Did You Know – 3

“Did You Know” part 3 will be all about our main character, Skyy! As I mentioned in the first installment of these posts, the whole series was inspired by my trip to St. Mary’s Cemetery, and Salem, MA. There are definite pieces of me in Skyy; for instance I used to drive a souped up Mustang back in the day. I also love everything about the supernatural, and the “what-ifs” of the world. I grew up reading horror novels and ghost stories…so I guess those parts of Skyy are also reflections of me.

I wanted a main character that was believable though. My style of writing is more like I am watching a movie unfold in my head, scene by scene. Trying to balance reality with a fictional world of supernatural beings is tricky, but I wanted it to seem like a “Hey, what would I do in this situation in real life?” type of writing style. Nothing drives me more crazy than things that don’t add up, or people doing certain actions that you know you wouldn’t do in real life.

She needed to be vulnerable, but also strong. I wanted her to grow, evolve, and become an actual part of this world I created around her. In the beginning she had no idea vampires existed, let alone all of the other creatures she would encounter. So The Lie was all about her trying to wrap her head around that as fast as she could, because the threats come at her pretty fast. I wanted her to have a believable relationship with Aiden once she finds out more about him. And though I know a LOT of readers love seeing the main hero and heroine jump into bed right off the bat, having a gradual love interest for Skyy was very important to me.

The name Skyy was an evolution of the name Skye, which has always been one of my favorite names. I took it into a lot of video games that I played throughout the years, and inevitably the name Skye (spelled that way) was always taken by another player. Skyy, spelled with two Y’s was usually free, and it kind of became my go-to name for gaming for a while! So after a lot of sleepless nights, Skyy’s persona came to life, a mix of my gaming life, my experiences in Salem, my love for supernatural, and my desire to tell an old-fashioned love story!

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Did You Know – 2

 

For the second installment of the “Did You Know” posts, we will talk about Marblehead, MA. This is where Aiden lives, and it is also a real place that inspired my book. It neighbors Salem, and it’s only a hop skip and a jump from the center of the city. I was born and raised in Florida, and can honestly say I had never seen a place like Marblehead before my first visit.

It is like taking a walk back in history. The drive from Salem to the center of Marblehead is beautiful, and it takes you along the coast. You’ll see some really big houses out there, and this is what inspired Aiden’s mansion! The center of town has a cemetery called Old Burial Hill, which was established in the 1600s. It is a small trek up the hill, but well worth the view. The headstones are gorgeous, and the view of the harbor is breathtaking.

One of the Salem Witch Trial victims is buried here, and it was the daytime setting for the movie “Hocus Pocus” (which I only recently found out).

While Aiden’s house wasn’t designed after any certain place in the city in particular, I could totally imagine him living his private life in his gated mansion in the beautiful town of Marblehead. I’d highly recommend taking the short drive from Salem if you ever find yourself in the area. I will put some pictures below, again these are very old (2005, 2009)

 

 

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Did You Know – 1

 

I hope that you enjoy this series of posts! I often wonder what inspires authors to write the stories they write, and get asked the question a lot. So, over the next few weeks, I will let you take a peek inside the world I created with my series. I love getting asked questions, so if anything piques your interest, feel free to ask!

For my first installment of “Did You Know” I bet you will be shocked to hear that I never intended for my series to actually become a series at all! It all started back in 2005, when I had my first visit to Salem, MA. As cliche as it sounds, I wanted to go there for Halloween, and got there the day before. I instantly fell in love with the quaint little city. We spent the first day exploring the town, had some drinks after dark while walking the cobblestone streets, and somehow we ended up in the very cemetery that The Lie opens up with.

Yes, that’s right, Saint Mary’s is an actual place. We drove around, took lots of pictures, and I fell in love. The wheels in my head were turning as I took in every single detail. Maybe it was the setting, being in Salem and all, but I thought this is the perfect place to start a story. Little did I know, that twelve years later I would have a best-selling series based off of that one night.

The next night, we wanted to drive through again, and as cliche as this sounds, we were in a cemetery, in Salem, on Halloween, at midnight. Something about this cemetery captivated me. Some of the photos we took had orbs in them, if you believe in that kind of thing. It was magical, and not long after that trip, I started writing down the first few chapters of The Lie. I’d put the project aside for many years, but always kept adding on ideas in my head. Then, in 2013 I picked it back up again, and finally finished it. The characters took on a life of their own, and evolved way past the initial story I wanted to tell. Once I saw the reception to The Lie, there was no way I could stop there, and quickly began fleshing out the rest of the series!

