Monday, August 5, 2013

Caged Tour w/an Interview w/the author!




Caged Tour

A Holloway Pack Story

by J.A. Belfield

 

Available formats

Paperback: 978-1-937744-26-7, $15.99
EPUB:
978-1-937744-27-4, $5.99
Kindle: $5.99

 

 

Description
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.



Interview W/ the Author
1.      Write two truths and one lie
I sing like a soprano on crack, and Mr B often begs me to quit if he’s around to hear it.
My feet are the exact same size as Mr B’s, and he used to steal my trainers—even the pink-trimmed ones—whenever he could.
My hair is currently dyed aluminous orange for a dare I accepted.
2.      Tell us a bit about yourself (choose any seven!)
a.    Your favorite place in the world
I haven’t visited a whole lot of places to fairly judge, but I always feel a sense of peace when I manage to catch Angle beach in West Wales at its quietest. One time I spent the night in the car park there, and first thing in the morning before tourists arrived, I jogged across the beach, squishing the sand beneath my feet, whilst Mr B made me cappuccino on the camp-cooker, and it is one of my fondest memories of my life.
b.    How old were you when you first knew you wanted to be a writer
37. Though, in all fairness, I had daydreamed and speculated and made all kinds of stuff up in my head since I’d been a kid—it just took that many years of my life to figure out what I was meant to do with those musings.
c.    Your favorite sport
When I was at school, I used to love playing basketball, but I’m not much of a sportsperson as an adult, nor do I watch much sport. However, Mr B is a huge fan of motorsport, and I love watching the MotoGP with him, because his passion for it is addictive and infectious.
d.   What was the first book you remember reading?
Teeny Tiny and the Witch. I can’t recall the author, but I do remember buying it from the Scholastic Book Fair in Primary School.
e.    What time on the clock do you always notice most?
2pm. Because my kidlets arrive home from their school days, and I suddenly realize I better get cracking if I want to achieve something before they disturb my peace. ;)
f.     If you could do anything without fear what would it be?
Skydive. I’m terrified of heights, but the thought of being able to see the world below me from that angle with no inhibitions would, I imagine, be pretty exhilarating and liberating.
g.    What are your pet’s names?
Lunar, Storm, Daphne and Fluffy
 
3.      Where did you find the inspiration for your most recent book?
I’m always asked where my inspiration comes from. In all honesty, I rarely know. I just daydream like it’s going out of style, and create a whole lot of virtual what-ifs I enjoy playing around with.
4.      Do you have rituals for when you are writing? Particular place you write, music you listen to, specific drink or snack? Anything you must do when you are writing…
I have to have everything in place, otherwise I can’t relax enough to write. So, I have to be clean and as dressed as I plan to be for the day. Any washing-up, or housework that just happens to be annoying me enough to warrant attention, needs to be done. I have to have had breakfast, and I have to have slipped in my reading over breakfast session. And any other chores, such as readying packages for posting or email responses, etc, all have to be done. And then I breathe deeply and take myself into the zone.
5.      Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Ach, impossible question. My favourite character is pretty much whichever character I’m currently working with. And as I’ve just completed Holloway Pack 4—Unnatural—which is the next book after Caged, my answer isn’t going to be Ethan, who frontlines Caged. However, as he is a constant entity within my mind, and he has been with me, virtually, longer than any of my other characters, including Jem, I’m going to say Sean. I never get bored of time with him.
6.      Do you use a particular writing method? Like do you use index cards, outlines, free writing for ten minutes? How do you organize your thoughts before and while writing?
I have a big whiteboard. I jot stuff on there that I need to keep track of, stuff I realize I missed out and need to add in, dialogue or scenes that have entered my head on waking but I won’t add them until I’m ready to find my ‘zone’, ideas for future character names … you get the idea. If I have a scene for later in the book pop into my head in full colour, then I just add those to the MS in the order they’ll happen and leave them there ready for the characters to reach.
7.      What has been the best part since becoming a published author? And the worst?
Best part and worst part is that I’m not longer only writing for myself. I’m now writing for my readers. On the worst end of the scale, that adds a lot of pressure on the author to come up with the goods (especially a series writer), and unfortunately, I’m not a pressure-driven person. On the top end of the spectrum, the same pressure pushes me to constantly better myself as a writer, to constantly challenge myself, and those  readers out there I’m now writing for often cheer on each and every achievement alongside me. Solidarity with your readership is an awesome feeling, indeed.
8.      Has becoming an author changed you in any way? If so, how?
No. LOL. I’m still me. Still sitting here in exactly the same way as I was before, making stories up. The only changes I might have noticed is that I feel more confident to give advice when I’m asked for it, because I finally feel as though I have some guidance to offer.
9.      How long did it take you to write your book?
Caged took me pretty much a year exactly. But I’m pretty meticulous as I write, because I want that first draft as perfect as possible, because I have a hate of editing.
10.  What are your goals for the future (as a writer)
Well, as mentioned above, Unnatural is already written, with a release date of April 2014. I plan to write (definitely) another 2 Holloway Pack novels. I also hope to branch out into YA, dystopian, NA, and contemporary romance, as well as knock out a couple of other paranormal romances. So, a tall order that will likely take me many years to achieve.
 
Rapid Answer Zone (Choose five)
1.      What were the last three songs you listened to?
Luka by Suzanne Vega; Someone Like You by Adele; Sharks by Lauren Pryke
2.      Where was the last place you dined out?
Wing Wah—a Chinese buffet restaurant. It was for my sister’s wedding anniversary.
3.      What was the last gift you purchased?
A Superman wallet for Mr B for Father’s Day. :D
4.      What is the best age to be?
30. One feels maturely established at last, but is still young enough to feel youthful, as well as behave immaturely when it’s called for without the disapproving stares of others. ;)
5.      Best fictional character?
Lirium in Susan Kaye Quinn’s Debt Collector series (I’m in fictional love with him—don’t tell Mr B).
6.      What is in your pocket right now?
 
Now, which one of the three was the lie?
My feet are the exact same size as Mr B’s, and he used to steal my trainers—even the pink-trimmed ones—whenever he could.

 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much for being a part of the Caged tour, Michala. ♥

    J.A. Belfield

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  2. Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. I am looking forward to adding this series to my book shelves. evamillien at gmail dot ocm

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