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Interview with Author of The Fire’s Princess, Ley Hayley

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Ley, Keep Calm & Answer These 14 Questions 

1.     Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been?

Yes. I have always loved words. When I was a kid, my favorite things were those Magic School Bus books. I loved them because they were longer than the normal book a third grader would read. And English and Literature has always been my favorite subject in school.

2.     Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in a really small town in Virginia, and I lived there until I was thirteen. But when people ask me where I grew up, I really say that was North Carolina. I feel like I found myself once we moved. Virginia is where my roots are, but North Carolina is home.

3.     Who is your favorite author?

Oh gosh, that’s a tough one. There are so many writers who I’ll read no matter what they write. But I suppose I’d have to say J.R.R. Tolkien. Mostly because I read him so much. He was such a great builder of worlds, and he made these epic histories seem so very real.

4.     What is your favorite book?

Books. I can’t pick just one. But I’d have to say The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read them once a year, every year. And it never gets old. I always find something new in the books that I didn’t notice before. It’s a wonderful story.

5.     What do you do when you are not writing?

Read. I have my own review blog, and I read books for that and just for fun. If I’m given the time, I can read a 400 page book in a day. Books are my constant companions. I don’t go anywhere without a book and a notebook, just in case.

6.     Do you have a day job as well?

Yes, I’m a full time tutor and biology review teacher at a university.

7.     Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t ever give up. And get used to hearing the world “no.” Write for yourself and no one else.

8.     Is being a writer a curse or a gift?

Sometimes it’s a curse, mostly because there are ideas floating around in your head all the time. And I’m one of those authors who doesn’t really write the stories, the characters kind of take up residence in my head and don’t leave until they’ve finished telling me their stories. I think it’s a little bit of both gift and curse, depending on whether I have time to write or not.

9.     Where do you write?

I can write pretty much anywhere. I prefer to write at my desk, but I can sit down in the floor with my computer on my lap and write if that’s the only place available.

10.  Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?

I actually have music playlists for every single story that I write. And most of the time when I write, I listen to the playlists over and over as I write. It helps to get through my daily word count pretty quick.

11.  If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?

I’m so glad this question was in here! I actually think about this when I’m describing characters. Sometimes I have a person in mind that fits the image of who I want that person to be. For The Forest’s Heir the major characters were cast in my head as soon as I started writing it. Rose would be played by Deborah Ann Woll, Gavin by James McAvoy, Andrew by Tom Hiddleston, Elisa by Natalie Portman, Mary by Scarlet Johannsen, King Henry by Hugh Jackman, and Queen Eleanor by Gillian Anderson.

12.  How did you come up with the title?

It took me two or three times through before I could come up with the right title for this one. The original title gave too much away, so I had to change it. The Forest’s Heir just made the most sense to the entire story, and it didn’t give away more than a few bits and pieces of the story itself.

13.  Will there be a sequel?

It’s actually a trilogy. The second novel is coming out on June 4, and I’m working on the third and final novel at the moment.

14.  What project are you working on now?

I’m actually working on two or three projects at the same time. I’m writing the final novel in the Elemental Royals Trilogy and two other novels that haven’t been released yet. One is set to come out in September. The other isn’t anywhere near finished yet.

Keep Calm and Believe in Yourself

Ley Hayley

Author of The Forest’s Heir, book 1 of The Elemental Royals Trilogy

The Fire’s Princess will be available for purchase on June 4 via Amazon and Smashwords

 

 

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