AO&R: Welcome, Scarlett, and thanks for joining us on the blog! You’re ten days away from potential release. How do you feel?
SD: Excited. Nervous. Frantic. Hopeful. Just about every emotion in the book! Honestly, I just really hope others enjoy King Hall as much as I did writing it.
AO&R: Give us the cheat’s guide to King Hall.
SD: Whoa. That’s a tall order. Let me see…
King Hall is the start of Lily’s story. She’s a hybrid, a Shifter/Vampire, who should have been killed by the Executioner at birth. Her already chaotic existence unravels further when her mother passes away, and her sadistic uncle becomes her legal guardian and throws her into the most prestigious Mystical school in the world, King Hall. Used to hiding in Commoner schools, it’s a reality shock for her, but not all so dreadful because she finds her mate, Dominic, there.
Until it changes. When she thinks her life couldn’t become more complicated, it does…
Author’s hush-hush note: Pay special attention to every word, every phrase, and every glance. The Forever Evermore Novels are as much a mystery as they are romance.
AO&R: What was your biggest challenge when writing this book?
SD: I’m wearing a small, knowing smile right now reading this question. LOL Refer to the author note above. The main challenge came from making the storyline an “unknown” the reader wouldn’t see coming.
Sorry! *hugs* I can’t say any more on it.
AO&R: King Hall is a NA publication; how did you feel about branding your book in this genre when there is so much controversy about it?
SD: This is a great question. When I wrote King Hall a few years ago, I didn’t know anything about branding. I just wrote what I wanted, what stories came to me. This particular series really took hold, and I kept writing.
Until I was done.
Even after writing the last sentence of the last book, I still knew nothing about branding. A few months later, when I started investigating on how to query, I read an article on New Adult. It fit. It was that easy for me. If it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, then it’s most likely a duck. Same for The Forever Evermore series.
That said, I probably could have branded this particular novel, King Hall, as YA (even though their ages are 19-22), but I had to think about the entire series as a whole. I didn’t want kiddies to get hooked on book one, only to have their minds blown by the erotica content of future books. I’m a mother of three wonderful children, and while I’ve allowed them to read sections of King Hall, I would never allow them to read the entirety of the other books. It just gets too hawt for young minds. I was thinking about, not only my children, but other parents’ kids as well. So, long story short, the New Adult genre fit.
AO&R: Let’s get to the good stuff. Are there any super hot King Hall men (or women!) we’re going to fall head over heels for?
SD: Laughing here! Oh y-e-a-h…super hot men and women are all over the place in King Hall. A few of the ARC readers have already claimed a few of them too! You’ve got powerful Kings, badass Elders, and the way-too-fine-for-their-own-good Prodigies. Mysticals are one fine species, let me tell you. *fans self* Enjoy readers. I did!
AO&R: What’s the one thing you know now about publishing that you weren’t exactly aware of when you finished your first King Hall draft?
SD: If you’re looking for an agent, write one hell of a query letter. Mine was not. Not the first draft. Or the second. My skills are more reserved for longer hooks, so I ended up taking my novel into my own hands after many rejection letters. I searched for publishers that accepted submissions without an agent. Go figure, I received a lot of positive response, but I found my perfect match with Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing, a Harlequin Australia imprint. Luckily, she liked King Hall too. (thanks, Kate)
AO&R: Tell us about your future plans; this is a series, right? Can we have a hint at book two?
SD: Yes, it is a series. Woot, woot!
No, I won’t say how many books there are. It’s a secret.
I will say that Lily’s story is a trilogy. It’s also one of my favorites.
Hint for book two? Hmm. Its title is…King Cave. 🙂
Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
Lauren McKellar is an author and freelance editor, as well as holding part-time roles as Marketing Director and Senior Editor at independent press Entranced Publishing.