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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Author Interview: Trisha Wolfe


:: What is the best/nicest thing a fan/reader has said about Destiny's Fire?

Oh, wow. What a hard question! I honestly don’t think I could pick just one. The fact that anyone at all is enjoying it and not throwing things at me (well, most aren’t ;) is amazing, and it completely blows my mind when someone tells me they loved it or the characters. Hearing that is the greatest thing in the world. 

:: Which another YA female character from any novel would Dez be best friends with? 

Fun question! I’m going to go with Tris from Divergent. I think they’d have an awesome time training together, and Tris is a smart girl who figures things out. I see her and Dez getting down to the bottom of things, as well as challenging each other to do better. Not to mention probably getting into trouble with their lack of respect for deceptive authority figures. 

:: As a reader, which is more important to you, the characters or the plot? Is it different as a writer?

Hmm. Ya know, I always say that characters matter most. But I have to admit, without a good, solid plot, no matter how great the characters are, it’s no fun to watch them stare at walls. But no matter how freakin’ cool or action-packed the plot is, it won’t help the story if the characters are one dimensional, flat, unlikable or unbelievable. So I’d say it’s a combo of both. They have to balance each other, add to and build on each other, in order for the book to work as a whole. 

:: What is the hardest thing about writing Destiny's Fire?

Good question to follow with. It was actually the plot. Because I had planned on making a series out of it, I wasn’t sure how much backstory of the Egyptian heritage to include in the first book. I didn’t want to bore readers with large info dumps just so they’d get the backstory. So I decided to focus more on the characters and their story in the first book. I felt their story and where they needed to go was more important, and then having them discover their heritage in the second book would be more revealing to the reader and an interesting way to “show” the backstory without having to “tell” the reader.

:: How did you create the characters of Reese and Jace? aka two extremely HOT guys! Which one would your younger self go for? (I'm a bit in love with Reese, just saying!)

HA! I love how you say, “your younger self” LOL! Yes. I don’t think I could go for either one…legally. You know what, they were honestly just there. Soon as I started writing the first sentence, I already knew them. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like the characters just tell me their story. And then I write it down. And if I had to pick, uh, I’d go with Reese. I have mad love for Jace, but I’ve known some guys like him, dated some guys like him, and it’s never worked out. I’m too stubborn. I need someone to balance me. Reese would do that. And he’s hawt. Okay, it’s just because he’s hot.

:: I love the NEW cover for Destiny's Fire! Did you have any input on the cover? Be honest, what did you think of the old cover? I for one so glad they changed it :P 

Ah, the first cover. Honestly? I cried. I didn’t feel it captured the story or the characters at all. And I knew that it wasn’t good fit for the YA market. I had a little say, like what design, overall, I liked. But I didn’t have a say as far as people used. But when I saw the new cover with the new Dez, I immediately fell in love. She was beyond perfect! I’m so happy that my publisher decided to change it.

:: When you are getting ready to start a new book, what’s the first thing you do?  

I dream. Yeah, that sounds stupid LOL But it’s true. I lie down and run a new story idea through my head, like watching a movie, scene for scene. If I can’t get to the end of the movie, I know something is missing or not working. I have to have at least the main scenes flow before I can start the book. Oh, and I spend a lot of time talking to the characters, figuring them out before I put fingers to keys.

:: Do you usually begin a book with a character or a plot?

Always the character. A character usually pops into my head, and I start peeling back the layers, getting to know them. Then I write down what makes him/her tick, their goals, and how they would go about obtaining them. 

:: Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you outline your books?

I’m a total pantser! I’ve tried to work off outlines and I never stick to them. Writing a book is like being on a roller coaster. There’s a rise and fall, a rhythm. I just try to keep the rhythm and maintain the tension while showing the characters’ story.  

:: Which YA book are you really excited for that is coming out this year?

I just got a copy of Immortal Rules, and I stopped writing right when it showed up to dive in! LOL So far it’s amazing! And there are sooo many coming out this year I can’t name them all. All of the debut authors have truly unique books, and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Before you buy your copy of DESTINY'S FIRE, I just want to say Thank You to Trisha! I've read this back in February (actually the day before Valentine's Day) and it's still one of my favourite debuts this year! So please, give this book a chance!
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

Find out more about DESTINY'S FIRE, and author Trisha Wolfe :
Goodreads Author Page: Trisha Wolfe
Twitter: @TrishWolfe
Blog/Tumblr: Trisha Wolfe

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk/Paranormal Romance DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing). My published short stories have appeared in YA literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. I’ve written four books in the past two years, and I’m currently working on the sequel to DF and a new Sci-fi project.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre.  Also a proud  member of YALITCHAT.ORG, SCWW, and The Apocalypsies.

I'm represented by the fabulously talented Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. And I’m also a business owner, partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife. . . and the mother of a gorgeous boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.


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  2. Love Trish! Love Destiny's Fire. Just thinking about Reese and Jace makes me want to re-read. =) Nice interview.


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