What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
Princess Samantha is the heroine. You wouldn’t think so at first because she’s very reserved. Most people who read the book want to slap her silly at the beginning. She starts out as the perfect princess and defers everything to Prince Cole. But that’s not who she really is. You’ll have to read the book to find out what she’s hiding.
Cole is the hero, in more than one way. He has a troubled past but he’s determined to be a good and faithful husband. Samantha proves a challenge for him, but he’s up to the task. He’s very sarcastic and holds a lot of anger and bitterness. But this story takes him through a transformation as well.
Where do you research for your books?
On the couch.
Oh wait, that’s not what you mean.
Google of course!
I have to be honest though. I have a bit of a weird memory. A lot of my research simply stems from tidbits I’ve picked up over the years. For instance, one scene has a character making charges for muskets. I saw a history channel documentary about this years, and years ago and remembered it. I’ve even thrown in details I remember from Jr. High history class.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My family is very proud of me. It’s been hard on my husband and kids having me work on this dream. I’ve been a stay at home, home schooling mom for 14 years and to suddenly have me working, basically a full time job, has been quite a transition. However, the kids brag on me all the time and want their own signed copy. They’ve begged to read it so I’m working on a PG-13 version for them.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I’m actually a member of an online writing workshop called www.thenextbigwriter.com. This has been an invaluable resource for me. I actually refer to them as my co-workers. It’s like clocking into the office everyday…but the fun office.
I also share my very rough drafts with my sisters. They are pretty honest with me if the story works or not.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
My friends know I’m an introvert. It takes me a while to warm up to people and vice versa. My husband is a complete extravert and helps bring me out of my shell though. But once I get comfortable my true colors show.
I think people need to realize that introvert doesn’t mean anti-social or a hermit. It just refers to where you draw your energy. My batteries recharge when I’m alone and it’s quiet (good thing for a writer). An extrovert recharges by being around others.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For the longest time I just wanted to be a horse. Then I grew up a little and wanted to be MacGyver. If I could have been MacGyver riding a horse, well…..
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
I’m currently on the second draft of a novella entitled Dark Night of the Soul. It’s the epic adventure of Jayden, a 17 year old girl who commits suicide and her journey through the afterlife. It sounds weird, and it is, but it’s getting great feedback from my co-workers (critique partners). It should be available this Summer.
If things work out right, I should have the next installment of Fate War out by the end of the year. The first book leaves a lot unanswered, and I don’t want to leave folks hanging for too long. I hate it when authors do that. Mwahahaha!
Farther into the future, I’m planning a serial release in at least 4 seasons. I can’t give away too much about it, but fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic folks are going to love it!
Sci Fi Romance / Steampunk
Date Published: 2/25/13
Prince Cole meets Samantha when she walks down the aisle. Though she seems like the polished women he is familiar with, there is something different. She is complicated and full of mystery. Her dowry comes with a promise of air ships and mech capable of defense against their common enemy and for his country to survive, he must unravel her secrets. It is only when each accepts their destinies can they save their people from the plans of the Fate Sovereign.
“King Arnold, a pleasure.”
Samantha curtsied low, holding the layers of her blue, lace trimmed dress up from the floor. The handmaid had done a tremendous job of tightening her corset. Multi-colored stars popped before her eyes with the movement.
“None of that now. We’re family.” The King’s kind voice and hand guiding her back up put her at ease. He stood in the doorway of her and Cole’s bedchambers. Images of him in red coattails flashed into her mind, and she pushed them back. Today, he wore a grey morning coat, complete with a red striped waistcoat and ascot. The ruby eyes and toothy grin of a gold dragon head peaked at her from the crook of his arm where his cane rested.
He took her hand, kissing the gloved fingers, then wrapped them around his elbow to lead her to the balcony. “And how are you this morning daughter-in-law?”
“I’m well. Thank you for asking, King Arnold. And you?”
“Doing well, my dear.” He patted her hand as they reached the balcony where Cole stood, fidgeting with his tawny waistcoat. Under her fingers, Samantha felt the King tense. He and Cole nodded to each other, but no words were exchanged in salutation. Cole pulled out her chair, and both men helped her settle for their family breakfast. As the men took their seats, they continually eyed each other, like one expecting a tame tiger to turn man eater at any moment.
Thankfully, the servants began uncovering today’s dishes, and the men were distracted by bacon.
Who is E.M. Havens? I’m a lot of things. The word that seems to define me most at the moment is mom. It can be all consuming. Not only am I a mom of three (one of them is a teenager…pity me), but I also home-school (pity me more). I share this awesome responsibility with the love of my life, best friend, and soul-mate husband.
Add to that, the twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two
Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, a house cat, and a goose, it makes for one crazy, full, and certainly entertaining life.
Somewhere in there I find the time to write. I started out young writing poems, then moved on to
songs. I actually have a Bachelor in Music with a secondary in Science because I can’t stand English. Yes, the writer hates English. I like to read the story for the experience of reading the story, not to nitpick each letter and comma. But I digress.
I eventually found blogging and really enjoyed sharing my life that way. When an unfortunate turn of events separated me from my music equipment, I decided to use my overactive imagination, my love of reading, and my new found hobby, prose writing, to release some of my creative energy. I wrote my first novel and loved the experience. Fate War: Alliance is actually the second novel I wrote and the first to be published. Now I’m working on my third and several sequels to Fate War!
So that’s pretty much me, sitting in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, reading, writing, collecting eggs from the coop, and being a schoolmarm. It’s a pretty great life.
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