My first Podcasts is up

Hey everyone, I am super excited to have my first podcast up. I am lucky to have an amazing husband who pushes me when I need it but who is also great at music and recording. This made it easy for me because he already has all the tools for his upcoming recording business. This helps my business as well. YAY!!!!


Anyway I got the first one up yesterday and you can listen to it on ITunes at this link here….

You can also listen to it directly on the podcast site at this link here

As time goes on I will be focusing on more specific areas per podcasts as well as interviews with other people.

I am super excited for this new change in my business.

Lots of Love




Mental Health Awareness Tonight

Tonight I along with other gust speakers will be talking about finding your way out of darkness and into the light. This is a free event for anyone in or around Spokane Washington.

Great cause and great awareness

Interview with Author Melanie Nowak

I recently had the opportunity to interview Author Melanie Nowak. She is amazing and funny and is a great writer. She has a number of books out and has great advice to offer other authors.


Here is the interview:

Kaylee Talking

Melanie Talking

Hi Kaylee – thank you so much for inviting me to do this interview. I am always happy to share my experiences and connect with other authors and readers!

First tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am a happily married wife and mom. My husband and I have been in love for 27+ years and are proud to have two wonderful teenage sons. Being nature-lovers through and through, we always dreamed of moving from Long Island NY into country woodlands, and we were lucky enough to be able to make that dream come true. We recently bought a home on a peaceful mountaintop surrounded by NY state forest – a perfect atmosphere for writing, among other things!

What is your favorite book?

I love fantasy, horror, and paranormal stories, and have many favorites! I think I would have to say that Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles hold the most special place in my heart, because the book Interview with the Vampire was the first story I ever read that was told from the perspective of the vampire. I read it as a young teenager, and the way that Anne captured emotions and described surroundings was mesmerizing to me. I really connected with her story and characters. I was lucky enough to meet with her since writing my own books, and tell her what a wonderful inspiration she has been to me. (Not going to lie – I may have cried a little, LOL)

How many books have you written and published so far?

At this point I have published 29 titles for my ALMOST HUMAN series. There are 6 full novels (2 trilogies), which are quite long and were later broken up to also be published as 21 novellas. The first trilogy of novels is available in an Omnibus Edition as well.

I have recently released another novella UNITING VAMPIRES – part 1 of my next upcoming novel, VAMPIRESS REIGNING. There will be two more novellas coming out this year. Then all three of those novellas will be combined for the release of the full novel, due in October.

ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Series


Part 1: Captivating Vampires

Part 2: Tempting Transgressions

Part 3: Venomous Revelations


Part 1: Persistent Persuasion

Part 2: Telling Tales

Part 3: Battles and Bliss


Part 1: Ecstasy Unleashed

Part 2: Stakes and Sunshine

Part 3: Evolution of Love

ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Second Series


Part 1: Vampiress Rising

Part 2: Exceeding Expectations

Part 3: Coping with Chaos

Part 4: Vampire Vertigo


Part 1: Determining Desires

Part 2: Undying Devotion

Part 3: Emotional Maelstrom

Part 4: Crossing the Line


Part 1: Home of the Bloodthirsty

Part 2: Enemies and Allies

Part 3: Vicious Survival

Part 4: Divining Destiny

ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Third Series


Part 1: Uniting Vampires

Do you write digital books or print ones or both?

My full novels are all available in ebook and paperback format worldwide. The novellas are exclusive to Amazon’s KU program.

Do you have a publisher or are you a self-publisher? Why did you choose this method?

I began writing in 2003 and spent a few years trying to get published by traditional methods. I researched the whole process, got my copy of the “Writer’s Market” guide, and learned how to write query letters, a story synopsis, and put together proposal packets, trying my best. I got over 200 rejections without anyone ever reading my books. You know what they told me? “No one wants to read about vampires anymore – Anne Rice has done it to death!”. This was right before Twilight came out – shows what they knew! 

I went back to school for my Masters Degree to be a school librarian, so I could share my love of books and research. A professor mentioned Amazon’s new e-book device, the Kindle, and I learned that Amazon was accepting previously unpublished e-books for the Kindle debut. I decided to publish my books on Kindle, so I could have closure to move on, feeling like I’d done something with them. Although the books were “done”, I couldn’t stop myself from thinking “but what happened after that?”. I had ideas to begin a second trilogy for the series.

The books went live on Kindle in July 2008. I directed family and friends not to review them, because I wanted to see how they were honestly received by the public. After 4 months (of nail biting and waiting for any sort of response) I received my first review from a stranger clear across the country, and it was a 5 star!!! After that, more good reviews started trickling in, and the books started cultivating a fan base.

