Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Interview with Hailey Edwards author of "Eversworn"

On today's book tour I have author Hailey Edwards here for an interview. Let's welcome Hailey to the Romance Book Junkies.

I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a wife, a mother, and a dachshund wrangler. I write fantasy and paranormal romance for Samhain Publishing and Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint. I love to craft, read, bake, read, and write (when I can pull my nose out of a book long enough to get work done).

When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?

I’ve been writing for about four years. For someone who had never written as much as a short story, I was surprised when the idea to write a novel struck me.

I am a full time writer by virtue of the fact I’m a stay at home mom.

Do you have an author that has really inspired you?

The author that inspired me to write was Karen Marie Moning. I used to read mystery/crime novels, but stumbled across a copy of Darkfever at the library. (The original cover was sort or crime novelish.) I devoured it, and hit Books A Million the next day to pick up my own copy and the second book in the series. It was through that series that I began to read KMM’s backlist and discovered the paranormal romance genre. I was converted on the spot, and now I primarily read paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

How long does it normally take you to write an average book or your last book?

It takes me about six weeks to write the draft for an 85,000 word (or 380 page) novel.

What do you think makes a story great?

Character and conflict. I’m drawn into books by great characters and exciting or interesting conflicts.

Can you describe your book "Eversworn" in one sentence?

Eversworn is the story of a woman’s mission to rescue her daughter, and her journey toward falling in love with the demon hell-bent to save them both.

Have you done lots of research for your books or do the stories just come to you?

I dedicate several weeks to research during the course of writing any book. I have several contacts I consult for accuracy and plausibility. Among them are doctors, archeologists, nurses, biologists, vets, and arachnologists.

It’s all part of trying to bring as much reality to my fantasy as possible.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently writing a novella (book 2.5) in the Araneae Nation series. It’s the story of Brynmor’s second chance at finding love.

Can you tell us about some of your prior achievements?

My debut novel, Everlong, was a 2010 EPIC awards finalist in the fantasy romance category. My latest release, A Hint of Frost, was chosen as Grave Tells Review Top Pick for April of 2012.

Is there anything that I didn't cover that you would like to talk about or say to your potential readers?

I think, sometimes, that readers are intimidated by the idea of reading fantasy. I think the word fantasy conjures up images of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, but there are several flavors of fantasy. I would encourage readers to give the genre a try, and I’ll suggest a few of my favorite examples in the most popular subgenres.

Contemporary Fantasy: Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series (One of my all-time favorite series.)
Urban Fantasy: The Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Both auto-buys for me.)
Dark Fantasy: The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Traditional/Epic Fantasy: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Just for fun:
Hardback or Paperback?  Digital! I’m a Kindle addict.
Dog ears or Bookmarks?  
Bookmarks. Dog ears wound me.
YA novels or Adult novels?  
Adult (unless we’re talking Harry Potter…)
Library or Bookstore?
I’d prefer a bookstore, but there isn’t one near me. So Amazon is my local store.
Reading glasses or No glasses?
Glasses. I was outfitted with my first pair last August.
Snack while reading or No snacks?  
No snacks. I’m usually too involved to stop for munchies.
Beach or Mountain?
Beach. I’m afraid of heights.
Vampire or Werewolf?
Can I have both?
Hot or Flirty?
Movie 1st or Book 1st?
Book, definitely.
Contemporary or Historical?
Neither. Give me PNR or fantasy any day.
Page-Turner or Tear Jerker?
Page-turner. I’m not a big crier…until my favorite series end. *sniffle*

Title: Eversworn
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series Title: Daughters of Askara
Release Day: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Buy Links

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Steal the salt. Bind the grimoire. Escape the male.

Daughters of Askara, Book 3

When an exchange of stolen goods in the Feriana marketplace turns sour, Isabeau stumbles from the encounter bruised and laden with new orders to complete an even larger heist. With her child’s life at stake, there’s no room for error—or allies.

Armed with a lethal book of spells, she strikes a dangerous bargain with Roland Bernhard. Steal a shipment of salt from the Feriana colony, and she’ll have her freedom—and her daughter. It’s all she’s ever wanted. At least it was…until she runs into Dillon Preston.

Dillon is out of commission after a mine explosion, and itching for a distraction. He gets it when the female who saved his leg arrives at the colony with nothing but flimsy excuses and even flimsier attire. She’s after something, but is it him—or the salt?

Trapped in a desperate bid to gain true freedom, Isabeau is willing to sacrifice her life for her daughter’s, but Dillon has other plans. He wants a package deal, and he’s not willing to lose either female, even if it means the future king of Sere’s head will roll.

Warning: This title contains a heroine desperate to save her daughter and a hero determined to make them a family. It also includes wings, horns and other assorted appendages. 

Hailey is a wife turned mother turned writer, who loves her husband, her daughter and alone time with her computer. Whenever southern living strikes her as too ordinary, she can be found squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after or with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen. Wings and/or cupcakes are usually involved…

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Hailey Edwards said...

Thanks for hosting me!

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