I'm very pleased to introduce you to Haven Malone! I met Haven online through our mutual friend, Denyse Bridger, I'm pretty sure before she was published. So I'm very excited to add her to the long list of interviewees we have had here! First, a little about her ...
Hi everyone. I am a mother of 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. I am retired now with plenty of time on my hands. I pass a lot of time on facebook but also like to go to certain websites as well. I usually spend time with my grandchildren about every two weeks or so. They and my daughters are my life. Without them, I am nothing.
Haven, please tell us about your journey to published writing. What made you move in this direction? Did you have someone encouraging you?
I can't say that it was really a journey to published writing. I started through the encouragement of a good friend and mentor, Denyse Bridger. She encouraged me and helped me to write a short story for an anthology. I never really expected to end up with a published story but Denyse was able to get me in a book with four other authors. That's where the ball started. I had lots of ideas in my head that I hope to spin into a book of my own.
We know what your bio says. Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.
I think the one thing that surprises people the most about me is that I am a 61 year old grandmother who enjoys reading and trying my hand at writing erotica.
|Haven's story in this anthology is|
published under the name Susan Van Nort
Do you remember what it was like, the feeling you had when you learned your first work was out there in the world?
When I was told that my story was picked for publication, I was ecstatic. I found out later in the evening and had to call my girls and tell them that their mother was about to become a published author. We were all screaming! Of course, it wasn't until the story was about to released to the public that I got very nervous and hoped that those who read it would not hate it!
Tell us a bit about your story in the anthology “Lost to the Night 2”.
That story is entitled The Ghostly Story and is about a young woman who inherits a house from an uncle that is occupied by several ghosts. It's all about her journey to deal with a situation that she had never encountered before.
What about your other publications?
I only have one other published story and it's titled "Victoria's Haunting." It's a paranormal story of love and loss.
If there is one character you’ve written or are writing that you would really like people to meet, who would it be?
I am currently working on a story entitled The White Queen. The lead character is Elissa and her daughter is Corinna. I plan to develop Corinna into a young woman of determination and think she would be the character I would want people to meet just because of her strength and determination to live her life her way.
What do you have coming up next?
I am currently working on a story with another author. The title is Murder in Wonderland and is based on the characters from the classic Alice in Wonderland but with a twist. We hope that this will published within the next six months.
What other ideas do you have bouncing around in your head?
Other ideas include expanding on short story I have entered into a contest called "The Ghost of Pere Cheney" and a Christmas story entitled "The Heart of Christmas."
What about being published and the book industry in general has most surprised you?
I guess the most surprising is the amount of self published in the market. I love that authors have this ability when they get far too many rejection letters. For me, Victoria's Haunting is a self published and I did that just to see where it would go. Unfortunately, it has not done much. So, likely next time I am ready to publish, I will send to as many publishers as necessary to see that happen.
What other things besides writing do you have going on that keep you busy?
Well, outside of spending time with my family, I enjoy watching hockey and the many new paranormal shows on television this season. I also like to cook for myself and my family.
To close the interview, I have ten questions for you, plus one. Here they go!
- What is your favorite word? There are several that include publish, author, story, love, friendship, and many others really.
- What is your least favorite word? Anything vulgar but I really hate the f word! Although I will admit I have used it a few times in my life.
- What turns you on? A book that catches me in the very beginning and I have trouble putting it down.
- What turns you off? A book too full of sexual encounters. I want to see a plot.
- What sound or noise do you love? I love piano music. It helps me think and relax.
- What sound or noise do you hate? Someone playing their music so loud that all you can hear is the bass.
- What is your favorite curse word? I don't have a favorite curse word.
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Anything public related. Maybe a greeter for Walmart.
- What profession would you not like to do? The job I did for more than 20 years, housekeeping.
- If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Come right in, the love of your life has been waiting for you.
- What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you? Never really been asked any questions until now. So, I don't know of any I wish were asked of me.
Haven, thanks so much for spending time with us. Can you let us know where to follow you, and where we can go to purchase your work?
It's been a pleasure spending time with you Aaron. Thank you so much for having me.
My links are:
Victoria's Haunting: Amazon
Rudy and Trish are the main characters in Patricia and my published short stories in the "Evernight: Romance in a World of Darkness" anthologies. You can get to know them as well as get 23 other great stories! Here's where you can find them: