Interview with Paula Baker

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Now that Aidan has graduated from high school, he is studying math at university. It keeps him busy, although there is still time for skiing and hiking on the weekends.

When Paula is not writing, she is either working at school, skiing, golfing or riding her bike.
What is your writing process?
Aidan is the creator. He sees the entire world of Abbarkon in his head and knows where the characters are headed. His job is to get Paula to see his vision so that she can write it down. There is often a fair amount of arguing and a demand for more detail--both during the telling and then again after the writing.
Describe your desk
Both Aidan and Paula have laptops that allow them to work where ever they feel most comfortable. In the winter, that might be in a comfortable chair or at a desk. But in the summer, it mostly means sitting on the deck enjoying the weather and the view.
What are you working on next?
Now that The Hawks trilogy is complete, work has begun on a new series. Set in a steam punk/fantasy world, Aldrich, a gifted young physician, lifts his nose from his books long enough to discover that his city is filled with problems. Of course, that means he has to do something about it. Along the way, he meets a street urchin named Fia, who turns out to have incredibly powerful magic, and Wilhelmina, an aristocrat with a flair for assassination.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is magic. Anything can happen. You need only develop a character and give him or her a place to live. Then, it is almost as if they take on a life of their own. The story reveals itself as the character reacts to each situation. For Aidan and I, the discussions about "The Book" are filled with conjecture and debate. We talk about the characters like they are friends of ours as we try to figure out what they will do.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a high school librarian, I have read almost every book that Aidan has read plus a few more. Among our favourites are J. K. Rowling, Cinda Williams Chima, Christopher Paolini, Laini Taylor and John Flanagan. I'll stop there, but the list could go on. As I often say, my favourite book is the one I am reading right now.
Published 2017-10-22.
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Books by This Author

The White Wolf
Series: The Hawks. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,870. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Growing up in the frozen land of Nairt’kun, Venadis always dreamed of escaping her life of slavery. Her opportunity comes when Martokallu recruits King Norgrith’s armies for his fight against the Hawks. Fearing her powerful magic, Venadis’s masters force her to wear an iron collar. When she breaks free, the Hawks offer her their protection.
The God Sword
Series: The Hawks. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,410. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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The Hawks learn that the weapon they need to finally defeat Martokallu is hidden in Tsaralvia. Egbert reveals his true identity and accepts the challenge to lead a mission into the south. But they aren’t the only ones after the sword. The Worshippers of Dreff seek the weapon for their own purposes while the Protectors of the God Sword will do everything in their power to prevent its discovery.
Rebels of Halklyen
Series: The Hawks. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,350. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Assassins are not always the bad guys. Thirteen-year-old Flint comes to The Hawks an untrained serving boy, but under their instruction, he and his friend, Fleta, become skilled in the art of assassination. In a country ravaged by corruption, only The Hawks dare to stand and fight for what they know is right.