Saturday, June 7, 2014

Words with Writers: An Interview with the Interviewer Jolene Haley

Hi all,

Happy Saturday! Here in sunny California I'm enjoying weather in the cool 80's with a nice ocean breeze. How is everyone else doing?

Recently, I was talking to someone about the interviews here on Words with Writers and they said something I hadn't considered.

"Why don't you do one on yourself, so we can get to know you a little better?"

Honestly, I hadn't considered it. So today, I did. Thanks Jamie for the suggestion! I'll be answering the questions I normally ask writers to give you a little bit more information about me. And if you have any more questions besides this, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them.

An Interview with the Interviewer

1. How long have you been writing? Have you always known you wanted to be an author?

I have always loved to write. Always. Two of my first completed books ever were done when I was about six years old. They were about 1. A cow who gets a horrible haircut and 2. A dinosaur that hides in a tree and sends a young girl on scavenger hunts. Though my first two completed books weren't my best, I still love to write about dinosaurs and have a crazy imagination. There was a time in high school that my A.P. English teacher told me I was an awful writer. I believed her. I mean, she was an expert right? So I discarded my dream, only to pick it up back in college, when I realized that I didn't care what she thought. And I've been writing (again) ever since.

2. Are you currently working on a new project?
I'm working on several projects. One, is a NA horror novella titled Camp Horror that I absolutely love. I have a Dark Carnival anthology that Pen and Muse Press is releasing in October. I'm collaborating with Cara Vescio on a project, with Haylee Qualls on another YA contemporary novel, and a few other side projects I'm working on.

3. What book do you wish you could have written?
Ask me a million times and each time I will tell you the Harry Potter series. In my opinion, best books ever written.

4. What writing tips or advice do you have to offer other writers and authors?
 My best author advice comes from the mouth of Winston Churchill. It goes like this...

When it comes to writing, never give in. Never stop believe in your dream, no matter who tells you it can't happen, or how many rejections you get. Never give up.

5. Do you have any writing habits/practices? Tea and music? Silence?
I used to have a writing practice but I don't have one set one anymore. I can write in silence or (preferably) with music. I like to have a delicious beverage with me (preferably of the coffee variety). I can write on my phone in a line at the grocery store or on my laptop in a comfy chair. But honestly, I've forced myself to be able to write anywhere and everywhere under any conditions.

6. Who is your favorite book villain?
Voldemort. He is my favorite villain. But honestly, I have this soft spot for any and all villains.

7. Which novel would you love to see made into a movie (other thank your own)?
Harry Potter is already a series so... that happened. Besides Harry Potter, I'd love to watch The Lux series made into a movie, an R.L. Stine Fear Street show for teenagers (hear that Hollywood!), and I'd love to see Anna Dressed in Blood as a movie.

8. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?

9. Who is your favorite current book boyfriend?
It's a tie right now between Sawyer in Silver Heart and Dare from Untamed. I read these both recently, and let me tell you. I love those men. Doesn't matter if they aren't real. Let me have my dreams and lime popsicles!

10. When you're not writing, what are you doing?
Well, when I'm not at work or making dinner or doing laundry, I'm usually cuddling my pup Raynor or having adventures with my fiance and my best friend. However, I spend a (un)healthy amount of time online. I co-founded Pen and Muse and Pen and Muse Press, a haven for writers and authors. I also founded The Midnight Society, a blog for YA and NA horror writers. I contribute here on PubHub and I am usually around on Twitter.

Lightning round: Which do you prefer?

Beach or Mountains? 

Beach. But I do love the mountains!

Coke or Pepsi? 
They taste the same to me.

Sunrise or Sunset? 
Sunset. Always the sunset.

Coffee or tea?

Cake or cookies? 
Cake. Nom nom nom.

Las Vegas or Los Angeles? 
Neither? I prefer my laid back beach town. Though if back east was an option, I'd choose that.

Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty?
Well I do love to sleep...Can I go rogue and choose The Little Mermaid?

Hermione Granger or Harry Potter? 
Harry Potter! But I love me some Hermione.

Lions or Tigers? 
And bears, oh my?!

Pirates or Ninjas? Pirate-ninjas?
Pirates. Pirates will always take the booty!


Thank you for stopping by Words with Writers! If you have any more questions for me, please leave a comment below and I will answer it. Next time on the blog, we have the amazing author Faith McKay!

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