Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Loose Id
Date of Publication: 1/12/16
Word Count: 63,000 words
Cover Artist: Veronica Tibbs
Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception, until the day he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he was hunting down, the girl’s a mystery and he can’t get that blinding smile or those gorgeous curves off his mind.
Since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up, and despite her initial reluctance, the hungry way she scans him down promises something powerful.
However, her secrets have repercussions, and faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into the web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, all concealing the machinations of a darker foe—one that plans to bring Philly to ruin.
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I’m like an ideas factory. Do you know how to turn this thing off? Because it’d certainly leave a lot more calm in my head without all of these ideas jangling around in my brain. I’m inspired by everything. My trips to new places have become settings in my books, and my time amongst friends tends to find its way into my dialogue. Life is what colors my work, while the ideas just tend to crop up out of a personal need to see or read this exact thing.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Not a full cast per se, but I actually do tend to picture certain actors and actresses while I’m writing. I like to look at pictures of real people for the imperfections—what makes them different. My dream cast for the two leads would be Michael Fassbender for Conor, and Katie McGrath for Brenna.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
Some days the words just flow out, but on the tougher days, I usually start up a playlist, get a cup of coffee or tea, and get to work. My output is staggeringly different based on the days when I’m blocked—I mean, when I’m jiving with the story, a thousand words will come effortlessly, whereas on the tougher days it might take a couple hours. For me, writer’s block is just a bump in the road along the way, never a full stop.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
An old Irish tale, Connla and the Fairy Maiden, funny enough. The time old idea of lovers kept apart by family struck a chord in my mind, and I dove full force into this project. And this was a story that came fast and furiously—I must have written the entire thing in the span of a month. The themes of loneliness and how blinded people can get in their ignorance are ones that surfaced a lot this year and so of course they filtered into Hunting for Spring.
5. What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Not the writing or the editing—those can get tedious at times, but that’s the joy. I even like marketing and doing events, but that’s simply because I’m a weird extrovert writer. I’d say the hardest part has to be the rejection. Not simply manuscripts getting rejected when you’re first trying to get published too. I’m talking releases falling flat, negative reviews, apathetic responses, etc. After the sheer time and effort you put into each project, it’s devastating to deal with those blows, and they usually come in fast and furious. I usually deal with the feelings, whether it’s having a good cry or venting to a close friend, and then get back up and keep fighting. Dogged resilience is key to staying in this field.