I began getting e-mails from readers asking when the series would be out in print, because people wanted to buy them for friends without Kindles (ebooks weren’t a well known format back then). I contacted agents & publishers again. This time I had great, verifiable sales numbers to show them, but there was still a bad stigma attached to independent publishing, even though my books had never been in print. Publishers also didn’t like that my books were not purely ‘romance’, ‘fantasy’, or ‘horror’, but a blending of genres, making it hard to classify. They didn’t want to take a chance on a new unknown author, and some wanted me to make changes to the story I was unwilling to make.

I decided not to be discouraged. If I couldn’t find a publisher, I’d learn how to do it myself. I wasn’t concerned with being a ‘big name’ author, I just wanted Kindle readers to be able to have the print copies they wanted. I put my degrees to good use, learned every in and out of publishing I could get information on, and I founded WoodWitchDame publications. I handle every aspect of creating, publishing, marketing and distributing my books independently. It is not the right path for everyone, but for me, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made! The ALMOST HUMAN series is now celebrating the anniversary of being 10 years on Kindle and 8 years in print!

I’ve gotten some offers from traditional publishers now that the series is getting more popular, but I have not accepted any yet. I’m a bit of a control freak, and enjoy doing everything myself. Until I receive an offer that is considerably better for the series than what I can do for it myself, I’m happy to keep complete creative control. 

Do you write under a pen name?

I write under my own real name. I don’t like the idea of pretending to be someone I’m not – I like to connect with readers on a personal level whenever possible. I have worked very hard and poured my heart and soul into these books. I am proud to have my name on them!

How do you market and promote your books?

I’ve only tried paid marketing techniques a few times, and not seen results worth the money. The best marketing of all is word of mouth! I’ve always included a page in my books asking readers to leave reviews online and tell their friends if they enjoy my work. I’ve always included my email address as well, encouraging them to contact me if they’d like. I try to be creative and find new ways to reach readers whenever I can, and I always encourage those who love my books to help me spread the word.

Before social media was even a thing, I was finding people interested in my genre and talking up my books on AOL chatboards, LOL. Eventually that gave way to MySpace, Amazon forums, Kindleboards, and now Facebook. I also like to attend conventions, and bookstore and library events whenever I can. 

What inspires your writing?

My writing is very emotional and character driven. Each of my characters has been taken from the seed of something within myself. Vampires are a great outlet for feelings of loneliness, or being outcast, and exploring religion and spirituality. They are also a wonderful metaphor for addiction and abuse. I have been lucky enough in my life never to have been sexually abused or addicted to drugs – but everything that goes into making up the personalities for my characters, how they feel and react to things, has come from some little grain of dealing with something in my own life – magnified. At some point in my life I have totally identified with and “been” these people. Even if it didn’t outwardly show – this is how I felt and wanted to react. Giving voice to these personas is very cathartic!

As far as inspiration for the mechanics of my vampires are concerned, I’ve always been interested in bats. Vampire bats have a anticoagulant in their saliva called “draculin” (named after Count Dracula!) that keeps blood from clotting. I had the idea that such a thing would be useful for vampires as well – and what if they had something to keep the victim calm, like a drug?

I always wondered about a vampire’s ability to put victims in thrall. In old movies, vampires are always able to hypnotize people, and it’s never really explained. People are just ‘under their power’. I always wondered – how does it work? I put that question together with the anticoagulant/drug idea, and took it further. What if vampires could inject their victims with venom, like a snake? Only the venom would not be deadly poison, but a narcotic combination of drugs that kept blood from clotting, kept the victim calm and even willing, and also could mark territory for the vampire – leaving a psychic-aura mark that other vampires could see. The vampire could then use the existence of this ‘drug’ in their victim’s system, to put them in thrall as well. 

The idea of venomous vampires seemed so logical to me, that I assumed for sure that someone else had done it already. I began searching my library for a book like that, so I could read it! This was in the early 90’s and there weren’t very many vampire books around at that time. I never found what I was looking for, and I filed the idea away. It never occurred to me to write it myself.

I’m a huge fan of the T.V. series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Joss Whedon is a genius! That said – in 2003, towards the end of the show, I started disliking some decisions the writers made. I understood their vision, but I also saw many missed opportunities. I would have done things differently.

That started me thinking of my own storylines and my own characters, incorporating my venomous vampire idea. None of this was written down, just daydreamed during housework. Then one day I realized that a lot of the ideas I had were really good, and it depressed me to think that it would all just be forgotten. So, I sat down one night at the computer to write out a few things so I wouldn’t forget and could look back at them one day. The scenes just came pouring out and before I knew it, I’d been up writing almost the whole night! That’s when I realized that I had a real story to tell, and wanted to write it all out from beginning to end. That is how my ALMOST HUMAN vampires were born.

