the least bit. So I decided to write something that I was interested in. If it happened to take off then wonderful.

Q: What is your favorite book/series of yours? A: Well that’s honestly a toss-up. I have Aurora series which is shifter paranormal reverse harem that falls on the side of thriller/horror. Then I have Once Upon a Raven that is a Edgar Allan Poe inspired book that is the first of many to come from the Poe inspired series I intend to write.

Q: What got you into writing thriller reverse harem books? A: Reverse harem is fun all by itself. But I tend to like my horror movies thriller action movies things of that nature so I brought that love and passion into my stories.

Q: What is your favorite character from your books? A: I’d have to say that Alaric and Jayce are my favorites from Aurora series. And Kol is my favorite from the Raven.

Q: How did you come up with the characters from the series? A: It honestly wasn’t that difficult. Aurora is basically me with none of the human restraints upon her. I took some of my favorite qualities that I thought were embodied by a specific animal and gave them to each of the mates.

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? A: Honestly, It’s staying focused, and ignoring those that decide to nick pick and rip a book apart instead of enjoying it for what it is..

Q: About writing reverse harem? A: That’s actually a funny answer It’s more like when you have intimate moments with more than one mate in a scene. Keeping track of where all the limbs and appendages are and making sure that nothing is misplaced.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration to write supernatural/shifter books? A: As i said earlier I absolutely love horror movies. I grew up watching some of the old favorite black and white movies all the way up to current day.

Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Definitely find a good editor and proofreader for your novel. Do not trust and editing program to handle your document the same as a human would. A program cannot and will not ever understand how an emotion needs to be portrayed.

Q: What is your favorite writing spot? A: Usually I’m sitting on my bed. or or I’m going for a long walk and using my dictation program.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: I’m not a big fan of being around large groups of people. So anywhere that I can isolate and just enjoy myself is perfect vacation spot for me.

Q: What is your favorite food? A: I love extremely rare steak. I love sushi and sashimi. I love all sorts of Japanese and Indian cuisine. And I also enjoy cooking traditional German or Italian dishes.

Q: What is coming next from you? A:There’s actually a lot on the table currently. Just finished up book one of Hybrid Royals. Working on book five of Aurora’s series Welcome Home Little Wolf. After that I am probably going to be working on Jayce’s daughters series and my Bear Claw Ranch series that will feature two of Dimitri’s daughters and Ellis. I also have a Valkyrie series slated for 2021. There’s also a reverse harem vampire novel that I have outlined. There’s also going to be a three book series with Klaus’s daughter that will be reverse harem. There’s several other things that are in the works in the background The hybrid royal series is going to be four books when it’s completed and then there’s another four book series that is on the back burner currently.

Thank you again Serenity! Check out our Book Review of Ascend Little Wolf and the Book Tour with all the links!

Author Spotlight: J. Bree

Author Spotlight: J. Bree
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This week our Author Spolight is from J. Bree, the extremely talented Hannaford prep queen. J. Bree just finished up her first series with To the End: Hannaford Prep Year Four. If you haven’t started this series yet, you need to! A few spin off series are in the works and you won’t want to miss out on what happens! This is definitively an upcoming author that you will want to keep your eye on!

Onto the Questions! Thank you again J. Bree for answering our questions! We really appreciate it!

Q: What got you into witting? A: I am a voracious reader and daydreamer, there has never been a time in my life that I haven’t been tinkering with an idea.

Q: What is your favorite book/series of yours? A: This question is too hard to answer because I have HUNDREDS of favorite books lol.

Q: Why write high school bully romance stories vs others? A: I had the characters in my mind for a while and the ghost of an idea and then I read three books that helped me figure it all out: the Rich Boys of Burberry Prep series by CM Stunich, The Rebel of Raleigh High by Callie Hart, and Broken Wings by Tate James and Jaymin Eve. 

Q: What is your favorite character from your books? (Or another book/series) A:  My favorite characters change depending on who I’m writing but if I HAD to choose I would say either Lips or Nate. They are very interesting to play with, I love the ride or die, no prisoners, cutthroat ways they both have.

Q: How did you come up with the characters from the Hannaford prep series? A: Characters always walk into my head and take it over. That’s just a part of my process, I can’t explain it lol.

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? About writing bully romance? A: Time is always the hardest thing. I have two under four so finding time is always hard. I have a lot of time to think thing through though so when I do finally get to sit at my laptop I can usually knock out a couple of chapters very quickly.

Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Read a lot and read critically. What do you like, what have the authors done well, what would you do differently. I ask this in every book I read.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: In my writing cave while my kids are out lol.

Q: What is your favorite food? A:  Melbourne, in another life I’d live there.

Q: What is your favorite food? A: Chocolate, I’m a total whore for chocolate.

Q:What is coming next from you? A: The Butcher of the Bay Part I, Illi and Odie’s backstory. I’m very excited to share it with my readers

-Jacq and Jess

Click here for our review on Just Drop Out: Hannaford Prep Year One!

Check out how Just Drop Out ranked in our Top Ten Reverse Harems from 2019 here!