Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance
There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.
Serena knew that but still, it didn’t stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.
However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life… But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.
Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important…her love or life.
As promised earlier this week, Books in My Baggage blog has a new segment here and this time, we won’t just give you book reviews, free e-books and other articles or write ups about books and reading.
Because, now, we have started to interview some book authors which has been so fulfilling for us. Not only can they (authors) give us some personal background about their lives but they can also give us bright insights about their books and some parting words that can be very inspirational for all of us.
Our first guest is the author of Deadly to Love who has also been featured here before when she first launched her book in November of 2012.
She is currently on a tour right now to promote her book and is currently working on this book’s sequel (Book 2). That’s why, we had been so grateful to have been given the chance to interview her and answer our precious questions.
What people are saying about her book.
“It was a very original idea, not to mention modern. I loved that little twist. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” ~ Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm 5/5
“I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. The story line was original, intriguing and made you feel like you were part of the action. As well as this there were many twists and turns that kept me hooked and the book was really well written with a solid plot. The book didn’t reveal everything straight away which was great as it left in suspense right up until the end.” ~Lucy M 5/5
“I found that it’s surprisingly original concept was quite common in real life but not so much in books. I found it a delightful read that I will look forward to reading in the future. And the new cover! Marvelous.” ~ Kathy H 5/5
“All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different. I love the twist and detail she used I was instantly pulled in and felt like I was there with the characters.” ~Brianna 5/5
“This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end. In Deadly to Love the action is constructed incredibly well, it is fast paced but filled with loads of detail that leaves everything easy to imagine and visualize.” ~ Billie 5/5
“Mia Hoddell used the senses well to add depth and engage me as a reader, especially during action sequences or heightened moments. I really struggled to stop reading this book!” ~ L. Morgan 5/5
With all those reviews, are you as excited as I am to know her and her book better?
Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn’t even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However, she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved onto short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from their other 3 have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. The Elementals is her second series and book two will be out soon.
1. How did you come up with your novel. Who/what are your inspirations?
Deadly to Love was originally going to just be a romance without any paranormal aspects but when I started to plan it I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as thought I would – it felt like something was missing. I started to research possible paranormal creatures I could use, and trust me when I say I found some very weird and surreal creatures such as a plum-headed dragon or a fishtailed goat. It was a lot of fun reading about them but I settled on the Elementals as they stood out to me. After delving deeper into researching them I wanted to change their history as I didn’t like the religious ties. I wanted to make them the antagonists and so started to turn them into their own species with their own motives.
Once I had found the Elementals, everything else just kind of fell into place and I started to get really excited about the series as a whole. I used some real life experiences which helped me develop some of the narrative as I wanted to make a modern romance but other than that it was simply a matter of sitting down for a whole day and thinking the plot line through step by step. Like I said the plans kind of wrote themselves with both the first and second books.
2. What is the best time for you to write?
I find my best time to write is from 8:30pm until about 1am as it’s quiet and there is very little to distract me. For some reason my mind seems to come alive at that time. However due to my exams and college that isn’t possible unless I am on holiday so generally I fit writing in whenever I have a free moment. I’ve just finished the first draft of the sequel and I made sure that no matter what time I got home, I wrote at least one chapter a day as I had to finished the draft by the end of April so I can start my revision. This tended to leave me writing at awkward times that weren’t really best for me but oh well, I’ve only got a few more months and of exams and then a year and a half to write whenever I want!
3. Do you still have time to read books (because of your busy schedule and writing engagements)? If yes, what book gave the biggest impact in your life?
Yes, of course, I love reading and in a way it is sort of all linked to my work as it helps me grow and develop my writing. I make sure I read most days as I also review book and have that to keep on top of but sometimes it’s hard, especially when I’m drafting a book. However I’ve always got my iPod with me so in between lesson or if I have a spare minutes I can flick through a few pages to kill time.
As for impacting my life, I’d probably have to say ‘The Diamond of Drury Lane’ by Julia Golding as before I read her work I hated reading. She was the author who really gave me my love of reading and inspired me to write my own novels. I had published poems and short stories before that but never a full length novel.
4. What is your message to those aspiring writers who’d also love to publish their books in the market.
I’m still learning as I go along and I wouldn’t consider myself and expert but I’d say if you love it enough just go for it. Develop a thick skin and ignore everyone who says it’s not a good idea as for me writing doesn’t seem like a job or a chore. If it brings you the same happiness it should feel easy.
5. What would the readers expect on your second book? (the sequel of “Deadly to Love”)
Well I finished the first draft on Sunday but it may not be out for a few months as I have to knuckle down and focus on my final exams before I can start the editing process. However you can expect more action, romance, new characters, situations that test the relationships and The Elementals feature more prominently in the sequel as well. I’m not going to say much more than that though.
Excerpt (taken from the start of the book)
The Elementals – Beautiful, Majestic and Deadly…
Fire – A raging inferno annihilating and consuming. Once set free it is a fearsome force; destructive, passionate and always hungry. Yet when given direction it’s infinitely worse.
Water – A peaceful state of tranquillity that calms and soothes. Yet once disturbed it is an unpredictable tempest; impulsive, merciless and erratic with a judgement that cannot be moved.
Air – An impassive, wild force that cannot be contained. Once let loose it delights in the mayhem. Chaotic, frantic and cruel it creates a substantial power when enraged.
Earth – A reasonable and rational mind but has eternal strength and endurance. When agitated it creates a superior force; loathsome, devastating and unruly, with carefully considered strikes that do most harm.
The world cannot survive without these creatures but what happens when the world can no longer survive with them either?
They surround me.
The flames, the air, the water and the earth.
I never believed that our world could be alive. That these creatures could exist. I was just a normal college student, living my life with all the drama of break ups and exams but that all changed the moment I met Kai. He’s the one who opened my eyes to this new world, this murderous world and now I can feel their heat, their anger and their need for vengeance while they draw ever closer to me. The all-consuming power they radiate terrorizing me as I continue my role in the plan.
The role I have to continue or else we’ll fail.
I try to blank out the once beautiful faces that are now contorted into raging fury but like the fire that is burning everything around me I can’t see anything else. Their anger is imprinted in my mind.
The glow of colours encompasses my face, blocking out everyone but them, muting every sound but their twisted screeches of anger. I stand routed to the spot, unable to even flinch as I press on in my bid for revenge.
Every part of my being is screaming at me to stop, to make them disappear but I can’t. Something more powerful than any of us is controlling me and as I continue the creatures draw closer to me, seeking my death and a way to end their torture. I’m petrified for my life but a single thought crosses my mind, over powering everything as I stand there, its force providing the motivation to continue… We have to survive.
As I was reading her answers, I can’t help but nod and agree to what she said, especially on that part where we asked her for an advice. Those were just so true.
Thank you so much Mia for giving us this chance and Books in My Baggage will always support you.
Keep it up and Congratulations on your tour and Good luck on your next book! ~!~
Disclaimer: For those authors out there who are willing to be interviewed and is in the verge of promoting their books, feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to work with you. 🙂
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