Hanna a few months ago I was flipping through one of several
RT magazines. While chowing down on my favorite veggie lover’s pizza I came
across a truly exciting article by Liz
French, Stephanie Klose, Faygie Levy and Elissa Petruzzi titled “Legacy of Love.” In short, the article explained about how the
market might be changing but romance, which I agree whole heartedly, is
forever. My curious readers and I would
love to know your thoughts on what you believe are the “Legacy of Love.”
I adore veggie pizza. I'm not allowed to have it in my
house--my husband claims it "taints" the meat and cheese side--so
good on you!
If a legacy is something passed down through generations,
then love is probably the greatest legacy of all. I find it hard to believe that
love has changed much across time. True, the circumstances
surrounding love have altered drastically, but the core emotion is the same.
It's why I'm always so astonished when books or novelists or reviewers spout
disdain for showing love or centering a storyline around a relationship (and
having it end positively). Isn't searching for love the most classic of
motivations? Isn't love something we all
You’re in the beginning of your new The Elemental series;
can you tell us more about it?
It's about a hidden layer within modern society that wields
elemental magic. Liquid
Lies introduces this world through the eyes of the Ofarians, the water
elementals. Each book will delve further into the various races and the issues
they deal with, romantic and otherwise.
Hanna, I am manic about your books and become completely
addicted to your characters. You give
readers a powerful emotional love story with engaging characters that rips
readers hearts out while making them
root for a happily ever after. Can you
tell us more about LIQUID LIES?
That's so great to hear you connected with the characters. I
read a lot--in nearly every romantic genre, and some outside it (gasp!)--but I
always connect the strongest with character-driven stories. Angst. Love angst.
The greatest authorial and reader journeys I take consist of showing each stage
of a character's emotional development. There are no shortcuts, no
summarizations in between action sequences or whatnot. I love being in a character's
head, showing how their thoughts process. Showing their obsessions and
insecurities and weaknesses and powers (literal and figurative). In Liquid Lies, I
wanted to show the big picture of the problems between the Ofarians and their
human counterparts, but also what would happen should a human, ignorant of
magic, find himself involved with those with extraordinary abilities.
Is there any part of your personality that bleeds into your
characters while you write?
I think the way my books' dialogue comes out sounds very
much like how I speak. In fact, that's one of the keys I use to create
natural-sounding dialogue. If I can't imagine myself (or my husband, or my
friend, or the guy down the street, etc.) actually saying it--if it makes me
cringe or makes me think they're reading off a script--it gets changed. I also
read the book out loud, to make sure the sentences are able to be spoken
without sounding clunky.
What inspired you to start The Elemental series?
I wanted to write a kidnapping story, believe it or not. But
I didn't want it to be a cut-and-dry Stockholm Syndrome story. So I made up a
world of magic to surround it.
What was one of your favorite moments when writing LIQUID
A big moment for me was when I knew I'd nailed the opening
chapters. Not many people know this, but I completely rewrote the first
chapters right before I sold the book. Like completely, totally,
nothing-remotely-similar-to-the-original rewrote. It gave me a good feeling
about the book. It gave me a measure of confidence I hadn't had before.
As for a favorite moment within the book? I love the scene
when Gwen tells Reed what she is. It's a bit gritty and non-sensationalized.
Things aren't perfect, and I love what it says about them both as people.
Okay, I want to give a warm welcome to, Gwen and Reed
(Waving franticly, trying to get the besotted couple’s attention). I know you
two have gone through a lot to get to your happily ever after so I will try to
be brief. (Blushes scarlet as she catches the intimate glance between the
newlyweds, clears her throat).
I’m curious. Gwen what was your first impression of
Reed? Reed, I would love to hear your
thoughts about the first time you laid eyes on Gwen.
Gwen: I thought he was incredibly sure of himself. That he
knew exactly who he was, what he was capable of. So few Primaries--I mean,
humans--I've come across possess that.
Reed: I was shocked she wasn't more scared. That asshole had
her up against a wall, hand around her throat. But she was more pissed off than
anything and I couldn't turn away from that. I wanted to help her get her
Was it love or lust at first sight?
Gwen: (laughing) Neither. Try fear. I was scared, you
Reed: (grinning) Speak for yourself.
Gwen, when was the moment you knew that Reed was for you?
Without hesitation, when he found me in the bar. When he
knew the name of my favorite artist. I was lost, forbidden or not.
Reed, name one thing about Gwen that you believe changed
your outlook on love.
I saw in her a permanence. A staying power. Like I could
never get tired of talking to her. And I wanted to talk to her more than I
wanted other things. I'd never felt that before.
Gwen did you have any apprehension about getting involved
(nodding) That's all I had: apprehension. The whole time
with him, in the beginning, I was scared of what could become of us. There were
too many consequences.
Reed, what about you?
Did you have a sliver of doubt about becoming involved with Gwen?
(gazing at her) No. Does that surprise you? It wasn't my
doubt that caused problems; it was circumstance. I never doubted I wanted to be
with her, but we had to work around it.
Do you, Gwen and Reed, believe that love conquers all?
Gwen: Now that
is a tagline for a romance novel. No, I don't think it conquers. But I think it
Reed: What she said.
One more thing before I let you go.Do you believe that everything you two went
through to find one another, fall in love and finding your happily ever after
was worth the price you had to pay?
(Gwen, silent, just looks out the window, her lips drawn
Reed (pushing her hair behind her shoulder): The price was
high, let's just say that.
Now back to Hanna.
How did you mark the occasion of finally finishing LIQUID
Finishing? It probably involved wine or champagne. That's
pretty safe to say.
What do you hope readers walk away with after reading LIQUID
I hope they are happy with taking a chance on a new author,
with a new story to tell, in a new paranormal world.
You’re clearly very busy.
What do you do in your limited spare time? Are you reading anything right now? Any reading recommendations while we wait
until your next release in your, The Elemental series?
I read alllll the time. I'm a mom, but even when being
mommy-ish I have a book in hand (or a Kindle). I'm embarrassed to say that I
just now started reading Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, and the world has
blown my mind. I am crazy about Harper Fox--just finished Scrap Metal and it
made my soul hurt. I heartily recommend anything by her. Karen Booth and Karen
Stivali wrote this incredible book that's basically the world's greatest and
longest Meet Cute, with the best flirtation and most lovable hero ever. It's
called Long Distance
Lovers. Holly McDowell's King
Solomon's Wives, the new serial novel from Coliloquy, is high concept
speculative fiction and wonderfully gripping. Can't wait for the next
Hanna, please share with desperate readers where they can
connect with you in cyber world. =)
Hanna, you rocked RCJR eZine blog and its readers. Thank you so much for stopping by to dish
about Gwen and Reed from LIQUID LIES in the Elemental series released by
BOOK ONE IN THE ELEMENTALS SERIES
Magic is Corporate America's best-kept secret
Gwen possesses the unique ability to pick up any language in
an instant—a power that will globally expand the profitable family business. As
dutiful future leader of her race of water elementals, she'll do anything to
protect her people's secrets and bloodlines—including enter an arranged
marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for forbidden human men.
Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline
rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen's life, he ignites her
taboo desire for men without magic—and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat
up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he's been hired to kidnap. He
resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit
But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen's family
business—and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy
bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor...
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