Giveaway & Interview with Gwen Hayes

We are VERY excited to have stopping by the blog today the fan-ta-bu-lous Gwen Hayes author of Falling Under! Yeah, you know the book that you've been constantly hearing about? The one that's been getting rave reviews? Yup! That's the one!

B♥S: Welcome Gwen! Thanks for stopping by! What inspired you to write Falling Under?

GH: Inspiration is so strange. I had been writing a romantic comedy and the first line of Falling Under kept trolling around my head not leaving me alone. It was so bizarre. I finally had to give it a page. And then another. I kept telling my friends...this story in my head is so weird. I don't know what it is. Luckily, they encouraged me to keep writing it.

B♥S: Smart Friends! The young adult genre has been booming lately. With all the Young Adult releases lately, what makes yours stand out? Aside from the AMAZING cover (love, love, love the cover!)

GH: My cover is really amazing, isn't it? I think that one of the things that makes my book stand out is that I tend to focus a lot on the romance. I love writing about the first flush of love. Also, my secondary characters are very unique. That might be an understatement.

B♥S:  Ahhh romance. Who doesn't love LOVE? Now that your debut novel has been released, what are your thoughts on the whole process (publishing, touring, interviews, fame, etc.)?

GH: As far as publishing goes--I am so glad I surrounded myself with people who really know what they are doing. My experience with everyone at NAL/Penguin has been very positive. They are not only good at their jobs, but you can tell they enjoy them too. My book is 100 times better for getting to work with them.

I don't know about fame--I don't think I have to worry about it right now anyway.I know that being a writer means I spend a lot of time in my head and alone, so sometimes it's difficult for me to be the center of attention. I'm not really shy, but I do shy away from photographs and things like that. For instance, I'm terrified to read out loud.

B♥S:  Oh yeah. I'm terrified of public speaking too. If you could live inside a book/story for 24 hrs, which would you choose? Why?

GH: I think that in order to answer that question, I will need to try out several bookstores for 24 hours at a time. Set up my tour and I'll get back to you. *packs Snuggie and pillow*

B♥S: Snuggies! We LOVE snuggies!! What kind of planning do you do when writing? Drafts? Outlines? 'Wing-it'?

GH: Oh, I totally wing it. I mean big time. Remember how long it took for Theia to figure out what Haden was? I found out when she did.

B♥S:  Do you listen to music while writing? If so, which songs/artists? {I may just make a CD out of your suggestions!}

GH: Sometimes, I can't listen to lyrics while writing, but putting together a playlist is a very important part of learning about my characters. I put together a sample on

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B♥S: WOW!! Great list!! What is the best part about being an author? And the worst?

GH: The best part of being an author is when everything is going well and the characters are talking to you. The worst is when the WRONG story is talking to you and you can't write it because you are supposed to be working on something else.

B♥S: Besides writing, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

GH:I read. I knit. I watch Glee.

B♥S: GLEE! Yayyy! What's your favorite snack/dish?

GH:Cheese and potatoes. And any combination of the two.

B♥S: OMG, We LOVE cheese and potatoes. {It's an obsessions, lol} So... Any tour dates for the South Florida area? :P

GH: Not yet. They don't let me out of my house very often. Thanks for having me!

B♥S: Thank YOU for stopping by!!
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  1. I completed the form and would love to read Falling Under :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  2. Great interview! I really like to hear from the authors about their writing process, it always seems so interesting!

    P.S. I filled out the form :)

  3. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    (I filled out the form..)

  4. wonderful Interview! I see this wonderful cover over and over in the Bloggy world and I'm dying to read it! Thanks for the chance to win this!

  5. Thanks for having me! And good lick to the entrants!

  6. Great interview & I’m seriously loving the playlist! Garbage is a favorite of mine :)

  7. GLEEEEEE!!! Love it. Awesome show. Great interview, it was fun to read!

    Thanks for the giveaway, I've entered :)

  8. Great interview! I entered the contest.

  9. Awesome playlist and interview! I entered the contest too!

  10. Great giveaway!

    (Filled out the form)

  11. lol i love how she's like " Wing it" anyways thanks for giveaway chance loved the interview

    as always ♥, Carol

  12. Awesome, I love Glee, too. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  13. I filled in the form. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  14. Loved that you had the links to the music/videos on the post.

    Congratulations on the great response to Falling Under, Gwen.

  15. i completed the form...thanks for the opportunity to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    (I filled out the form.)

  17. A snuggie, a bookstore and that playlist would be like heaven on earth!

    Fun interview. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  18. Wonderful giveaway!

    I completed the form

  19. just entered! great interview & thank you for the giveaway :)


  20. I completed the form. Thanks for the Opportunity! Great Interview!


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