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Interview With Paranormal Romance Author Olivia Leighton

 What is your book’s genre or category?

The genre is paranormal romance

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

Amy is a riding instructor and hasn’t had a date in a while, not since her ex left her for scrawny stripper. When her horse nearly runs over a handsome billionaire, her life takes a dark and dramatic turn, a turn filled with wolf-shifters and danger at every corner.

Tell us the story behind story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

Well, I have always liked paranormal romances, but always found it a bit strange that the FMC would be so accepting of her boyfriend/lover suddenly revealing that he’s a vampire and or shifter. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would certainly freak out! Because of that, I wanted to write a story that would seem actual… something that could really happen.

Writing Unbroken started as a series, and when I was done with the parts, I compiled them into the novel. It took me about a month and a half for everything to be written and edited before I published.

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Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

Of course! Amy is stubborn and Trevor likes to be in control – both are characteristics that I have. 🙂

Do you have more books planned?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I’m working on a series now (of which the first one should be published when this interview is posted), called “Look But Don’t Touch”. This will be a different sort of paranormal romance. While it will feature an average woman and your typical hot billionaire, the MMC won’t be a shifter or a vampire… but a normal human. The paranormal comes in the fact that the billionaire cannot touch anyone skin to skin… for a reason for readers to discover.

Do you have a favorite book that inspires you?

Inspires me… wow. I have shelves full of books and I love them all. To pick one would leave me feeling guilty about not picking the others. Any book that can stir my imagination so much that I feel like I’ve been on a trip while sitting in my chair… that’s my inspiration.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to write but didn’t take the plunge until the fall of 2013. I had a story in my mind that just wouldn’t leave me alone until I got it down. I read articles from authors saying how their characters were like voices in their heads, begging to be heard… and I never would have believed it if it didn’t happen to me too! You end up writing to get them to shut up.

How do you find the time to write?

You find time for anything you enjoy doing… and writing is what I enjoy. It gives me an exciting sense of power. That might sound funny, but really… I dream up characters and can make anything I want happen to them… anything at all. Powerful, right? Albeit a false sense of power, but still. 🙂

How can readers find you online?

They can find me on Facebook at and at, where I make blog posts. Oh, also they can sign up for my publishing updates newsletter at

Excerpt from Unbroken

Trevor laughed. “Not the movies, I meant, just more about the archetypes, we’ll call it.”
I absently looked around the theatre as I considered his question. “I never thought about it much. After all, they’re not real. It’s like thinking about unicorns or Santa Claus.”
“I guess it could be.”
“But if I think about it, I would imagine their lives must be pretty sad.”
“How so?”
“Well, take a werewolf, right? It’s like you have the extra strength and speed… and you can do things no human, or wolf for that matter, can do. Still, you don’t really belong anywhere. It’s like you’re part of two groups but don’t really fit in either. It’s almost too cruelly ironic to be believed.”
He smiled then, genuinely beamed, and it felt as if I’d answered the top question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire correctly. Weird. Not what I expected in a conversation with an oil tycoon.
“I think that’s a fair summation. So you don’t find them scary?”
“That’s a hard question. If they were real, it would be difficult to know fact from fantasy unless confronted by one, but I certainly wouldn’t want to end up a wolfie snack.”
“No, one wouldn’t want that,” he said, kissing my temple, sending butterflies soaring through my stomach.
I had to pause a moment to gather my thoughts. “I still think wolves get the better deal than vampires.”
“Do you?”
“Well if you compare wolves to vampires… wolves at least are still alive. Vampires? They don’t die, at least unless someone stakes them or sets them on fire. Can you imagine how hard that would be? Being immortal? Never changing, probably having to restart your identity every couple decades because you’re not aging. Then, of course, unless Twilight’s right, you can’t ever be in sunlight again. Forever in darkness. It just sounds unbearable.”
He stiffened then and sighed. As content as he was with my previous answer, now he seemed completely deflated by my second. “Yes, but wolves you’re still alright with?”
“I suppose.” I laughed. “I never figured you for a paranormal creature geek.”
He said nothing for a moment and laughed. “Yeah, I suppose I am.”
“I think it’s cute. Behind all of…,” I motioned to his body, “this, there’s a nerd dying to get out.”
“You got me,” Trevor nodded with a smile. His unreal blue eyes studied me for a moment, but I couldn’t read his expression. Hunger maybe? I could only blink at him and smile. Suddenly, he pulled me to him and kissed me. His lips were soft and silky. Emboldened by his advances, I opened my mouth and invited his tongue. Time seemed to stop, and there was nothing on earth but the two of us. Our tongues entwined and explored each other… at a slow, leisurely pace. He reached across to cup the nape of my neck, threading his fingers delicately through my hair. I shuddered and broke away.

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Interview With Fantasy Author Matt Menter

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 11.44.37 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?

The genre is medieval fantasy. I’ve always loved creating imaginary worlds and for a long time, I wanted to create a story of knights and magic. I wanted it to be a story full of castles, monsters, witches, wizards, and barbarians. It’s also a story of two gay characters fighting for love, so it falls into the LGBT category. I liked the idea of combining these two genres and seeing how that might play out.

