My latest interview

Hi Ica, 
Thank you so much for being here and telling your writing story to us. I appreciate you being here, my Friend.
What is your book She Never Got To Say Goodbye about, who are the main characters, and how did you come up with this story?
She Never Got To Say Goodbye is a two-part paranormal romantic thriller. 
The main characters are Brandon—a successful lawyer, and Olivia an aspiring lawyer, fresh out of law school. They meet, they fall in love, they marry, and they have a baby. But their happily-ever-after ends abruptly when Brandon falls prey to alcohol and drugs following the tragic death of a client. One minute Olivia is thinking of leaving the marriage, the next she floats at the foot of her son’s bed. Dead. Murdered. Confused and angry, she comes back to find justice for her premature death.
I can’t tell for sure where the idea behind She Never Got To Say Goodbye came from. I woke up one morning with the phraseShe Never Got To Say Goodbye, swirling around my mind. It could’ve been the remains of a dream, it could have been something that I’ve heard somewhere, I’m not sure. As the day went by and the words continued to hammer my previously quiet thoughts, my writer’s mind kicked in, and as a plot began to sprout inside my skull, involuntarily, I started to take mental notes. I’m glad I did because, in 2015, She Never Got To Say Goodbye won third place at World’s Best Story.
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My Interview With World’s Best Story



As many of you may know, Boundaries was a finalist at World’s Best Story 2014. Check out my interview. Thank you, FastPencil and World’s Best Story for this amazing experience.


Q: Your story Boundaries made it to the top 10 of the 2014 edition of World’s Best Story. Did you think you were going to make it so far? How did you react when you got the news live from The Toronto International Book Fair during the live finale this past November?

Clearly, I was hoping that my book would make it or otherwise I wouldn’t have entered it. Though Boundaries had been written some time ago, it was not edited. I am usually a very realistic person and though I knew the story was compelling, I didn’t think it would make it that far because of the editing issues. Keep in mind that Boundaries was competing against books that were already published and had hundreds of reviews for crying out loud. I was very happy to see that the judges were able to look past those grammatical and other mistakes and see the story’s potential.

Q: Can you tell us a little more about the story and how you came up with such engaging characters?

Initially, Boundaries was a romantic Sci-Fi novelette (only about 17000 words,) titled Crossing Boundaries. It had sat in my drawer for about a year, but Gabriela, Landon, and Jack kept nagging, telling me that the story wasn’t finished.

Needless to say that the trio disturbed me from watching funny cat videos and interacting with my Facebook friends. But I finally gave into their demands and once I started writing it, the words kept flowing. I felt as if I was in the scenes with my characters. I immediately fell in love with Landon and though Gabriela is a little “undecided”, she is funny, prickly and terribly sarcastic. Jack comes in the picture only vaguely in the beginning, but he sure creates a lot of problems for everyone. He turns out to be the twist in the story that no one expected. I had a lot of fun writing it, and found myself laughing at their jokes and almost try to comfort them when they were sad or frustrated.

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Interview with J.A. Fredericks

Today, I’m proud to welcome yet another talented author on my blog.

J.A. Fredericks is a paranormal & contemporary romance/erotica author who adores sexy stories with bikers, vampires, and anything hot that likes to bite. She previously published several other YA paranormal novels, but she’s ready to crank up the steam and going stealth mode under a pen name.

She has recently released her book, Fifty Kinds of Dead. *This is a serial and the installments are not novel length, and I absolutely love, love, love her cover.*

After Ava Lewis is mistakenly claimed by a reaper then brought back to fulfill an unknown purpose, she’s forced to sever all ties to her former life and figure out how to survive despite not having a heartbeat or anyone to help. It would seem all hope is lost until she meets Liam, the hot ghost with a dirty mind, and then Jackson, the sexy human she has an unrelenting attraction toward.

Conflicted by her feelings, Eva finds herself struggling to define what it means to be undead while giving in to her darkest desires. When Jackson’s kisses awaken a part of her she thought she lost when she died, her endless hunger will threaten to consume them both.
Ica: Tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer.

J.A.: I try to be genuine and kind, I love to laugh more than anything, and I absolutely have to write because it’s a lifelong passion that flows through my blood!

Ica: What are three life memories you recall most frequently? Why?

