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Today we have our very first author interview & book giveaway featuring Wenona Hulsey! With almost 900 Twitter followers, this indie writer sensation is creating a strong fan base for herself. She is actively creating characters that are memorable and interesting (see my book review of Blood Awakening!).
And what does Wenona say for herself?? A lot! In her own words, Wenona shared with me that she spends her time scaling roof tops, kicking bad guy tail, and rescuing small kittens from tree tops. But during the time when she isn’t asleep, she’s a mother of two beautiful children and fiancé to the man of her dreams. She lives vicariously through great books and creates magical worlds in her spare time. She is also an avid social networker, who loves to meet new people.
Being a fellow writer, I had some questions that were pressing on mind as I read Blood Awakening...
* What was the inspiration that lead to "Blood Awakening"?
Blood Awakening actually came to me when I was writing the novel, Burden of Blood. I love the friendship between Nicole and Kat in the novel so I decided to take it back a few years to the time just after high school. It also gave me the opportunity to show readers where Nicole's paranormal powers started to seep into her life. The story was a lot of fun to write, especially since I got to show a bit of my humorous side.
* Is the main character, Nicole, similar to you in any way?
Funny enough, I gave Nicole the hair that I despise: long curly hair. I have hard to tame curly hair so It's kind of annoying seeing every woman on television and even the ladies in books having perfectly straight, shimmering blond locks of hair. My character needed to feel real to me so I gave her a real trait that I could relate too.
* What obstacles, if any, did you come across in creating the story arc across several books?
I've not had too hard of a time keeping my goals for the story in place. I pretty much started out with an idea for Nicole and what her battle would be but even I at this very moment don’t know how it's going to end. That's half the fun of being a writer is being surprised with the twist and turns as the story writes its self.
* Do your characters speak to you? If so, have any of them refused to play the part you scripted for them?
Oh me and my characters!! LOL. We usually get along very well. They know who they are and speak to me in their own, unique voice. Their likes and dislikes are easy to follow so if I write something that doesn't fit they let me know. I've not had any problem out of Kat and Nichole but there is a dark fae you meet in the next book that throws me for a loop every time she speaks.---Now if anyone other than an author had written this paragraph they would be locking them up in a padded room about now LOL.
* When did you first realize you wanted to write?
The idea first touched my mind when I was a teenager. I spent a lot of time reading and loved the world that I could visit between the pages. I knew that one day I would create my own worlds and invite people in to visit for a while. That day didn't actually come until almost a year ago but it was like finding myself in a dark room. From the first line I wrote I knew this was who I was supposed to be.
* What would you do if you could never write again? Why?
Wow! That's a hard question! I don't know. I know I would work…I still work a day job now but it would be a sad world to live in without writing.
* What else can we expect from you in the future? (Genre change??)
Right now I'm working on *Blood of Fire which will be the final book in the Blood Burden Series but yes, you will see other genres from me. I have the first draft of a crime thriller written and waiting for me to revisit it after I finish Nicole's story. This will be a stand-alone novel and I'm super excited about it! [* Folks!! You're the first to see the new Blood of Fire book cover!!]
* Anything else you'd like to share?
Next on the list for me is Blood of Fire which will be the final book in the Blood Burden series. BUT, my readers have been asking me if I plan on doing a spin off? To be honest I've been playing around with the idea. There is a good story behind Nicole and Luke (You meet him in Burden of Blood) being police officers. I've not put anything down on paper yet but the ideas are swimming around in my ol' noggin so we will see.
Also, if there's a question you would like to know about the Blood Burden series I'd love for you all to join me at my Facebook Fan page where I chat with readers, answer questions about my books, and talk about normal things. Things like books I'm reading and the books my fans are reading. After all, before I was a writer I was a reader and that part of me will never go away.
You can friend Wenona on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/WenonaHulsey
Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WenonaHulseyAuthor
Follow along on her website: http://wenonahulsey.com/
Now, for the the moment you've been waiting for -- the Blood Awakening giveaway! To enter to win a copy of this novelette, simply re-Tweet this exact phrase from a single Twitter account:
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The winner will be the person that re-tweets this phrase the most by Friday, 4/20/12 by 6:30pm EST. The winner will be announced on this blog Saturday, 4/21/12 .
Until next time -- Good Luck & Happy Reading!!