Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Where Darkness Walks by Donna Hawk- Interview & Giveaway!

Clarie’s world is about to change for the darker. Clarie couldn’t believe it when her boyfriend broke up with her, not only breaking her heart, but doing it at the prom. However, when she uncovers a secret in the hidden back of an armoire, and meets Patrick, who is determined to help her forget her broken heart, she starts to realize that things could definitely be worse.

…and she’s about to figure out exactly how much worse things can get.

As Clarie evades classmate Bulldog’s stalking, she and Patrick explore the dark halls of an abandoned cement plant. After following Clarie and Patrick deep inside the cement plant, Bulldog confronts Clarie as he fights with Patrick. When she is accidentally pushed against a set of dark doors into the shadow realm of Mortgatha, everything she fears is set into motion to keep her away from her beloved Earth world. Even with Patrick’s help, the doorway home moves randomly, evil characters beset them at every turn, and the way home seems farther away than ever.

Interview with Author Donna Hawk about her new Trilogy. Where Darkness Walks (Book One of The Mortgatha Trilogy )
What have you published recently?
My first book was published in 2010, Desert Gold, The Legend of Chinook, my second was published March 2012, Of Stone & Mist. I am currently working on the third book of the Mortgatha trilogy, aimed for teens and up. The first book will be called Where Darkness Walks, the second is Tattered Heart, and the third is Shadowed Hands. It is a dark fantasy/paranormal story about a girl who finds a flying carpet….
How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
I have always loved to write. I wrote my first full-length manuscript in 1981, but was never brave enough to pursue a writing career. The book is full of old-fashioned notions, but it makes me laugh when I read it, at least! I actually have 4 or 5 hidden, secret manuscripts! I retired from teaching to write.
Where can we find your published writing?
My eBooks can be found on Smashwords, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and other retailers. The print books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. I’ve seen them other places, too, but I think Amazon & B&N are the most popular.
What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
My very best time of the day is first thing in the morning. My mind is the most creative and clearest then. In the summer, that early morning time will compete with me wanting to go out for a walk or bike ride before the sun is hot, but I usually manage to work it out. I write until early afternoon, then I stop and get fresh air. I write a lot in the evenings. Some days, writing is like feasting, but others days it’s more like famine! 
What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them
I try to make strong female characters. I don’t want anyone who wants to beat up their man; my women are definitely women. But their hearts are strong. Right now, I like Clarie character in my upcoming trilogy because she is strong, yet sensitive. I really like the Jessa character in Of Stone & Mist because she’s sassy. One reviewer called her “snarky”. I loved that! She doesn’t think she is brave, but she is! She is far braver than I’d be in the same situation. OOOh, scares me to think about it!
Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
Actually, I do mentally edit, though I didn’t think about that until just now. I guess I’m always pitting my work up against theirs. I always think: Man! I wish I would’ve thought of that! It’s really hard to read a book that is poorly edited and poorly formatted. Being a teacher, it makes me want to get out a red pen and mark up my Kindle. Just kidding, of course! It’s hard to catch all mistakes. Every book I’ve ever read has mistakes.
What music do you listen to, while writing?
Hahaha! That actually makes me laugh. I have tried and tried to listen to music: soft, country, alternative, all kinds, but I’m way too easily distracted to do it. My best writing occurs when there is nothing going on around me, just me and my computer. I wish I could listen to music, but alas, it just can’t be.
What do you eat while writing?
Sometimes, but mostly I slurp coffee like it’s going out of style! Excuse me… *slurp*… okay!
Five for Fun:
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?  Diet Dr. Pepper
What is your favourite cartoon character? So many to choose from… Mickey Mouse
What is your favourite movie of all time? Mama Mia
What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? Ride my bike, hike, and take nature pics, READ
Where can we find you on the web?

Goodreads: Donna's Goodreads

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The author, Donna, is graciously giving away 1 ebook copy of her book Where Darkness Walks!! This is a comment giveaway- you must say something meaningful to the author or me! 
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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.