01: TWR does not provide ad space for anyone or accept advertising of any kind. I am not paid to write the content, nor do I collect any profits from the blog. If you would like to express your appreciation for what I do here, the best way is to buy one of my books if that is an option for you.

02: As you’ll see from my About page, TWR also doubles as my author website  Occasionally, I’ll talk about one of my books, show off some cover art, promote a new release, etc. I’ve set up an upcoming releases image on the sidebar.

03: TWR does review books and accept review copies of books. I do not participate in blog tours, book tours, author interviews, publisher giveaways, special online promotions, etc. Any book you see me talking about is one that I personally purchased or was given to me. I do not dI giveaways here so if that’s what you were looking for, you’ve come to the wrong place. And yes, I usually keep proof.

04: I do not give book quotes for fun, they’re my honest opinions. If your book sucks, it sucks. I’m not psychic, precognitive, or tapped into any insider information. I don’t have anything to sprinkle on your novel that will make it better. Period.

05: All comments are moderated by myself! I can’t stress this enough. I decide what gets posted and I don’t apologize for this policy, nor do I feel that everyone is entitled to use my space. Things that do not get posted include but is not limited to: spam, ads, porn, bigotry of any variety, online train wrecks, mud-smearing, charity requests, author baiting, fundraisers, trolling, flaming, anything that smells like eau de self-promo, and links to any of the above. Now and then I’ll approve random and/or ignorant snide remark directed at me or one of my posts, mostly for the entertainment value, but generally speaking I delete those too. If you use your common sense and be genuine, your comment will more than likely be approved. If you want to get attention by peddling yourself, trashing another author, insulting me or otherwise behaving like a jackass, you’ll have to do it somewhere else. LIke the saying goes, you don’t have to go home, but you have to get the hell up off of here.

06: TWR is written and published by one person. I have no assistants, blog administrator, moderator, secretary, servants, etc. Occasionally, I log off my computer to do selfish things like do housework, cook meals, fold laundry, shower, sleep, etc. This is why if you try to post a comment at 3 a.m., it probably won’t show up until the next day. For this reason please don’t keep posting the same comment over and over, because every attempt is just going to sit in the queue until I get up at whatever time I feel like it to have a look. Besides, it annoys the hell outta me when I have to delete the same comment 999.99 times.

07: TWR is published on WordPress’ free hosting service. I set it up in 2012 and have spent roughly one hundred bucks on it. As TWR grows, I don’t expect a bunch of folks trying to talk me into going commercial, making a better site, selling space, using a professional designer, and just about everything else to get into my wallet. Something I’m grateful for and will always respond to, that answer is not going to change. TWR is an almost 100% free blog and it will stay that way. After this term runs out, sometime in early 2014, I will not be paying for anything else. If someone wants to for me, good luck with that.

08: I spend about an insurmountable amount of time a day working on TWR to make it prettiful. It’s a lot of time to spare. Usually my time is spent thinking and approving or deleting comments. If I have a chance I will answer questions, but more often than not I just don’t have the time to get to them. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes to anyone.


How old are you?

My birthday is September 07. I grow older every year.

How long have you been writing?

When I got bored of the ordinary, so: about nine years of age but not officially until I was thirteen.

How tall are you?

(Yes, this is a frequently asked question.) With shoes on, I’m 5 feet, 11 inches, otherwise, I’m 5 feet, 9 inches. I apologize but I do not know the metric system. (I graduated early and yet, I’m still as ditzy as a doorknob) and even though I’m short, I’m convinced I’m super tall and have a napoleon complex at times.

Who is your agent/your editor?

I am not agented actually and I edit my own work before swapping with a fellow author and taking over their edits while they take over mine.

Will you be my Facebook friend?

Sure, but I do have a page here if you’d care to “like” it. (Who knew that verb would develop two meanings?)

Are you on Twitter?

Yep! Follow me here.

Are you on Tumblr?

Nope! I am on Wattpad though. You can fan me here.

What do you look like?

