Hildie McQueen is the author of Desperate Betrayal, a paranormal romance that kicks off her Protectors series. Hildie stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her book and her writing.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about yourself?
[Hildie McQueen] I’ve been described as a party on wheels, because I’m loud and boisterous. Let’s see, I’m a woman that blossomed at forty, I took matters in hand and began doing what I’ve always wanted to do. I got married, got a tattoo, began to write and enjoy life to the fullest. I live in the sunny south with my wonderful handsome husband, two Chihuahuas and a cat that has some kind of affliction because he acts like he’s never seen me, every single day.
I write mostly paranormal, although, I’m toying with the idea of writing contemporary and I have a western historical in the works. Yet, paranormal is my first love.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Desperate Betrayal?
[Hildie McQueen] It’s a story about a guy, who happens to be an immortal demon slayer, and a girl, who is half demon. It’s a story of how these two meet in the midst of a terrible event in her life. How she is faced with a decision of whether or not to betray him in order to save her sister’s life. Desperate Betrayal is a fast paced emotional roller coaster that will have the reader cheering for Cyn and Emma’s relationship to the very last page.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Hildie McQueen] Now this is a difficult question for me, but I suppose I began to think about a story with a powerful alpha male with a soft side, a double life and how he’d cope. Cyn became this man; I made him immortal and a warrior then added the element of being a single parent. Emma, on the other hand, I created around whom I thought would make a good heroine for him.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Hildie McQueen] Without a doubt, the fight scenes — keeping them realistic and ensuring specific moves and motions could actually be done by a fighter. My husband helped me with them and since he reads a lot of fantasy. Thankfully he guided me through some of them.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Emma would never have in her purse?
[Hildie McQueen] Wow this is an interesting question. Emma is a headstrong no-nonsense kind of girl, so she’d have the bare essentials in her purse. So I don’t think she’d have things like hand creams, jewelry or any type of snacks.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Hildie McQueen] I will have to say Jane Austen, I know it sounds cliché but her writing amazes me, her style is simple yet so engaging at the same time. On a more modern front, J.R. Ward is one of my greatest influences.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Hildie McQueen] A Car. Driving, it’s where my characters figuratively sit in the passenger seat and talk to me.
Music. I listen to country music when I write, love the stories in the songs.
Friends. Some of my best ideas come from conversations with my crazy friends.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Hildie McQueen] Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, I read it over and over as a kid. What a great story.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Hildie McQueen] I love to read, I read almost every night. I also have an open home, people are always dropping by, stopping in on their way to wherever they are heading or just to hang out. I keep wine and snacks available at all times. My hubby and I have created the home of our dreams, it’s a place where friends can come and relax. An oasis.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!
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Desperate Betrayal By Hildie McQueen
Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is a member of a group of immortal warriors, the Protectors, assigned to protect humans in Atlanta, Georgia, the epicenter of a major uprising in demon activity. When Cyn is approached by a beautiful woman in a dirty alley, he is intrigued by the fact that she can see him for what he is, a terrifying demon slayer, and still dares to approach him.
Emma Blake, a half-demon, has to convince Cyn to help rescue her sister from powerful demons. Terrified that the Protector will kill her if he realizes what she is, she still goes against every instinct and approaches Cyn for help. Despite knowing that she is leading them both into territory so wrought with treachery, neither of them may survive.
Can Cyn and Emma overcome betrayal, the ancient rules that prevent Protectors from taking a wife, unless she is his one true mate? And if they do, will it even matter?
Emma Blake always felt at home in the shadows. It was where she lived, always concealing the truth from those around her.
Now as she hid in the doorway of an abandoned building, she couldn’t help but compare the current situation to her life. The dampness of the brick wall behind her seeped through to her skin, as she pushed further into the dark to avoid being noticed. The putrid smell of trash and urine barely registered, as she was mesmerized by the scene unfolding before her.
The scene invoked images of the endless battle forces of dark and light had been waging since the dawn of time.
Although beautiful to behold, the warrior who fought before her wasn’t exactly an angel, but he was as close to one as she would ever get. In desperate need of his help, she took a big chance sticking around; because once he caught her there were only two possibilities for her.
He’d either help her or he would kill her.
The air blew chilly on this damp, drizzly day in Atlanta, a city that for some unknown reason, in the last few years, had become a hotbed for demons. With such an influx of demons, human assaults were on the rise.
Emma continued to watch from the shelter of the doorway, as the Protector fought his aggressors. Ten huge low-level demons armed with medieval-type swords.
She tensed, but didn’t flinch as a demon’s severed arm flew past her and hit the ground next to her foot with a sickening thud.
Emma had no doubt as to whom the victor would be in the end. The fluidity of the Protector’s movements and the speed of the fight enthralled her. Her gaze locked on his biceps. Muscles bulged on his right arm, as he swung his sword in a way that seemed almost effortless. Impressive, for the weapon he wielded had to weigh at least twenty pounds.
He dodged a blow and struck out with his sword to slash through one demon’s chest. A dagger flew from his left hand and found its target in another’s heart.