Hailey Edwards Interview

Today I am speaking with romance author, Hailey Edwards. Hello, Hailey, thanks for taking time out to talk to Fallen Angel Reviews today.


Hailey, I like your website, and found it easy to navigate.
Thank you. I enjoy giving the site a new look from time to time, but keeping its functionality always comes first.

I like how you spin paranormal and fantasy in your writing. Why not share something about your latest release with us, Everlong?
Everlong is a mix of high fantasy through the opening chapters, where the reader is introduced to Madelyn's life as a princess. Around the one-third mark, the tone, location, everything changes. She ends up on Earth, working as a waitress, and the book takes on more of a PNR vibe.

What can I say? I like having the best of both worlds.


When you are deciding your genre, do your characters decide for you?
Yes. I write character-driven stories, so I'm always following their lead.

Is there any special routine to help you get in the mood to write?
I don't have a special routine, but if I've been away from an intense scene for a while, then I listen to music to help recapture the mood of the characters before writing forward.

Are there any other books as work in progress right now?
Yes. My current work in progress is Evermine, the sequel to Everlong. I'm also plotting the second book in a new series. The first, Wicked Kin, is out on submission.

If you could change one thing about the way you write, what would it be?
I'm always changing the way I write as I learn more and better my craft. I think if there's one thing I can't change through study, it would be how obsessive I am about every word on the page. My favorite writing mantra is "Don't get it right. Get it written." It helps me remember it's okay for first drafts to be messy. That's what edits are for.

What is your favorite part of writing? What about your least favorite part?
My favorite part of writing is bringing characters to life.

My least favorite part is second-guessing myself. At the end of the day, all you can do is your best. Every writer grows throughout their career, and it's a beautiful thing to watch and experience.


Would you describe yourself as an organized person?
I am crazy-organized. I'm addicted to Post-It notes and lists although, oddly enough, I've only recently applied that aspect of my personality to plotting my books. I'm a pantser at heart, so that level of organization in my writing projects has taken some getting used to.

What would you say is your best quality as a writer?
I'm dedicated. I want to produce the best books possible, and that means listening to constructive criticism every time, so that each title improves upon the last. There is no room for ego in writing. You work, you sweat, and you persevere.

Is there anything special you do to relax?
Yes, there is. Every night, my husband and I crawl into bed about an hour before we need to go to sleep. We lay in the dark and talk. It's a good way to catch up on each other's lives, and a great excuse to snuggle.

You have won a vacation to an exciting island of your choice and you can take four people with you. What island would you choose and who are you taking with you?
Easy. I would choose Castaway Cay, Disney's private Caribbean island. I would bring my husband and daughter plus my mom and dad.

Not that I would expect them to pay their way babysitting while hubby and I explored the island of course…


What is your best way to travel?
I am terrified of airplanes, so I drive everywhere.

Do you have a favorite food or dessert? Or a favorite recipe that you would like to share with us?
I love, love, love pecan pie. I'd be happy to share my favorite recipe. It's simple, but it's out of this world good.

Honey Crunch Pecan Pie


CRUST

1 Unbaked Single Pie Crust

FILLING

4 medium eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon bourbon

1 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

TOPPING

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

3 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 cup pecan halves


Prepare the crust as directed. (Don't bake.) Then heat your oven to 350.

For the filling, you'll need to combine the eggs, ¼ cup of brown sugar, granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, 2 Tbs. Butter, vanilla, bourbon, and nuts. Give it a good mix, then spoon into an unbaked pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Cover the edge of the pastry with foil. Then bake an additional 25 minutes. Remove from oven.

You make the topping by combining 1/3 cup brown sugar, plus 3 Tbs. Butter, and honey in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat, for about 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted. Remove the pan from heat. Add nuts and stir until they're well coated. Spoon the mixture evenly over the pie. Cover the edge of the pastry with foil. Bake another 10-20 minutes until the topping is bubbly and golden brown. Cool before serving and refrigerate the leftovers.

Hailey, at this time would you share with the readers your website, Facebook, myspace or other links about your books?
Sure. Readers can find me in several places.

My website. My blog and forum link from the home page. My Facebook, My Twitter.


What about the one habit you have that you know you'll never change?
Hmm. I would have to say checking the stove before I go to bed or leave my house. I bake a lot, and I have left it on and had that OMG moment while in town, then had to rush home and pray I hadn't burnt my house down. Not fun.

Hailey, I appreciate you taking time out to spend with us today, and I wish you the best in your writing career with all your wonderful works.
Thank you so much for having me, Linda!


Interviewed by: Linda L.


Linda L.