I’m so excited to finally unveil my interview with ‘Falling Under’ author, Gwen Hayes! This is Gwen’s first dive into YA fiction and I couldn’t be more excited to read the debut novel. Gwen talks about her previous work with short stories, the gorgeous cover for ‘Falling Under‘ and more! Enjoy!
Q: The cover for ‘Falling Under’ is definitely eye-catching! Tell us about its cover design process and your final thoughts on how your book is being represented to readers.
The art department at NAL did a great job interpreting the story.
As an author, my part of the cover process is smallâ€”I had a discussion with my editor prior to her meeting with the art department. We talked about other covers in the market that I liked, but I really trusted her ability to communicate with the art department.
They all work together very well, and I couldnâ€™t be happier. Since the cover was done, Iâ€™ve gotten to talk to both the photographer and the modelâ€”both do awesome work too. Really, I feel blessed.
Q: This is your first published piece that isnâ€™t a short story. How much does the preparation differ compared with your other works?
I love writing short stories! In a lot of ways itâ€™s easier because itâ€™s a snapshot and my responsibility to the characters ends when Iâ€™m done. Itâ€™s the difference between babysitting a child and parenting a child.
My process is the same with both, though. I start with a rough idea of a first sceneâ€”and then try to ferret out the rest. I think writing novels would be easier if I was a plotty kind of girl, but alas, I often donâ€™t know what the next scene will be when I finish the previous one.
Q: The YA audience at the moment is the largest itâ€™s been in some time. Naturally, there are loads of stories out there waiting to be uncovered. What makes Falling Under stand out from the rest?
Well, for one thing, itâ€™s got the best cover.
There are loads of YA books right now, which is awesome. I think whatâ€™s different about ‘Falling Under’ is that itâ€™s a paranormal with no werewolves, vampires, or fey. Also, Iâ€™m a romance writer at heart, so I tend to focus more on the kissing scenes than some authors do.
Q: The synopsis of ‘Falling Under’ promises the devastatingly handsome Haden Black. If you were the female protagonist in a YA novel, who or what would your weakness be and what sort of paranormal abilities would he possess?
Itâ€™s fun to write the devastating and dark heroes, but I tend to be drawn towards the champion-type hero. Iâ€™m more Team Angel than Team Spike. I like a strong sense of justice and a willingness to self-sacrifice.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have anything currently in the works after the release of your first full-length novel?
When this Q&A posts, I will have turned in the sequel to ‘Falling Under’, Iâ€™m calling it ‘After the Fall’, but itâ€™s too early to bank on a title. After that, I have a few ideas, but nothing is set in stone yet. Iâ€™m not done exploring Serendipity Falls yetâ€”thereâ€™s a lot of story left to tell in that small town!