MY INTERVIEW WITH HAVEN CAGE🤩
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hello everyone! I’m Haven Cage. I write dark fiction about strong women with flaws and the men who fall in love with them. My first series, Faltering Souls, is a dark adult Urban Fantasy, but my new release, Craving Love & Death, is actually a dark retro Romantic Suspense. I don’t mind branching into other genres, however, I think I’ll always keep an edginess in my books.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My Faltering Souls Series is about a very personal journey of a woman who grew up on the streets with George, a man who became her father-figure. When they finally get a job at a café and things start looking up, George becomes sick and a demon takes his soul hostage. Nevaeh then finds out she is part of this world she didn’t even believe existed. Throughout the series, she has to battle demons, deal with a rebellious Guardian Angel, sort out trust issues with love interest(s), restrain her own inner evil, and literally go through Hell in hopes she’ll make it out with a soul worth having.
As far as my inspiration for this story…I began my writing journey later in life than most. I was looking for something to do while my son was in preschool and my husband was at work. The need to find an activity that was just “me” as a woman, not a mom or a wife, fueled what started as a hobby and grew into much more.
I had recently finished the Twilight Series and did some research on Stephanie Meyer. When I read that a dream sparked her story, I took her cue and pulled from one of my rather odd dreams. So, the scene in Falter, book 1, where Nevaeh is flying with the angels into battle is loosely based on a Joan of Arc type dream I had about riding with an army into a warzone.
My fascination with the “gray” areas in life, specifically good and evil, right and wrong, and my own dealings with faith, is the other inspiration to this story. I wanted to work out some of my own troubles of having faith while still having doubts that I’m a forgiven creature—that I believe one can be loved, guided, and watched over in life without having an ounce of faith.
Craving Love & Death, the first standalone in my Perilously Pretty Series, grew from a writing prompt I came across on Pinterest. I swear, I’m not joking. It only took one sentence to plant the story seed in my brain, and I’m really happy with how it flourished.
Vivienne is my sexy, pinup killer in 1952 Charleston, SC. She murders her lovers! At least, she does until she meets the sexy sailor, Dean, who makes her second guess a nature she’s succumbed to for years. There’s a bit of mystery, sex, sass, and Russian Mafia in those pages, so I think it’s a pretty good ride.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
With Urban Fantasy, I get to add impractical elements to reality. It’s always fun to change the world we live in day to day, and make it something that breaks the limits of what we know it to be.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
My stories are more plot and character based, so the only research I tend to do is more for world building. In Falter, I had to research a bit about the angelic hierarchy. With Craving, I did a lot of era related research, since it’s set a little before my time.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
All of my books hold a special place in my heart so far. I’m too connected to them to choose favorites.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m fortunate enough to work a pretty writer-friendly schedule. I work weekend nights, so I get at least 3 days of solid writing time in when my hubby is working and my son is at school. Typically, I get up to get my son on the bus, then go to a local coffee shop and work my magic—the best I can anyway. However, because I do so much of my own book-related stuff—graphics, covers, formatting, and so on—I don’t always get to write for very long. Plus, that social media monster distracts me way too often.
I don’t have a daily writing goal, but I usually set a deadline during the year with enough time to get through the editing process, so I can release near a book signing event I’m attending.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m currently working on Book 3 in my Faltering Souls Series. It’s titled Contrition. This will be the final installment.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names were much more important to me in my Urban Fantasy series. Most of the names in there have some special meaning that I actually looked up and chose specifically for that character. I intend to add that in bonus material for Contrition.
Where do your ideas come from?
So far, I have pulled from my own personal experiences and beliefs or interesting prompts. I’m all about some people watching though, so hopefully my observation skills will help me create some great reads in the future too.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Not particularly, but I won’t say there never will be. It’ll just depend on what ideas pop in my head as time passes.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
It’s a tie between editing and formatting. Editing is grueling sometimes, but formatting…well, it’s just straight-up frustrating as hell. I’m still learning, though, so I’m sure everything will get easier with experience.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me, connecting with readers is the most rewarding part of publishing a book. Knowing that you have touched someone’s life in even the smallest of ways is an honor.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to have many novels under my belt and a huge fan-base to share my craziness with!
Have you always liked to write?
No. As I mentioned before, I was a late bloomer when it came to the reading/writing world. I was always more of a visual artist. Now, I can’t see myself not writing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
You can always edit and redraft. Don’t give up on a story or your writing because something needs work; mold it until it becomes something you can be proud of!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I work in the medical field when I’m not writing. I wouldn’t have it any other way…in either of my worlds.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read my reviews, and I’ve been very lucky to have only gotten good ones so far. I told myself in the beginning, though, that when the bad review came, I would put on my big-girl panties and soak in the criticism to use in a constructive way. I do try to respond with a “thank you” if I know them.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
My favorite part of publishing is seeing the final product come together. It makes the hard work worth it. Then I get to share it with the rest of the world!
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is a very short unedited excerpt from Contrition. It’s still in the early stages, and I don’t want to give too much away yet.
“No,” Nevaeh screamed as my flaming blade opened Rhett’s neck, his head rolling away from his body like a top.
Through the flashes of violet lightning, I saw her features twist in fear and shock. She clutched at her pantlegs, bunching the fabric in tight fists. Her head tipped back while the storm of sin and rage boiled around us. The rippling mass of black swallowed us from the rest of the world like a black hole, yet a form more evil and more pitch than Nevaeh’s monster swirled up from Rhett’s bloody wound and poured into my love’s mouth.
Where did your love of books come from?
I think I just finally figured out how much fun reading could be. I didn’t realize as a kid that there were worlds waiting to be discovered, and that if I didn’t like one, I could move onto another. Any reading I’d done prior to that was forced on my by the school and didn’t seem like much reward.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Nevaeh will always be my favorite. She was my first and holds the most pieces of me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both…lol. It really depends on my mood and what I’m writing about. Sometimes, if I’m in a rut, it takes everything I have to keep the story moving. Other times, I close my laptop feeling very accomplished and ready to take on the world.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My inherent procrastination flaw. Ugh! I’m one of the biggest procrastinators ever. I probably could have written five more books by now, if I didn’t waste so much time.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to balance both. I want to stay true to myself, but I also want readers to be able to connect with my stories and enjoy it.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I found Renea Mason as a suggested read through Amazon. Once I devoured her books, I started stalking her on Facebook and later became one of her betas. That has helped me in my process so much! Learning how to critique others’ writing is one of the most beneficial things an author can do. You sort of train your brain to do it when dealing with your own writing as well. She has also given me some great business advice.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Molding my own world: A guide to learning from mistakes and making the best of it
Where can your fans find you and follow??
You can order signed paperbacks, join my newsletter, see what events I’ll be attending, and stay caught up on book teasers and info at http://www.authorhavencage.com
Otherwise, you can stalk me at the links below:
@havencage on twitter and instagram
Pinterest- Haven Cage
Thank you Haven for doing this interview with me♥️
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to reach new readers and be a part of your blog!