‘R.J. Castille’

goddddToday, I’d like to welcome R.J. Castille, author of “Goddess” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

R.J. Castille was born in 1976 and lives in Southern California. She has been writing short stories and poetry since grade school and never ceased to feed her desire to write. Encouraged by her Mother, R.J. Castille set out to complete her first published, full-length, Erotic Romance novel, Goddess. Her tenacious nature drove her forward as her first manuscript came to fruition. Her goal is to provide true to life entertainment.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Drawing the line at any crime that would harm another being, I have, and would again break the law for a loved one (albeit nothing serious). To preserve another life is one of the core meanings of life. If someone I love is in serious danger, and all other options have run out, I believe the only choice is obvious.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? You wake up, go to work, drive home, eat dinner, go to bed, repeat. That is how it is for most of the people that inhabit the world. To live is to simply breathe. To take up space on this planet we call Earth. In order to truly live, you must break out of that shell. Destroy the chains of monotony that bind you to your daily grind. Take the time to appreciate those around that truly care about you. Most of all, never let the dreams that keep you alive die.

No.3 What motivates you to write? I write not from my mind but from my soul. I believe that God has blessed me with the gift to put illustrative thoughts into writing. I finally stopped wasting that gift and wrote Goddess. I am motivated by this fact and the story that nags in the back of my mind, begging to be told. In the case of Goddess, my Mother encouraged me to write the novel. I am currently encouraged by accolades from my readers, positive reviews on my book and the honor of winning the Drunken Druid Award.

No.4 Why do humans want children? The decision to have children is made for many reasons. Some decide they want to have some meaning or purpose in their life. Others may try for a child to mend a broken relationship, in hopes it will bring them closer together. Carrying on a family name is important in many cultures and is of highest value in other cases. Some children are unintentional but would not be returned for anything in the world once you look them in the eyes for the first time. Whatever the reason, children are the most common tie in human culture and they hold our future ultimately in their hands.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Goddess”? Working a full-time job is not conducive to a writing career. Add in a couple teenaged daughters and occasional emotional difficulties and the writing process took longer than expected. In January 2016 however, my New Year’s Resolution was to finish Goddess by the end of the year. By August it was finished and ready for editing, ahead of schedule. IT was a long two-and-a-half years, but I launched Goddess that fall and never looked back.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? People take each other for granted too often. The person closest to us, often overlooked, frequently ignored, passes through our shadows as we travel through life, supporting and encouraging us behind the scenes often without thanks. Sadly, my life lesson is that you should never look at the people in your life and dismiss them in favor of anything. Material possessions, money, drugs, it is all a meaningless in the end. You cannot live that way too long without the consequences reflecting in your empty and lonely life: devoid of those who once cared for your, forced out of your life in the name of something else.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Goddess”? The main character, Leila King, goes by the name Goddess when she is active in her dominatrix role. The title Goddess comes from her pseudonym that she uses during her BDSM role-play and also portrays her powerful demeanor when she takes on that role.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Personal criticism is part of life. In the case of an author like myself, I use it to enhance my writing. When I see my reviews, I love to see reasons why it fell below five stars. Please tell me why?!!? I want to reply, but in many cases I have no way to ask. There is always room for improvement.

No.9 Why should people read your book? There are many reasons I can say that people should read Goddess. To highlight the most crucial: I would say that I wrote this book for an intended audience that would satisfy both the mainstream and fetish or erotica fans alike. It is written in such a way that is not overly offensive and has a creative way of addressing the true BDSM lifestyle for those offended by the portrayal of or were misled by the droves of other stuff out there. I intended to write true-to-life fiction. This book is somewhere between Fifty Shades of Grey and The Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice. Goddess is also on sale during the month of May 2017 in celebration of Women’s Month.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? Without the hope of something, humans would lead very different lives. A dream of something different, something better, something grander. The push that drives us all and keeps us motivated to the end. In its absence, our lives would take on a completely different meaning.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

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Leila King leads a double life. In reality, she is a normal woman with everyday problems. A tough job as the Executive Assistant to an overbearing boss, whose sole purpose in life seems to be to make her life miserable. As a powerful dominatrix in her other world, Leila takes on the persona of Goddess and rules with an iron fist. When her two worlds collide one night, Leila is faced with a choice. Goddess portrays a power-struggle that spills over into both Leila’s worlds culminating in a whirlwind of difficulties she must face with while involved in a love triangle that is sure to have Leila on the edge of chaos.

