Happy Birthday K’Anne Meinel!!

Also, Congratulations on your 100th Novel!

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Two writers inspired me to switch from mainstream writing to lesfic: K’Anne Meinel and AJ Quinn. Both are extremely good story tellers. The first book I read by K’Anne was “The Outsider”. I remember thinking, I wish I could write like this.

K’Anne has 100 published works and multiple bestsellers. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she uses her home state as the background of many of her novels. Her first novel “Ships” was published in 2003 and a bestselling author was born. Her writings run the gamut from erotica to historical and everything in between.

K’Anne is a tireless researcher and brings to life time periods set in the old west, pirates plundering on the high seas and in her latest series, “Cavalcade” the settling of America. Lesfic is fortunate to have an author the caliber of K’Anne. November 10 is her birthday and the release of her 100th published work. Please join me in wishing her a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and tremendous success with her 100th book “Vetted Again”.

Happy Halloween

Guest blogger Julie Versoi

Hello, my fellow Waders!!!  Happy Halloween!!  Erin graciously gave me permission to have some fun and hopefully provide a little treat for Y’all.  I’m constantly asking Erin questions, I don’t think I ever outgrew that 1,000 questions a minute stage, so I thought you might like to hear the answers to some of them.  I tried not to duplicate questions she’s answered in other interviews.  I hope you enjoy my “little” interview, there are about 25 questions.  Maybe you’ll learn something new about Erin, I know I did.  Flying monkeys, zombies and a band? Who would have thunk it?

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You have a degree in accounting, your main character in “The Destiny Factor” (written under the pen name D.J. Jouett) worked in forensic accounting. Is that the area you were interested in going into?

I was privileged to work a year for a law firm that specialized in acquisitions and mergers. My job was to track the P&L statement to the income/expense statement and then to the supporting statements. IRS has nothing on a forensic accountant. FAs leave no stone unturned, it was exciting and very informative.

You have family members that work in law enforcement, did you ever consider going into law enforcement?

No. My brother and father are in law enforcement. I grew up listening to “cops and killers” stories around the dinner table. Dad is in CID (Criminal Investigation Division) and my brother was an undercover Narc agent on a Metro Force until the twins were born. His wife asked him to give it up because it was so dangerous. He became a crime scene investigator and is very good at that sort of thing. He is now a Sergeant over CID. They work in different cities. I pick their brains constantly. They are a wealth of information and love it when their cases appear in my books.

Have you ever had a book that you started writing and then just dropped because it wasn’t going anywhere?

I’m one of those writers that thinks, “Oh, wow wouldn’t that shock the readers?” Then I write to that end. My books often take 90 degree turns and end up with something I hadn’t considered which makes it very interesting for me (as a reader).

too strongIn a previous interview or one of your FB author profile sessions, you mentioned that Alex encouraged you to begin writing because you would tell her bedtime stories. Did any of those bedtime stories become one of your books?

Yes, “Too Strong to Die” was an ongoing nightly story for her. She said, “You should write this down.” So I did. It was my first #1 Best Seller.

 

How do you decide the names for your characters? 

I like unusual names or names that roll off the tongue easily. I try not to use names I’ve seen in other author’s books.

You set a personal goal of having 10 books released by the end of 2018,  and so far you’ve released 8 and #9 is with your editor. As a reader, I’m thrilled to get that many books from a writer I enjoy but as a writer how has it been working toward that goal? Why did you decide on 10 and what do you think your goal for 2019 will be?

Honestly, it has been easy. I have about twenty ideas lined up and most of them I’ve partially written. I think it has been hard on my personal life. Although Alex is super understanding and supportive, she admits she would like more of my time. I don’t plan to write as many books in 2019. After my first book was released, I set a goal for the monthly income I wanted to realize from my writing. Based on it, I knew I had to have ten books available to reach my goal. I actually reached it with eight so “Wrongly Accused” and “Shakespeare Undercover” will be lagniappe.   (Julie pauses to look up lagniappe.)

Do your parents or siblings read your books? Do they ever discuss the books with you, let you know what they thought? How often do you self-censor while writing because you have the thought, “Mom might read this” or Dad, brother, mother-in-law, etc.

