Author Interview: E.M. Havens

E.M. Havens is the author of the Steampunk Romance series, Fate War.  The first book in the series, Fate War: Alliance is available now, and I spoke with E.M.  about the book, being a writer, and a few other random things.  Come back tomorrow for my review of Fate War: Alliance.

I don’t know much about the Steampunk genre – can you explain some of its characteristics for my readers?

Steampunk generally refers to a story/movie set in Victorian or Wild West era with alternate fantastical, steam powered technology. The ascetic is usually lots of brass, silver, and gold with gears, cogs and of course steam. While the 1800’s London or America is the norm, steampunk can be done in other centuries and in made up places, though hardcore steamers might balk. Fate War is a bit of a hodgepodge. It’s a fantasy world loosely based on Victorian England, but I’ve thrown a little medieval in and there will also be many surprises in the next installment.

You write in a couple of different genres – do you have a favorite genre to write, and why?

I write in different genres because I’m a new writer and I haven’t found my niche yet! LOL! I think my favorite genre is just whatever happens to be fueling my passion at the moment. When a story won’t leave me alone, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, it’s my fave.

Your characters are very well-written.  Do you base them on people you know, or do they spring from your imagination?

My characters are not based on any one person. They do exhibit characteristics of different people I know and interactions I’ve experience with others. Mostly, I just try and see life from that characters perspective and they seem to come alive. There are actually a few chapter after Sam’s big reveal with the Queen that were not in my outline because when the truth came out, Sam just didn’t react how I imagined. It was very disconcerting for me as a new writer. I tried to write the next scene I had planned but Sam just wouldn’t/couldn’t carry on the way I had envisioned. I finally just went with her and eventually we came back to the story line. So, to answer your question, it’s a little of both.

Tell me about the next book in the Fate War Saga.

Wouldn’t YOU like to know! I’m being pretty tight lipped about it, but I’ve left clues on my facebook page every now and then. Without giving too much away, I will say that we continue to follow Sam and Cole as they settle into their new roles…and it’s not going to be easy. As a matter of fact, there is much I’m dreading about writing a few scenes because it’s going to hurt. We will get an answer to “What the heck is going on with her freakin’ eyes!!!???” I promise. We will also get answers about Jasper and the Sovereign. In addition, we will follow some other well loved characters such as Captain Jensen and Hope. There will also be a plethora of new characters and love interests to keep things steamy!

I talk a lot on my blog about becoming a “real” writer.  When did you feel like a real writer?

I think it was just last weekend. LOL!  It was the strangest thing, for the first time in my entire life, when someone asked me, “what do you do?”, I answered, “I’m a writer.” It actually shocked me. I usually just say, “I’m a stay at home mom.” But it just came out. Then when they said, “Ohhhh….well are you published?” I answered yes and they proceeded to check out Amazon and download my books! I felt….real. LOL!

Tell me something completely random about yourself that has nothing to do with Fate War or writing.

I was in show choir in high school. It was really fun, but nothing like Glee…NOTHING like Glee. Okay, a little like Glee. Friday’s were spirit day’s and our director wanted us to wear shirts to support our group. That’s all well and good…and we did…but we were ridiculed relentlessly. Not because we were the show choir geeks, but because some idiot did not have the foresight many, many years ago when they named the group, that it might be a little awkward for a bunch of kids to walk around high school all wearing shirts that said, SWINGERS.

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Thank you, E.M. for stopping by and introducing me to Steampunk.  Now everyone, go and buy her book!

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About the Author:

HeadshotWho is E.M. Havens? I’m a lot of things. The word that seems to define me most at the moment is mom. It can be all consuming. Not only am I a mom of three (one of them is a teenager…pity me), but I also home-school (pity me more). I share this awesome responsibility with the love of my life, best friend, and soul-mate husband.

Add to that, the twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, a house cat, and a goose, it makes for one crazy, full, and certainly entertaining life.

Somewhere in there I find the time to write.  I started out young writing poems, then moved on to songs. I actually have a Bachelor in Music with a secondary in Science because I can’t stand English. Yes, the writer hates English.  I like to read the story for the experience of reading the story, not to nitpick each letter and comma. But I digress.

I eventually found blogging and really enjoyed sharing my life that way. When an unfortunate turn of events separated me from my music equipment, I decided to use my overactive imagination, my love of reading, and my new found hobby, prose writing, to release some of my creative energy.  I wrote my first novel and loved the experience. Fate War: Alliance is actually the second novel I wrote and the first to be published.  Now I’m working on my third and several sequels to Fate War!

So that’s pretty much me, sitting in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, reading, writing, collecting eggs from the coop, and being a schoolmarm. It’s a pretty great life.

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Author Interview: DelSheree Gladden

DelSheree Gladden is the author of the new YA Urban Fantasy series, SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes.  The first book in the series, Wicked Hunger is available now, and I spoke with DelSheree about the book, being a writer, and a few other random things.  Come back tomorrow for my review of Wicked Hunger.

In Wicked Hunger, we get a very dark YA tale – what was your inspiration for Zander and Van’s family secret?

One of my favorite writers is Jim Butcher, and I was reading one of the Dresden Files books, and he used the term godling hunger to describe how one of the characters feeds on of those around him. It sparked an idea in me and made me wonder how a character would cope with having an uncontrollable hunger they didn’t know the source of. How would the they survive trying to suppress such a basic part of themselves? The idea for the story of Vanessa and Zander Roth’s struggle to control their hunger and find out where it came from developed from two words that caught my eye.

We want to know about Book 2!  What can we expect in from the next chapter of the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes series?

Right now it’s tentatively planned for release in January. The second book will be titled, Wicked Power. The final book, Wicked Glory, will hopefully be ready by the end of 2014, but I’ll do my best to keep readers updated on any changes.

You have several series published – what is it about series that you love writing?

I’ve never been very good at the shorter forms of writing like poetry or short stories. I guess ideas just take a while for me to put together! I really enjoy reading series, also, so I think that plays a big part in how I like to write as well. If I find an author I like, I don’t want the story to end. Hopefully some of my readers feel that way about my books!

Are you self-published or trade-published?  Why did you go that route?

I’ve done both. Escaping Fate and the Twin Souls Saga were self published. I was frustrated with how few publishers and agents were willing to work with new authors at the time, and after I spent some time researching the process I decided that it was the best option for me. I went with traditional publishing with Inquest, but the experience was incredibly frustrating and I ended up going back to self-publishing for the rest of the series. With Wicked Hunger, I had planned to self-publish again, but ended up crossing paths with Kitty Bullard with GMTA and decided to try traditional once again when she offered me a contract for the series, and I’ve had a much better experience! Either option can be a great path.

I talk a lot on my blog about “Becoming a Real Writer.”  When did you feel like a real writer?

I think it was probably when I got my first piece of fan mail. I was so excited that a reader enjoyed my book enough to send me an email and tell me how much she liked Twin Souls. It really made me feel like I was doing something worth while.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Connect with other writers. You can learn so much from other writers about not only writing, but every aspect of the book market. Even more, the support of other authors can help a struggling writer push through a tough piece of writing or deal with rejection, even celebrate with you when you sign a contract. I think that’s something every writer needs.

Tell us something completely random about yourself that has nothing to do with writing or Wicked Hunger.

One of my favorite painters is JW Waterhouse. I did several master study paintings of his works in college. I don’t have much time for painting lately, but it’s one of my favorite hobbies.

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Thank you, DelSheree for stopping by!  Now everyone go and read her book!

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Sheree SmallAbout the Author:

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree’s newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.

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