Friday 3 February 2017

Q&A with S.L Giger

Today on the blog I have a Q&A with S.L Giger, author of Heart of Power: The Siren's Awakening.

Hi Seraina, thanks for stopping by! Tell us a little about your book, Heart of Power: The Siren's Awakening.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity! Heart of Power is a paranormal fantasy, in which 17-year-old Serena can’t escape her true destiny any longer. She is transformed into a Siren and has to get used to a different name, unusual abilities and constantly attracting every man’s glance. Guided by her new family members, she faces the challenge of leading a life among humans without appearing divergent. When Alex reciprocates her love, she seems to fully have settled into her new life. However, two secrets have yet to be revealed and Serena has to make a tough choice.
I think readers who liked Twilight will enjoy Heart of Power.

Did you relate to any of your characters in any way?

I think the whole topic with the heart being the key to a lot in Heart of Power started because I have light cardiac dysrhythmias, and the main character is Swiss but has to move to the US. I did an exchange year in New York when I was 16. Plus, Serena and Seraina are kind of similar, but that wasn't really on purpose. I used the name Serena because it's related to the Greek word for siren, but it's funny because when I travel and go to Starbucks, they always write Serena on my cup.

Where did you get the inspiration to write a series with a Siren as the protagonist?

I was travelling in Malaysia, and in the rain forest I thought I landed in a different world. Then I knew that I wanted to write a fantasy story, and because I felt my heart once in a while, I thought I should use a creature for which hearts are important. I also like creatures where females play a special role and who are known for their beauty, or powers to attract other people. Therefore, Sirens were the perfect choice.

If you were transformed into a creature from Greek Mythology, what would you hope to be? Good question, there are so many. The Greeks created a whole world. I wouldn't have wanted to be a Siren in the Greek mythology though, where they just lived out on the rocks in the ocean. Perhaps a Pegasus. Must be fun to be a flying horse.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write an outline first and you will finish much quicker. I didn't write one and just hoped that the ideas would come to me (and they did but it took me 4 years to finish). For the second and the third book I'll write an outline first. Once you think you are finished; find a good editor. There are really cheap ones on fiverr and they will help you to make the story so much better.

What can we expect from the second and the third book?

Tough times are ahead because the magical world will need to fight in a war in which Serena and Alex play a central role. Let's see whether their love can overcome these difficult times and whether her Siren family will be on the same team.

 Big thank you to Seraina for stopping by to answer some questions!

Heart of Power  is now available to purchase!

 Amazon Book Depository 

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