I'm an Australian Foster Carer and Educator with over a decade of industry experience.  I run the Facebook page "More Than A Foster Carer", where I share my experience working with the foster system. I live in rural New South Wales with my husband, a changing number of children, a dog and some chickens. As a self proclaimed creative soul, I have had a passion for writing fiction from an early age. When I'm not wrangling chickens, children or dogs, I love to be whisked off on magical adventures, and tagging along on epic quests.

Hi fantasy lovers! Exciting news – the pre-orders for Wicked Darkness are now live!

You can head on over to Amazon kindle to pre-order your copy today!

The official release date is August 12th, and if you liked the book, be sure to leave a review – I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy reading!

Hi book lovers! I just wanted to say that book 2 in the Goddess Incarnate series will be hitting the shelves next month, and I am so excited to let you know that kindle pre-orders will be going live in a few short weeks!

So, grab your copy of Awaken and catch up on the mayhem before sinking right back in when Wicked Darkness arrives.

Also, check out this picture of both books together – how amazing do they look?!

Photo taken by B.L. Callaghan

For the next few days you can grab an ebook copy of Awaken for free on Amazon!

If you haven’t read it yet, and you like books about magic, monsters, mayhem, and twists you don’t see coming, what are you waiting for? Go grab this one!

You can see some of the reviews for Awaken over on Goodreads, or on my Instagram, or even tiktok if you’re still not sure if my book is for you.

If you do read it, I would love for you to take a few moments to put up a review of your own – I know other readers (and myself) would love to hear what you think!

Your support means the world to me, and I appreciate my readers more than I can even put into words.

B.L.Callaghan

The Author: SaymyAli

SaymyAli is a romance writer crafting stories of dark love, life, and empowering female leads. She enjoys dancing, nature, horror movies, reading books, and laughing until her stomach hurts with friends and family. SaymyAli is an avid romance reader, and has gained over six thousand reads of her first published story Friendship Love Life.


The Book: The Past and Our Love

Having a bad past always ends your future. Worse yet, your future is filled with problems. Harley Davidson, married to a billionaire who is a monster she didn’t now. With a past that is chasing her, she is going through a lot. “How many men have used your pussy?” He said and I felt my heart spread shocks over my organs Matthew Perry, the youngest billionaire in the world. His lust for money is more than anything. Nothing will ever stop him from getting what he wants. “He was living my life. He stole my mother’s love, my money, my everything. And what did I get at the end? Nothing,” Matthew said, I was losing my control. Xavier knight, Matthew’s brother and the past of Harley. “I don’t remember anything but for one damn sure thing, this is my fault.” Guilt was eating me alive. What will happen if Xavier knight returns? What if he loves her? Will she forgive him and fall for him?


The Review: 3 stars!

The Past and our love is a story about fear and oppression in a dark relationship. This book deals with a lot in a small space, so be prepared to have your emotions torn to bits very quickly. It should come with a trigger warning, too – so many dark themes ahead!

It is a fast-paced window in the life of our MC, Harley, who has had to deal with some pretty dark stuff in her life. She’s managed to remain sweet and somewhat naive through it all, though, and finds herself married to Matthew – who seems to be the perfect partner for all of two seconds.

As the story gets going, we learn that the relationship is anything but perfect, and Matthiew is a man to be feared. He is cruel and cold and only adds to Harley’s problems. I felt bad for her – like I wanted to pull her from the pages and keep her safe.

Enter Xavier, the brother-in-law. I HATED him so much initially, thanks to some awful memories that pop up in our confused Harley, and although there are a few redeeming qualities in him, I couldn’t bring myself to love him by the end. I felt that he offered Harley what she needed when she needed it; a safe harbor, a friend, and an ally against Matthew and his deplorable rage-filled personality, but it all seemed a little too late.

The twists within the plot were interesting; SaymyAli kept spinning the truth and had me second-guessing everything. The changes of POV came a little too often for me; I would have loved to stay in each character’s head for longer, been given more detail and a longer piece of the story from each of them. This book truly is a snapshot, though, giving the reader a tiny glimpse into three characters that seem to live a high octane life. Throughout the book, the use of broken memory flashbacks was done well, adding to the characters’ tension and confusion and building the sticky web our protagonist used to keep everyone else entangled.

