Alyx has also generously offered to giveaway two signed copies of Hearts at Stake to a couple of lucky commenters (details at the end of the post). You can also follow Alyx's 22 Days of Vampires Event on her blog where she also frequently hosts contests.
SFG: You have a debut young adult series launching shortly called The Drake Chronicles. Can you tell us a little about the series and the story behind the first book having two titles - Hearts at Stake (US) and My Love Lies Bleeding (UK/Canada)?
Book 1 is the story of her struggle to survive, to avoid numerous assassination attempts from those who fear she is going to fulfill an old prophecy and become the new queen, and to navigate an unlikely crush on a vampire hunter.
“Hearts at Stake” is the US title (Walker Books) and “My Love Lies Bleeding” is my original title which Bloomsbury UK chose to keep. I love how both covers are so different and yet still represent the story!
SFG: Without being spoilerish, do you have a favourite scene in Hearts at Stake? What was the most difficult scene to write?
Visually, I like scenes in the caves because I could see them so clearly, right down to the tapestries on the wall and the birdcages and mirrors and brocade dresses.
SFG: Can you give us a sneak peak at what we can expect in the second book Blood Feud? You have indicated there are three books in the series so far. Do you have plans for more and do you know now how it will ultimately end?
Now that Isabeau’s visiting the vampire royal courts for a coronation (I won’t say whose), she has the chance to revenge herself on the vampire who turned and abandoned her so many years ago. Or: she can let herself love Logan Drake.
Book 3 is the story of Quinn Drake and Hunter Wild who is a vampire hunter in training. I have book 4 (Connor Drake) and 5 (everyone) planned out, and I hope readers will want to know more about the Drake family and their world.
SFG: You have also mentioned that you have a couple of standalone young adult novels planned – a Victorian paranormal and one on Faerie. Can you tell us more about these and any other new projects on the horizon?
“Stolen” (working title) is about a girl who is taken into Faerie where she must not only save herself, but her flighty aunt as well.
I have several other completed novels (historical fiction as well a werewolf story) and I’m currently considering a steampunk novel. And I’m nearly finished a YA paranormal—no vampires, instead it’s full of zombies. And they definitely took me by surprise! And I’m always writing poetry. But not the scary rhyming kind.
SFG: What attracted you to write for the young adult market? What do you think of the growing popularity of YA supernatural and urban fantasy fiction? Fad or here to stay?
SFG: Does being a Canadian author present any special challenges to getting published?
SFG: What is your typical writing day like? Where do you write?
I generally write on the computer though “Stolen” was written entirely in notebooks during the month of December (2007). I love handwriting but I detest transcribing. Poetry has to be handwritten.
SFG: Any advice for aspiring young adult writers?
SFG: We’re all readers here so we are all curious what you like to read when you have time and what you are reading now.
I read urban fantasy, fantasy, poetry, romance, YA and lots and lots of history books. I do love a good research book.
Some favourites include anything by Charles de Lint, “The Wood Wife” by Terri Windling, ‘Solstice Wood’ by Patricia McKillip and “Ysabel” by Guy Gavriel Kay. And I’ve just finished reading “Soulless” by Gail Carriger which I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed.
SFG: If you could be a supernatural creature, which one would you be?
So maybe a time traveler! I could go back to Ancient Egypt, the Celtic Age, the Middle Ages, the Regency period, Victorian Britain… and then come home to my lovely bathroom.
- Coriander is the devil.
- I am addicted to hummus.
- I know almost every word of every episode of “Robin of Sherwood” (BBC series from the 80’s).
- I *heart* Robin Hood. A lot. See above. Also, Mr. Darcy. But really, that’s not a secret. I am distressingly vocal about the love.
- I hate talking on the phone.
Thanks Alyx! You can find out more about Alyxandra Harvey at the Official Alyxandra Harvey Website, the Alyxandra Harvey Blog or The Drake Chronicles Website.
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