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HS Paisley, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Lochlan learned the hard way.

Power attracts enemies. So does fighting shoulder to shoulder with a God. But that was a long time ago – a past he’s worked hard to bury.

Now, in the Year 2047, Lochlan takes the public bus to his soul-sucking job answering phones. He lives to remain unnoticed.

Then the visions started. Prophetic visions. That’s when he knew the Old World had found him again.

These weren’t the fun kind of visions either. They were the watch-people-die kind, the try-to-stop-it-before-it-happened kind, the maybe-save-some-lives kind.

These visions were powerful. And, as Lochlan had learned the hard way, power attracts enemies.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author HS Paisley whose book Magic Required thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for HS Paisley, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful HS Paisley!

HS PAISLEY GREW UP IN TORONTO, CANADA. At the age of 18, she left her hometown to play basketball for the University of Ottawa. Paisley graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and three All-Canadian awards to her name. 

After university Paisley played one year of professional basketball in Germany. While there, she began to write her first full length novel. In the fall of 2014, Paisley hung up her basketball shoes and went back to school. She spent a year at college before deciding to focus on her writing. 

In 2015, Paisley realized she wasn’t done with basketball and started training again. In the fall of 2016, she signed her second professional contract, this time in France. Basketball gave Paisley the freedom to write nearly full time. Now she is completing her fourth pro season while working on the second instalment of the Lochlan Ellyll Series.

Now, how wonderful does HS Paisley sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself. 

HS PAISLEY GREW UP IN TORONTO, CANADA. At the age of 18, she left her hometown to play basketball for the University of Ottawa. Paisley graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and three All-Canadian awards to her name.After university Paisley played one year of professional basketball in Germany. While there, she began to write her first full length novel. In the fall of 2014, Paisley hung up her basketball shoes and went back to school. She spent a year at college before deciding to focus on her writing. In 2015, Paisley realized she wasn’t done with basketball and started training again. In the fall of 2016, she signed her second professional contract, this time in France. Basketball gave Paisley the freedom to write nearly full time. Now she is completing her fourth pro season while working on the second instalment of the Lochlan Ellyll Series.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

When I was in Grade Twelve, I wrote a short story for my writer’s craft class about a vampire named Dyson. She was basically me… but way cooler. I wrote that story, handed it in and didn’t think of it for three years. Then, for some reason, it popped back into my head. I re-read it, edited it, and made it better. I thought it would make a pretty good graphic novel, and maybe someday it still could be.

My Dyson story started in the early 2000’s and ended somewhere around 2390… vampires, ya know. Smack-dab in the middle of that story was a war. A huge war. A Fourth World War.

I thought that seemed pretty interesting. I started to think, what happened here? What lead to this? Who lived through it?

That’s when I came up with two boys, Sam and Alius. They grew up on opposite sides of the tracks, just before the war broke. One of these boys was human, and the other was… something else.

When I was done with their story, I wrote about their mothers, Jenny and Mel. Then I thought of the woman who lead the rebellion during the war, and the soldiers who protected her. It wasn’t long before I had some twenty stories in this universe. And I knew just where to start.

I went back to Dyson.

I took her 8-page would-be graphic novel, and wrote her whole life. Some 300 pages later, I realized it was a trilogy. It took me about a year to turn those first hundred pages into Dyson Book I. It took me about four months after that to realize that novel wouldn’t sell. At least not at that time.

But I liked the world I’d made. I liked Sam and Alius. I liked Jenny and Mel. I wanted to write about them, and Dyson, and how she effected their lives. I wanted to write about how Dyson changed the world.

I looked through my Dyson book for a new character to write about. Someone who jumped off the page. Someone whose story I wanted to tell.

I found Lochlan…and writing his story has been so, so much fun.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Learn a lot about writing, then ignore it and do your own thing.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

I fall in love with characters. I love to watch them grow and change. If that doesn’t happen, it’s really hard for me to connect to a story. It sounds kind of obvious to say, but strong characters. That’s most important.

What is your writing process like?

I have been very fortunate that my work schedule is so flexible, for the most part I can write when I feel like writing. I have been a little stuck on my second novel but I think it was a product of having too much other stuff going on. Now that I have cleared things up to make space for writing, whenever I sit down I’m able to get some good work done.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

My subject matter is such that I can write, then do research when I come up on something or want to add a character from mythology. I did a little research before starting MAGIC REQUIRED but now it’s more when I add new characters.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I mostly write when I feel like writing.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I am a HUGE Harry Potter nut. I also really like the Mercy Thompson Series and the Night Huntress Novels. I mostly have favourite characters. Not so much favourite authors.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?  

I’m working on my second instalment if the Lochlan Ellyll Series now. I hope to have it out in August 2019.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with HS Paisley! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about HS Paisley, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Amazon C.A. – Goodreads

HS Paisley: Website – Twitter – Instagram

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