Author Interviews

Author Spotlight Interview: Karina McRoberts

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 22, 2022

Today’s interview is with Australian author, illustrator, musician, and theatre producer Karina McRoberts. She shared her writing process, passions and details about projects that are in the works. It was an honor getting to know more about Karina’s writing style, and life outside of writing! HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? KM: If you want different, try me. Example: “Dargo, Eco Hero! by Karina McRoberts is by far one of the most unique books I have ever read” (editorial review from Readers’ Favorite). I’m eclectic and write in several genres. I mainly write what I call Intelligent Fiction.  Stories that entertain, of course, but also give pause for thought   ̶   on a whole bunch of fascinating topics! I want to involve readers in some magic, not just “talk at them”.  We need magic!  It’s a constant challenge to create words that… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Beth Barany

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 8, 2022

Today’s interview is with award-winning author Beth Barany. We learned more about her journey to publication, how she switches between genres and her interests outside of writing. It was an honor getting to know a talented writer like Beth. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? BB: I write popular fiction in science fiction and fantasy, with adventure, mystery, and romance. HG: You also write non-fiction, is that correct?  Which did you publish first? BB: I published in non-fiction first, my e-book Overcome Writer’s Block. I used these tips and techniques to be the prolific writer I am today. More about the book: From a writing teacher who has taught hundreds of students in writing classes in-person and online! Do you have writers block? Do you wish you could get writing now? Are you looking for writing prompts and story ideas to… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Jacky Gray

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 25, 2022

Today’s interview is with prolific multi-genre author Jacky Gray. We learned a lot about her writing style, things that interest her and the obstacles she has faced in her publication journey. It was lovely getting to know more about Jacky’s novels, and life outside of writing! HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? JAG: I write the kind of stories I enjoy reading, so they’re completely character-led with bags of (very British) humour, adventure and a dirty great dollop of romance. My prose takes few prisoners, assuming the reader is fully invested and paying attention. I always imagine my readers are way more intelligent than me and don’t like to be spoon-fed lots of unnecessary detail. Lee Child and Stephen King are my role models in this – every word has to earn its place on the page. HG: Excellent. You write… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Jo de-Lancey

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 11, 2022

Today’s interview is with debut fantasy author Jo de-Lancey. She shared with us her journey to publication and the challenges she has overcome. It was a pleasure getting to know more about Jo’s writing style, and life outside of writing! HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? JD: I write swashbuckling fantasy, littered with morally grey characters. With my books, I want to take my readers on an adventure to new and different lands, surrounded by characters they love (or hate) and feel for. I have strong female characters who don’t conform to the usual tropes, as well as male characters who I’m not afraid to show as kind and sensitive. I’m very character-driven and I have run the Myers-Briggs test on my main characters. My writing style is bold, vivid and sensory. Readers will be able to smell, touch and hear… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Nalini Warriar

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 27, 2022

Today’s interview is with award winning author Nalini Warriar. Nalini writes steamy interracial and cross-cultural contemporary romances.  It was our honor getting to know more about her publication journey, writing style, and life outside of writing! HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? NW: I’m an extrovert with hidden depths I only reveal to those very close to me and so I come off as this la-di-da person who’s always laughing and having fun. This fits very well with my persona as a writer. I slip into my characters with obsessive and relative ease. I open up easily and everyone is good until they are proven wrong. And if they are, boy am I pissed. I speak five languages and have travelled quite a bit, an aspect often reflected in my writing as I love to weave stories about diverse people. HG:… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Teresa Roman

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 13, 2022

Today’s interview is with contemporary and paranormal romance author Teresa Roman. Teresa writes both YA and adult fiction.  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? TR: I am an introvert and shy in social situations, especially when I’m around people I don’t know well. I think that’s why reading and writing appeal to me so much. I love a good romance, but I am not necessarily drawn to the typical romance novel, though I do enjoy some of them. For example, I loved the Hunger Games series, not only because the story was so captivating, but also because of the romantic subplot. I like to write heroes who are generally good guys. They don’t have to be perfect, but they’ll never… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Gabrielle Dahms

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 30, 2022

Today’s interview is with author and real estate professional Gabrielle Dahms. Gabrielle’s passion and extensive expertise about real estate comes through in her writing meant to inspire and provide tips and insight for novices and veteran investors alike. We were honored to chat with her about her background, publication journey and inspirations. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with you and your writing yet? GD: I love life and people. Laughter, good food and travel connect them both. I also love to solve problems and to learn. My long real estate career led me to share what I learned in the last two decades in book form. Interestingly, my Masters in History sharpened my research and writing skills. HG: What inspired you to write your first book? GD: The inspiration for my first book came from the desire to apply my real estate knowledge and… Read More >

5 Female Authors Who Write Love Stories for Everyone

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 16, 2022

Each month we have the opportunity to interview the writers that bring incredible stories to your eReaders. From debut authors to seasoned pros, we’ve enjoyed getting to know these folks and learning about their inspiration and lives outside of writing. Today we’re bringing you a round-up of five recent interviews with female authors dedicated to writing love stories for everyone, just in case you missed them the first time around. Through the Hidden Gems ARC program, we’ve introduced readers to books in over 15 genres from authors of all walks of life, starting out or well seasoned. It’s an honor connecting our ARC readers with new-to-them authors, or old favorites. It’s no secret that romance is the most popular genre within our program. Romance readers are voracious, and they know what they want! Whether it be contemporary, historical, young adult, paranormal or suspense, readers enjoy a love story with the… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: A.L. Hawke

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 2, 2022

Today’s interview is with internationally bestselling author of fantasy and romance, A.L. Hawke. Hawke shared with us their writing process, publication journey and so much more. It was an honor to hear about Hawke’s current and upcoming projects. HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? ALH: I write fantasy and romance. My characters are witches, goddesses, nymphs, ghosts, and genius geneticists. My main themes involve friendship and love, culture versus ferality, sanity, and mortality. HG: What inspires your stories and why is that important to you? ALH: Life experiences, of course. I enjoyed writing my witch series because it was a way to relive my college years (sans the magic). Other books, like my epic myth series, were pure escapist fantasy. Music inspired that. I’m influenced by many contemporary novelists: the skill of Stephanie Meyer and Stephen King; the daring of Bret… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Golden Angel

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on July 19, 2022

Today’s interview is with USA Today Bestselling author Golden Angel. She’s a prolific writer with a devoted fanbase.  It was so much fun getting to learn more about her writing style, publishing journey, life outside of writing and upcoming projects! HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet? GA: Basically, if you love contemporary romance or historical romance with big friend and family groups, but wish they had more spanking… I’m your girl. I like to play with the story tropes and plots that I read so often and then add kink. HG: Awesome, thank you. Tell us why you enjoy writing romance. GA: For me, it’s the guaranteed happily-ever-after. Books have always been about escape for me, and I want to escape to a place that is ultimately safe, no matter what dangers have to be faced before the ending. Regardless of… Read More >