Hailey Edwards, author of A Hint of Frost, dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book. The kick-off for her Araneae Nation series, A Hint of Frost offers up intrigue, danger, and romance. Check out what Hailey has to say.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Hailey Edwards] Wing lover. Cupcake enthusiast. Sockaholic. Fluent in Lolcat. User of dots and dashes. Writer of fantasy romance. Wife. Mother. Dog lover.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Hint of Frost?
[Hailey Edwards] Frost is a marriage of convenience story set against the backdrop of an almost medieval world populated by Araneaeans, people with spiderlike traits. They have fangs, some are venomous, and most spin silk. There are mercenaries, herbologists, and spirit walkers. Riding bears and lizards are how the locals get around, and, word to the wise, avoid the Mimetidae clan at all costs.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Hailey Edwards] I had been kicking around the idea of writing a new series for a while. I love vampires, but I wanted to write something a little more unique. So I kept the fangs and the biting fetish and decided that spiders were my new vampire. Only, my Araneaeans are also, in some cases, venomous, as well as able to spin silk from their fingertips. They also have several other very cool spiderlike traits.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Hailey Edwards] The research. I spent weeks researching various different spiders and matching their characteristics to each clan. It made for fascinating work.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lourdes?
[Hailey Edwards] Brave, strong, loyal
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Rhys would never have in his pocket?
[Hailey Edwards] There isn’t much you wouldn’t find in Rhys’s pockets. He prefers being prepared for any situation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Hailey Edwards] The author who has most influenced my writing is Karen Moning. It’s not a comparison of my work to hers, but more that I loved her books so much they inspired me to sit down and write my own. Otherwise, I believe music feeds my muse. I love Three Days Grace and Apocalyptica.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Hailey Edwards] My office, my desk, and my dual monitors.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Hailey Edwards] Dying Bites by DD Barant. It’s about an FBI profiler stolen from her dimension to solve a crime in another dimension—one populated by vampires, werewolves and golem. It’s UF with a police procedural vibe. I couldn’t put the first book down. I started reading the second book in the series this morning.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Hailey Edwards] I can’t say. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been a bookworm. I do remember loving the battered copies of Billy and Blaze when I was in elementary school. They were around fifty years older than me at the time, but I did love them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Hailey Edwards] Read! If I’m not writing, I’m reading or hanging out with my family. I love to bake and craft. I also have a thing for power tools. I enjoy DIY projects and I’m currently renovating my house one room at the time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Hailey Edwards] Readers can find me in several places. I’m very active on Facebook and Twitter, so they’re both great places to chat with me.
My website: http://haileyedwards.net/
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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