Introducing: Rissa Blakeley, Author of the “Shattered Lives” Series

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First, I want to thank Christina for inviting me to write a post for her blog. I hope she didn’t hear or see me laugh maniacally while rubbing my hands together.

Second, I’d like to ask you, the reader, a question…

Have you ever asked an author what genre they write? I’m going to take a wild guess and say yes. Have you ever looked at them oddly when they spit and sputter, trying to explain what genre?

This is my life.

I’ve always had issues finding where my books fall, genre-wise. My series, Shattered Lives, was difficult to place. When readers asked what genre it was, I couldn’t figure out what to say. After Broken Dreams had been out nearly a year, I went with post-apocalyptic with a paranormal twist. It seemed fitting. Originally, I marketed it as paranormal romance, but that didn’t stick due to the lack of…romance, I guess. They are in survival mode. Who has time, or resources, to light candles and put on some Barry White?

I used to try to keep the presence of zombies…or undeads, as my characters call them…in Shattered Lives in the background. I didn’t want my books to be stereotyped for one main reason: Shattered Lives is not about the zombies. It’s about relationships, overcoming real-life relationship situations, and moving forward. Take out zombie and insert…a man eating cheeseburger that lures you in with its delicious cheesy aroma, all while leaving a trail of floppy pickles behind. I find this utterly terrifying due to the fact that I am an unapologetic cheeseburger junkie.

All silliness aside, I like to change people’s minds. I like knowing they walked in blindly and came out with a new perspective. Many have, and that brings me to a level of happiness with my writing I never thought I could obtain. I suppose some would look at it as deceptive, but I see it as a surprise plotline. I love a good plot twist. I want to be kept guessing and yelling, “What the ^@#* just happened?!”

Am I the only one?

As of June 7th, I published my sixth novel. While still working on Shattered Lives, The King’s Fate (Corvidae Guard #1) is an entirely new series and genre for me. I did it again, folks. I found it difficult to place. I started off thinking it would be a true paranormal romance, but was left with something along the lines of dark fantasy/dark fairy-tale/paranormal/paranormal romance… This could take all day. Due to the presence of Fae, Angels, and Vampires, The King’s Fate is more grounded in the fantasy genre than anything else.

I think I will always wonder where my books and I fit into the writing world. I’m not one for being boxed in, nor do I like someone pointing a finger at me, telling me what kind of writer I am. As I continue on this path, the forks are aplenty! My writing and I are always evolving, never fitting into the popular scene, but keeping true to myself. There are a lot of authors who write what’s popular to get on that wagon. That’s great for them, but for me? It’s not likely to happen. It’s not that I’m being unconventional. It’s just who I am. Unless I’m driving the bandwagon, I’m not going to hop on it.

That is how I came up with the #BeDifferentReadDifferent tag. It encompasses me and my writing. Does it bother me that I can’t seem to place my finger on the right buttons? Yeah, sometimes, but then it reminds me of who I am as an individual. I am unique and I see my writing in a similar manner.

While still edging on being an amateur, I feel like I’m transitioning. Not only with my writing, but myself, as well. I’m not quite there yet, but much farther than I have ever been. My writing has changed tremendously since I first decided to put pen to paper. I started as one of those readers who say, “How hard could it possibly be to write a novel?” I was wrong…so very, very wrong. I am thankful to all the individuals (special shout-out to the Dragon Mamas) who have helped me get my name out there, who have helped me develop into the author I am today. I’ve learned so much, and I plan to continue to grow.

I want to keep learning, keep transitioning, keep writing books outside the norm. I feel as if I can keep digging, I will make it to the other side. I hope to see you there.

-RB


Rissa Blakeley is the author of the paranormal series, Corvidae Guard, and the post-apocalypse saga, Shattered Lives, which features a paranormal twist. Her short story, A Little Taste of Naughty, was part of the best-selling anthology, Just Desserts.

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A native New Yorker, Rissa is now a Georgia transplant, who is completely addicted to black coffee, La Croix and obsessively listens to songs on repeat. Her days are full of characters screaming for more scenes, cats living up to their Harry Potter namesakes, a lazy dog, a teenage daughter bringing Emo back, and a Viking husband, who finds her puns less than funny. When Rissa isn’t writing, she can be found procrastinating on social media.

LINKS:

Website: www.rissablakeley.com

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rissa-Blakeley/e/B00K042WWU/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrissablakeley

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rissasarmy/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RissaBlakeley

Instagram: https://instagram.com/rissa_blakeley/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7179689.Rissa_Blakeley

Merchandise: https://rissablakeley.spreadshirt.com/

Email: rissablakeley@gmail.com

The Shattered Lives series is available worldwide on paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon page link: http://www.amazon.com/Rissa-Blakeley/e/B00K042WWU

The King’s Fate is available worldwide on Kindle. More platforms and paperback coming soon!

Amazon:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Fate-Corvidae-Guard-ebook/dp/B01GOLONEM

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GOLONEM

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01GOLONEM

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01GOLONEM

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1121434697

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-king-s-fate

Page Foundry (Inktera):

http://www.inktera.com/store/title/39b8b9ff-2654-4d76-803d-ab4fa4c893cc

 

 

⭐20 Questions⭐for Author Casey L. Bond

 

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Today, I have the honor of interviewing Casey L. Bond, author of the bestselling “Frenzy” series. I’ve known Casey for about 2 years, and she’s become one of my favorite indie author friends. Always enthusiastic and optimistic, her motivation to succeed in the indie world is truly inspiring, and she’s always there to lend a hand, or offer advice when you need it. ❤

If you haven’t checked out Casey’s books yet, spanning an array of various romance sub-genres, I highly recommend you do so >HERE< after you read the interview. 🙂

Let us begin!

