Monday, March 7, 2011

Guest Author Interview: Hope Welsh + Giveaway

Please welcome today's guest author Hope Welsh.  Hope is the author of Forbidden and Once Bitten, The Storm Within, and Linked.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  I really don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I wrote a play when I was eight. A Christmas play. My sister got married the night it was performed. I’ve never forgiven her for that, because I missed my own play—lol, being a flower girl. I’m pretty sure I frowned at her throughout the ceremony. I remember trying to convince her to get married the following night.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I have always enjoyed paranormal books. The first ones I read were back in the late eighties/early nineties. Authors like Teresa Medeiros were my staples back then. Linda Lael Miller and her vampire books—I was hooked. When I read, I want to escape from reality. What better way to do that than to read about angels, vampires, time-travel and shapeshifters?

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

I’ve actually thought about this. When I was a child, I desperately wanted to be clairvoyant. Of course now, I can’t imagine the horror of seeing horrid things before they happen. (Although I love writing about clairvoyance.) When I was a young wife, I dreamt that my husband’s plane went down into a lake during a flying lesson. I convinced him to postpone the lesson. That afternoon, a small plane went down in a lake.

Now, as someone that is a little older and hopefully a little wiser, now, I’d love to be an empath. The thought of being able to help others in pain would fit me to a T. I spent years as an EMT and as any EMT will tell you; they’d give a lot to be able to really help their patients.

I’m actually working on a book—The female protagonist is an empathic EMT. In Linked, the female protagonist is a clairvoyant woman that doesn’t want a thing to do with her abilities.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

  I’m really bad at this kind of question. My best answer, I suppose, would be that I try very hard to make my novels allow a reader to escape into a world that is not black and white. I want them to feel what my characters feel. I want them to see and believe what my characters see and believe. I’ve always thought that if a novel can make a reader feel an emotional response to the book that the author has succeeded in doing her job.

In Linked, Lana Summers watched the hell her mother went through with her visions of the future. She wants nothing at all to do with her own abilities, and tries to disregard them totally.

When her mother’s murderer threatens her life, Cole Willams comes to the rescue. In the book, she’s forced to either accept her abilities in order to solve an ancient prophecy to thwart an ancient evil, or deny them and watch the world as she knows it change forever.

Any good story should answer this question: WHAT IF? Linked does that—in spades, I think.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

  I can’t write a book without seeing my characters. The Evil One would be the guy that played in The Crow, Michael Wincott. He’s got the voice to pull him off. Can’t you see him playing an arrogant ancient evil? I sure can!

Lana Summers could be played by Olivia Wilde (from House) I think she has the personality to pull off Lana. Lana is a strong woman, and from what I’ve seen of Olivia’s acting, she does that type of character very well.

Hugh Jackman for Cole Williams. Cole is a character that is a fixer. I can see Hugh Jackman as the type of man that would want to fix everything. Cole’s character would need someone that can pull off a dominant personality.

Linked by Hope Welsh.

Evil is watching and time is running out. Tara Summers wants an ordinary life--and nothing to do with anything paranormal. She shuns her own paranormal abilities. When her home is broken into, Cole Williams comes to the rescue--and he's much more than he seems. Will they be able to stop the evil or is their joining going to be the cause of evil taking control?

Thank you Hope for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

**Hope Welsh Ebook Giveaway**

We are giving away three ebooks by Hope Welsh, Linked, The Storm Within, and Forbidden and Bitten, to one lucky winner!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email address (so we may contact you if you win).  You do not have to be a follower to enter (though I always appreciate a follow!).  This giveaway is international.  Giveaway ends March 22nd midnight EST.


  1. Loved that interview.

    Hilarious how she wanted her sister to change her wedding day date :P. Poor girl didn't get to see her damn play! Lol.

    I love the sound of an empathic EMT. It sounds really interesting.

    Oh and high five for Olivia Wilde! I absolutely love her, she's my favorite actress so I smiled really big when she was mentioned :).


  2. Another great interview.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. loved the interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Great interview!

    Nice week,

    owlie_eye at rocketmail dot com

  5. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  6. That was a great interview, I am adding these books to my next set of books to order if I don't win. I am a new follower :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Great interview. I'm a fan of paranormal and this looks and sounds like a really exciting book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I'm a gfc follower


  8. I'll add that it was a great interview! The book, Linked, sounds interesting. I'm always looking for something new to read. Thanks!


    wv_mark at

  9. Fantastic interview! I love the sounds of these books and the covers are great! Thanks for the giveaway.


    bkwalkerbooks at comcast dot net

  10. HI All!

    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! If you have any away :)

    Good luck on the give-away to all

  11. I love to see how many authors suggest Hugh Jackman as one of their characters- I love him and I have pictured him more than a few times as a character.


  12. Awesome interview and I ahve Linked on my wishlist so Im excited for this contest!

  13. Nwahh! I could just imagine you trying to convince your sister to change her wedding day. That had to be adorable to your family!

    Excellent interview and congratulations!

  14. I would like to enter the drawing!

  15. sounds like a great read to me, please count me in =)
    I do GFC follow as Tanyaw1224 and email subsriber ;)

  16. I don't want to be entered to win. I already own 2 of the three books so that would just be unfair!

    Love the interview. I am a HUGE Hope Welsh fan! I read Linked first and it was so great. It just pulled me in and before I knew, it was over. I could feel the emotions (not going to elaborate and spoil it) and I love books that do that.

    Good luck to the winner. You are in for some great reads.

    And Hope, can't wait to read your new one about the EMT.

  17. I think all great writers have a very similar statement - that they don't remember a time when they were not writing - I think that it's very telling about how writing is just an integral part of your life. Kudos! :)
    Thanks, too, for the contest! :)

  18. Thank you both for a wonderful interview. These are definately on my TBR list. Yup, Hugh Jackman does it for me!

  19. I loved reading the interview, Hope. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  21. Wonderful interview. Book sounds very, very interesting!

  22. Thanks for a great interview & giveaway.

    ke7yca at gmail dot ocm

  23. Sounds like a great book

  24. Three is better than just one. :)

  25. I really enjoyed the interview!! Your books look like great reads.


  26. What a wonderful interview. I'm glad that Hope mentioned it on her blog, now I'm a follower. Yay!

  27. Just have to say, I absolutely LOVE Linked's cover. I stumbled here by accident while blog surfing and it immediately drew me in. I love the thought of a emphatic EMT. That would make that job ten thousand times harder. -shudder- Not something I would want.


  28. Great interview, Thanks for the opportunity to win a great giveaway also!

  29. I never heard that autoress but she looks awesome.
    Red eyes are both alluring and terryfying ;)
    Happy to see a international contest even though i wont win it. *sigh*

    my email:

  30. Leone lionsrrroar@gmail.comMarch 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Fantastic interview. Many thanks for the opportunity to win. Yay!

  31. Great interview and the book sounds interestig. Now when I read it I'll know who to picture in my head. Please enter me in the contest.

  32. Nice interview. Liked the glimpse into your childhood. Don't know why family won't change their plans;) Linked sounds good. I'll have to get it.

  33. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win the ebooks!

  34. I have been enjoying all these great books you've been blogging about. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm a follower.

  35. I don't know who won this contest--I'm sending LINKED to everyone that left an email address in their comments. If you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon, though!


    1. That is very generous of you. The original winner was BLHmistress at vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com


    2. I'll make sure she gets all 3--as I can't remember if you were sent the 3 to give ...