My entire adult family reads my books. Alex tends to censor more than I do. She often makes me take out something she feels uncomfortable with. I have no problem with that. My awesome editor often reigns me in too, and she is always right.

You’ve mentioned that you’ve traveled quite a bit, that you’ve been to every state and you recently went on an Alaskan cruise. Where have you not been in the US and\or around the world that you would like to make your next destination?

I am a true homebody. I don’t like to travel but will go somewhere major once a year because Alex wants to. We always have a great deal of fun, but I worry about my little Tank and our cat Candy. Now we have Sweetie. So we are building quite a menagerie.

You mentioned in FB that you play the guitar, what type of music do you play? Is that one of the ways you unwind?

In high school and college, I played with a five-piece all-girl band. It was a lot of fun and a great way to meet girls. That was before I met Alex. I’m from Texas so I gotta’ love Country and Western music.

How do you think your writing has changed over the past year?

My editor Susan Hughes has made a tremendous improvement in my writing. She has taught me to be more precise and to the point. She’s tightened up my storytelling and helps me stay with my timelines. I was lucky to find Susan. One reviewer trashed one of my books and ended the tirade with “at least there were no typos.” That was a great accomplishment. I rarely read a book that has no typos. You know, I don’t even remember the nasty things the reviewer said. I was just thrilled to have a book with no typos.

Do you have any plans of writing any more mainstream books as DJ Jouett or are you strictly a lesfic author now?

I considered it, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to write as two people. I love lesfic and write it just like I would a straight book except my main characters are both women.wonder woman

How many times have you watched Wonder Woman?

I’ve lost count.

Since this is a Halloween treat for your Waders, how do you feel about scary movies? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Watch them but then sleep with the lights on for a week?

When I was sixteen my best friend was a cult follower of a movie titled “Night of the Living Dead.” She pestered me until I watched it. MY GOD! I remember sneaking into Mom and Dad’s bedroom and sleeping at the foot of their bed. I couldn’t open the door to the back yard to let the dog out without slamming and locking it as fast as possible. And no way was I going outside after dark. I decided it was insane to let myself be scared by a movie. You know “Garbage in, Garbage out!” I have never watched another horror movie or TV series. I have a vivid imagination and it goes crazy when things like zombies are stalking around in it.

What was the favorite Halloween costume you have ever worn, childhood or adulthood? Are you dressing up this year?

One year my entire family dressed up in costumes from the Wizard of Oz. Of course, I was a flying monkey. It was a cool costume. This year I am a spider web. I did win most original costume at the party Alex and I attended.

I will need to see a picture of you in the flying monkey costume to confirm.  How old were you?

Twenty-seven it was in support of a Halloween Carnival at the Twin’s school

You mentioned in an interview that your favorite book is “Tryst” by Elswyth Thane, what is it about that book that makes it your favorite?

It is a love story with a definite twist.

Of all the characters you have written, which one is the most like you? 

I love Sloan Cartwright in “Three Times as Deadly.” I wrote that book when Alex and I were playing, “What would you do if this happened?” Sloan is very much like me in the way she treated her wife and needed her in her life.

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Do you ever base a book around something just because you have an interest in researching the subject? Have you ever been hurt researching a book?

I have been in the throes of a book that took a twist I hadn’t expected. I would stop writing and go do some hands-on research into the direction the book was taking. “Three Times as Deadly” was such a book. I’ve never been hurt researching a book.

Do you ever get recognized in public by readers?

All the time. As you know, I keep a very low profile, but I rarely go to a big event without someone running up to me and whispering, “Are you, Erin Wade?”

How did it feel the first time you were recognized?

Surprised. Our genre is such a small segment of the population, I am surprised at how many people read our novels. I have a large number of straight readers. When someone asks to join my Facebook page, I always look at their page before approving the request. If there is an inordinate amount of profanity or drama on their page, I decline the request. I also decline requests from people who are on political rants. When I look at their page and they are obviously married, I always PM them and point out that I am a lesbian writer. They always thank me for contacting them and say they are aware that I write lesfic but that they love my stories. I am always surprised when a woman approaches me with a husband in tow and asks me to autograph her book. I think the world, in general, is becoming more accepting of others and their lifestyles.Sigonly

Do you think you will ever attend a lesfic convention?