Well, in animated form, I look like this:


But in real life and on normal days, I’m usually in sweatpants and a t-shirt with my hair up.


How often do you write?

Almost every day but when I’m depressed my work stays dedicated to murder, suicide, and things that most are too chicken to focus on and during these times you won’t catch me writing but fooling around on my blog and websites which you’ll notice change themes often.

Do you count pages or words?

Everyone counts words in this business. :] If we counted pages, it’d be too confusing with the many different font sizes, spacings, and formats… words are, simply put, easier.

What genres do you write?

I write adult romance whether it be paranormal, contemporary, or science fiction, as well as Young Adult romance for readers age 16+. Basically, if you’re growing and getting those feelings you should understand my work. Although, I’m one to talk!

How long are your stories?

The first drafts can range anywhere from 20,000 words to well over 100,000 words. Total word counts for my novels, novellas, and short stories will be on my Bookshelf page.

How do you write plot, characters, dialogue, novels/etc.?

Please refer to the Writing page.

How long have you been writing?

SInce 2010.

Do you write by hand or on the computer?

I write notes down on paper in a notebook but most of it is done on the computer or on my iPad because they make it easy to sync. Can you imagine how awful the hand cramp you’d have after writing so much in so little time? Let it be known that I’m a computer addict so my way differs from others. Besides, I have ugly handwriting.

Do you outline?

On occasion, yes, I do. You’re able to read how I outline on my Writing page.

Have you ever considered collaborating on a novel with another writer?

I have considered collaboration with a few writer-friends in the past, but it’s been one of those things where I end up like, “What if…” and then never got to writing the idea or contacting the person. I’d have a better chance of keeping up with it if we were both just contributing to an anthology of short stories.


Who are your favorite authors?

I don’t have a favorite author but their are some who I’ve read recently. They are: J. R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Gena Showalter, Sienna Mynx, Avery Duncan, and Kate Perry. Sadly, no, I’ve never had the pleasure of readin Jane Austen or Anne Rice.

Where do you like to write?

In my bedroom, or on my mom’s Lazy Boy chair. When I edit, I go to Starbucks or lock myself in my room.

Do you listen to music when you write?

Almost always. Some favorites are Imagine Dragons, Evanescence, Icon for Hire, The Script, Paramore, Avenged Sevenfold, Memphis May Fire, and I’ll sometimes listen to R&B like Tank, R. Kelly, Aaliyah and a few others. I think the R&B is the only genre other than Gospel that my mother understands.

Who made your covers/website?

Me mostly. I use other’s templates and photos and give their creators respective rights when using them but they are my Photoshopped or GIMPed creations.

What’s your favorite . . . .?

Color: Black or red. Mostly black though it’s not a true color.

Animal: None. I dislike all animals because they frighten me.

Superpower: Telekinesis or Pyrokenesis.

Food: Chicken Alfredo and homemade Mac and Cheese.

Smell: Spring water. (Yes, it does have a smell).

Sport: None. Unless typing is one. Scratch that, football. I like the big men!

Vacation spot: Cancun though I’ve never left California.

TV shows: Burn Notice, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. I’ll sometimes catch an episode of Covert Affairs.

Do you ever go outside?

I do, in fact, go outside though not very often. The sun and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the warmth and it loves to give me a rash. It’s a slight allergic reaction that causes me to have to wear lots of dark, long clothes that cover the majority of my body and I live in the desert so imagine how hard it is when our summers can and will reach over 110. Besides, how else would I make it to Starbucks to feed my frappuchino addiction?

Will you read my work, query, synopsis or maybe critique me?

Maybe, not definitely but between college applications and trying to write and get my own work edited for publication, I can’t promise you that I will and definitely no to most teen fiction.


The Wicked Reader is a personal blog written and edited by author Toni Xean Shepherd. This blog never accepts any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. I write for my own purposes. Hopefully, sometime soon, anything other than contracted royalties from the publishers of my novels from sales of said novels through booksellers, I’ll never receive compensation from what I write, endorse or link to on this blog.

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