May 3, 2016

Interview with Bethany Adams, Author of SOULBOUND

Author: Bethany Adams
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2016

A deathbed promise
Arlyn’s quest is simple: Find her father and let him know her mother is dead. After all, Arlyn had promised her mother she’d go. The problem? Her father's people are myths and legends, and he doesn't even live on Earth. But despite a long journey through the mysterious mists of the Veil, finding him turns out to be the easy part.
A dream long-buried
After five hundred years, Kai has given up on finding his soulbonded. So when he stumbles across Arlyn after returning from his latest mission and recognizes her as his mate, Kai starts their bond in haste. But he never could have imagined that his bonded is his best friend’s newfound daughter. Whoops.
A hidden conspiracy sparked to life
Though the sight of Kai makes Arlyn’s heart pound, she isn’t sure she can forgive him for starting their bond without her permission. But her love life is the least of her problems. Her father is an elf lord, and his sudden acknowledgment of a half-human heir reignites the same conspiracy that took him away from her mother in the first place. Now Arlyn and her family must face iron wielding assassins, bigotry, and her newly awakened magical abilities if they hope to come through in one piece.
Arlyn thought she would return to Earth after meeting her father. Now she must fight to save the family she never knew she wanted.

Soulbound is the debut novel in a new series, The Return of the Elves.

*What would you be doing right now if you were not an author?
I'd either be a linguist, an archaeologist, or a meteorologist. I considered all three of these careers at one point, but writing is my heart. 

*5 years ago: what were you doing?
Trying to figure out what to do with an infant. My oldest was a few months shy of 1 then, and I was still struggling with how to balance family and writing. 

*Do you have a certain writing ritual?
I'll often get myself a cup of water and turn on music. But after adjusting to writing with small children around, I'll work under almost any conditions. :-D 

*What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
When I was considering publishing Soulbound with a small press, I received a kind but difficult rejection. They told me they liked the characters but the writing wasn't compelling enough. It was tough, but I realized they were right. I ended up rewriting the entire first half of the book and heavily revising the rest. My book is so much better for it. 

*Ever fangirled over another author? Who was it?
Yes, but not in person. I've totally fangirled Alyssa Day online. She has been a great inspiration, and I love her stuff! 

*Is there an author you'd like to meet?
Mercedes Lackey! It's a terrible idea, though. I would absolutely embarrass myself with all the blubbering. :) 

*Biggest writing pet peeve?
I can't skip scenes or write them out of order. When I write, it's from beginning to end. Only in revisions do I tend to shift things around.

* Do you read other's reviews of your books?
This is my first book, so I haven't had the chance yet. I'm told it's a bad idea to read reviews, but I'm not sure I'll be able to resist. 

Fav Color:

Fictional Character you'd like to spend the day with:
Oh, unfair! How can I choose just one? :) I'd settle for a tour of Valdemar and the Vales if I can't visit all my favorites. 

Fav food:

Fav song and/or singer:
Anything by Evanescence or Tori Amos

Guilty pleasure:
Talent-style reality shows. Especially America's Got Talent and Project Runway.

Ever since finding a copy of The Hero and the Crown in her elementary school library, Bethany has loved fantasy. After subjecting her friends to stories scrawled in notebooks during study breaks all through high school, she decided to pursue an English degree at Middle Tennessee State University. When not writing or wrangling her two small children, Bethany enjoys reading, photography, and video games.

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