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. Read more