Friday, August 9, 2013

Caged Blog Tour: Author Interview with J.A. Belfield and Giveaways!!!

Today, I have a super special guest! It's J.A. Belfield, the author of the Holloway Pack series, which happens to be one of my favourites! I've asked her some questions and she's been lovely enough to give me some amazing answers! So, here is our interview! And keep scrolling down for some awesome giveaways once you've read the interview! :D



Hey J.A! :D I’m super excited to have you here on my blog for this interview! I’ve spoken to your characters, and had you here for a multi-author interview, but this is the first time that I’m honoured to have you here all to myself…so, welcome! :D

\o/ I’m excited to be back here. :D

I know that you’re trying to keep spoilers for Caged to a minimum, and that the follow-up to Caged, Unnatural, is also being kept top-secret. Do you have a hard time keeping quiet about your books, and how do you plan to keep the narrator of Unnatural a secret once more information about the book is released?

Initially, my publisher wanted to keep it quiet about Caged’s narrator, until I spilled to them that I’d already done a helluva lot of chatting about the book on my Facebook page, as well as shared sneaky peeks at bits of it I was working on as the story grew, and that kind of put the kibosh on that idea. So, in all fairness, I didn’t keep as quiet about Caged as I probably should have. For Unnatural, however, it really was hard, because it will provide major spoilers for Caged if the characters for Unnatural are unveiled too early, so although I did share tiny sneaky peeks at bits and pieces I was writing for it, I had to eliminate character names from the excerpts. Also, I usually have a couple of folk I chat to throughout writing my books, and those couple know what to expect when I send them the book to beta read. Unnatural was the first time I’ve ever kept so quiet about what’s coming even to them, and so everyone who’s read it so far went in blind.
For those eager to know who’ll be fronting Unnatural, the wait won’t be much longer as the main character will be named in the blurb that goes live in September alongside the cover reveal. :D

You’ve been busy writing the Holloway Pack Series, but do have plans to write anything outside of that series?

Actually, funny you should ask. Due to behind-the-scenes circumstances, Holloway Pack production is going to be moving a little slower after Unnatural, and so I’m going to be slowing down on my Holloway Pack writing to accommodate that. In the meantime, I’ve started writing a contemporary new adult, as well as a young adult post-apocalyptic (which may also fall into the NA category dependent upon the end result). I’m unsure how long those will take me to write, but hopefully not forever, because I’m eager to share them with the world. :D

I’m always interested in where authors’ inspiration comes from, so what inspired you to write Darkness & Light and the rest of the Holloway Pack series, and how did you craft your werewolves?

Sean inspired me to write Darkness & Light. He was a pretty strong presence in my mind and demanded I sit up and take notice. However, I can be as stubborn as my muse, and so didn’t give in to him completely by writing the story from Jem’s POV instead of his. However, his presence in my mind is what then went on to become the opening basis for the plot of Darkness & Light when Sean is a presence within Jem’s mind. To be honest, I never pictured Darkness & Light as anything more than a standalone. It was only when I reached the end that I realised I wasn’t ready to say farewell to Jem and Sean and so, within a week, the ideas started formulating, and after scouring a traditional spell book owned by my sister, the formula for Blue Moon was created. It was only once I’d begun writing Caged that I realised I’d created a potential series, because the initial idea for Caged came to me in Jem’s POV, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get it to weave together in my head, so I let the idea simmer—for an entire year—and it suddenly hit me that it wouldn’t form right because I’d got the POV wrong. As soon as I realised whose POV it needed to be, the story started to fully unfold. And I loved working with one of the other Holloway Pack so much, I decided I’d do so for all of them. :D

Do you have a process that you follow while writing? Like maybe listening to music (if you do…I would totally love a playlist! :D haha), or some routine, perhaps?

I don’t have a process. Only when I hit rock bottom for concentration do I resort to music, and whilst I do believe a decent pair of earphones and the Kings of Leon Only by the Night album is the way forward, I occasionally hit up my media playlist. Here’s the first ten songs from that:
Chasing Pavements (Adele); Head Over Feet (Alanis Morissette); Be Mine (David Gray); This Year’s Love (David Gray); Cold Desert (Kings of Leon); Seaside (The Kooks); Luka (Suzanne Vega); Make You Feel My Love (Adele); Someone Like You (Adele); You Learn (Alanis Morissette).

What tips do you have for aspiring authors?

Okay, it’s quite a list (so apologies up front).
1. Don’t assume. Don’t assume your first book is going to be good enough, that just having a story you want to tell makes you a writer, that your writing is going to be a bestseller, that you’re going to be the next J.K. Rowling, that the first agent you submit to will love your writing as much as you do—or the 100th, that your beta readers are being 100% honest with you (especially if they’re friends), that you’re going to get rich like the other success stories out there, that everyone is going to love your book … assumptions bring disappointment, and a writer needs to have a thick skin if they want to enter this industry, otherwise they will fall at the first hurdle.
2. Don’t give up. There’s a quote somewhere that goes along the lines of: You’ve only failed once you’ve stopped trying. This is true. If you believe—and I mean, truly believe you have something worth sharing? Keep going. If you’re doing it for the right reasons, this is what you’ll do. If you quit? Then maybe it just wasn’t as important to you as you thought. However, there’s a fine line between persevering out of determination and persevering out of arrogance. Make sure you’re on the right side.
3. Write. And critique. You’ll learn as much from critiquing the work of others (this is not the same as reviewing a book and trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t—though this is equally important—but rather, dissecting sentences to discover how to create flow and interesting delivery, and pacing, and natural dialogue, and all of those key elements that create the greater whole). And you learn from writing more. Stephen King reckons a writer must have written 1 million words before they can consider themselves as being anywhere near decent. Listen to him. He talks sense.
4. And finally research. Research the industry. You want to enter this vast expanse of agents and publishers and avenues, right? Then make sure you know where you’re going BEFORE you get there; if you don’t, you’re going to get to get lost. Remember the saying: knowledge is power. Otherwise you’ll end up wasting a whole lot of not just other people’s time, but also your own.

I’m always up for adding more books to my to-read pile, do you have any that you’d recommend?

Recently read stuff I’ve LOVED include Susan Kaye Quinn’s Debt Collector Series, Ink by Amanda Sun, Hushed by Kelley York, Remember Me by Amaleen Ison, and Faking It by Cora Carmack. Oh, and The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller. :)

And my final question, what do you love best about being an author?

Knowing that somebody, somewhere, is enjoying something that I’ve created. I my readers with a passion. They rock my world.

Thank you for this wonderful interview, J.A., it’s always a pleasure talking with you!

Ditto. Thanks so much for having me back here. :D

About J.A. Belfield
One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.


Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Website | Blog
About Caged (Holloway Pack #3)
If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.

For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.

Not this time.

Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.

What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.

If he survives.

Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.

Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
Add to Goodreads: Caged
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N



ALSO, BLUE MOON IS ON SALE IN HONOUR OF CAGED'S RELEASE!

BlueMoon: Holloway Pack 2

During the Caged Tour, Blue Moon: Holloway Pack 2 is on SALE!
Grab YOUR copy for only $.99 at the following stores:
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much for having me here for the Caged Tour and for all your support, and of course for that fantastic review you posted. ♥

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    1. You're welcome, J.A.! :D I'm so glad to be a part of it, and I love having you on the blog. :D And since I loved Caged, I was super happy to tell everybody about it. ;)

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  2. Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. I have added this series to my TBR and I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Eva! Glad to hear it! I hope you love the series as much as I do...which is a whole lot! ;D haha

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