Witch Way To Turn…
Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?
Thelast thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is morecomplications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working,trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guyat work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rageignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending offthe supernatural underworld.
Myles,Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying aload of secrets–one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in lovewith Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.
Orinis a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes onelook into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinkingof someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, eventhough it means risking his own.
Despitea convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants iscustody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from bothMyles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darknesswithin, she could lose her sister…forever.
WARNING:Contains strong language and some graphic content.
Please join me in welcoming Karen Y. Bynum author of Witch Way to Turn.
Hi Karen, tell us a little about your current release.
Witch Way to Turn is releasing as an e-book on August 6, 2012 and a print book in October (date to come). It’s a story of a girl telling fate, and all its supernatural complications, to take a hike. Like all writers, I love my characters so much. They are such a big part of my life. I feel like they are living out their lives in the small town of Rhodhiss, NC. I am just so excited to share Breena Cross’s story with you all!
What was your inspiration behind this book?
I’d just come back from RWA nationals in August of 2010. All I knew was there was this girl trying to protect her sister and the only weapon she had was this crazy-fast blue light that just shot out of her hands. And mainly Breena telling me: Karen, get this down… Was my inspiration.
Why did you choose this particular genre?
I love the angst of the teen years…the tortured desire, the wanting, the way a glance can change the heroine’s thinking and a touch can push the hero to the brink. The whole must-have-it-right-now-or-I’ll-die aspect of it sparks my interest and keeps me reading and writing.
Tell our readers a little about you.
Me… Well, I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We live in Coastal Virginia with our Vizsla doggie named Rusty (he’s more like a goat though because he’ll eat anything—including paper, pens, cellphones and glasses—but mushrooms). I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead or Falling Skies are on I’m glued to the set! I’m addicted to coffee, and when I hold a cup of liquid sunshine in my hands I feel like I can take on the world. Team caffeine!
What inspired you to become a writer?
Writing has always been a passion. I wrote poems and short stories growing up and I’d always wanted to write a novel, but just didn’t know if I had that many words in me or how I would ever find the time. Then a couple of things happened at once. I was working a job that I wanted out of desperately because of the long commute and my horrific manager. At the same time, I’d just read the first Twilight book by Stephenie Meyer. The way she showed Edward’s torment through Bella’s eyes was inspirational. The day after I finished reading book number one, I started writing my first novel. Now, granted my first novel may never see the light of day, but it was a massive achievement for me. I’d finished writing an entire book. All 80,000 words were right there on the Word document. I couldn’t believe it. It was one of the proudest days of my life. From then on out, I knew… I could do this! Thus began my addiction to writing…if I don’t write every day my soul aches. Fact.
What do you find is your biggest writing struggle?
Great question! Right now finding time to write… I work a full-time job as an Executive Assistant for the Assistant City Manager at City Hall. In order to make time for the voices in my head to get down on paper, I write for an hour at 4:30 in the morning (Monday – Friday) and on my lunch break at work. On the weekends I sleep in until 6:30 in the morning (lol) and write until The Hubs (my husband) wakes up around 10:30 or 11:00. I’ve found that setting a daily word count goal has helped me tremendously in not only writing faster but helping me make time to write. I know that I want to write a minimum of 1,000 words per day, so somehow I find the time. A stolen hour here…a stolen 30 minutes there. You get my drift 😉
Any tips for new writers?
Never stop trying… And always believe in yourself. The first story I ever wrote may never see the light of day, but that didn’t mean I stopped trying. With that first story I had six or seven requests (full and partials) but over 100 rejections. Yeah, it needed help 😉 And one day I’ll breathe the writing experience I’ve learned over the years back into it, but for now… I press forward. Yes, those rejections hurt my pride and brought me down, but I chose not to stay there. I had all these characters in my head that needed their stories told. I couldn’t give up. They depended (and still do depend) on me. So I swallowed my pride, kept going to writing conferences, joined Romance Writers of America (as well as my local chapter) and never stopped writing. I’ve been writing with the goal of publication in mind since 2009. As for believing in yourself, this is not always as easy as it sounds. There are plenty of times that I doubt myself and wonder if anyone will read what I’ve written. Will they like it? Can I do it again? But I work very hard at keeping those thoughts at bay. When the evil thoughts of self-doubt start to rise through the cracks in my sunshine, I think about all the positives in my life: God, family, friends, health, a new day and the passion to write. It’s important to have a strong support group, and I’m extremely thankful to say that I do.
Any other books in the works?
Yes! (Can you tell I’m excited?) I’m so glad you asked 🙂 I’m a little over halfway through the first draft of Witch Way to Turn’s sequel! Life for Breena goes from complicated to utter disaster with one choice. Yikes! I’m also querying my completed and edited demon-slaying unicorn manuscript (Running From Shadows). It’s a YA story about a girl who’s fated with killing the boy she loves in order to save her coven from the shadow demon that lusts after her soul. Also in the works is my grim reaper story (currently at 28,000 words) about a reaper who is afraid of death, ducks and dandelions. But in order to stop the Grim Reaper from unleashing a legion of damned souls into Heaven, she’ll have to harvest her own mother’s soul.
How/where can readers find you?
I’m on twitter daily! I have a blog that I post to at least two times per week, but am planning to do more soon. Goodreads is a great place to discover new authors… I’m on there quite a bit. I try to do Facebook, but I gotta admit I’m not the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to the book of faces 😉 I do love Pinterest and soo enjoy seeing what my followers are pinning! I’m just now starting to get involved with Google+ and am finding it quite enjoyable, because the posts can be longer than on Twitter.
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Thanks for stopping by Karen!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Renita!! *virtual hand shake*
*Don’t forget to grab your copy of Witch Way to Turn available now at Lyrical Press/Amazon/Barnes&Noble*
Karen Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal fantasy. Her novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press. She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her. Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte. But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head. They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.
Karen currently lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty.