Monday, September 12, 2011
Q&A with Gabriella Hewitt....and a giveaway!
We are so happy to be here today.
Gabriella Hewitt is the pen name of creative writing talents Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi. Together they weave tales of romantic suspense and dangerously sensual paranormals. Check out the website http://www.gabriellahewitt.com/ to find out about upcoming releases and events on her blog.
1. Tell us about your newest release.
The Shadow Wariors series is our latest series from Samhain Publishing. Out of the Shadows is the first novella in the series. It's a series that weaves Aztec mythology with contemporary settings:
Where men fight to save humanity from evil and lose a part of the soul in the process. Where women possess gifts from the gods that connect them to the elements and allow them to save the shadow warriors from losing their spirit to their inner beast.
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
There is a scene in Out of the Shadows that involves Carolina and Tomas. They have battled the demon and during the fight, her farm animals get hurt. The scene is particularly touching because we see how deeply Carolina cares for the land and all of her animals. They have become her family. We also see the contrast between her and Tomas. He can't see why she weeps for a beast, yet her sadness touches him. In this scene we get the first glimse that she is the key to restoring his humanity and that for her, he is the one that will complete her, someone she can depend up on and will stand by her no matter what. He's a rock and he's not going anywhere.
3. What is a typical day for you when you're writing?
Patrizia - Actually I think for each writing team there can be different styles. In our case, we write and freely go back over each other’s writing and write over one another or “layer” as we like to call it. So we’re often moving forward, moving back and doing what needs to be done to make the story stand strong. It works for us.
Sasha -We pretty much pick up where the other one left off. We have a similar writing style and do our best to make our voices blend. We pitch ideas to each other. Then we pick one and run with it. Since we write series, we try to build up a bible or an arc that will be the running theme in each story. We mostly write all of our stories using an outline. Once in a while we panster it just to keep it fresh for ourselves but we find this harder if the other person has to go on vacation or is sleeping and we have questions. So we plot out the stories and get our character charts down pat before we head off and type up a novel.
4. What's the best part about being an author?
Best part of being an author is seeing our book cover on Amazon.com and hearing feedback from readers that they loved our story.
5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
It would definitly being able to write amidst chaos, children crawling all over us and husbands that require more attention than the kids. But we wouldn't have it any other way. Knowing we have other responsibilities makes us use our time wisely.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your characters and plots?
It has been a joy to learn about the ancient Aztecs, their beliefs, the gods and goddesses, and to learn Nahuatl and get to converse with another person about the langauage, the people and the cutlure.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Caridad Pineiro has been a wonderful mentor and helped me to understand the business. Nora Roberts was my all time favorite. I met her years ago and did an interview with her for college and she inspired me to write romance. Julie Miller and Deb Webb are two of my favorite authors of romantic suspense and from them we learned about page turning suspense. And can't forget Julie Garwood, from her we learned the importance of chapter ending hooks.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
Patrizia - My parents and aunts are some of my biggest fans. My aunt went out and bought seven copies and handed it out to her freinds. She made me autograph all of them.
Sasha - My husband and my sister are my cheerleaders. My husband handed out copies of my books to his co-workers as Christmas gifts.
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?'
Sasha - Reading is top of the list but other than that I like to stay active. Swimming, walking along the Greenway, bike riding and fishing.
Patrizia - Reading has always been a favorite for me. It relaxes me. I also began Karate several years ago with my sons and really enjoy it.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
We are finishing up the next installment for the Shadow Warrior series. Then we are going to be working on two full novels.
Our Egyptian mythology-based contemporary paranormal is half way done and then we are going to be working on the next title of our romantic suspense ICE series, which takes readers back to beautiful Puerto Rico to catch a killer.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
Thank you so much for having us on today.
We are so excited to preview our book trailer for Out of the Shadows. Enjoy!
Win a copy of OUT OF THE SHADOWS by posting questions and comments! A winner will be announced in a couple of days.
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