Ask An Author: What is your most effective social media platform?

Today, I’ve asked my panel of published authors the question, “What is your most effective social media platform?”

“WordPress is most effective for people to read samples of your work and get a real idea of what you write, why you write, and how you write. Twitter is most effective for getting quick attention and saying, “Hi. I have a book. Would you please read it? Thanks!”

Decker Schutt

“Facebook, with WordPress as a close second.”

S.L. Stacy

“WordPress. FB would be my second choice.”

H.N. Sieverding

“Facebook because I cheat. When I post on Facebook it also posts on Twitter. I kill two birds with one stone.”

Tricia Andersen

“I’ve found Facebook, don’t over post there otherwise you will drive perspective readers away, and Twitter to be the best. Also doing radio interviews and blogs.”

Lindsay Downs

“(facebook, twitter, wordpress, etc) Facebook, for allowing communication with readers and friends of course, although WordPress is a great tool for allowing you to improve your writing craft and connect with other writers who in some cases also become wonderfully dear friends.”

Paula Acton

Meet the Authors

If you’re an author and want to participate, too, feel free to leave your answer in the comment section. We’d love to hear it!

Reader Interview: Leta Fisher

Give a BIG welcome to Leta!

I met Leta in a beta reading thread and she agreed to beta read my Nightwalkers Series and one of my novels, Secret Scarlet (being released in Oct.).  She’s great at what she does and was extremely helpful to me during the editing process.  

Okay enough about me.  Let’s talk about Leta.  She’s an avid reader, one of the fastest I’ve ever met. She also enjoys photography and beta reading.  She loves helping authors succeed and she will help them in any way she can.

Are you ready to find out more about Leta?  Here are a few questions I asked her.  I love her answers to # 2 and #8.


1.  What is your favorite book?

I can’t have just one! The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward. OK, I’m not trying to suck up, but I love your books too! Just publish them! 🙂

2.  Who is your favorite author?

Kristen Ashley, J. R. Ward and hopefully the soon to be famous Heidi!

3.  What genre do you enjoy reading and why?

Paranormal romance, romance, erotica, sci-fi, OK most everything I can get my hands on.

4. What genre do you dislike and why?

Non-Fiction. I can’t stand the books that are self-bio’s that say “look at me, I’m who you should look up to!”

5.  What is the worst book you’ve ever read?

It was by an up and coming author who writes erotica. She had the intimate scenes down pat, but the rest of her books were filled with all kinds of grammatical and spelling errors.

6.  Does it matter to you if a novel is self-published rather than by a traditional publisher?

Not anymore! It makes the online reader be able to find great pieces of work that the big guys wouldn’t publish. They also make authors butcher their work into shorter stories so they can make a buck. I will pay good money for a full book!

7.  What is your preference? Printed books or ebooks?

Until about a year ago I would have said printed. My friends and I used to share a series of books, trading off who will buy them. Now, I own over 300 books on IBooks and Kindle.

8. What do you like about being a beta reader?

I love that I can truly help someone with their works of art. Hoping that they can succeed in writing and give me something that I would truly read. Then I can sit back and say “look at what she did! She is truly awesome!” The author, not me.

9.  What book would you love to see be turned into a movie?

The Fallen series, Fifty Shades of Grey and maybe the Outlander series. I don’t know how they are going to sex down Fifty, but it will be interesting to see. When the Twilight movies came out I was at every premier the first night.

10.  What things ruin a book for you?

Besides spelling and grammatical errors, books that have no flow to them.

11.  What character from a book you read would you love to meet?

Christian (I love vampires), Hollywood from Black Dagger and Jericho Barrons from Dark Fever.

12.  What advice would you give to writers?

Breathe! Let your mind go to that magical place where you can come up with fantastic characters and the rest will come. Personally I’m jealous of writers. All I’m able to write is reviews about employees’ performance.


Check out some of Leta’s favorite authors!

Taylor Stimac

Author of Trusted

Website:  http://taylorlstimac.wordpress.com/

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Cristiane Allevato Serruya

Author of the Trust Trilogy

Website:  http://www.cristianeserruya.com.br/

Author Interview: T.L. Andersen

Meet T.L. Andersen!

Andersen is a Secret Cravings author, writing primarily contemporary/medieval romance.  She has a few books under her belt.  Check out her books, The Sorceress of Savon and The Woodcutter King of Muladin. You can check her out via FB or Tuesday Tales as well.


1.  When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing since I could figure out that I could put words together to make a story. My Mom has stories I’ve written since kindergarten.

2.  What’s harder to write, a beginning or an end?

It’s harder for me to write the beginning. I can always tie up everything in a neat little bow. I have a hard time getting a story off the ground that catches a reader’s attention.

3.  What is the best passage you have ever written?

From The Sorceress of Savon.

“Do not tell me my fate, my lady. My fate belongs to me. It is my fate. And my fate intertwined with yours when our son was conceived in your womb. Our fate is joined together and will wrap around our son’s when he is born. And my fate is not to be king. It is to love you. Where you go, I will be. You are all I have wanted all my life. Now that I have you I will not let you go.”

4.  What is your advice to newbie authors?

Never give up. Even when it seems pointless and it seems all you are doing is spinning your wheels, never stop believing in yourself. This has been the most amazing journey and I can honestly say I have loved every little bit of it.

5.  Who is your favorite character?

Without a doubt it is Sloan O’Riley. He is the most dimensional, most intriguing character I’ve written. He is the character that lives in my head. His original model was my grandfather so I think a little piece of my grandpa lives in him.

Keep an eye out for Andersen’s Black Irish, a romance you’ll definitely want to snag a copy of.  It’s due out in May, its two sequels coming out in August and November.

Come back next week to see who my next interview will be with!  It’s someone I can’t wait for you to meet!  She’s one of my favorite ladies and I know you’re gonna love her too!