I hope that SaymyAli continues their story, digging deeper into the issues and chemistry between them all. But, with the ending she gave us here, I’m a little scared to enter this world again – who knows what terrifying things might happen!


The Interview:

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Nothing was surprising except how the readers interacted with the story, and how the story took its place.

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

When Xavier told Harley something important while she was on the bed at the hospital trying to survive.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Harley Davidson does hold a special place in my heart because of how she is dealing with her situation. Most people struggling with life think that ending their lives will help, but no, fighting is.

What was the inspiration for the story?

I started this story because of the pandemic actually and how the increase in rape abuse.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

First: Don’t ever judge a raped girl. She is already going through a lot. Second: Every past does define your future. That’s a fact. Third: Forgive and love.

What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?

Of course, a sequel for sure. I’ve started writing it already, and have a few chapters left.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book? What was the highlight of writing this book?

I want to affect my readers, and that was the main challenge. I wanted to highlight what a raped girl suffers.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Actually I don’t know. My brain just popped it out and I started writing.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

I don’t have a favorite, but if I have to choose, it would be Abbi Glines because her books affect so much

What are you reading now?

At the moment, I am a high school student and I’m fighting to get the best university and my book in the way so I haven’t planned yet.

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult, and what was your favorite book when you were a kid?

As an adult: The Rosemary Beach series, and as a kid: Dork diaries

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Drawing, writing poems, studying.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Have a heart of a tiger and never give up.

How do you handle writer’s block?

Ignoring it, and it worked.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Grammar, punctuation, and plot twists.

What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?

Plot, then characters. Once you plan out the plot, the characters will develop eventually.

Describe a typical writing day.

Suddenly, I have an idea, and I take my essential equipment to a quiet place and drive to my imagination.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood? How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

I will cry and argue with myself to write the scene, but at the end, I will still write it.

How do you handle literary criticism?

I would get upset for an hour, but then I will get over it and start improving.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

Yes, in fact I made most of them my friends. They motivate and support me.

Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?

I’m not on social media often, but you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Hi fantasy lovers! I want to share with you the cover and blurb for book 2 in the Goddess series in case you missed the reveal that happened on Instagram. I am so in love with how it turned out!


Sometimes it isn’t only villains that crave the darkness.

Sapphira Dawn had been lied to about her identity.
Now the gods agree she should never have been created in the first place.
Her very existence means that the gods aren’t playing by the rules, and as they ready their game pieces for the next battle, Sapphira must gather her allies before they – and the entire mortal realm – are wiped from the board.
But someone close to her is hiding a deadly secret.
A secret that will make Sapphira question what she is fighting for.
As her allies vanish one by one, Sapphira spirals deeper into her unstable magic, drawn in by the addictive high and wicked release it offers.
If Sapphira can’t control the darkness within, the mortal realm will fall, and everything she knows and loves will be nothing more than ashes and dust.


The Preorder option will be coming to the store in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for that! Awaken (Book 1) is available there now – as well as some bookish goodies all themed after items, people, and places in the book series (with more to come!)

The Author: Victoria Wren

Victoria is making her debut this year with her YA paranormal series ‘Wild Spirit: The Curse of Win Adler’. She has written books since she was a teenager and loves escaping into other worlds during her writing. Victoria lives in the UK, with her husband, two girls and three cats, she loves being outdoors, traveling, she is a Disney fanatic and enjoys watching movies and  reading to her children.


The Book: Wild Spirit: The Curse of Win Adler

Win Adler is sixteen and has been struck down with a mystery illness, shattering the life she knew in Boston. When doctors can’t find a cure, her father’s last hope of recovery is to take her home to Hickory House, her mother’s ancestral home in the woods in the old colonial town of Cedar Wood.

Living with her Grandpa and older sister in a quaint town should be ideal, but Win soon discovers she lives at the heart of an old town ghost story, a tale of witchcraft and tragedy. And Win learns that her family is unusual, someone is watching the house, someone who knows her family’s dark secrets. Win is starting to change, in more ways than one, she is getting stronger and faster as she learns more about her family’s strange curse. A falcon follows Win around, watching her every move, protecting her, and warding off danger.

She must unearth the secrets of her past to survive the fight of her life before she runs out of time.


The Review: 4 stars!

Wren created a fascinating world here, one that I would love to revisit again and again. This book reads like a cross between a mystery and a preternatural shapeshifter novel – both of which I enjoy and find myself searching for a lot.
I liked the mystery of it all, how from one page to the next, you didn’t know what would happen. I enjoyed the trials and tribulations the characters had to go through to reach the end, and the slow release of backstory and truth at the core of the plot. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so this review is kind of short, but the book is definitely worth a read if you enjoy mystery, drama, and supernatural elements with your daily dose of fantasy.


The Interview:

 What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book? 

During the first draft, a strangely surprising thing I discovered was an actual writing community, as crazy as that sounds! I had no writer friends at all and completely fell down an author tube rabbit hole and ended up meeting the loveliest group of people, I’m now so fortunate to have in my life!

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb? 

I think this book is about family and the love and strength we take from those ties, and its about what happens when family bonds can be broken.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Though they are all special, I do love writing for Luke. He’s cute and has a bit of an attitude, but at heart is a real softie.

 What was the inspiration for the story?

I had wanted to write a paranormal YA for so long and I had the character in my head for years. I started so many times but couldn’t seem to find the right setting, but finally, after having my working life put on hold due to covid, I envisioned this mysterious house in the woods and a cursed family, and it all fell into place.

 What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

The key theme is overcoming fear, being different, and mending broken family ties. The main character in the story Win comes from a place wherein her old life she has been cast out, betrayed, and hurt and is having to start over her life, find new friendships despite living at the heart of an old town legend.

 What is the significance of the title? What is the future for the characters?

I’ve lots planned for these characters, they are going to have fun and drama along the way. the title just brings together the whole concept of the story, so in this one its about Win’s family curse, discovering she is special and how that curse has impacted her entire family for generations.

 Will there be a sequel?

Yes absolutely, this is a book series of four! 

 What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Homeschooling two children at the same time! We would get up every day, log on, and do as much school work as we could before they would start to phase out and become irritated. At the time it was summer here in the UK so we went for long walks, took our learning outdoors, and then in the afternoon I was able to crack on and write.

 What was the highlight of writing this book?

The highlight, I think for me was finding a nice group of people and getting the book beta read. it was the first time I’d ever shared my work, and although it was daunting, it was a fascinating process, something I really enjoyed and discovering that I could actually finish a book!

 Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from lots of different places, television and film, documentaries and also reading other fantastic author’s work. I love reading indie authors, discovering them. I also love beta reading for people, I find that really inspirational, and motivating, discovering new writing styles and storytelling. its wonderful to be inspired by another author’s journey!

 Who is your favorite author, and why? 

I’ve not got a favorite author particularly, I love reading a wide variety of genres. But over the years I have read a lot of Stephen King. I do love the way he writes kids and teenagers and ‘The Body’ always springs to mind and ‘The Girl who loved Tom Gordon’.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading a vampire series by another indie author Eva Alton. but I also just read My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell and was blown away.

 Favorite book/story you have read as an adult, and what was your favorite book when you were a kid?

My favourite book as a teenager and still is, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 What do you like to do when you are not writing?

As a family we walk, watch movies and play board games. But when I’m on my own and the kids are at school I love getting out and seeing my friends and also I work as well!

 What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Keep lots of notes of your ideas and write the book whatever way you feel is best to get the story out. Look on authortube for fellow writers and find a nice group of people that you can use as your betas!

 How do you handle writer’s block?

I’ve not really suffered with writers block. I usually find that its fatigue or burn out. In this case, its better to have a rest, listen to music and clear your head. It all comes together in the end.

 What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I love to beta read and I don’t think I can give an absolute answer on what makes good writing, as we all have our own unique styles. I would say that if I’ve forgotten I was suposed to be doing something, I got caught up or swept away with the story, then you’ve likely nailed it. I love a good bit of romance, in any genre I read, I look for the romantic subplot! I think you need to have a good hero at the heart of the story and outline their arc for the book!

 What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters? 

For me they usually come around the same time. Then I outline and also do a fair amount of discovery writing, sometimes the best laid plans go awry so I prefer to see what happens naturally. I don’t make hard charcarer decisions ahead of writing, I like to see how they fit together, their chemistry as I’m writing it.

Describe a typical writing day.

I usually have my children in school from 8.30 and if its a writing day I come home, soet out the house and then try and get some words in before lunch and then an hour after lunch. If I have time in the evening I might get some more in. With children at home its not easy to lock yourself away. sometimes If I’m close to finishing something , at the weekend I can do that with my husband home to help out!

 What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Usually lack of concentration, being pulled out of the creative zone. This can happen for lots of reasons and often cant be helped, but I just plow on when I can.

 How do you do research for your books? 

If I can physically visit the setting ( or the inspiration for the setting) I would go there, but with this book being set in the USA, I did a lot of online research, looked at lots of photos, visited google, reads books and also watched online videos. I’ve also grown up reading tons of US based YA books in that genre, so reading in your genre is important too!

When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood?

Music is super helpful to me when I know that I’m going to be writing something very emotional. Having songs on a playlist helps. But I find this helps with any scene that you write, be it romantic, sad, or dramatic action-packed scene!

 How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

I found this particularly while working on book three, no spoilers, but something happening to a character I love really got to me. Have a good cry, get it out of your system, and take some well-earned breaks. It’s super emotional finishing a draft, seeing a cover for the first time, and releasing the book itself. It’s hugely stressful and your emotions are all over the place. I would advise you to get some distance, go for a walk and clear your head!

 How do you handle literary criticism?

I think, as with anything you have to keep your chin up. It’s very easy to get bogged down with negativity and thankfully I haven’t had too much, yet! You have to remember why you are writing, and who you are writing for. and also if the criticism is constructive, then use it to your advantage, learn from it, and try to develop a thick skin!

 How much ‘world-building’ takes place before you start writing?

For this particular story, I did a fair amount of family background, research, and development because the story links back to the times of the American revolutionary war and I wanted the family’s roots to be embedded within that time, this also relates to further books that I’ve written in the series as more characters are introduced, each has a link to the family and the history. This was fun though, I enjoyed diving into that time period.

 Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?  

Yes I have some lovely readers but I’d love to hear from more! Its very early days for me and so far, everyone has been positive and kind. I’m always up for interacting with my readers though and really looking forward to more of that happening as I publish more of the series.

  Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?  

I have a website and a newsletter readers can sign up for. In 2021 I’m planning on writing some flash fiction to send to readers who sign up on the site, and this will be related to the Wild Spirit series. I’m also very active on Instagram!

The Author: Lakish’a

17 year old aspiring screenwriter and author, Lakish’a, is the writer of the new psychological thriller, Escaping Mr. Grayson. Born and raised in Zambia, Lakish’a works tirelessly to create work that inspires, connects and above all else entertains not only her fellow Africans but also all of her readers across borders. Her works include, highly successful online books; Kylie Burklin’s Killer and Tell Me I’m Beautiful among other many works in progress. Accumulating over 19,000 reads on social writing platforms such as Wattpad and Scriblyz, Lakish’a has made it her main focus to continuously illustrate various stories that leave her readers with a sense of shock and pure anticipation in its most enthusiastic form. Lakish’a is headstrong and passionate towards relating to her thousands of readers all over the world and appreciates having the opportunity to include her audience in her imagination and give them a glimpse of the world(s) that she creates for her characters. Some of her work has been discussed during her interview with the successful arts blog, betterauds. When she’s not writing, you might find her listening to music, singing in her room, spending time with her family, keeping in contact with friends and above all else, dreaming big.


