Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Life Discarded by @denaehaggerty #interview

Date Published:September 1, 2014
Why would a woman who has it all throw her life away? Morgan has the perfect life. She married the man of her dreams. Daniel is smart, gorgeous and successful. Everything she has always wanted in a husband and the father of her children. But he’s also domineering, overprotective and jealous. Is living with him enough to drive Morgan over the edge? Or does something more treacherous lurk beneath the façade? 



Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

I think the main message of this book is that you don’t know what you will do if you are pushed to your limits. For that reason, it’s important not to judge anyone until we’ve walked a mile in their shoes. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 About half-way through each book, there comes a point when the initial excitement wanes and the writing becomes hard work. I start to worry that the story won’t come together. It is a challenge to keep writing until the story comes together.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 I have written three books and am currently working on my fourth. Choosing a favorite is like admitting you love one child more than another but here goes anyway. Buried Appearances is my favorite as I am a history addict. I really enjoyed researching the novel both online and in person.
If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 Jennifer Lopez. Physically she’s very similar to Morgan: curvy, brunette, short, and obviously beautiful. I also think she can play the shy, quiet woman that, when pushed too far, lashes out.

When did you begin writing?

 I remember writing my first ‘book’ when I was in 6th grade. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making things up from song lyrics to plays that we would perform for the neighborhood.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 I was on a break from lawyering when I wrote my first book and so was able to finish Unforeseen Consequences in a few months. Of course, the manuscript then went into the attic where it was covered with dust for nearly a decade.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

From a young age, I’ve been a big reader. I read literally everything I can get my hands on. So for me there isn’t one author that inspired me, but rather all of them together.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The start of a new book is exciting! I carry a diary with me and fill it with all the ideas that come to mind while I’m out and about. I can be having drinks with friends at a bar and be suddenly inspired. Out comes my diary and my friends are quickly forgotten.  

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Good girl gone bad

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 I am currently working on a chick lit novel. It’s about a 40-something widow that discovers her grandmother has been murdered. No one believes that grandma was murdered so my heroine decides to solve the mystery herself.
I’m not sure where my writing is going in the future. My first three books were suspense novels and I’m departing from that formula with my fourth. I think it will depend upon how difficult I find writing a witty, chick lit novel and how much I miss researching historical novels. Whatever happens, I plan on continuing to write and hopefully also improving my writing.

D.E. Haggerty was born and raised in Wisconsin but thinks she’s a European. After spending her senior year of high school in Germany, she developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. After high school she returned to the U.S. to go to college ending up with a Bachelor’s degree in History at the tender age of 20 while still managing to spend time bouncing back and forth to Europe during her vacations. Unable to find a job after college and still suffering from wanderlust, she joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policewoman for 5 years. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, she met her future husband, a flying Dutchman. After being given her freedom from the Army, she went off to law school. She finished law school and moved to the Netherlands with her husband and became a commercial lawyer for more than a decade. During a six month break from the lawyering world, she wrote her first book, Unforeseen Consequences. Although she finished the book, she went back to the law until she could no longer take it and upped stakes and moved to Germany to start a B&B. Three years after starting the B&B, she got the itch and decided to pull the manuscript for Unforeseen Consequences out of the attic and get it published as an e-book. Deciding that she may have indeed finally found what she wanted to do with her life, she went on to write Buried Appearances. After moving to Istanbul, she started on Life: Discarded , her third book. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune and reading books like they are going out of style, she writes articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, reviews other indie authors’ books, writes a blog about whatever comes to mind and is working on her fourth book.

Twitter: @denaehaggerty

1 comment:

D.E. Haggerty said...

Thanks for hosting my blog tour today. Bloggers like you make it all possible!

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