Interview with E. Hall, Author of Wolf Shifter Diaries
08 Dec 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Wolf Shifter Diaries?
Some people are afraid to admit that they loved the Twilight Saga. I am not one of them. My best friends and I went nuts over the series, formed a book club, watched the movies, and fangirled hard. Since then I’ve written over 100 books over 4 pen names. Fantasy and paranormal romance has always had a place in my heart. I’d written fae, shifters, and magicals of all sorts then I got the idea for a character torn between her magic abilities…and being hunted by her fated shifter mate. I was Team Edward and was happy to see he and Bella got their happily ever after. Presumably, Jacob did too, but I always wanted more from the wolf world so in a way, this new series satisfies that curiosity.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
Since I was a little girl, I escaped into reading. Then as an adult, I realized I could escape into writing. I enjoy creating characters and entering their worlds…then closing the book and leaving the troubles behind!
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Twilight, Harry Potter (a given!), anything by Leigh Bardugo, especially Six of Crows, and I really like K.M Shea as well as Sarah KL Wilson’s Tangled Fae series.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
J.R.R. Tolkien would be my first guest. Before vampires and wolves were in my life it was hobbits and elves. We’re big into Middle-earth in my household so I’d survey my family for questions. I’d like to know more about Tolkien’s writing process and get a glimpse into how he formed such a vast backstory. I’d also be curious about he invented the elven language and hear him speak it! Also, what he’d think of an orc pnr story.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
This is a tough question! My favorite thing about writing is probably outlining. I do heavy outlines for books and series. This is the part where everything is new and shiny. I get to meet the characters, explore their interests, motivations, and goals. It’s like a honeymoon stage. When I get into writing, that’s when things get gritty and lose their luster slightly, but I try to keep it fresh with pacing and introducing conflict. Also, I love typing the last sentence of the manuscript. There’s something very satisfying about the final period.
What is a typical day like for you?
First thing in the morning I walk my dog to get the blood pumping and the creative juices flowing. I find that I write best in the morning so after a brief check of my email and Facebook and then dive into writing, editing, or proofreading. If I’m not currently writing (which is rare), I’ll do some work on the business side of things, plan promotions, and the like. However, I prefer to leave that for the afternoon. Fun fact: when I’m done writing a book, I buy myself a book by a favorite author, a new release, or something I’m interested in as a reward.
What scene from Wolf Shifter Diaries was your favorite to write?
This might be the toughest question! The hardest scene was when Kenna and Corbin met. I wanted to capture the animosity between them, but also the underlying attraction. So I guess I could say it was also my favorite for those same reasons!
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
“Everything is figureoutable!” -Marie Forleo. I believe in looking for solutions to problems and figuring out how to do challenging things…like writing that scene for instance!
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