Thursday, May 2, 2013

Guest Post by Juliana Haygert Author of Destiny Gift

Inkk Reviews:

"Where did you get your inspiration to write from? What's the best advice they have for aspiring 
writers? "

Juliana Haygert

Inspiration is something hard to pinpoint – at least, it is for me. Inspiration comes from all around. Ideas pop into my mind in the middle of the night, in the shower, when driving back from DC to NYC … especially songs. I’m a song-crazy girl. When I was younger, my dad always said that if you want me to stop, you just have to turn my stereo off. Music = my batteries. Well, I confess that statement is still valid ;) I’ve came up with lots of plotlines after hearing a song, and even watching music videos. That’s especially true for my next book, Breaking the Reins, a contemporary romance that came to me after I watched the music video of Radar by Britney Spears – almost four years ago! I also take notes of things that I like on movies, TV shows and other books. For example, about Noah and Claire on Heroes (spoilers ahead!): for at least half the first season, I believed Noah was a bad guy. And, at some level, he was a bad guy, since he had abducted several people with special abilities. But all he did, he did for Claire. His ultimate goal was to keep her, and the rest of their family, safe. Even when he asked the Haitian to erase his wife’s memories, it was for her sake, to keep her – and Claire – safe. Same for the second season: you think he’s turning into a lunatic, obsessed about hunting down the people that works for that company …. but still it’s all about Claire and her safety.  I love conflicted characters, love to keep guessing, “oh, now he’s good,” then “oh, now he’s bad” and you won’t find out until the very end. So I wrote about that on my ideas file, and I hope to incorporate that feeling on one most my future manuscripts. 

Every couple of months, I open my ideas file and just read over, seeing if some of those sentence will jump at me, or go along with another one, so I can combine ideas and create something stronger – that’s what happened with Destiny Gift. I wanted a girl who had visions, who dreamed about a boy and he was oh so sweet, then met him in real life, and he was oh such a jerk. I joined that with the mythology idea – gods and demons and immortality … and the fact that they aren’t really immortal. And voila! Destiny Gift came into play ;) But inspiration is nothing without hard work … it’s like a saying I see repined on Pinterest all the time: “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” And that’s what my advice to aspiring authors – if you want this badly, if you love writing, just sit down and write, with or without inspiration. You’ll see the words will come easier and easier, the more you write ;)
Thanks! =)

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert       Series: Everlast #1

Publication: April 9th 2013Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance 

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Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions. To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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  1. I just love how authors always seem to have stories happening in their heads. I do so much thinking while driving too but putting them into words is not my forte haha >.<

  2. You find inspiration in the same places I do - music and movies.

  3. I love this post Juliana! Its crazy how someone can come up with a whole story line from just listening to a song! I had no idea! Thanks for being on the blog and letting us pick your brain! Destiny Gift Looks great! can't wait to check it out! - Katie @ Inkk