AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: YOLANDA SFETSOS
We have cornered author Yolanda Sfetsos for a chat…
Tell us a little about On Pins and Needles and what inspired you to write it.
This is the third installment in my series about a spook catcher who finds out a few interesting family secrets, while trying to stay alive and away from a demon-obsessed organization trying to hunt her down. And there’s also a little romance involving a very sexy werewolf.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I’m a cross between a pantser and a note-taker. This is a series, so there has to be some plotting involved, otherwise the story wouldn’t blend from one book to another. But I have to admit that while writing, things have popped up that I didn’t expect.
Sometimes the characters like to take over. It’s a fun process!
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I love urban fantasy because it includes some of my favourite things to read about—kick-ass characters, strong women, supernatural creatures, myth, horror, humor and mystery. So it was just a matter of time.
I started out writing horror and romance. I know, strange mix, right? But it fits perfectly into UF.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Oh, I love all of my characters. I really can’t choose just the one… but I have to admit that I absolutely adore Sierra, and enjoy my stay in her world probably more than I should.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
You know, I don’t think he or she has come yet. Most of my characters like to open up and never shut up. Gosh, I sound like a crazy person…
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part has to be the waiting. There’s a lot of waiting involved.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m not on Facebook. I’ve never been there and have no interest in it.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure would have to be these reality TV shows: Counting Cars, American Restoration, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and The Ultimate Fighter.
What TV Shows are you addicted to?
There are a few, but these are my most favourite: The Walking Dead, Castle, Grimm, Dexter, Burn Notice, Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, and Supernatural.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I have to make sure that I have my notes, several pens, paper, USB drive, and Samsung Galaxy Note nearby. Oh, and a cup of tea or chai latte.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Yes, music influences my writing a lot. Many songs have inspired stories.
The inspiration for On Pins and Needles was the album, A Beautiful Lie by 30 Seconds to Mars. It was perfect, every song fit what was going on in the book as I was writing it.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
That would be awesome! LOL.
This would be my dream cast:
Sophia Bush as Sierra Fox,
Josh Holloway as Jason Papan,
Amy Adams as Lavie Grye,
Sean Connery as Oren McKee,
Avril Lavigne as Ebony Aikan,
Milo Ventimiglia as Jonathan Wells,
Tyra Banks as Vixen
Ryan Reynolds as Conrad Hicks,
Iggy Pop as Roe,
Dan Sultan as Gareth Crewe
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was right here, sitting in front of the computer. I told my hubby and daughter. I have to admit that signing a new contract never gets old, it’s always exciting!
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was about fourteen years old when I started reading Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley High books. So I started pretty early. LOL.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
I absolutely love Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Charlaine Harris. I have a lot of authors on auto-buy, but these three are at the top of my list. I’ve been a fan girl of Clive Barker and Stephen King since I was about sixteen.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I don’t have a pesky—or is that evil?—day job.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
My all-time favourite movies would have to be the original Star Wars Trilogy. I will never get sick of watching them over and over again. Love them. Oh, and I’d have to also mention The Lost Boys and The Goonies.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m working on the fifth Sierra Fox book, and will then probably write the fourth Recast novella. That’s my SFR series.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
I would love to write something with Clive Barker. Yeah, that would be awesome! And wicked fun.
How do you pick your characters names?
It’s funny because some characters already come with names, while others I have to look in my Baby Names book to find something suitable.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
It depends. Different characters—like people in real life—find love in different ways. While some might fall in love at first sight, it might take others a while to actually realize the person they’re in love with was always there. Just ask Sierra.
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
It has to be mint.
Ranger or Morelli?
OMG, are you serious? I love both of them! Oh, man, okay… if you’re going to make me pick only one, I’ll have to go for Morelli. I love Ranger, but there’s just something about Morelli that really gets me.