Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Author Interview: Kelly Hashway

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I’m a former middle school language arts teacher turned author and freelance editor. I have a beautiful six-year-old daughter and a very supportive husband, along with three pets: two dogs and a cat. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, running, or playing with my daughter. I’m represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I love the Caribbean, and what’s more romantic than sandy beaches and turquoise water? So I’d have to say either St. Thomas or Aruba. They are my two favorite islands.

What is your favorite genre to write?
It’s a tie between romance and paranormal. Both are so much fun to write and switching between them keeps things fresh for me.

What is one silly fact about you?
I can recite the alphabet faster backwards than forwards.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
Since I write in the YA genre, I feel my readers don’t need to see certain things. I have books where I allude to things, but I never show it. I think some things are better left off the page when you’re writing for teens.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
The second and third novellas in the Game. Set. Match. Heartbreak series release through Swoon Romance this year, and so does the second book in my Touch of Death series, which is a paranormal series through Spencer Hill Press.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Nothing tops hearing from a reader who loved my book. I write because books have always been a part of my life and touched me in so many ways. To know I’ve done that for someone else is surreal to me.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I’d have to say a lot. When I wrote my YA romance novella series, I had to remember my first love and my first heartbreak. It was very emotional for me, and I cried more than once at my laptop. But I felt that if I didn’t tap into those emotions and experience them again, my readers wouldn’t be able to feel them.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I’ve written 11 books so far. Two were starter novels that will never see the light of day. LOL So far I’ve had two books published, and I have several more under contract.

Please share about your book
Love All is the first novella in the Game. Set. Match. Heartbreak series, and it released January 22, 2013 through Swoon Romance.
Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan wasn’t very lucky at love. In sophomore year, her idiotic boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker. Ouch! Now a senior, and with a little more self-confidence, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two guys at school. Lucky! Both attend her tennis matches, vie for her attention, and are each gorgeous in their own way. So what’s the problem? Meg has already chosen one of them, and the one waiting in the sidelines will do anything to change her mind. She’s enjoys the attention right up until it’s her heart that’s caught in the middle, and she risks losing both. Can Meg Love All, or will choosing be her undoing?

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Determined, romantic, sassy, torn, athletic

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Meg has to choose between the one she loves and the one she’s always wanted. There’s conflict, romance, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of first love.

Learn more about Kelly at any of her sites or links!

Website: www.kellyhashway.com
Blog: http://kellyhashway.blogspot.com
Twitter: @kellyhashway
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kellyhashway

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