When did you become an author?
I signed with Siren in September of 2012 but officially had my first book published in November of 2012.
How many series do you currently have?
Currently I have 1 active series (more than 1 book + books still coming out), 6 closed series (no more books to come), and then the Liberation Manor book that I’d planned more to do, but other projects pulled me away from it.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting started. I might have an idea, may even have a premise but until I know just who my characters are and their life stories, I really can’t get into it.
Any advice for a new author?
Write, write and write some more. You need to practice writing, like anything, to become good at it. The same principal in learning to ride a bike or learning to cook applies to writing. No one just knows how to do this stuff, we all have to learn and we keep on learning as we grow. It’s also about exercising your brain, it needs to be stretched, challenged, and given tasks to stay sharp. So write. Write anything you want, but always keep writing.
Couple other things I’ll pass along that I’ve learned over the last couple of years. First is have a sounding board – someone you know, not necessarily another author (sometimes it’s better if they aren’t) to bounce your ideas or troubles off of. This person can often times help you see your scene from a very different perspective. Second thing is to find a routine that works for you. Every author has their rituals for writing. Could be music playing, absolute silence, a pair of favorite pants that seem to keep the juices flowing, certain times of the day, who knows. Once you find something that seems to work for you, where you are productive and those creative juices are bubbling, don’t deviate.
Last thing, DO NOT let rejections get you down. It happens to EVERYONE at some point – including some of the biggest names in the industry. Yes your work has been rejected, you need to deal with that, but you can also use it as a way to further hone your craft. Read that rejection note, letter, email carefully for anything that has to do with the work in particular. It could have been something as simple as your synopsis was ambiguous, leaving the acquisition individual lost and adrift. It could be a certain turn of phrase you overuse – make a note and consciously watch for it, hell do a check for it before submitting. Recheck the submission guidelines, perhaps you had a scene that doesn’t fit with the publishers comfort zone – no two publishers have the same guidelines though they are often very similar – double check.
Whatever you do – keep trying. This is something that is important to you. Take everything you’ve learned, rejections and compliments alike, and use it all to better yourself. Talk to fellow authors, see if they have some tips. Get self-help books (yes, they are out there for authors too) and study them. Most important of all – DO NOT RELY ON ANYONE BUT YOURSELF TO BETTER WHO YOU ARE AS AN AUTHOR. YOU must be willing to stretch, to learn, and to grow. Never stop growing.
Who are your publishers?
Currently I only write with Siren, as of September 2014 I became an Exclusive Author and can no longer put books out under Honor James with any other publishers. I do have two books with Evernight -prior to signing the exclusivity with Siren- that will be available until their contracts are up.
I also write under a pseudonym, April Zyon, now. I have the Massey, TX series and the Space Wars series with Evernight; Guardian’s of the Light series with Secret Cravings; and I also am with Loose ID as well with a book out May 26, 2015 called Upon the Threshold.
Where can I get your books from?
My books are sold on my publisher pages, as well as Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, and now Kobo as well. You can find the links to my publisher links, as well as my author pages on the other sites on the PURCHASING page. If you find my book anywhere else, please use the Contact Me form to let me know. Not every site is a pirate site outside of these, but I need to check them to ensure my books are not being sold without my publisher, or myself receiving the dues we are all owed.
I heard a rumor you were finishing some series. Which ones, and when?
The Lords of the Expanse is one series I decided to call at three books. I could have done more, all authors can just keep going, but knowing when to call it is the hardest part.
The Mischievous Fairy Tales will be ending with book 5, Sleeping Beau, on December 5, 2014.
The Beyond the Veil series will have 6 total books, the last of them Violet’s Protectors, will be out January 30, 2015.
The Hawt Men In and Out of Uniform will be 7 books total, concluding the series on July 17, 2015.
As of the Hawt Men series I will be moving onto new projects that are still in the planning stages. Stayed tuned for more information there.
I love your Beyond the Veil series, will there be more books beyond these six?
I have been thinking about doing a “spin-off” of the series, for a lack of a better term. I can’t say too much about what this potential spin-off might be without giving away the closing pieces of the series. If I do the spin-off though it will be a different take with a lot of familiar, and some not so familiar characters. Probably.
I’ve read all your Paranormal Protection Unit, and want more. Is there a chance you’ll write more books?
I get this question, a lot. I think my readers are trying to tell me something, lol!
There is always a chance that I will write some more books for the PPU, but at this time there are absolutely no plans to continue, or expand on the series. While a spin-off, or a continuation at a later date (ie: 40 years from the last book) is always possible, I have many other projects currently on the go that require completion, submission, and publication first. I never say never when it comes to the series that started my career. Some of my favorite guys are in this series.
Have a question for Honor? You can send it via her Contact Me page.
Updated May 27, 2015