Interview with Alice Bello

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes from friend recommendations, my favorite review sites, and sometimes by surfing Amazon and Smashwords. I love BookBub too. Such a great tool.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The Seven Year Life of a Runaway Bride. I loved the little, my main character, and the daily writing it took (I later found out it was 72000 words long, though I didn't know it then. I wrote each chapter in a separate file, a works file at that. I knew so little about computers that I didn't realize I could just cut and paste the chapters together. I loved that story. Reading, I've found it lacks plot, and in many places reads like the words were etched out in granite, but I hope to someday rewrite it and publish it.

I even have the perfect cover image already picked out :) It's all about the cover!
What is your writing process?
It's changed over the years--and I do mean years. I've wanted to write since 1994, when I first started reading seriously. That first book was Anne Rice's Interview with the vampire.

AS for my mot recent writing, I started off taking a great, hysterical and sexy character from a past novel, At Last (the character of Liz Hamilton) and giving her a story of her own. She was a fan favorite from so many that read that book. But I never thought I'd have a story for her. But then, when I found out my best friend was pregnant, my creative juices took over.

Before I knew it, the cool, calm, sex goddess, Liz, had lost her mojo--and her orgasm--and her business was going straight don the drain.

On top of that I threw in a past love that had crushed her, but now wanted her back.

In this case I actually thought out the bulk of the plot and jotted it down on paper. From there I just tried to write 1000 to 3000 words a day. So far I'm now writing Volume 3 in this, the Slash & Burn series of New Adult romantic novellas.

I've written some crime stories, and fantasy... but truthfully my fingers fly over the key board only when I'm writing wickedly funny, sexy as hell stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes... unfortunately. Maybe this is why I didn't read for pleasure until after high school. I was a very slow reader, and have over the years since high school sped up considerably.

But the first story I remember reading was a short story about a Brazilian farm, were killer ants invaded and ate the main character. Horribly gruesome, and probably sent my mental state straight to the crapper.

Strangely enough, the very next year I had to read a short story about a man that took a short cut home, fell through the ice multiple times until even his waterproof matches got wet, and then froze to death. The I had to read a book about a boy who's entire family was killed when a dike broke and flooded his home town. From there I had to read a book about a boy who was born into immigrant farm work, was left t die in a shack on the side of the road, and then was saved by a passing farm working family. But no sooner does he recover and fall in love, than the object of his affection gets her hair stuck in some farm machinery is decapitated.

So, yes, unfortunately I remember the first stories I read. The elementary education professionals back then really have a lot to answer for.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, at first, those first designs were horrific. I just started using GIMP and thought that my covers should match my books perfectly. As in the models should look like the characters in the boos.

But since, taking advice from such notable authors as HM Ward and cover designer Sarah Hansen, I've discovered that a romance cover must be one thing over anything else: Pretty. And That's what I've strived for since. Find a gorgeous picture and go from there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Changes by Jim Butcher: This is my favorite series by my favorite author. It's Urban Fantasy or the highest order, and the first person point of view is warm and funny as hell. But this book, number 12 in the so far 15 book series, was the best. From the first sentence to the "Killer" cliffhanger at the end, more happens in this one book than the entire, rather fast paced series.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie: She is the queen of romantic comedy, and this mean, hot little novel Is her masterpiece. And that's high praise when every book the woman has written is amazing!

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton: I dare anyone to read the first page of this, maybe the funniest, naughtiest novel I have ever read. Oh, Simon!

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews: Ilona is my #2 favorite novelist, and her Kate Daniels series is a thrilling, original gem. But in tie book, not only do we finally get Kate and The Beast Lord together for real, but we see that Kate will do anything to save those she loves.

Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen: Hiaasen is the master of the screwball, hyper violent, crime dramedy. And this one is as wild and cunning as they come. Exotic animals on the loose, a state (Florida) in post hurricane survival mode, a one eyed ex-governor of Florida with a penchant for "educating" assholes, and an abandoned new bride and the human skull juggling sweetie she's now falling in love with.

All fantastic!
What do you read for pleasure?
Lately I've read a Hiaasen short, I'm in the middle of one of Ilona Adrew's Edge novels, and I just finished Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams. What ever it is, no matter the genre, It has to make me laugh.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am the proud owner of a Kindle Paper White. And I love it!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, in a previous life, writing as Ella Stone and Eva Sloan, I found putting out boxed sets of my books and making them free for a week through KDP Select very useful. But then, once I finally got my work edited and started writing as Alice Bello, I've found the advice from HM Ward, and Russle Blake, to publish as often as possible, to be the best way to build readers and get paid for all I ever really want to do. Read and write.
Describe your desk
Right now I'm sitting at an lonely dining room table, the table cloth has been spackled with paint and coated in glitter. But mostly, when I'm writing, I'm siting on my bed, back against pillows against the wall, and one under my knees.

I really need to get a really comfy chair!
When did you first start writing?
1994, soon after reading Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. It was slow, slow... very slow. But worth the time and failure.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I took a fan favorite character from a past novel, Liz from At Last, and gave her her own story, complete with a hot ex, a missing orgasm, and paintings of Zombie Turkeys rotting on the walls of her art gallery.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No matter what genre I tried to write, no matter how much I love the characters I wrote, the publishers in New York never had any use for me or my books. So I read about JA Konrath and Amanda Hocking and thought I'd give it a try. Since then I've had quite the education. But I'm getting better, getting stronger, and hopefully funnier.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
At first I didn't understand how to actually get onto their Premium Catalogue, and thus on iTunes, Nook and Kobo. I just uploaded my books and used the Mobi and Epub copies to send around.

But now, after reading their style guide, and learning how to use their catalogue not only to help make my Kindle books free, but to sell them on their sites, I love this site. Love it! And next I'm going to try their pre-order option for the novel Un-Dateable. Can't wait for July 4th to see how that works out!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Besides how good it feels right after I write, how my head feels calm and happy... Well, I love the emails from readers. They can really get my creative juices started :) I love my readers!
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers. I love hearing from them, and love when they tell me to write faster. From now on, I will!
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm writing Crash: Slash & Burn Volume 3, editing Un-Dateable: A Novel, and then I'm going to finish Bette's Turn, a Hope Trilogy spin off. So many people have been asking about her, but she wouldn't talk to me... but I think she'll be ready after I'm done with Liz's story. But that's going to be a five Volume story.

I also have an old story from a past writing life that is screaming to be finished and published in its entirety. I think everyone will really love it. I've had the cover done for almost year now!
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Crusie, Rachel Caine, Alice Clayton, Alice Hoffman, John Irvin, John Berendt, Kevin Hearne, JR Ward and JK Rowling, to tell a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog, Jack. He snuggles up and pants in my face until I take him out for a walk.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working retail (tell no one!) and spending time with my mom.
Published 2014-04-29.
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Books by This Author

