MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HAYES WILDER♥️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I am currently working on a short story series called THE FIRE SERIES. It actually just took a turn in this direction…I was totally writing about a different guy and a different girl and some how ended up writing about Annie and Bryce. Weird, I know.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have been writing all my life. I wouldn’t say I have a specific genre…more like I am a hopeless romantic trapped in a realist’s heart…if that makes any sense. My mother gave me a journal when I was a preteen so writing was like therapy then. I wrote poetry as a teen and young adult, but I have always been an avid reader! I read Socrates when I was like 10. (yeah I had no idea what I was reading) My parent’s house is still full of all of my books. They literally have like 10 bookcases with books I have read.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
None really. I know some firefighters and I am a romantic at heart so the story just kind of came together out of nothing. I just started writing and that’s where it ended up.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Its called THE FIRE SERIES because it’s based on a firefighter and his wife and a turn of events that just sort of snowball. There is love and lust and tragedy all in the first 3 stories of the series.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
The first one. I think I really identify with Annie or maybe I am just super proud of the feedback I am getting and the fact that I am actually publishing this one!
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Strangely it just sort of happened. I started on a completely different path and just ended up with THE FIRE SERIES! I am going to finish the original one I started too!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
None- I asked a friend a few questions about something that takes place in Story #2 but other wise that’s it.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No… it was going to be a short story that just grew and grew as I wrote.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? I work from my home office. And that is mostly where I write. I usually set tasks for myself, rather than time limits. I get more frustrated with trying to do something for any length of time. I am more task oriented. And sometimes those tasks spark other things that are useful or interesting. My writing is such a gift and I love doing it…but I have to be in the mood. If that makes sense?
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have some notes and some paragraphs, but no title yet. It’s in the baby stages. More ideas than a story right now. I actually have a LOT of ideas that will become stories over then next year if all goes according to plan!
How important are character names to you in your books?
VERY! Is there a special meaning to any of the names? No special meaning but I often start writing before I name the character. The name usually comes as I write.
Where do your ideas come from?
My head! I really have no clue. I usually just sit down and start typing and it all comes out. But that is the way I have always been.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Nothing particular. I am thinking of writing from the time period that my grandmother grew up in. She is almost 80 and I would love to take it back to a simpler time and place.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Having people critique my work. I know its necessary, but its still really hard to hear if they have something I need to do better or things they don’t like.
In life or in writing?
Life would be my education! In writing- the fact that I am able to do this full time now.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I LOVE WHAT I DO! Everything about it still amazes me. The fact that I am actually really good at doing something I love amazes me. The people I have met so far, the excitement on peoples faces when they love reading one of my stories, brining my characters to life and making them real to other people….I could go on for hours!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still writing and exploring the world!!!!
Have you always liked to write?
For as long as I can remember. My mom just found some things I wrote about when I was in elementary school! The spelling was terrible, but I was actually pretty good back then!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
If you love doing this and you aren’t doing it then you are only letting yourself stand in your way. And research! I had no idea all the things I needed to know until I got my story written and started to publish! I was like, wait, holy cow there’s a ton of stuff I had no idea about. And find someone like Amy Bernal that will help you early on!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would probably be a college professor. I also love to teach…but not like school-aged kids.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I have only gotten feedback from my proofers and early editors. I know I will always read the good and the bad. The good will build my confidence and the bad will help me see others perspectives.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The writing is the easy part…. the rest is more like work! Publishing and promoting has been the hardest part for me. I am brand new to all of this publishing stuff so I had no clue everything I needed to know.
What are you working on now?
Getting THE FIRE SERIES up on ebooks. Getting it to the people!
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
It’s a love story that starts too young….and 20 years later, well TBD!
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Like I said before…I am a romantic so love stories just come natural to me. But I do plan on stepping outside my comfort zone in the near future!
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother read to my brother and me every night before bed. I guess from that…. because the funny thing is I still read myself to sleep every night.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have to give a shout out to Portia Moore and the If I Break Series! That girl! I have read that series multiple times in different orders each time and the story still flows. I have a psychology back ground and she nailed that aspect of it!!! But I wouldn’t say I have any favorite Authors because I LOVE THEM ALL!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Getting tired or stiff from sitting so long. LOL
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original with the hopes it gives readers what they want. That is usually what keeps me locked in, when someone is telling me a story about something I haven’t read over and over.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I actually am just meeting new and exciting people.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Never the easy path”
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I think you probably covered them all
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you AMY!! It was my pleasure!!!! Its late, so please check me for grammar and typos! lol