J.A.: Ha, you’re asking someone who is known for a crappy memory and can’t make choices. I freaking live for concerts and saw all my favorites live (Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Jay-Z), so I often go back to those moments. And I have a serious case of wanderlust, so I’m alway dreaming about past trips to my favs with friends and family—Hawaii, Florida, California, New York.

Ica:  When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?

J.A.: I first started writing novels in junior high (mostly Brat Pack fan fic), never stopped. Looked at English as a major because I knew I wanted to be a writer, but had an older husband and wanted to get “moving” in life so I went to a 2 year business school instead. Long story made short, kids and life got in the way, blah blah blah, and I didn’t get serious about publishing until a young family member was diagnosed with cancer and I realized life is too short to jerk around. Had no interest in having a publisher tell me what to do and taking my hard earned money, so I went forward with self-publishing. The end.

Ica: We’re all dying to hear about Fifty Kinds of Dead. Tell us about it.

J.A.: It’s been a long time since I’ve been this passionate about a project! The concept of “dying by accident” then coming back and falling in love was a random idea that came to me (wait for it) during church of all places. It had nothing to do with the sermon, I was just zoning out. Paranormal is my first love and I couldn’t wait to dive into a series surrounded with supernatural creatures that are just a bit different from the stereotypical norm. My dry humor really came out in Ava as I’m tired of heroines who are broken and in need of saving, and wanted someone with a fresh, fun voice. Of course it was also fun to crank up the sex since it’s erotica, but I also can’t get enough of Ava and Jackson’s love story.

Ica: Is there a book you wish you could have written?

J.A.: Harry stinking Potter. That stuff’s epic! J.K. created an entire world. I’ve been to the theme park twice and it blew me away both times! I think I’ve read the series at least three times and watched the movies dozens.  I truly believe that woman is the most amazing person on the planet.

Ica: Which one of your characters did you have the most fun creating? Why? Is there anything you would change about him/her now?

J.A.: I love to hate Alex, the snarky redhead who thinks she has a claim to Jackson. She’s sexy, bitchy and conniving and Ava can’t get her out from beneath her skin. I can’t think of a thing I would change about her and have considered writing a spin-off just for her.

Ica: I often hear about writers who have strange writing habits (writing in the shower or writing while walking)Do you have any strange habits?

J.A.: When it comes to writing habits, I’m probably as vanilla as they come. I have to be at my desk and listening to music, though sometimes I can write in the car if we’re on a really long trip and I have my noise canceling headphones on (just not the steamy stuff if kids are along)! I have terrible ADD and have to be deep in a zone or gibberish comes out of my fingertips.

Ica:  How do you choose  the names for your characters? Based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

J.A.: The names usually come to me as I’m developing characters. Wish I had some fancy method to share, but it’s completely random. To me the names just seem to fit their personalities.

Ica:  Sometimes writers, and I hear this daily, hit a patch where they think they’re not good enough; they are not cut for this, etc. Have you ever experienced this? What were the things you told yourself that kept you going?

J.A.: This is pretty much a daily thing for me. I’ve been published for three years and it never seems to get any easier. I think you have to get to a place where you keep going because it’s what you love even though you know there are haters everywhere. I’m a big one for leaning on inspirational quotes and songs…have several tattoos that keep me going and a playlist that always lifts my spirits. Writers are an emotional breed and so many of us battle depression while trying to nurture our creativity. You have to lean on like-minded others.

Ica: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

J.A.: Having published 10 books on my own (well, with editors and cover designers, but still being my own boss and setting my own deadlines).

Ica:  What is your best marketing tip?

J.A.: Be personable and engage with readers. Don’t simply tweet and post buy links for your book or people are going to become tired of you. No one is going to buy your book just because you told them to.

Ica: Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

J.A.: Stephen King sparked my darker side from a very young age. I went through all of Danielle Steele’s books before graduating high school. I’m on a huge Rob Thomas kick at the moment and adore his Veronica Mars paperback series—I love that girl’s snark. It’s safe to say those three authors molded my style where it stands today.

Ica: If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

J.A.: Dream job or reality? The reality is so dang depressing (I was working at a courthouse before I quit) so I’ll go with dream job. Since I’m obsessed with music and Hollywood, I wish I was a music director for movies. The soundtrack can totally make or break a movie, plus I wouldn’t mind hanging around big screen hunks all day.