The Book: Escaping Mr. Grayson

21-year-old Nailea Tembo has always been the perfect definition of reserved and anti-social, continuously being forced to live the way that her mother and her society expect her to. When she’s assigned to be her new professor’s student assistant, it turns out to be the most notorious affair that’s ever hit Shakespeare University. At first glance, Professor Xavier Grayson is gorgeous, well educated, attentive and successful, causing Nailea’s seemingly prim and proper persona to take a complete one-eighty when she starts to have an illicit affair with her new lecturer. But when Professor Xavier Grayson grows more and more obsessively infatuated by Nailea, it proves to be a deliciously dangerous situation. Escaping Mr. Grayson is a psychological thriller that explores the fixation that a mentally ill psychopath has with his new student assistant. A story about danger, possession and obsession.


The Review: 4 stars!

“And when it comes to thrill, oh my dear sweet Nailea, I can be…insatiable.”

Escaping Mr. Grayson is a psychological thriller full of danger, obsession, and possession. Think 50 shades of Grey crossed with You.
There are many similar themes in this book as those I mentioned – however Lakish’a has managed to add a lot of darker undertones with her twisted character, Mr. Grayson.
Mental illness and the effects this has on people plays a huge roll in this story, and in a way that I haven’t really seen before. Lakish’a allows her characters to play out their dark fantasies, to give in to their core desires and just be bad. And I found myself full of anxious worry and guilty pleasure at the pure creepiness our MC comes across in the pages of the book.
I enjoyed the supporting characters too – the relationships between each of them was beautiful and raw.
Lakish’a wove a few amazing twists into the second half of her story, none of which I saw coming – the ending especially left me shaken and applauding the twisted creativity in the mind of our author.


The Interview:

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Mainly that as I’ve written, even before writing Escaping Mr. Grayson, I unconsciously put a little bit of my personality in each character that I create, or have created. It was so wild because I never realized it until very recently after I had just read my favorite chapter of the book (Chapter 18) and I had this lightbulb moment of like, “Oh my gosh…This is me”

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

Probably that our main protagonist Nailea has a sort of unhealthy, almost at the very edge of becoming obsessive, fixation towards her roommate Daisy. Nailea is the exact opposite of Daisy and, more than anything, she craves that feeling of liberation that just seems to come so easily to Daisy. It’s something that I really fought within myself over because I wanted so badly to incorporate it into the story as much as I could without really taking too much away from the main plot.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

I love all my characters the same. Haha. But yes, I have such a soft spot for Mr. Grayson himself because, I feel like he’s just so open to interpretation. As you’ll read in the book, he had an incredibly messed up childhood and although that doesn’t necessarily justify the things that he does, it does make you understand why he is the way that he is. I don’t know, I think also just as a person I’ve always been very intrigued by mental illness and the people that are affected by it so, being able to create my very own charming and complex psychopath is very special and almost intimate to me.

What was the inspiration for the story?

I remember reading a Wattpad novel, I don’t even remember the title, and there was a scene where this man had just come home from the hospital and he had been in a coma for a while so he went into his bathroom and washed his face and felt almost delirious. I’m not sure how my brain works haha, but, I was able to take that scene and create one of the first scenes in the book (in chapter 3) where my protagonist Nailea woke up the night after she slept with Mr. Grayson. So i don’t know, i guess things just sort of fell into pace after that. It’s kind of weird how it all worked out in the end.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

Just, the disgusting reality of human nature and how, you never really know the drastic and/or dangerous severity that might come from the little decisions that you make every single day. Although, I try not to have an exact and final meaning of any of my work purely because i like to leave that up to the reader. But, in my opinion. That was the message of the book.

What is the significance of the title?

To be completely honest, I suck at titles haha. The title doesn’t really have much of a significance. It was just the first thought that I had and it stuck.

What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?

