A.L. Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. Her debut YA paranormal romance novel, FOR YOUR HEART, releases October 31, 2013. By day, she lives in Connecticut her two feline hench-creatures. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. She also wears Vibram five-finger toe shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
1. Are you a reader? What are your favorite books?
Of course! I love YA and adult novels in: paranormal, fantasy, and some sci-fi. Also, any romances in those areas are cool with me too. Some of the series that are my favorites are Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborne series, Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, and His Dark Materials from Philip Pullman.
2. What is your path to publication?
One with lots of rocks and pot holes, LOL. I started writing for fun in high school and didn’t realize that I wanted to write a novel to sell until I was out of college. My first YA series sucked. My adult series didn’t get an agent. I got some shorts published with small press. My first YA book got an agent, but came after the big post-TWILIGHT paranormal romance boom and the market was too flooded for the editors who liked it to take it. My second YA book got some very mixed editor feedback. It was either too much like CINDER or so different that they had no idea what to do with it. I went to the board a couple of times, but never got signed. My small publisher went out of business and I had to self publish my shorts or risk not having them out at all. I finished my third YA book and, after five years of dealing with traditional publishing, I decided I’d give self publishing a chance. I’m still with my agent and we’re still trying to get the right time and place for my work, but at least I’ll be putting things out until that time.
3. How much time do you spend writing each day/week?
I’m one of those flighty artistic people who believes in a muse. My muse is a temperamental being who likes a certain kind of mental environment that I can’t always provide for her. Thus, I’m a highly unregimented author that writes when I feel the need to write. Thoughts will stew for ages, but they won’t be ready to come out. When they are ready, they don’t stop coming and I HAVE to write or die! (It feels that way, at least) Sometimes that means writing a novel in a week (yes, I have done this) and sometimes that means a year or two before something useful comes out of my brain.
4. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
It depends on the day. For the initial creative process I’m mostly an island. When I was younger I liked to regurgitate everything that I was thinking about and doing with a new book. These days I keep it closer to the chest and tend not to share until I’m done writing and editing. However, if I have issues I sometimes bring in my other author friends and my immediate family. As for being an author in general, I’m part of a community. I’m always talking to other authors, trying to meet people, going to conventions and conferences, joining writer’s groups, etc.
5. What is your favorite thing about writing? Least favorite?
I love being able to be a story teller. For me, my characters are like children and letting people read my work is like taking them to a beauty contest or something. I feel so proud of them! LOL The least favorite part for me is definitely the publishing industry. It can be discouraging and snail in molasses in January slow.
6. Are writers born, taught, or both?
There are a lot of things that go into being a writer. You have to be a storyteller, a dialogue smith, you have to be able to construct beautiful sentences, you have to interpret the world in a way that is new yet familiar to readers, you have to be good at grammar and putting together believable plots. Plus more! To some degree, I think writers are born with one or two of these traits and have to learn the others. So, logically, that means you could technically learn all of them. But, I do believe that there are a rare few people who are just naturally gifted with all the traits. Long story short, a writer can either be born or taught or a combination of the two.
7. What would you tell younger and less experienced you if you could?
Do everything sooner! Uncertainty and questioning gets you nowhere, Self!
YA Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/31/2013
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park…and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she’s forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.