Ica: What’s going to keep you up tonight after this interview?

J.A.: My daughter’s 13th dance recital this weekend. I’m a total empath and therefore will need some serious adult time when it’s over.

Ica: Anything else you would like to add?

J.A. I know it’s scary to give a “new” author’s work a chance, so I really appreciate all the bloggers who have stepped up to review Fifty Kinds of Dead. Wish I could give them all tackle hugs even though their strangers so that would be kind of weird.


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Interview with Alisa Mullen

Good morning everyone. It’s Friday again and time for another awesome author interview. It’s my great pleasure to introduce talented author, Alisa Mullen.

Alisa grew up on the Coast of Southern Maine. She has a BA from Texas A&M University and a MS from Our Lady of Lake University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, making necklaces and spending time with family. Baseball is a big component of her family life. She is a Rangers and Red Sox fan while cheering on her children’s little league games. Mullen’s competitive side rears its ugly head every year when she plays Fantasy Football with her large extended family. Mullen owns a macramé necklace business, Devika Knots, and you can find her at farmer’s markets throughout South Texas almost every weekend. Mullen lives in Universal City, Texas with her loving husband and their two children.

Ica: Alisa, I have to say, you have a very impressive resume. If you don’t mind, tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer. 

Alisa: The first most important thing is that I am a mother. It is the hardest job I’ve ever had and I’ve worked some pretty rough jobs.

I married the love of my life is number two. J

Number three is despite a master’s degree in business, it wasn’t until I couldn’t find a job that I found that I could start to do the one thing I always dreamt about. Feeling pretty low and well, like a piece of crap from not being about to find a job, I wrote Unsettled, a memoir of a time when I was in my early twenties. It took me about three weeks and to this day, I haven’t re-read it.

Ica:  Wow! That is amazing, but I can understand. I think. What are three life memories you recall most frequently? Why?

Alisa: Of course, the births of my children come to mind. Other memories come and go but I think that the impact of their births is when I started to change as a woman. I love telling their stories because both were very unique and part of history. My daughter was born in Boston the week after 9/11 and after she was swaddled and put on me, a bomb scare was called into B&W Hospital and everyone but me and my baby had to evacuate. That was pretty terrifying. My son was born nearly four years later during a tragic Nor’ Easter at Mass General.

Ica: Amazing, to say the least. Alisa, you write psychological suspense. When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?

Alisa: I didn’t write psychological suspense from the beginning but I have always been fascinated by the human mind. I worked missing person’s cases for a few years, always watched shows that portray people with issues, and of course, I am a bit crazy myself. Nevertheless, I had a memory of two of my childhood friends and I playing the Ouija board and remember contacting a young girl who had been murdered that summer. The Goodbye Trilogy idea came from that, although it is all fictional. Today, I look for differences in people for ideas. I love a good love story like the next person but I want to tell stories about people who are odd, a bit different, and their need for love, too.

Ica: Very interesting points. Do you have a specific writing style?

Alisa: I primarily write in the lazy first person past tense style. It is my hope to write third person soon. It is a goal of mine. It is like rewiring my brain-so wish me luck.

Ica: Tell us your latest news? What other work in progress we should know about?

Alisa: I am currently writing something simple. I grew up in Maine around skaters and snowboarders, some went on to be professionals so I know a bit about it. I need something lighter in between my heavy psychological novels to keep me writing. They are exhausting. So, 77 Steps is about a scientist who comes back to Maine for her mother’s funeral to find letters from her high school sweetheart. He is a professional snowboarder and has moved on but circumstances put them back together to iron their past out. Then, I have Elastic Hope, the final chapter of The Goodbye Trilogy on the docket. This book will bring the trilogy completely together and answer many questions the readers have right now.

Ica: Which one of your characters did you have the most fun creating? Why? Is there anything you would change about him/her now?

Alisa: I wrote about a southern brat, a spoiled and rich bitch, Samantha Hughes in Unrequited. I loved writing her. She went through a transformation like none of my other characters have to date. I wouldn’t change a thing about her. She still makes me smile.

Ica: How much of the book is realistic?

Alisa: Unsettled is a memoir, whereas the rest of the Chosen Series becomes less factual. The Goodbye Trilogy is not realistic at all except for the first five chapters of Plastic Confidence.

