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Interview with Al Lamanda

Question 1. How did you decide upon this career?

I think, as it happens with many career minded people, the career picked me. Almost a calling, if you will. I was eleven or twelve and began to read seriously for the first time. It was as if an entire new world opened up to me. Jules Vern took me to faraway exotic places and Zane Grey transported me back in time to the old west and all this happened without having to leave my bedroom. It fueled my imagination and the desire to create my own stories that, hopefully, would touch people the same way. I’ve since interviewed doctors, police officers and even priests while conducting research and many if not all share similar experiences, that at a young age they simply felt a calling.

Question 2. What was the path you took to your current career?

It’s called the long and rocky road. Writing is an art form and like any other art form it takes years in time and experience to perfect. It’s not much different than say acting, painting, dancing or singing in that regard. After twenty years of grueling dedication to perfecting your craft, you’re suddenly an ‘overnight sensation.’ At an early age, I knew what I wanted to be, but I lacked the life experience to do it. I worked many different jobs as a young man and gained knowledge and experience from all of them. I was in the Marine Corps and that experience is something I still draw upon today. My path took a turn for the better when, after many years of gaining knowledge and experience in life, I was able to put feelings into words. If Hemingway had not driven an ambulance during World War One, would he have written A Farewell To Arms? If I had not failed and succeeded at many things, met many different types of people and lived in many places, I doubt I would be successful at what I do today.

Question 3. How do your values and ethics impact your current career?

Pretty much one hundred percent. My values and ethics are directly reflected in the stories that I write. I believe that good will always triumph over evil. It may take a while and some good guys may die along the way, but in the end evil will be vanquished. I place a high value on family and friends and this is also a big part in my stories. I lived the ‘No Man Is An Island’ rule and can tell you firsthand that without a strong support network of family, friends and coworkers, your career path will be much more difficult. My mystery and western novels directly reflect the values I believe in and I generally try to show the strength of the characters as they face adversity and hardship in their journeys. My characters usually have to come face-to-face with their own ethics and must decide what is right and what is wrong in their lives and this is something I have had to do many times in my own life. It’s all part of that ‘rocky road’ I mentioned earlier.

Question 4. How do you balance the demands of your current career with the other areas of your life?

This is a question I’m asked quite a bit, mostly by young writers just starting out and some veterans who find it difficult to juggle many different hats. The answer is actually hidden in the question in the words ‘balance the demands.’ Easy to say, difficult to accomplish. As with most careers, especially when just starting out, you want to make your mark in the world and show you’re worthy of the trust placed in you. Longer hours at work become midnight burners and family, friends, social life and outside interests become neglected. This is a very unhealthy trap to fall into, both mentally and physically. For a while I fell into this trap myself and it’s not so easy to climb out of. Work and career can become all consuming if left unchecked. I had to learn to prioritize, create a balance of work, family and friends, a social life and outside interests. There is some discipline involved in this juggling act for it to be successful. When I’m working, I’m totally dedicated to the task at hand. I set a time limit of say six o’clock to quit for the day and then it’s fun time, time for family, friends and social activities and I’m as equally dedicated to that as well. By prioritizing my work with all the other areas in my life, I have become what I consider a well-rounded person.

Question 5. What habits as a student did you carry over to the working world?

Many. For me, college was a shock compared to high school. No parent to make sure homework was complete is one big change that can take some getting used to. You either study on your own and do the required work, or you don’t. If you don’t, you fail. It’s all on you. I had to learn discipline, something I sorely lacked. I learned quickly, though, that it does require discipline to study alone in your room when it’s much more fun to hang out with your buddies. Multitasking is another habit I learned as a student. The ability to study more than one topic at a time and do well with all of them. This is one habit you best acquire early and draw upon for the rest of your life as there will be very few days in which you will do only one thing in an entire day. Another habit I acquired as a student was to do research. This habit has not only stayed with me, but is vital in my work as a writer. Equally as important is perseverance. To stick with a course when it’s easier to give it up is a habit and a trait that stays with you forever.

