Monday, November 14, 2011

Author Interview with Linda Hawley!

Author Interview Questions:

1.  What kind of books do you write and how many have you written so far?
I am currently writing a paranormal science fiction book series, called The Prophecies.  One reader called it a mix of Bourne Identity meets Inception.  Two of the books are published, and the third will publish at the very end of Dec 2011, or Jan 2012. 

Book 1 of The Prophecies is called Dreams Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Book 2 of The Prophecies is called Guardian of Time

I simply *love* the dystopian genre, and plan to start writing another dystopian adventure in 2012.

2.  When is your next book being published?
            (see above)

3.  When did you start writing?
             I fell in love with the written word when I was about five.  That’s when I started to write poetry.  When I was twelve years old, I was involved in an accident and sustained a major head injury. The result was that I had to re-learn the English language, not remembering the simple difference between a noun and a verb.  Because I re-learned English phonetically, I am still spelling-challenged, and employ a proofreader when I finish a manuscript and before anyone else sees it.  (If you need a proofreader, she’s fantastic and affordable—

4.  How did you get into writing, and why did you pick the genre that you currently write in?
             Dystopian books and movies have always appealed to me.  I think I like how they are full of drama, but yet there is always that sense of real hope in the end.  If I have done my job well (with The Prophecies book series), then my readers may fall in love with dystopia too.

5.  What is your creative process like?
            I am 100% intuitive in writing.  When you read The Prophecies, you may think that I wrote it from an outline (because there are so many pieces to the plot), but I am exactly the opposite.  If I foreshadow something, it’s because I felt—in my gut—that I needed to at that point, not that (technically) I thought about it my head.  I am an outside-the-box, free-thinking author.  It goes as it flows out of my brain.  It’s almost effortless for me.
6.  Who is your favorite author, past and present, and why?
            Favorite authors include:  Justin Cronin (a dystopian genius!), Dan Brown (I learned suspense from reading his books), Nicholas Sparks (the genius of characterizations & emoting), and I must mention Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road) who taught me what dialogue is.

7.  What motivates you to continue writing?
            I feel 100% alive when I write.  It absolutely delights me that something  created from my own heart will live on when I am in the dirt. 

8.  How do you get ideas for your stories?
            Simply put, I’ll say that many of the adventures in The Prophecies series are snippets taken from my own life.

9.  If you didn’t become an author, what do you think you would be doing now?
            Before I was an author, I did everything I wanted to…so now is when I live the dream (not before).

10.  Tell me about your latest book.
            The Prophecies synopsis:  It’s the near future, and society is government-controlled.  Technology tracks everyone, and personal privacy does not exist.  The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression.  Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative.  It’s her powers that release the seal of The Prophecies, changing the world forever.

11.  Your movie has made it to the big screen!  Tell me, who would you want to play the key characters?
             Julianne Moore would make an excellent Ann Torgeson (my protagonist).

12.  What’s the worst experience and best experience you ever had as a writer?
            Best experience:  The day I finished the first manuscript.  I looked at the book (which I had just printed out) and said to my family:  “Look at that…” pointing to the 2” thick stack of papers, “…that actually came out of my head!”  My family laughed with me in sheer delight.
Worst experience (if I dare even tell it):  A book blogger read my “author cloning recipe,” and called me a paranoid, mentally ill woman.  That felt bad.  The reason I wrote my “author cloning recipe” is because I hate author resumes.  It reminds me too much of trying to convince people that you can write, or that you should read their book.  But in reality, Doctorate degrees do not prove a person fit to write a great story.  The truth is that I have a proper University education from a fine school, I have held substaintial positions in business, and my resume is impressive.  But that has nothing to do with me writing good novels.  That takes a different gift all together—heart.   That is why the book blogger’s rant hurt, because she was 100% off the mark, thinking that I wrote my cloning recipe because I didn’t have a proper writing resume.

13.  Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing and your life?
            Hmmm, five years would put me at 25 books, 15 of them novels, and 10 of them volumes of poetry (already written—to be published Spring 2012).

14.  Where can people find you and your books on the Internet? 
My books:
Dreams Unleashed (2nd Edition), Book 1 of The Prophecies  [link:]
Guardian of Time, Book 2 of The Prophecies  [link:]

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