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.
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! :)