So HP is here today to introduce herself and her books. Maybe you will be adding them to your wish list. Or better still try your luck by entering the trick or treat contest. HP is giving away two books but which one you will actually win is yet to be seen :)
Oh and come back tomorrow! There will be more author interviews and contests!
Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here as
a guest! Could you start things off by telling us a little about your Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Books ?
HP -Thanks for having me! Sure, each of my books falls into the paranormal category although Fire Burn is more of a paranormal romance and To Kill A Warlock is an urban fantasy. Each book follows the trials and tribulations of two women. Fire Burn is about Jolie Wilkins, a woman who learns she's a witch and her roller coaster life after realizing this. Warlock is about a fairy in law enforcement, Dulcie O'Neil. It's basically a whodunnit revolving around the murder of a warlock.
Amber - Where do the ideas for your books come from? Does it just come to you? or do you work on an idea for a while before you expand on it?
HP - Well, I pretty much just make up my own ideas and then work out the kinks as I go. I think about the books constantly and think of different scenarios for my characters to find themselves in.
Amber - How do you pick the names for your characters? Do they have any special meanings?
HP - I actually went through a baby naming book to find most of my character names. LOL there are some good ones in those books!
Amber - Your website has some amazing artwork! Also the covers for the books are pretty cool. Is that your work?
HP - Thank you! Well, my disclaimer here is that I did design all covers for my books, but I did purchase the art. Then I went into photoshop and added the Halloweeny backgrounds, changed up hair and eye colors and added the text. So the design is mine but the art isn't.
Amber - Did you always wanted to be an author? Why did you pick the Paranormal genre?
HP - Yes, I have always wanted to be an author and I think it's really an exciting time in publishing right now because I could see my dream to fruition and I didn't have to rely on anyone but myself. I picked the paranormal genre because A) I love it and B) it isn't limiting--I can create anything I want to and there isn't any limit to my creativity when writing paranormals.
Amber - What are the good times and bad times of being an author?
HP - Good times are when other people really love your books. Bad times are when they don't. LOL
Amber - What's next? More books? A series?
HP - Yes, I'm currently halfway through the next Jolie book and hope to release it in the next 3-4 months. THen I'll work on the next Dulcie book.
Amber - What are you listening and watching lately? Is there any music or other media that influences your writing?
HP - I watch True Blood pretty religiously. And I have a whole soundtrack that I write to--all indie music that definitely influences my books. The two songs I'm really liking the most right now which also had a big effect on my books are: Blah Blah Blah by Say Hi to Your Mom and Pogo by Digitalism or it might be the other way round, Digitalism by Pogo. LOL
Amber - I know from looking at your site that you and I like a lot of the same authors. But who are the authors/series you love the most? The ones that you must buy and read as soon as a new book is released?
HP - I am stuck on the Sookie Stackhouse series. I also loved the Anita Blake series up until about the middle book and then it lost me unfortunately. I'm currently reading a book by Tina Folsom, Samson's Lovely Mortal.
Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?
HP - Hmm, probably something magical--a witch or a fairy so I could make stuff out of nothing!
Amber - Thanks for being a guest! Come back again sometime!
HP - Thank you, Amber!
Try before you buy -
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble : Chapter One
To Kill A Warlock : Chapter One
HP is offering two of her books to two winners. The first winner to contact me to claim the prize can choose which book they would like (either To Kill A Warlock or Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble) and the winner who isn't as fast gets what is left over ;) Trick or Treat?
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