Okay guys, I have something super fun and exciting to share with you today. Over the summer, I got the chance to interview a fun and sassy New Adult author that I just adore too pieces. Julianna Haygert, is amazebeans guys! She’s the author of this fantastic new fantasy series called, Everlast. We talked about how she felt about New Adult, what genre’s she hopes it will continue to branch out in, a couple of stereotypes, and the most awesome show ever on television Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was also kind and generous enough to offer up a signed copy of the first book in the Everlast series, Destiny Gift to one lucky US winner.
But first, here’s a little more about the book for you to check out.
Title: Destiny Gift (Everlast #1)
Author: Julianna Haygert
Published: April 5, 2013
Self Published by Independent Platform
Puchase At: Amazon and B&N
Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.
A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.
To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.
Interview with Julianna Haygert
Suz: There have been some pretty disparaging remarks made recently in light of the New Adult genre, I’ve even heard it referred to as “YA with more sex” and I was wondering what your thoughts might be on pushing the limits of the stereotyping that New Adult has fallen prey to?
Julianna: I wrote a guest post for my friend Hannah about that topic NA Isn’t Sexed Up YA ). This subject really upsets me that people think NA is just another term for erotica. Please, for the love of baby koala bears, it’s not! I see lots of tweets about it every day and it takes all of my will not to answer.
Suz: What inspired you to want to write for the New Adult genre, versus writing for either YA or Adult in general? Were there any authors or books that might have you lured you into this genre?
Julianna: This is a common question I get. And the true answer is: writing New Adult wasn’t a conscious decision. I began writing about 19-21yo characters way before I ever heard of NA. And I certainly had not read any New Adult books until 2011-2012.
Suz: What are your hopes for this wonderful New Adult genre, in terms of growing, evolving, and flourishing in the book marketing industry? What sub-genre’s would you like to see more of in terms of New adult books?
Julianna: The NA category is growing, thankfully, and being very successful. It’ll take on the world! lol As genres, I would like to see more of non-contemporary: urban fantasy, sic-fi, paranormal, thrillers.
Suz: Are there any books or specific authors in the New Adult genre that you would like to recommend?
Julianna: Abbi Glines, J.Lynn, Tammara Webber, Cora Carmack, Colleen Hoover … these women are some of the big names on NA right now.
Suz: Was there any other career choice that you might of chosen to work in, if you weren’t a writer? If so, what would it be?
Julianna: I went to Architecture school, and I have a BA in Art Studio too😉
Suz: Is there a special place where you find inspiration for your writing or some place in general where you feel comfortable doing most of your writing? If available, would you mind sharing a picture?
Julianna: Not inspiration per se, but I’m way more productive when I meet with my writing group in a local café—in other words: not at home, though that’s where I write more often.
Suz: Writers are often inspired by many things and they draw inspiration from personal events in their lives, music, artwork, and many other elements that surround them. Was there anything special (a soundtrack of various songs to get you in the mood to write, a piece of artwork, a serene setting, etc.) that inspired you while writing your novels? Would you mind sharing that experience?
Julianna: It is true that writers, and any artists, draw inspiration from anywhere, anything. But for me, music is by far a good source of inspiration. My father always says, since I was a kid, that music is my battery. Want me to stop? Turn off my ipod/stereo/whatever. It’s true. I always organize playlists for every manuscript I write—it helps to get in the mood😉
Suz: I noticed that you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was the show that LITERALLY changed the way that I watch television FOREVER! Just out of curiosity, who was your favorite character?
Julianna: Angel! lol And Buffy of course. I think Faith had a good part in it too. Oh, gosh, I miss watching Buffy…
Suz: How does it feel being a co-founder and contributor of NA Alley and being able to turn people onto New Adult books and author’s?
Julianna: It’s awesome! I love being part of NA Alley and being on top of all things New Adult. Plus, I❤ my sisters and now my brother. lol
Suz: At this moment, what is your favorite NA read and who wrote it?
Julianna: Oh, wow, that’s a hard question? One favorite? I never have only ONE favorite of anything … I can tell you this, the last two NA book I read and LOVED was Broken at Love by Lyla Payne and Eyre House by Cait Greer.
Suz: Where did you get the concept for Destiny Gift?
Julianna: From my husband. No, seriously, we were talking books and ideas, and he always said I had to write one about gods and mythology, because he loves this kind of stuff. So, he asked, what if you wrote about immortals gods, and then, one of them dies – for real. They thought they were immortal, but they aren’t! And, from that, the rest came to me pretty easily.
Suz: You’ve created some wonderfully vivid and amazingly colorful characters, were there any that you connected with the most? Who was the most fun to write? The most difficult?
Julianna: Ha, Micah was the most fun to write, no doubt. When I first came up with him, Micah was different. He was supposed to be a thorn in Nadine’s and Victor’s path … but he evolved so much, and he became much more. And I won’t say more about it because I’m pretty close to spoilers already😉
And the most difficult is Ceris. I’m having a hard time with her on the sequel too. The motivation and reasoning of her (sometimes evil) actions have to be clear, but not spelled out, you know, and that is pretty hard to accomplish.
Suz: Destiny Gift is the first book in the Everlast series, are you in the planning stages of the next book and when do you think it might be coming out?
Julianna: I’m drafting the next book! It should be out by November😉
Suz: In Tweet-Style (140 character’s or less), can you tell us why we should read your novel?
Julianna: Holy bleep! That’s hard. Okay, here we go:
Thrilling and romantic, DESTINY GIFT takes Nadine into a quest to bring light back into a world of darkness – if she succeeds.
eBook or Hardcopy/Paper? Both
Night or Day? Night
Chaotic or Organized? Chaotically organized
White or Dark Chocolate? White
Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Black, White, or Gray? Black
Dog or Cat? Dog
The Walking Dead or The Hunger Games? The Walking Dead
Suz: If you had a spirit animal (can symbolize certain aspects or quality of your personality, skills, traits, or emotion), what do you think it would be and why?
Julianna: I like to think that if I were an animal, I would be a black panther – because it’s beautiful, dangerous, scary, and lethal.
Suz: Is there anything else that you would like to mention or share with GBYA?
Julianna: Watch out for my upcoming NA Contemp Romance, BREAKING THE REINS! It should be out in August 2013!
And thanks so much for having me!
It has been absolutely fabulous having Julianna on the blog today. I am so incredibly excited to read her book and I’m definitely planning on it before the year is over, hopefully. If not, it will be at the top of my stack come the new year. But, for now, the thing that you’ve all been waiting for. I give you, the giveaway of a signed copy of Destiny Gift by the lovely Julianna Haygert. All you have to do is be a US resident (sorry internationals, we’ve got a few coming up where you’ll be able to participate in) and fill out the Rafflecopter linked below. Also, guys…the most important thing is: for you to share, SHARE, and share this giveaway and the link back to this post with everyone on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
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About Julianna Haygert
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New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
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.