by Jeny Heckman
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Raven Hunter, a musical prodigy, flees to the Hawaiian Islands to pick up the pieces after her
marriage to her manager collapses. Instead, she experiences extraordinary and unsettling
events that are beyond her understanding.
Living in paradise, marine biologist, Finn Taylor has
the unconscious but effortless ability to understand the needs of the animals he cares for. His playboy lifestyle is most men’s fantasy. That is, until the night he meets the shy and elusive new island resident. Suddenly his life no longer feels like his own.
The attraction is undeniable. However, vastly contrasting lives, peculiar dreams, and an unbelievable proclamation that they could be the direct descendants of Poseidon and Apollo threaten to divide them forever. Will they accept their destiny and begin the quest of a lifetime or will they remain in their comfortable yet separate existence?
“Finn, I understand it sounds crazy, really. I knew nothing about Greek mythology or who any of these people were until she told them to me.”
“And now you think Poseidon… I’m assuming you think I’m some offshoot of Poseidon, right?”
“You have a trident on your back.”
“Because I thought it was cool when I was twenty-years-old.”
“And you’ve never felt anything strange that you can’t explain?”
“And Raven,” he continued, unwilling to entertain those thoughts. “Who I just met, is Apollo? You realize, Apollo was a dude, the boy half of the twins, right?”
“God of music.”
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in the great state of Washington. Aside from Scotland, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I am the mother of two grown children and have been married twenty-six years, which is a feat, since we only knew each other less than three months before we got married. My favorite thing to do, other than write, is photography and shoot mainly portraits and weddings. However, recently, I’ve become more interested in landscapes.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I wanted to read something a little different from the same vampire or werewolf story. I love those stories, and some are my favorite books but I just wanted something a little different. I also loved Greek mythology in my teenage years and thought it would be fun to go back to it. My story is threefold. It’s the story of a woman controlled her whole life and now finds herself free to make her own decisions and her evolution to empowerment. It’s about a man who was damaged at a young age, that needs to feel in control but must decide if that’s more important than love and happiness. And it’s about a prophecy made in the times of the Greek gods. The only people to break it are their descendants. The problem… the descendants don’t believe in prophecies or mythical Greek gods.
How do you create your characters?
To create characters, I look at the overall story and what it needs. I decide on the background of the character and then usually the seed of him or her come to me. After that happens, I need a visual cue so scan celebrities and photos of models or real people to gain inspiration. Celebrities are great because you can see them as other characters and in motion. I take their photo and put it on my desktop for when I write their scenes or dialogue. I can usually hear their voice in my head. The funny thing is most of the time it’s not their real voice I hear, it’s the one I made up. So, Raven’s visual cue is Jennifer Aniston, but in my mind, she sounds nothing like the actress.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I was inspired to write while walking one day. I never wrote a story before but have always created stories in my mind. While on my walk, I saw a character, a young woman, begin to tell me her story. I was watching the television show, Deadliest Catch, about Alaskan crab fisherman. There was a correlation made about men versus women onboard a fishing vessel. It considers women taboo. At the same time, my lovely, kind and wonderful father-in-law was in the last stages of dying from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, after a nineteen-year-long battle. I saw my family and their reaction to his impending death and a story merging the two, formed in my mind. The Catch resulted from that effort and my first attempt at writing.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Where do I write? I have an office, with white boards and cork boards all over the walls. Whenever I brain storm or am in the middle of writing and come with an idea I need to remember, I write it down instantly. Otherwise, I always, always forget it. Also, it must be quiet or with music playing when I write, it can be anything but without words.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I suppose like many writers the ideas or inspiration for my stories come from people in my life, favorite movies or books and for me, dreams. For some reason, I’ve always had an active imagination that doesn’t always go to sleep when I do. I think that’s why I wanted dreams to be so important in The Sea Archer and the series. Just the other night I had a dream, that has become a major shift in the story, a kind of epiphany moment for myself.
What do you like to read?
The question isn’t what I like to read, the question is more what I don’t like to read. It would be the far easier question to answer. What I have is favorite authors, and they span across the spectrum of genres. Some of my favorites are Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Sophie Kinsella, Robert Dugoni, Darynda Jones, Liane Moriarty, David Baldacci, Jane Austen and so many more. Right now, I’m reading Sarah Maas’s, Court series, and love it!
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Regarding advice to other authors, you know I’m a fairly new author myself and it’s challenging to get the time in to write. It’s all I want to do, but it’s so hard because life, of course, intervenes. The only thing I’d say is to keep writing, even if it’s in small increments. It’s all easier said than done but keep going.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’d just like to say thanks for reading! It sure has been a pleasure being here with you. I sincerely hope you enjoy The Sea Archer. There is a lot of choices for books to read out there and I truly appreciate you investing your time in these characters I’ve grown to adore! I’d also like to give a huge shout out of thanks to the Pen and Muse Book Reviews for hosting me. It was a lot of fun!
Jeny Heckman, loves romance. She especially loves romance with a paranormal and/or historical twist. When not ignoring her family and friends by writing you will find her time exclusively on them and photography. Jeny lives in Stanwood, Washington.
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