Meet H.N. Sieverding!!!
Posted by triciaandersen
Today on my blog I have someone on who is near and dear to my heart – H.N. Sieverding! She’s a great friend (even though we have never met face to face – and we live an hour away!). She is also my co-host of our WON Radio show, Freshly Booked and she designed the cover to my new release.
And she didn’t come alone. She brought Caleb Mason with her, the hero of her Nightwalkers Series! Yum….*fans self**swoons*
Better get started with the interviews…
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m a writer and freelance graphic designer. I’ve written a HUGE amount of books and am partial to horror and paranormal romance (most are also contemporary as well). I have a degree in art and though most people know me for my graphic design, my specialty is sculpture. I’m also a mom and have a four year old son. Oh, yeah! And I host this radio show with you 😉
2. How did you start writing?
When I was in grade school, I couldn’t really write yet, so I made comic books. When we got our first computer, I vowed to write my first book. And I did. I sat at the computer in my parent’s crowded kitchen and wrote it. After that, writing books became an obsession for me. I call it my “obsession” because I can’t get away from it. I don’t think I could stop writing if I wanted to.
In college, I would spend every minute of my free time writing. I didn’t have a computer, so I would hand-write all of my stories. Some of my favorite memories of being a writer is sitting in the library working on my books.
3. Who are your favorite authors?
Besides myself? Hmm…this one is hard. I’d have to say my favorite authors are my author friends, because their books are the only I really read. I’ve always had a hard time settling my mind down enough to concentrate and loose myself in a book. I always seem to get distracted or can’t remember what I had been reading. I blame it on my concentration issues (I have ADD) or my anxious personality. So, when I do read, it’s usually when I’m waiting for something or can’t get to my laptop and I only read short bits at a time. If my laptop is there, it’s a too much of a tease and I won’t read anything. I’ll be working on a book-or messing around with a design in photoshop.
4. Where do you find inspiration for your books?
I don’t have a certain place or thing that inspires me. If you need an “answer”, it’s an idle mind. The best times are when I’m on a road trip, gazing out the window or doing a mindless task at work or home.
5. Tell me about your muse.
I don’t have one.
6. Do you carefully plot out what you are about to write or do you just go for it?
I don’t write outlines and sometimes I can’t predict where a book it going to end up. Sure, at first I think I know, but my characters always change everything on me. That’s okay though, because I love them. The closest thing I do to outlining is taking notes as I’m going along to keep things straight, but that’s about it. I don’t even do that much. To me, outlining takes all the fun out of the story.
7. How do you get prepared to write? (Do you put on music? Make a pot of coffee?)
This is weird. In every other aspect of my life, I have a hard time concentrating on anything. But when I’m writing or working on a piece of art, I can actually zone out and get into it. Nothing distracts me when I’m in the writing mood, so because of that I don’t have any rituals besides opening my laptop. But if I’m trying to write an email or something un-novelish? You better shut up because I can’t concentrate when you’re talking.
8. How have your real life experiences influenced your writing?
I don’t want that awkward moment where someone asks, “Is that based on me?”, so I try not to write about anything real. The closest I’ve come is using names. Besides, my life is rather boring, my stories aren’t.
9. Tell me about your main characters.
Ooo….I like this question. How did you know I like to talk about my books?
Ashleigh: She’s a horror/romance writer, who is known for her bestselling vampire series, Nightwalkers (hence the name of the series). She uses the pen name, Victoria Allure, and there is a huge cult following for her books. After her father’s death, she was raised by her grandparents. She has a mother, but you don’t met her until Book 2. Her grandfather hints that her mother has vampire tendencies, but not much else is mentioned about her other than Ashleigh hates her.
Ashleigh has a huge crush Caleb, a celebrity, who she mirrored the hero in her books after. You don’t meet the man she bases her villain on until the second book, but Ashleigh mentions that he killed her father.
Caleb: He’s the lead singer of the hard rock band, Armageddon, that he formed with his two childhood friends. He’s a dare devil and has a very bold personality that often gets him in trouble. But he’s friendly, generous and outgoing. Though he doesn’t seem like the “reading” type, he’s actually a huge fan of the Nightwalkers series.
Natalie: Ashleigh’s best friend and roommate. She and Ashleigh work in a bookstore that their grandfathers opened together.
Spencer: He’s the first vampire Ashleigh meets. He tries to seduce her throughout the book, but I won’t tell you if he succeeds or not. He’s a hunter, and brings home the dinner for the vampire Elders. His master hired Nathan and him to find Ashleigh. He also becomes one of
Ashleigh’s good friends, though for the most part he seems like a stalker.
