God’s Play by H.D. Lynn – Blog Tour
Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: September 18, 2014
Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson http://gothicfate.com/
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Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.
Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.
And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.
H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.
When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.
I had a chance to interview H.D. Lynn and here are the questions and answers she provided
When did you first begin writing seriously?
I try not to do anything seriously any more. J Being a serious person is a lot of pressure, and it’s the first step on the slippery slope to boredom and burn-out. That said, I’ve always tried to put my best ideas and appropriate amounts of time into what I’m writing, and my first goal is just to love the story I’m telling; I get serious when I need to edit. Story-telling is joy, editing is work.
Is there a particular author who inspired you?
I’m continuously inspired by JK Rowling, but really, what author isn’t? I saw Neil Gaiman speak, and I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who comes across like he does. There’s a reason he’s ϋber popular; he completely captivated a packed theatre.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Both? My plotting is pretty minimal initially, and world-building is something I like to tackle during revisions. The stories turn out better when I force myself to follow the character’s emotions.
What advice would you give authors in the query trenches at the moment?
Don’t give up! Querying can be a fickle thing. If you get full requests, you’re doing something really right. I got a lot of helpful feedback from agents who ultimately rejected me; they saw something in my writing, which helped me believe this could be a thing. Get on social media now and connect with agents and editors in a professional way. I submitted a story to #PitchWars and got picked as an alternate, which was another huge learning experience.
What is a typical writing day for you?
It’s usually a scene here, a few hours there, but some days, it’s a 10,000+ word marathon. There’s usually coffee involved, although I think I write better on tea, so I should put down the French press a bit.
Who is your favorite character in this novel?
Cassie is a character I tried to write before, and I’m glad I found a home for her. I genuinely like William and Toby. Toby’s like some of the people that I rowed with, and William’s a good time friend who’d be fun to go out with, even if he’s a bit flaky about keeping in touch.
What are your plans for future novels and will they be in the same genre?
It’s going to be all fantasy, all the time, at least for now. I like writing YA, but I’m working on an urban fantasy adult series, too. But don’t worry! I’ve actually plotted out the sequel for God’s Play!
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel?
Sit your butt down and do it. It’s the only way to learn what stories you want to tell. Writing the initial draft should be a manic head-party. It’s new love—for the characters, the plots, the world. And don’t be afraid if you get stuck. Margret Atwood said to go back and find where the story fell off the rails (poor paraphrasing and cliché, yes), and that advice is gold. And if you haven’t read Margret Atwood—do it. She’s amazing.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
I tend to hand-wave plot elements early on because details need research and finesse to feel 100% right, and I’ve currently got a finished draft I realized I wrote in the wrong POV. Editing is the hardest part. That precious first draft is never perfect, even if you’ve spent half your life writing it.
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