January 30, 2010

VBT Tour - H.C. Paye

Hi All

I'm participating in a virtual book tour (VBT) group again and looking forward to meeting all the different authors out there. Allow me to introduce January's VBT guest, H.C. Paye.

H.C.Paye grew up in a small town in Arizona. She has been writing since 2001 and taking up every challenge that comes her way.

Please tell us a little more about your book A Gift from Above.

Celia Meyers gets everything that she wants, but when she requests a sibling and gets it, it's not all that she expected at all. Her parents ignore her, threaten to send her to a "summer camp" and the worst possible things happen to her all of the time. Finally she can't take it anymore, so she confides in her best friend Tommy Hanson, about searching for her long lost nanny Milicent Potter. But when she finds Millie, she learns some disturbing facts that she's not quite sure what to do with.

Celia visits with Tommy and discovers his true feelings towards her. At the ending Celia becomes somewhat of a hero as she saves a young boy in a car accident.

The book starts out when she is 8 and progresses through her life until she is 16.

What inspired you to write this story?

I would say that my younger siblings were certainly a source of inspiration in writing this story, my little brother especially. A lot of the troubles that I had with my brother are somehow refected in "A Gift From Above".

Who is your favorite character in your story, and why?

My favorite character would have to be Tommy Hanson. He's like Edward Cullen to me, he is that comforting, nice, kind guy that you become addicted to.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

I wrote it for a contest (see details at http://www.nanowrimo.org/ ) where I had to write the entire thing in one month. So that was one of the hardest things. One thing I remember that was particularly hard about this was my laptop broke in the middle of writing in the competition, so I had to take it completely to pen & paper, which slowed me down exceedingly, and on top of everything I had to write it from the paper back on to a computer, since it was the family computer I couldn't be on it all the time. But, everything I wrote about my story was on my laptop, so I didn't have anything that I wrote except for the last few words that I memorized. Luckily my uncle got the information out of my laptop for me with one day to spare. My laptop was totaled, but the half-written book was the gold that I was looking at.

What was easiest?

Definitely the entire plot. I knew exactly what was going to happen as I wrote it, I didn't have to stop for awhile and ponder what was going to happen next. It was all really natural for me to write. Which is rare for me to do, usually I have to stop for an hour or two - or even a day - and ponder what I was going to write next.

What's next for you?

I'm currently working on a fantasy series of nine, I have the first in the series complete and it's currently being looked over by a publisher. The second in the series is still in the writing stage. And this November I'm going to participate in that contest again, NaNoWriMo, and attempt to write a novel about a girl who turns into a werewolf, no title yet.

Below is where readers can buy H.C. Paye's book, A Gift from Above.

CreateSpace - https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3375222

Amazon Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/A-Gift-From-Above/dp/B002BA5VTM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244574595&sr=8-1

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Above-H-C-Paye/dp/1441498389/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244574833&sr=8-3

Target - http://www.target.com/dp/1441498389/sr=1-1/qid=1248630986/ref=sr_1_1/184-1615249-0525141?ie=UTF8&search-alias=tgt-index&frombrowse=0&index=target&rh=k%3AH.C.Paye&page=1

Thanks for stopping by H.C. I wish you much success with your book.


Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Heather is an amazing young lady. I wish you great success with your fantasy series. It's impressive that the first in the series is being looked at!

Great post, Kevin.

Karen Cioffi

Janet Ann Collins said...

Lots of kids deal with sibling rivalry, so this book should sell well.

Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...

Oh, sibling rivalry, what a needed books so kids can realize how important they are in a family unit.

Kudos. Loved the interview and getting to know you.

Vivian Zabel said...

Glad to read more about Heather.


Nancy Famolari said...

Sibling rivalry is a great topic for a kids book.

Good luck with it!

Accountant, Author & Freelance Writer said...

Heather, what an interesting and useful book. It was exciting to read your interview. Great job Kevin!

Marvin D Wilson said...

Enjoyed the nicely done feature post. The book sounds interesting, too. Anytime a good author writes drawing from personal experience it usually turns out feeling real and poignant.

The Old Silly

Gary Eby,MSW said...

Wishing Kevin and Heather lots of online success with their book promotions. Great interview! Peace and Light: Gary Eby, the author of The Eby Way

Stephen Tremp said...

Heather has much talent at a very young age. Gotta laugh at looking back on my sibling rivalry. Best wishes for your continued success.

Stephen Tremp

Heidiwriter said...

Your plot sounds wonderful and your NaNoWriMo experience story is great! Talk about obstacles!
Good luck to you.

Martha said...

Nice to learn more about you Heather. Sibling rivalry, always an interesting topic to explore.
Martha Swirzinski

kathy stemke said...

Great post, Kevin. I see you've been very busy.

Heather I love your creativity and determination. Good luck with your series. Way to go!

Dana Donovan said...

Nice interview. Being the youngest of six, I think I can relate. Good luck, Heather!

Dallas said...

This is a great post! Heather, I am so impressed that you wrote your book as part of NaNoWriWriMo -- that shows true dedication and passion! Keep up the great work.

All best,


Katie Hines said...

This series sounds really interesting. My daughter just had her second baby, and I'm wondering how much adjusting her first son is going to have to do.

Magdalena Ball said...

Good interview Healther. I'm intrigued by the notion of a 9 part series! How did you come up with the number of 9, and is the entire series mapped and plotted out? Thanks for sharing your experience.

KittyNadem said...

I got to commenting slowly! I'm sorry! Thank you all for stopping by. I really enjoyed reading all of your wonderful comments! It was both fun and challenging at the same time to write a book about sibling rivalry - more fun than challenging though.

Magdalena - The series of 9 is completely mapped out, in fact, I have an entire 3-ring binder filled with tad bits about it - from the characters to the plot and objects.

Kevin - You did a spectacular job on this post, I am so very pleased with it! Thank you!

~ H.C.Paye