Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for INTERVIEW with author H.P. Mallory

Today I'm interviewing H.P. Mallory. An author I've recently discovered online. I downloaded and read five of her books in quick succession. Her characters are likeable and interesting, the plots are fun and creative and her writing is descriptive and humorous with a dash of sexy. Page turners-- definitely worth reading!

Jo: Tell us a little about yourself.
Mallory: Well, I've always wanted to be an author ever since I was young. I was an English major at UCLA and during my college years, didn't really do much writing. I started up again 5 years ago and wrote my first book, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. Then I managed to get an agent and she sent it to a bunch of publishers and no one was interested. LOL So, after that went nowhere, I sat on the book for 5 years and then uploaded it to Kindle as well as another book I'd written, To Kill A Warlock. I started contacting book bloggers, asking if they'd like to read and review the books and little by little, word began to spread. Now I'm happy to say I am a full time author, quit my job last Feb and I have a 3 book deal with Random House for books 3,4 and 5 of my Jolie Wilkins series.

Jo: That's so awesome that you didn't give up on your stories. What made you decide to epublish and what if any concerns did you have about publishing online?
Mallory: I decided to epublish after reading an article about self published sensation, Karen McQuestion. I figured I had nothing to lose. I didn't really have any concerns because I'd already accepted the fact that a writing career didn't seem to be in the cards for me. LOL

Jo: What have you learned from online publishing and do you have other plans in the future?
Mallory: I love self publishing. It changed my life literally. I will always self publish some of my works. I also like having my foot in the traditional market as well because I feel like it's a very balanced career approach that way.

Jo: So, you were able to quit your day job and now you write "full time"?
Mallory: Yep, quit my job as Director of Online Marketing in Feb. Now I'm a full time author and loving it.

Jo: What do you write about?
Mallory: I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy. One of my series is about a witch, Jolie Wilkins, and my second series is about Dulcie O'Neil, a fairy in law enforcement.

Jo: What inspired you to write in the Paranormal Romance genre?

Mallory: I just love reading paranormal books and always have. So, I think it was a natural progression that I'd want to write paranormal themes as well.

Jo: Who has been your most enjoyable character to write?
Mallory: I love writing Sinjin Sinclair. He's just so easy.

Jo: Sinjin is devilish and likeable. Are any of your characters based on yourself or someone you know?

Mallory: No, not really. I think I can't help but be in my characters since they are coming from my head. If any of them are most like me, it would be Jolie. My husband recently started reading Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (yes, he was late to the party) and said it was like being inside my head. LOL He thinks Jolie is me but I still think we are pretty different.

Jo: If you could date one of your characters who would you pick? (I think Rand and Knight rock but I admit that Sinjin would be fun to tame.)

Mallory: LOL I wonder if Sinjin is tamable? Um, I do love Rand because he is so honorable. But, I have to admit that Knight is really growing on me because he's so honest in his intentions.

Jo: If you had a supernatural power what would it be?
Mallory: Read people's minds

Jo: That would be handy! (And embarrassing!) Who are your favorite authors? Are you a fan of any writers of your genre?
Mallory: I love Karen Marie Moning, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton

Jo: Where can people get your books?

Mallory: My books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Thanks for blogging with me, H.P.. It's been great getting to know you better. I admire your pluck-- in diving into the epub world and finding success in doing so. Your books are so entertaining and fun to read. I hope to see many more of your stories in the future. (=
Check her out for yourself!
H.P. Mallory
Author, Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

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Wendy G. Ewurum said...

This was a really lovely interview and I've made note to get her books. Thank you

TS Hendrik said...

Wow, those sound like some good books. I think I'll have to give one a try.

Erin said...

The books sound fantastic. And kudos to you for getting them out there and your most recent success. The books are a'goin on my TBR right after I hit Post.

Anonymous said...

Great interview and thanks for introducing me to her books.

Anonymous said...

Cool - you asked some good questions. I like that you included her picture - when I read about an author, I usually draw a visual in my mind about who they are in real life.

Seams Inspired said...

Fabulous interview, Jo! These aren't the books I typically read, but I'm so inspired by this interview I will give them a try. I'm especially intrigued by her character Dulcie. Love that name! Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday! :o)