Question 6. What are your typical daily activities?

As a writer I am my own boss so to speak. Here is where many of the habits I acquired as a student come into play. I’m usually out of bed and after a gallon of coffee, am in my home office by nine and ready to work. If I am working on a book, which I always seem to be, I read and edit what I wrote the day before. This sometimes takes two hours or more and requires patience and discipline because the urge to turn the page and write something new is always tugging at me. When the editing is done, I’ll generally write for about two hours before I break for lunch. Then I write at a steady pace until five in the afternoon. At five, I force myself to stop and stopping requires just as much discipline as starting. From five until six I do whatever research is necessary for tomorrow’s writing. At six o’clock, I’m on my own time. I take weekends off and I usually make time to go to the gym at least three times a week. Keeping your body fit helps to keep your mind sharp. Generally speaking, most of the habits I acquired as a student are used everyday as a professional writer.

Question 7. What do you like most about the job? What do you like least? Why?

Hands down the best part of my job is the creativity. Creating characters, plots and story and tying them all together into a book is a joy for me. What I like least is dealing with the ‘Boss’, the editors. An editor is there to make your book a better book and in doing so they look at every word, comma, period and paragraph. They cut some of your favorite paragraphs and request you add more someplace else. Here is where discipline and patience come into play. The editor, like any good boss is there to help make your work better. Unfortunately, some never fully grasp that and that lack of understanding usually leads to failure.

Question 8. What important changes are taking place in your profession?

Without a doubt the most important change happening in the publishing world as well as all communication is technology in the form of the Ebook. Now that being able to read a book on line is here to stay, and believe me it is, it has changed the habits of the reading world. In my opinion this is good and bad at the same time. Good because it has gotten more people to read. Bad because the product has become watered down.

Question 9 How will these changes affect your writing.

Writing is simply communicating and the way we communicate today is vastly different than even fifteen years ago. Look at a movie from say the late nineties. If someone had a cell phone it was the size of a football and a computer took up an entire desk. Pay phones were still widely in use and the word text had an entirely different meaning. Technology has advanced so much in the last decade it’s difficult to keep up with. For me as a writer, I needed to learn to adapt to these changes and use them as tools to better my profession. I believe anybody in communication in today’s world has to do the same thing.

Question 10. What advice can you offer someone seeking to break into the field.

Remember the basics of what you learned as a student. Dedication, perseverance and discipline are key ingredients to a successful career. Be willing to change and learn new things. We don’t live in a stagnant world. The way we communicate today will probably be as different in the next decade as the way it was twenty years ago. Remember patience. It can take a long time to become an ‘overnight success.’ Think of it as a journey through life because that’s what it really is. Be honest. Be kind. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way.

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Runt, Cricket, is an honorary beta of Team Greywolf, an elite special ops branch of the Lycan Intelligence Agency. As a member, she poses as a human and collects forensic evidence. Because of her low rank, she is assigned in the rehabilitation of Prince Slade suffering from morphogenesis after his entire pack is murdered, and then his indoctrination as a member of their team. Babysit a psycho, domineering alpha? Not on her watch. To complicate matters, she lusts for Slade. Foolish. A runt can never take an alpha as a mate.
Slade has two choices. Honor his murdered kin and serve Team Greywolf, or once healed, obey King Conan and return to his territory with an alpha mate. Complicating his decision is his relentless desire for the hot sexy little she-wolf, Cricket.

Early into his recovery, Slade and Cricket are sent to investigate missing werewolves. An unstable werewolf seems hardly a match for a former Nazi werewolf bent on bringing on Ragnarok, the destruction of mankind.

Can they stop this evil regime, while conforming to pack law that forbids any chance of them fulfilling their desire for each other?

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Why vampires?

There was no conscious decision to select vampires as the characters in Yesterday’s Daughter, as there was no real choice to write a book. The decision was made for me in that the characters formed in my dreams, in my imagination as vampires. Why my subconscious selected these mythical creatures as inspiration, that’s open to speculation. Since I don’t have access to a psychiatrist or someone who analyses dreams, so I’ll take a stab at it answering the question of why I chose to write about vampires.

