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Author Interviews

Author Spotlight Interview: Alexa Padgett

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on April 13, 2021

Today’s interview is with USA Today Bestselling Author Alexa Padgett. She writes contemporary romance, mystery and fantasy and her books have garnered accolades from prestigious organizations, including Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Publishers Weekly. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know more about her writing style, life outside of writing and upcoming projects! HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? AP: I write deep stories about real people. Some of my books are angsty, some are emotional, all are about family, acceptance, and growth. I love all the feels. HG: Fantastic! What feeling do you want to leave people with when they finish one of your novels? AP: I want people to feel emotionally complete. We’ve all experienced setbacks, heartbreak, grief, frustration, anger…. I read so that I have a safe place to feel those emotions but also because I… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Beth Carter

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 30, 2021

Today’s interview feature is with Hidden Gems reader favorite, Beth Carter. Beth is a multi-award-winning author of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic comedy and children’s picture books. It was an honor to chat with her about her path to writing, the advice she has for aspiring authors and to learn more about her life outside of writing. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? BC: For many years, I worked in corporate America (in education, banking, and healthcare) and was a single mom. At age fifty, I shed my suits and heels and decided to pen my first novel. I had taken many creative writing classes in college, but was at a loss as to how to begin the publishing journey. I joined three local writers’ groups, took a six-week course, “How to Write Your First Novel,” at a community college, attended… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Kait Nolan

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 16, 2021

Today’s author interview is with RITA Award-winning romance author Kait Nolan. Kait’s small-town contemporary romance novels are bingeworthy and always devoured by her adoring readers. We were honored to have the opportunity to interview Kait and to learn more about her writing process and what her path to becoming an author looked like.   HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? KN: I write sassy, small-town, oh-so-Southern stories with strong women, lots of heart, occasional tears, and plenty of feel good along the way. HG: Lovely! Tell us about your path to becoming an author. Was it always your dream job? KN: I mean, after I decided against astronaut and found out I have zero skill as an artist (my art teacher once kindly said that my style was reminiscent of Picasso rather than telling eight-year-old me that my sense of perspective… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Stephen B. King

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on March 2, 2021

Today’s spotlight interview is with thriller author Stephen B. King. We were honored to have the opportunity to discuss his writing with him. Stephen often writes about the dark world of serial killers and it was absolutely fascinating to hear more about his writing process and inspiration. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? SK: As an author I write character driven stories. For me, that’s the whole point, and the aspect I work hardest on. If I can get you, the reader, to invest in my character, feel for them, even worry for them; then hold on to my hand tightly – we’re going on a roller-coaster ride. You may not like some of my characters, some you may even detest – especially the serial killers I sometimes write about, or Dave, the protagonist in Domin8, but I will always show… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Joanna Evans

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on February 16, 2021

Today’s author interview is with Joanna Evans. Joanna’s debut novel is a thriller rooted in science and has been named one of the “Best New Thriller Books to Read in 2021” by Book Authority. We were honored to have the opportunity to interview Joanna and to learn more about her writing process and what inspires her. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet?    JE: I’d describe myself as someone who never thought they’d be doing anything other than psychotherapy for the rest of their life. I had achieved my dream job then, suddenly, I couldn’t see myself as “only” a therapist. I knew I had something else in store. I’d describe my writing, or at least how I hope my writing conveys, as an attention-grabbing style that holds your interest and keeps you wanting to turn the page.  HG: That’s great. When… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Lane Stone

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on February 2, 2021

Today’s spotlight author interview is with Lane Stone. Lane writes cozy mysteries and is currently working on a new trilogy of art thrillers. Her books are wildly popular with book clubs, and she considers her books to be “Fun Reads for Boomer Women.” It was so lovely to hear from her about her interests outside of writing, the fun places she’s gotten inspiration from and the projects she’s been part of. HG: Lane, how would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet?  LS: My motto is work hard/ play hard.  Covid has made the play part of the equation scarce but I still keep close to my friends with phone calls, texts and zooms.  I’m grateful to have my dream job, and I hope my readers can tell I’m having a good time with these characters and want them to also. HG: Thank goodness for… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Bradley Charbonneau

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on January 19, 2021

Today’s author interview is with Bradley Charbonneau. While Bradley writes both fiction and non-fiction, we’re going to dive deep into his non-fiction Repossible series. Bradley’s motivational books regularly rank in the top 10 on Amazon’s Self-Help, Creativity and Health and Spirituality charts. He has a knack for inspiring people to take action and we are absolutely honored to have had the opportunity to chat with him about his passion, life outside of writing, and future projects. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? BC: A light-hearted, “been there, done that” perspective on some of the big issues we face in life and how to face them—and win—with a laugh. HG: I love that! We could all use a light-hearted perspective. Tell us a little bit about your Repossible series and what inspired you to launch it? BC: It’s a “Roadmap to Repossible.”… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: J.H. Croix

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on January 5, 2021

Today’s author spotlight, and the first one of 2021, is USA Today Bestselling Author JH Croix. JH is known and loved for her swoon-worthy contemporary romances. She releases several books each year and often works on collaborative projects, so her readers are always satisfied. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about her writing process, life outside of writing and future projects that are in the works. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? JH: I love people and places that inspire happily-ever-afters. I write swoon-worthy romance with smart, sassy heroines who challenges alpha heroes. Small town romance is totally my jam, and most of my stories take place in several fictional towns. HG: Love that! Where does the inspiration come from? JH: I’m intensely curious about what motivates people, and my stories are character driven. I’m inspired by… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Michelle Hazen

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 22, 2020

Today we’re talking to Michelle Hazen, whose latest book, Breathe the Sky, is one of the Amazon Editors’ Top Picks for Best Romance. It’s a real treat to have this opportunity to chat with Michelle about her books, inspiration and life outside of writing. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? MH: I’d say I write romance that feels real. Lots of heart and angst and humor and friendship all wrapped up together in every book, just like it is in life. HG: That’s fantastic. So you probably draw inspiration from all around you! Have you always known that you wanted to write romance? MH: What always draws me into a story, whether it’s on a tv show or in a book or movie, or in one of my own book ideas, is the love story. The love relationships, both romantic and… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: J.W. Webb

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 8, 2020

Today’s Author Spotlight Interview is with fantasy author J.W. Webb. J.W is an epic storyteller and his next release The Giants’ Dance is due out on December 17th. We are ecstatic to have had the opportunity to chat with him about his books, inspiration and life outside of writing.   HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? JW: I’m a storyteller who learned to write. That took time – I drove big rigs for years.  But as the decades rolled by the stories echoed louder in my head. I love the fantasy genre. The joyous release magical tales award the reader, helping them escape the norm – especially in a year like this one. New realms, magic, heroism – how anything can happen. As a child I was found loitering by the lamppost in CS Lewis’s Narnia, or else hanging out with… Read More >