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Friday, September 3, 2010

Author Spotlight, Q&A, and Giveaway with HP Mallory!



Paromantasy is shining the spotlight on author HP Mallory. HP has two urban fantasy novels that are to die for. The first, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, is the first book of a series following the life of a witch named Jolie who has the ability to reanimate the dead, among other things. Her hot warlock mentor is sure to help her uncover all of her powers, and more. Read chapter one here. The second,To Kill A Warlock, is the first in a series about the life of a feisty fairy named Dulcie, who is a Regulator set on uncovering the grisly murders of Netherworld creatures that are popping up around her. Her incredibly sexy Netherworld investigator partner is there to help with the case, and her life. Read chapter one here. View giveaway details at the bottom of the article for a chance to win an e-copy of her books! I have read both novels, and will post my review of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble tomorrow and To Kill A Warlock on Sunday. What I’m about to tell you right now is a first for me. I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many great, mostly indie, authors. All have been wonderful, but HP Mallory’s books has exceeded many authors (both traditionally published and indie), and has made it in on my list of favorite urban fantasy authors. She is right up there with the likes of Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, and Patricia Briggs. I had the honor of being invited by HP to do a Q&A with Paromantasy about her novels, her publishing experience, and her life.

Let’s give a warm welcome to HP Mallory!

Tell us about yourself. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?  
I’ve always wanted to be a writer—ever since I was a little kid. In high school I used to write book after book after book. Through my college years and early twenties, life seemed to get in the way but now I’m back on track!

Where did you get the ideas for your books from? Particularly your current works To Kill A Warlock and Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
I didn’t necessarily get my ideas from anywhere really. I just think about various storylines and work out what should happen in each book while I’m driving, sitting in boring meetings, when I can’t sleep…the list goes on. I would definitely say Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris’ books really urged me to get out there and write my own stories.

Which character from your books would you rather be: Dulcie O’Neil or Jolie Wilkins and why?
Well, I love Dulcie’s strength of character—she’s one of those women who doesn’t take any crap! And I really love that about her. Jolie, on the other hand, is softer but she learns to become stronger. I would say Jolie, probably. Dulcie has some hang-ups about her ex boyfriend that wouldn’t be fun to live with.

Are your characters based on people you know?
Nope. Pulled them right out of my head.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
Classic authors I love Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Nathaniel West, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald…the list really goes on (I was an English major, what can I say??!). As far as recent books, I love the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and the early Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

What books are you reading now?
Guilty Pleasures Graphic Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton and Marvel Comics. Love it! Just finished Along Came A Demon by Linda Welch which was great.

Was writing and publishing your book exactly how you imagined?
No. LOL. I started with the huge NY agent and when that didn’t go as planned, decided to take the proverbial horse by the reins and be in control of my own destiny. I self published two months ago and haven’t looked back since. I’m thrilled with the success I’ve experienced in this short amount of time and I’m really looking forward to seeing where my career takes me.

Are you working on any other projects we should watch out for?
I’m currently working on the follow up book in the Jolie series, Toil and Trouble. If you would like to be added to my distro list for future books, just drop me a line on my website at: http://www.hpmallory.com/

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or publishing experience?
I would have self published earlier. But, you learn from everything you experience so I don’t really have any doubts. I’m glad I went the route of getting an agent because it gave me confidence in my writing.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The actual writing. LOL. I much prefer editing my written chapters and I’ll edit a chapter at least 5 times. I just love being able to add the juicy details to the bare bones rather than coming up with the bare bones themselves.

What do you do when you are not writing?
I work full time in online marketing and I have a 16 month old son who keeps his mama very busy! LOL

Tell the readers what to expect when reading one of your books.
I like to think of my books as funny, romantic, maybe slightly scary and unpredictable. Hopefully readers will concur.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has taken and will take a chance on my books. I know there are a million books out there you can read so it really means a lot to me when someone takes a chance on me!


I’d also like to mention that I’m plastered all over the web so if you’re interested, you can find me at:
My website
Twitter
Facebook

And if you are interested in other great indie authors, I run a website dedicated to indies in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance: http://www.indieurbanfantasy.com/


HP Mallory is one of the greats. Her books will have you screaming for more and begging her to type faster (trust me, I’m one of them!). This is your chance to see why so many people are running to put her books on their TBR list. Two lucky winners will win a copy of either Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble or To Kill A Warlock. Here’s how it works. Follow me and leave a comment below with your name and email address before Monday, Sept 6th midnight. On Tuesday, two winners will be chosen and announced. The first winner, picked at random, will choose between Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock. The second winner will win the other. Trust me; you will not be disappointed with either choice!

Want extra entries, no problem! Just remember to leave comments with links below for each new entry! You will get extra entries for each:
  • Publicize this giveaway, then come and leave another comment with the link
  • Tweet about this giveaway and/or HP Mallory with a link to this article, then tell us about it
  • Blog about it! Add a link to this article and HP Mallory’s books to your blog.
  • Become our fans on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter 
Good luck! I know you are going to love her books. It is not everyday that you read a book that keeps you thinking about the characters days after finishing the novel. It’s one of the few books that I would actually re-read, and I’m not a “re-reading” type of girl.

Come back tomorrow for my review of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, Sunday for my review of To Kill A Warlock, and Monday for your last chance to enter the HP Mallory Giveaway!

16 comments:

Danielle said...

I love Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble. Great interview.

Misha1989 said...

Great Interview! Please enter me if this is International.
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Fan on Facebook.
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These books sound good! I think they might be on my WL already...

Dana said...

Love the interview. I hope I win a copy!

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Carolsue said...

I am so glad I ran across this blog! This book is exactly the kind of book I love to read and I have not heard of this author before! The interview was very good!
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Shari said...

I follow you here and on twitter and I just tweeted
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Looking forward to winning:)
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