GUESS WHAT PEOPLE?
My dear friend and sister in ALL CAP NO PUNCT Julie Hutchings had a book come out on Friday.
You bought it already didn’t you?
Well Julie was kind enough to stop by the bloggy and do an little interview with yours truly. My questions are not so great, but her answers are as amazing as she is. SO READ ON BE AMAZED!
RUNNING HOME had a really unique twist on the vampire mythos – they’re Shinigami, Japanese death gods. It seemed like every possible vampire origin was already used, BUT NO! Where did you come up with this idea?
I’ve wanted to go to Japan since I started taking martial arts as a kid, and the culture fascinated me. I also love the classic fated lovers thing that seems to find its way into so many vampire stories, and I wanted to expand on it. But the first place it popped up was at a conference where I pitched this book in front of a room full of agents and authors and I realized I needed the one thing that really made this world different. And it just hit me. So I dug through a lot of Japanese mythology and found that the death gods really worked with my ideas, and I integrated them. Boom.
At the end of the last book there was a tease of Ellie and Nicolas heading off to Japan to visit Nicolas’ master. I wanna see some Japanese vamps and more about the Shinigami culture and history in RUNNING AWAY. So will I? Huh? Huh?
Hahahaha YES! All of the above actually! AND THAT IS ALL I SHALL TELL YOU. *slams door*
There’s a lot of smoldering-ass scenes in the first book. I am absolutely turrible at writing that kind of stuff and there are some pages in RUNNING HOME that would make Fabio blush. What’s the Hutchings Secret (TM) to writing the smexy stuff?
Really?? I thought I was pretty tame! And you know me on Twitter! Quite honestly, I didn’t have any problems with writing that stuff because it fit so well in the story. Ellie isn’t a teenager, she’s a grown ass woman, and I treated her that way. She’s not shy, even if she is introverted, and Nicholas certainly isn’t either. So it felt natural. Also, screw ’em. Write what you want.
So you’re pretty awesome at the ol’ Twittering Machine. Social media is super important for up and coming authors – what tips can you give these young writerlings about crafting some seriously fantabulous social media magic?
God, it sounds horribly cliché, and it is, but be yourself. Don’t kiss anyone’s ass, unless you’re an ass kisser by nature. Make jokes. Say a personal thing or a thousand. And for the love of hell, stop talking about yourself, and reach out to read other people’s stuff. When someone says they just finished a great scene, ask to read it! You learn a thing or two, an you make friends, and then you’re writing together and they introduce you to their friends, and we all sing and hold hands. Interact. Don’t tell me your book is a buck, make me want to read YOUR work because YOU are so cool.
Will you be planning on handing out free copies of RUNNING AWAY at the Ghetto Gym and do you think said copies will be burned in large oil drums for heat and to keep the raccoons at bay after they’ve been read?
I hide my identity at #GhettoGym for a number of reasons. When you’re known in the ghetto, you are of the ghetto. That’s a fact. Also, I usually have a sandwich on me somewhere and there are too many people there who would try to take it. And lastly, some of these folks travel with raccoons and how could I steal them if they knew who I was?
THATS IT ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY BEFORE I PRETEND LIKE IM ENDING THE INTERVIEW EVEN THOUGH I EMAILED YOU THIS A WEEK AGO
YEAH JUST THAT ITS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO TWEET AND TALK WITH YOU IN ALL CAPS AND NO PUNCTUATION AND I WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SO HAPPY AS A WRITER OR AS ANYTHING WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU SO THANKS BRI BRI.
ISN’T SHE WONDERFUL? NOW GO BUY THAT BOOK OR I WILL CRUSH
Eliza Morgan is desperate to escape the horrors of her mortal life and understand why death follows her, leaving only one man, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she loves, the one she resents, and the one fated to make her legendary among the Shinigami– an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill. He’s also decaying before her eyes, and it’s her fault.
On the ghostlike mountaintop in Japan that the vampires consider home, Eliza will be guided by the all-powerful Master for her transition to Shinigami death god. When Eliza discovers that sacrificing her destiny will save Nicholas, she’s not afraid to defy fate and make it so—even when Nicholas’s salvation kills her slowly with torturous, puzzle-piece visions that beg her to solve them. Both Nicholas and his beloved Master fight her on veering from the path to immortality, but Eliza won’t be talked out of her plan, even if it drives the wedge between Nicholas and her deeper.
Allying with the fiery rebel, Kieran, who does what he wants and encourages her to do the same, and a mysterious deity that only she can see, Eliza must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions and rivalries, shameful secrets and dark betrayals to take back the choices denied her and the Shinigami who see her as their savior. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.
About the Author Julie Hutchings:
Julie Hutchings is a pizza hoarding, coffee swilling, beer guzzling, karate loving book geek with a love of all things creepy and obscure. She lives in America’s Hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts with her hilarious husband and two genius children.
Julie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HutchingsJulie
Julie’s Blog: http://deadlyeverafter.com/
Julie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7104966.Julie_Hutchings
Other books by Julie & Buy Links:
Running Home on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17977192-running-home
Running Home on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Running-Home-Julie-Hutchings-ebook/dp/B00EEG42IM/ref=la_B00GP8UJWA_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411445505&sr=1-1
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