Meet Donna Hosie

May 2, 2014 by

Donna Hosie

Today on the blog, I’d like to introduce you to fellow author Donna Hosie. She is represented by Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency, who is also my agent. I decided to get to know Donna through her books on my own accord and my opinion here is unbiased and honest :)

To share a bit about her, I can tell you that Donna Hosie is a hybrid YA author and full time geek. She is originally from England and currently resides in Australia with her husband, three children, and a crazy Golden Retriever named after Harry Potter! Her first foray into writing came about when Warner Bros and EA Games asked her to be a fan consultant on the Order of the Phoenix computer game (How fun is that?!) After this experience, she turned to fan fiction and eventually wrote her own time-traveling novels while studying for an BA in Modern Languages. Donna loves anything fantastical as evidenced in her books: RETURN TO CAMELOT trilogy, THE RING OF MORGANA (May 2014), THE DEVIL’S INTERN (Holiday House, October 2014) and THE DEVIL’S DREAMCATCHER (Holiday House, Fall 2015).

I can also tell you—after reading her novel SEARCHING FOR ARTHUR—that she is loads of fun, and that if she is as funny in person as she is in her books, I definitely want to go party with her!

I have posted a short review on her novel, which you can read on Amazon or Goodreads. But today I’m here to learn a bit more about this amazing author. So Donna, I have only a key, few questions for you:

Tell us a bit about yourself as an author, what inspires you? What does a day of writing look for you?

I’m inspired by classical music, the environment and myths and legends. I can hear a piece of music and visualise a scene. The same with an everyday landscape. As a child I was obsessed with Greek mythology, and that still holds true today, only I’ve expanded into every kind of myth and legend because I like the concept that every legend has its foundation in a truth.

A day of writing is a dream! I work full time as a Government Public Servant, and so writing fits around that and my family. So I get up at 4am – yes, that’s 4am and not a typo! I write before work, and then when I get home at 6pm, I’ll usually do another hour or two, in between the laundry and homework and housework. It’s very hard, and so with a couple of nice book deals under my belt already this year (Agent Beth is Agent Awesome!), I’m hoping to be able to become a full time writer in the next couple of years.

Recently you wrote a post on being a Hybrid Author, knowing what you now know, would you do anything different in your career path?

It’s funny. Everyone who contacts me nowadays wants to know about being a hybrid author. I seem to have inadvertently become a poster girl for it! I would certainly advocate indie publishing as well as pursuing the traditional route. It’s incredibly fulfilling. I wouldn’t do anything different in my career path, even knowing what I know now. The rejections (and occasionally tears) have made me the author I am today. If I could give one little nugget of advice to aspiring authors out there, it would be to not take rejections too personally. If you are determined, and you continue to learn and improve, you will succeed in traditional publishing. I absolutely believe that. Just be prepared for it to take YEARS, not months.

In Searching For Arthur I picked up several allusions to stories like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, how have classics like these ones influenced your writing and which are your favorites?

This is a great question. I loved THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE as a child, and as an adult I’m a total Potterhead! I guess fantasy novels like HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman and the Tolkien novels have given me permission to be as creative as I want as a writer. I don’t think any issue should be out of bounds, but more than anything, even when writing fantasy, you have to give a story heart and soul. The fantastical has to be believable, because your readers need to care.

Rapid fire questions

Pantser or Outliner
An absolute pantser. I can’t outline to save my life. I enjoy the organic process of drafting and seeing where characters take me. I usually don’t have a denouement planned until about 5 chapters from the end!

eBook or hardback
Both. Stephen Fry tweeted a great quote along the lines of “books are no more threatened by ereaders as stairs are threatened by escalators.” That made me laugh. Choice is good.

What book(s) are you reading right now?
I am DESPERATELY waiting for THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater to be delivered, so I’m rereading HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE for the zillionth time. I’m also reading my publisher’s galley of THE DEVIL’S INTERN which we release in October, (that counts, right?!)

Favorite word
Cadaverous

Type or hand write?
Type. Oh dear lord, a book would take me centuries to write if I did it by hand, and then it would have to be rewritten because I wouldn’t be able to read any of it!

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Katie French, author of “Eyes Ever To The Sky”

Jun 26, 2013 by

Eyes Ever To The Sky

Eyes Ever To The Sky

 

I’m very pleased to welcome Katie French to my blog. She is a fantastic young adult author whose books I’ve enjoyed reading. I admire her work for her fresh concepts and fast paced plots that keep you turning the page. Hi, Katie. I’m delighted to have you here and glad that everyone will get to learn a bit about you and your books. So tell me about your new novel . . .

 

How did you get the idea for “Eyes Ever to the Sky”?

The inspiration for this book came as I was waxing philosophical about the paranormal romance genre. It seemed a lot of people were writing in it, but the content, characters and settings were staler than the bread crusts I find under my son’s bed. I love the idea of combining romance and science fiction, my two favorite things, but I wanted to do it in a very different way. The idea popped in my head for a modern day Superman/ Louise Lane story. It’s morphed into something a little different, but hopefully super hero fans and romance fans won’t be disappointed.

 

I love your male protagonist, Hugh :) Who is your favorite character in the book?

Thanks! I love Hugh, too, but I’d have to say Cece is my favorite character. I work with at-risk teens during my day job as a high school counselor. Cece is my tribute to the tenacious, but down-on-their-luck teens who come in and out of my office everyday. They are every bit as caring, tenderhearted and fierce as she is and they deserve to be honored for their strength in the midst of such adversity.

 

Readers of what other YA books would enjoy “Eyes Ever to the Sky”?

Readers who liked I am Number 4 would like this book, or even, heaven forbid, Twilight fans. I’m not afraid to say I loved Twilight when it first came out. Sadly, the sexy vampire troupe has been buried under a sparking tombstone, so many writers are now afraid to claim it as a comparable book. My book is a lot different than your typical paranormal romance, but readers of that genre should enjoy it because the elation of first love, coupled with the real horror of facing your deepest fears, are all there. Plus some kick-butt fight scenes.

 

You have another YA book called “The Breeders”, which one was more difficult to write? 

The Breeders was harder to write because when I started it I was still a fledgling writer. I spent eighteen hard months on The Breeders taking it through at least a hundred drafts.  Eyes came easier. It is a little lighter, a little more fun and a little more character driven. I fell in love with my characters for Eyes and they basically wrote the story for me.

 

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a sequel for The Breeders. Wanna hear about it? Sure you do. The Believers (The Breeders Series, Book 2) They’ve escaped the Breeders, yet their journey has just begun.

On the road back home, Clay, Riley and her family are captured by a savage group of huge, but mutated men. Their destination: the Citadel run by the seemingly psychic religious prophet, the Messiah. Somehow he knows their secrets. He wants them to join his group of believers, but only if they’ll drink the baptismal water and swear allegiance.

But, there’s something wrong with the water. Something wrong with the people. If they can’t figure out what, they’ll become one of them and become a believer forever.

Katie, that sounds like a fitting, exciting continuation to The Breeders. I’m very glad you could be with us, and I wish you luck with all your titles.

Thanks for having me, Ingrid.

 

Author Bio

 

Katie French

Katie French

Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. Though her social life suffered, her love for literature thrived. She studied English at Eastern Michigan University, where she veered from writing and earned an education degree. She spent nine years teaching high school English. Currently she is a school counselor, doing a job that is both one of the hardest things she’s ever done and the most rewarding. In her free time she writes, reads great books and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. Visit her at www.katiefrenchbooks.com

 

For those of you interested in Katie’s books, you can find them in amazon. But I also have a special treat for 2 lucky people. An eBook giveaway!!! Please enter and experience a new author without risk or worry. On the other hand, if you can’t wait to get your hard on “Eyes Ever To The Sky.”  It is only 0.99 cents today!

 

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