I'm glad you accepted my invitation, and it's interesting to see how you go about writing.
I am currently working on CONSECRATION, Book 2 of the Wizard Queen at Sixteen Series. I am releasing this series as a serial, so right now I am working on Part 1 of CONSECRATION. I’m very excited about these books because they are set within their own unique wizarding world that is pretty much upside-down. Girl wizards have no power, magical or otherwise, until my main character’s 16th birthday, where she (Addie) finds out she has her very own magical powers. This means big-time trouble for her. The story is fun with lots of adventure, suspense, romance, and more, but at its core it is about empowerment of girls and that is a topic that makes me very excited (very passionate)!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, one thing that makes every author’s work different is their own unique voice. Also, I think the wizard world I’ve created has a unique world-building that is different from others primarily due to the social structure and inner-workings of a backward society, and it’s hidden from humans in today’s modern world.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Before I wrote this series, I wrote paranormal romance and the one theme that seems to be pervasive in my work is one of transformation, of becoming something bigger, and learning how to become your own hero. I also am very drawn to writing in the paranormal and fantasy genres. Every writer is a big reader – that is almost universally true, and I write what I like to read. I read to escape into magical, strange worlds, and so that’s what I write! I have a very active inner child!
4. How does my writing process work?
There are two pervasive methods of writing. One is that of the “plotter” and the other is called the “panster.” A person who plots will create a detailed outline of everything that is going to happen in their book. This may include flow charts and character development documents, etc… A “panster” writes “by the seat of their pants”. I fall somewhere in between these two methods. I usually know what my important plot twists are going to be, but then I fill in everything else as I go along. My favorite analogy is that when I begin to write, I have a roadmap and I take meandering detours as I head toward my final destination. Sometimes as I am writing my story, the characters will take everything in their own unexpected direction, and I have to create a completely new roadmap. Also, each day when I write, I start by editing the prior day’s writing (usually 1-3 chapters) and that pulls me back into the story before I start writing the next few chapters.
Thanks to the housing market crash, Hadley finally realized her dreams. She now breathes life into her magical tales of reluctant young heroes finding their inner power to stand up against terrible creatures and even more terrible odds.
Hadley just published her debut YA Fantasy (with lots of romance and adventure) DESECRATION, Book One of the Wizard Queen at Sixteen Series which is now available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
DESECRATION, March, 2014
3 Part Serial – Part 1, 2, & 3
Book 1 in Wizard Queen at Sixteen Series