Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Interview and giveaway with Virginia Vayna


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·     Thanks for being here today Virginia, let's start by having you   share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I am a relatively new writer to fiction. Over the years, I have been a legal writer, a research writer and a copy writer; but, I have dabbled in writing short stories and children’s poetry. The Hunter and the Queen is my first book, and I am currently working on the second book in the series. I hope to have the second book released during summer 2013.

I have degrees in political science and social science, and I would like to incorporate more of my science concentration in my writing. In my paranormal romance series, you will find a touch of history within the pages. I enjoy writing YA fiction, and I hope to venture into a political thriller a historical romance, or a mystery once the Element series is finished. I have a few ideas for story lines.

·       Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

The Hunters and the Queen is a story about the main character, Jolán Vajnbirg, and her transformation from an above-average college student to a being of the Sky World. As Jolán begins the last year of her postsecondary studies, many changes occur. Jolán’s appearance changes, her senses become more acute, she finds love, she finds a hidden relic, and she has several dreams which hint at her past and her future. The sky world is steadily preparing Jolán for her future fate. The Order of the Hunters are gaining too much power, and the Sky World needs its beings to help balance the powers that separate good and evil. There is love, darkness, and a respect for nature woven through the story.

·       If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The next book, The Gypsy Hunter, has a targeted release date during summer 2013. In the second book, Jolán is now in Istanbul, Turkey, and she is developing her powers. She is with her love, Colemund, and she is aware of her duty and responsibility to the Sky World. Her friends and other beings of the Sky World help prepare for the arrival of the Order of the Hunters. The Order knows Jolán is developing her skill, and the Order knows the Sky World is preparing for a battle. In an effort to save her own transformation, the Gypsy is desperate to find Jolán. The Order of the Hunters also want to find Jolán, but they want to kill her before she reaches full development.

·       What book are you reading now?

Currently, I am reading Strangers at the Gate by Frederic Wakeman Jr. The book is non-fiction. The author writes about social disorder in South China, during 1839-1861. I go back and forth between reading non-fiction and fiction. I enjoy a balance of both. I like to use references from non-fiction in my fictitious writing.

·       Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

I do incorporate familiar characteristics from people into my story line. If there is a an obvious personality trait that shouts to me, then more than likely the trait of that person is going into a character. Sometimes, my characters are a compilation of several personality traits I have observed from people. Other times my characters are a product of my imagination.

I like to use non-fiction in my stories, so sometimes I will write around actual historical events in my books. Adding a little non-fiction with my fiction gives the story some teeth.

·       What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I am a dedicated runner. I use my time running to clear my mind, calm my nerves, and to put things in perspective. I have participated in a few half-marathon races, and I hope to run a full-marathon soon. My favorite race is the 10k, but I am slowly learning to like the half-marathon.

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The Hunters and the Queen
The Element Series-Book One
Virginia Vayna

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 9781301592753

Number of pages: 191
Word Count: 88,176

Cover Artist: Andrei Titus

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Book Description: 

While working on her studies at the Churchill Military Academy in Kinsburgh, England, Jolán Vajnbirg’s final year at the academy develops into a year of competition, aristocratic love, reincarnated spirits, and a calling from the sky world to help save earth from the death and destruction caused by the order of the hunters.

Jolán Vajnbirg is an often reserved, yet occasionally outspoken young woman living in Kinsburgh, England. She has a relatively easy life living in her quiet England town. She has a full-ride swimming scholarship to the Churchill Military Academy. She has a strong mind, she has an athletic body and she has a loving family and caring friends. Even though her family has a modest income, Jolán makes the best of her situation and excels at anything she puts her focus towards.

The sky world is steadily preparing Jolán for her future fate. Jolán will need her friends to help her battle the order of the hunters. The hunters have upset the universal balance of earth, and the hunters have upset the sky world.

About the Author:

Virginia Vayna was born in Dayton, Ohio. During 1999, she moved to Long Beach, California, where she lived on a sailboat for three-years. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and she holds a Master of Social Science. Virginia enjoys writing historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery and YA. Her first book, The Hunters and the Queen, is the first book in her Element series.

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