Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Betrayed by Ednah Walters

Welcome to Author Ednah Walters

I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys mysteries, hence Stratemeyer influence, before I graduated to Mills & Boons (starting with Janet Daily’s Shutter the Sky) and the rest is history.

I enjoy good love stories, tingly mysteries and wondrous adventures. When I finished my college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn’t enough. So I started to write.

I’ve written picture books, contemporary and romantic suspense, biracial/multicultural books, and finally YA fantasy. Awakened is the first book in The Guardian Legacy series. I’m working on book 2, tentatively named Betrayed. When I’m not writing, I do things with my family, five children or my darling husband of 18 years. I live in a picturesque valley in Utah, the setting for my series.


Links:
http://www.ednahwalters.com
http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/ednahwalters
http://www.facebook.com/people/Ednah-Walters/100000535104042

Interview:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the future. I’m such a science geek I’d love to see if we make it to places no man has ever gone before. I’d love to meet other life-forms and see how far humanity evolves. Of course, the trip could backfire on me and I could end up in a dystopian world….argh! I hate controlled and repressed society

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
If I had a superpower I’d like it to be psi abilities like my main character Lil. Psi ability is all about using your mind to do things, from taking away bad memories to healing mental illnesses. The mind is the most powerful part of the body. It controls how we see and interact with our environment, treat ourselves and people around her. I could use my psi powers to heal abuse victims and sociopaths, stop wars, abuse and discrimination.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cottage cheese with pineapple

One food you would never eat?
Raw oysters

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read Betrayed because the book talks about the power of friendship, family and love.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m about to wrap up Hunted, the next book in the series. In Hunted, the Guardians face their worst nightmare and suffer a great loss, but they’ll bounce back because love always trumps hate and good triumphs over evil. As soon as I send Hunted to the editor, I’ll start book three, tentatively titled Forgotten. Aside from the Guardian Legacy series, which I plan to continue writing as long as the teen Guardians keep hounding me, I plan on starting a second series. I’d love to write each teen Guardian’s story too. We’ll see.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I am a stay-at-home mother, which is about the greatest and the hardest job EVER. When I finished college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was stressed out and going a little crazy when I decided to write stories for my children. I remember writing Goldilocks before the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood before the Wolf. It was fun creating background settings for these beloved characters, which explained why they acted the way they did in the stories we all know. My children loved them. They kept asking for more, so I could say my children inspired me to become a writer.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
There are so many rewarding aspects to being published. Receiving my first publishing contract, holding a copy of my book, but the most rewarding of all is getting e-mails from fans. It makes my late nights worth it.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Nancy Drew. That’s why I write contemporary adult romance with suspense.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I’d tell aspiring authors to write from their heart and not watch the trend and write to fit the mold. It doesn’t matter what is in—vampires, faeries, angels, witches. If you want to write about the boy next door who likes to play handball, write about him. You want to write about an alien who hates earth and can’t wait to go home, write away. The story will come alive in your mind and on the screen when you write about something you love and enjoy, when your characters make you love and cry, angry and sad. You do that and your characters will come alive to your readers too.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
To stop querying editors and agents and to start my own publishing company. Thanks, Jennifer Laurens. You rock, girl!!!

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I honestly have no idea what movies are being released. I did look forward to the Hunger Games and I love superhero movies, so I’m going to watch The Avengers.

What do you do in your free time?
I go to the gym or read or write or take the kids to the park.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
A Survivor.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall. I love the way the trees change colors.

Betrayed

Lil isn’t just an average teenager. She’s one of the Nephilim–the descendants of humans and angels–which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she’s found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she’s warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves… and won’t stop until she’s been lured to the dark side.





Giveaway Details
1 copy of Betrayed
Open Internationally (Will be shipped from The Book Depository)
Ends 6/10/12

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