What would you say is the biggest mistake you have made as a writer?

I think my biggest mistake, especially in the beginning, was being too sensitive to criticism. Let’s face it, bad reviews suck, and I’ve had my share. Difficult as it is, if you are going to bare your soul to the world, you have to learn to have a thick skin and be able to accept criticism as gracefully and logically as possible. Sometimes, harsh criticism is simply a matter of opinion and you have to know that not everyone likes every book. Sometimes a bad review is just someone with hatred to spew for reasons we can’t know… However, it is also important to be able to re-read a bad review (once you are done crying and cursing) with a true desire to learn from it. Sometimes a reviewer brings up a good point that should be taken under advisement for future writing, or even corrected if possible. My story is my own vision, and I won’t change that to try and fit what I think readers want – that will accomplish nothing but losing my voice as an author, but I am always willing to try and understand a reader’s point of view. I am lucky enough to have good reviews that vastly outnumber the bad, but I am constantly learning and honing my craft as a writer. No one should feel they are above some constructive criticism.


What is your biggest success so far?

That greatly depends on how you define success… I’ve sold over 30,000 books, but I’ve never made a best-seller list. (That’s okay – I’ve never chased one.) My ‘pages read’ in Amazon’s KU program are consistently high, but I’ve never won their monthly award from the pot. (That’s okay – I’m glad people are reading my work!) I’ve been the smallest name at a convention, but I’ve still earned my place there alongside some very popular authors. I’ve spotted my books “in the wild”, as a stranger read them in an airport or by the pool at a hotel – that is a really cool feeling!

Personally, I feel my greatest success has been hearing from readers who write to tell me that I’ve helped them in their real lives. I’ve received emails about how my characters have helped guide readers through difficult times. I received an email from a woman dealing with her husband’s military deployment, telling me that my books were the only thing keeping her sane because she was so very engrossed in my world and could forget to worry for a while. (That email inspired me to join Operation ebook Drop, which is sadly no longer operational, but was a platform to send ebooks free to soldiers overseas to read during their down time – I gained many grateful readers that way and was happy to hear their stories as well.) Another woman wrote to tell me that she read my books every night while visiting her baby in the neonatal unit at the hospital, and my character Cain’s faith in God helped her to remember her own. I’ve connected with many readers who just want to let me know that my stories make them forget their troubles and that my characters are like real friends to them when they feel alone.

I began reading as a child to escape bullying and to have friends in my books when I felt like I had none in life. To know that my books can touch other people and make them feel better, the way books have for me in my own life – that is my greatest success of all.  

What advice do you have for other writers?

Decide why you are writing. Is your ultimate goal to be on a bookstore shelf, or to tell an amazing story? If you just want to write but aren’t as emotionally connected to it, that is an entirely different path from someone who wants to truly express & share feelings and ideas; the difference between writing articles or informative observation pieces, and writing a novel. If you are passionate about your writing and want to share your story with readers, here’s my advice: 

1st – If you have a story inside of you yearning to be told, then be unafraid to really give in to it and write your true thoughts and feelings. You cannot write while worrying about who might read it or what they will think. First, be true to that inner voice and write the story that you want to write. 

2nd – Edit – a lot. You’ve poured your heart out onto the page, now you need to look at it with a critical eye for grammar, story structure, and continuity. Understand the story structure of different genres and where your story will fit. It’s alright to blend genres, but labels such as YA and Adult fiction need to be discerned more carefully. Sex and language are not the only determining factors between YA and Adult. Also consider the complexity of plot, reading level of the vocabulary used and the intellectual focus of the story as it relates to age. Do not write “down” to your readers – it is important to be sure they can follow the plot and understand the story, but don’t be afraid to write something that will make people stop and think. Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation is so important that I have to say it again. If you’re unsure about something – look it up! EDIT!

3rd – If you want to share your story, you will find a way. Independent publishing isn’t for everyone – neither is Traditional publishing. You have to figure out what is right for you. Large publishing companies will be hard to reach without connections. It’s not impossible (but close). Be aware – larger publishers often want you to edit your work to fit their image. Getting traditionally published is HARD. Even if you have the best book ever, getting the right people to read it will be even harder than writing it – you have been warned. I was rejected over 200 times without anyone even being willing to read my manuscript! There are many small presses that are more open to accepting new work without many changes, you just have to find the right one for you. I did some research and found that the small presses that were open to publishing my work, did not feel like a good fit for me, so I opted for Independent Publishing. Whatever publishing path you feel is right for you, do not give up!

