Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Interview with Hilary Wynne


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
I currently have two books out in the Alexa Reed series and am working on the third.  ~Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay. Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. 

For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it's not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa's best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. 

Luke's determination and Alexa's secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. 

Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can't decide if she is going to STAY.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
YES! I have a love triangle that I didn’t plan out. Luke became a MAJOR player when he never was intended to be one. It changed everything about the story and I loved writing it!

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
No, I just went the self-publishing route. I was impatient and wanted to get my books out right away.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I was totally involved. I had a very strong idea of what I wanted and helped make it happen. I worked with a great designer and am very pleased with the results.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I listen to music the whole time. I have to. It helps set the tone and lets me block everything else out. I have certain playlists for certain themes of the book. Music plays a big part in my books.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I had a basic outline but my muse takes over and does her thing. I swear the characters started to speak for themselves early on!

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes. I had a professional editor help out. It is a necessity if you ask me. I love working with her and I feel confident that my best work is going out with her guidance.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
My books are also on Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Itunes.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I’m on Facebook (three pages) Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Google+. Come find me!!

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Dogs – Chocolate – Coffee and talking!!

Book & Author details:
Stay by Hilary Wynne
(Alexa Reed #1)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay.

Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it’s not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa’s best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. Luke’s determination and Alexa’s secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can’t decide if she is going to STAY.


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AUTHOR BIO
Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.

I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.

When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.

I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.

I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.

My someday has arrived!

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Giveaway:
Open to US and Canada
--Signed copy of Stay
--25$ Amazon Gift Card
--A swag pack ( mug, pen, postcards )


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