Interview with Heather Hamilton-Senter ~YA Giveaway Hop

About the Author:
Heather Hamilton-Senter grew up in a family where books of myth and legend were used to teach the ABCs and Irish uncles still believed in fairies. Raised with tall tales, she has always told stories too- first as an actor and singer, then as a photographer, and now as a writer.

Heather lives in rural Ontario, Canada raising Summer, Holly, and little Stephen to tell their own stories, cheered on by her biggest fan, her husband Steve.

Interview with Heather:

What’s your favorite thing about spring?
When I used to live in the city, I actually hated spring because it was always muddy, wet, and a bit smelly. Now that I live in the country, every few days of spring bring a new wildflower coming into season, lilac trees blossoming – it’s amazing and constantly changing.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Being able to work from my beautiful home looking out at all those wildflowers and trees!

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?
Imposing discipline on myself. I’m definitely a procrastinator.

Tell us more about your books.
I’ve had a lifelong interest in legends and mythology, particularly Celtic and Arthurian and the way they intersect with the legends of other regions. We tend to believe that an individual culture’s mythology is limited to itself, but in reality, conquering empires and dominant cultures influenced their neighbours.
The Sword of Elements Series – beginning with Bound In Blue – re-works Arthurian and world mythology in a modern setting. While it is a YA series, I think anyone who loves fantasy grounded in mythology would enjoy it.

Tell us something interesting about your main character.
Rhiannon – Rhi for short – sees magic as color.

Coffee or Tea?
Neither!

Plotter or Pantser?
½ and ½

Are there any books involved in the YA Spring Fling that you’re secretly lusting after?
Oh yes! I’m very interested in N. P. Martin’s Hell Is Coming. The funny story about that book is that I did the original cover design for it. I was very pleased with it, but he’s done a re-design refining the original concept and I don’t have a problem admitting that as much as I liked mine, I love the new one!

What was the last YA book you read?
I’ve got several on the go actually – Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol, Chase The Dark by Annette Marie, Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca Jamison. My most recent finished YA book was Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl In Coldtown – amazing!

Why do you write YA?
I like how YA tends to move fairly quickly. I enjoy exploring the themes in YA like coming of age, feeling like you don’t fit in, finding your place in the world.

What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?
You can’t give more place in your heart to a 1 star review than you do to a 5 star one. We have a tendency though to give greater weight to the negative than we do to the positive. And truthfully, if reviews bother you, just don’t read them.

What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?
Don’t freak out and find someone big and strong to hang around with. Or someone a lot slower than you 😉

What inspires you?
I’m an information magpie. I’m constantly gathering strange bits of history or mythology, even archaeology, looking for a way to weave them into a book. I’m also strangely attracted to forgotten things – odd buildings on the side of a country road that no one remembers the purpose of, historical plaques in out of the way places, the remnants of old bridges and roads….

Where can readers find your books?
I’m currently exclusive to Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Heather-Hamilton-Senter/e/B00L00K234

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