We are so excited to have one of our favorite authors here hanging out with us on Schmexy Girl Book Blog today. Please welcome NY Times & USA Today bestselling author H.M Ward! Welcome Holly and thank you so much for taking some time to come by and answer some questions!
THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME! YOU GUYS HAVE AN AWESOME BLOG!!! PLUS THE TITLE IS COOL. LIKE I COULD PASS UP AN INTERVIEW WITH YOU GUYS! :)
AWW!! We are glad you like the name!!
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’M A NATIVE NYER LIVING IN TEXAS, I LOVE DISNEY WORLD, PURPLE, AND GLITTER. I’VE BEEN ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST FOUR TIMES THIS YEAR AND HAD TWO BOOKS ON THERE AT ONCE TWICE SO FAR. IT’S CRAZY!
Oh wow.. New York!! How close we once were, we live close to the NYC border on the Jersey side!
Q: So what is the one thing you miss the most about living in New York… the pizza, bagels, or something else?
I TOTALLY MISS THE BEACH. I’M FROM DEER PARK, SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF LONG ISLAND. I USED TO DRIVE DOWN TO THE BEACH YEAR ROUND. SOMETHING ABOUT THE SCENT OF THE OCEAN AND THE WAVES CRASHING ON THE SAND IS THERAPEUTIC. I’M NOT COORDINATED ENOUGH TO SURF OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, I JUST SIT THERE AND DON’T MIND FEELING SMALL AT TIMES.
Q: Ok now the question all our New York/New Jersey fans want to know… Yankees or Mets?
DAMN IT! WHAT’D YOU ASK ME THAT FOR? YANKEES
We knew we loved you for a reason ;) LOL
Q: We recently saw that you were listed as the #3 top on Amazon’s Author Ranking!! Congratulations!! When you first started writing, did you ever think you would be as successful as you are today?
NOPE. I STARTING WRITING BECAUSE IT’S CATHARTIC AND CHEAPER THAN PAINTING. :) I NEVER EXPECTED THINGS TO GET THIS BIG THIS FAST.
Q: Do you think social media has influenced your success in the literary world?
YES, BECAUSE IT CREATES MORE OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE READERS AND THE WRITER. SOCIAL MEDIA IS AWESOME FOR INTERACTING WITH FANS AND FINDING OUT WHAT FLOATS THEIR BOAT ABOUT THE BOOKS AND WHAT KIND OF THINGS THEY LIKE TO READ ABOUT. IT ALSO MAKES IT REALLY OBVIOUS THAT WE’D GET ALONG REALLY WELL. YOU GUYS CRACK ME UP, AND I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MANY PPL GET MY SENSE OF HUMOR. I FEEL LIKE I’VE KNOWN SOME OF YOU GUYS FOREVER! IT’S TOTALLY AWESOME!
As a blogger/reader I love that we are able to connect with our favorite authors now. It allows us to see and learn so much more about who you are. I think that it helps people form a connection not only to your books, but to you as well. You are one of the kick ass authors who will connect with your fans too which we LOVE!
Q: You have written both New Adult/Contemporary and Paranormal, do you feel yourself gravitating towards one genre more than the other?
I STARTED WRITING YA PNR AND IT CROSSED OVER INTO NA BEFORE NEW ADULT WAS AROUND. IT WAS A NATURAL PROGRESSION. I STILL WRITE BOTH GENRES ALTHOUGH I’VE BEEN WRITING MORE ROMANCE LATELY.
Q: Both of us LOVED the Scandalous series, and seriously considered taking up some art classes… where did your inspiration for Jack and Abby’s story come from?
OH MAN! THAT STORY HITS REALLY CLOSE TO HOME. ITS THE ‘WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF WE NEVER KISSED’ STORY. ABBY HAS MY TEMPERAMENT AND IDEALISTIC TENDENCIES THAT GET HER INTO TROUBLE. JACK IS BASED ON MY HIGH SCHOOL BFF, WHO I MARRIED SHORTLY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. WE JUST CELEBRATED OUR 16TH ANNIVERSARY. HE’S MY JACK. I LOVE ART, I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR MINISTRY, AND STUDIED THEOLOGY. SCANDALOUS WAS MY DEBUT ROMANCE BOOK THAT I THOUGHT NO ONE WOULD EVER SEE. WHEN I RELEASED IT, THERE WERE LIKE 5 FANS AND THEY TOLD EVERYONE ELSE. FAST FORWARD NINE MONTHS AND SCANDALOUS HIT THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST, AND I STILL BLUSH TALKING ABOUT IT.
Q: Damaged was #1 on Amazon top 100 for quite some time. (I will just say that I would have stayed in college if my professors were like Peter..) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
THE SQUIRREL SCENE. SIDNEY JUST TRIES SO HARD AND THEN THIS WEIRD CRAP HAPPENS TO HER WHEN SHE’S TRYING TO DO SOMETHING GOOD. IT’S THE KIND OF THING THAT HAPPENS TO ME AND SOUNDS TOO CRAZY TO BE TRUE.
Q: There were times in the book I wanted to shake Sydney, and other times I just really wanted to give her a hug. If you were Sydney’s friend in Damaged #1 what advice would you give her?
I’D KEEP PUSHING HER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH HER LIFE. WHEN STUFF LIKE THAT HAPPENS IT’S REALLY HARD TO NOT GET STUCK IN THE PAST. NO MATTER WHAT DEMONS PEOPLE ARE FACING, THEY HAVE A WAY OF TRYING TO HOLD ON. I THINK PETER IS DOING THAT FOR HER, AND SHE NEEDS IT.
Q: Will Damaged #2 conclude Peter and Sydney’s story?
FIRST I HAVE TO POINT SOMETHING OUT BECAUSE I DID A SERIES WITHIN A SERIES HERE. WE HAVE THE OVERARCHING WORLD OF THE FERRO BROTHERS, WITH THREE SEPARATE SERIES: ARRANGEMENT (SEAN), DAMAGED (PETER), AND STRIPPED (JONATHAN). 1 WORLD, 1 FAMILY, 3 BROTHERS, 3 SERIES. THAT SAID, DAMAGED 2 IS THE CONCLUSION OF SIDNEY AND PETER’S STORY, BUT YOU WILL SEE MORE OF THEM IN THE ARRANGEMENT AND STRIPPED.
Q: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
THE ‘THIS IS TRASH’ COMMENTS ARE ALWAYS FUN, BUT THEN I’LL SEE ANOTHER COMMENT THAT SAYS ‘THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ’ RIGHT BELOW IT. EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE BOOKS, WHICH IS AWESOME. IT’S ALL ABOUT CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED AND WANT TO PERSEVERE. WE SEEM TO FLOCK TO EACH OTHER.
Q: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers and fans?
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS! FROM DAY 1, AMAZING FANS HAVE BEEN CHEERING ME ON, ASKING FOR MORE BOOKS, AND ENCOURAGING MY CREATIVITY. I COULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU GUYS! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We thank you so much for taking your time out to hang out with us today and we can’t wait to read more of your books!
AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON YOUR BLOG! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! :)