The easy answer would be to say that I’m a huge fan of vampire books and moves. I’ve seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and watched Christopher Lee drain more than a few damsels in distress. I read Stephen King’s, Salem’s Lot and the first time I saw the movie, I had nightmares for a couple of weeks. And let’s not forget Octavia Butler’s, Fledgling. Who can forget Shori who appears to be a child, maybe eleven years, but is actually 53 year old.

I could say all those books and movies going in my head like quarters in a slot machine were bound to produce like output. I’m sure that part of it. But, when I search deep, what draws me to vampires is time. They have time to experience life, experiment, make mistakes, and witness the great and small. When you compare the lives of the legendary vampire you can’t help but be struck by fleeting span of the human life. The idea of creating characters that may have lived at the time of Mark Anthony, discussed brush strokes with Michael Angelo or watched the sky as the Russian Sputnik passed causes my imagination to churn with possibilities of what characters can do when they are not constrained by time. There is so much opportunity to create enormous literary canvas when my characters are not married to specific era.

So what have some of my favorite vampires done with all that time on their hands? Take the vampire Godric from the Sookie Stackhouse books, he’s like a thousand years old and choses to meet the sun, to die because he can’t bear the terrible things he done. He is totally one of my all-time favorite vampires. Of course, I hate the evil he’s done. But I like Godric because he wants to do the right thing. It’s so easy for vampires characters to be jaded as Lestat is in Interview with a Vampire. But for all the death and mayhem Godric leaves in his wake, I had compassion for him which wasn’t easy, given his bloody history.

There are numerous vampires, that are all my favorites for different reasons; Spike because of his ability to make me laugh and Blade because of his constant struggle to fight the thirst. I could go on and on, but in a closing word, no one deny that all these characters have at least one thing in common, time.

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Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

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Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Strong Chance of Showers.

Meka Secretan is use to handling preps and hunting her prey. Meka’s work is her passion, focus and destiny until she becomes the focus of stalkers. Now, she is the hunted. The stalkers will stop at nothing to have her and anyone in the way will pay the ultimate price.

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1. What would you like to tell us about yourself? For example, why did you choose the path in life and as a vocation as a writer?I am a journalist, author, motivational coach, and parent. I work diligently to achieve my goals and ensure that God plays the primary role in my life. Trying to be diplomatic rather than insistent, I never accept “no” for an answer. I believe that everything in our universe is possible as long as we do not surrender based on our failures but instead stand strong on our own two feet and persevere. I also believe that everything comes to us through God and that hardships are assigned to us so we can gain needed knowledge, experience, and wisdom to coach, positively influence others, and develop a strong relationship with God. Hence, through writing I try not only to entertain, but also to share my knowledge and thereby serve to positively influence my readers. Moreover, I adore writing, which allows me to create something new that can both spark the imagination and serve as an example.

