Check out this author spotlight for Naomi Valkyrie!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Naomi Valkyrie, often called a Firebrand Provocateur, brings her unique Autistic perspectives and curiosities to life by weaving tales of deep connection, mystery, and romance. She is inspired by being able to spontaneously create a thought that takes on a life of its own, opening up new adventures for her readers.
The Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy realms are particular areas of interest for Naomi as they allow for the vast exploration of magic, adventure, and the impossible while creating diverse characters that her readers connect with on an emotional level.
When she isn’t attending to familial connections, Naomi loves a dark, comfy reading space surrounded by the symbolism of her spiritual archetypes and her daemon/familiars, while she sips her Starbucks tea and immerses herself in imagination.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn – crisp air (although not so much here in the south, unfortunately), leaves change color, Samhain (my favorite holiday), apple cider and hot chocolate
Tea or coffee? TEA! Coffee makes me too jittery.
Mountains or beaches? Mountains – the quality of silence on a mountain is superb. You can hear the wind move through the trees. No city noises or lights. No crowds. Communion with nature. As an Autistic person, I appreciate the reduction of sensory stimulation.
Plotter or pantser? Pantser! I am a chaos author. Whatever happens, happens. It’s just as much a surprise to me as everyone else. Keeps things interesting.
Hero or anti-hero? Both, depending on how it’s written. But usually, I’m going to go for the anti-hero. Most often they feel more relatable than a hero. Deadpool and The Punisher are two of my favorites.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Honestly, it depends on my current hyper fixation. I go through periods of time where I will binge read a certain genre or type of book and almost nothing else will do. I went through a ten-year span of soaking up a bunch of books on various spiritual traditions. Right now, it’s M/M Romance – any subgenre.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I have several projects in various stages of development – two of those for the launch of a new pen name.
Currently, I’m attempting to focus on finishing Something Wicked, which is the final book in my Life is Hell series, but I’ve also got a witch book and a ghost book from two new series that are fighting for time.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My most recent release is The Ghastly Gumball. It’s a M/M RomCom.
This is a zany, wacky story about a guy named Lockwood King.
There’s meddling by outside forces (but it’s for their own good – really, it is).
There’s sort of fated mates (fate gets a little push – okay, a big shove, but everyone deserves an HEA, right)?
There’s a bit of cursing (the magic and the swearing kind).
There’s inconvenient tentacle wrestling. (Don’t ask me, I just write what the characters tell me to).
And speaking of tentacles, did I mention the cigar-smoking octopus named Clyde?
If you don’t like absurdly unbelievable tales and magical mishaps, this probably isn’t the book for you. You’ve been warned.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I can pretty much get inspiration anywhere. I’ve gotten ideas from custom license plates, a shoe on the side of the road, an apartment number, my dreams, random thoughts, people watching…
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I don’t have a specific routine. I write when I am able to around my other life responsibilities. If we’re talking about my writing process, it’s chaos. I’m a pantser and I pretty much never know how things are going to play out. I just roll with it.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
There is no one correct way to write a book, so don’t compare yourself to other authors. Also, being neurodivergent, most of the writing advice out there won’t work for you so don’t waste time on it.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
You can find all of my social media links in one convenient place: https://linktr.ee/naomivalkyrie
While I am on a lot of platforms, I spend most of my time in Naomi Valkyrie’s Book Dungeon Community and on Naomi Valkyrie’s Book Dungeon Discord Server.