Caitlin Hensley has been telling stories since she learned to hold a pen, and is pretty much obsessed with writing. When not typing frantically on her laptop, she’s usually dancing, catching up on reruns of her favorite TV shows, or getting lost in a great book. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her family and a nutty Chihuahua.
Hi Caitlin, welcome! Thanks for joining us today!
Thanks for having me, Trish!
So Caitlin, I ask everyone this because it’s a question that has so many answers. What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, so I’m not sure what initially set me off. I remember sitting down and filling up notebooks with lines of messy handwriting, then I would call my little sister into the room and read her my stories right there on the spot. What really inspired me to polish up my craft was a combination of a great book on writing that I checked out from the library, and my first ever writing class.
Ahhh…the lovely notebook. I have one of those too! 🙂 Can you tell us more about your latest book?
My debut novel is a YA paranormal romance titled Paranormal Legacy that’s due to be released in March of 2013. Here’s the official blurb:
After moving to a rural Pennsylvania town, cynical teen Haily Long soon discovers that the next- door neighbors are paranormal creatures of darkness. Despite this little quirk, the Knight family seems friendly enough, especially handsome Nathan. Nathan is well-mannered and polite, your typical boy next door . . . except for the fact that he turns into something else once a month. In a matter of days, Haily is drawn deep into a shadowed world of danger and deceit, and learns startling truths about her own past. When sinister strangers come sniffing around town for Nathan, and Haily gets pulled into the resulting chaos, she must discover how to unlock her true heritage if she wants to survive.
Sounds great – I can’t wait!! What has been the most difficult scene for you to write?
I always have trouble with endings. I don’t want to make them too cheesy, and most people walk away remembering a book’s ending better than the rest of the book, so I really work to get them just right.
Endings sure can be tough. Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?
I used to have these really extensive outlines, but lately I’ve been coming up with an outline that’s looser, and letting my typing fingers guide the way. That seems to work best for me.
I can’t do outlines. I’ve tried! So, what is your favorite genre to read, and why?
I love just about any book, as long as it’s well-written. But I usually find myself drawn to YA paranormal, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy. I think it’s because I like the supernatural element that these stories usually have.
Yes! I love fantasy because I can get lost in it. LOL If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one! I think I’d like to shadow Cassandra Clare. She’s the author of The Mortal Instruments series, and the first book in that series, City of Bones, is one that inspired me to work on my writing and strive for it to become better.
I will have to check her out, thanks! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?
Writing transports me to different worlds, which is great. Also, I’ve met so many amazing people through our shared enjoyment of writing. I’ve made so many awesome friends. I think that’s been the most rewarding part of my journey.
The new friends – it’s such a bonus, isn’t it? Do you have any advice for budding authors looking to publish?
First of all, polish your work. Don’t send it out into the world unedited. And don’t be afraid to take criticism. That was a hard one for me to get over, but it really helps to have a thick skin. And above all, have fun! Writing is supposed to be fun. 😀
Great advice!! What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?
Paranormal Legacy is part of a series called The Inhuman Chronicles, and I have the next four books already written. I also have a few short stories, a post-apocalyptic novel, and a futuristic sci-fi novel waiting in the wings. So look for those sometime in the near future. You can find out more at my blog or Facebook page.
Sounds like a busy year for you – woot!! Just for fun, I have to ask – If you could spend a month secluded in the woods, what books would you bring with you to read?
Probably The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I’ve been meaning to read those books again. And I have several indie authors whose books I need to catch up on, so I’d take those too. I’d have a whole trunk overflowing with books. (Actually, I’ve done that before. Once I took a suitcase full of books with me on vacation, because I didn’t know what I wanted to read next after I finished the book I was reading at the time.)
I LOVE THG series – probably my favorite from the last five years! So – It’s time for our Rapid-Fire questions!!
White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? Dark chocolate
Wine – Red or White? I’m not a fan of wine, but white wine sounds interesting.
Tent or Hotel? Definitely a hotel
Beach or Pool? Beach
Shower or Bath? Shower
eReader or Paperback? Paperback. eReaders just don’t have that new book smell.
Heels or Flats? Flats; I’m already tall enough as it is. lol
Bra or No Bra? Definitely bra