No. No sequels. I’ve never been a fan of writing sequels (I’m not completely opposed to the idea of them though). Like I said before, I enjoy the idea of havng my readers make up their own fantasy endings and meanings and interpretations. Sometimes i think when you don’t have an exact ending, it makes the story that much more memorable and you have a lot of fun theorising over what would have happened next. I’ve read so many book whose endings I was just so disappointed by and that’s the one thing i try to avoid in my own work. So, to answer the question, What is the future for the characters? Well, I’m happy to leave that to my readers’ imagination. It’s whatever you want it to be.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book? What was the highlight of writing this book?

Other than trying to find the time to actually sit down and write, It was a bit of a challenge trying to figure out the best way to end the story. I know these kinds of psychological thrillers are not exactly “original” and most of the endings to them are expected. I wanted to add a unique ending to my story and I really can only hope that I was able to do that in the end. As for the highlight, that would probably be; getting to be in the mind of a psychopath was a lot of fun. If anything it was alarmingly too much fun haha. I cant help it, I’m a sucker for anything dark and gory and unsettling. I get such a thrill from it so being able to create a psychopath as charismatic and sarcastic but still quite frightening as Mr. Xavier Grayson was definitely an experience I will never forget. I had so much fun writing this book!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from everything around me really. Usually it’ll be from lyrics to a song or a movie i had just seen or a Tv show i just watched or a book i just read. The most unique way that i get inspired is through names. Sometimes I’ll hear a name that I really like and then create a character to go with that name. And then with that character, I later create a world for them and end up writing a pretty decent book.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

I have such a hard time picking any sort of favourite thing just purely because theres so much good crap in this world, you know? Haha. I don’t have a favorite author. Would it be narcissistic to say mhyself? Haha

What are you reading now?

I can never read just one book at a time haha. It wouldn’t be natural. I’m reading Pines by Blake Crouch, Falling into place by Amy Zhang and The Night She Died by Jenny BlackHurst

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult, and what was your favorite book when you were a kid?

My favorite book is American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I’m always super hesitant to recommend it though just because it is painfully graphic and its a tough book to stomach (morally) but all in all I admire the realness of it and I just think it’s a very beautiful piece of literature when you read it from the point of view of an author as opposed to reading it from the point of view of a reader. As for my favourite book when I was a kid, my mama tells me it was The Three Little Pigs haha.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Nothing original really. I enjoy singing, lisyening to music, adding to my vision board, reading, catching up on Tv and above all else, dreaming big!

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

At the end of the day, we are all writing similar stories with similar plots and similar climaxes and similar endings so the only thing that’s really going to set your story apart is your authentic take on the story. To new writers I would advise you to stay true to your writing and your imagination and not compromise your stories to fit someone else’s opinion on what would sell or what make a good book. And also, if youre writng on a platform like wattpad where you can track your number of reads, DO NOT EQUATE THE QUALITY OF YOUR STORY TO THE NUMBER OF READS YOU RECEIVE. Just focus on getting better at your skill, stay consistent with your writing and do not forget to enjoy what you do because if you aren’t enjoying your writing, no ones gonna enjoy their reading.

How do you handle writer’s block?

I don’t haha. It’s importanat to be patient with yourself. Not just in your writing but also in life as a whole. I find that when I’m experiencing writers block it because i’m dealing with a lot of anxiety or even those moments when I get really depressed and detach from the world. My advice to anyone experiencing writers block woud be just to give it time, don’t stop trying and take a moment to just re-center yourself all while remembering that it is only temporary.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I think as long as your story has something memorable about it, something that once you read it you need to talk about it with someone else. Good writing makes you gasp or cry or laugh or even in my case go, “Oh my gosh! What the hell was that?!”

What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?

You know, writing is such a natural thing to me that I never really have too much of a plan. Sometimes I’ll have a plot first, other times I’ll have a character first. There’s even moments where I’ll come up with the title first or just one random scene. Alternatively, sometimes I’ll come up with an ending first. It all just depends. As for development, I just figure it all out as I go (I wouldn’t recommend that for anyone else but it works just fine for me so..)

Describe a typical writing day.

It’s more of a writing moment. I typically would just write whenever it feels most natural or whenever I crave it most. I don’t have much of a schedule for it.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Finding time!!! Also there’s always a moment during the process where I have a decision to make regarding what direction I want the story to take. It’s always difficult to try and decide the best way to go, especially since you never really know what your audience would most want to read.

