Hola my lovelies! Today author Haven Cage has joined us for some Q&A.
Haven Cage lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son. After many years of dabbling with drawing, painting, and working night shift in the medical field, she decided to try her hand at writing. Unfortunately, her love for books came later in life and proved to add a healthy challenge during her writing journey. Determined to hone her craft though, she soaks up as much information as she can, spends her free time tapping away in her favorite local coffee shop, and keeps a good book in hand whenever possible.
Years have passed since she began to write and sculpt her first novel, and now it is finally ready for debut. What began as a hobby has grown into a way of escape and the yearning to take her journey farther, her love for writing and reading deepening along the way.
Book blurb: In FALTER, a dark New Adult/Adult Urban Fantasy novel, Nevaeh Richards thinks she has found a chance to leave her homeless life behind. When the spirit of the only father she knows is wrongfully taken to Hell, Nevaeh is hurled into a world haunted by monstrous demons, rogue Guardian angels, love that is beyond her control, and a soul-threatening choice between the inherent evil inside her and the faltering faith she is struggling to grasp.
Nevaeh and George have lived on the streets as father and daughter since he found her, alone and unconscious, many years ago. When they start a new life employed at Joe’s cafe, Nevaeh experiences debilitating visions and frightening apparitions. Adding to the troubling path her life has taken, George suddenly becomes ill and an Animus demon takes his soul hostage in Hell. Unfortunately, the ransom may be more than Nevaeh can afford.
As Nevaeh spirals into this supernatural world, Gavyn—the handsome café-owner—tries to convince her that she belongs to a hidden race of people with God-given gifts known as Celatum, and she may be a key player in the Celestial war. However, even after all the otherworldly events she experiences, Nevaeh continues to deny her part in it all.
Meanwhile, Archard—a stranger she feels undeniably bonded to—mysteriously wanders in and out of her life, offering none of the answers she suspects he holds.
Will Nevaeh attain the faith it requires to fulfill her fate as a Celata and take part in the Celestial fight? Or will she give into the darkness that calls to her for the sake of George’s soul and damn herself to Hell?
Warning: this novel contains adult language and sexual content. Readers 18 years and older only, please.
Why do you write? I write to escape reality, to be a different part of myself that gets hidden most of the time. Writing has also helped me explore my beliefs, my past, and who I really want to be in general. I get to act out the emotional ups and downs inside me, but at a safe, somewhat displaced, level. Just as journaling is therapeutic, creating fiction heals me in many ways while drawing me out of the confines of life.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My son started preschool when he was three; I decided to make those few hours I had alone during the week to do something that was just about me and who I wanted to be as Haven. Inspired by Stephanie Myer and her story of Twilight being sparked by a dream, I dredged up one of many odd dreams I’d had and let it guide my imagination. This turned into a long and involved hobby, which turned into a need. After five years, I’d put too much put into the book to turn back, so I set my heart on publishing one way or another. I released Falter on May 6, 2016!
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Music is one of my favorite things. It calms me, inspires me, and just plain makes me happy. I listen to music often when I write. My favorite station to stream is the Halestorm station. When I need something a little lighter, I’ll listen to a Phantogram station. I feel having music in the background can really help set a scene mood.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I actually do this backwards. The idea was pretty solid when I started, so I went with it and let the words flow. About halfway through Falter, I returned to the beginning and formed an outline sectioned into chapter summaries, character details, plot ideas, and so on. Even through book two, I’ve upheld that same backward notion of being driven by the words and ideas, then getting the logistics fleshed out.
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? Visual art has always been a rather dominant skill in my family. I guess because of that, I knew I wanted to be involved as much as possible in the cover. I created it myself by editing a photo I’d taken until it felt right. Then I stumbled through the joy of Photoshop. In the end, I got something simple but attractive, I think. I’ve also created all the graphics on my logo, banners and teasers.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Nevaeh is a young woman living a hard life with a forgotten past. Years of trials and living on the streets has made her strong, but in that strength, she is stubborn and untrusting. I wanted to show her flaws and how she works to overcome them by putting Nev in a position where she had to step out of the box she lived in, depend on others, and walk the gray areas that we sometimes encounter during especially tough times.
What is your next project? I’m nearly finished with the first draft of book 2 in my Faltering Souls series, then it’s onto the hard part…editing. I also have a stand-alone fantasy novel in mind that I’m very excited to start.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? MacKayla Lane from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I love that she is snarky, beautifully flawed, confident with some parts of her life but not with others, and she does everything with passion and conviction…even when she makes mistakes.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? You have to be diligent in everything you do. It’s easy to get bogged down in the small details and yearning for instant gratification, then you become discouraged when things don’t work out as planned. This is a lifestyle of sorts, something you’re in for the long haul, so treat it as such. You need to bend, adapt, learn, and fix your work until it’s something you’re proud of!
Do have a favorite car or truck model? Shelby Mustang
Many thanks Haven for stopping by! For more about Haven and to buy her book follow the links below: