I am delighted to host A.J. Locke as my featured author. She has kindly agreed to be interviewed and here’s what she has to say…
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m originally from Trinidad and Tobago but have been living in NYC for the past sixteen years. I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book when I was fourteen and haven’t stopped since (Fun fact, I hand wrote my first four novels!). I’m a creative person at heart and over the years have picked up jewelry making, drawing, painting, sewing, and graphic design. Writing however, has been the one creative outlet I have always been consistent with.
What are reading at the present?
Well, with an almost four month old baby, finding time to read has been hard lately. I am however in the middle of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, and I just started Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton.
What have you written?
Sixteen books, one novella, a few short stories, and quite a bit of poetry.
What is the title of your latest book?
Black Widow Witch
What is it about?
Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.
But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Malachi is a witch who comes from the realm of witches, the Aeverneath, which is separate from the human world. She specializes in altering drinks with magic, which can have any manner of effect on the person drinking it. But Malachi is also suffering from a terrible cursed placed on her by the witch queen. If she develops romantic feelings for anyone, she will horrendously butcher them.
In what formats is your book available?
Mobi, pdf, and epub
Where can readers buy your books?
My books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and All Romance Ebooks.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I am working on the sequel to my first novel, Affairs of the Dead.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Right now I am finding sequel writing to be a challenge! I’ve done sequels before but this one is a toughie. I have so many threads I need to weave in to the story in order to do the first book justice, it’s been a bit hard getting this story out.
Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely do.
Why do you write?
Because I love it of course! My imagination is so active, I always have these ideas swirling around and I love building a story and writing something to completion.
What do you do to get book reviews?
My main route of getting book reviews is through book tours and forums on Goodreads.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Of course bad reviews are never fun to get, but it comes with the territory. I think every writer just has to remember that everyone’s taste is different and for every bad review there will hopefully be more good reviews.
How do you market your books?
I mainly utilize social media, blog tours, and Goodreads to market my books.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing, keep learning, and don’t give up. It may take a long time to achieve your goals, but you will eventually get there.
You can buy A.J.'s books by clicking on the links below:
Black Widow Witch
Affairs of the Dead
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