1. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The hardest part about writing any book is always the attempt to translate the movie I see in my head into words that live on the page.
2. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Andrew Fukuda—his latest release, THE HUNT, has razor-sharp prose, a genius plot, and a searing pace that will have you ripping through the pages!
3. Fated is way different from the rest of your books. Why/How did you decide on Native American mythology?
The inspiration for FATED grew directly out of the research I did for THE IMMORTALS series. I’m really big on research—I like to make my fantasy worlds as grounded in the truth as I possibly can. So after reading a ton of metaphysical books, taking a three-day psychic development class with world renowned medium James Van Praagh, and undergoing several sessions of past-life hypnosis, I was struck by how often mentions of Shamanism appeared. It wasn’t long before I became so intrigued by the concept, I knew it was the next idea I wanted to write about.new from the start that I wanted to place the story in New Mexico, so I traveled to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and numerous small towns in between, to soak up the atmosphere, eat lots of blue corn pancakes (!), and interview local teens and Native Americans about what it’s like to grow up both in town and on the reservation. In addition, I read a lot of books on Shamanism, Native American lore, took a three-day “Introduction to Shamanism” class, and had a private session with a Shamanic healer. I try to learn as much as I can about the world I’m creating, so I know how to tweak it to fit the world of the story I’m telling.
4. How long did it took to finish Fated?
FATED took me about three months to write, and then another three to revise. I write from about 10AM – 7PM with small breaks in between, and I keep to this routine pretty much every day, including weekends and holidays. Mostly because I have pretty tight deadlines, and writing everyday helps me to stay in the voice of the character.
5. If you had to describe Fated in 3 words, what would they be?
Epic, magic, intoxicating
6. Is there any book that you are reading now?
I just finished an adult novel called, GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn—loved it!
7. What’s your favorite book of all time?
I have too many to choose just one, but I’ve ready FRANNY & ZOOEY by JD Salinger a gazillion times, so we’ll go with that!
8. Favorite quote?
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
9. Can you give us some exclusive information about your next books?
I just finished writing ECHO, book 2 in THE SOUL SEEKERS series (in stores 11.13.12), and have started writingMYSTIC, book 3, (Spring 2013). The series will conclude with HORIZON in Fall 2013 . . . then I’ll dig through my “idea file” and see what comes next!
Thanks again to Alyson Noel for answering the questions :)
Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.
There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.