Happy Thursday, ya'll. If you're buried beneath a winter storm like Texas is, I hope you're staying safe and drinking all the hot coco that you can. I've been taking a few weeks off thanks to my college classes starting up but I'm back! Today, I bring with me Hannah-Louise Smith. Hannah began writing as a way to cope during the lockdown and it has since grown into her daily life. She loves tea, mythology, and her husky (who wouldn't?!). Hannah is the author of Awakening and Darkness. Both books are urban fantasies that intertwine with greek mythology. The moment I heard greek mythology, I downloaded the books to my kindle app. I'm obsessed with mythology which I have my husband to thank for that. I'm excited to read these and delve into a whole new world. One of the things I loved when Hannah was telling me about her books was how she spoke of her main character, Christina. At first glance, Christina Jones is a girl that bad luck follows but as the story progesses, she learns she's so much more. I absolutely love books where the heroine finds herself and her strength. There's something just so beautiful about a story like that. Hannah and her books are linked below! Go check them out!
How did your writing career begin?
It began during the first lockdown. I was between university courses and needed a creative outlet to keep sane so I decided to write a book.
What is your writing process? Do your stories begin with ideas or characters?
Definitely with ideas, I just have them and run with it. I write it all on paper, first the plans with the chapter outlines then the actual story. Afterwards I type up five chapters and edit.
Who or what in your everyday life inspires you?
Rachel Smythe, the creator of the WEBTOON Lore Olympus inspired me to work on the Mythics and mortals trilogy.
What is something most people don’t know just by looking at you?
I’m really clumsy. I can literally trip over my own feet.
What mythology story is your favorite?
Such a hard one. I would say the story of the sun and the moon. They were lovers cursed to be apart by a sorcerer who was in love with the moon.
Out of your books, do you have a favorite character? Why or why not?
My favorite character would have to be Helena Sandwood from my current work in progress called Gameplay. She has been through a lot, has a kicking ass and taking names attitude and is very relatable.
If you could live in any time period, which would you choose? Why?
Probably the 80s, they had great music.
How do you spend your time when you aren’t writing?
I read, I have a huge to be read pile that doesn’t seem to shrink.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
The editing. It drives me nuts because I’m a bit of a perfectionist so it’s never good enough
If you could change one thing about your career or the writing industry, what would you choose?
I would make it easier for self published authors to be represented by major publishing companies. I feel like there is a lot of gate keeping in the writing industry.
What is something in your everyday life you can’t live without?
Tea. I cannot survive without at least one cup of tea to start my day
What is your best piece of advice for new authors?
Go for it. You will only fail if you never try.
Author Bio and Links:
Lover of books, tea and fantasy. I have a joint degree in English literature and history and a Siberian husky named Logan. Awakening and Darkness (first two books in the Mythics and mortals trilogy), are out on amazon.