Sexy Six Authors Q&A #7:What do you consider most important in  a novel – literary value or story? 

This post would be the continuation of Q&A session with the Sexy Six team and in case you’ve missed the 6th one, here is the link to it.

It’s a pleasure to interview the six sexy authors from the Sexy Six team. A warm welcome to our blog and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the interview session with us.

We’ve asked them a few questions and the answers for each question from all six of them will be published as a series. Let’s check out question #6

What do you consider most important in  a novel – literary value or story? 

Chris Lange 

The story. Always the story.

Leanore Elliott

STORY…hands down and I am an Pro editor too, so that will tell you how important this answer is.

Jennifer Theriot

I’d have to say the story. If you have a good story, then you HAVE literary value – verdad ?

Maggie Nash

Story is everything. Most people read for entertainment, and escape!

Morticia Knight

The story, without hesitation. I’m not here to flex my literary muscles, I want to entertain.

Sandy Wolters

In my humble opinion, the story should be uppermost. The reader needs to be engaged with the characters in order to care about them.  If my books do that, the literary value for that reader is reached and that’s all that is really important to me.


September Author Interview Answer #7:How do deal with people who disagree with your thoughts and views and how do you defend your point of views?

Hello everyone, I hope you have enjoyed reading the sixth post in this interview series. This is the continuation of the interview with author Debby G. Kaye and Linda Gray Sexton. Please check their bios out via the links you can see below.

Let’s check out the answers for question #7 from them.

“How do deal with people who disagree with your thoughts and views and how do you defend your point of views?”

Author #1 D. G. Kaye

I always try to empathize with people. Everyone is entitled to his or her thoughts and opinions. I don’t argue with people. If I’m confronted about a certain issue, I hear the person out and try to convey my point of view in an amicable manner, standing firm in my beliefs. I will try to express my logic for my thoughts and if I find I’m at a dead end, I quietly find a polite way to walk away.

Author #2 Linda Sexton
I try to change the subject and I never defend my viewpoint.  It’s a zero sum game.  People will believe what they want to believe and you can’t change their minds.  Likewise, they can’t change your mind about what you have achieved—or you should be strong and certain enough about what you have written so that they can’t.
It takes courage to express one’s opinion and we are not obliged to agree with critics all the time. We have our own opinions; to each his own. 
I’ll be posting the answers to the seventh question next: “What would you like to say to your readers? ”
Share your thoughts and views below.

MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #7

Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #7 is “What do you consider most important in  a novel – literary value or story? by Neil McGowan.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

The story

2) Viv Drewa

If you don’t have a good story your work won’t have literary value.

3) K. J. Rollinson

This is a difficult question to answer. Obviously, the story and the characters must be intriguing to hold the reader’s interest, BUT nothing annoys me more when an author makes obvious grammatical errors. I can accept the occasional ‘typo,’ this happens in any book, but I do think ‘Indie authors’, in particular, should ensure their spelling and use of English (or whatever language they write in) should be of a high standard.

4) Sam Reese

Probably story. I’ve read (or tried to read) a lot of so-called “literature” and I just don’t get the appeal. It’s trash from a writing perspective, and I think that there are many much better books that deserve to be praised by lit profs.

5) Neil McGowan

Story! It’s all very well doing clever things with language in the name of literature but if the story isn’t there then I’ll put the book down and move on to something else that does have a story.

6) Marion Lovato

Bottom line for me is the story

7) Jaro Berce

I think we all read because of a story. Kafka has literary value but no story.

8) Marie Lavender

I think the story is more important, and this is why.  Let’s say you read a book and you think, “Yeah, that was good.”  A couple of hours later, you are imagining the scenes play out in your head and you just realized a message could be drawn from it.  Did the author intend to convey that?  Who knows?  That’s the great fun about reading a book.  You have no idea what the author “meant” to do.  All you know is that there is something of value in any story, whether it’s a way to escape your worries for awhile or that you glean a message from it.  I think that’s the best part, not knowing what you’re going to encounter.  And maybe the author didn’t even intend to place a message or certain theme in the book, but inadvertently did.  Every one of us comes from a different background, went through different experiences.  What one person gleans from a text may be entirely separate from what the next person gets from it.  That’s the beauty of it.

9) LaRae Parry

Story, story, story. Story trumps everything.