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‘K.B. Andrews’

kkbToday, I’d like to welcome K.B. Andrews, author of “Finding You in the Darkness” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

K.B. Andrews was born and raise in a small town in Southern Illinois. She spends her time with her husband and two kids, while going to school full time as an English major. Andrew’s has always had a love for making up stories, and reading romance novels.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Absolutely! Friends and family are top priority for me. Without them, I don’t know where I’d be. They save me on a daily basis just by being there for me when I need to talk. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them…well, maybe not nothing, but you get the picture.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? To me, being alive is having a pulse and breathing. You’re surviving but not truly living. Truly living means taking every opportunity you have. Stay up late, drink too much coffee, listen to loud music, write a book, ask out the guy/girl you’ve always had a crush on. Just enjoying your life and making the most out of every moment.

No.3 What motivates you to write? I actually have no idea. I’ve been asked this before, I’ve always said the same thing. I don’t chose to write. As a career path goes, I could’ve picked something much easier. Something where thousands of people aren’t in my head and picking and judging everything that comes out. Writing is just something I’ve always done. It’s a part of me and I can’t change it any more than I can change my DNA. I don’t need motivation to do it. It’s always there.

No.4 Why do humans want children? People want someone to love and take care of. They want to know that they will always have someone with them. Boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives come and go, but your child will always be your child.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Finding You in the Darkness”? The biggest challenge was creating characters that would be understood. I wanted these characters (Jace and Riley) to feel as real as possible. People, in a nut shell, are flawed, they make mistakes, and do things they shouldn’t. These characters are no different. They both make mistakes, but the challenging part was trying to make the readers understand where those mistakes came from.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Wow. I’ve learned so many lessons (usually the hard way) to just pick one. If I have to pick, I would say, people will judge you regardless, so you might as well do what you want. If I hadn’t learned this lesson, I never would’ve clicked publish on that first book.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Finding You in the Darkness”? In all of my books, I used something the character said or thought. With Finding You in the Darkness, Jace says his life has always been surrounded in darkness. But despite it all, he still found his true love, Riley.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? That is something that everyone in life have to learn to take with a grain of salt. Not everyone will like what you do, and that’s okay. When I receive criticism, I listen to what people are telling me, some I agree with and some I don’t. When I don’t agree, I usually just sweep it under the rug and remind myself that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and vise versa.

No.9 Why should people read your book? For many reasons. Entertainment, to read about how love can overcome anything, to see the depths that someone would go to just to save someone they love, to see that sometimes, something you would automatically label as bad could be used as a force of good. This book is packed full of love, happiness, sadness, heartache, and redemption.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? There is always something, even if you have to look really hard to see the silver lining, it’s usually there. Even nothing itself is something, the absence of a presence is still felt like anything else.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

“Finding You in the Darkness”

Riley knew where her life was going; she had it all planned out. Jace was just trying to find the light in his world of darkness. When Riley walked into Jace’s life, she was so pure, she was blinding. His life was filled with darkness and danger. No matter how hard he tried to fight his way out, he was lost and only her light could bring him back. Riley knew that she should stay away from Jace, but his charm and good looks couldn’t be fought against. He claimed her from the minute their eyes met. Jace wasn’t Riley’s prince charming. He was dark, mysterious, and full of secrets. Secrets that were just waiting to be revealed. He knew that once Riley found out the truth, she would be gone forever, but he didn’t have a choice. He had to save her. How far would you go to save the one you loved?

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‘A.C. Greenlee’

ac-gToday, I’d like to welcome A.C. Greenlee, author of “Genesis: The Awakening” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Author A.C. Greenlee is an award-winning creator of Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy and adventure novels. An avid gamer, you will most frequently find her farming experience in an online multiplayer game, or progressing up the military ranks in competitive first-person shooters–when she’s not writing of course. With a B.F.A in Creative Writing and a recently completed M.F.A of the same degree path, A.C. is extremely enthusiastic about embarking on the epic quest of university level graphic design and hopes she has enough poultices, chocolate and coffee to see her through.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? The short answer is yes. In a heartbeat. The bonds I share with my loved ones mean more to me than any law ever could. Although it’s easy to say that for small infractions, such as running a red light or even assault, it’s difficult to imagine myself committing murder to save someone I loved. Because it’s selfish to think that the lives of my loved one means more than someone else’s.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? In my opinion, being alive is the act of existing. We are all alive in the most basic way that we draw breath into our lungs and have healthy brain function. But truly living is another concept entirely. To me, truly living doesn’t even begin until you’re sixty. It’s the ability to be so carefree, so forgiving and open that nothing and no one can tear you down.