Independent publishing is also a good option to keep your story true to your own vision – but be prepared to put in the effort. If you do not work hard to help your target audience find your book, and if your book is not of professional quality when it is read, your sales and reputation as an author will suffer. Make sure your book is the best it can be, and then find a way to help others find it!

4th – Believe in yourself and be strong. Publishing Independently can be frustrating and difficult at times. You need to have patience, a very thick skin and an incorrigible spirit. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to gain an audience who appreciates your work. Your audience deserves a professional quality book, and when you are working independently it is often more difficult to see your work with a discerning and unbiased eye. Almost all books get a negative review at some time or another. It is important to truly analyze the review to see if there is criticism in there that can help you improve. Decide whether your story came across as you intended. If it seems that it did, and the reader just didn’t enjoy or agree with it, then that is their prerogative. If the reader seemed to miss your intent, then perhaps it wasn’t clearly expressed in the writing and you should consider toning it a bit.

5th – Decide how you will define your success. If to you, success = money, quit now, LOL. To me success is the feeling of accomplishment and the swell of excitement I feel when someone tells me my book really resonated with them. In my experience, take care of the emotional success and the physical success will follow. I concerned myself with telling a good story, putting in tons of work to research certain elements, refine and edit it to the best of my ability, and learned what was needed to publish and promote it. I make myself accessible to readers and view it all as a labor of love. Through that sincere effort, I have earned more loyal readers to my series than I’d ever expected. Now writing is my full time job and I can actually pay my bills with it!

What is one thing you want your readers to know about?

To my current readers: I feel so blessed that you have found my books and felt the story and characters connected with you in some way! I am truly thankful to each and every one of you for taking a chance to try the work of an author you did not know, and I am so happy to have you taking this journey with me!

To all of the prospective new readers out there…I write my story because I have such love for it, but it’s hard for me to describe to others. If you want a story that may start out seeming familiar but then takes you down a rabbit hole of imagination to be different from all the other vampire books out there, with characters who resonate with emotion and a story that keeps you thinking, even after you’ve read the last page, then you may enjoy my ALMOST HUMAN series. I hope you’ll check it out! 

What is the best way for readers to find you?

I love to connect with readers on social media – please like my page and feel free to send me a friend request!

Personal Facebook Page:

Professional Facebook Page:


Readers can find my books in many ways. The ALMOST HUMAN series is available in paperback in bookstores worldwide – if it’s not on the shelf, ask for it!

Many online retailers list my books as well. You can visit my Amazon Author Page at:

You can learn more about the series and read free sample chapters on my website at:

Thank you, Kaylee, for allowing me to chat and share my experiences. Best of luck and happy reading!

Thank you Melanie for your interview and advice.

Interview with Author Cassie Parks

Today I interviewed Author Cassie Parks

I had a great interview with Cassie today about her books and her writing process. I really enjoyed getting to know her as well as her positive outlook and, “go get em” attitude. I feel like we can all learn a lot from Cassie.


Please read along of my interview with this best-selling author to learn all the amazing things that I did.

Kaylee Shadows Talking

Cassie Talking

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me I greatly appreciate it. The purpose of this interview is to pick your brain on your writing process and hopefully help and inspire other authors.

Let’s get started…

First tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am an author and a money mindset coach. I “retired” from my corporate job at 32 to pursue my passion of coaching people. I had created enough passive income with my real estate investments to pay my bills. I have written 6 best-sellers in the areas of money, business and lifestyle design. Then I heard the whisper to write a fiction book while in Tuscany a year and a half ago. It’s also an Amazon best-seller. I’m getting ready to release my next novella and have another started that will be released in May.

Anything else I can tell you about me?

That is awesome


How many books have you published so far?

So far, I’ve published 7


Are they both in print and digital?

6 are currently available in print, 2 in books stores. And we’re getting the novella up in print on Amazon as we speak.

Great glad to hear that

Are you self-published?

All ways. I have two currently with a traditional publisher that are available in bookstores. My others are with a different publisher and the next ones will all be self-published.

Why did you decide to go the self-publishing route?

Speed and ease mostly. I’d rather write my next book and get it out there than wait and pitch. I have a big fan base and a podcast, so I have places to share what I’m doing.

That is really great, and I don’t blame you there

Now is Cassie Parks your real name or a pen?



How do you promote and market your books?

I do some paid marketing in the beginning. I have a tribe for my coaching work that I share with. I have two podcasts that I share about my life and journey on and writing is a part of that, so I share there. And this time, I am going to do some email trades with friends to engage with their audiences as well.

Good idea and Awesome

What would you say has been your biggest mistake in writing?

