Interview with Melissa Haag, author of Hope(less)

Publish Date: March 3, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny sparks she sees in her mind represent the people around her, but she doesn't know why she sees them.

A chance encounter leads her closer to answers she's struggled to find, and into a hidden society where fur is optional.

Judgement of the Six series: Hope(less) [1], (Mis)fortune [2]

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

Hope(less) is Book 1 of a five book series.  Gabby can see things other people can’t and is struggling to find her place in a world where men just can’t seem to leave her alone.  Enter Clay.  He’s everything she doesn’t want, but just what she needs.  He quietly makes a place for himself in her life without a single word, which drives her crazy at times.

While they learn how to live together, other forces are trying to keep them apart.  Gabby’s unique ability to see the life sparks of people around her helps her understand humans are not alone in the world, and makes her a commodity (can’t tell you by whom… that starts revealing itself in Book 2).

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

Book addiction!  Seven years ago I was gobbling books at an unaffordable rate.  I decided to entertain myself by writing my own stories.  Eventually, the characters starting demanding their release and I gave in, letting a few out on parole.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your current release?

Right now everything for me is on a learning curve.  I had no idea that writing involved so much marketing.  I wouldn’t change the story, but I would have started blogging about upcoming release(s) sooner.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding the time!  Usually I need to wait until the house is asleep, snuggle up in bed, and then start tapping away.  Often it wakes my husband and I get “a look.”  Thankfully he’s completely supportive and has never threatened me with a pillow.  (Yet!)

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

Absolutely yes!  I’ve often wished there was a way to play a song for the reader at certain parts of the book.  Radioactive by Imagine Dragons and Too Close by Alex Clare are still favorites on repeat.  It’s all about the beat.

Don’t tell my kids, but mommy sometimes has an ear bud in, hidden by her hair, if she’s typing away.  It usually backfires and I find myself absently agreeing to candy before bed.  Then it’s time to turn off the music.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

When I’m stuck on a certain scene, not liking something about it, I tend to play with a cloth tape measure (typically used for measuring cloth/sewing).   I coil and uncoil it.  No idea why, but it helps.  I’m never stuck for long.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Definitely!  I have several completed and waiting for attention while I start on more.  Ideas pop into my head and refuse to leave me alone until I start typing them out.  Not all become stories, but most do.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

I’m working on final edits for Book 2 of the Judgement of the Six.  Michelle is another uniquely gifted young woman who is running from those who would use her and her gift.  I hope to release it sometime in April.

Don’t worry.  If you fell in love with Clay and Gabby, don’t worry, you’ll see them again.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Though I started writing to entertain myself, I’m now sharing my work to entertain you too and would love to hear what you think!  Find me on Facebook, connect with me on Goodreads, or comment on my website.


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