Ica: Most likely every writer experiences a writer’s block. Have you ever had one? How did you handle it?

Alisa: Absolutely. I don’t handle them very well. I imagine I won’t ever publish again and that is a gross feeling when you love writing and publishing as much as I do. I write at least a 1,000 words a day even if I am writing about how much I hate having writer’s block. It doesn’t last, though. I find that the more time in the shower, the more ideas come to me.

Ica:  Sometimes writers, and I hear this daily, hit a patch where they think they’re not good enough; they are not cut for this, etc. Have you ever experienced this? What were the things you told yourself that kept you going?

Alisa: Absolutely. I am not Colleen Hoover by any means. I think that there are so many indie writers now that it is impossible to grab the attention of many. Some days I am not cut out for it so I recoil back into my macramé business. I have, although not a huge, a following that keeps me going and they ask when. That helps. I am writing for me but I write faster for that one reader who is waiting. That feels pretty awesome.

Ica: As we all know being an author nowadays does not stop at writing a stunner manuscript. If a new writer walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

Alisa: I would say, write what you want and not what is selling. I have seen peers sell out for what is the latest “buzz” and it is difficult to be supportive of that. Don’t get caught up in the popularity contest because it doesn’t actually exist. The best-selling authors are NOT on Facebook or social media telling us about what model they are using next. They are on the front page of Amazon with a title and a cover that probably took a dollar to put together. TELL A DAMN GOOD STORY and find an editor that will challenge you at every paragraph. I definitely suggest an editor with a degree in creative writing or English Literature. They are more than likely researching APA guidelines and will make your work amazing.  Put your money into a good laptop, a helpful cover designer, and an editor with a resume.

Ica: That is awesome advice. On the same note, what would be the three hard-to-spot pitfalls that are critical to avoid? Perhaps if you had a list of best-kept-secrets you’d recommend which would you include and why?

Alisa: That is tough. It is different for everyone. I have had to live and learn through so many that it is hard to simply tell people what to do. I think every indie needs to live in this world and experience it for themselves.

Ica: What is/are your favorite book(s)/author(s)? Had (s)he/they inspired your own writing? How?

Alisa: Right now, I don’t have a favorite. I was a big fan of one in particular but have since become weary. I think Jane Austen is safe because she is dead. LOL

Ica:  What do you think will be the next big change in publishing?

Alisa: I wish I knew. If I did, I would hop on that train. For now, hold on and keep writing.

Ica: Do you agree with experts that print sales are progressively declining in the past few years?

Alisa: I don’t sell much print unless I am at a signing. EBooks are popular but more than that, my audio sales are beyond amazing. There is nothing like listening to someone read to you. I clean and cook to audio most days.

Ica: Anything else you would like to add?

Alisa: The above answers are simply my opinions and aren’t fact in any way.

Ica: Thank you so much for being here, Alisa, for sharing your wisdom with us, and for your healthy sense of humor.

Ladies and gentleman thank you for visiting my page and I hope you join me tomorrow for a new interview with another talented author, Carrie Anne Vaught.

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Alisa’s books


The Chosen Series:

Unsettled (Book 1):

Book Description:

Lizzie O’Malley, a 23-year-old free spirit, is on a mission to find her purpose in life. In the summer of 2000, she returns home to Boston to begin a life that she can be proud of. On her first night out on the town, tragedy strikes and she finds herself the cause of the emotional wreckage. Instead of dealing with the consequences, she loses herself in a man she met that night.


Teagan Gallagher, a 22-year-old college student from Ireland, spends that same summer in Boston, working towards his degree and partying his way through the city. One night, he finds a beautiful American girl that he is desperate to spend the summer with.


Together, Teagan and Lizzie learn the ins and outs of an unconventional relationship. It isn’t until their relationship is in too deep that it becomes impossible for either to run away.






Unchosen (Book 2):

Book Description:

Lizzie O’Malley is back with a purpose in life. Still flighty and unpredictable, she knows that loving and losing Teagan Gallagher has changed her life forever. As she navigates her new life in Boston as a full time working mother, she promises herself she will never fall in love again.

But can she keep that promise after meeting Nick Sawyer, the gorgeous Texan who has fallen for her?


Follow Lizzie to Ireland where she struggles with tragedy and rediscovers herself all over again.






Unrequited Book 3):

Book Description:

What if someone was out to sabotage your happiness?