Looking at things as mistakes isn’t something I really do. But the biggest thing I was doing wrong before I started working with a book coach was not writing to an ideal reader. Since working with her I’ve also realized I needed to go deeper into that for my non-fiction books and right to my paying client. When you write to one person everyone can hear you. If you write to everyone, no one hears you.

That makes a lot of sense and I think it’s very positive that you don’t look at things as mistakes but as a learning curve that is amazing.

It’s funny I always hesitate when using words like mistake, but I know for authors who are struggling it’s nice to know what not to do because sometimes we all need a little help lol

Yeah, I feel like we learn when we do. Thinking about mistakes often keeps people from getting started. If I hadn’t written the first book that didn’t get the results I wanted I wouldn’t have been open to seeing a better way.

That is a great way of looking at it

I totally get that. I’m one of the few people who doesn’t focus on that. And that has helped me write many of my books in 3 days.


Wow that’s a record

What would you say your biggest success is?

so far of course lol


Creating the life, I have where I have the freedom to do what I want and what I love most.

Great answer

What inspires your writing?

Specific to book writing-writing my first novella.

Short answer-life.

Longer answer-my non-fiction writing is designed to attract clients. And fiction is both totally out of the blue inspired (my upcoming book The Plan) and also by lessons I want to show in story.

What is something you want your readers to know about?

That they can create a life that makes them happy.

I love that

I agree with you 100%

What advice do you have for other authors?

Write! Make a plan, stick to it and write whatever it is. Then hire an editor to make sure it all came out of your head the way you intended. Writing makes you a writing. You don’t have to write perfect. Just write. And finish it. You don’t’ have to do anything with it if you decide not to. But writing it will change you.

Awesome. Thank you so much for meeting with me today I have one more question for you

What is the best way for readers to find you?

Thank you for interviewing me. This was fun.

Best way if you’re interested in books is just search Cassie Parks on Amazon or they can go to

Interview with Author Jay Palmer

Today I interviewed author Jay Palmer

I had a mind-blowing interview today with Jay as he seriously left me Wowed when the conversation was over. Jay is very active and always on the go and constantly sharing his books with people he meets.

jay palmer

Please read along of my interview with this best-selling author to learn all the amazing things that I did.

Kaylee Shadows Talking

Jay Talking

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me I greatly appreciate it. The purpose of this interview is to pick your brain on your writing process and hopefully help and inspire other authors.

Let’s get started…

First tell me a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m a very active guy … I never sit still, always doing something. I love reading, and of course, I had to try my hand at writing. I also love doing research, and consider myself a teacher as well as a writer, for many people learn a lot from my books.


Active is good what would you say your favorite outdoor hobby is?

My outdoor hobbies have changed as I got older. I’m a knight of AnTir in the SCA, and when I was young and healthy, I spent most of my weekends camping out at night (drinking around the campfire) and putting on real suits of armor and fighting during the day.

That sounds amazing

Now that I can’t fight anymore, I just enjoy taking long walks around Greenlake – that sounds like a wonderful afternoon.

What is your favorite book of all time?

Jeez, that’s tough! There are so many that I practically have memorized because I’ve read them so much. The Fellowship of the Ring got me addicted to reading, and so I’ll always love it, but I quit counting how many times I’ve read LOTR – must be around 30 times by now – and it doesn’t read the same once you know it that well. I love the classics, like Mark Twain and Dickens, but the book I fell in love with last was Far from the Madding Crowd. Of course, if you ask this this an hour from now, my favorite may be something else. (I’ve recently had a desire to go back and read Stranger in a Strange Land again, another book I quit reading because I read it too many times.)

I know it can be tough I have the same problem when I am asked that question. Part of me is like oh this book for sure and other parts of me are like umm what did I just read lol

How many books have you written and published?

Published: 10. Written: Many more. Some were early works that I don’t feel are good enough. Others are unfinished. I’ve written a new trilogy, working on the artwork and waiting on my proofreaders to get back to me … I’m very excited about it. My first trilogy, The VIKINGS! Trilogy, my readers know most of Norse mythology when they finish it. My new trilogy explores the mysteries of Egyptian mythology … I spent 4 years studying just to write it … and that’s on top of a lifelong love of Egypt.

Wow I have to tell my husband about that he is obsessed with anything Egyptian ever since he was a kid.

10 published that is quite an accomplishment

Let’s face it – the love of Thor, whom every kid knows, didn’t come from mythological research, but started with Marvel comics, and as kids grew up, many chose to explore the more historical aspects of their comic book hero.

I’d like people to know Horus just as well.

Very true

Are your books in print form as well as digital?

Yes, in paperback and kindle formats (on Amazon).


Are you self-published?