How do you do research for your books?

Reading books in similar genres always saves my life! As for Escaping Mr. Grayson, I also did a lot of research on behavioral patterns of psychopaths’ and sociopaths (Though that was more just for curiosity and entertainments sake haha)

When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood? How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Well firstly, it doesn’t take much effort to make myself sad lol. The hard part is dealing with the emotional aftermath. I’d never let people see it but I am an extremely emotional person. I’m fully incapable of feeling anything halfway so once I allow myself to feel emotional enough to write a draining scene, I have to be prepared to be stuck in that cocoon of emotion for a while. The book that I’m currently working on requires a lot of that and with every new chapter i try my best to learn to separate the reality of it from the fiction of it all.

How do you handle literary criticism?

I just try not to take it too personally. I adore constructive criticism (even though deep down it can piss me off sometimes haha). But at the same time, there’s pointless criticism as well from people that just didn’t enjoy my work and that’s fine too. Not everyone will enjoy what I write. I’m okay with that.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

So so much. There’s just so many endless possibilities when it comes to things as big as deciding a plot or even just picking a characters name. It’s sometimes tough to make those decisions but in the end I’m always quite pleased with the work, thank God.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

My writing friends are so supportive and have a lot of positive comments on my work!

Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?

My readers can always catch up with me and my writing on my Instagram accounts under the usernames @_.satinsaturdai & @_.sibhongile._  or even reach out and read my other work on Wattpad under the username ‘satinsaturdai’ I hope that all my readers know they can feel free to contact me whenever they want to with absolutely anything from questions to criticism or even just if they need a friend!

The Author: Muskan Goyal

Muskan Goyal was born in 2003, India and was specifically interested in Music since an early age. It was in early 2019 that she discovered her passion for writing and started publishing on the online platform – Wattpad by her pen name – Marguerite Gibson. When she isn’t writing, you will mostly find her reading books or playing an instrument. The Beauty of Words, is her first book.


The Book: The Beauty of Words

In this beautiful book, Muskan Goyal reveals the various moments that we fear and the evils faced by us in our day to day lives, that overwhelm us at times. It talks about the peacefulness that friendships and nighttime bring along and how we tend to ignore them in our day to day lives.

The Beauty of Words, not only tells us about the beauty and the gift of words that we are awarded but also the beauty of life and the feelings that we experience in this world.


The Review: 4 stars!

I really enjoyed this little book of poetry – more than I thought I would, if I’m being honest. It was full of passion and shared insights into a way of life that needs to be discussed more. Goyal managed to create pages and pages of thought and emotion invoking magic that sticks with you long after you put the book down. She draws you in with her beautiful words, her mix of love and hope, and keeps you wanting more. I adored the flow the poems took, almost like the words were floating off the page. I loved that each poem had a meaning, a story or lesson behind it, they were more than just pretty, but empty words. Goyal’s work is relatable, tangible, and definitely worth a read!


The Interview:

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Generally, there are some feelings that we hide from others but there are some which we even hide from ourselves.           While writing “The Beauty of Words” I came to know myself more, not only as an author but as an individual as well and on this journey I realised some surprising emotions which were within me which I thought never existed. I think one thing that I would say about this book as a reader is that it truly helps you find your emotions as well as yourself.  For this reason, this collection of poem ends on the note of Self-Love and how it helps an individual conquer the daily struggles of life. Besides the fact that it is personally one of my favourites, I had immense fun writing it and just the thought of getting it published, made me excited.

How did you get started as a poet, and have you always written poems? How did you come up with the title of your book?

