Today I have the first ever Featured Author visiting on my blog, Bella Harte.
I’ll just give her a nice warm set of welcome words, and a coffee. Mustn’t forget to serve coffee, because a bee told me she’s into coffee. Just a little bit though, not an addict at all. Wheeeheee!
Hi, Bella! Great to have you! So good of you to stop by on my humble blog which is about to be filled with your words.
Lucy sweetie, it’s so fabulous to be here with you today!
What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?
My YA PNR novel is called Scarlett Phoenix.
Did you have difficulty coming up with this title?
No, the title was the easy bit, writing the first draft was moderately easy too, the editing however (BLAH to Editing!) was a little harder.
If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?
If it wasn’t YAPNR it would just be Fantasy, I don’t know what other category you could put it in.
Just to confuse you let’s go a different route.
What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise? The thing I don’t like about writing is the editing. Editing is the buzz kill of creativity, I think in an ideal world, I would write a novel and someone else would totally edit it for me and hand me back the finished product! Also, being an indie author, the self-promo is like being on a constant Road-Trip. You get to stop at the services every so often, but if you stay too long you find that you’re being left behind. So keep the pedal to the metal and use the drive thru instead, is my solution to that.
Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?
LOL, nice question. Being constantly disturbed or interrupted is a complete Muse Killer for me, it makes her pack her bags and head for a cave somewhere in some distant mountain range (one that even I can’t pronounce) She does come back though, which is the main thing! In all honesty, I like total quiet, solitude and just to be surrounded by silence when I work. My focus is so intense that the slightest distraction is a total Word Flow Slayer… ah the joys of the creative mind hey?
What does your muse look like?
I would say my Muse is rather ethereal, like a Greek Goddess. All glowy, shiny, sparkly and slightly out of focus… but you can still her beautiful smile and when she’s rolling with the words, so am I!
Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?
LOL! Of course I speak to my characters, if I didn’t I could go for days not speaking to another person (Breathing or not!) 😀 I wouldn’t say that we get along all of the time, sometimes they misbehave terribly and need a damn good spanking to bring them back into line (Not like 50 Shades stuff, I might add), generally a quick tap on the delete button remedies all kinds of spats, no matter how small or large, and in my favour too.
Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?
Coffee, coffee, oh did I mention coffee? Yes, Coffee is the beverage of choice and some hot toast with butter and strawberry jam… mmmmm… nice. Donuts are good too and I’ll never say no to a nice piece of moist chocolate cake, especially if there’s ice cream too.
Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?
Perhaps, let’s try right now. Lucy, you’ll never believe it but my pet dragon, Spike, incinerated my office, one puff and it was ALL gone. No writing today then, let’s go and get cake instead. Or, Lucy, OMG, a swarm of giant bees flew in my office window and stole my laptop, my notes, my flashdrives and lord knows what else, they’re asking a ransom of two new hives and 10 pots of fresh lavender (they like the colour purple???) before they’ll release my stuff… so no writing again, how about we go and get a donut instead? How was that for you? 😉 LOL
And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?
Do you know, until I read this question, I have never actually thought about it. Why ever would I want to live life behind a keyboard, slaving away? You know what, that has given much to ponder on… What I can say is this, I love to write, I love to create in many forms and without a channel for my creativity you’d probably see me on the evening news as a female version of Robin Hood, charging around the countryside righting wrongs on my trusty black steed, Horice, either that or wearing one of those uber trendy jackets with the long arms and all the shiny buckles, seriously I’m kidding. (Horice sounds pretty cool though!)
Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
When I was growing up I always wanted to be an archaeologist, specialising in Egyptology, obviously that didn’t happen because here I am talking about books, writing and the joys of being a slave to a computer and spending my time mainly in my head with my characters. It’s a good job that the world is so forgiving today as I’m sure if I’d been alive in ancient times I would have been burnt as a heretic, so that’s one good thing about living in modern times! LOL
I always thought that being a writer was the best/coolest gig in the cosmos and it is if you’re one of the lucky ones that gets a publishing contract and an agent followed by mucho mucho $$$$’s, one day I aspire to being in that group (then perhaps I can pay the plumber) but for now I’ll just keep going on my Road-Trip and see where I end up. However all things considered, I do think it is quite fun being on a magical mystery tour as I never know what might pop up next to surprise me.
If I hadn’t chosen to be an author in my spare time (hahahaha – spare time – I wish! LOL) I think I would have been Crystal Healer or Reiki Master, as the New Age vibe really appeals to me. I’m also deeply fascinated with Psychology; perhaps if the writing doesn’t work out I can crawl around in other people’s heads instead and see if they are as bizarre and eccentric as mine!
Thank you Bella for being here and sharing all this with us. I hope your book does really well and the following ones even better. I do think you need to reign in Spike though, because he incinerated my notes last week too. Wheeeheee!
Okay Bella, we’ve talked about books but we’d like to hear about you too! I suppose like all of us writerly types you have a neat bio? Oh, you do. Great! Let’s hear it. What! You’ve got to be kidding me. Oh, you’re not, it’s a very professional real bio, in third person, because let’s face it, who wants to read anything written in first, eh?
Bella Harte has been writing for well over a decade, and completed several novels before deciding in 2009 to go in a whole new direction and write for the Young Adult genre. More specifically the YA PNR – Young Adult Paranormal Romance category.
Her first published YA Novel is ‘Scarlett Phoenix’ – Book I in The Seraphoenix Saga, with Book II:- ‘Crimson Fire’ being schedule for release in early 2013 and Book III:- ‘Red Ashes’ for later in the year.
She has also been working on two other YA PNR series:
The Angel of Death Series
Book I – Reaper Book II – Touched Book III – Afterlife
Nine Lives Series
Book I – The Glaring Book II – Midnight Calling Book III – Hunters Moon
Aside from writing, Bella has worked as a fashion designer, interior designer, artist and currently she is figuring out ways to best market her novels. She attended Business College after leaving school, followed by Art College, where she studied ceramics, fashion design, pattern cutting, textiles and art.
She has a solid business background and has worked for a World-Wide Export Company which enabled her to travel to far off places around the globe and enjoy a wide and varied cross section of cultures.
Of course we can stalk Bella. Erm, I mean follow, add, like, or even become her newest friend on these places. Shoot! That woman is all over the place. I mean she’s really everywhere to be found.
Now that we got to know Bella a bit and have read about her book I’d like all of you to read her blurb and maybe even get the book!
Scarlett Paige is just a regular teenager until her parents suddenly decide move to back to America after living in England for the last 17 ½ years. Thrust into a new school, a new town and a whole new way of life, things can’t seem to get any worse until her 18th birthday arrives.
Her world as she knows it is irrevocably changed by a set of life threatening complications when she discovers her true identity. That she is The Phoenix the only one of her kind, a hybrid human being with supernatural powers beyond mortal imagination. But she is untrained, and unable to use her mystical powers without guidance and training from The Seraphoenix Angels.
Worse still, two mysterious and powerful Angel brothers are looking for her. One to save her and one to kill her, who will win?
Scarlett finds herself amidst a battle that’s been waged since the beginning of time, as she discovers the disturbing truth that Angels aren’t always good! One brother has a terrible plan to rid the world of humanity, while the other strives to save it and Scarlett is caught smack in the middle as both the Angels need her Phoenix powers to accomplish their goals.
Will she become a pawn in their schemes, as she is thrown into total chaos and plunged into an entirely different future and one that is utterly unexpected?
There are fatal consequences she never saw coming. Beings she never knew existed, and homicidal demon creatures that she wished never existed at all, are conspiring to change her life forever!
‘Scarlett Phoenix’ is the jumping off point for this exciting new YA PNR series ~ The Seraphoenix Saga.
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