Yes. I spent too long dealing with publishers. I’ve had several signed contracts with companies that “didn’t follow through with their promises”. The last one actually told me “We didn’t lie to you, we’re just not competent” … who wants to publish with someone like that? I said, “No I’ll do it myself” and I’ve never regretted it.

I hear that a lot actually

Not surprising.

What do you do for marketing and promoting of your books?

I do a lot. Foremost, I have a booth I set up at street fairs, medieval fairs, the Highland games, museum events, pretty much anything I can get into (for not too much $$$) and I talk to people. I also have a military vest I wear that looks like a bullet-proof vest with the word “WRITER” in bold white letters across it. It’s a cosplay from the TV show “Castle”, and I will wear it to large events in the summer. People come up to compliment me on it, and I introduce myself, hand them a card, and tell them about my books! I also have magnetic signs on my car, showing pictures of my books and my website ( and I’ve actually sold entire trilogies in parking lots and at gas stations … it works like a charm!

That is amazing

I like how you are using mostly word of mouth and just talking your books up which what all authors should do

I am seriously WOWED right now lol

Who is the person most-likely to buy your book(s)? Friends! So, don’t try and sell … go out to as many places as you can, always with a pocket full of business cards, and make new friends!

That is a great tip

Now is Jay Palmer a pen name?

My legal name is John Palmer, but only a handful of relatives call me that. I became “Jay” in high school, and it’s stuck ever since.

Very cool

What would you say is your biggest success in writing?

My trilogy has unquestionably sold the most, and not just because I’ve had it out there the longest. People love the idea of not only being entertained by a fast-paced adventure story, but by becoming an expert in Norse Mythology as they read for fun. Now, I am an expert, and I argue with other experts all the time. There are aspect of Norse Mythology that you only learn after years of study, but the basics of every Norse god and every land in Yggdrasil is a huge part of my story, so people just pick it up.

I agree with that and I also like how you aren’t judging it by sales. I know a lot of authors out there will think their books are no good because they don’t make best seller in the first 30 days and then they give up.

Sales are great don’t get me wrong but there is so much more.

I only have two more questions for you today. Thank you again for meeting with me.

Before we published, my girlfriend asked how I’d feel if I didn’t sell millions. I said that I was a writer and I had the confidence to get it out there … I had to at least try. If all I do is get to say “Hey, I wrote these books”, that’s better than burying your work for fear of not being the best.

Very true

Glad to … enjoying this greatly!

What advice do you have for other authors?

Look, if you go jogging, they call you a jogger. However, people judge all artists by their financial success. Don’t fall into that trap. Write what you like and do the very best that you can. Write stories that you will be proud of, and then put them out where people can get them. Don’t wait. Get started now.

Great advice and thank you so much

What is the best way for readers to find you?

I’m online, at my website ( but I am at the Midsummer Ren Faire in Buckley every year, usually attend the Nordic Heritage Museum events, at many SCA events, and I’m a ballroom dancer – look for me on the dancefloor. I go to Norwescon and other events; if I don’t have a booth then look for me in the hotel bar. If I’m not sitting with a group of friends, I’m probably sitting at my keyboard writing.

Thank you so much for you time and this amazing interview.

Interview with Author Cindy Shirley

Today I interviewed author Cindy L. Shirley

Cindy is awesome, and I am so glad we did this interview. I share a lot of the same beliefs as Cindy does and I love that she is using her writing to make such a huge difference in the world. Through color and fascinating stories that she writes for kids can help change the world to be a better place. Keep up the amazing work Cindy you are fabulous.


Please read along of my interview with this best-selling author to learn all the amazing things that I did.

Kaylee Shadows Talking

Cindy Talking

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me I greatly appreciate it. The purpose of this interview is to pick your brain on your writing process and hopefully help and inspire other authors.

Let’s get started…

First tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am self-employed and have several businesses. I have previously worked as an asp teacher in the Cobb County Georgia school district. I’ve also worked in asp at Kids R Kids Daycare in the past. One of my current business is a company called Let’s Pretend Spa Parties. I love children and have endless material from the silly stories they share with me. I have been married to my husband for 25 years, we have two adult children, Cailey and Casey. My beautiful granddaughter who we affectionately call Doodle Bug. She is the main character in one of my children’s books called Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float. I’ve been writing since early 2017 and have four children’s books that are currently available. I love writing about my personal experiences including my silly nieces pet chickens.


My first book, Diesel the Body Guard: No Bullies Allowed! is based on my childhood experiences with being bullied in school for having red hair and freckles.

It has won numerous awards in 2017

That is awesome, and bullying is such a huge problem in the world right now. Thank you so much for putting books out there like this and congrats on the awards as well.

Thank you

My home town of Woodstock Georgia has run articles in the local newspaper about my books.