10) Theresa Moretimer

Wow! That is a hard one because to me they are both important and to me you really can’t have one without the other. To me me literary value is based on the story content and life-like your characters and stary are and when they come to life in a story that a reader can’t put down then you have great literary value. Of course not everyone would share my views but to me they are both important.

11) Annie Edmonds

Ok it’s getting deep in here, and I love this question.  I think literary value IS in the story. If the story stays with you and you’re learning something you didn’t know, well too me that’s literary value. And I think it varies from reader to reader.

The next question is “What are your reasons for writing?” by Marion Lovato. Stay tuned with us for the next post !

June Author Interview Answer #7: What is the goal in your writing career?

We are now coming to the last question of the June Author Interview series. If  you have not read the previous posts, do it so now to learn more about them. So, it’s time to check out the answers for the 7th question from the Murder Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror genre participating in the group interview. “What’s the goal(s) in your writing career? How do you define success in writing a mystery/horror/suspense/thriller book?”

Just in case if you are wondering who we are interviewing this month, you can check out this link and get all your author friends from The Memoirs/Biography genre to participate in the next group interview.
1) Author #1: J. J. DiBenedetto
Just writing seven novels that are (I hope) pretty good is a success in itself.  But I would love to be able to turn this into a full-time career that I can support myself with.  It’s not quite there yet, but hopefully that will come in time.
2) Author #2: Fran Veal
Isn’t every author’s goal to become a best-selling author – to write that book that simply everyone has to read? Okay, all obvious answers aside, I define success in writing any book when I can evoke emotion in the reader. I have one friend who purchased my first book, FINDING MY ESCAPE, in paperback. She told me when she finished reading it, she threw the book against the wall – then she turned around and bought 4 more copies for friends. THAT, I consider a huge success!
3) Author #3: Jim Strait
Success is defined by the individual and, for me, it’s completing an honest story. By honest I mean a work that doesn’t borrow a format or expand upon a genre that has been written into the ground. Hence, the endless torrent of Zombie stories. I’m really hoping they find a way to kill off the zombies so that people will stop writing about them…werewolves and vampires too! My goal is to ultimately write a story that moves more people than I can count. Love me, hate me, just don’t be unmoved.
4) Author #4: Kelli Sue Landon
My goal is basically to become a best seller. I’d love to have my name known, like Stephen King or Mary Higgins Clark. That’s a big dream of mine! Successful is having a great imagination and putting it into a book! My mother (who’s very hard to please) was impressed with my imagination when she read Stranded in Time, which made my year!
What are your goals as an author? I look forward to reading your comments below.
Stay tuned for the next author interview series! Thank you! 🙂

May Author Interview Answer #7: What Would Your Characters Say If They Speak For Themselves?

Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for the 7th question for May Author Interview featuring 13 Young Adult authors. Answers for question #6 can be found here.
Just in case if you are wondering who we are interviewing this month, you can check out this link and get all your Crime Fiction/Horror/Mystery writers to participate in the next group interview.
So, the 7th question is “If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
1) Author #1 : Delshree Gladeen
I think the character who most wants to say something would be Ketchup, which isn’t surprising for those who know him. His message to everyone would be, “If someone promises you unlimited power, think twice before assuming they’re out to benefit anyone except themselves.” 
2) Author #2: N.W. Harris
They’d probably pin me in a corner and beat the crap out of me! I live by the motto “Make your characters suffer.” At every turn in my books, I’m asking myself, “how can I add conflict, trauma, and general suffering to this dude/girl’s life?”  I’m sure my characters would hate me if they could meet the man behind the curtain pulling their strings. 
3) Author #3: K.C. Finn
The first thing that springs to mind is “Why do you make our lives so torturous and complicated???”
My answer would be that I follow the essential rule of fiction as laid out by Kurt Vonnegut: Be a sadist. Your characters only show their trye strength and their most amazing qualities when you let them face terrible obstacles and painful situations, so don’t be afraid to put them through the ringer!
4) Author #4: M.J Cunningham
The impact of my first book, Reluctant Guardian, has been great. So many people have written to me telling me the cried the whole way through. I love that. A book that can make you laugh and cry is a success in my mind.
5) Author #5: Chrystal Vaughan
In the book, Eva does speak for herself, and so does her boyfriend Jesse. I think I would give Natasha (the antagonist) the chance to speak. I’m sure she would apologize for what she did to Alex and for what she tried to do to Eva. Natasha had a very hard life; that doesn’t condone killing anyone, but it helps to understand some of the reasons behind her actions.
6) Author #6: Jessica Tornese
I think I would let Sarah explain the reasoning on her destructive behavior and her obsession with ruining lives. I don’t know what I would say for her, other than….I am thinking of writing a spin-off book to the series to share her villainous viewpoint.
7) Author #7: Amanda Strong
“I never asked to be the one who’d to save the world, but the responsibility is mine now, no sense crying about it.  I know who needs me, and I won’t let her down, no matter what it costs.    No matter what sacrifices must be made.”
8) Author #8: Erica Keifer
It depends on what part of the book and how far they have come in their growth, for truly, there is a lot of development in these characters as the storyline progresses. So as not to giveaway the ending, the Allie Collins in the beginning of the book would say she is like Megara from Disney’s “Hercules,” taking lyrics from the song, “I Won’t Say I’m in Love”. Allie would say love is over-used, thrown around with little understanding of the word. She would relate to the lyrics from this song that say, “No chance, no way!” as Allie let’s fear and lack of trust prevent her from believing in love.
9) Author #9: Kelly Risser
Sharon and David, Meara’s parents, would look to justify why they made the choices they did long ago. I think they both are consumed with a lot of guilt and “What if” – like most parents who question whether their decisions are always the right one. Meara narrates the novel, so I think most of what she would have to say is there, although given the choice, she might go off on a well-deserved rant about the unfairness of it all.
10) Author #10: Lauren Taylor