No.3 What motivates you to write? My characters motivate me in all aspects of life. I spend weeks, sometimes even years developing these people until they are as realistic as possible, and only when they speak to me do I know I’ve finished my task. I write because I want to tell their stories. I want to get to know them and because I want others to know them as well as I do. When I sit down at my computer to work on a story I’m doing it for the sole advantage of getting to go on another adventure with my favorite people in the world.

No.4 Why do humans want children? Other than the biological predisposition to reproduce, I couldn’t fathom why. More power to those who want them but I’ll keep my distance, thank you very much. I would suppose that some people want to pass on their genes, to carry on their lineage or just have a companion (or two), someone they can love unconditionally. All very valid reasons, but I’ll stick to my dog.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Genesis: The Awakening”? Overcoming myself. Genesis is by far the largest body of work I’ve ever created. It took three years to write and two more before I was ready to hand it over to my publisher for review. I became so attached to it that, at one point, I was certain it would never see the light of day. But after I overcame my own separation anxiety and the fear of sharing such an intimate part of myself with the world, I was happier than I’ve ever been finally seeing it on shelves.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Through many trials I’ve learned that, regardless of who you are, how old you are or what you’re going through, no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. Not a parent, spouse, teacher, doctor or even that little voice in the back of your head that tells you to jump when you’re too close to a ledge; you don’t have to listen to a word they say.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Genesis: The Awakening”? I went through three or four titles before I settled on Genesis. When you look at the core of the story, it is both the beginning or Genesis of the series and it features a few biblical themes that actually took place in the Genesis book of the Bible. While it is in no way a religious work, I enjoyed playing with the idea of Eve being led into temptation by Lucifer himself, and overcoming he lying bastard by kicking major demon butt.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Most authors will tell you that you have to develop a thick skin to survive in this industry. Personally, I just cry about I and move on. I think that allowing yourself time to actually feel and then cope with something is healthy. If I’m criticized and it’s not constructive or won’t help me improve at something, depending on it’s severity I may ignore it altogether. Water off a ducks back.

No.9 Why should people read your book? People should read Genesis because they want a story that’s also an experience. If you want to laugh, cry, fall in love and dismantle destructive demonic patriarchies all from the comfort of your favorite reading chair, Genesis is the book for you.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? There’s always something, even if it appears there’s nothing there. An empty glass is still a glass, regardless of the missing liquid that once filled it’s depths. Even nothing itself is something, the absence of a presence is still felt like anything else. When you miss someone because they’re no longer there, your memory of them fills the nothing they left behind.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

“Genesis: The Awakening”

Cursed with enhanced mental abilities and consistently degrading eyesight, VICTORIA BOUCHARD is a walking medical phenomenon most talented neuroscientists could never hope to unravel. As she struggles to cope with the news of her impending blindness, she learns of a deranged serial killer deemed by the FBI as the ‘Ghoul Butcher’ who’s rapidly making his way towards her humble University in the heart of Rural Iowa. With police on a manhunt and the locals in a frenzy, her visual health is suddenly the least of her worries. On the other hand, her lover and best friend KAIZER DRESDEN is determined to keep his distance from the case as it unfolds. As a Grim Reaper, stripped of his powers and exiled from his home world to serve out a three hundred year sentence on Earth; he knows he would be the prime suspect in the eyes of the immortals who banished him. But with the seemingly unstoppable Ghoul cutting a swath right for them, he and Victoria have no choice but to take matters into their own hands and investigate the murders in order to protect his new found home.

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‘DW Plato’

dw.pToday, I’d like to welcome DW Plato, author of “The Sinners’ Club” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

DW Plato has wanted to write books as long as she can remember. As a child, if anyone ever asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, an author was the hands down answer. After raising her daughter and spending twenty years in corporate America’s rat race, her dreams have finally come true. On a personal note, DW lives in Santa Fe county, New Mexico. She loves to travel and write or write and travel, those being her favorite activities. When asked where her favorite place to travel is, she replied, “Somewhere I’ve never been.”

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Yes, the short answer is laws are made to be broken but my loved ones are not. And once it’s done there’s no place for regret.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Everyone is alive but few are truly living. To be alive is to be breathing, eating, sleeping. To be truly living is to be loving the things you do, loving the people around you, loving fresh experiences and being pushed outside your comfort zone. For twenty years, I worked in a corporate America job, I was alive. Even though I was making okay money and had security I was miserable. I never felt I was truly living until I followed my heart and created my own dreams. I work more hours now, make less money, the security blanket has been cast aside but my life is so full and complete, only now am I truly living. Short answer: Truly living requires one to look inside themselves, ask what makes your heart sing, then follow that route. That leap of faith is scary, but necessary.