I think it’s important to have some kind of message for kids in the books that they are reading

What would you say is your favorite book of all time?

My favorite books have to be the Harry Potter series.

Very cool

Are your books both in print and digital?


Do you have a publisher or are you self-published?

I am self-published but did start my own LLC as Let’s Pretend Publishing for business purposes

That is very cool

How do you market and promote your books?

Online as much as possible but when you are self-published it makes things really difficult when it comes to getting attention for your books. The market is flooded with them! I have found that marketing is best when focused on my target audience. Therefore, last year I had copies of my books printed and attended every Local Elementary School Fall Festival that I could possibly attend and took my books there. With each book I had a small giveaway. For Diesel the Body Guard, I included a free anti-bullying pledge card which had details and information for children to use if they experience bullying at school. And Doodle and the Magic Christmas float came with a free Santa Hat. Also, I gave away free feather boas with each copy of The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick: The Egg-Straordinary Egg. Little girls love Minnie! I sell out of that book at every festival! Another thing I like to do is go to the schools and do readings. Teachers especially request the anti-bullying book during these visits

Trying to get a self-published book in a bookstore is almost impossible so I’ve had to find a way to sell the books on my own.

That is awesome and very encouraging

The festivals at the elementary schools are $25 to $45 for a table. Very affordable way to Market self-published books

I am also a self-published author, so I know that feeling

It’s awful and can be discouraging. I don’t understand why bookstores aren’t interested in having a whole section devoted to self-published authors. We have amazing talents in our field that are not being noticed

Very true

What would you say is the biggest mistake you have made as a writer?

The biggest mistake that I have made would be using a vanity publisher in the beginning.

Good to know

The very first box of my authors copies came and every other page was printed upside down. I sat in the floor and cried for two days LOL. They did correct the problem and reissued another 25 copies at no charge.

What would you say has been your biggest success so far?

I say so far because you are obviously doing an amazing job.

My big success so far has been writing books that teach children moral values while entertaining them.

Oh yes for sure what an amazing feeling that must be

As for the biggest success, I would say Diesel the Body Guard winning a silver medal in the Readers Favorite International Book Competition.

Wow what a great award

My daughter and I flew to Miami and attended the awards ceremony. It was amazing to meet so many people and have so much in common with them

I bet and a fun getaway too

Yes, it was!

I do not recommend renting a car and driving in Miami though LOL. As I did get a parking ticket while trying to park downtown LOL

I parallel park in the wrong direction. But here in Georgia that’s okay


LOL, we went through the same thing in Spokane Washington. The joys of big cities

It is nice though to have the award seal on your book. And for some strange reason parents really think that book is a better book then the others I have. Just based on that little seal, people will pick it up first. It’s bizarre

I can see that

Ok so I only have 2 more questions for you


What is one thing you want your readers to know about you?

My books are silly and very relatable to children. I try to think like a child and write like an adult. Hopefully parents enjoy the story as they read along with their child. All of my stories are based on real life events. Whether they are my experiences or my family’s, the characters are real. Diesel and Minnie are real chickens that belong to my sister and my nieces. I think when you write about personal memories or experiences it’s so much easier to write a good story.

I love that

Also, my illustrator Cleoward Sy is amazing and the covers are very eye-catching which helps when you have 5 Seconds to catch someone’s attention at a table

What advice would you offer other writers?

My best advice to other writers is to put yourself in the main characters shoes and tell the story from that point of view. This would include your reactions to whatever scenario you have in your story. How would you relate to the situation of that character and put that in your story. It makes it more relatable and believable. It makes writing a lot more enjoyable

That is great advice

What is the best way for readers to find you?

Hey look what just came in my mail.

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My hardcopies of Diesel the Body Guard with the seal printed on the cover

They look great

Sorry, my husband just walked in the door with them

It’s exciting

No problem at all and thank you for sharing that with me.


Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me

You’re welcome thank you for interviewing me I appreciate it

Interview with Author Rebecca Morgan

Today I interviewed author Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca is an amazing woman and author and I was super pleased to interview her.  She has overcome so much in life and spread joy to others and helps other through her writing. She is a busy mom of 5 kids and married to a wonderful man. She spreads the word of God through all her messages and praises him always. She is truly an inspiration…

Rebecca Morgan

I have posted the interview below.

Kaylee Shadows Talking

Rebecca Talking

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me I greatly appreciate it. The purpose of this interview is to pick your brain on your writing process and hopefully help and inspire other authors.

Let’s get started…


First tell me a little bit about yourself.

I’m an award-winning author with 4 novels published. I am currently working on a new novel. I am the mother of 5 and am happily married. I am also the founder of a nonprofit called Choose Joy and blog on that website often.

