ENCHANTED HEART Interview and Giveaway With Author Mindy Ruiz
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Enchanted Heart by Mindy Ruiz
Series: Game of Hearts #1
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
Cassandra Vera never ever broke the rules.
She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, seventeen-year-old Cassandra agrees to a road trip, which is the perfect way to celebrate her birthday and ring in the New Year. After all, she’s headed to Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know her past is buried there as well.
Cloaked in the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her, and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle — and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.
- Welcome Mindy to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m not very good at this part, talking about me.
I live in a sleepy Beach Town near the O.C. in Southern California, Sandra Bullock and I shared the same zip code at one point in time. When I’m not writing, I spend my time chasing after three boys, making flirty eyes at my hunky husband, watching fantasy television shows (long live The CW), cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and hanging out at the beach with my very large, very loud Italian family.
I writea mash-up of paranormal and urban fantasy romances for young adults, new adults, and adults. I love digging past the surface of my characters and finding what really torments them, makes them snarky, and why they either are desperately looking for love or trying to avoid the big L. You can be certain there will be one or two moments that will make your heart race, your head swoon, or throw your e-reader at the wall. I love a good romance, the underdog, John Hugh’s 80′s teen movies, and digging my toes in the sand.
- Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
I’m a feeler. Whether I’m starting out a series or a stand alone, I wait for the characters to talk to me. I’ll put my iTunes on shuffle or let spotifygo wild and when a certain song comes on one character usually starts speaking louder. During that song I can basically interview them:
Who are you?
What’s your secret?
What’s the secret that will kill you if anyone finds out? And don’t tell me the secret you just told me.
Who do you like?
And then I channel my inner two-year-old and as why over and over and over again.
Then I share all of this new information with my husband and he usually has some pretty awesome questions for me to ask them.
Thankfully, the husband hasn’t admitted me for evaluation.
I work from a very basic W outline and let the characters surprise me while I’m writing. Olivia dropped a HUGE revelation on me in Chapter 46 and I had to go back through and make sure all of her actions and reactions were appropriate for the secret that was revealed.
- Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
Some of my favorite authors are V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, Judy Blume, Nora Roberts, C.J. Redwine, Myra McEntire, Rachel Hawkins, Rachel Harris, Rebecca Yarros, Molly Lee, Amy Bartol, Kelly Keaton, Eden Butler, Megan Curd, Hope Collier, and Elizabeth Isaacs.
As for my inspiration, most of my story ideas come from everyday, ordinary experiences that my warped little brain makes extraordinary. Then the songs come in and the interviews begin.
- Can you tell us a little about the world and people that readers will see in Enchanted Heart?
Enchanted Heart is a mash up of Greek mythology, Las Vegas Urban Fantasy, and some paranormal elements. Because, really, there’s a wholelotta not normal happening in Vegas. Enchanted Heart is about a girl who doesn’t think she’s special, she’s basically forgotten, and what happens when she is thrown into a world where she is the key to everything human and otherworldly. It’s a story about not letting others dictate who you’re expected to be, but finding out who you are and what power lies behind that discovery. Expect to read about all the usual things you’d find in Vegas: the casinos, the tourist attractions, and expect those places to have twists of the paranormal in them. And then there’s the unexpected. I’ll leave that for you to discover. J
- Without giving too much away, can you tell us what were your favorite scenes, chapters, or characters to write?
I love writing the scenes with Olivia; the girl is fierce and demanding and loyal. She forces Cassie to grow, make her own choices, and find her voice. Olivia is an onion that is so much fun to peel. She’s the type of girl that will walk into hell with you and make the devil him self quiver when she passes the threshold. I think everyone needs an Olivia in their life. I could seriously see her with a series because she has so many secrets that she hasn’t revealed even to me!
- Lastly, do you have any advice for budding authors or those who want to be published?
Run, do not walk, to C.J. Redwine’s classes. The woman is a freaking genius. Invest in the classes from Writer’s Digest, Savvy Author, and the twitter chats for your genre. Learn. Read. Learn. Read. Learn, read and then learn and read some more. Oh, and sign up for Janet Wallace’sStandUPWriters’ course through Social Deviants. It will seriously change your writing life. Attend as many conferences as you can and meet people. Surround yourself with people who are starting like you, who are just ahead of you in publishing, and those who you would consider established gods and scare the shiz out of you. You will learn to celebrate small victories with the first group. You will learn anything is possible with the second group. And you will stretch and grow and become one of the third group. Find twenty seconds of courage everyday and do something to move your career forward. Did I mention you should learn and read?
This or That:
- Tea or Coffee?
- Reading or Writing?
Oh wow! I’d choose booth but if I had to choose one it would be writing.
- Walking Dead, True Blood or Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones. Zombies are far too freaky and high up on the realm of possibility for me to imagine and my heart belongs to The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
- Books or Movies?
You can’t ask this of a girl who lives twenty miles from Hollywood. Buuut I’d have to go with books, especially with my visual imagination.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!
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