Welcome Madelyn Hill:
Why do you write?
I’ve always been an avid reader and from a young age would write short stories. Stories seem to pop into my head and I like to flesh out plots, characters and research. Even when I’m swamped with other things, my mind tends to wander to what I need to write next or thinking about different book plots.
What’s your favorite genre? Do you have a favorite author (if so, please
tell us the name)?
I love historical romances, but enjoy contemporary as well. Some of my favorite authors are Adriana Trigiani, Sara Addison Allen, Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick, and Sue Ellen Welfonder
To be successful as an author, what do you see as the main goal?
I think you need to write and read every day. And when you read, you need to explore different genres and a variety of authors. Sometimes I read sports news just to be reading something! But most of all, I think you need to write for you. If you are trying to fit into a genre that is popular, the writing won’t ring true. To find your true voice you need to write what you are passionate about.
What inspires you and how do you channel it when you need inspiration?
I’m very visual so images inspire me. I love Pinterest for this very reason, I can search around and look at an image of a Scottish cliff side or landscape and think “How can I put this into words and add this to my story.” I also love how I can make inspiration boards for later use. Often inspiration hits at strange times. I have apps on my phone to record ideas when I can’t get to a computer or even a notepad. My story idea folder is huge and I hope to write a story about each and every one of my ideas.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
Write, write, and write some more. It may take some time, but if you truly want to write, never give up. A great critique partner can’t hurt either.
What advice would you give to the youth of today (not just authors)?
Read. Plain and simple. Read for enjoyment. Read for learning. Read for fantasy.
What’s on your bucket list?
I want to travel and the places on my bucket list are: Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and Egypt.
Tell us about your book:
My book Wolf’s Castle is a Gothic, Scottish historical. I visited Boldt Castle on an island in Alexandria Bay, New York and was inspired to write a story. Boldt Island is a heart shaped island and there is a dear love story about the castle.
I chose to write a Gothic because it the castle was never completed and lay deserted for decades until it became a tourist attraction. The Gothic tone just seemed to work. There is also a Beauty and the Beast theme in the story.
Vivian Stuart has lived a sheltered, but charmed life with her father studying alchemy, a decidedly unfeminine hobby. Lord Galen Maclean lives under a burden of guilt for his father’s untimely death and the sudden intrusion of Vivian when she washes up on shore of his island. Her innocence is everything Galen is not. Yet, Galen’s icy heart begins to thaw as Vivian shares the magical healing power of love.
What would you like readers to know about you?
Even though I read and write daily, I’m a horrid speller. Coupled with the fact that I’m an English teacher makes things interesting. I did start my professional life as a Mechanical Engineer and after working in engineering for several years and after my children were born, I went back to school to become an educator. I now work as an Instructional Technology Specialist in which I help teachers integrate technology into instruction and work with students on various project.