Get to Know…Caitlin Hensley (plus: giveaway!)

Beast_WithinParanormal fantasy author Caitlin Hensley is releasing a new book right now. Might be a good time to learn about it, right? And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the interview for a chance to win the first book in her series, Paranormal Legacy.

Welcome, Caitlin.

Tell us about your newest book, please.

Beast Within is the third book in The Inhuman Chronicles. It deals with a series of visions that the main character, Haily, has been seeing for weeks, ever since the last book ended. And while worrying about the meaning of her visions, Haily must work together with her friends to stop a bloodthirsty dragon from destroying the world.

Yes, more people should endeavor to thwart bloodthirsty dragons. World would be a better place. How did you come up with this idea?

To be honest, it’s been in my head for as long as l can remember. I first wrote the book when I was a tween, and I’ve been rewriting it for years, up until the present day. And now it’s finally ready to be read.

Patience is a virtue. Why does the paranormal genre appeal to you?

I like writing about normal people with extraordinary powers. That’s why all my characters, even the vampires, werewolves, and witches, are just like any person you might meet on the street—only they happen to have fangs or can set you on fire with a single glance.

Minor details. What’s the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?

The door creaks inward. I’m speaking before it’s fully open. I liked this as an opening line because it draws you right into the action, and makes you want to know more about what’s going on. At least, that’s what I hope it accomplishes. 😉

Yes, I want to know why the narrator didn’t wait until after the door opened to start speaking. Did you instill in her none of your patience? Anyway, please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.

Try to use adverbs as little as possible. Instead of writing “she said sadly,” make whatever she said sad enough that readers can figure out it’s supposed to be sad without you directly telling them.

Let’s pretend imaginatively you’re casting this book as a movie. Who would you like to portray these characters?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I think Nina Dobrev would make a good Haily, though her hair would need to be a lot messier. And maybe Jake Abel could play Jake.

I had to look those names up. I’m out of touch. So you teach about blogging? Please share a bit of blogging wisdom.

Make your blog look as professional as possible, and write your posts in the tone you would use if speaking to a friend. Also, use humor whenever you can, especially sarcastic humor. Everyone likes a funny blogger!

Wokka wokka. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn. It’s about a girl with the ability to control minds, and it’s an excellent book.

Is it…or did she make you think that…? Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)

I can only pick one favorite? But that’s impossible! Um…I guess I’ll say Dean Winchester from Supernatural. I’m addicted to that show.

Who is your favorite character in your own books?

Probably Jake. He’s always sarcastic, so it’s a lot of fun to write his character.

If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?

I think it would be fun to fly. That way, I could fly wherever I needed to go, and I wouldn’t have to spend money on gasoline for my car.

But you would have to comply with FAA regulations. What’s next for you?Caitlin Hensley, author photo

My next release is scheduled for early 2014, and will be the fourth book in The Inhuman Chronicles. After that, I’m considering releasing a stand-alone novel.

Where can people learn more about your work?

Amazon  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Blog

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I love clogging! I’m part of a clogging group, and we perform at festivals all around the state of Oklahoma. So that’s what I like to do when I’m not working on one of my books.

Thank you, Caitlin! Have fun clogging!

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