Nick Sawyer, a successful business man, has everything he has ever wanted. Grateful for the new additions to his life, he realizes he has the kind of love that he never knew existed. If it wasn’t for Lizzie O’Malley, Nick would still be sucked up in his day job and the nightlife. Lizzie altered his plans just by stepping into his life.


Samantha Hughes, a childhood friend of Nick’s, is back in Boston. Following her father’s wishes, it is her intention to catch Nick’s eye before he commits himself to Lizzie. Their plan rapidly becomes reality. It just isn’t the reality Sam thought she wanted.


Unrequited is a twisted love triangle story that goes awry. Who will be the one that loses it all?


This is the third installment of The Chosen Series. This book is told by Nick and Samantha’s POV.




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Unmarked (Book 4):

Book Description:

Sean Ford has loved Lizzie O’Malley all of his adult life. Now that he is in his thirties and a successful tattoo artist, he finds himself stuck in life. He should have~ He could have ~ But he didn’t. Kicking himself for letting Lizzie slip through his fingers, he has to pretend that life is just peachy. His favorite past time is hiding out in his bedroom.

When Aoife Flanagan arrives in Boston to do an internship with college, she is glad to have escaped the dismal life she has back in Wicklow, Ireland. As a twenty-three year old student and professional, she prefers staying in the corner at parties, hiding from everyone’s attention, and sticking to the financial plan that her father outlined for her.

One night…

One confusing night…

One amazing summer…


Sean and Aoife may have been brought together by fate but to stay together means more than roses and butterflies. They must fight the world for one another. What separates them is one big ocean and one tiny question.

Sink or Swim?










The Good Bye Trilogy

Plastic Confidence (Book 1):

Book Description:

What happens when the past rears its ugly head and messes with who you thought you were? Will it break down all your walls and set your whole world on fire?


Meet Julia Delaney, a.k.a Jules, the lead singer of Love Sick Ponies, sex superstar, and a heart full of rocks. She loves them and leaves them, a bad girl through and through.


That is until she meets Brennan Curtis, a fan boy, a wannabe friend, and the only one who can possibly tear Jules’ walls down.

When the plastic snaps wide open, Jules finds herself in a vulnerable and awkward situation with Brennan and her band.


Jules’ journey of self-discovery started at a young age and her self- image, which is ingrained in her brain, might just be there for life. Desperate to alter how people view her, she realizes that she might never be able to escape the past.


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Artificial Love (Book 2): 

Book Description:

** This is the 2nd book in bestselling suspenseful The Good Bye Trilogy***


Johnny Lennox, lead guitarist of Love Sick Ponies, tried to love once. Diligent, loving, attentive, and giving, he is not. Obsessive. Compulsive. Self-sabotage. That sounds more like it. And why not? Jules Delaney, the one girl he ever tried to love, is gone and her absence continues to ruin his life in and out of the band.


Emily McDonald got the word “nice” when she was twelve. Nice. Nice. Nice. She is a nice woman. Because she is so nice – her husband likes to cheat, her friends like to take advantage of her, and her self-esteem is dead. Late one night, Johnny and Emily find themselves sleeping only a few feet away from one another – an awkward situation that can’t be rectified. Until… They begin to share their experiences from childhood into adulthood. They experience unexplained events together. Ultimately, they rock the LSP tour bus, where they find a different kind of love in one another. When the tragedy strikes, they must ignore their instinct, expectations, and other people’s judgment to fight for one another. Were they artificial or did they fall into the genuine kind of love?








One Missing Link:
Book Description:
Sophia Martin moves to a Cibolo, Texas with her family as her father is a pilot in the Air Force. She is a military brat and used to the life. When she starts Colby HS, there is big news that two girls have gone missing. People are fascinated by how much she looks like them. Sophia meets Damon Oliver, also a senior, who dotes on her until she falls for him. That’s when she becomes part of the search for the missing girls. She is the link to bring them home. Or perhaps the next victim? She hurries to find her future abductor before he finds her.

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Following the Sun:

Book Description:

Nate Wilson lives his life with pride and heart. When his pops hands down the family bowling alley in Framingham, Massachusetts, he doesn’t think twice about making it his own. Nate is a guy’s guy. He is true to his old friends, his family, his dates, and his business.


Sunny, a vivacious and mysterious woman frequents the alley all of a sudden. Somehow she catches Nate’s attention and holds it. Nate becomes slightly obsessed with who she is and why she loves the bowling alley.He is not one to be easily distracted by a woman to the point of letting his priorities fall the wayside.


However, after he follows his instinct, Nate finds himself entranced, enthralled, and in the worst predicament of his steady life.

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Move (The Action Series, Book 1):

The Twins are excited to present- move, the first is the action series. A BONUS CHAPTER FROM KNEEL IS INCLUDED!!!


Lacy Knox, a marketing guru from Phoenix, has accepted a position at a high esteemed marketing firm in Chicago. Even though she has to leave her boyfriend and girlfriend, she is excited for her future in the bustling city.


An expected time period between jobs prompts her to explore the United States. Equipped with her GPS, playlist, and smile, she sets off for a month of freedom. One month. That is all she’s got.


Meet Thatcher Moore, the owner of a family gas service station. Thatcher is a “catch” in his small town of a little over a thousand people. He wants to drop not only his life, his dignity, but his overalls so he can be what Lacy needs.


Their immediate sexual attraction gets in the way of Lacy’s plans. As they explore each other, Lacy realizes she might be in it with Thatcher for more than just lust


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Kneel (The Action Series Book 2):
This is for mature audiences only 18 plus only please due to sexual scenes. This is book two in a series and is not a standalone.


Lacy Knox is settled in the windy city and loving her new apartment and her new job. She isn’t loving that her fiance, Thatcher Moore, has gone MIA from her life.

She decides one night to move on without him and finds herself in a group that tend to her every need.

All is well until Thatcher comes back to reclaim her love but not without revealing a long and twisted secret that has been haunting him for years.

Can Lacy trust Thatcher? Can she go back to what they were in “move”? It is not likely but the places they could go are infinite.

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Interview with Author Carrie Anne Vaught

Good morning ladies and gentleman. I am honored to present a children’s author, talented Carrie AnneVaught. Carrie who has recently released her first children’s book titled Twin Mischief, has agreed to share with us her insight into the writing and publishing world.

Carrie loves writing new adventures and escaping into her own many worlds. When she isn’t writing, Carrie enjoys spending time with her prince and princesses, being a housewife and reading during her quiet time.

Ica: That is lovely, Carrie. When and why did you begin writing and what does your writing process look like? What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?


Carrie: I started writing poetry as a teenager. I was bullied growing up, and it was my way of expressing my emotions without hurting someone else.

My writing process is a mess. I have all different names written down, but no outlines because I talk my story through. All finished work goes in a folder, but as for everything else, it’s right next to me all over the floor.

My least favorite part of the publishing/writing process is editing. For everything to be just right, and still convey the message I want, takes time.

Ica: Is Twin Mischief your first book? What inspired you to write it?


Carrie: Yes, this is my first book.

My children. When they were really little, the begged me to read a book to them, but I was so tired, that I didn’t feel like reading. I didn’t feel like turning the light in their room back on, so I held them, and made up the story right there. After that they begged me to write it down, then publish it.


Ica: How did you come up with the title?


Carrie: While my girls aren’t twins, the princesses in the story are, so Twin Mischief seemed perfect. Plus children that age tend to get into a lot of mischief.


Ica: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?


Carrie: That no matter the form of the friend, whether they be two legged or four legged and furry, they are a friend.

Obey your parents, because sometimes they do want to protect you.


Ica: What are you working on now? What is your next project?


Carrie: I’m currently working on a second Twin Mischief as well as a Young Adult novel.


Ica: How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Carrie: It depends on the book. In my Twin Mischief book, I used my own children’s names. It seemed appropriate since the story was for them to begin with. My YA novel, some of the names have meaning, and some just because they sound pretty.

I use baby name websites to help me find names.


Ica: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?


Carrie: I actually do read my reviews. I don’t respond to them.

For the bad reviews, I just take it as a way that can help me be a better writer. I remember, not everyone is going to like what I like. Everyone is different. So everyone has different points of view.


Ica: What is your best marketing tip?


Carrie: I’m still trying to learn that one as well.


Ica: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?


Carrie: Zombies. They freak me out.


Ica: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?


Carrie: There are a couple. Death is one of them. I have a really hard time dealing with death as it is, so writing about it is really hard.