 

  1. Casey, what’s your writing process like?

Fast and furious! LOL! I don’t get to write every day, so when I get a free hour or a few of them, I write as fast as possible. Typos and rewrites can be done later in the process. The first draft usually takes me 6-8 weeks and then there are revisions, edits, formats, etc. before I hit the publish button.

On the days I don’t write, I’m plotting what is coming next. I usually make a rough plot based on an 8-point story arc and follow it, but that leaves a lot of details that need filled in.

  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Slightly both. A hybrid? I plot major points and then pants most of the in-between.

  1. How many genres do you currently write in? Do you have any pen names?

I write romance and in sub-genres such as dystopian, fantasy, horror and contemporary. My adult works are published under C.L. Bond and my YA is published under Casey L. Bond. I felt the need to separate the two slightly so that teens don’t pick up the adult books. But, I did want people to be able to search Bond and find me.

  1. If you could have one super power or special ability, what would it be?

I would love to fly! As crazy as it sounds, it seems exhilarating and peaceful at the same time.

  1. If you were stranded somewhere with no other way to write, would you rather use your skin as paper, or your blood as ink?

I’d use my skin. Blood (as weird as that sounds considering I write vampires) skeeves me out. (Especially my own).

  1. If you could only choose one, would you rather read or write for the rest of your life?

Write. As much as I love reading, I love writing even more and my mind is full of stories. There are so many and new ideas popping in all the time. Most will never be written.

  1. If you could be one Disney princess, which would you be, and why?

Hmmm. I love Merida from Brave and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Both are strong women who aren’t afraid to fight and work hard for what they want. 🙂

  1. What’s your favorite thing about being an indie author?

The control. (I’m not a control freak.) I love being able to see my sales each day, to control pricing and keep it affordable for readers. I was traditionally published at first and had no say in anything with regard to pricing. My e-book was priced at $9.99, which is insane for a brand-new author that no one had ever heard of.  I only saw sales on a quarterly statement and was left in the dark most of the time. So I like knowing how my business is doing on a daily basis. I enjoy the interaction with readers and fans and look forward to continuing down the indie road. Would I consider an agent and traditional publisher now? Yes. I’d love a publishing deal, but it would have to be right and with a large press for me to consider it at this point in my career.

  1. When did you first start writing? When did you write your first full-length novel?

I’ve always written to some degree, but seriously began writing around five or six years ago. That’s when my first book was written. Winter Shadows taught me a lot about writing, the publishing industry and the book community as a whole. It was the first stepping stone and I’m incredibly grateful for all of the local and online support I received with publishing it.

  1. Would you rather be the sky, or the ocean? Why?

The ocean. I’m part fish! LOL! I love water. I love the smell of the salty air and the waves slapping the shore.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I have several projects planned for the next five years, each more elaborate and intense than the last. Several will break boundaries for me and I’m excited about the potential. I will query a few of these projects in search of an agent who might be interested in representing them and potentially negotiating publishing rights, audio book rights and foreign rights as those arise.

  1. Where do you get most of your story inspiration?

I would say several sources inspire me: daily life, the news, dreams, music. There are a lot of what-if’s and my imagination runs wild with possibilities.

  1. What genre do you wish you could write, but probably never will?

I really wish I could write a crime novel and considering that I majored in Criminal Justice, one would think that would have been the first thing that I was pulled to, but I’m a lover at heart. I love the possibilities of life and love in desperate situations. I love building worlds even more than setting stories in our own.

  1. If you could live in any of your story worlds, which would you choose, and what character would you be?

Of those I can disclose….I’d say Frenzy and I would be Porschia Grant. This story and character have almost taken me over. I love Porschia’s strength through adversity. She’s tenacious, determined to preserve who she once was and I respect her for that.

  1. If you could have any two of your own characters over for dinner, who would you invite?

Seriously? Gray and Tage. Gray is from The Harvest Saga and Tage is from the Frenzy Series. Need I explain more? They’re book boyfriends but sweet and funny. The conversation would be hilarious.

 

  1. Name your top 5 favorite books of all time.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Night, Elie Wiesel

The Premonition Series, Amy Bartol

The Fate Series, Heather Lyons

 

  1. Do you prefer paperbacks or ebooks?

I prefer to keep paperbacks of my favorites, but read on a Kindle. I can easily read at night that way and won’t mess up my pages. 🙂

  1. Where’s your favorite place to read? Favorite place to write?

I read while chillaxing in my recliner after the kids go to sleep. I write at my desk, though we’ve been moving and I’m sort of displaced right now.

  1. What items must you have on your desk at all times while working?

Paper, pen, a drink, post-it notes, computer, phone and earbuds. Those are the essentials! I love my music.

  1. How do you deal with distractions when you’re trying to work? Do you limit your social media time, etc.?

I can easily tune out the world while working. I love to listen to music, softly. When I write, I need “brain-breaks.” I’ll write until I need to stop and process for a minute, so I’ll check in on social media, etc and then go back to it when I clear my mind.

 

Thanks so much, Casey, what a fun interview! You and I have a lot of things in common, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

And for you, person reading this interview, here’s the link again to Casey’s Amazon page. Go check out her books!

Thanks for reading! And happy writing. ❤

xoxo

Christina

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