When things slow down for us we plan to do that. I would never go without Alex.

How much input does Alex have in your books? Does she read them as you’re writing or do you wait until you have a finished product before she reads it?

Alex has tremendous input into my books. My mode of operation is to write the first ten to fifteen chapters of a book which gives her a good idea about the characters and direction the book is headed. She reads it. If she says, “How soon can I read the rest of this?” I know I’m good to go. If she says, “This didn’t grab my attention,” I go back to the computer. “Living Two Lives” was such a book. I added the first paragraph after Alex told me it didn’t grab her attention in the beginning.

DDTD CoverWith “Don’t Dare the Devil” you ventured into the paranormal, do you have any hopes\plans of venturing into any other genres? Sci-fi? Dystonia? Maybe a story with witches or spirits?

Not really. “Don’t Dare the Devil” was fun to write, but I don’t have anything like it on the back burner. I wrote, “Don’t Dare the Devil” on a dare from Deborah Gonzalez. If I do a follow-up, it will be way down the road. I have a lot in front of it. I am wrapping up a Trilogy that I have been working on since 2012 so we will all have an opportunity to see how my writing has evolved over the years. The Trilogy Title is The Evolution of a Witch. That sounds like I am getting away from my Action/Adventure/Romance writing. Trust me, I am not. I personally think it has some of my best twists, turns, and surprises. I hope my readers like it.

Isn’t Deborah Gonzalez the person that dubbed your fans “Waders”?

Yes, Deborah has been an inspiration to me and a heck of a promotion guru. She coined the phrase “Erin’s Waders”.

Over the past few months, you have mentioned that you are considering doing a sequel to one or two of your books. Are any of those currently in the works?

I do have a sequel to “Too Strong to Die” with Christine and Ricky called “Doomsday Cruise.” I also plan to do one with Trin and Heather from “The Roughneck & The Lady”. I know a lot about oil rigs and the oil industry in Texas. I find it fascinating and have witnessed some very shady deals in the industry.

There are two months left in 2018, what are you looking forward to over the holiday season?

Alex gets two weeks off at Christmas. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with her. This time of the year is family time for us. My family is coming for Halloween so the twins and their friends can hand out candy at our house. Thanksgiving is always a dinner at my parent’s home and Christmas will be at our house this year so we’re excited about that.

Thank you for indulging me and allowing me to play reporter.  I appreciate you taking the time, I know your schedule is crazy busy right now.  Take a moment to relax with a cup of coffee then get back to writing, The Waders are waiting!! ❤

As one final treat, Erin is letting me share a picture of her 2017 Halloween costume.

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The Roughneck & The Lady Audio

Hello Waders!!

I can’t believe that this is the last weekend of September, on Monday we enter the last quarter of 2018.  Time sure does fly, it seems like only yesterday I was releasing Branded Wives and preparing for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, you’ll want to get signed up for my mailing list ASAP.  We’ll be doing some great give-a-ways for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Only those on the mailing list will be eligible for the goodies, you won’t want to miss out.

Alex and I are in Galveston to visit a deep-water drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sometimes the research for books is a lot more interesting than sitting in front of a computer searching through Google. #authorlife

While Alex and I are on our adventure I thought you might enjoy listening to the first 15 minutes of The Roughneck & The Lady.  The audiobook is currently in production, no estimate on a release date yet, and we are happy to have the talented Victoria Mei as our narrator. #sneakpeek

The poem “Her” at the beginning of the book is dedicated to my wife.  Alex is my heart, my soul, the love of my life.

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I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into what we have to look forward to with The Roughneck & The Lady audiobook.

Enjoy your weekend Waders!!

Team Wade Done Daring the Devil

My little dog Tank is my most faithful writing companion. My wife is good for a few hours of reading and proofing, but Tank is the one that is there beside me all the way. He literally never leaves my side. I get up and stroll around the house or outside and he is right beside me. I return to my computer and he jumps into his bed that is right beside me and goes to sleep. He never asks to be fed, but when I ask him if he is hungry he is very vocal.

Around nine this morning we wrapped up posting and announcing the release of “Don’t Dare the Devil” after an all-night work session. This is Tank’s response when I asked him if he was hungry.


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I have to admit I was too excited to eat but I took care of my little man. Note that I have perfected the permanent coffee grip with my right hand!

 

We are thrilled that Don’t Dare the Devil has already reached #3 in Lesbian Action/Adventure. We thank our readers for that. You are so wonderful!

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About Being Butch

from someone who has no idea!!

My older brother and I have lunch every Wednesday, come hail or high water. He is one of my favorite people in the entire world. Funny, compassionate, loving, all the good things a human can be. He and his wife have the twins I often post about.

He had helped me fix some things around the house last weekend, so he showed up at lunch Wednesday with a present for me. A tool set! He said, “Every good butch has these tools.”

My reply was, “Thank you, I think.”tools

My tool collection has always consisted of a hammer and two screwdrivers. I figured if I couldn’t fix something with these tools, it was a job beyond my capabilities.  But it turns out my brother was right. He is already expanding my horizons with his toolkit.

Saturday night I made dinner for my family and friends, after they left I got ready for bed then checked all the doors to make sure they were locked because the twins had been in and out of every door in the house. As I walked through my home I realized I had left the water running outside.  So, barefoot and clad in only a University of Texas t-shirt I took Tank outside and turned off the water.

Tank played then we headed back inside. To my surprise I had let the door close with the lock on, so we were locked outside. I walked around the house trying every door that I had carefully locked and couldn’t get into my house.

Of course, I had left my cellphone in the house and the Alexa on my patio informed me I had never set up her phone dialing capability. “Set it up now,” I commanded.

“I find no cell phone present,” she answered.  Alexa is a lot like my wife, Alex.  She will only do things her way.  Hmmm….similar names, coincidence?

I was debating on whether to knock on my neighbor’s door or spend the night on the patio furniture. But then I figured either way I’d still be barefoot, wearing nothing but a t-shirt and locked out of my house with no cell phone.

I checked all the windows but knew they would be locked. Bless the twins, one window in Trin’s room was unlocked. I climbed into the window with Tank barking at me as if I were a cat burglar, secured the window and let Tank in before heading to bed.

The point of this story is that Bud’s tools were just what I needed. First thing Sunday morning I went to Lowe’s and purchased a wireless keypad like one mounts outside the garage door. I used Bud’s tools to install it.

So, Thanks Bud. I love you.remote

 

Alex has been in Alabama visiting family, I can’t repeat her comment when I told her I had a whole box of new tools. Image result for embarrassed  However, she was delighted that I have made it impossible for us to lock ourselves out of the house.

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So much for my “butchness”.  Yesterday I discovered that I had somehow severed the link between my garage door opener and my car.  Thank heaven I installed the keypad!!

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“Living Two Lives” Up for Discussion

Hello Y’all.

I am honored to have “Living Two Lives” selected as the first book featured in the new lesfic book club on Facebook, Lez Spinecrackers.  I will be participating in a live discussion about the book, so bring your questions and let’s visit.  I will also be giving away two autographed copies and two audiobooks of “Living Two Lives”, all you have to do to get your name in the drawing to win one of these is to join in the discussion.

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If you’re interested in joining the discussion but don’t seem to have time to sit and read you’ll be happy to hear that the audiobook will be released on June 12th.  To celebrate the release I will be giving away five audiobooks, all you have to do to enter the drawing is email LTL@erinwade.us.  The drawing will be held on Saturday, June 16th and winners notified via email that day with links to claim their prize.  This will give you plenty of time to listen to the book and join in the discussion on June 30th.

Here is a preview of the first 15 minutes of the audiobook, narrated by the talented Victoria Mei.

