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Gwen Hayes

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts (two of whom she gave birth to). She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture (which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets).


Falling Under

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

Beyond The Book - Gwen Hayes: Falling Under

Lee : How long have you been writing?

Gwen: I wrote some in high school, but didn't really get serious until about four years ago.

Lee : What do you love most about being a writer?

Gwen: Finally making use of the voices in my head. I also love reading something I wrote and not really remembering that I wrote it. When the words come from a place inside that you don't have regular access to—that is magic.

Lee : What's the journey been like since you became published? Does the thrill ever fade?

Gwen : Falling Under is my debut novel. I have published some short stories and two other books—one is the sequel! The journey has been pretty good so far. Querying agents and going on submission were hard—so much of that stage of your career is out of your control. But I ended up with a fantastic agent and the best editor in NYC—so the hard times were worth it.

Lee : What's your writing process? Do you have a set routine?

Gwen : My writing process is HORRID. I tell new writers all the time to look at what I do and RUN. I cannot plot ahead, I write a sentence per every five tweets, and I have to take frequent breaks for Cheetos. I do try to write 500 words every morning and evening—that is pretty steady. That's about all I have going for me.

Lee : Does your main character, Theia, have any characteristics that are similar to your own?

Gwen : I hope not. Seriously. I love Theia and want the best for her, she isn't as mature as everyone around her thinks she is.

Lee : Do you flesh out all your secondary characters before you start the writing process or do they sort of take life as you write?

Gwen : My secondary characters come as the story progresses. I get to meet them through the protagonist.

Lee : Have any of your secondary characters ever surprised you by doing something you weren't expecting?

Gwen : The entire character of Madame Varnie was a huge surprise to me. Readers who have finished Falling Under know why. :) And Theia is always reacting in a way I didn't expect. She makes a pretty serious move in the sequel. I was stunned.

Lee : What advice would you give aspiring writers today?

Gwen : I suggest that you read everything and don't let anyone talk you out of your dream. Read everything. Even stuff you don't like.

Lee : What can readers expect from you next?

Gwen : Falling Under 2 comes out in early 2012! We're calling it DREAMING AWAKE right now. That might change.

Lee : How may fans contact you?

Gwen : I am online just about everywhere. I have an email form on my website., I blog at and every other Friday at . I tweet…well, too much and I have a page at Sheesh! That seems like a lot, doesn't it?