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

GOD OF WINTER tells the story of King Taran, who tells stories of his reign through letters to the lover he is forbidden to be with. As the years press on, as war and bloodshed continue to find their way to his doors, he must decide where his allegiance lies; to the one he loves, or to the kingdom that needs him.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

This book began as just letters with a first-person voice. I liked this idea of an old king, speaking to the man he loves from high atop his castle. I returned to the story here and there. Sometimes, it would appear in the form of blog posts. Over time, if I was going through something, I would write these posts in the voice of the character. After awhile, I started to see that I had a number of these letters, and they were really beginning to say something interesting. By then, I thought it would be great to turn this into a more cohesive, streamlined novel. Soon, it was just a lot of finessing, cleaning up moments, adding in new characters, and building out different sections that were originally left unexplained. All this took about eight months.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

King Taran is our main character. We start with him, in his youth, during the early days of leading the kingdom. Then, we gradually move to the times in his life where he has seen too many wars and too many seasons. This evolution through the years is what defines who he is. He is brash, egotistical. He is tortured by a heavy heart. He struggles with how to live his life. He is a man of two faces. Does he give up his kingdom and give in to love? Or does he stay and rule? He is always pulled in two different directions. He is an honest king. A good king. He leads armies into battle, and yet, he cannot face himself in the mirror. He is constantly in turmoil over what to do with the life he has been handed. Most of all, love is what he wants. He wants to love the one he cannot be with, he wants love from the villagers who call him their king. He wants to be everything to everybody. Yet he knows this isn’t possible, and it rips him apart.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

What the main character goes through, the questions he asks himself, is very much similar to me. Much of what he talks about was directly influenced by experiences I was having in my own life. He questions, he wonders, he overthinks. He always second guesses whether someone’s love is true. He has grand opinions on love and what it does to us. I am very much like this. I question love, and yet, it matters to me. I was going through a difficult time as I was writing this, so many of the questions King Taran asks are the same ones that I was asking.

If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?

I think King Taran could be played by Russell Crowe or Ian McKellen. Both bring a gravitas, a sense of loss and longing, to the character. They have a way of saying so much with their eyes alone. I love that.

Do you have a favorite book or art that inspires you?

I am always fascinated by westerns. I love the imagery of open landscapes, lonely souls, broken hearts, and things left unsaid. Westerns always leave just enough room to make you see things you never saw before. I think the best art leaves things to the imagination. I don’t like art that connects all the dots for you. When I’m writing, I’m more inspired by the themes and feelings that come up in the work. In this case, it was this sense of longing, abandonment, being pulled in two directions. I started with this image of a king alone in his tower, writing letters by candlelight. From there, I asked myself, “Ok. How did he get here? Who is he talking to? What is going on in the kingdom below him? What happens next?”

When did you decide to become a writer?

Writing has always been a part of my life. It’s the one pursuit that has found me again and again. I would always burn through journals, getting as many ideas down on as I could. I first started out by writing plays. I spent my teens and 20s in the theater. This is how I learned about character, and motivation, and setting a scene. After theater, I began to dabble in screenplays. This was just another way to build a world. One day, about a year or two ago, I started to try and write novels, taking into account all I learned from film and theater.

How do you find the time to write?

The only way I make sure to write often enough is to stay on a strict writing timeline. If I am at work on a novel or a screenplay, every evening is spent writing. I come home from work, and get right to my desk to begin putting pages together. If I miss a day, I do more the next day to make up for what I missed. I know that if I want this finished, I have to carve out the necessary amount of time. When it’s a movie, I force myself to get 10-12 pages a night. When it’s a novel, it’s 1000-1200 words a night. This is wishful thinking, but I do my best!

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am in the early stages of a new novel. I’m also working on the beginnings of a business that is dedicated to telling LGBTQ stories for the world. The first project for this company would be a feature film.

How can readers find you online?

They can find me on my site:


On Twitter: @GlitterCorps

Excerpt from God Of Winter

Love was once a simple thing. And we were outlaws in it. We rode against the wind. When storms would face us, we would bat them away. I remember holding you, and knowing there was good left in the world. But holding you meant we were breaking the law. I had always been one to play by the rules. But with you, I didn’t want to. Love with you meant being reckless. Love with you was standing at the edge of the sea, the waves hitting at my garments. One slip off the rocks, and I would be no more. We were disobeyers, leaving the normal behind. We ran. We ran from hate, from fear, from the lies the world told us. We ran as fast as our legs could carry. That’s what loving you meant to me. The great dare of my life.

Love can find its way into little corners of the world. Love

doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t say who can have it and who cannot. Love is in the kisses you share at midnight, the long embraces you never wish would end. Love takes time. And with time, love grows strong.

And other times, it fades. A simple truth, but a necessary one. Sometimes, the journey ends and the two lovers don’t find themselves on the same road. You venture off-course, you lose your way, you find a new horizon. Dark clouds take over the land of your mind and there is no escape.

I have always believed that every mistake in love is no mistake at all. For opening yourself to love is the greatest of all risks. You can fail, you can cry, and you can break. But know that even when love ruins you, it was still worth doing. What matters is that you loved someone. A heart that loves is a heart that has the purest blood running through it. A heart closed off to love is one anguished by fear.

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