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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Author Interview: Tina Smith @tinawolfsirens

I would like to welcome Tina Smith to my blog today! She is the author of Wolf Sirens, a Y/A, PNR series.

I know your book, Wolf Sirens #2: Fever, was released in January 2013 and I really want to talk about that. But first, I’d like my readers to know a little about you.

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 
Hmmm…my tenacity.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? 
My books (Wolf Sirens) and my studies. Also my daughter.

We’re going to talk about this book that you’ve written, but first, let us learn a little about how you got your start in writing.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? 
Of course it has had a huge influence on everything I do, write and feel. I had a hard time of it in high school, well in all of my schooling. I was an undiagnosed introvert. Wolf Sirens is just really me spewing myself onto the page, all the hurt and rage, pain and misunderstanding. That’s how I relate to the werewolves so well – and Lila too.  ;) 

What inspired you to write your first book? 
I keep saying it was just something that developed naturally. I’m not some literary prodigy, my parents never read to me, I just was a writer. I had some time when my naturopathic school closed and I just thought I was ready to do it. It was an insane thing to attempt, but here I am. You risk nothing you gain nothing. 

Okay, now we can get to talking about Fever. 

Tell us about a little bit about Fever.
It’s the sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. Lila is in a dark hole, she has to find the will to climb out and go on despite everything. We all go through difficult patches, I put a lot of myself into it. All the break-up angst and depression I have felt. But in the story she stands up and decides to struggle for something no matter what.How did you develop your plot and characters? They are organic, they are at first just an idea but then they grow, I edit a lot and built on the original concepts until I had something tight. Right up until the fat lady sings I add the tiny details. Cres is loosely based on an old friend. The rest are completely from my imagination. I like them to all be individuals. Cresida’s quirkiness is partly due to her circumstance, I love that being a wolf and a hunter makes her weird in an unusual way. I love her dress sense.

How important do you think villains are in a story? 
As important as light is to dark. I prefer characters that straddle the lines though, and whether they are good or bad is up to interpretation. But you don’t really have a story without one.

How do you come up the title of your book? 
I played around with words, I love words and I wanted something individual and original and it fitted so well, without being tacky.

Have you started your next project yet? 
If so, can you tell us anything about it? I have just published Night Fall the third in the series. I am so excited to finally have three out! I have worked so hard. I love all the characters and action steps up the pace with every book. Everything has woven together and will culminate in the next book. There will be some surprises.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? 
If you love twilight, Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls, strong female leads and paranormal, I’m your cup of tea. I like depth and realism, I don’t do shallow. If you appreciate that sort of thing give me a whirl, and please leave reviews online, they are so important.


What is your favorite TV show? 
I loved the Voice auditions (not so much the rest), Revenge and shamefully I do like reality t.v, it tends to draw me in. Auction Hunters is cool. Occasionally I catch up on the Bold and the Beautiful, its sooo bad that it’s good. Being Human was cool, too. At the moment I am into Homeland. Claire Danes plays a really dynamic character.

Where is your favorite place to read? 
In bed. Where it’s warm and comfy. It’s relaxing.

Dogs or cats? 
Dogs all the way. I have a Cocker Cross Cavalier and he is my son.

What was the last book you bought? 
Wuthering Heights, Hunger games and I love Amanda Hockings Hollowland, which I read on my ipad.

Coffee or tea? 
Tea! I love herbal tea with no sugar and a splash of cold water. I drink all types, mainly green tea and chamomile – the two together in one cup is my fave. 

I inspire, entertain and examine life. I write paranormal, romantic and suspense fuelled tales about cursed wolves. Night is the time my creative juices flow and love exploring the lives of my protagonist's within the paranormal genre under the light of the moon. I am driven to write and connect with readers through my mad-capped imagination - you could say it's a calling...


Wolf Sirens #1: Forbidden: Discover the Legend 

The Mystical Bond, the Fatal Allure ... of Hunter & Prey

Misunderstood seventeen year old Lila Crain unwillingly moves to the foreboding town of Shade, prepared to face her punishment - Shade High. But she can't begin to anticipate the life-altering events that lie in wait for her. 

The dark and charismatic Reid has a wolfish grin and amber eyes that would make any girl blush and he has his sights set on the new girl in school. 

Reid's stunning friends - including icy top dog Sam - invite Lila into their clique. Suspicious, yet flattered by their attention, she lets down her guard and answers the intriguing call like a moth to a flame.

Thrillingly introduced to the local nightlife by the enigmatic group, Lila finally feels like she belongs. But her newly found friendships threaten to turn sour when she unwittingly develops feelings for the leader's off-limits boyfriend, Sky.

Tensions rise further when a quirky local named Cresida warns Lila to stay away from the clique at all costs. 

Undeterred, she is irresistibly drawn to uncover the truth behind their mysterious lifestyle

Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events that will forever alter fate for both hunter and hunted as she learns they have been waiting for her..


Wolf Sirens #2: Fever: Many are Born, Few are Reborn 

Eternally Cursed to Love & Not Purely Desire…

Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn in the thrilling sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The legend continues. Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. The wolves exist between two worlds, one in the town another in the forest.

Prophecy says hunters and wolves are cursed to a mutual attraction. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the wolf. The predestined enemies struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rivalry in a conflict powerful enough to tear two worlds apart

A shadow has fallen over the heartlands of myth and reality. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated, Lila trains tirelessly as the assassin. She must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade.

But is it love or revenge which motivates her?

Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.


Wolf Sirens #3: Night Fall: What Rises Must Fall

Uncover what Happens after Dark in Shade.

In the rainy valley the sky is covered by cloud as the Thunder God wars with his son, Apollo. As dusk descends the wolves haunt the forest.

A crescent moon rises and all days are nights for the huntress, until the ancient battle is won. But what lurks beneath the surface in the heartlands of myth and reality in the shadow of the Gods is a tale as insidious and devious as the wolves themselves. In the grips of a war between wolves and hunters, the sun has not yet set forever on a love that has defied time in a valley cursed for centuries.

Lila has nothing to lose and no matter which way she chooses to turn, she will lose the one thing that means everything.

The unwilling heroine with a chip on her shoulder steps up the fight that takes her into the belly of the beast. Lila must follow a dark path, towards a war no one can win. Lives will be lost in a vicious clash. Suspicions rage. Who can she trust and who will be left standing after the fray.Lila treads between two worlds on a path of inescapable fate that Artemis has chosen for her. No one will emerge unscathed. The hunter’s legacy must be fulfilled in a vivid tale of painstaking heartbreak and betrayal as what rises must fall and those that have fallen must find the strength to rise again.



Tina smith said...

Looks great. Thanks! :)