1- What’s different about writing a New Adult book versus Young Adult or straight-up Paranormal Romance?
[box]New Adult is different from Young Adult or Paranormal Romance in that these are college-aged adults who are still making the transition from semi-independent to independent. They’re experiencing all kinds of first: first sexual experience, military deployment, first job, etc. In terms of the New Adult paranormal aspects, my heroine is still coming into her own with her powers, but she’s not totally new to them. [/box] 2- Can you tell me more about the werewolves in your series? Are they the “bad guys”? Watch-it, this blog’s pro-furry! 😉
[box]Hmmm! I loved writing the werewolves in this series because they are the “bad guys” in this book, but… they might not ALL be bad. I can’t really say too much more than that, except I’m pro-furry too. Werewolves are probably my favorite supernatural being.[/box] 3- What about your witches? I hear there’s fireballs! What other tricks does Mia have up her sleeve?
[box]Well, Mia is still growing into her powers through the help of her friend and mentor, Jessa. But she does throw fireballs. She has also make potions, but sometimes they cause more harm than good![/box] 4- Your main heroine loves making magic potions; if Mia could make you one, what would you ask for and why?
[box]If I could have a potion, I’d probably ask Mia for a money potion. Maybe I’d win the lottery. LOL
I’d be careful though since I wouldn’t want fate or ‘karma’ to view my request as selfish. If that were the case, I might accidentally get the Mafia’s money, which they’d probably want to retrieve, and I like my kneecaps. Ack![/box] 5- What’s in store for your CRY WOLF series and are all of the installments going to be novellas or will there be full length books as well?
[box]The next story in the Cry Wolf series is Cold Moon Rising. It’s a standalone novella and not the true sequel to The Witch Who Cried Wolf. It features Jacob and Kelly and takes place a little before the first book. The Wolf Who Played with Fire will be a novel. Mia and Ethan are the heroine and heroine, and it builds upon The Witch Who Cried Wolf and Cold Moon Rising. There will probably be mostly novels with a few novellas in the series’ future.[/box] 6- Is it more difficult writing a short story? How do you make sure your readers get “the full experience” in so few pages?
[box]It can be tough to give the full experience in so few pages. Readers enjoy novels and spending a lot of time with the hero and heroine. For me, I’ve always written on the slimmer side of the spectrum. If a book should be between two different word counts, then I tend to slide in under the word count and have to layer in more words.
One of my publishers who I’ve worked with the past few years only publishes novellas and short stories, so I’ve written several of them, and they aren’t as challenging anymore. In fact, I worked on my first novel in a while last year, and I had a hard time completing it after writing so many novellas and short stories, so I think I had the reverse problem![/box] 7- Did you do anything special to “think like a man” when writing from Ethan’s POV?
[box]I don’t do anything special. I just write down what I see in my head. When I finished writing it, I asked my husband if there were any parts out of character for a guy, but he didn’t see any. So I guess me and Ethan did okay. :-)[/box] 8- Is there a love triangle in this novella? Will readers have a hard time picking a fav boy?
[box]Kinda, sorta…? Mia has a boyfriend, but her family and friends don’t like him. She isn’t crazy about the relationship either, so I don’t think readers will have a hard time picking a favorite.[/box] 9- What tunes would be on THE WITCH WHO CRIED WOLF soundtrack (or what would be the theme song)?
[box]The theme song might be Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) by Flight Facilities. It perfectly describes Mia’s feelings for Ethan.
Other songs on the soundtrack would be:
Gold (feat. Yuna) by Adventure Club
Not to Have to Lie by Echo Slightly
Let Me Go by Kaskade
Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix) by Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto
Oh Miah by Blackmill
Walls by Crywolf
Silence Pt. II by Crywolf & Aylen
[/box] 10- What else are you working on right now?
[box]Right now, I’m polishing up Cold Moon Rising for its release this month, and I’m writing The Wolf Who Played with Fire.