Apella would say, “It’s never too late for redemption.”

11) Author #11: Sherry D. Ficklin
It would probably be Logan, and he’d say, “Have a cookie, then get over it.”
12) Author #12: Sheenah Freitas

“I can’t believe you didn’t want to interview me. I’m endlessly fascinating you know.” –Derek, the merman.

13) Author #13: Michael Thal

I love Koolura, my favorite character. She’s a combination of the best personality traits of my two beloved daughters. And like my daughters, she’s very supportive. So I guess she’d say, “Michael Thal’s books are the coolest around. Put his YA novels on top of your summer reading list.”

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April Author Interview Answer #7 “What’s your message to your readers?”

We have come to an end of the April author interview session with question number seven. Romance and Erotica books have a huge number of fans all over the world. What do you think they want to achieve through their writings? Money, fame or pure fun? What do they hope to achieve through your writing journey? What’s their message to readers? Why must readers give their book a try? We have asked this question to all 7 authors as their stories are capable of shaping the mind of young readers. It’s time to know what all SEVEN Romance & Erotica authors think about this. A couple of days earlier, we revealed the answers for Question #6“Can you shape the thoughts of readers?” For those of you reading this post and not knowing what’s going on, we interviewed Romance and Erotica authors last month. You can click on the authors’ names below to learn about them more.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all seven authors who took part in this author interview!

This month, we are interviewing Young Adult authors and if you have any questions for them, please send in your question via this link. It will take less than 5 minutes. I promise! 🙂 

Here is the answer to the 6th question: “What do you hope to achieve through your writing journey? What’s your message to your readers? Why must they give your book a try?” 

1) Author #1 Anne Conley

My books, for the most part, are about real life, real situations, and real people overcoming adversity and finding love in the process.  As for what I hope to achieve, that is two-fold.  I would like to make a living with my writing, which is the only career path I’ve ever travelled that I actually enjoy.  So, making a living doing what I love is a definite priority, but I also want readers to know they aren’t alone on their journey through life.  Other people have problems too, even if my characters are fictional, there are ways to deal with situations.

2) Author #2: Marie Lavender

I think what I hope for is that I can touch readers through a good story.  There’s always that hope that they will take something away from what they have read, either through the characters or a location in the story.  But, mostly, I just hope to give readers an escape, a brief respite from the stressors of life.  What more can you ask for with a good book?  I believe the literary world can be limitless. A book is a portal into another universe.

3) Author #3: Emily Eck

As I said before, my current series deals with the plight of undocumented youth in the United States. I have another book in my head that I want to write next, and it deals with a woman with a severe stuttering problem. This book is a work of pure fiction, but I’m a stutterer. As the book has formulated in my head, I’ve found myself becoming emotionally attached to it. It is the same way with my current series with Elle and J, I’ve grown attached to them as characters.. I am a passionate person. It drips from my pores, so it flows into my books. I can’t help but be passionate about the topics my books address. 

