Interview with H. A. Somerled

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. One for the Money - Janet Evanovich I think I actually read the fourth in the series first, then went back and started the series. I LOVE Janet and the characters she created and the hijinks they get into.

2. Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin I came in late on this craze, but I love it. The story is so engaging and the legacies run very deep.

3. Sick Puppy - Carl Hiaasen Carl writes some messed up stuff, and it's always hilarious.

4. Treasure Island - It's action packed and it's pirates. What else do you need?

5. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe - Douglas Adams I think this was the first book I have read where I had to put it down because Adams blew my mind -- many, many times.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to go to the humor section. I will always pick up a Stephanie Plum novel when they come out. I am getting into the Song of Fire and Ice series. And I read a lot of Entertainment Weekly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a Mac girl. I have an iPad with several e-reading apps on them, because not everything is on any one device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm pretty new at this, but I have a large extended family. They have been good at spreading the word. I also am a heavy user of social media. Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, they are all great ways to get the word out. I am also lucky to be affiliated with the University of Montana, in a small capacity. I have been able to reach my target audience through the students I work with.
Describe your desk
My "desk" is actually a chest of cheap particle wood drawers. I sit on a stool in a corner of my room. It's right by the window and there are bushes and a tree outside. Sometimes I can watch the chickadees hop around and sing. I have a printer on a TV tray and the tops of my "desk" and printer are littered with notecards, pens, catalogues, notebooks, for some reason pickle shaped ice cube trays, and a minion I got from a happy meal.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Montana, and we have a no nonsense way of looking at things. Though I feel my biggest influence is the time I spent away from Montana. I've lived in several places in the U.S. and even in Spain. I have traveled around the world where I have had the best (and some bad) experiences.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in grade school. My mother has saved some of my stories from that time. One of her favorite ones was a story about my morning routine getting ready for school. She still quotes her favorite line to me -- a line I insist she said to me every morning "Now is the time, is the time, is the time."
In middle school I wrote a weekly series for my English class about a creature who lived in my locker and caused havoc. It was the "Locker-ness Monster" and he always ate my homework and hid my gym shoes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Angel's Code came about during winter break (again, I work on the University Schedule) and I had nothing to do but watch British Television Series back to back. Two of these marathon shows were Sherlock and The Adventures of Merlin. I was impressed by the actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Morgan, and wished they could be in a story together. They look similar enough to be brothers, and their quirks on screen are close as well. So I made up the story in my mind, and figured if anyone was going to write it, it might as well be me.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on the third book in the Angel Hacker Series, titled "Angel's Fall." Soon I will be researching for a steam punk pirate novel I've been thinking about writing. I want to take a swordfighting class so I can get the mechanics down, also I will have to delve into the world of Steam Punk, which I highly admire but don't fully understand.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am playing with my dogs, spending time with my family, and playing the addicting game "Plants VS Zombies 2"
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've mentioned before that I read Entertainment Weekly. I love that magazine not only for their sarcasm, but I trust their reviews. Not only do they cherish movies, TV and music but they also have a fierce love of books and theater.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think my favorite book series when I was a girl was "Olga the Polga." It was a book about a guinea pig. I also had a guinea pig as a pet and I loved the adventures Olga and her gang got into.
Published 2013-09-23.
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