I thought it would be perfect to introduce Hildie over the Holidays, when friends and families gather. I am fascinated about how everyone celebrates and the writing process-so I get to find out the best of both.
Hildie, I am glad you could make it here today, especially in the middle of this very busy Holiday season. So tell me, how do you and your family celebrate the holidays? With family, quietly? Huge party?
A little bit of both. On Christmas Eve we have what we call a “Griswald Christmas party” at my house. We invite a hodgepodge of friends, over to eat, exchange gifts and play games. It’s always a blast! Christmas day is more traditional, we have turkey or ham and the fixings, mostly just hang out. This Christmas since it falls on Sunday, I foresee a bunch of sleepy people leaning on each other! --Nice! I like that--festive and relaxing.
I am taking vacation the week of Christmas. My plan is to finish edits on my current novel, a western romance and send it out to my beta readers by end of the month. That is my goal anyways [sigh] we’ll see what happens.--Best laid plans always go awry-but I am beginning to think breaks are necessary.
What do you like the most about the Holidays? The least?
During this season the good in people comes out and it’s nice to have that positive energy in the air. It’s hectic yes, but at the same time it’s so much fun, I love the hurry and scurry of the season. The least would have to be the sadness that comes when you can’t share them with someone you love, I know some folks feel especially lonely at this time of year. --So true! (I like that you have a party for your friends, that is neat)
What was your first book published? Tells us a bit about it.
My first book “Desperate Betrayal” was published this year, in September. I was in the Highlands of Scotland at the time, so it was a magical time for me. I was in double heaven.
Desperate Betrayal is a Paranormal Romance. The story takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. Basically it’s about a young woman, Emma, who must convince a terrifying demon slayer, Cyn, to rescue her sister who has been kidnapped by demons. The twist is that after Emma discovers that he’s a single parent and begins to care for him, she still must decide if she can still betray him.
--Very cool..it is so on my TBR, calling to me....
Cyn is a contradiction in terms. It’s cool that he is a single easy-going dad by day and a brutal demon killer at night. (my kind of Hero)
Emma is spunky and tenacious; I love how strongly she defends those she loves. --I like heroines like this.
What was the hardest scene to write? The easiest?
The hardest scenes for me were the fight scenes. I don’t watch enough movies with sword scenes, so I had to do that to try to capture the moves.
The easiest for me is the dialog between characters, so most of the dialog scenes came pretty easily. --I am envious! I have to fight for the dialog, so that is a gift. :)
What is your next project?
I have a couple of projects in the works at this moment. Most pressing is the sequel to Desperate Betrayal, which is titled Desperate Surrender right now. (That can always change.) The manuscript is at my publishing house for edits. I hope it will be out in the late spring. --Wonderful!
Another project is in a new genre for me, I am completing edits on a Western Romance, not sure who I’m sending it too yet. It’s been interesting writing a western.--now that is a leap-paranormal to western. I like that you do different genres, I think that helps with the creative process.
Do you have a day job as well as write? If you do, what is your profession?
I have worked for the government, military intelligence for over 30 years. Boy I feel old right now. I am a full time administrative assistant, so I type pretty fast. *smile* --Very cool! You've done a lot.
I squeeze in writing where I can. I do have a routine. I make it a point to spend two or three hours on my writing, blogging, etc. every day. --I agree that is so important to do something toward your writing craft daily. You are very inspiring.
For the New Year, do you set goals? What are yours this year?
I do set goals. My goals for 2012 are to organize around my house. I want to simplify, pare things down. Also to be healthier. I think those have been my resolutions for twenty years…So this year I’m entitling them goals. That should work right?--I think so! I am doing the same.
Thank you so much for coming Hildie, it has been a pleaure. I hope you come again soon!
As a gift, Hildie is giving an Ebook copy of "Desperate Betrayal", please put your email at the bottom (i.e. Jane doe at g mail dot com) of your post. The winner will be announced December 30th, in the comment section and I will email you.
***The Winner is Livia Quinn** Congratulations!
***The Winner is Livia Quinn** Congratulations!