Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Tour: Dissolve Interview with Andrea Heltsley

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
I want to relay genuine emotions. There are too many books where the heroine is portrayed as tough and nearly without emotion. In real life, things can get tough and it is realistic to feel things such as loss, love, friendship and jealousy. Some may see the characters as a little whiny, but I wanted them to be realistic.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I love to write, but making outlines are especially tough for me. I like to write and let the story weave itself. More creativity goes into it that way.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
This is my first published book, but I have two more coming out this summer. Each of the books is the beginning to a different series. Dissolve out 4/10, Dreamwalker out 6/10 and Dancing with Death out 8/10. I particularly love Dreamwalker because it was the most creative by far. The story allowed me to challenge my creativity and brought in a more intricate plot. It is the only strictly adult paranormal romance I have written.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
For Dissolve, I would have to pick Emily VanCamp from Revenge. I don’t really have a reason, I just love her.

When did you begin writing?
I started writing in grade school, but only decided to make an official career out of it at the end of 2010.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
I wrote each of my books in about six months give or take.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Nathaniel Hawthorne after reading Young Goodman Brown

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Writing and creating the characters. I also enjoy the publishing side of things. I particularly hate editing.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Dystopian, paranormal, romance, young adult (depends on who reviews it whether it is adult or young adult)

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I have just finished the rough draft of Dancing with Death and am excited to get it ready for publishing. In the pipeline for me this year, I have all three book sequels I hope to have out in 2013.
Dissolve sequel- Detour
Dreamwalker sequel- Divine Destiny
Dancing with Death sequel- Dancing with a Demon

Everything seemed to be going right for Cora. She had a wonderful fiance, a great best friend and a fulfilling life. One day, a tragic event causes that life to crumble around her. She turns to her best friend in her time of need. They embark on a search for answers, delving deeper into a web of magic and destruction. The closer they get to the truth, the more questions they have. To Cora, magic was the stuff of fairy tales. Immersed into a very different kind of world, the real storm was just beginning to take hold. “It felt like I was nowhere yet everywhere all at once. I was invisible and completely panicked. The millions of pieces I had dissolved to drift on the breeze and away from my nightmares. It was kind of like floating weightless in a pool, perfectly relaxing. The warm breeze from the window embraced and soothed me. I let the air current carry me as far as it could through the summer city.” “Defeated, I closed my eyes and took a few calming breaths trying to relax myself. I pictured the dandelion in the park today and took a deep breath as to blow the fluffy seeds in all directions. I pretended I was light and fluffy and started to feel a tingling in my body. I began to feel as light as the dandelion seeds and soon I felt like mist floating. This time, I tried to keep myself in the room, swirling in a humid block.”

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Author Bio:

I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I enjoy sunshine and my two Italian greyhounds with my husband. I always write to music, it helps the creative process. Dissolve is my first novel. I have been writing ever since I was in grade school and have finally decided to make a career out of it. More books to come summer 2012 and 2013.

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