Author Spotlight: Eugene Lloyd MacRae and Nikki Steele

Author Spotlight: Eugene Lloyd MacRae and Nikki Steele

We have many talented authors here at Instafreebie, and we’re really excited to introduce them to all of our readers. Instafreebie’s Author Spotlight gives readers the chance to meet some new authors and learn about their writing processes!

Eugene Lloyd MacRae – Thriller Author

Betrayal by Eugene Lloyd MacRae

Are any of your characters based on real people?
All of my characters are based on real people. I may change hair or eye color but I don’t decribe them physically in great detail so I doubt anyone would see themselves (grin). When I was working I spent a lot of time traveling for business and dealing with people, from the presidents and upper managers of large companies, to the owners of small businesses, factory workers, miners, and farmers. And one thing I found was that all of them had unique traits – patterns of speech – how they walked – how they used their hands – how they looked at life – how they looked at people around them – how they negotiated or reacted to situations – etc. Those aspects are what really creates and drives the character and I just intensify the traits -good or bad – that I’ve seen in real people – whatever is needed to push the story forward.

How many hours a day do you write?
It depends. I’m retired now so I can write at any time though the day. It can vary from an hour to eight hours with breaks. But I make sure I start first thing in the morning to get something down – and I’ve done that every single day for last three years. Even if I’m tied up with a doctors’s appointment or sitting on the dock watching boats come and go I will find time to write on my ipad or cell phone and transfer it to the manuscript on my home computer.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was ‘accidental’. I suffered a serious heart attack in 2012 – it turned out I only had 5% blood flow leading up to it & my health had already gone downhill – and I was left lying in bed with little to do for a while. So I decided to write a book – something I had tried years earlier but I couldn’t outline – I got bored – & got nowhere. I found Dean Wesley Smith online & came to understand how he wrote ‘into the dark’ without an outline and I tried it. It was the perfect method for me and I was surprised when I actually finished the book – my five cats claim some of the credit as they cared for me – but that’s another story. When I realized I could get it out there on Amazon, Nook, and iTunes for people to read I was hooked and become an indie author.

What is your writing process?
I get my ideas from a variety of sources – from pictures and headlines, to news articles, a magazine or television exposé – somehow it triggers a story. Once I get an idea, I simply write ‘into the dark’ without an outline – i.e. I sit in a room and make stuff up – I just let my imagination go. I just start at the beginning of the story and go through it, discovering it very much like the reader does. The only difference is I can jump back and forth as the story unfolds, adding in clues, foreshadowing, make adjustments, add new characters – just do whatever is necessary to flesh out the story and continue on. I make it fun and if I ever get stuck, I simply go find something to do or work on another story and let my subconscious go to work on the sticking point. When the solution pops up, I go back to the story.

Why are you letting us read “Betrayal” for free?
I have received a lot of encouragement and support from readers since I started and I’m hoping to give back in some small way. I only hope they can be as entertained reading Betrayal as I was in writing it.

Nikki Steele – Steamy Romance Author

Billionaire Attraction Book One by Nikki Steele

Billionaire Attraction Book One by Nikki Steele

What inspired you to write “Billionaire Attraction Book 1?”
I was really intrigued by the idea of a billionaire who has to earn a woman’s love, not just buy it. It turns out other people wanted to read about that idea too—the book ended up hitting #1 in a couple of categories on Amazon.

I had so much fun writing the book that I ended up making it into a series. This first book is the sexy story of how the hero and heroine first meet. It can be read as a standalone novella, or as part of a larger series if people want!

Where does “Billionaire Attraction” take place and what inspired you to choose that setting?
The only thing sexier than a hot guy in a tailored suit is that same hot guy unbuttoning it! So while the hero and heroine meet in a restaurant, most of the story takes place in a suit shop. And yes, let’s just say there’s a lot of clothes on the changeroom floor by the end of the story 😉

Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Definitely Anna, the heroine. She’s such a strong, feisty woman on the outside, but still fragile and worried on the inside. The push-pull of being desperately broke but refusing to compromise your morals was just such an interesting dilemma to write about.

What is your writing process?
“Billionaire Attraction” took about two months to write, and about another month to edit. I “pantsed” my way through the story, which is to say that I went “by the seat of my pants” and wrote where inspiration took me.

These days I tend not to do that – it worked really well for this book, but planning my novels out in advance ensures the plots are all varied (I’m in love with the ending for “Billionaire Attraction” – I have to be careful that I don’t fall into the trap of doing it over and over again!)

The first day of writing is the hardest with any book. It’s where I scribble on paper, work angles and develop storyline ideas. In this case, as mentioned above, I wanted a story about a billionaire who earned a woman’s love and didn’t just buy it.

Once I have a clear idea of the story I want to write, things start to get easier. I don’t write in order, rather, I write whatever scene inspires me there and then. I have a clear idea of what the whole novel is doing, so writing out of order is not an issue (in fact, sometimes it helps!).

Why should I read “Billionaire Attraction?”
A smart, curvy heroine. A sexy billionaire. Smoking hot love scenes.
Enough said. 😉

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One thought on “Author Spotlight: Eugene Lloyd MacRae and Nikki Steele

  1. Thank for giving away free books to us book Lovers! I’m pretty excited to read both of these and I am sure to enjoy the. Both as well! I have a good sense of the books i choose and most always enjoy them. While it may take me awhile to get to them, as each book I read is according to mood and I always have several on the go during a similar time period. I sometimes juggle books from chapter to chapter if I really like them and it can get confusing, but I’ve grown accustomed to shuffling stories. It keeps my mind busy and in these cases, the only bad’ thing is, that I tend to finish the ones I shuffle by chapter, far too quickly and always want more (even and especially if the ending is well done and completely satisfying – I will look for more from those authors so I can continue interweaving brilliance and so on and on…)

    Thank you both so much!

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