Today’s Author Spotlight is: P.M. Hernandez
– A writer of YA paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction!
Readers, let’s welcome to my blog, P.M. Hernandez. She lives in Virginia but travels the globe, finding inspiration in the colorful, mysterious, and sometimes spooky corners of it. Also, check out more about her writing at http://www.pmhernandez.com, and explore a a world where gargoyles take flight, aliens visit Earth, and magic is real.
She’s agreed to visit and share with us today some dreams, some advice, and some reading recommendations.
P.M., thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with bios and such, and while I’ll get to that, let’s start with the important stuff!
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
Definitely a dragon. You can ride them. They’re great protection. They excel at gathering and hoarding valuable objects. You’d save money on heating your house. What’s not to love?
You’re right in line with Zoe, from last week! I’ll just repeat my warning that I gave her. Many are sentient. Who would be the pet and who would be the owner?
What do you write and how did you get started?
I mostly write YA paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction. I say mostly because my editor told me my latest series is NOT young adult, or at least, only recommended for 16 and above. Who knew I could be so dark? Ha!
I got started the same way a lot of other authors did. I’ve been writing most of my life. Pretty sure my first book was for a middle school project. I wrote and illustrated a children’s book about a teddy bear. My first published book came out in 2016.
Exactly what I love and read. Now I’m curious about that teddy bear book. Is it available on Amazon? *winks*
What do you like to read?
I love anything paranormal, fantasy, or science fiction. That’s my jam. But sometimes, I break out into contemporary or historical fiction, or even non-fiction. I don’t discriminate, but I also am quick to set aside a book that isn’t thrilling me because my TBR pile is HUGE.
Doing something about my to-read pile is definitely something I’m working on this year. I’m not great at setting aside books, though. Maybe I should practice.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
“Write what you know”
I have no idea who said it first, but clearly, that person didn’t write high fantasy. I’m willing to admit, though, that there’s a kernel of truth in it. All the best made-up stuff has a touch of the real world. Otherwise, how can we connect with it? So in that sense, we’re writing about what we know, just adding trolls and magic and whatnot.
Once again, you’re agreeing with last week’s author. AND! Giving the very same caveat I gave. In far fewer words. I’m right there with you.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can’t pry out of your cold, dead hands.
Writing is a lonely hobby.
Writing isn’t the solo affair we think it is. We need people, and not just friends or family who will lie to us and tell us everything we write is gold.
We need people in our lives who’ll tell us difficult things and help us get better at our craft. Some of your writing circle will eventually be friends; others will be professional contacts.
Never think you’ve arrived, that you can’t learn anything new; your writing tribe will help you be a continual learner.
Everyone is a resource.
As an ambi-vert who runs several writer support groups, I’m a huge fan of finding your support people. There surely are SOME people out there who do fine solo, I just don’t know any of them (which, I’m sure is the point).
I have a new science fiction series coming out this year.
It’s kind of a departure for me. Dark and Bright is my take on Frankenstein, if the monster were a teenage girl and the doctor had access to modern tech. The book is available for pre-order now, and will come out on February 1.
Fortunately, if you like it, you won’t have to wait long!
Book two, Darkening Night, will release in May. Book three, Blazing Light, will release in late fall.
Both the Dark and Bright Series and the Whitewood Journals (YA paranormal) are in Kindle Unlimited.
My YA science fiction series, Earthborn, will be in KU soon.
And finally…you can meet me in person at Roanoke Author Invasion (April 2019 in Roanoke, VA), Penned Con (September 2019 in St. Louis, MO), and Royal Book Bash in the DMV (October 2019 in Woodbridge, VA).