Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi there. My name is Misty Hayes and I am the author of a debut young adult paranormal novel. I am currently working on the third book in this specific trilogy, and it is equally as exhausting as it is exhilarating. I never knew what ‘Labor of Love’ meant until I started writing.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Outcasts – The Blood Dagger: Volume 1. I love the self-torture of running – and I was on a seven-miler when I found my mind wandering… the story of Larna (or ‘Lardo’ depending on who ya ask) began. Thus, I began the self-torture of writing.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to use a sacrificial alter to spill Yeti blood (I find it on Amazon) in order to come up with new ideas… selling your soul on is so yesterday.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jim Butcher! Harry Dresden Wizard PI! I mean, come on! If you’re not reading this series, you should be. Then there’s Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas. “I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it.” That’s all you need to know about Odd. Absolutely amazing and relatable lead protagonist.
What are you working on now?
TRYING TO STAY SANE. That’s a constant work in progress. That, and book three of my trilogy with a side of editing book 2 – The Watchers.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I do all the things. Does that count? Seriously, I am all over the place. Sometimes, I forget where I’ve signed up in order to promote my book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author! But, I would say, keep plodding along. Eventually you’ll slog through to the other side, and then hit another bog and then you slog through that one, too… it’s never-ending.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Not so much advice, but a quote from Mahatma Gandhi – “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
It defines the writing experience, in my opinion.
What are you reading now?
I am working on the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz. She’s kick ass.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing. I’ve got ideas swirling around my head about a stand-alone novel after my trilogy and then a dystopian trilogy after that (I have not plotted out) and then the skies the limit. I just watched ‘Bright’ with Will Smith and I LOVE the idea of mixing a ‘buddy cop’ movie with orcs, elves, and magic. I’d like to work on something kinda like that.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
‘How to Survive on a Desert Island’, ‘How to be a Doctor for Dummies’, and probably Terry Goodkind’s ‘Wizard’s First Rule’, cause I’d need entertainment, too.