Interview: Liesel K. Hill, Author of Desolate Mantle

HillLieselKAuthorFolks, once again the most entertaining Liesel K. Hill graces the blog. She has a new book out in her popular series, Desolate Mantel, Book 2 of Street Games series.

1) If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?

You know, I’m currently re-reading all the Harry Potter books. Those doing the read-along have said more than once that we wish we could re-read them for the first time. Again. It’s super-fun to be reading them again–it’s been years since I picked one up–but reading it the first time was more magical.

HillDarkRemnants2) Who are your non-writer influences?

My non-writer influences are definitely my family and friends. I have the best family in the world. My dad is a saint and I’ve very close with all of my siblings. They inspire me daily. And my friends, of course, are the best. They keep me laughing and make life worth living.

3) In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?

Self-promotion can be both fun and challenging. I love talking about books with others who are passionate about them, whether it be mine or someone else’s. (That’s what the online community is for, right?) I think the hardest part of self-promotion is finding the right promos to do and then remembering to do them. I’ve found that most “free” promos are not very effective, but most of us rising authors have to keep a close eye on our bank accounts. So, I’ve started doing affordable paid promos for ebook websites, and they are working fairly well so far. That said, my biggest challenge for self-promotion is pulling myself out of my writing long enough to remember to promote. It’s definitely a balancing act. 😀

HillDesolateMantle4) Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?

I don’t know that I really have one. I haven’t met many of the people whose work I might gush over. I did meet Brandon Sanderson at LTUE last year, but I kept my cool and didn’t gush too much. I just told him that a bunch of us bloggers were doing a read-along of the first two books of his Stormlight trilogy. He got really excited, said that was great, and to email him and he’d give us a shout-out on Twitter. He never actually did. His assistant emailed me months later (after the read-along was over) and apologized that we’d gotten lost in the shuffle. I think Sanderson’s just too busy to remember things like that. But both of them were very polite and excited at what we were doing.

5) Cover art can be so important for a book, making or breaking sales. What cover art has caught your eye, that you found stood above other books?

Cover art is definitely important! I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone covers from Laini Taylor. Books 2 and 3 were especially good. And, not to toot my own horn, but my publisher JFP did an amazing job on the cover of Citadels of Fire. I don’t have the cover yet for book 2, but I’m really looking forward to it because #1 was so great!

HillCitadelsOfFire6) What is the first book you remember reading on your own?

One I remember reading clearly as a kid was King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry. I’m sure it wasn’t the first one I ever read, but it’s the earliest I remember for sure.

7) You have to run an obstacle course. Who do you invite along (real or imaginary)? Will there be a tasty libation involved?

Obstacle course, huh? Wow, so many great people to choose from. I’d probably want someone super-fast and strong like Clark Kent or a vampire. Maybe throw in some resourceful warriors like al’Lan Mandragoran or Kaladin. I wouldn’t mind having everyone’s favorite boy wizard along, just in case we need some Hogwarts-style magic to complete the course. And of course I’d have to have my sisters with me. Just for the fun of it. 😀 As for the tasty libation, I’ve always wanted to taste Turkish Delight. So maybe that can be the grand prize! 😀

HillDarkRemnantsDark Remnants, Book 1 of Street Games

In the most dangerous city in the country, one controlled by a sadistic gang called the Sons of Ares, Kyra Roberts is searching the deep places for someone…

Kyra has come to Abstreuse city to find someone she’s lost, but walking the underbelly—a dark alley system residents call the Slip Mire—even in disguise, is rife with dangers. Kyra must stay on her toes if she intends to live. After crossing paths several times with the same detective, she wonders if his work and hers might be connected.

Gabe Nichols has worked homicide in Abstreuse for three years. Dead prostitutes and gang violence are part of the night shift. When a woman who looks like a street junkie but acts like an intellectual saves his life, he’s intrigued. Another woman shows up at his crime scene, and Gabe’s instincts kick into high gear when she clams up. Two cases involving strange women who won’t tell what they know are too coincidental.

If Gabe and Kyra can’t find a way to collaborate, they may not live to see the sunrise. Doomed, like so many others, to become gray, unmarked graves in a forgotten fracture of the Slip Mire.

HillDesolateMantleDesolate Mantle, Book 2 of Street Games

In the most dangerous city in the country, one controlled by the sadistic Sons of Ares gang, Kyra Roberts recently crossed paths with detective Gabe Nichols. She dismissed any liaison with him as impossible, but telling him the truth may prove inevitable…

Walking the Slip Mire nightly, dressed in her disguise and trying to infiltrate a homicidal gang, Kyra sees plenty of things she can’t explain. When she begins to suspect a serial killer might be at work, she decides to approach Gabe again.

Gabe has plenty to keep him busy: a bizarre missing persons case, a new development in his brother’s cold case, a new neighbor, and the grisly murders that are a nightly ritual in the Slip Mire. When Kyra shows up unexpectedly, he jumps at the chance keep her around, but it’s harder than he bargained for. She’s not an average source any more than she’s an average Mireling. Gabe wishes she would be sensible about her own safety.

Their partnership crumbles, but when things become even darker than usual in the Slip Mire, they’ll need one another get survive a hellish situation. If they can’t work together to shoulder their burdens, they’ll find themselves utterly alone. In Abstreuse, it’s not a matter of not coming out of the darkness, but of being absorbed by the darkness itself…

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