Author Chat with Haylie Hanson (World Diver), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Haylie Hanson author of
Read on for more about Haylie, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Haylie Hanson!
Haylie Hanson writes YA fantasy about quirky kids with superpowers, portals to magical new worlds, and finding your destiny--also, robots are involved. She dreams of having adventures in a galaxy far, far away, but she'll settle for those closer to home, especially if a dirty chai is involved.
Meet World Diver!
College, grades, extracurriculars--who cares? Sixteen-year-old slacker Callie James would rather make robot creations and surf waves with her best friend Will. Then she discovers a mysterious glowing rod under the ocean surface, and her entire world turns upside down.
One, her hands start glowing (weird). Two, she can now control people (awkward). Three, she accidentally brings her robotics project to life. Classes were hard enough without her robot Nemo literally eating her homework.
Only the reclusive Dr. Ormandi knows the truth: Callie is a Luminaut (aka a light wizard) and it’s her destiny to reunite the shattered multiverse by collecting all the Light Cores (aka the glowstick of doom) in all the other worlds. To do this, she must repair the World Diver, the fifty-foot tall robot lurking in Dr. Ormandi’s basement hangar.
As Callie learns about her Luminaut powers, Nate crash lands into her life. He’s hot. Funny. Crazy about her. One problem: he’s technically dead. Oh, and he insists uniting the multiverse will destroy everything.
Pursued by murderous interdimensional phantoms and plagued by insecurities, Callie must protect her family and friends, while figuring out who to trust.
And all before a deadly, looming evil snuffs out her Light for good.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
That's a tossup between Nemo, the tiny robot with a paper obsession, and Nate, the ghost-boy with secrets. I can't tell you much more about Nate without giving away major spoilers, but I loved writing him. And Nemo is adorable and fun.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. My publisher actually changed the title to "World Diver" once it went into publication. World Diver is much better than what I'd come up with, I'm not great with titles.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I like chips and hummus, almonds, apple slices, things like that. But if I'm on deadline, coffee and chocolate in an IV drip, please.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To be patient. It's hard, being patient, but you can't rush the process of growing as an author, and every author's journey will be different. Take the time to learn and hone your craft, get critique and feedback, and always strive to grow. Support your fellow authors, too! The best part of being a writer is the friends you make.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
It's very colorful and eye-catching. I'm really drawn to bright colors, and the cover of World Diver has lots of beautiful yellow, orange, and teal.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
All I know is it's a monster that's about to eat me alive, haha! I've got The Other Side of the Sky by Kauffman/Spooner, My Calamity Jane by the Lady Janies, and a re-read of Six Of Crows high on my list.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Finishing up revisions and rewrites for the World Diver sequel coming in 2022, and revising two historical fantasy books I'm hoping to query in 2022.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
This is getting into spoiler territory again, but there's a scene towards the end of World Diver in which two characters finally see each other in truth for the first time, and it's heartbreaking. I avoided writing it for a while, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can trip over my feet while standing completely still. It's as awkward as it sounds.
YABC: What advice would you give to new writers?
Find your tribe. Writing can be a pretty lonely profession, and it helps to have friends along the way. It's give and take, so be willing to support your tribe as much as they support you.
By: Haylie Hanson
Release Date: April 20th, 2021
Publisher: Uncommon Universes Press
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