MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HILLARY CRAWFORD 💕
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hillary Crawford, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and fantasy (so far)
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Coven of the Vampire God series: A friend of mine came up with a short story and we decided to turn it into a full series. All the ideas came from our vision of trying to create an alternate creation story that still has the vampire-human and added witches, lycans and wolves, but also fills a hole in the genre that makes it not your typical vampire romance story.
(Freedom Farm Fiasco): This book, which has only a tentative name at this point, is what I am working on right now. It was a dream I had. We have a small urban homestead with rabbits and chickens and I seem to animate everything around me. This is a homesteader fantasy. I don’t want to say more and ruin it.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always been some form of writer, and becoming an author was the next on my list. I have always loved to dream. I have worked in all forms of media, and after becoming an editor, I felt the next step was actually writing one in my own words. Since fantasy is in my blood, it made sense to start in this genre.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I always want my books to be completely fantasy and a detachment from reality, but I also feel that if I am writing about a certain place or time, it has to sound real. So there was place research as well as historical research.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Coven of the Vampire God: This series starts off with a naïve teenage girl and her friends. Thia, the main character, has a special gift and is getting noticed by the supernatural world. Nicholas is a 50,000-year-old original vampire god created by Gaia herself. The story follows these characters, and adds other supernatural beings along the way. There is never a dull moment. It has it all. Romance, fantasy, supernatural, the works.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Book 4 is my favorite. I wrote it from front to back. It was awesome to feel the story progress.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
My co-author thought of the original story and we used our knowledge of supernatural and history to create a completely different genre and world.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
We made sure to have things in space and time sound natural to the reader, all while creating an alternate universe. All cities and historical information that can be real is real, based on research.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, there is just too much to tell in one book and it would not do the story justice to shorten it.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write when the words come to me. I do not have a day job, so I write daily. Most of the time. I try not to put writing goals in my head, but do as many as my fingers will allow. I usually set my laptop up on the couch and type away. I also have a desk if the mood fits. Basically, I freestyle it all. It should be enjoyable so the words sound better. I have found that forced creativity is just boring.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, Book 5 in the Coven of a Vampire God is 7 chapters from being finished. I also have Freedom Farm Fiasco (not sure on the name yet) which should be done in a month, and sent to the publisher. I am told it will be out within a month after that.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some of the names are just names that we came up with on the fly. Others are names of people I know or knew. Some of the names have special meaning.
Where do your ideas come from?
Research, and of course, my crazy creative brain.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Urban fantasy is something I’m interested in. As well as mystery and horror. Not sure if I will ever try them, but I want to anyway.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Sometimes it is hard to get the characters to tell you where they want to go. I have always had a hard time with outlines. I like to have the story flow from my mind to the paper.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them. I do not have any as of yet, since I am pretty new to all of this. But I hope to one day make enough of a profit that I can start doing more for my books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Well for one, it is wonderful to actually say I am an author. The first words were the hardest, but now, I feel like I can keep this going. The best accomplishment, after having the first books published and creating a small fan-base, was to get a contract for my next book, a solo book.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to tell people about the crazy things in my head, in a way that is palpable and enjoyable for everyone.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing of course.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I started telling stories at a very young age. I have always had a wild imagination.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Even if one person likes it, it is worth it. Words are a wonderful way to escape the horrible realities of the world.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I love books, so my side job is an editor. I love it. If I could not do anything in the writing profession, I would like to teach.
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 them. No I do not respond. I do not mind the bad, because it means they read it and it was not for them. Since I have been in the writing profession for so long, I understand the good and bad of it all. Since it is considered art, it cannot be for everyone.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Outlining a project. I just love to write, so taking the time to formulate an outline, it decreases my creativity.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Book 5 of Coven of the Vampire God as well as a short film script and my first full-length solo book tentatively called Freedom Farm Fiasco.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Once upon a time in a land far away…
Who am I kidding, this isn’t a fairytale, and we’re not in some children’s book. This is real life. And real life sucks sometimes.
In order for you to fully grasp the depth of the suckiness, I need to back up and tell you a bit about how this all unfolded.
My family has been working on a beautiful 50-acre homestead for years. We all help in taking care of the land, building quite the standing with the old lady, Mary, who up until recently, ran things in the big house.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Words are my friends, and I have always loved chaos, so writing in different genres is fun. I wanted to create something that would not only create a fun place for readers to explore, but also give them an escape from the world.
Where did your love of books come from?
I was an avid reader at a young age and loved the escape.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Stephen King for his amazing imagination, and Jane Austen for how she laughed in the face of society norms.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Lilith is my favorite so far. She is the oldest witch and I created her from my views of how a white witch would be.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energizes me. I feel more alive when the words come out.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media. I get caught up in the need to market myself, that I lose focus on the writing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write hoping that others will love it, but I try to be original while trying to appeal to as many as possible. Besides, I never thought that two people could tell the same story.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have become friends with a lot of other authors. My co-author is great. He pushes me and we create some awesome words. I love the process and love learning to be better at the craft. I have gained a lot of new information for new authors since becoming friends with other writers. I have a few author friends I talk with regularly and it is refreshing to help others.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
It Wasn’t Chicken
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
When did you know you made it?
My answer is: If you made it, there would be nothing left to do. I always think there is something more to do, so I do not think I will ever feel like I have made it.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Personal Facebook: Hillary.crawford.79
Author facebook page: Hillary.crawford.author