2. What are your future career plans? What are the sources of your skill sets and your talents?As an author of fiction, I will continue writing and covering topics that capture readers’ interest while at the same time offering them a world in which to escape. Nonetheless, I aim to teach, provide guidance and direction, and highlight the salient and cogent issues that we humans are confronting. I would like to try different genres to produce divergent and diverse fictional pieces for my readers. However, I view writing not as my career, but as a hobby. As a motivator, mentor, and coach, through deploying my radio voice and other communicative skills, I plan to conduct a radio program and TV shows where I can help others find solutions. The inspirations for my skill sets derive from my natural talents and abilities such as a solid education, acting abilities, influential tendencies, persistence, faith in my own talents, a belief in positive outcomes, and a rich life experiences.
3. What does the title of your book, Broken Chains, symbolize and has it been published and reviewed by publishers, editors, and your readers?Broken Chains symbolizes a yearning for freedom from one’s fears, anxieties, and negative predicaments. It demonstrates a firm desire to break from everything that keeps one down and shackled in place, while moving forward to new and better pastures without looking back with regrets. However, although it has not yet appeared in print, a few publishers have requested to see the entire manuscript. Currently, it is being translated into the Russian language. Nonetheless, it has already been reviewed, including at Readers’ Favorite. Based on these positive reviews, it seems as though my book has the potential to become a bestseller that will rescue many readers from their lives of servitude. You can read the reviews at www.emiliyaahmadova,com
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars):Broken Chains by Emiliya Ahmadova is a touching story that will appeal to a wide audience because of the sensitive, not-so-often discussed questions it raises. In the heart of this story is the important question: What does it take to live with a deep sense of inner freedom? The author opens her narrative with a fortuitous encounter between the parents of the protagonist and moves on to show how this encounter leads to a brief affair that culminates in an unwanted pregnancy. Esmira, the mother of the protagonist, raises her daughter alone, under difficult conditions. Now an adult, Silvana has to face the challenges of growing up and the horrors of abusive relationships. How she deals with her abusive Christian partner is what will blow readers’ minds. This is a page-turning tale of one woman’s struggle to avoid the same fate that befell her mother, a story of suffering, inhumanity, and redemption. Emiliya Ahmadova’s

Broken Chains is a powerful work in the area of protest literature, a tale that gives voice to the voiceless people who suffer in any form of relationship. In Silvana, Ahmadova develops an icon of protest against the numerous forms of injustices orchestrated against women. The author writes confidently about issues in a wide selection of themes, including religion, interracial and inter-religious marriage, the primacy of human dignity, the primary right to freedom and happiness, and a lot more. Silvana is a compelling and well-developed character who will not only interest readers but will be a powerful example of a warrior for freedom and human rights.

4. What is the nature of your narrative in terms of both plot and themes? Why do you think readers will grab it off the bookstore shelves or online and want to read it?My novel invites my readers to new experiences in the Asiatic country of Azerbaijan with its exotic culture, customs, and beliefs and its vibrant inhabitants. From Azerbaijan, I take my readers to Kenya with a tale of emotional topics and formidable characters. The main protagonist of my novel is an Azeri woman named Silvana, who has had a sad childhood. She grows into a young and beautiful Muslim woman. However, when one thinks that finally she finds love and happiness, in fact Silvana ends up in horrid circumstances after marrying a false charmer named Mark. Every reader can relate to Silvana’s life experiences and the lessons she learns along the way. Silvana is a compelling and well-developed character who will not only interest readers but will be a powerful example of a warrior for freedom and human rights (Readers Favorite). Scenes in the book and Silvana’s strong personality compel readers to keep reading it. They will keep wondering what will happen the next. For example, in one part Silvana lifts a knife to commit suicide, leading readers to wonder if she will carry through. Seeing her fears, hopes, frustration, and unfortunate experiences with abuse in all its forms, readers will keep reading to find out whether she will find a solution and how she finds the strength and fortitude.

5. In its genres of women’s fiction, romance, family saga, and protest literature, what makes your first novel different from others in competition and in those respective genres?The plot itself and the issues presented make it different from stereotypes and templates in many of these genres. Readers can find everything in my book: romance, betrayal, problems with parents, teachers, abortion issues, child bearing, dealing with stigmatization, love, abuse, faith, and drama. Here are examples of what makes Broken Chains different:EXCITEMENT: A wedding set in exotic Azeri culture is new and different for Western readers. Central is a divorce from an abuser and at the end a true love, transforming a fearful woman into a shrewd businesswoman.ADVENTURE: Silvana’s whole life is full of excitement and disappointments. She ends up in a school for children without parents and has confrontations with teachers. Moreover, her father beats her mother while she is at home. She has a life full of rich experiences and moves away from Azerbaijan as a Muslim woman and becomes an Orthodox Christian in Kenya, upsetting her mutinous Muslim family in Baku for betraying her own religion.MYSTERY: Samed uses a false identity, conceals from his family the existence of his children until he ends up in jail. Esmira abandons her other bastard daughter, Arzu, to her friend for adoption. Her daughter knows neither about the existence of her siblings nor about the mother who gave her away.

