Friday, August 30, 2013

Meet author and book blogger extraordinaire, Phaedra Seabolt

Spend some time with one of my favorite fellow bloggers, who is also a paranormal author. Meet Phaedra Seabolt, and her debut book 'Imperfection.'

What was the inspiration behind 'Imperfection'?
The primary inspiration came from Stephanie Nelson’s Taming the Wolf. After reading it, I had dreams about werewolves that made me think that perhaps I could write my own story. With a lot of encouragement from other writers and friends, I decided to come up with my own unique story. I woke up in the middle of the night with what I thought was a unique plot so away I went writing.
This book is the first in a series. How many more do you anticipate? When can we expect the next installment?
I had originally planned for four books, but I am not sure that’s all I will be writing now. It’s looking more like five or six now. As for the next book, it is written. I sent it off to the editor not that long ago, but she has a lot on her plate right now. I am not sure how long it will take for it to be released, but I am confident it will be within the next year.
What makes Maera such an desirable character?
I tried to make Meara unique from other female lead werewolves. She is a normal college girl on a campus of hotties, but that doesn’t matter to her because she is completely absorbed in her schoolwork and doing what her parents tell her to do. She decides one night to go out on the town with her friends, resulting in a one night stand. This is where she is so unique. She gets pregnant, has her son, and then is turned into a werewolf. Most werewolves end up having to give up their previous lives, but Meara doesn’t have that option. She has no family to give her son to so she can disappear. She has to learn to raise a human baby among werewolves.
Which other character(s) were the most fun to write?
I really enjoyed writing about Raechel. I actually enjoyed it so much that the second book is from her perspective.
Which scene is your favorite?

That’s a hard one! I loved writing the bar scene in the beginning. I also loved writing Meara’s parents’ reaction to her being pregnant. Another scene I thoroughly enjoyed was the scene where she turned into a werewolf.
Green Beer Day is an honored tradition at Miami University. Did you ever participate?
Sadly no. I was in classes during three Green Beer Days and heard all kinds of stories about what happens that night. I was married during that time and my husband did a lot of travelling. Going out for Green Beer Day just wasn’t as important as spending time with my husband at home, plus it always felt like an event meant for single students. I always wanted to go though.
I have been camping in Houston Woods, which is also a part of the story. What other settings in the story are based on real places?
Actually all of the places in the story are real with the exception of the actual pack houses. My parents lived in the very trailer that Meara lives in. I attended the same buildings that Meara took classes in and if I had been in an undergraduate program, I would have been forced to live in the Honors dorm. I did research on Cleveland to make sure that the places I referenced there existed as well. I kind of have a thing about using real locations if you couldn’t tell.
What is the appeal of writing about shifters?
I wrote about shifters because I love to read about them. People say to write about what you know, so that’s what I did.
What is it about shifters that draws in readers?
I think that it is the idea that something could exist in our world that we don’t know is right there among us. Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, fairies…They can be right next to you and you just think that they are human, just like you. I know that is what appeals to me at least.
How do you make yourself stand out in this competitive genre?
Well, I am not sure I stand out yet. I am hoping that my werewolves are different enough to stand out based on their origins in Norse mythology and their unique traits based on their pure blood or changed blood.
What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?
Save the editing for the end. Many writers get stuck in their writing because they continuously back track editing an rewriting.
Who are some of your biggest heroes and supporters in the writing world?
My biggest heroes are Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, and Stephanie Nelson. My biggest supporters are my family, Mandie Stevens, Tawdra Kandle, and Stacey Blake, just to name a few.
How do you find time to write and homeschool?
I write when my son is napping or after he goes to bed at night. I also write on Saturdays from time to time when my mother-in-law watches him. As for homeschooling, I don’t homeschool. My son is going to be three September 14th. I actually intend to put him in public school.
I grew up in NW Ohio and spent a lot of time visiting all over the state. What are some of your recommended destinations?
When I want to go somewhere, I actually go long distances away, like to Florida to visit family and friends there. Thinking about staying in the state, I would recommend the Cincinnati Zoo and the Newport Aquarium. I absolutely love this restaurant called The Hibachi Master which is an amazing sushi restaurant.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
Ummm…I am not girly? I love power tools and working construction, but when I say construction I don’t mean professionally. We’ve done a lot of work on our house and I have helped out with various odd projects in the homes of my family. I LOVE to tear down walls and rebuild.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for taking the time to interview me!
Thank you so much for your time!

Imperfection (Pure Blood)

At the center of a war brewing between two packs: her son

Meara Falk always followed her parents' rules, until one night in March when the temptation to let loose changed her life forever.

Nine months later, disowned and with a baby on her hip, she discovers werewolves exist after being on the wrong end of some teeth and claws. During her first change, werewolves attack, stealing her son and driving her out of her home.

Now she’s looking for the man who kidnapped her baby and turned her life upside down. Meara's son is in the middle of a threatened war between two powerful packs. Getting him back will jeopardize the lives of everyone she loves.

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About the Phaedra Seabolt

Phaedra Seabolt is the youngest of four and the only girl. She spent her childhood trying to be the best she could be at everything she did which drove her to attend college long enough to attain her master's degree. Now she is a stay at home mom and happily married.  

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  1. Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

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