Two books, actually.
I hadn’t even finished my debut novella, When I see your Face (WISYF), when an idea formed itself of a series I’m tentatively calling the “4 Elements of Love”. The first book, Playing with Fire, is 60 % written. It revolves around Felicia, who lives with fire inside her that she struggles to control. Joshua, appearing mysteriously and carrying ice inside him, tries to help her before either she or the people around her will pay the high price for playing with fire. This will be my first foray into paranormal romance, and I really enjoy writing it.
The second book with the (admittedly boring) working title Second Chance is in its early stages of four chapters. It will be a contemporary romance novel that was loosely inspired by one of my favourite books, Jane Eyre.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Huh, good question. I think WISYF isn’t all that different – but it sure is more on the sweeter side. I opt for real romance instead of only steam and between-the-sheets action. For me, it is important that there isn’t just sudden attraction but also a believable process of getting to know each other and actually falling in love, as opposed to just falling in lust. As for my paranormal work in progress, it differs from the usual because it doesn’t deal with vampires or werewolves or other mythical creatures. Normal people with special abilities are at the heart of it.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always liked romance books, and writing them just comes natural to me. The same goes for anything with a connection to fantasy. I couldn’t NOT write that way… Both contemporary and paranormal romance novels suit me fine, but one day, I want to try my hand at science-fiction, too.
4. How does my writing process work?
For a long time, there was no process to speak of. I just wrote what popped into my mind and seeped out of my fingers. When I decided to actually become an author, though, I read a lot of advice and finally pushed myself to include a system. Now I outline the plot and from then on, I construct at least the first few chapters in a short list. Quick character sheets with facts on their looks, jobs, situation and wishes as well as problems help me to focus, though I find that sometimes, the protagonists take over and end up doing what I hadn’t envisioned. With my current WIP, I also planned ahead for the other parts of the series. Most of the time, I write in the logical chapter sequence. Sometimes, however, the final chapter or some decisive moment way ahead bullies its way to the front and demands to be written down. I like writing in a semi-organized way of sorts because it allows me a little more freedom to see where the story itself will take me.
Hadley Holt, author of paranormal and fantasy YA (Young Adult) has always loved to write. She also nurtures an incurable fascination with all things supernatural and fantastical. From a young age, she imagined stories about dragons, wizards, witches, ghosts, shape-shifters, vampires, and other magical creatures. Hadley spent many years in the not-so-magical world of finance and mortgage banking, but the stories were always there in the back of her mind, demanding to be set free. 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. Her novel Desecration is now available!
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went. She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. Moonlit, book #1 in the Moonlit trilogy, is her first book. The sequel is due for a summer 2014 release.
Christianna, founder of Unleashing Aphrodite, works with creative soulful women who desire great soulmate love but haven’t yet found it. She helps them to discover their secret hopes, wishes and true beauty inside and out, and know to their very core that they're irresistible and deserve their Happily Ever After. Christianna, the Heart Liberator, is unapologetically both a personal development author and a romance novel writer. She uses the power and magic of story to help you awaken your inner heroine, so that you effortlessly attract breathtaking love and create your own romance novel life!