Category: Author Speak

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 […]

Gene Hackman on his Motivation to Create

The Thriller Week festivities continue here at XOXO After Dark! How many times have you heard someone say, “When I retire, I’m going to write a book”? Here’s a brief reflection on the creative process from one such writer who might surprise you: Academy Award-winning actor Gene Hackman! In recent years, Gene has turned his […]

From Self-Pub to Print

Those of you who also follow us on Twitter may have seen that recently I participated in a chat with author Adrianne Wood, whose western romance, BADLANDS BRIDE, is out now. It was a great chat, and we talked a lot about the self-publishing phenomenon, because Adrianne first published BADLANDS BRIDE as a Nook exclusive, […]

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