Ferro Mountain Shifters Volume 1
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 112,220. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Follow the Ironcloud Saga. The Ironcloud family struggles to get by and to keep those they love safe from the preternatural baddies that come to destroy them. Shifters: werebears, werepumas, werewolves...
Broken Bear
Series: Ferro Mountain Shifters, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 17,830. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
What can a werepuma do? Stormy is lost. Her grandmother died a few weeks ago and she’s been driving ever since.
Saint Sex
Series: Wild Women. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,070. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Lucy is hopelessly in love with her boss, the sexy billionaire Dante Saint James.
Happily Ever Afters: 3 Books in the Wild Women Series
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 243,980. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Channel your inner Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda! Meet the sexy, crazy ladies of the Wild Women series.
Assassin's Girl
Price: Free! Words: 23,380. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to survive. Sometimes the wrong thing leads you to love…
Growl For Me
Series: Ferro Mountain Shifters, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,030. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After surviving being kidnapped by a pack of werewolves and having their loupe alpha bite her, Chelsea Moray has to learn how to deal with her brand new life as a werewolf. As a werewolf who can’t shift, who has a bevy of anxiety attacks, and who has to give up her educational dreams.
Hate Him XOXO
Series: Wild Women, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 70,070. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
One woman’s struggle to save her career, ditch the gorgeous bastard who broke her heart and rejected her virginity in college… and get her orgasm back.
Found Bear
Series: Ferro Mountain Shifters, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,240. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
*Maggie's Story* For the last two years, Maggie has wandered the country, trying to find and grab onto a new life. But what she finds, is a bear.
Dead and Buried: A Lucy Hart Deathdealer Novel (Book Three)
Series: Lucy Hart, Deathdealer. Pre-release—available April 12, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Coming of age
Lucy Hart is getting married. Finally, everything she's dreamed of and worked toward getting will come true. She'll get Gabriel, the man she loves. She'll be rich and powerful. She'll also have to deal with an enemy from the past that wants nothing less than to ruin her life, and then to snuff that life out.
Risen Bear
Series: Ferro Mountain Shifters, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,590. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
*Roxy & Wade’s story* After everything that happened to her last year, werepuma Roxy Ironcloud moved away, three hours to the east, to continue nursing school. Plagued by nightmares, paranoia and memories of what the skinwalker had done to her, she throws herself into her work as a waitress, and studies hard as a student, but has almost no social life.
Claimed Bear
Series: Ferro Mountain Shifters, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,460. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
*Shifter Romance* When a skin-walker comes to town to spread chaos and death, medicine woman and puma shape-shifter Stormy Ironcloud must defend herself, her family and her town from the ancient evil before it kills anyone else.
Hate Him Book 3
Series: The Hate Him Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,990. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
*The third and final book in the Hate Him trilogy.* *Huge HEA* Liz has loved and hated Jackson Burk for years, ever since he turned down her virginity back in college without explanation. But having him in the same city, showing up everywhere she goes, and finally breaking through and winning back her heart made the fact that he’s married all the more painful.
Want Him: Prequel to Hate Him
Series: Wild Women, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,110. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Groom dumps you at the altar? Fall in love with your hunky best friend... on your tropical not-honeymoon.
Hate Him Book 2
Series: The Hate Him Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,730. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
I looked away in shame. I hated him, hated him with every fiber of my being. But deep inside, no matter how cruel he had been, I still wanted him.
Hate Him Book 1
Series: The Hate Him Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 19,320. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
One woman’s struggle to save her career, ditch the gorgeous bastard who broke her heart and rejected her virginity in college… and get her orgasm back.
Bette's Turn
Series: World of Hope ยท Wild Women, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,690. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Raphael’s gorgeous... he’s sexy... and he’s decent to a fault. He’s not a one night stand, a fun weekend, or even a one hot month kind of man. He’s the real deal... a keeper. And that’s Bette’s problem.
Un-Dateable: A Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,650. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Dana's love life is as bad as her green thumb... which is black as death itself. But maybe with enough effort, and a makeover, she can find Mr. Right.
Holding onto Hope: The Complete Hope Trilogy
Series: Wild Women, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,890. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is the complete Hope Trilogy: Hope Breaks (Book 1), Hope Entangles (Book 2) and Hope Rises (Book 3).
Hope Rises: The Hope Trilogy Book 3
Series: World of Hope, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,280. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Hope Jones’ life is falling apart. She has two men competing for her attention—who knew that would be a bad thing!
Not Dead Yet: A Lucy Hart, Deathdealer Novel (Book Two)
Series: Lucy Hart, Deathdealer, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,380. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
New Adult Paranormal Romance Someone is trying to kill Lucy Hart: assassins of every ilk and species have converged on Southern California, all trying one after the other—sometimes together—to snuff her out.
Vampires: Boxed Set
Price: Free! Words: 167,120. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Two Paranormal novels by Alice Bello (writing as Eva Sloan:) Vampires, werewolves and witches, oh my!
Min's Vampire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 149,200. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
One night turned into forever… Min thought her biggest problem was the soulless vampire she’d captured with magic and made into her personal sex slave for the night.
Better Off Dead : A Lucy Hart, Deathdealer Novel (Book One)
Series: Lucy Hart, Deathdealer, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 74,340. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
What if your fiancé turns out to be a werewolf, and worse, his creature-of-the-night girlfriend is trying to kill you?
Hope Entangles: The HopeTrilogy Book 2
Series: World of Hope, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,830. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Hope once again finds herself facing losing her job. She has a new problematic next door neighbor, and she can't stop thinking about Jake. Luckily, he can't stop thinking about her either.
Hope Breaks: The Hope Trilogy Book 1
Series: World of Hope, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 39,820. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.40 from 10 reviews)
Hope Breaks is about a young woman trying to hold onto the career she just began. It’s about the newness of love, and how easily it can break. It's about the past, good friends, good food and laughter.