6. In your book, you serve as a potent voice against abuse in all forms (generational, sexual, domestic, parental, and child) and thus a motivational coach and mentor in the person of your main protagonist Silvana. If she were an actual living person, what would be her message to all readers, specifically, and any victims of abuse, generally?Many females choose to be victims of abuse because of fear of leaving their abusers. Thus, they allow these fears to chain and mire them down in negative and hopeless situations with escape routes. Some lose hope and faith in God, wondering if anything good will come their way or whether God will be there for them. There are two types of abuse: emotional and physical, Emotional abuse is the worst one because negative and derogatory words are said, which can be more damaging and inflict more harm than physical wounds, It affects someone’s life, self-esteem, health, and relationships with others. Some may fall into depression. Knowing all these facts, Silvana would say: “Today I am here to let you know that you can turn your life around and find a happy ending. God did not desert you. He is here and will deliver you. You just have to lean on Him, keep praying and keep asking for His help. However, you must exert some effort, stay strong, remain focused, and work hard to find a solution and a happy ending. In return, God will open up doors or opportunities for you. If you are in need of help, do not feel ashamed to ask for it. If you do not ask, no one will come to your aid and rescue you. Remember that there is always bright light at the end of a dark tunnel and an end to the bad that surrounds and envelops you. However, you must be willing to exit the bad situation and move to something better! You do not have to tolerate someone’s foul and inappropriate behavior or be a victim of abuse any longer. You are beautiful souls and deserve to be happy and respected. So, stand up for your rights by making every step to break your chains and eradicate negative syndromes from your lives.

7. Silvana is a worrier and a strong woman who experiences many trials and tribulations, in addition to pervasive abuse. However, at the end she surmounts this abuse and severs her shackles and chains. Through what strains of thought and owing to which sources of strength does she achieve this feat? Besides her upbringing, what other sources inform her worldview?Silvana has always been a fighter and a strong believer in positive outcomes, Even as a child, she continually fought for her beliefs and rights while supporting what is right as opposed to a pervasive wrong. She never justified the wrong behavior, especially abuse or cruelty. She is a firm believer that every human being has a right to freedom, respect, love, and understanding, especially for women who struggling to make significant sacrifices for their children. She understands that she deserves the best and did not come into this world to be ceaselessly abused, manipulated, or controlled. She strives to rise above and move to the future that she always visualized for herself. She absolutely needs her freedom and peace of mind. Silvana despises being disrespected and abused by her partner. Hence, abhorring abuse, she faces her fears and terminates an existence that she never accepted by standing up for her rights and raising her voice against abuse. She understands that the role of a victim is not for her. Her relationship with God through prayers, dreams, goals, and hopes leads her to contend that there will be a happy ending to feed her strength.

8. We live in a world of borders and the trespassing of them. In finding love beyond Islam’s borders, what is Silvana’s primary lesson in life?After enduring an unhappy marriage, Silvana comprehends that when you meet someone you do not jump into an intimate relationship or even marriage unless you know the person well. Marriage should be based on love, respect, care, and understanding, not control and abuse. She learned that sometimes we attract the wrong people into our lives with our negative thoughts and fears. When we think that we do not deserve happiness, love, or in fact anything good, that is what we attract.

To be happy, one must first learn to love oneself (instead of depending on someone’s love) and spread love. Thus, love must grow within you and shine toward others. The more you give love to others, the more you get back. You must also think of yourself positively and nurture your self-esteem. This will help you find and attract a healthy relationship. And, yes, there is true love waiting for you. At the end of my book, Silvana learns that the greatest love is God’s love toward us.