As a child, my stuttering was a curse that turned me into the “quiet girl.” Ten years of speech therapy and learning to not let other people’s insults leave me a mess of tears has made me the strong woman I am today. I actually gave a training a few years ago on public speaking. Who knew the stutterer would not only be speaking in public, but giving a training to others on how to speak publicly?! The passion I feel for this is woven into every aspect of this book I am dying to write. She is a singer who stutters, the only time her words flow freely being when she is on stage. The rhythm of music often creates this situation for stutterers where our words flow freely. Of course, there is an incredibly hot speech therapist who helps her though it, and ultimately aids her in attempting to achieve her dream of making it big in the music business. As with the L&J series, you are going to get swept away in a passionate love affair, but you are also going to learn something about people that you never knew– number one being never finish a word or sentence for a stutterer. It really annoys us 🙂
4) Author #4: AJ Summer
Well I hope to continue writing. To not lose faith in myself. As an Indie-Author I face a lot of challenges. It’s hard, but having a reader tell me that they loved my book? That’s the best feeling ever! Not even chocolate can beat that 🙂

My books are dark. They are raw, gritty and as real as it gets. Not everyone is going to like The Tainted Twins and I’m fine with that. It’s my story, I wrote it the way I wanted it. 

If you want a darker, emotional read that will rip your heart to pieces and soothe your soul with gentle poetry give my books a try. You might be pleasantly surprised 😉

5) Author #5: Lucien Bane

I hope to create a road map to demonstrate to the man how to recognize and embrace the natural Dom within. I want to demonstrate to the women how to help him unlock that. I have some simple, practical advice.

My message to the readers as to why they should read Dom Wars. I want to break the mold on Dom/sub books. I plan on showing the readers that what is written in fiction is shit. You don’t need fancy tools or even go in the clubs to be involved in BDSM. Find your own kink. And also, the readers should read Dom Wars because I pour my heart and soul into my writing, and I think they will see that when they read it.

6) Author #6: Annie Edmonds
Great Jas, just what an author wants to do, Sell ourselves. I’m hoping that for a few hours or a few days that my stories take the reader away from their own lives. My readers are mostly women and yes there are some men in there too. But women are taking care of their jobs and coming home and taking care of their families. 
So when they pick up one of my books I hope that I can take them away from their busy hectic lives and show them in the end that true love does exists. 
And when they read my blog on WordPress Sex w/Annie they will see that I do have the loving relationship with great sex. 
But my life hasn’t always been easy. I live with Chronic pain and have for the last 25yrs.
I got lucky because I have a husband that never wavered in the love he has for me. Couples need to remember the vows they took. They have to remember why they married each other.And that shit happens. Our lives don’t always go as planned. 
Sammy’s story in part is my story. A young widow who finds her one true love. But not before she had to endure years with a verbally abusive man. And when her husband dies in an accident Sammy has to find a way to forgive herself for letting a man abuse her for so long. She vows to never let it happen again. That is exactly what I did. 

Being a Jersey girl doesn’t mean we have rich husbands and play dress up all day. We are not all “Real housewives of NJ.” We do have a certain attitude and most of the time we don’t take any crap. My husband loves that about me. In fact he loves everything about me. I got lucky the second time around as I did get my second chance at life and love. Just like Sammy did. I like a happy ending. I like it when I’m finished reading a book and I smile because it all worked out in the end. 

Second Chances Sammy’s story is that book. It has the sex, the drama, the suspense and even more kinky sex. It’s my first and believe me I did the best I could at the time. If you see a few spelling or grammar errors just read over them. I had it re-edited and that’s what I got back. You get what you pay for. 
Master Mikes story is next. Hoping to have it finished by Summer. When I asked my readers what character they wanted me to write about next all of them said, Master Mike Sloan.  And I promise this book will be done the right way the first time around. The story is amazing. I love where it’s going and I hope you will too. So read the first because I made sure most of the crew of characters are in both books.  

7) author #7: Larae Parry

My goal is to entertain the reader—get her mind off the real stresses of life, and sit back and just enjoy. I mostly live in an imaginary world because of my over-active imagination—I like to bring visitors if they want to come. My fictional stories are purely for the purpose of entertainment.

If there are people who just want to read something fun, sort of romantic, and kind of mysterious, they’ll like my books. I’m not deep or heavy . . . well, I’m sort of heavy—but that’s entirely another story. 

What do you think these answers? Watch out for the May author interview! We’ll be posting the author bios of those who have signed up for the May interview. Be sure to donate a question and stay tuned to read their answers.

Signing out,


Founder of IBP