In truth, I wasn’t into writing poetry much. As an author, I specialise and look forward to writing in the Romance Genre and it was one of those writers’ block, which we all are familiar with, that I started writing this book. Whenever I feel some emotions are driving me crazy, I tend to express it in the form of poetry, thus venting those feelings away and keeping them at bay.  Additionally, I believe that struggles are a part of life but the one who never gives up even after trying is the real hero. As humans, we always tend to interact with our fellow beings but in these challenging times, this interaction was limited, leading to the feelings of isolation, loneliness, lies, change, new beginnings and even love for some. It’s often hard to express how these feelings feel because, in the end, they all overwhelm us. It is that beauty of words that made me express my emotions and experiences in those fields in the form of a poem and thus, I decided to go on with the title “The Beauty of Words”.

What was your biggest source of inspiration as you wrote this book?

My life has greatly influenced my writing style, poems and stories, however, I am mediocre when it comes to covers.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing and publishing this book? What was the highlight of writing/publishing this book?

The only publishing process that I struggled with, was choosing a book cover. I am highly grateful to my friend and an excellent graphic designer, Namerha for helping me out in this regard and giving me options to choose from.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

I absolutely adore Kiera Cass for her Selection Series. It just transports you into this new world of fantasy romance and the feeling of “Nothing is impossible” when you finish reading it. Honestly, after reading her books, I found my passion to write as well and that motivation helped me to be where I am today.

What are you reading now?

I am not reading any books or poetries at the moment but the last book I read was “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks. I found his way of writing, unique, intriguing and unpredictable. I was so engrossed in that book that I read it in one go after midnight and by the time, I finished, it was already morning but it clearly had me on the verge of tears.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

When I am not writing, which is quite rare, you will mostly find me humming to myself and singing. Unlike, writing, singing has been my passion since I was 6 years of age and I truly love when I spend time practising it.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

To all the writers out there, just starting out or are doubtful whether to start, just go for it! It gives you a new experience in a new field and you never know, when it becomes your passion. There will be criticisms, for sure but instead of writing for the audience, write for yourself and everything will be right on its own. There will be writer’s block, I had one, last for 2 months, but don’t fear it because after passing that phase, your mind would just be a pool of marvellous ideas.

How do you handle writer’s block?

When I face, writer’s block, I always engross myself in reading something new or looking at anything from a different angle and tada! The idea is there at the door, awaiting you. In case, that doesn’t help either, I tend to go through my books as a reader and figure out what I would have expected from the story ahead.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Good writing doesn’t mean pleasing your readers, it means creating another world for anyone, yourself before others, where you are transported into, after reading. Good writing is when the words force you to recall experiences, you might have forgotten and that’s why the feelings and the emotions incorporated in a book, matter more than the language that you have used.  It’s like keeping the best version of yourself forward to find the desired results.

Describe a typical writing day.

A typical writing day for me is a day where all I can see is myself and a laptop to type my manuscript on. There are no other chores that are behind my mind and my whole body is just devoted to writing, giving the best it could.

How do you do research for your books?

Usually, writers tend to research about their books but in my case, I always like to be independent and to figure out the plot myself.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood? How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Even when I am writing an emotionally draining scene, I end up crying at times, but I think it’s very important for a writer to feel that because until and unless they can’t feel the emotions themselves, they can’t make their audience feel it.

How do you handle literary criticism?

I believe that it always enhance that authors’ personality in you and help you to become a better version of yourself. While it’s mostly constructive, one needs to think that they can’t always please everyone and look at the bright side of their supporters and friends.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say? Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?

The reader’s comments and reviews always keep me moving ahead and wanting to write more. While there will be some, who will be there with you from Day 1, I can’t help but smile at their warm and kind gestures. As a Wattpad writer, I have always heard from my readers but I am new to this field of publishing in real life, so it’s difficult to say what awaits me in the future but I will surely give it my best and make it a dream come true experience. As a person, I have always been friendly, to the people I know as well as to my audience. I always check their Instagram DM’s and make sure to reply back for their heartfelt wishes.

They are always free to contact me on my Instagram or Wattpad – Marguerite Gibson and get a chance to know more about me or my book. Further, I have set up an Amazon Author Central and I’ll make sure to post about the updates and other offers from time to time in the near future as well. I hope that this experience would be a memorable one and it would encourage me to write more, maybe not poetry next time, but still, to grow as a writer and make an ever-lasting impact with my writing.