I was a total nerd while growing and up and enjoyed the company of books more than of people. Thankfully, I've moved on from that anti-social phase and can call myself a geek now (trust me, there is a difference).
I might not be that introverted person anymore but my passion for books not only remains, but it has evolved into something much bigger. I'm not satisfied with only reading books. Now I have stories to tell too. Oh, and before I forget, I'm also a shoeholic. :)
2. When did you start writing, and why?
I started to write because I had these stories in my head and one day I decided to type them away. Just to see if I could do it.
The more I wrote, the more the story took shape.
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I write what I like to read. As a reader, I've lost count of how many times a book frustrated me.
I'm one of those people who yell at fictious characters when they make bad decisions like they are real.
What I enjoy most about writing is the power and freedom it gives you. The fate of my characters rests on my hands. It's like playing with Barbies but much, much better (fyi, I haven't played with Barbies since I was 9, I just collect them now ;) ).
The Prophecy of Arcadia is my first published work and it's the first book in the Arcadian Wars series. I plan to published the second, Prodigies Unbound, beginning of next year.
I'm also working on a YA standalone novel that might still be published this year.
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
Arcadian Wars tells the story of a group of very talented alien teens who were placed on Earth to protect two kids from there.
Those human kids are prophesized to be the key to save Arcadia which at the point the story begins, is on the brink of complete destruction.
There are sci-fi elements but in the first book it takes a backseat. The story feels more contemporary with the aliens pretending to be humans and facing regular teen problems while trying to protect their charges. The following books will feel more Sci-Fi and there will more action too.
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Samantha is my favorite character and the easiest to write. She encompasses everything I look for in an heroine. She's sassy, loyal, and flawed in a realistic way.
Alexia is human and one of the kids the Arcadians are protecting. She's doesn't know her role in the Prophecy and believes her protectors are actually her cousins. She's kind and adores her family.
Matthew is another Arcadian and he's the total package: gorgeous, myterious, and protective.
You get to know at lot about them because The Prophecy of Arcadia is told in their POVs.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
A lot of the weird alien names were concocted by my sister and me after we drank a whole bottle of champagne. So yeah, I blame it on the alcohol, lol.
8. Where to find M.H.:
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Prophecy of Arcadia is available at Amazon.
To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.
To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
Read on for an excerpt from Prophecy of Arcadia:
“You all must be guessing why I requested a meeting this morning,” Gary said in a good mood, and I wondered why he was so cheeky at 6 a.m. He ignored the grunts he received in response.
The boys still wore their PJs and were suffering from a collective case of awful bed hair. I was the last to arrive -- not surprisingly, since I was the only one in the house who had bothered to change clothes and brush my hair.
The need to look somewhat presentable put me in a less than comfortable situation when the only seat left in Gary’s spacious office was next to Matthew. Considering the situation between us, I might have hoped the others would be more thoughtful and not make me sit next to him. No such luck.
I avoided making eye contact with Matthew as I took my seat on the big leather couch, putting maximum space between us. He shifted in his seat uneasily.
Gary’s office was a mix of contradictory influences. It had several pieces that could easily belong to a very conservative law firm, like the massive mahogany desk and the button tufted, classic leather sectional sofa in dark brown. His chair had a classic design too but it was in neon green leather, and the paintings hurt the eyes if you stared at them for too long. It was like two different people had decorated the office. The result would make an interior designer have a seizure.
I focused my attention on Gary sitting behind his desk, and waited for him to explain why we had been summoned for the second time in less than twenty-four hours. Alexia, our charge, was coming to Santa Barbara to spend her summer vacation with us and as usual, we had gone through a debriefing the day before.
As the Prodigies, we had been appointed since birth to be her protectors. However, unlike the majority of our fellow Arcadians, our abilities hadn’t started to manifest until very recently. The appointment had been more symbolic than anything else. This year, however, things would change.
Sean yawned loudly and received an instant glare from his twin brother in return. Not that he cared. My own twin sister, Mia, smiled sympathetically at Zach, which prompted him to soften his countenance.
“I’m pretty sure you must have a good reason for the meeting.” Matthew replied to Gary’s earlier statement, and I looked over at him. He was impossibly good looking, even with disheveled hair.
He sensed me staring and glanced my way, eyebrows furrowed. I felt heat rush to my cheeks and looked away.
Gary stood up and started to pace in front of us. “I just received word from the Council that Melanie must remain in Arcadia until she completes her training.”
“Why?” I asked. A sliver of dread pierced my heart. Since our abilities started to manifest we had taken turns going to Arcadia for training, but we never stayed more than a few days.
“Do you know how long it will take?” Zach asked before Gary could answer my question.
Gary stuffed his hands in his pockets and shrugged. “Who knows? But don’t worry about it. I’m sure she’ll be back in a jiff.”
A typical Gary response, I thought as I tried to hide my annoyance. Sometimes I wondered why Gary, with his carefree personality, had been appointed to be our mentor. And the Council wondered why we didn’t take our roles more seriously. It was kind of hard to relate with the tragedy of our planet when we had never lived on it, and the person who should be guiding us treated everything like a joke.