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Monday, July 21, 2014

Author Interview—Juliana Haygert

We are excited to have New Adult author, Juliana Haygert, with us today. A big thank you to Juliana for being willing to do this interview! Here is a little more about Juliana and her books...

About the Author:
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.
College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding. But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.
However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.
** Companion novel of Breaking the Reins. Can be read out of order.**

You are the author of several New Adult novels. How do you receive inspiration for your novels?
From everywhere. My problem is actually having too many ideas and not having time to write them all! Music and movies are big sources of ideas.
But it really comes from anywhere. For example:
For my fantasy trilogy, the idea came from a sentence my husband said, about gods not being immortals.
For The Breaking Series, was several things—mainly Britney Spears’ music video for her song Radar, and Facundo Pieres (a famous polo player) and his family.
For Playing Pretend, the idea came from having my heroine meet the love of her life during spring break.

Plotter or pantser?
Once upon a time, I used to be a 100% pantser, but I simply can’t start without knowing where I’m headed anymore. So now I’m 70% plotter, 30% pantser.

What books or authors have most influenced your writing?
I’m not really sure. When I was around ten years old, I read Danielle Steel and Nora Robert, thanks to my mother. Since I started writing when I was thirteen, I guess they influenced me in the beginning.
As for nowadays, I really, really like Richelle Mead’s and Jennifer L. Armentrout’s style and like to think I could, someday, write like them.

What are you currently working on?
I finished a secret project a few weeks ago, and now I’m writing Captured Love (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22664642-captured-love). It should be out by the end of October, beginning of November.

List five adjectives to describe yourself.
Happy, friendly, caring, irritated, impatient.

Finish the sentence. Someday I want to visit Egypt.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Hard question. I never know which power to choose. Maybe telepathy? That would be neat, I guess.

What is the most unique place you’ve ever visited?

I can’t think of any unique place, but I can think of a unique experience in a great place.
When I was 12 and 13 years old, I spent my summers in Rio de Janeiro, with friends my age (no adults), taking dance classes from 8am to 8pm, 6 days a week, with the Municipal Ballet (the best dance company in Brazil). It sounds tiring, and it certainly was, but I loved dance so much (still do), it was perfect.

Thank you, Juliana! It was so fun to learn more about you! :)


Liz A. said...

Too many ideas. That's a good problem to have, isn't it?

Huntress said...

NA is certainly a viable genre now. Interesting for every age. Great interview.

Briane Pagel said...

Interesting-sounding book.

Those 5 traits went south in a hurry!