After moving to a rural Pennsylvania town, cynical teen Haily Long soon discovers that the next-door neighbors are paranormal creatures of darkness. Despite this little quirk, the Knight family seems friendly enough, especially handsome Nathan. Nathan is well-mannered and polite, your typical boy next door . . . except for the fact that he turns into something else once a month. In a matter of days, Haily is drawn deep into a shadowed world of danger and deceit, and learns startling truths about her own past. When sinister strangers come sniffing around town for Nathan, and Haily gets pulled into the resulting chaos, she must discover how to unlock her true heritage if she wants to survive.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
Usually, I wake up and do stuff like breakfast, shower, feed the dog. And unless I have something else to do in the mornings, I like to get started as soon as possible with writing. I can get a decent amount of words in for the day, do some online marketing, and then have the rest of the day off for whatever else I need to do. I like to treat writing like a job, and with any job, you have to be disciplined about doing it every single day.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I can never remember wanting to do anything else. I’ve always been determined to make this work.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors that it’s impossible to name them all, but a few favorites are Richelle Mead, Suzanne Collins, Holly Black, Courtney Summers, Meg Cabot, Susan Kaye Quinn, and Scott Westerfeld.
What are you passionate about?
Definitely writing. But also clogging, which for those of you who don’t know is a type of dancing.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Currently, I’ve only got my dog’s squeaky toys and a couple clumps of her hair in there. I try to keep the couch pretty clean.
What’s your biggest fear?
Probably my house getting torn to pieces in a tornado. I’m terrified of those things. A few years ago a huge tornado tore through my neighborhood and absolutely decimated the homes of all the neighbors, and came close to taking out my family’s house. Ever since then, I’ve been a bit nervous when the weather gets stormy.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
Most likely, I’ll either be writing or watching TV. I also like to drop by and visit my grandparents when I can (they’re total night owls). What can I say, I haven’t got the most thrilling social life.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I’m not sure if there’s anything that really sets me apart. I’m sure there are a lot of other writers out there who are determined to make a go at this writing thing, and who are extremely self-conscious about their work. There are probably a few who are also extreme grammar Nazis when it comes to editing.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
I don’t drink alcohol, so it would be something like a root beer.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn, and that was fantastic. Now I’m rereading the Mediator series by Meg Cabot.
How do you deal with rejection?
Pretty well, actually. Rejection always stings a little, but not too badly. To me, rejection is part of the journey to becoming an author. It comes with the territory.
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
If I’m remembering correctly, I heard my little sister talking on the phone one day, and that sparked an idea. Soon I was in my bedroom scribbling down lines and lines about a girl who encounters an eccentric family of paranormal creatures. With every new draft I wrote, I had more and more ideas. The story just kept growing.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing. And when you’re writing, don’t let yourself think about what family and friends might think. Write for yourself, and keep going until you finish the book, and only then let yourself consider possible reactions.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
That my main character in Paranormal Legacy wasn’t likable enough for readers to connect with. But that was several drafts ago, so I’m hoping that I’ve changed things around enough to remedy that.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
Truthfully, probably not. I’ve put Haily through so much, especially in later books of the series, that I’m sure she hates me. Though I think I give her a pretty good ending, so maybe she wouldn’t actually hate me. More like dislike me.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
I think We Radiate by Goldfrapp might come the closest to summing up Paranormal Legacy.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Just that I hope they all enjoy Haily’s story and are interested to keep reading to find out how everything eventually ties together in the final book.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Whenever you get a chance to write, do it. Even if you don’t get a lot written each time you sit down to write, over time, those meager words add up. Also, I’ve found that it always helps when I get on the computer to get the bulk of my writing done before logging onto Facebook or my email account. That way I get some work done before social media sucks me in. :)
I think that’s about it. Thanks for having me!
Caitlin Hensley has been telling stories since she first learned to hold a pen, and is pretty much obsessed with writing. When not typing frantically on her laptop, she’s usually dancing, catching up on reruns of her favorite TV shows, or getting lost in a great book. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her family and a nutty Chihuahua.