Thank you for having me here at Rabid Reads, Carmel![/box]
Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she’s written all over the romance spectrum with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy…even a sweet contemporary romance!
A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night-light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.
A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed…
Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush…
The power of love: Things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia…
Cry Wolf Series
Jessa’s New Age shop—Eternally Magick—was empty. Usually, Jessa was around. But, right now, she wasn’t. I leaned against the front counter, resting my forehead against the cool glass. Athames, crystals, jewelry and really cute dragon statues were locked in the case beneath my fingertips. While I enjoyed hanging out at the shop and seeing what new potions were available, I wished Jessa had given me some kind of clue as to why she wanted me here. But she was my best friend and mentor; the reason had to be important, if for nothing else to spend much needed time together.
I glanced over my shoulder at the wall of ingredients lining the shelves, ripe for the picking. It had been a while since I’d made a new potion. Maybe if I could stock up on a few things…
“Not what you’re here for,” I whispered to myself. The urge to see what she had nearly drove me away from the counter, but I held myself in check.
Making potions was one of my hobbies. I loved the creativity and excitement that went into building something from nothing, and the brief connection with my power.
Tapping my fingers on the counter, I stared at the curtained-off backroom. Worry crept into my chest. Why wasn’t Jessa here? She never stood me up. This wasn’t like her.
“Jessa?” Usually she came right out when the bells on the door chimed. Biting my lower lip, I considered going into the back. Someone could steal things without her keeping an eye on the store.
“Coming,” Jessa called. The black-haired and blue-eyed beauty swept into the front of the store like a hurricane of flowing skirts. She always looked like she’d just come from a Renaissance faire.
I loved the way she dressed, but I knew that style would never be my thing. My parents would think I’d flipped my lid, and my older brother…. Shudder. Nolan would laugh at me, probably joking with his best friend—and my crush since forever—Ethan Parker.
“Where have you been? I was getting concerned.” Stepping around the counter, I wrapped my arms around her and she embraced me in a hug smelling of lavender and honey.
“Just in the back. I had to wrap up a call and I guess I didn’t hear you come in.” Jessa smiled, but something was up. She appeared a bit too eager to pretend everything was fine.
“What’s going on? Are you okay?” I placed my hand on her shoulder, trying to be comforting.
The door chimed, and we turned in unison toward the shop’s new arrival.
I blinked in surprise.
The man towered in the doorway, over six feet of pure muscle. If his shirt were a little tighter, I probably would’ve been able to see six-pack abs through it. What was he doing here?
He strode in as if he owned the place. There could be no doubt: ladies would drop their panties at his command. If I didn’t have a boyfriend…. Stop it, Mia!
“I’m looking for the owner,” the man said, his deep voice as smooth and sinful as his looks. Yet beneath his delicious exterior, something about him put me on edge. The hint of arrogance in his eyes and the sharp flare of power as he walked in the room were instant triggers. This guy wasn’t a mere mortal. He was something else, but I couldn’t put my finger on what. Aside from Jessa, I’d never met anyone else with this level of power.
Maybe I needed to get out more.
Jessa cleared her throat, as captivated by him as I was by the sound of it. “I’m the owner.” Her voice hit all the sultry tones and she swayed her shoulders. “Can I help you?” I wished I could pull her aside and tell her my feelings, but that would look way too awkward.
“We spoke over the phone. I’m interested in the potion.” He leaned his hip against the counter, standing only a couple feet away. Too close for comfort.
Since Jessa had business to take care of, I sidestepped toward the wall of ingredients, but Jessa grabbed my wrist, keeping me beside her. I cast her a dirty look, but she didn’t pay me any attention, focusing her gaze instead on Mr. Way-Too-Sexy.
“Right, I don’t have any of that in right now, but this woman makes some of the best healing salves I’ve seen.” Jessa nudged me forward, nearly throwing me into Mr. Sexy’s arms.
Glancing up his body to his eyes from so close strained my neck. My five-foot-six frame probably looked tiny beside him. An overwhelming sense of lust and intimidation washed over me.