Author interview – Hildie McQueen

I’m excited to have another great Crescent Moon Press author on the blog today! Hildie McQueen is the author of Desperate Betrayal and the recently released CMP “Little Moon” novella, Desperate Choices. And Desperate Surrender is coming soon! She’s one busy author putting out some amazing books!

The blurb:

Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is a member of a group of immortal warriors, the Protectors, assigned to protect humans in Atlanta, Georgia, the epicenter of a major uprising in demon activity. When Cyn is approached by a beautiful woman in a dirty alley, he is intrigued by the fact that she can see him for what he is, a terrifying demon slayer, and still dares to approach him.

Emma Blake, a half-demon, has to convince Cyn to help rescue her sister from powerful demons. Terrified that the Protector will kill her if he realizes what she is, she still goes against every instinct and approaches Cyn for help. Despite knowing that she is leading them both into territory so wrought with treachery, neither of them may survive.

Can Cyn and Emma overcome betrayal, the ancient rules that prevent Protectors from taking a wife, unless she is his one true mate? And if they do, will it even matter?

Now let’s find out more about Hildie!

Q: Where were you born? Are you the kind of person who likes to move around a lot, or do you prefer to live in one place?

A: I was born in Baja California, Mexico and grew up on the border between Mexico and California, USA.  From my bedroom window in San Diego, I could see Mexico, that’s how close we lived.  Up until moving to Augusta, Georgia sixteen years ago, I had never stayed in one place for too long.  When I was younger, I lived liked a gypsy, moving from place to place. I lived in San Diego, South Carolina, Germany, Texas, Hawaii and even for a short while in Pasadena, California.

Q: What sparked your interest in writing? How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life.  My interest in writing came when I began to read paranormal romance.  I wanted to be inside the characters’ heads, know more about what made them and what motivated them.  The only way to do it was obvious.  I began to seriously write romance about five years ago.

Q: What provided the inspiration for your novel, Desperate Betrayal?

A: Inspiration for my writing comes from situations that I daydream up, I took the story from there and drawing from what the characters ‘told’ me.

Q: How long did it take you to finish it? How many drafts did you write before you were satisfied?

A: I wrote Desperate Betrayal in about three months.  The entire editing process was much longer.  Satisfied?  What is that?  Every time I read it, I think…Oh darn I should have written this instead… (Ha, I feel the same way! Not sure I’ll ever be satisfied with my writing.)

Q: And congrats on being one of the first of CMP’s new line of novellas, Little Moons, with Desperate Choices! How did you approach that project?

A: Amazingly, I already had the idea and was hoping that in the future the opportunity to tell Roderick and Rachel’s story would present itself.  Once I saw the opening for it, I rushed to write it since it was floating in my head.

Q: How would you describe your path toward publication?

A: It was a maze, chaotic and disorganized.  How about that?  Like everything I do, I rush head first into things until I get the answer I want.  It’s not the best process, but that’s how I roll.  *laugh*

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A: Keep writing, don’t ever stop at one story.  The more you write the better you get at it.  Even after publication, keep writing!!!  Sometimes you have to pull stories out dust them off and polish them to fill a request.

Q: Name a few authors who have inspired you and describe why.

A: Sherrilyn Kenyon – She is an amazing writer with a great gift for storytelling, plus her Dark Hunters are totally amazing males.

JR Ward – She just kicks butt when it comes to vampires. No one can beat the Black Dagger Brothers.  I can read her over and over; I wish I could write like that!

Molly Harper – Vampire Rom Com queen is how I see her. She makes you laugh with her larger than life vamps, weres and the witty companion characters

Q: What are you currently writing?

A: I am writing a paranormal fantasy romance.  Say that three times fast.  The story “Ruling Esland” is about a reluctant king who falls in love with a woman he meets and has an affair with.  Not only does she not know he is the ruler of kingdom she lives in, he doesn’t realize she is the leader of a rebellion against him.

Q: Coffee, tea, or hard liquor? (or all three?)

A: I rarely drink coffee, I drink a lot of tea, my favorite is Earl Grey.  I also love a good southern sweet tea!  My evening drink of choice…a good smooth Scotch Whiskey!

Q: What books are you currently reading or on your to-be-read list?

A: Just finished Lover Reborn, it rocked!

On my TBR list are mostly books written by friends of mine.  Summerland by Elizabeth Cheryl, Perpetual Light by Jordan Rose, Breathless by Cole Gibson, The Never Prayer by Aaron Ritchey, Rise from Darkness by Ciara Knight and Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell…oh and how can I forget this book entitled Thief of Hope by Cindy Young-Turner! (*grin*)

Q: And now for the bonus fluff question: If you could be a character in your one of your favorite novels, which character would you be and why?

A: I would be Julian, the leader of the Protectors; he is the most powerful and the one that seems to know where everything is headed.  I want inside his head!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’m thrilled to be invited, thank you so much for the invite!!

After a jaunt in the Army, living in Texas, Germany and Hawaii, Hildie McQueen settled in Augusta, Georgia. She lives with her wonderful computer wiz, hubby Kurt and two tiny dogs (Pancho & Pepito) and a scardy-cat named Dyson that she hardly ever sees.

Writing has always been a part of Hildie’s life, but about three years ago, when a friend grabbed her and forced her to attend a Georgia Romance Writers, she decided to polish her skills and get serious about it. Now the characters won’t shut up and she’s always itching to get home and onto the laptop to write.

Amongst her hobbies, travel, reading, watching romantic comedies and occasionally scrap booking.

For more Hildie, visit her blog at  www.hildiemcqueen.com.
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About Cindy Young-Turner

Hippie chick who is still hoping to change the world someday. Author of the fantasy novel, Thief of Hope.
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9 Responses to Author interview – Hildie McQueen

  1. ravenbower says:

    A fellow Earl Grey lover! Great interview 🙂

  2. Ciara Knight says:

    Desperate Betrayal is AWESOME. If you don’t own it, go now to get it. 🙂 Cyn is YUM!

  3. Desperate Betrayal is one great book. Congratulations!

  4. Jean Murray says:

    Hi Hildie.

    I love interviews. It’s so nice to get to know you. I hope we have a chance to meet in person one day. Congratulations on your new release. I’ve watched your success with Desperate Betrayal, can wait to see what’s in store for Desperate Choices.

    Jean
    http://www.keytothecursed.com

    • Hildie McQueen says:

      Thank you so much Jean, you are always such a great supporter of others. Good things will come your way!!

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