You've met one of my fellow Secrets & Sorcery authors, Lindsey R. Loucks. Now meet another: Juliana Haygert, author of the Everlast Trilogy, a New Adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance series set in a post-apocalyptic New York.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in North Carolina and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
Get to know more about Juliana in this Q&A...
Hi, Juliana! Tell me a about yourself:
Author of New Adult fiction. Lover of books, writing, dancing, k-pop, martial arts, coffee, chocolate, wine, WoW, jeans, high heels, friends and family.
What kind of books do you write?
I write NA UF/PNR and NA Contemporary Romance
What's your Secrets & Sorcery story?
White Witch, Dark Magic: For four years, Evelyn has been struggling to control her dark powers, but when a mysterious stranger shows up at her shop, he pulls her toward an even greater darkness.
What inspired you to write about the kind of magic / witchery in your story?
I love witch stories and I tried spinning my story around some unique magic. So, since I always loved dragons too, I created a unique witch's magic based on them ;)
What was the hardest scene to write?
The battle scene. It's always the final battle scene. I get too excited and start rushing it ... I always have to come back to it later and fix it.
Who's your favorite character in your story and why?
Ash — he's mysterious, he's handsome, and he has good intentions. :)
Is this story part of a larger world or series — or will it be?
I have a novella and a short story about witches, which I plan on turning into a series, someday. So I wrote a novella in the same world. It's based in modern New Orleans, but there are white witches battling against dark witches, and running from witch hunters ...
Do you believe in magic?
I wish I could say yes, but no. Unfortunately I don't.
Have you / do you practice any kind of witchcraft or divination (like tarot cards, etc)?
I was in tarot cards when I was a teenager, but that was just a phase.
What's your favorite kind of paranormal creature to write? To read?
Choosing one favorite mythical creature to write is hard! I like so many of them! I’ve written about a few—gods, demons, witches, ghosts … and I have unpublished manuscripts about vampires, werewolves, fae, and more. I actually invented a few on some of these manuscripts. That’s the fun part about writing, right? Being able to create new things, new worlds …
But if I do have to choose one, I would say witches. The cool thing about witches is that you can do anything you want with them. They can be good witches, evil witches, elemental witches, more like psychic powers witches, or they can have one specific gift and no other kind of magic. They can be linked to Salem and/or witch trials, they can be born or made, they can have grimoires and depend on potions and enchanted objects. Or not. There are no rules and we can have fun with them.
What are your top 3 favorite urban fantasy books?
Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series, and Jennifer L. Armentrout's A Wicked Saga.
What are your top 3 favorite paranormal romance books?
Jennifer L. Armentrout's The Dark Elements and Lux series, and Alyssa Rose Ivy's The Crescent Chronicles.
What are you working on now? What's next for you?
I'm working two secret projects—one will be released in September, and the other in October.
Sounds like you're going to have a busy Fall! I'll keep on the lookout for those secret projects. In the meantime, thank you for sharing!
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