Friday, 8 October 2010

Interview with HP Mallory and Giveaway!!

Giveaway now closed. Winner will be announed shortly.

I read HP's 'To Kill a Warlock' just a couple of days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it [review] and now I'm delighted to be able to bring you an interview I've done with her. There's also a chance to win a free ebook copy of To Kill a Warlock below!

Cem: What made you decide to write in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre rather than any other?
HP: I’ve always loved anything to do with the paranormal and so my interest was already there. I read quite a bit of urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, such as the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Anita Blake series so it was probably a natural progression that I would want to write in the same genres. Also, the freedom to create in paranormal fiction is really limitless so my imagination knows no bounds. 

Cem: Why did you choose to go down the self published route, and is it a decision you're glad you made?
HP: I’m very glad I made this decision as it has allowed me to control my own writing career. It really happened more as a last option than anything else. I started with the big New York agent and when that didn’t go anywhere, I asked myself if I wanted to continue just sitting on my books and the answer was a resounding no! So, I decided to just put them out there and thought I’d be lucky if I sold 20. Well, I’ve sold nearly 3000 now and I’ve never looked back. I made this decision just a few months ago and it’s been the best decision I’ve made in a long time. There is nothing like receiving emails from my fans letting me know how much they enjoyed my books. I couldn’t be happier.

Cem: What's your writing process? Do you plan out everything in advance or wing it?
HP: I plan everything out in as much as I know what will happen in each book. I outline it in terms of brainstorming ideas I have and then figuring out where those ideas will take form. Then before I write each chapter, I think about the chapter for a week or so, deciding what should happen and in what order.

Cem: What's a typical writing day for you like?
HP: I wake up at 5 am and write or edit for 1.5 hours. Then I go to work, pick up my son and play with him and his dad (lol) until 8 pm, when he goes to bed. Then I edit chapters from 8-10 pm each night. I write each new chapter on a weekend day. Not a lot of time but I make it work.

Cem: I loved Sam, Dulcie's best friend in To Kill a Warlock, because she's always there for her, willing to help however she can. But as any good friend should, she also teases Dulcie, giving her a hard time over certain things. Which of your characters, from any of your work, is your favourite and why?
HP: Well, I love Jolie from Fire Burn because I really relate to her. I love Dulcie, too, especially because she’s so strong but I don’t quite relate to her as well as I do Jolie. As far as the men go, hmmm. I definitely love Rand from Fire Burn but Sinjin is also winning my affection. And from Warlock, I can’t really decide between Knight and Quill.

Cem: What other books do you currently have in the works and when can we expect to be able to read them? 
HP: I’m just finishing up the next book in the Jolie series, Toil and Trouble. It will be released Jan 1. I’m also working on a graphic novel of Warlock (think comic book) which will be released in episodes of about 3-4 chapters each. That won’t be for a while though because my artist and I are still storyboarding.

Cem: Finally, if you could have any supernatural power or be any supernatural being, what would you pick?
HP: I would love to have the ability to read minds, but only when I wanted to. Would be pretty awesome! Of all supernatural beings, vampires probably intrigue me the most.


Reading minds hmm? Oh how much easier life could be at times with that!
Big thanks to HP for taking the time to answer my questions! She's also offering the chance for one of you to win a e-copy of To Kill a Warlock! A very good, funny read that I highly recommend!

The small print:
- Open internationally
- You MUST fill in the form below to enter.
- The only thing required for entry is to leave your name (or alias) and an email address for contacting if you win.
- Giveaway closes 22nd October, midnight UK time. Winner will be chosen via contacted, announced on the blog, and have 48 hours to reply.

Extra entries available (keeping this very simple):
+1 for commenting on this post
+1 for tweeting the giveaway (please link to me, @cem_214 so I can easily track them)
+2 for being a blog follower

Also don't forget that my UK giveaway for a signed copy of Jennifer Lynn Barnes Raised by Wolves is still open here. And you can gain bonus early entries for my up coming 100 followers giveaway here.


vickyvak said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I'd love to read it!

Nathan said...

Thanxs for this giveaway and make it international ^^, the book sounds interesting, thanxs :D