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 small—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 couldn’t be happier. Since the cover was done, I’ve gotten to talk to both the photographer and the model—both do awesome work too. Really, I feel blessed.
Q: This is your first published piece that isn’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 it’s easier because it’s a snapshot and my responsibility to the characters ends when I’m done. It’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 scene—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 don’t know what the next scene will be when I finish the previous one.
Q: The YA audience at the moment is the largest it’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, it’s got the best cover.
There are loads of YA books right now, which is awesome. I think what’s different about ‘Falling Under’ is that it’s a paranormal with no werewolves, vampires, or fey. Also, I’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?
It’s fun to write the devastating and dark heroes, but I tend to be drawn towards the champion-type hero. I’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’, I’m calling it ‘After the Fall’, but it’s too early to bank on a title. After that, I have a few ideas, but nothing is set in stone yet. I’m not done exploring Serendipity Falls yet—there’s a lot of story left to tell in that small town!