Thank you to all of my readers that have kept “Living Two Lives” in Amazon’s Top 50 Lesfic and all of my books in the Top 100.  A special thank you to those of you that have taken the time to post reviews on Amazon, they are greatly appreciated.  As a self-published author, honest reviews are the most powerful way to bring my books to the attention of other readers.  Also a huge thank you to all of you that have shared, retweeted and recommended my books to others. Yea Team Wade!!

I hope to visit with you in the group discussion on June 30th and look forward to hearing your thoughts on “Living Two Lives”.

 

Don’t Dare the Devil Cover Reveal

Team Wade—believe me it takes several of us—is pleased to reveal the cover for “Don’t Dare the Devil.” You can read a preview of the first three chapters here.CoverDDTDfinalFB

Readers usually aren’t aware of what it takes to put out a book. Most of you know that I am an Indie author but that doesn’t mean I tackle the task alone. I’m just one tiny cog in a great big wheel. I guess you could call me the catalyst. I kick off the chain reaction by writing the book. Sometimes I can write a book in six or seven months but most of my books have been in the making for one or two years. My wonderful wife, Alex, reads my finished book and gives suggestions that make it so much better.

After incorporating Alex’s suggestions the manuscript goes to my incredible Betas, Julie Versoi and Laure Dherbécourt. While we are concentrating on writing and proofing, a cover is in the works. Our goal is to have a culmination of everything in the same week. Occasionally we actually accomplish that.

Audio books are slowed down because of Amazon’s requirement that the book must be published on Amazon before it can be submitted for audio production. An audio book can take from two to four months to produce.

The final piece of the puzzle is my extremely capable editor Susan Hughes. Susan is truly a Godsend. After Susan finished editing my first book I realized that I’d never seen a comma I couldn’t misplace or an adverb I couldn’t use. She has helped me streamline my stories and clean up the punctuation. I wouldn’t want to go to press without her.

The final step in a book’s release is the audio. We are very fortunate to have the talented Victoria Mei as the narrator for Erin Wade novels. Victoria’s first audio for us will be Living Two Lives which will be released this month, June 12 mark that date on your calendar.  This month we will also be posting a preview of the audio book for “Don’t Dare the Devil” so you’ll want to be sure to “Follow” this blog to get notifications of new posts in your email.  I plan on blogging no more than once a week so you won’t be buried in notifications but you’ll still be kept up to date on developments.

While all of this is going on we are coordinating with our webmaster on website updates and posting information on this blog, Twitter and Facebook. Social media is essential for an Indie author’s success. There are few ways to reach a select audience such as ours. Print magazines aimed at lesbians are non-existent and most “promotion opportunities” are aimed at a broad, general audience. So while one might reach many people, they don’t reach the desired target audience. More on this subject in a future blog.

All of us at Team Wade hope you enjoy Don’t Dare the Devil when it is released at the end of this month.  It’s a little different from my previous books with a paranormal aspect but my wife, betas and editor tell me they LOVE it.  I hope you do too.

 

 

 

Memorial Day

My wife and I hope you have had a fun and safe holiday weekend.  Maybe you BBQ’d with friends\family, started on that long list of summer projects such as landscaping, painting the house, building a shed or maybe you just relaxed on a river or lake fishing.  However you have spent the weekend please remember that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those men and women who have died in service of the United States of America.

America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation remains free.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that paid the ultimate price for this cause.  Please take a moment to remember and honor these men and women.

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Living Two Lives Audio & Book Club Discussion

 

Living Two Lives Audio Coming in June!

We are delighted to announce that Romance/Adventure narrator Victoria Mei will narrate Living Two Lives.  Victoria is a welcome addition to our team and will become the voice of Erin Wade novels.  Check out the first 15 minutes of the audiobook below.

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Lez Spinecrackers Book Club Discussion

Sarah Marie Silverman has introduced a new lesfic book club on Facebook called Lez Spinecrackers. I’m honored to be selected as her first featured author. The book club will be reading my newest release “Living Two Lives”.  I will be online in the group to discuss the book with you on Saturday, June 30th.  Please join Lez Spinecrackers, read Living Two Lives, write down your questions\thoughts and join me in the first group discussion. Talk to you there!

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