 

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Paperback Jewels on Etsy!

I’ve opened a little shop on Etsy called Paperback Jewels. It’s handcrafted, ribbon bookmarks that are all fantasy-based! They make a great gift for yourself, or someone you know who loves to read. I will be adding more each week, and also take custom orders. Check it out, and put your orders in for Christmas! Below is just one example of the bookmarks I can craft for you.

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Interview time!

When I was out at Hub City Comic Con, I got to sit down with the super fun and friendly guys from the podcast website The Pubcade. We talked about my series, what is coming up in the series, my journey into the graphic novel world, and my video game addiction. Check it out if you want to know more about what makes me tick!

 

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East Texas Book Fest & Hub City Comic Con

The Skyy Huntington Series

Hey all! Been super busy lately working on book 4 in the series, and doing lots of events! Hope that you’ve all had a chance to pick up and read Guided by Moonlight, and that you loved reading about Lucius as much as I loved writing his story!

I have a lot of events planned the next few months, and into next year, with more being added all the time! So if you’re in Tyler, Texas August 22nd, swing by the Harvey Convention Center and see me along with 100 other authors! There will be workshops, panels, and lots of cool events. I’ll be in booth 4C, right next to my awesome author friends Miracle Austin, and Brandy Corona!

The weekend after that is Hub City Comic Con in Lubbock August 28th-30th at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center! It’s the first comic con in the area, and already has lots of great artists, cosplayers, authors, celebs, and more on the roster. I’ll be in booth 617!

Also, I meet so many awesome people at my live events that buy my paperback books and love them. Several of you have contacted me saying you’d love to review them on Amazon but can’t. They have changed their policy on reviews, only letting verified purchases through Amazon be reviewed. BUT, fear not! You can always leave your review for me on Goodreads!

I have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people at the cons/signings I have done this year. So please, if you’re in the area and can make it out to one of my events, stop by and chat with me! I love meeting my fans, or making new ones!

Holly

Guided by Moonlight paperback

Had some small hiccups getting the paperback version of Guided by Moonlight ready at the time of release. But, it’s all set now! You can order signed copies through my website here http://hollyhudspeth.com/orders/ or unsigned copies off of Amazon! You can also pick up copies of all of my books at any of my live events, and I will sign them for you. I have several events coming up over the next few months, so be sure to check my calendar to see if I’ll be in a city near you!

Here it is! So in love with the font 🙂

COVER

 

The Pursuit Special Edition cover retired!

I have officially retired the Special Edition cover of The Pursuit! The only way to get it now is to order through my website, or come see me at one of my live events! I only have about 50 copies left, and they won’t last long! My next event is Space City Comic Con in Houston, TX July 24th-26th. I will have both the Special Edition, and normal covers with me. The normal cover of The Pursuit is available on Amazon, through my website, or at my live events!

Here is the SE cover:

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Here is the normal cover:

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Kindle Unlimited users

I am assuming if you’re reading this, that you love to read! But a lot of customers who use Kindle Unlimited don’t know about the changes they have made under the hood to how authors get paid. We used to get paid when a reader would read 10% of our books. Now we will get paid by pages read. So in order to get our full royalties for our books, the reader has to finish the entire book.

There were a lot of people scamming the system by uploading short books that gained the 10% read almost immediately upon opening the book in your Kindle. I have not had any issues with the program in general in the past, as most readers finish my first book, then go on to read the others in the series.

But, since this is a new way to track my sales (it shows how many pages have been read, instead of how many units sold) I will give it a chance this first month, and then decide if I want to keep my books in the program. I personally know a LOT of authors who have pulled their books from the program, so if you see your favorite authors dropping out of Kindle Unlimited, now you know why!

Just a little something to keep in mind for those readers who download every free book they find that they like….there is an author out there patiently waiting for you to read her book so she can get paid! 🙂

By the way, it is Indie Pride Day….so I’d love to give a shout out to all my fellow indie authors, and all of our customers who support us!

Space City Comic Con – Houston July 24th – 26th

I am really excited to tell you guys about my next event. I’ll be in Houston at the Space City Comic Con, and there is a HUGE Star Trek reunion going on! 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager, and there are so many guests it makes my head spin! PLUS so many other awesome celebrities, this will be a great comic con! SpaceCityLogo

Once I know my booth info I will post it…but you can BUY TICKETS HERE

And GUEST ROSTER IS HERE