There’s a back story about the marriage…this is my second marriage. My first husband died from cancer which is what got me into writing. 3 of the 5 kids are from my first marriage.

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your husband and it is amazing how you have managed to overcome something so tragic and to find happiness.

Yes, I have a very strong faith in God, that’s what got me through it.

That is awesome

What would you say is your favorite book of all time?

hmmm favorite of all time…that’s got to be “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers


I see you said you have published 4 novels and are working on one right now.


Do you self-publish or use a publisher?

I used a self-publishing company for the first two then moved to CreateSpace and Kindle for the second two

What genre do you write in?

Christian Contemporary Fiction

however, the novel I’m currently working on is set in the late 1940’s

Do have both digital and print books?

Yes. I sell signed paperbacks from my website. And of course, paperback and eBooks on Amazon


Do you write under a pen name?


What would you say inspires your writing?

I like to tackle important topics in a way that is entertaining. Book 1 is the fictionalized version of my story with a stalker. Book 2 is about sex trafficking. Book 3 is about the need for rehabilitation after rescue from trafficking. Book 4 is about unresolved anger, grief and forgiveness. Current manuscript is about assumptions that lead to stigmas and also the need to love children with special needs.

Awesome you really find a way to cover different topics that are important

Books 1-4 are all intertwined.

so that helps

Have you ever thought of writing nonfiction?

I have a nonfiction out, but not currently in print. It was actually produced by the self-publishing company as well. It’s a devotional that includes works from my late husband (a pastor) and my own.

I am going to get it on CreateSpace and Kindle on of these days! LOL

I sell the devotional mostly when I do public speaking

LOL that is great and what an awesome way to use your husbands work and keep it out there


How often do you do public speaking?

It really depends on the year/season. I try to do something once a month. That’s about all my schedule can handle

That is understandable as you sound like you have your hands full

LOL yes

You have been an author for some time now what do you do to promote and market your books?

I sell when I speak. I actually when on a tour after my second book was published. It was crazy…myself and 3 kids in a minivan driving from state to state for 2 weeks, but that was an incredible way to sell a bunch of books. I haven’t done an actual tour since then, but I speak local and that’s when I sell most. KU has been good for getting my name out there are well as doing free promotions.

Awesome and I can’t imagine a tour with the kiddos. My husband has a band and lots of shows and I am the manager, so I go with him and it can get extremely hectic.

Now that I am remarried and not raising 3 kids on my own, I use the books as fundraisers for nonprofits that fight sex trafficking and stuff like that.

That is amazing

Basically, all the money from the books aren’t for me

Cool, bands are fun!

That’s actually how I grew up…that’s a whole different story! ha-ha

That is awesome and super generous of you to donate for such a great cause like that.

When I was a single mom, the man who was stalking me in my early 20’s resurfaced and threatened to kill my kids. It was at that moment that I realized how helpless other women must feel. While my situation was extreme, I had people who were helping me. Women caught in trafficking need people to be their voice.

That must have been so hard to go through and so courageous of you to step up and take your own experiences to help others. Not a lot of people can do that. You are amazing

My God is amazing. Me… I’m a work in progress! ha-ha

What would you caution other authors about in writing?

Giving up

It seems with every book I start writing…I begin asking myself if it’s a waste of time.  The other caution would be not choosing titles and covers with a critical eye. As for covers…the first time you see that cover you are thrilled and amazed and emotional. Choosing something so important with your emotions isn’t good.

I agree with that. On one of my books I had originally planned on using a friend for the cover and we did pictures and everything and when it came time to finally do it I was like this doesn’t feel right. I finally had people vote on the covers and they all picked a different one lol

Yes. My first book actually has me on the cover. Wasn’t my choice but the publishing company I was using made me feel like I had no choice.

It was all rush and hurry and here’s your cover.

What has been your biggest success so far?

Interestingly enough, I would say my first book has been the bestselling of the 4 and is the one that won an award. I have grown so much as an author with each book that I personally feel book 4 is way better than book 1

Yes, I can understand that.

What advice would you give for other authors?

Set reachable goals. Read. Ask friends and family to read as you write.

OK great

I try to write 1000 words each time I open that manuscript

That is a good goal

My writing style is a plodder…I’ve never been able to binge write. So, for me to make sure that I write at least 1000 really helps me keep a good momentum

What is one thing you want your readers to know about you?

I’m an overcomer and they can be one too.

Awe I love that

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions today. I only have one more

What is the best way for readers to find you?

Note there’s no m on the end of my website

.co not .com

This interview was awesome, and I learned a lot. I hope you do too…

Lots of Love