We decided to feature some of our founding authors over the next week. We asked them all the same two questions: 

  • What made you become an author? 
  • Which one of your books would you like more readers to discover? 

Here’s what Heather Young-Nichols, CA Miconi, and Kristen Strassel had to say…

“The book that made me start writing (seriously) was Twilight. I devoured the series and it reminded me of two things. My love of reading and my love of writing stories that no one would ever read. 

I read Twilight in 2009 and decided I really wanted to try writing a book that summer. Guess what? I did. It’s garbage but still a good story. Maybe with a massive rewrite, I’ll put it out into the world one day. Who knows. But I wrote it. I spend so many late nights tapping away on my computer, writing until 3 or 4 in the morning. Sending urgent text messages to a friend who was also writing her own book.

Then I wrote another. And another. And another. Until eventually, I wrote a book that a small press wanted. Then I wrote another for that publisher and another for a different publisher. I’m all indie now because I choose to be and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“A fortune teller in New Orleans told me I would write a book and I didn’t believe her! One month later, I was asked to co-write with my editing client and friend, the rest is history!”


“I had a really vivid dream about a girl trying to make it in Las Vegas. I couldn’t stop thinking about it to the point that I actually moved to Las Vegas because I wanted to research the book. It took me ten years to write it, but that story became Because the Night.”

And what about the one book she wrote that she’d love everyone to read?

“I have a soft spot for Claimed by the Rogue Wolf. I loved the way Jasmine and Marcus’ relationship exploded on the page, and for a bonus there are a lot of really cute shelter animals in the story.”

Check back tomorrow for stories from Emmanuelle de Maupassant, Grace Roberts, and Tracy A. Ball!

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