Aliza Mann is a certified nerd with nothing but time on her hands since she’s an empty nester. Since her teen days reading romance, she’s always known she wanted to be an author. She delights in entertaining audiences with her romantic contemporary and paranormal tales.
Who are your favorite authors? My favorite authors are Beverly Jenkins, Alice Walker, JR Ward, Nikki Giovanni, and Sarah MacLean. I could name more but that would make me see like a book harlot.
Describe your perfect book hero or heroine. I love strong heroines who are able to pull their socks up when the unimaginable happens. For heroes, I like beta hybrids - beta in the streets and alpha in the sheets.
Best book to TV or movie adaptation? And worst? Okay.. my favorite adaptation from book to tv was probably True Blood (seasons 1 - 4). I loved seeing Eric Northman come to life on screen.
Who most inspired you to write? I believe it would have to be C. S. Lewis. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was my first book that I remember reading on my own and I immediately went to recreate the world with my dolls. I changed so much, it became my own story. I think the inspiration later came from remembering those days later in life. Then I read romance and I so desperately wanted to write those stories.
What motivates you as an author? I'm motivated by my desire to entertain people. One of the greatest things about telling stories is the ability to help others forget for a moment their current situation and slip into another world.
What genre do you write and why? I write contemporary and paranormal romance. My favorite is paranormal but I do have an affinity for contemporary.
What genre(s) would you like to try? I want to try historical but my voice needs a bit more work for that one.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I think that I really don’t love talking about my stories with others. Once I tell that story, it’s time for me to pop off to the next. If I tell it, it’s over for me.
Favorite quote. I posted this one from Elizabeth Taylor recently and it goes:
"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."
A.J. Norris has always been a daydreamer, making up stories inside her head as an escape from reality. One day, during a pre-mid-life crisis, she decided to share her fantasies with anyone willing to listen or in this case, read.
Who are your favorite authors? J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter
Describe your perfect book hero or heroine. My perfect hero would have to be someone who is nice without being a pushover, tall, muscular, ruggedly handsome, and tattoos are optional. I like betas. My perfect heroine would be a strong, independent woman who is not afraid to be the hero of her story with a soft spot for the man in her life.
Best book to TV or movie adaptation? And worst? The best would be the Sookie Stackhouse series/True Blood. Although the show didn't always follow the books closely, I think the creators captured the tone of the books and the characters well. The worst would be Fifty Shades, followed by The Vampire Diaries in a close second. Both the movie and the TV series failed IMHO to capture the tone and Mr. Grey came off too flat. He was much more interesting in the books. For TVD, the show had little to nothing to do with the books. The books were more mystical.
Who most inspired you to write? Well, I started writing because of J.R. Ward. I love her writing style.
What motivates you as an author? Characters that show up in my head that won't shut up until I write their stories.
What genre(s) do you write and why? I write PNR, contemporary, and romantic suspense. I have dabbled in dystopian. I write romance because I love a happy ending, and dystopian because it can be so different from romance.
What genre(s) would you like to try? More dystopian and science fiction with romantic elements.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I don't know if I'd say this is interesting but I prefer to write when it's quiet. I can write with background noise but then my focus tends to wander more.
Favorite quote. "The devil whispered in my ear, "You're not strong enough to withstand the storm." Today, I whispered in the devil's ear, "I am the storm." -Unknown
Sage Spelling is a fan-girl who might be a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to things she loves. She is not ashamed to admit that her first vampire crush was Edward Cullen. She is a Potter-head, Supernatural fanatic, BDB harlot, a Fashionista, and a big believer in love at first sight.
Who are your favorite authors? I have so many favorites authors! But I think these authors are on the top of the list because I’m always coming back to their worlds. JR Ward (Of course), JK Rowling, Karen Marie Moning, Kristan Higgins, and my newest favorite, Sarah Maas.
Describe your perfect book hero or heroine. I love my heroes brooding, but with a lot of layers. I like heroes that are dark, mysterious, and a little dangerous on the outside, but sweet as candy on the inside. I want heroes that stand up for the underdog and fight for what they believe is right, despite the cost. The best heroes are the ones that don’t even get the credit of their good deeds until the very end.
Best book to TV or movie adaptation? And worst?
Best TV Show ever is Supernatural, but that wasn’t the question, was it. LOL!
I loved Narnia’s Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe movie. I think it was the best movie adaptation to a book I’ve ever watched.
The worst book to movie adaptation was the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I will never forgive the directors for the shrunken heads on the Knight Bus.
Who most inspired you to write? JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series and Fan Fiction stories based on Snape and Hermione inspired me to write my first story. I was in awe of the stories that people had created on Fan Fiction and I was encouraged to write my own stories too.
What motivates you as an author? My motivation for writing comes from my love of fairytales and the happily ever after in stories. I love to create stories that inspire hope, passion, and the idea that just because we don’t live in a fairytale, doesn’t mean people can’t have a happily ever after.
What genre do you write and why? I write short and sexy stories with a lot of heart. The genres I’ve written in are New Adult, Magical Realism, and Erotic Romance. I tend to write heroines that are strong enough to find the light through the darkness of there past. I write these stories because they fill me up with courage and the hope that everyone can have a happy ending.
What genre(s) would you like to try? I would really like to try writing paranormal and/or urban fantasy stories.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I think my most interesting writing quirk is that my stories always blur the lines of genres. I love touches of magic even in my contemporary stories. I’m intrigued with the idea that there is magic surrounding us even when we don’t know about it or believe in it.
Favorite quote. “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get.” - Forest Gump