Genre: Paranormal New Adult
Publisher: Jynxed Moon
Date of Publication: January 30th
Word Count: 70,000 words
Dawn Garrett has left behind the horrors she faced in Goosemont for a life on the road with Jase Byrnes. With his guidance, she’s started her training as a hunter of the things that hide in the shadows.
But that training is interrupted when another hunter needs help on a case. Together, Dawn and Jase head south to Louisiana to discover just what is behind a series of gruesome attacks in the suburb of Bon Marais. It’s the perfect chance for Dawn to show off her new skills, but with real danger lurking everywhere, Jase isn’t ready to let her out of his sight.
She’s sick of being held back, but when someone from her past arrives in Bon Marais, Dawn will face her toughest fight yet. She has to make a choice whether to become the hunter, or to follow her heart.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’ve wanted to be a writer on and off my whole life, but of course there have been other more ‘practical’ ideas too. Working in a museum, working with animals, all sorts!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I started working towards becoming a ‘full-time’ writer. I had a goal, and I worked at it until it became possible. Once I started really working at it, then I considered myself a “writer”.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
As my books are independent, not that long. I’d been working on novellas for some time, and took the plunge into a novel near the end of summer 2014. I knew what I wanted to write, I outlined it, and got down to business while doing some freelance projects. I’m a fast writer, so it only took a few months.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I’m really proud of myself for getting to a point where I can write full-time. I do freelance work as well, which supplements my fiction writing. Before that, I’ve done a lot of retail work, actually. Everything from books to tea!
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Coven’s Calling – A whodunit mystery that takes the romance to the next level for the protagonists.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self-publish and absolutely love it!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Depends on the book and how much time I can dedicate to it. Writing full-time gives me the chance to get things done quicker and I do work from 9-6 Monday-Friday, so I can be very fast when I need to be. A full novel can take only a couple months if it’s my main focus.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I have two more books planned in the Night Hunters series, and from there I might continue, I haven’t decided yet! I do have another book I’m putting some of the ground work on, but it’s not paranormal at all. It combines my love of billionaires and MC at the same time, but since it’s so different from my previous books, I might put it out under a pen name.
What genre would you place your books into?
Paranormal romance with a contemporary flare.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve always loved things that go bump in the night! I grew up on everything from X-Files to Goosebumps, so it was a natural choice for me.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I absolutely love my protagonist, Dawn. She’s probably the most human character I’ve ever written -relatable, enjoyable, level-headed, and really caring.
How long have you been writing? and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing my whole life, but 2014 was the year that made me realize just how much I wanted to be a writer. The main inspiration has always just been my overactive imagination. It got me in so much trouble growing up, but now it works for me, not against me!
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I usually find myself writing on my tablet in the living room, which might be a little weird. I find the computer is too distracting and I get a lot more done when I can’t browse the internet! I do find I need quiet while I work, so the house is pretty silent all day.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Mostly, I try to check them. I do want to know how to improve when there is a critical review, I love the boost that comes from a great review, and I’m a glutton for punishment from the mean reviews!
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Book first, always. Titles are hard!
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I’m on nameberry almost every day! For my heroines, I always pick names that relate to their character. They need to have meaning. For my hero I always go with something sexy, that makes me roll it on my tongue and go “mmmm”. Places are harder, though! Honestly, I usually look around my house until something starts to form in my brain.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Names usually come after, I find. As I form an idea in my head, everyone is usually “that guy,” and “oh, her!”
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
That usually comes up and forms while I’m working on the outline, but characters have a way of surprising you as your work your way through a story. Someone who is brave might have a moment of cowardice you never expected, or someone who is shy might find themselves yelling in a crowd. It happens, go with it!
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I think my “morals” are usually follow your heart. It’s a good way to live life.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
At the end of the day, I’d say paperback, but I love my ereader and the books it’s given me access too. Least favorite is actually hardcover because of the dust jackets. Honestly, I throw them away!
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I have so many favorites! I definitely hate having to pick one or two. I’ve reread Lolita, Life of Pi, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Bared to You all at least twice though.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
It really, really depends on the books. I hate when things get changed, but sometimes you need to do it to make the story work in movie format. Honestly, my biggest annoyance is turning single books into two or even three movies. Unnecessary!
Your favorite food is?
Bread! I absolutely love bread, from plain old white to the fanciest sourdough.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Another tough one! Right now what I’m listening most is Interpol, Metric, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, and old school Foo Fighters.
Your favorite color is?
Green in the spring, orange in the fall.
Your favorite Author is?
I guess since I have more of his books than anyone else, I’m going to say Stephen King.
Helena Shaw resides in a small town in western Ontario. When she is not writing, she is taking care of her two boys and her husband.