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Friday, July 19, 2013

Interview with H.D. Thomson + Giveaway

1. Tell us three things about yourself that readers may not know about you. 

Hmmm. That’s a hard one. I’m pretty much an open book. I’m terrified of heights. I can’t handle going to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. I’m hooked on True Blood and Vampire Diaries, which probably pushed me into writing a vampire romance. The third thing would probably be that I can’t watch real scary movies (accept for the previously mentioned shows) like SAW or Paranormal Activity even though I love writing the stuff. 

2. What does a typical writing day look for you? 

I have my own business, Bella Media Management, which helps authors with covers, web sites, trailers, etc., and I spend most of my day focused there. The evening is usually my writing time and it works out well because night is a great atmosphere to write about things that go bump in the night. 

3. Tell us a little bit about Shrouded in Illusion and why readers should check it out? 

It’s about a woman who needs to protect her son and how far she will go to do just that and what sacrifices that entails. It’s also about redemption. There’s of course a sexy hero in the mix. I tried to make the plot as fast paced as possible without sacrificing the character’s development. Skye and David are both flawed in a number of ways but I instilled in Skye a deep faith and hope of saving her son from death. 

4. What was the easiest and hardest scene to write in Shrouded in Illusion? 

Writing the gambling scenes I think was by far the hardest because I just don’t really gamble other than poker here and there with friends. I really loved writing about the climax of the book, when everything is on the line. I loved ratcheting up the tension and hoped I managed to get the reader to want to flip through the pages as quickly as possible to find out the fate of David, Skye and her son. 

5. What inspired you to write the Shrouded series? 

Dean Koontz and H. G. Wells. I read one of Mr. Wells’ stories and was inspired to try a different angle. I used to read Dean Koontz all the time. He was one of my favorite authors along with Leigh Nichols. I would be so impatient to wait for either of their books to come out. What was so bizarre was that I later found out that Leigh Nichols was the pen name for Dean Koontz, so I was reading the same authors the entire time and didn’t know it! 

6. What kind of research did you have to do for Shrouded in Illusion? 

I’m not a gambler, so I had to do a lot of research, especially regarding the roulette wheel. With all my books, I do try to make them as realistic as possible when it comes to science and that includes telekinesis in Shrouded in Illusion. There have been a number of research projects over the years on monkey’s and telekinesis. Some of the findings I found were fascinating. 

7. Do you ever suffer with writer's block and if you do, how do you deal with it? 

Oh, yes, I did suffer from it. For a full year, I couldn’t write, but probably mainly because life got in the way and there just wasn’t time to do what I love. If I do feel like writer’s block is coming on, I just make myself write even if I know it is garbage. I can always go back and fix it. 

8. Fun question: If you could travel back in time, which era would you travel back to and why? 

That would depend if I had money or not! If I had money, then the Regency period in England. I just love regency historicals. Now if I didn’t have money or some type of wealth and I was a woman, I’d like to stick with now or the future. 

9. What is up next for H.D. Thomson? 

I’m actually writing a dark, vampire romance titled Kiss Me Before Dying. I’ve always loved writing the villain in my stories and giving them characteristic to make them multi-dimensional, but writing about Clayborne has been a real treat delving inside her head. She’s a very complex character and as I continue writing about her more layers are peeled back to the woman beneath. 

10. Do you have anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Just that I really feel it an honor to have someone purchase one of my books and read it. I hope I am able to let them escape into a world very different than their own and they can forget their own troubles for a while.
Shrouded in Illusion
(Shrouded #3)
by: H.D. Thomson
Publishing Date: 6/7/13
Publisher: Bella Media Management
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Someone wants Skye Hunter’s son and they’re willing to kill her or anyone else to get to him. One the run for her life, she is forced to turn to the only person who can help her—a complete stranger with a shared past—David Bishop, a renowned illusionist.

David’s life is also an illusion, built of smoke and little else. He meets Skye, a woman filled with passion and conviction, and the pain he sees in her eyes is a mirror to his own soul. But when he realizes she has the same strange, telekinetic phenomenon inside her body that he does, he is forced to question his life, his childhood and the father who raised him. Can these two lost souls uncover the mystery behind their powers and save Skye’s son and themselves in the process?
H.D. Thomson moved from Ontario, Canada as a teenager to the heat of Arizona where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, H.D. changed her focus to one of her passions-books. She owned and operated an online bookstore for several years and then started the company, Bella Media Management. The company specializes in web sites, video trailers, ebook conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. When she is not heading her company, she is following her first love-writing.
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