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Thursday, June 18, 2015

An Interview with author Julie Lynn Hayes @AmberQuillPress WHEN WILL I BE LOVED #MMromance #Giveaway




















Today, I’m delighted to welcome multi-talented author, Julie Lynn Hayes. She writes fabulous stories and she can play a mean game of WWF. Hi Julie, and thanks for agreeing to an interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Good morning and thanks for having me here today!

I come from the Midwest, and have pretty much lived in St. Louis, Missouri, all my life. I live there now with my daughter, Sarah, and our cat, The Mighty Ramesses. I have a job I enjoy with an elevator inspection company, although I’ve had lots of other jobs before this one.

I’ve been married twice, and have five children and three grandchildren. I began writing when I was about nine. During the 90’s, I began publishing in small magazines, none of which exist anymore. Short stories and poetry. It wasn’t until 2010 that my first book, To the Max, was published by Dreamspinner Press. Since that time, I’ve had a number of other books published.

My current book is When Will I Be Loved, with Amber Quill Press. It’s the sequel to When Can I See You Again. The first book was about Raoul Marchand and Alexx Jameson, while this one features Miller Fenwick and Holt Wynne.

What’s your favorite thing about building your own world?

When you build your own world, you get to set your own rules. You create the reality you want your characters to live in, and then you draw it so your readers can see it too.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Do you mean the first book I wrote, or the first one I published? Not the same thing lol

The first book I wrote, Dark Love, takes place here in St. Louis, and the heroine is a redhead, like me, who is deeply interested in vampires and the Tarot.  I think I wanted my own vampire story, and modeled the heroine after myself.

My first published book was To The Max. Actually, I was supposed to be working on something else, when a voice began to speak to me, telling me he was a gay werewolf. I told him that was nice, could he hold on to that thought and I’d get to him later, when I finished what I was doing. But he was very persistent, albeit in a nice way, and he seemed very nice, so finally, I agreed to take a few notes to store away for later, so I could get back to what I was supposed to be doing.

Well, those notes became the first chapter, even though as he spoke, I had no idea what he was talking about. But I learned all that as I wrote. And I never stopped writing until the first Max book was done. The other book? It’s still unwritten lol

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think I have a style that anyone could put a name to. It depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I’m more formal, sometimes not. Sometimes I write explicit sex scenes, sometimes I don’t. On the whole, I tend to use a large vocabulary, and I’m more detail-oriented than not.

Who are some of the authors that influenced you to write?

I have to say there are two authors who have influenced my writing the most, and I think my style reflects them, although I am an amalgam of many authors. Those two are William Faulkner and PG Wodehouse. I know, strange combination, right? From Faulkner, I learned how to write mile-long sentences. I admire his ability to do just that. Also, the worlds he creates, such as the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi. His people seem like people you’d meet anywhere, but especially in the South (and I won’t even go into the guy who was caught screwing a cow). On the other hand, PG Wodehouse has the most delightful sense of humor. He created Jeeves and Wooster, who are a great pair (and although they are not a couple in the books, you can find a lot of fanfiction which will say otherwise). I think humor is an important part of my writing, and sometimes it’s dry and kind of British. Also, because I’ve read so many of the classics, I think my writing tends to be more formal than not, although when it comes to sex scenes, I can get down and dirty with the best of them.
  
What are some jobs you’ve held? Have any of them impacted your writing? How?

I’ve had a lot of jobs in my lifetime. Clerk/cashier at a grocery store/liquor store, secretary, data entry operator, order entry operator, telemarketer, office manager, operations support. I think the more you know, the more you can write. Plus, having a job where you deal with the public, you come into contact with all kinds of people, and can listen to them talk, learn about them. That’s all fuel for creating your own stories and characters. It gives you a window onto the rest of the world, so you can study different types of people and not just your friends and family, although they are invaluable sources of inspiration too.

Thanks for having me here today! Have a great day!



When Will I Be Loved by Julie Lynn Hayes

Release Date: June 7, 2015

Blurb:

Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.

Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…

Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!


Words: Approximately 115,000 words

Categories: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal

Excerpt:

Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.

Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?

But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.

He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.

And there he was.

Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.

This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.

But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.

The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.


About the author:

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.

Where to find the author:

Facebook:   Facebook
Goodreads Link: My Goodreads
Publisher: Amber Quill
Cover Artist: Trace Zaber



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