We have so many amazing and talented authors here at Instafreebie, and we’re really excited to introduce them to you. Instafreebie’s Author Spotlight gives readers the chance to meet some new authors and see it first before anyone else!
Joynell Schultz – Speculative Fiction Author
Exclusive Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales by Joynell Schultz
- What inspired you to write “Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales”?
I’ve always loved speculative fiction. When the urge hit me to write stories, these three fantasy tales were some of the first ones to come to me. From fairies, to werewolves, to magic, each of these stories have common themes: relationships and duty. Now that I’ve written quite a few more stories, I realized that family relationships play a big part in everything I write.
2. Is there an interesting fact about a character from “Quick Escape: FantasyTales” that readers might not know or notice when reading the book?
In this collection, the story “Bitten” is actually a short story that is a prequel to the unwritten second book in the “Blood & Holy Water” series, but the reader would never know, since the characters have not been introduced yet. I plan to write the sequel, “Feathers & Fur,” sometime this fall/winter.
3. How many hours a day do you write?
What a great question! Right now, I’m trying to find a balance. In early summer, an accident involving my father and a falling tree had me changing my life. I went from being a veterinary pharmacist to taking over my parent’s zoo. I’m finding my rhythm again, and once the kids are back in school, I hope to get back to my normal writing routine. When I write a novel, I spend about one hour per day on actual writing and probably two hours per day on editing. When the novel’s finished, I still spend two hours per day or more editing unfinished projects.
4. Why should I read “Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales”?
Though “Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales” is a collection of three stories in different fantasy worlds, I hope you relate to some of the characters. In “Bitten,” a mother is faced with a tough choice when her son is bit by a werewolf. “The Fairy Flu” is just a fun, quick read about a sick fairy who has to get out of bed to face her duty, and “The Enchanted Apothecary” is the first short story I wrote since committing to writing. It’s about a grieving shopkeeper who is visited by a strange man.
5. Why are you letting us read “Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales” for free?
I’ve always said that all I want is for people to read my stories and enjoy them. Once I published my first novel, I realized what a challenge it is for readers to find me in the endless sea of books on Amazon. By giving away a taste of my writing, I’m hoping readers find my stories.
Mimi Barbour – Romance Author
- What inspired you to write “My Cheeky Angel”?
This is a book that had to be written. Let me explain. I’d started out writing time-travel / spirit-travel stories (The Vicarage Bench Series) where, because of a magic rose bush, one person would sink into a coma while their spirit invaded the body of another. Forced to co-exist, these poor souls had many conflicts to overcome – the main one of course – becoming separated. I loved writing these tales. They were humorous, full of adventure and very, very romantic. My most favorite book to date was one in this series called Together for Christmas – Book #6
Soon, I knew I wanted to start a similar new series. I schemed and plotted but nothing came to mind. Then one day, it dawned on me that I was kinda talking to myself – okay – arguing to myself about what would make a good plot for a paranormal. That’s when My Cheeky Angel began to take shape. I decided to write about a girl who talked to herself. Right? Except, when I brought up the concept to others, they thought it was mad. I’d have a heroine with a mental disorder and that just isn’t romantic. So… she needed someone to talk to. Who better, than an angel with attitude?
2. What inspired you create Annie Hynes from “My Cheeky Angel”?
Annie Hynes is the heroine and one that totally captivated me. First of all, I love the name Annie because it’s a family name, and the real Annie is complex, yet a sweetie – just like my character. I needed to depict this girl with low self-esteem but huge potential, an educated woman who hadn’t begun to apply her outstanding abilities. Given the opportunity, she took off – from being a tomboy to a business woman, from working in a day care to becoming a rising star in a multi-million dollar corporation, from a semi-happy person to a flourishing career woman – yet miserable in her success. The man in her life, burned by a hustler in a bad relationship, now shies away from romance. Keeping Annie as his pal, the creature he most liked to spend time with, Troy was shattered when she changed. Yet he knew he couldn’t stand in her way. Neither could the abused teen, who relied on Annie for help during the worst times of her life… until Annie became too busy. Circumstances happen that force Annie to make the choice between the people she most loves and a flourishing career.
3. How many hours a day do you write?
Too many! Or so that’s what my conscience tells me when I realized I’ve left my husband alone most of the day and it’s now 7:30 in the evening. It’s not the writing wherein lies the problem. It’s the whole business of being an Indie author. When I’m creating a book, I shut myself off and write in the mornings. I find that’s the best time to get my words written for that day. It’s always a huge relief when I can save my document, and then go and check the new total, and I’ve racked up another 2,000 – 3,000. Those are the good days. I’ve had some where it’s twice as many but I’m destroyed after that amount of writing time. Just a secret – if I’m writing a lot of dialogue, the words pile up a lot quicker. I think it’s because I like to chatter. Nah! Well… maybe. Like the rest of my colleagues, I spend a huge amount of my day in promotions. At first, I begrudged those wasted hours, but I’ll admit that now I quite enjoy the challenge. Trust me, there’s nothing like dealing with social media to make a person happy to be living a quiet life.
4. What motivated you to become an Indie author?
That’s an easy question to answer. I totally hate following orders and rules and all that maddening stuff I had to deal with as a working woman for years. Being in control, making my own choices for book covers or when a book should be published became very important to me. So… after writing 6 books for Wild Rose Press, I decided I’d gathered enough knowledge to manage my own business. Like most entrepreneurs, I had my rough times, screwed up a lot, learned from most of the mistakes and got smarter. To be honest, I’m still learning, screwing up and getting smarter but that’s okay because they’re my books and my screw-ups.
5. Why are you letting us read “My Cheeky Angel” for free?
I love these questions!!
I’m not actually letting you read the book; I’m thrilled you’d want to. I’m ecstatic when people choose my books and enjoy the entertainment I’m providing. My Cheeky Angel and other free books (you’ll find on my website) are gifts to the readers. A way of sharing and saying, here, read and enjoy it so much, you’ll want to read more Mimi Barbour’s books.
Once of the most difficult problems I’ve encountered as an author is finding those wonderful readers. You’re out there. I know you are!! Like most of my peers, I’m absolutely certain that if a person read just one of my books, they’ll love it and search for more and more and… LOL! Okay – maybe not. But, Cheeky is the first book of the Angels with Attitudes Series. It’s entertaining and romantic. Those who love the romance genre will be amused.
I love my characters, and my goal is to make the readers love them also. To care about what happens to them while the tale unfolds. If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a fictional world, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.