Also, racy. I’ve never been comfortable describing anything to do with my physical love life, so I think that writing about it in a book would be just as difficult.


Ica: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?


Carrie: Self-discipline. Just the sitting down and writing for me is challenging.


Ica: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?


Carrie: Robert McCammon. His writing is so smooth and beautiful. You can really see his worlds through his words.


Ica: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just write. If you have a story in you, just write. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world to write. I don’t have a high school diploma, and I’m a published author. All the hard stuff is what editors are for.


Ica: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?


Carrie: Thank you so much for taking a peek inside my world, and enjoying it as much as I do. Thank you.


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Interview with author Gisell DeJesus.

Ladies and gents, welcome to Ica’s world.


I’m pleased to introduce my guest of the week, talented author Gisell DeJesus.

Gisell resides in Pencil-Vania where she was born and raised. She has worked as a hairstylist since 1999, but her passion for makeup, beauty products, wine and especially reading books drove her into the world of writing.


Ica: Tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer.


Gisell: Writing is hard for me and Spanish is my first language. I give it all I got in anything I do I in life.  I work really hard into making my dreams come true and I like to help people where I can.


Ica: That is so wonderful. We need more people like you in the world. Gisell, what are three life memories you recall most frequently? Why?


Gisell: Years of speech therapy when I was a kid because I was born without a cleft palate.  My other two memories was the births of my two amazing daughters. I love them with all my heart!


 Ica: You are a romance author. When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?


Gisell: I always wanted to write a novel. A romantic one. I never took time to start. I was a single, young mother so my time was limited. One day last year I said to myself, you know what I think it is time. It took me a whole month to start but I finally sat with a paper and pencil.


Ica: We’re all dying to hear about your book. Tell us about it.


Gisell: It is called Conflict Of Interest and it is with an alpha male. He is controlling but in a good way and you might want to kick his butt but you will love him at the end.


Ica: Is there any other work in progress we should know about?


Gisell: I currently finish book 2 for Conflict Of Interest and hopefully will be up in amazon by the 15th of May 2015. I also started another book idea. The tittle will be Shiraz hopefully sometime in the summer will be in amazon.

 Ica: I love the cover, and you’re a busy girl. That’s great. Now, tell me which one of your characters did you have the most fun creating? Why? Is there anything you would change about him/her now?

Gisell: I love Evan. I think he is perfect. Hot, successful and dominant. Can’t get any perfect than that.


 Ica: What’s the one habit you are guilty of doing too often while writing?


Gisell: I write long sentences. I forget the period and I have to come back and re-read again before continuing to the next paragraph.


Ica: Most likely every writer experiences a writer’s block. Have you ever had one? How did you handle it?


Gisell: I hear music and watch lots of movies. I have to stay inspired. I also read many books.


 Ica: Sometimes writers, and I hear this daily, hit a patch where they think they’re not good enough; they are not cut for this, etc. Have you ever experienced this? What were the things you told yourself that kept you going?


Gisell: I do. All the time. Like I said my first language was Spanish so I write sentences backwards. You can’t make everyone happy so that’s how I overcome that emotion.


 Ica: I can definitely relate to that. English is my second language. As we all know being an author nowadays does not stop at writing a stunner manuscript. If a new writer walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?


Gisell: Just write, write, write. Whatever is in your head. We will come back later and proof read. Just write.


 Ica:  What is/are your favorite book(s)/author(s)? Had (s)he/they inspired your own writing? How?


Gisell: I love fifty shades and EL James writing. It was an easy read and well put together. I love dark duet by CJ Roberts I would love to write as dark one day.


Ica: Considering the last three to five years, what do you think will be the next big change in publishing?


Gisell: I am really new to this writer’s world but I think there will be more and more indies without needing publishes. Authors are working hard without the help of them.


Ica: Anything else you would like to add?


Gisell: There are many good books out there from writers and they get discouraged because maybe they cannot afford a good editor. So they have to work with what they have. So for us readers, there’s no need to kill these people with horrible reviews about the editing issues. Try to bypass that and give the book a chance. Maybe it will be an awesome story.  I loved writing my story and I hope you like it too.


Ica: It was so wonderful to chat with you, Gisell. Thank you for being here, and good luck with your books.


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Gisell DeJesus author of Conflict Of Interest

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