Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Interview with Sheena Hutchinson, SERAPHINA'S AWAKENING

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Seraphina’s Awakening is the first book in hopefully a four book series. Seraphina is a smidge lost in life. She has always felt like there was more to life. After one night, one accident… she’s starting to realize maybe she was right.

Do you have a favorite character?
The obvious answer would be the main character: Seraphina. Who I do have a special place in my heart for, but I have to say one of my favorite characters is her best friend, Amanda. Who seems to offer a little comic relief from her new hectic world.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Oh, all the time. At first the coffee hunk, Jack was only just a secondary character. But, the story just took me and it evolved into a love triangle of sorts. I don’t want to give any thing away, but he actually becomes a big part of the series coming up ;)

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
There’s a few reasons. First of all, I never thought it would go anywhere. I hit publish and crossed my fingers. Second, I’m an impatient control freak. I can’t wait a year or two until my book hits shelves. I’m not very good at keeping secrets!

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Usually, I’m very involved. I have ideas and images and scour tons of pictures looking for the right one – BUT, this was actually a pre-made cover. I saw it and I knew it was my cover.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Both. I start out just winging it. Writing whatever scene I can imagine. Then comes the outline and the plotting stage to fill in all the blanks. (That’s my least favorite stage by the way)

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Oh yeah. Time is one of my biggest obstacles. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. On top of my writing, I also work full time, attempt to market my books and connect on social media, and pretend to have a social life.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Start early. Do your research. Learn your genre. Read other books in the genre. Lastly, befriend other authors, join writing groups, attend author events as a reader and make connections. Pick their brain, ask them questions -- other authors are usually the nicest people you will ever meet. I wish I had done all this stuff before hand.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer?
Dogs or cats? Cats.
Chocolate or vanilla? I’m a Chocola-holic.
Coffee or Tea?  Starbucks Iced Coffee.
Talk or Text? Text, I spend all day on the phone.
Day or Night? I’m a total night owl. Some of my best writing happens in bed.

What’s next for you?
Hopefully more books! I’ve got quiet a few Seraphina books to finish, including a spin off series and a prequel. On top of that I have a few other contemporary novels in the works that I’m hoping to get out soon.

Seraphina’s Awakening
Sheena Hutchinson
Publication date: September 1st 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.

She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night.
Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together. What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention.

Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.

Author Bio:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.

She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.

While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

For more info, updates, and fun facts visit her website at

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