Category: Author Speak

Alice Clayton chats about author first-times!

So the first book I ever wrote — the first piece of fiction in fact — was relaunched this October 15th by my new family at Simon & Schuster. The pictures started coming in from readers as early as this past weekend, pictures they had snapped at bookstores from Portland OR to Orlando FL. My […]

ReShonda Tate Billingsley: “Inspiration is everywhere!”

As a former television news reporter, I’m observant by nature. I’m always listening, taking in my surroundings (and yes, sometimes, eavesdropping) because you never know when the makings of a good story are in the works. From the coffee shop to the grocery store, no one is immune from inspiring the next, great (or villainous) […]

Hey, Jude – Facebook me!

When I asked my Facebook ladies what I should write for this blog, as usual, they came up with a zillion great ideas. One of the main ones was what advice I would give myself if Iwere just starting out. What first came to mind is Get Rid of Him NOW. But I don’t think […]

Anton Strout talks Genre and Conventions

New York Comic Con is once again descending on Manhattan (Oct 10th-13th), making me thinking of all the conventions I get to attend as America’s Favorite Lower Midlist Urban Fantasy Author™. I’ve found myself a welcome guest of honor/speaker at a wide variety of conventions, which sort of came as a surprise, given that my […]

Superhero Boyfriends, on a Scale of 1 to 10

It’s New York Comic Con week here at XOXOAD! We love all the cosplay, the announcements about hot new shows/movies, and most of all, the books! Today we’re happy to have a guest post from Molly Harper, author of multiple humorous paranormal romances, and a fan of jiu jitsu, vampires, and comic books. Today, Molly […]

The Great Historical Writers Debate from Alexa Egan

The Great Debate …at least among historical romance writers always seems to be; how do we balance accurately depicting our era while at the same time making it accessible to the average reader? This dilemma can take many forms, but the one I want to discuss today is historical detail. A confession before we begin: […]

Kate Emerson on the “Philippa Gregory Genre”

Historical fiction author Kate Emerson recounts how a thirty-year-old idea became the inspiration for her “Secrets of the Tudor Court” series. When I was growing up, some of my favorite books were biographies written for young people. I can remember reading the life stories of Nellie Bly, Florence Nightingale, Catherine the Great, and Elizabeth the […]

Lowcountry Magic: Ann Hite’s Southern Roadtrip

 Author Ann Hite reveals the inspiration for her upcoming novella, Lowcountry Spirit. There are some things in my life that have come naturally to me. Storytelling runs in my family, and Appalachia is always part of each tale. It is home, the very blood that runs through my veins. Appalachia is my granny, mama, great aunts, […]

What Is ‘New Adult?’ Romance Editors and Authors Tell All

  We spotted this post on’s Romance page, and they’ve graciously allowed us to share some of it here on XOXO After Dark! The complete article can be found at Bookish (link at the bottom of this post). Enjoy!   by Natalie Zutter for “Losing It” by Cora Carmack. “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie […]

In Memoriam, Vince Flynn

  Simon & Schuster received the sad news this morning that Vince Flynn, bestselling author of the beloved Mitch Rapp series of thrillers, has passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster, sent the following announcement to the company: It is with great sadness that I […]

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