9. You have covered a delicate topic that some are even afraid to talk about. What compelled you do to treat it?I have met too many people who went through abuse. Some of them have been able to turn their lives around, but others still struggle. Not only seeing their desperation and pain, but also knowing that sometimes society ignores them can lead us to think that society in general does not understand the seriousness of abuse. I decided to write a book that would help victims of abuse and act as a powerful and motivating voice against abuse.

10. Have you written other books?
Yes, I have scribed Across the Darkness, a collection of mysteries. However, I am still in search of a quality publisher. Currently, I am working on a children’s book, My Twin Sister and I.


Emiliya Ahmadova was born in the city of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.When she was just nine years old, she developed a passion for reading, literature, poetry, and foreign languages. In high school, she participated in and won many poetry competitions. Starting at the age of ten, she began writing poems and short stories in Russian.
Emiliya has diplomas in business management as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in human resources management. She also has international diplomas in the advanced study of the theory and practice of management, administration, business management, communication, hotel operations management, office management and administration, and professional English from the Cambridge International College, in addition to a certificate in novel writing. Emiliya speaks four languages (Azeri, Russian, English, and some Turkish), but her native language is Azeri. Because of her love for humanity and children, she has started volunteering in a local school and in 2011 became a Cub Scout leader and won a trophy as the first female parent leader. Emiliya likes being around people, adores travel, enjoys playing soccer, and relishes in helping other people.

During her lifetime, she has encountered a variety of female friends who have been physically and verbally abused as children or adults. Some of them have subsequently been neglected, had childhood traumas, or ended up in relationships with abusive, controlling men. Knowing that these people were unconsciously crying for help but no one was there to help them or hear their voices, she felt and understood their pain and witnessed their hopelessness, frustration, fears, disappointment, and isolation. In writing Broken Chains, Emiliya seeks not only to depict other people’s struggles and dilemmas, but also to give a voice to those who are in the same situation. She also wants to show that there is always hope and light even in the loneliness of darkness. Emiliya sincerely hopes that this novel will assist other people to get their lives on a positive track as her protagonist Silvana does.

As a sophisticated prose writer and masterful storyteller, Emiliya has an innate sense of style and narrative, betraying a marvelous talent for weaving an intricate story of victory over domestic violence in all its pedigrees. Thus, beyond the fictional world, she emerges as a global voice and motivational speaker for combating abuse in all its carnations (sexual, parental, familial, spousal, partner, and child)

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Book Blurb

Crystal and Sylvia are best friends, each the only one the other one trusts. But they each have a dark secret, and neither one knows how to tell the other. Crystal’s secret is that she’s gay and strongly attracted to Sylvia. She wants more than friendship, but she’s afraid to destroy what they already have by letting Sylvia know. And after all, friendship is better than nothing, isn’t it? But Sylvia’s secret is more sinister. It could not only destroy their friendship, it could also hurt Crystal—in more ways than one.

What is an important aspect of writing that is often overlooked?
I feel that writing education focuses much more on content than marketability. There is this belief that if you write something good, that the readers will come to it. Unfortunately, there is an overabundance of fantastic writing out there. Business savvy is also necessary. For that reason, detailing target audience is probably the most overlooked aspect. There is nothing wrong with writing in small, niche readerships. There is less to compete with, but also less potential customers. It’s something you should consider as you are brainstorming.

What book are you promoting today?
A Turbulent Affair is a F/F romance with light bdsm elements. It is the story of two women attempting to overcome their perceived flaws and build a lasting romance. Please note, trigger warnings for suicidal thoughts and self-harm as both are themes in the book. The book is a novella, so my goal was to capture the essence of the relationship without bogging it down with erroneous information. I am not a terribly congenial person, so another goal was to show that stoic characters can still be likable.

What is something interesting about the book that surprised you?
Believe it or not, there have been several reviewers and blog slots that have declined to feature the book because of the F/F element. I could see not wanted to present the darker or violent themes to a readership, but I was surprised that a F/F story would negatively affect their audience. I was additionally surprised that they were so willing to say it was because of the same sex relationship when they could have omitted the reason or left it ambiguous. I suppose it has been a hot button topic in recent years.

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