An Interview with Paulina Ulrich, Author of Chosen: Nothing can stand in the way of outspoken, rule-breaker-extraordinaire; Kaddy Richston…except destiny. **Giveaway**
(Fighting Fate #1)
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Nothing can stand in the way of outspoken, rule-breaker-extraordinaire; Kaddy Richston…except destiny. She set her sights on being in a rock band and leaving her small Wyoming town along with the painful memories of her past.
But destiny had other plans for her.
The observant Cole Huntington enters her life and becomes the bump in the road Kaddy is trying to pave for her future. Striking blue eyes, features to make any girl swoon, he’s everything but the new-to-town bad boy. Calm, cool, and always collected, he plans on unraveling every one of Kaddy’s dark secrets.
Kaddy is determined to undermine whatever intentions he has until she learns of a destiny she never asked for. The only person she can turn to for answers is the last person she’d want help from: Cole Huntington, who seemed to dislike her rule-breaking as much as she dislikes his rule-following.
An Interview with Paulina Ulrich
Welcome to Character Madness and Musings.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, my name is Paulina Ulrich and I write fiction, primary in the YA/urban fantasy/paranormal/romance genre. I love my cats, tea, and taking naps!
Tell us about your newest book.
My latest and greatest work I have out is actually Chances, the sequel to Chosen. The story goes farther, darker, and deeper into the Nordic myths and world constructed around Kaddy. Plus, the romance continues to grow!
I also have Timeless Sky coming out in August, that’s the fourth and final novel in my other YA time travel romance, the Flightless Bird series.
Is it available now?
Chances: Yes! Out now.
Timeless Sky: Coming out in August.
Have you published any others?
Yes, I have the Flightless Bird series which is a YA time travel romance series. The first 3 novels are out: Flightless Bird, Broken Wings, Fair Feathered and the last novel, Timeless Sky is coming out this August.
How long have you been writing?
Typically, when I answer this question, the answer is always 6. I even have the home video to prove it! It was the age I wrote my first “novel”, complete with drawings to explain the scribbles.
What inspires your stories?
It can be a multitude of things. I tend to find inspiration through nature, music, and doing writing exercises of getting to know the world I’ve built and the characters’ I’ve created. The inspiration for me can really come from anywhere. I have a pretty active imagination.
Titles are tough. How did you come up with your title?
I like succinct and simple titles. When writing Chosen, I went over various options for the title and when I re-examined what was taking place in the book, the theme, and the story of the main character, it was evident that the title needed to be Chosen.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’m not sure I ever realized I wanted to be one, I just was one my whole life. I began to take it seriously around high school and certainly throughout college, as my degree is in Creative Writing.
Is theme an important concept in your stories? If so, is it personal for you, or something you feel strongly about?
Theme is an important concept in my stories for a number of reasons. Theme helps tie relationships, plot, setting, character reaction/choices, etc for elements throughout my books. The theme can be more obvious in other stories than some, but in my writing, there is generally an overarching theme. The theme at times can be personal but I wouldn’t say it’s directly tied to me or my experiences, I think a good theme can be easily relatable to many people.
What do you look for most in a book when you’re reading, and how do you incorporate that into your own writing?
I think what I look for the most is believability in the story. Are the characters relatable? Is the world and setting set up in a way that this adventure seems plausible? This is a major thing I incorporate into my writing: making the story believable.
What can we expect to see from you in the future, any books on the backburner?
Oh, yes! I’ve got a dystopian trilogy in the works that’s been on the back burner for quite some time. I do have a contemporary standalone novel also in the works but for the immediate future, I’m working on the 3rd and 4th novels to Chosen.
Is there anything you want to add before we close our interview?
Fun fact: Chosen is an Utopia Award Nominated novel!
Thank you for having me on your wonderful blog today! It’s been fun to be able to stop by and say hi!
Thank you for being with us. Good luck with your new book.
After receiving her BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, she now writes full time with, of course, her cats to keep her company. She is the author of the Flightless Bird series, the award nominated Fighting Fate series and many more stories to come. She also writes nonfiction and has been published in various literary magazines. When she’s not writing, reading, or doing author-y stuff, she’s out buying way too many cute shoes…
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