Name: Helene Montalvo
Country: United States
Contact Info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q & A TIME!
Q1. What inspired your latest piece?
A. A few years ago I sponsored an after school club called Literary Lions. We would write short stories and poems to share, and at the end of the year we published an anthology for each student to take home. One day we were writing and an idea came to me through a writing prompt. I looked at the prompts my students were choosing from and one fit perfectly with a dream I’d had. I wrote what became the first chapter of my novel and it blew my students away. I put my writing aside and worked on it little by little until last year when I finally sat down and decided to pump out the story. Within three months Something Within – Reveal was born. The upcoming books in the series are already floating around in my head like little clouds filled with drops of inspiration. I’m just waiting for the storm.
Q2. Of all the things you could have done, why write?
A. I’ve always loved to write. When I was a child I was focused more on poetry, but a few short stories sprouted from my wild imagination. I remember coming home from the movies (as a child) and wondering what happened next. After the movie was over I knew the story wasn’t over. I wanted to know what happened to the characters. I didn’t necessarily believe in all of the happily ever afters, and I would sit and imagine all of the tragic things that would happen to the characters next and how they would overcome those problems. I would rewrite my own happy ending…after the tempest. Writing (and my crazy imagination) has always been my passion. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Q3. How difficult/ easy is it to write books that fall under the same series?
A. Writing books under the same series isn’t too difficult. When I was a child and I imagined all of the things that could happen to characters after the ending, I was already creating a series. Each problem could be a new book. I don’t think any story is ever REALLY over. I mean, until the characters grow old and die, you can always create another antagonist. That being said, some stories are overwritten. I think most series should have a limit. I read one a while back and once I got to book twelve I thought it was over. I just found out there are two more books out and I felt my eyes rolling before they actually did. I thought book twelve (or was it thirteen) ended well. I don’t want to be one of those writers. I think three or four in a series is fine. Then you can move on to other stories. I have too many different stories in my arsenal, and I’d like to shoot them out someday.
Q4. Favourite Word?
A. Though there are many words I love, my favorite is accomplished, because once I’m done writing and my story is out for my readers to enjoy, that’s exactly how I feel.
Title: Something Within - Reveal
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Ava Grace has always known she was different, but she doesn’t want others to know it. She wants to live a normal life, that is, until she meets Stephen Sky. Stephen is the type of guy everyone shies away from. So why does Ava feel drawn to him? One touch is all it takes for Ava’s world to be turned upside down and sideways. Once she learns the truth about her ancestry, about what is living inside of her, all hell breaks loose – quite literally. Thrown into a battle between good and evil, Ava struggles with finding her place in this new world. Not only do Stephen and Ava have to fight against evil, but they must quash the growing feelings they have for one another. Can Ava pull through and save the world she’s come to know and love?
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