The Blending of Two Obsessions
I don’t know about you, but if you’re like me, you might’ve developed a little superhero fever as of late. Or maybe you’ve always been a fan, and the recent revamps of the popular classics like The Flash and SuperGirl have caught your attention. Personally, I’m kind of a nerd-girl (wink-wink) and I can’t get enough of hot guys saving cities and kick-butt women in capes.
As a writer of YA, paranormal, and fantasy novels, blending my superhero obsession with these genres I feel at home in was a natural next step, and thus, The Halfling, The Aria Fae Series, Book 1, was born. The Halfling is the 12th book I’ve written, and I’ve never had more fun creating a set of characters or a world… a world that needs saving.
Here are the fruits of my labor:
Being seventeen and an outcast is hard. Being seventeen and only half human is harder.
When Aria Fae gets casted out of the Peace Brokers, a secret supernatural organization that’s trained her since infancy, and is left to fend for herself in the human world, she finds herself in Grant City, intent on attempting a normal human life.
As a Halfling, Aria has abilities that are a little underused in the flower shop she lands a job at. And when her new friend Samantha Shy enlists Aria to help investigate her mother’s death, the two girls decide to become vigilantes.
A new drug called Black Magic is running rampant in the streets of Grant City, turning people into supercharged maniacs. With Sam’s mad computer skills, and Aria’s Faevian abilities, they may be just the heroes Grant City is in need of.
Or they may find out they’re in way over their heads, and their mutual crush on the same guy is the least of their worries.
The whole of my 2016 will be spent developing this genre-blending story, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world. The Halfling releases 2/2/16 exclusively on Amazon, and will be discounted on release day only, so mark your calendars to get the best price.
Thank you so much, to the amazing Gladys, aka NerdGirl herself, for letting me stop by today. Until next time, write on, homies.
H. D. Gordon
H.D. Gordon is the author of young adult and adult fiction. She has independently sold over 40,000 e-copies of her books worldwide, and has an eclectic taste in genres. H.D. is a poet, a mother, a philosopher and an earth-lover. She believes our actions have ripple effects, and in the sacred mission of bringing love and light to the world.
She loves big dreamers, animals, children, killing zombies, eating dessert and old souls.
She is 27 years old and resides in southern New Jersey—which she insists is really quite lovely.
Q. Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, but have resided in Southern New Jersey for the past seven years. Both places are recurring settings in my stories, so it’s certain they play a role in my work, the same way all my experiences color my writing.
Q. Tell us your latest news??
I’m super duper excited to be launching The Halfling on 2/2/16, as it is the first of The Aria Fae Series. I’ll be spending all of 2016 developing Aria’s story, and if book one is any indication, it’s going to be one heck of a ride.
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I first put pencil to paper as a child. Reading and writing was something I watched my mother do, and soon adopted for myself. Words offer a certain intoxication to me, and I’m blessed to be able to share mine.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Oh, so, so many, of course. Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Stephen King, Jane Austen have all taught me things and shaped me in many ways. I also have to mention my indie friends, like Janelle Stalder, Karina Espinosa, Alexia Purdy, Felicia Starr, Becca Vincenza, Nikki Rae, and too many others to mention. My indie homies are invaluable to me; they offer support and a community unique to any other experience I’ve known.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
Aria Fae came the way characters always do—out of seemingly no where at all, out of the ether. She showed up first in the last book of my Surah Stormsong Series, and sort of stole the show in my mind. If you’re at all familiar with my work, you know I have a special place in my heart for a strong female lead, for a girl who suffers yet becomes a woman in her perseverance. Aria is like that, but she’s different from any other character I’ve written because she reflects a piece of me I’ve yet to really explore in my writing.
In short, Aria Fae just showed up one day, and when I saw her, I knew she was the girl I’d been looking for.
Q. What motivates you to write?
My children and my desire to leave a legacy, to change the world. That answer may seem many things to the reader—pompous, selfish, delusional, cliché… However it sounds, it’s true. I write because I feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
Overcoming self-doubt, hands down. Writing is a solitary, lonesome profession. You become your own best friend, and simultaneously your own worst enemy. When I’m facing a block or climbing a hill, it’s usually because I’m afraid of what lies ahead. What counts, and what makes me a writer, I think, is that I charge forth anyway.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, that the process of writing a book doesn’t have to be painful all the time. Lol This is my 12th book, and that’s what I’ve finally discovered. The key is to write EVERY DAY. It’s funny, because writers hear this advice all the time, and yet so few of us actually nail it down and make it a routine, continuous part of our lives. I’ve managed that recently, and doing so has really changed me.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
I always just try to create a world that I’d want to live in, a character that I’d want to be. It’s as simple as that. My books are just really long intellectual-cosplays for me. I even change my hair and clothes based on what I’m writing…When I bother to change out of pj’s and brush my hair, that is.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
I’m blessed to have an extremely supportive family. They encourage me endlessly. Being a writer is tough on one’s confidence at times, and can definitely have its ups and downs, so having this support system is invaluable. I believe the absolute number one thing every writer needs is encouragement. My family certainly provides me with this.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Dream big, maintain the faith, and for the love of God, just keep writing. Write and read every single day, and you can’t go wrong.
Q. What book are you reading now?
I have been making my way through some love stories as of late, which is not usual of me. So far, I’ve read Heathcliff and Hawthorne by R. K. Ryals, which I loved, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which I also LOVED. Right now, I’m working my way back through Harry Potter, because I’m a PotterHead for life. Lol J
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