Kris: Caleb’s best friend. He’s Armageddon’s guitarist. He lives the classic rock star lifestyle and it’s hinted that he’s an alcoholic. Otherwise, he’s a lot like Caleb and is very outgoing. He’s also like Caleb’s shadow and spends the majority of his free time at Caleb’s house playing video games.
Robert: He’s been Caleb’s guardian since he was a child. Caleb regards him as a father figure and the pair is usually always together. Like Nathan and Spencer, he’s a hunter and serves an Elder vampire.
Aiden: An Elder vampire. He has a bet going with another Elder to see who can seduce Victoria Allure first. He falls in love with Ashleigh from her books, and is extremely wealthy. He’s a huge snob, and philanthropist. He tries to buy Ashleigh’s publishing company to find out the identity of New Castle’s mystery author, Victoria Allure.
Nathan: He’s not exactly a main character in this the first book, but he’s in the rest of the series. He becomes Ashleigh’s guardian in the second book, Forever Black and Blood War. In Blood Kisses, he works for the same man as Spencer. Natalie is in love with him, but Nathan doesn’t return her affections.
The Count: He’s the villain of the series and knows the secret behind the storyline in Ashleigh’s Nightwalkers series (he calls her out viciously in Forever Black). He’s also the first vampire and is immortal, unlike the other vampires. He’s known for his poetic lines and is very princely in nature, unlike Caleb, who is childish and immature in a lot of ways.
Zander: Ashleigh’s son. Caleb and Kris nicknamed him, “Wolf Boy” because he likes to bite people. He’s usually seen chewing on his grandmother’s “homemade” suckers to curb the urge. He’s makes an appearance briefly in Forever Black, but is a main character in Blood War.
10. Describe you favorite place to write.
On my laptop
11. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Graphic design, playing video games and traveling. I’m a huge Fallout fan. The game. Not the band.
12. Does your main hero/heroine have an interesting quirk?
Not that I can think of.
13. What advice do you have for other writers starting on this path?
Get an editor. It’s amazing how much you don’t know about writing and can learn from an editor. It’ll improve your writing immensely.
14. What celebrity would you chose to play the main character(s) in the movie rendition of your book?
This one’s easy. Jared Leto would be Caleb 😀
15. How do you feel about your character (the one you are being interviewed with)?
I love him! He’s one of my favorite characters.
Now for some hot and naughty questions…
1. Which of your characters would you like wrapped in a bow and nothing else?
Ha! I love this one. But it’s hard to pick just one. So, I’m picking two. First, would be Caleb from Nightwalkers. If he’s naked, then I can see ALL his tattoos, but his guitar would have to be an accessory he came with. Second, would be Levi from The Doll Shoppe Murders. Except he’d have to strip for me first. Why? Because I’d love to see him peal that uniform off his sexy self. In the book, he poses for a beefcake calendar with some of his fellow police officers.
2. What kind of man/woman makes you purr? Do you have any examples (celebrities?)
I think thick, muscular guys with tattoos are super hot. One who can pick me up and play rough. And if they have a devilish grin? That has me sold. I love bad boys.
3. What part of a man/woman’s body makes you drool?
Eyes. It’s the first thing I look at on a guy.
Hmmm…I’d have to agree. Now, onto our sexy guest. Caleb…
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m in a band called Armageddon. Maybe you heard of us? (laughs)
2. Who is the most important person in your life? Tell me about them.
My fiancé and my son. I don’t think I could live without either of them.
3. When you have five minutes of free time, what do you like to do?
Well, with my hectic schedule, I don’t get much of that. But if I do, I unwind by playing my guitar.
4. What do you do for a living?
I’m livin’ the dream. But seriously, I’m really lucky. So, I’d like to send a shout out to my fans. (waves) You guys are awesome and thanks for supporting my music.
5. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Feed Wolf Boy, so he doesn’t eat the first thing he sees.
6. What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Cuddle my girl
7. Tell us about your author. What do you think of him/her?
8. What makes you happy?
My fans, coming home to my family and….something I can’t mention.
9. Do you have any regrets?
10. Are you afraid of anything?
11. What kind of music do you listen to?
12. If you could convince your author to write a superpower for you, what would it be?
Mind reading, that’d be awesome.
13. Describe yourself to our readers. If you looked like a celebrity, who would it be?
I’m Caleb Mason from Armageddon and I am a celebrity.
14. What was the most significant moment of your life?
Almost losing everything, then taking it back.
15. Where do you want to be in five years?
Still on the top ten
Very nice! It’s so great talking to both of you! If you would like to get more of Caleb, you can find him here:
Blood Kisses (Nightwalkers Book #1)
About triciaandersenI am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.
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