Welcome everyone! Today I have a dynamic duo visiting the blog. Please welcome Danielle Hylton-Outland and April Fifer, authors of Flesh and Feathers - which they are going to tell us a bit about today!
Flesh and Feathers
D.A. Writing has been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. It’s something that has been a part of us. However, you can imagine how exciting it was to have been friends for so long and then discover you both shared the same love of writing. We had been friends for quite a few years and basically started a two person book club. We loved paranormal romance and anytime either started reading a book the other would do it at the same time so we could gossip about it. When we actually started writing, there were lots of hurdles. But the odd thing was it was never hurdles about writing. It was usually life getting in the way of our writing. During Flesh and Feathers we had some major life happenings going on. But when we were able to recover from that, we picked back up right where we left off. Writing for us, was out outlet. We never really cared if we got published, we just wanted to write. (Later on was when we jumped on the “We want to be published” train.)
Obviously you write in the paranormal romance genre. Is that your favorite genre to read? Do you write in any other genres, or under any other pen names you’d like to share?
D.A. Yes! Paranormal Romance/Fantasy is our favorite genre to read. Of course we have a love for other genres, but this genre just fits our personalities. We have written a Contemporary Romance called Love, Lies and a Bloke. We wanted to take a quick break from some of the other stuff we were working on to attempt a more true-to-life story. As for pen names, we haven’t released anything under a pen yet, however we do have plans for that.
Of the books you have published, do you have a favorite? If so, which one and why?
D.A. Right now, we have two books out. Flesh and Feathers will always be close to our hearts because it was our first. It’s our baby so to speak. However, Flesh and Flames (book 2 to the Flesh Series), it probably going to take the cake! We love these characters and in this book, we get to really develop them.
Please tell us about anything coming down the pipe next.
D.A. As we said, Flesh and Flames is in the works. We are really excited about this one. And we do have some other WIPs. Next on the list would be The Witch and The Werewolf.
That sounds interesting! Witches and werewolves... what a delightful combination! Okay, let's move right into Flesh and Feathers. What a gorgeous cover, by the way!
Tell me about your plot development? How did the idea spur, did you have to do much research, any interesting tidbits that we should know?
D.A. Hmmm. Chaos and coffee! That’s how we develop our plots. LOL. Actually we start with something very small and just keep building from there. For example; when we started Flesh and Feathers we said… girl meets hot angel and falls in love. From there we started our “Or Maybe” sessions. This is where we shout out ideas and the other says “or maybe” this could happen. For Flesh and Feathers we researched and studied everything you could imagine. It took a lot of effort.
Let’s talk heroes – What’s one thing about your hero that we wouldn’t necessarily learn in the book? A secret dream, an embarrassing habit, an episode from childhood.
D.A. Well, strangely enough, we have two heroes in our book. Kale and Gage. First Danielle loves Kale and April loves Gage. We have to establish that first. LOL. No one would believe this but Kale is easily broken. He may act all big and bad in our book, but he truly is weak when it comes to matters of the heart. This has been a façade he has put on since the beginning of time. For Gage, believe it or not, he has an obsession with shoes. You would never know, but only buys the best Italian leather there is.
There is certainly nothing wrong with two heroes - yum! And I'm with Gage on the shoes.
All heroes are unforgettable in one way or another. What’s one thing about yours that makes your heart go pitter-pat?
D.A. Although Kale is mysterious you really can see how much he loves Azaleigh. Even though his behavior is not understandable at times, he is sincere in everything that involves her. Gage, hero number two, is a no BS kind of guy. He may seem a bit shady in matters of the heart at times, but that doesn’t last for long. He is so blunt and out-going, you know exactly where he stands.
If your heroes don't have pets in your novel, what kind would best suit their individual personalities?
D.A. Kale; definitely a gold fish. He doesn’t have for pets – there is too much work to be done. Gage; a Yellow Lab. He would love to have hang on the beach all day playing catch.
Moving on to heroines – Everybody has flaws. Sometimes they are endearing, other times they are annoying. What is your heroine’s greatest fault?
D.A. Pride would probably be it. Sometimes Azaleigh holds back how she feels when it could really make a difference to be open. But she has spent a lifetime guarding her heart from almost all human contact so it’s no surprise that she can’t just say how she feels.
Without giving away details that might spoil the story for those who have not read it, could you tell us the one strength your heroine provides to your heroes?
D.A. Azaleigh gives Kale the understanding of what love really is, because this is not something he has ever had to deal with before. And for Gage, Azaleigh makes him want to be a better man.
If your heroine was your daughter – what advice would you give her upon meeting your heroes?
D.A. “Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” Read that on FaceBook the other day and it stuck with me. (Author unknown)
If we peek in on your heroes and heroine’s lives ten years from now, can you give us a glimpse of what we’d see?
D.A. This is actually a delicate subject. We can’t say a whole lot because it would definitely be a spoiler. Let’s just say beautiful blue skies with a little bit of hellfire and brimstone mixed.
Okay a couple questions about you ladies, and then we'll let you get back to your writing. As a writer, what is your greatest strength?
D.A. For Danielle it would be character interactions. She is able to blend the chemistry and give you their words for how they feel. As for April it would be the description. She molds the scene around the characters and lets you see what they see.
What do you find most difficult about your job as an author?
D.A. Promoting. Ugh… that’s hard.
No kidding, I hear you there.
What fictional character would you like to be, and why?
D.A. We both have to say Sookie from True Blood. Have you seen Eric? *heavy sigh*
Yes, yes I have :)
Well thank you so much for coming by the blog today! Best of luck with your upcoming releases, and do pop in and let us know how things are going every now and then.
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