Monday, August 26, 2013

His Haven‏ by Harper A. Brooks


Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore and is currently a student on her way to a degree in English and in Secondary Education. Even as a young child, she has always surrounded herself with good literature, so it is no surprise that her love for reading and writing has expanded into all parts of her life. She is a dedicated softball coach, student, teacher, and friend who enjoys writing about fantastical worlds when she believes real life gets too mundane.

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Handsome and diligent Avrum Brenin should have died in the fire with his mother and older brother. Instead, he is saved by the powerful and wealthy immortal, Lord Henri. Placed under his care, Avrum shares in his world of endless splendors. He must do one thing in return—look after Haven, a human and Lord Henri's newest rescue.

The simple task proves to be more complicated than it seems. Haven is disobedient, ungrateful, and hostile, yet she is beautiful and mystifying at the same time. One night, when Avrum stumbles across Haven barely clothed and bound at the wrists, the world he has trusted in unravels before his eyes. He soon discovers that no one—from Lord Henri and Haven to his closest friend, Lysander—are who they seem to be.

Now faced with the truth, will Avrum choose to surrender to the man who rescued him, or will he have the courage to save the woman who captivated him?


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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
A song actually. I was listening to the new Evanescence album, Open Door, and when the song “Snow White Queen” came on, His Haven seemed to flash across my without my control. I saw the characters, their interactions, and the conflicts between them. It was shocking but relieving as it all came together. The images were so strong, I knew I had to write down my ideas. After that, I was obsessed with creating the story.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Oh my... His Haven took me a LONG time to finish. I started it in high school. That was over seven years ago. It was put on the back burner for a while though. I started other projects, wrote other novels, explored different genres. I didn't come back to it until two years ago. It has been written and rewritten more times than I can count. His Haven was definitely a struggle to get done, but it did! I am so happy with the outcome too.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I love how writing challenges me. I am always trying to experiment with different genres, writing styles, and characters. My comfort zone is writing long novels in the genres of historical romance or paranormal romance. Recently, I've tried writing novellas, shorter pieces, and contemporary romance with four main characters. Even if those styles aren't my favorite, at least I've tried it once.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I would have to say the doubt I have for myself during writing. I can't even tell you how many times I have gone back and deleted pages and pages of writing because I didn't believe in it. I am my own worse critic, so as you can imagine, my doubt in myself makes the writing process much longer.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Do they have to be alive right now? If I could, I would love to be Jane Austen. I love her writing style and the time period she grew up in. I say all the time that I was born in the wrong time period. For a woman living during a male-dominated time, she didn't let anything hold her back.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Homemade chicken noodle soup. It has been in there for two weeks. Recently I broke my foot, so I am confined to the couch. I can't clean, and it's driving me crazy. And God knows my boyfriend won't do it. At this rate, it may be in there for six more weeks, until my foot is healed.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
The other two books in the Redemption Series. Book two is already in the works. I am also working on a shape-shifter novella. To see all my works in progress, visit my blog at www.harperabrooks.wordpress.com I post snippets of my work, host other authors, and post giveaways.

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3 comments:

Harper Brooks said...

Thanks so much for having me here today! It was a lot of fun to talk with you and your followers!

:)

~H.A.B.

paisley said...

I seriously loved His Haven! Its one of the best books I've ever read!

T.F. Walsh said...

Great interview, and loved your answers Harper. Big fan of His Haven:)