I caught the lovely Katie Hayoz, and she graciously agreed to an interview. On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, she’s releasing Immersed as a part of The Falling in Deep Collection.
Tell me about you. What do you write?
In life, I am the good girl. I’m responsible. I’m nice. I avoid confrontation, always wear underwear and only swear in certain company. That’s probably why I love writing dark stuff where the characters are flawed and the stories are creepy. I’ve written YA and have two more YA books ready to publish, but am also venturing out into the adult world with Immersed.
When did you start writing? When did you start publishing?
I’ve always written. I have stories from my childhood that bring tears to my family’s eyes. (Tears of laughter, that is. Because the stories are so BAD.) I published Untethered in 2013. Since then, I’ve written three books and am working on getting them out. Immersed will be published August 18, 2015.
Has there been a progression through genres in your writing?
Not everything, but almost everything I write has a paranormal or fantastical edge to it. That hasn’t changed. However, I’ve gone from paranormal YA with romantic elements to adult steampunk romance for my latest adventure.
What authors do you like to read?
I read different authors and bounce around in my tastes. I have no problem going from Toni Morrison to Jackie Collins (I know, I know). Lately, I’ve been reading lots of indie authors. One of my favorite indie novels is Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak. Adventure. Kickass characters. Steampunk gadgets. What’s not to love?
You have something coming out very soon. Tell me about that.
I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I was allowed into the Blazing Indie Collective with all you awesome writers. Within that group, the Falling in Deep Collection project was born: write a novella with a mermaid in it. Immersed is the result of that. It’s the story of Melusine, a female monster hunter who is afraid of nothing except falling in love. It is what I call a dark yet silly fantastical romantic romp set in steampunk Chicago. Lots of innuendo. Lots of weapons. And, I hope, lots of fun.
Part Two of my Interview with Katie Hayoz is coming on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. See you then. (:
In the meantime, make your library ecstatic. Pre-order Immersed. (:
What if love turned you into a monster?
Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.
Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.
Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, the youngest of six kids. Originally, she wanted to become pope (for the awesome hat and fancy robes), but quickly realized reading – then writing — was her true religion. She devours speculative fiction like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.
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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.
From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.
Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.
The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)
Scales by Pauline Creeden
Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak
Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger
Deep Breath by J. M. Miller
At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells
The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone
How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens
The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant
Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley
Immersed by Katie Hayoz
Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins
To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci
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