No.3 What motivates you to write? Life. Love. Humor. History. Heartbreak. Death. I’ve wanted to be an author my whole life. It took a tragedy in my family, dark grief to settle over me, depression and all-encompassing sadness to get me to actually appreciate the shortness of this life and finish my first novel. Now, I tap into that sadness when necessary, but I also am motivated by the prospect of getting better, becoming a master at the craft, more published books and the idea that one day, my writing may pay the bills.

No.4 Why do humans want children? Humans want children? I think this is an assumption. I never wanted children (and to be honest, I don’t think my parents did either. And now I think about it, my kid doesn’t want one… anyway…) Once I had my daughter, I couldn’t envision my life without her. Now she’s an adult I realize the real challenge of parenting; having an adult child is much trickier than dealing with a toddler or teenager. Back to the question, the only reason I could imagine anyone wanting children is to create a better generation than the one you were raised. I truly believe the kids of today are the world’s future and it’s brighter now than ever!

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ”The Sinners’ Club” ? There’s a learning curve for new authors, that was my biggest challenge. The original manuscript was over six hundred pages and the editor cut huge chunks of it at a time. That was painful and eye opening, especially when he told me I needed a remedial English class if I were to ever make it in this field. Editing and Marketing are more challenging to me than writing. The most recent challenge is writing the second book, now I know what to expect and the ‘rules’, it seems harder and not as organic. When I wrote The Sinners’ Club I just wrote. Now I feel I’m over thinking things, wondering if I did this or that ‘right’, curious how the new book will be received (or not).

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? That life is short. (and so is this answer…) In all seriousness, that’s what I’ve learned. Life is short. Don’t waste it being wasted. Don’t waste it giving your love to someone that doesn’t deserve it. Don’t waste it working a forty hour a week job that makes you miserable. I watched my mother die of cancer seventeen months before retirement after being married to an alcoholic for forty years. I wonder sometimes if she ever truly lived. That’s not the way I’m going out. I’m living like every day could be my last, in gratitude and in love. That’s the most important thing I’ve learned in life… so far.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “The Sinners’ Club”? The original title was The Convert; A story of hypocrites. No one (but me) liked that. My cousin told me it wasn’t engaging, my editor said it was a turn off and my little brother said ‘boring’. So… There’s a point in the novel where one character (Tish) says, “Tune in weekly to the sinners’ club.” When I suggested that as a title, everyone’s eyebrows shot up and they all said, ‘There you go, that’s intriguing.’ I had the cover pictured in my head since the inception of the novel, and the cover turned out better than I could have dreamed. Well, it all turned out better than I could have dreamed.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Like everyone one else, I cry and get defensive. LOL! (but seriously…) Recently I’ve learned to handle criticism better than I have in the past. (This is affiliated with the uppercase D in handwriting, just an FYI-I changed my D just for that reason… anyway…) Now I view criticism as an opportunity to get better. I firmly believe no one can please all of the people all of the time, so now I just strive to please myself and hearing reproach from readers/editors/marketers/relatives is more of a tool for me to improve my writing and life. (And yes, if you change your handwriting, you can change your behavior…)

No.9 Why should people read your book? Hhhmmmm… If I did my job right, my book will leave the reader nodding their head and saying, ‘yup, I get that’ or at the very least scratching their heads and saying, ‘who knew?’. The Sinners’ Club addresses religious questions that have no answers, racism that strangely still exists in today’s society and discrimination of LGBT people within the confounds of the Mormon Church. I would hope people would read my book to be entertained, and I hope they are.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? This is a trick question. At times, there is something rather than nothing, but other times, there is nothing. Again, looking at being satisfied and fulfilled in life, I think a person must be just as comfortable having nothing as having something. One cannot fully appreciate the things they have if they’ve never NOT had. For example, activities/entertainment, if you can’t be bored, you can’t fully appreciate being entertained.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

The Sinners’ Club

In the town of Pleasant, one young man will challenge faith itself for the woman he loves. Gaius Stewart is handsome, smart and charismatic. Elizabeth Anderson is beautiful, selfless and caring. There’s only one problem: he’s a self-proclaimed Pagan, and she’s a devoted member of The Church of Latter Day Saints. When Gaius’ beloved mother passes away and leaves him with a surprising confession revealing his unknown father’s past, he drives off to the town of Pleasant, Utah, in the heart of Mormon America. What begins as a journey for truth takes a turn and becomes a battle of beliefs for the soul of an unexpected romance. Can Elizabeth find a reason to believe in something bigger than her ingrained faith through a man who claims to be Pagan? Is love outside of her faith possible? The new guy definitely thinks so.

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