Q&A Gravestones and Wicked Bones by D.D. Miers and B. Crow

Gravestones & Wicked Bones (Shadow Creatures #1)

  • By D.D. Miers, B. Crow
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: June 13th 2017
  • Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
  • Half Fae. Half Demon. 100% Badass Bitch.
    My sisters and I weren’t born with magic. No, we were forced into it. Betrayed into it by the one person who was supposed to protect us. Now we’re living in a shithole desert town at the mercy of a sexy-as-hell Fae named Bastian.
    So far, I’ve been able to buy Violet and Jade time to live freely, without being held to Bastian’s constant call. I’ve been doing his dirty work for five long years, but my sisters’ freedom is wearing thin. Soon he’ll summon them, just as he did me—and I can’t let that happen.
    Bastian’s latest assignment offers an escape for my sisters, and I’d be a fool not to take it. But my target is more powerful than any man I’ve faced before, and doubly seductive. He draws out my inner demons—literally—and evading this attraction might prove more difficult than finishing what I started.

    ~ Goodreads



    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
    Kick-Ass (Is that two words? LOL)

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?
    You know, my idea started with a setting. I imagined some dumpy crap town where you’d least expect supernaturals to live. Then I imagined what kind of people would live there? Not anyone by choice. And so was born the concept for Gravestones & Wicked Bones. A story about our lack of choice and how we (or Ivy) faces that reality.

    3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ?
    For Ivy (the main character) she’s definitely the spitfire inside of all of us. I imagined a woman who’d had every choice robbed of her, and yet still had love deep inside of her. A woman who faced challenges and still stuck through things.
    Well, I can’t say too much about the antagonists (don’t want to give anything away) but, each one has their own motives and goals that were inspired by sin.

    4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?
    Oh hell yes! Honestly, the best advice I’ve heard was to keep writing through it. That works most of the time. BUT—and I mean a major BUT—I’ve noticed that sometimes that wall is taller and wider than you ever imagined. When I hit that kind of wall, I read and watch movies in my genre. I always gain back the ‘spark’ when I do that.

    5. Your all time favorite book? ?
    Hmmm. So hard to say. I really am a book whore. I think I’d say it was a series of books. Probably the Fever Series by KMM.

    6. What made you pick that one above all others? ?
    It’s the kind of book I can get drawn into and escape. The sort of book that’s complicated, yet easy to read.

    7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ?
    Two years for my very first book, Dark Summoner. I spent a great deal of time developing the story and then re-structuring it and learning as much as I could.

    8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ?
    Absolutely. I have a much greater appreciation for the ‘gaps’ between books for authors. Sometimes our lives put up a major road block for us and we can’t get through it for some time. I also really try to respect the prices of books. A lot of people don’t realize how much real work goes on behind the scenes of a book. Not just writing, but marketing and the business aspect. It always shocks me when people will have no trouble spending $4 on a Starbucks coffee, but not $4 on a book.

    9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
    Not on this book, and not really anymore. There was a time, back when I first started writing a few years back where I felt overwhelmed by everything else you have to do BESIDES writing. Covers, editors, websites, FBN, EIN, taxes, formatting, marketing, networking, newsletter building and then pushing out more books.

    10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?
    Well, I do website management and design for a small business. I also am the full time caretaker of my 3 year old son. (Women with more than one child, I salute you!)

    11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?
    Honestly, they always hurt a little. That’s unavoidable. Sometimes they can be entertaining. Like when you have a book that’s not even out yet getting a one-star review. Other times you can learn from them. But overall, everyone is entitled to their opinion. There are plenty of books that I just couldn’t get into that receive stellar reviews. Does that mean the book was bad? No. It just means I didn’t like it. ALWAYS remember that.

    12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ?
    Yes! This is the first book in my new series (Shadow Creatures) with my co-author B. Crow. As far as the next books go, you can expect a lot of sexy men, kick-ass females and plenty of adventure. You’ll be getting the stories for Ivy’s sisters coming next!

    13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
    OMG. Too much lol. I have several series planned with my Co-author B. Crow for several other books including a vampire series and a fae series. Plus I’ve got some great solo titles coming out and boxed sets. So many exciting things!

    Self-published authors:

    1. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? ?

    2. What would you say was the toughest part? ?

    3. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting? ?

    4. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros? ?

    5. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’? ?

    6. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with? ?

    7. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change? ?

    8. If you were to recommend one article, blog, post, or book to someone hoping to self-pub, what would it be? ?

    9. In retrospect, what was the toughest part of self-pubbing? Was it the part that you thought would be toughest before embarking on this adventure? ?

    10. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? ?

    Fun facts: :

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?
    I’d wish to need less sleep. Then I could accomplish so much more!

    2. Name your favorite fruit. ?
    Strawberries. Hands down.

    3. Coffee or tea? ?

    4. Favorite season? ?
    Fall (I love sweaters and pumpkins)

    5. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?
    Morning! I’m the most efficient.

    6. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
    Good girl: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies – Bad Girl: BACON!

    7. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
    The Hundredth Queen

    8. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
    I collect magnets from every place my husband and I visit. Is that nerdy?

    9. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?
    Green. Probably has to do with my love of nature.

    10. Cats or dogs? ?

    11. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
    Definitely dinner by candlelight

    12. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
    Wiser by Madilyn Bailey

    13. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ?
    I’m tired. LOL.

    Full Disclosure:

    1. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ?
    Nalini Singh – I’d just want to see the methods behind her madness. She’s amazing.

    2. Your oldest memory is… ?
    Seeing my brother in the hospital quarantine when I was 2

    3. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ?
    Laundry. Not doing it, but putting it away.

    4. Your favorite part of a date is… ?
    Date? What’s that? I’ve been married too long lol. No, I’d say the food, drinks and laughter.

    5. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ?
    Gandalf from the lord of the rings.

    6. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?

    7. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ?
    Makes me laugh.

    8. The one thing you could/can never get over is… ?

    9. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ?
    Super speed. Then I could clean the house and get all my work/errands done fast so I’d have to read and write.

    10. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
    My son. I never planned on having kids but eventually decided to have just the one. Every day he goes out to the garden and picks a flower and says mommy I love you. I hope that never stops.

    11. The awesomest thing in your life is… ?
    My family & Friends. Hands down.

    About the Author & Links:

    D.D. Miers is an ardent book lover, coffee enthusiast, and die-hard romance fan. When she’s not writing, she can be found snuggling on the couch with a good book in hand, planning a Harry Potter themed party, or dancing very badly to music. She currently resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, a crazy toddler, and the many different characters in her head.

    Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

    About the Author & Links:

    B Crow has held multiple positions, but now manages the best one–Mommy.

    When she isn’t wrangling in her three monsters, she is creating worlds of magical mayhem, romance, and paranormal activity.

    After years of ghostwriting bestsellers, she’s decided to pursue her true calling and step into the limelight, hoping to share a little of her magic with the world.

    Website | Facebook | Goodreads


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