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The Sea Archer
Raven Hunter, a musical prodigy, flees to the Hawaiian Islands to pick up the pieces after her
marriage to her manager collapses. Instead, she experiences extraordinary and unsettling
events that are beyond her understanding.
Living in paradise, marine biologist, Finn Taylor has
the unconscious but effortless ability to understand the needs of the animals he cares for. His playboy lifestyle is most men’s fantasy. That is, until the night he meets the shy and elusive new island resident. Suddenly his life no longer feels like his own.
The attraction is undeniable. However, vastly contrasting lives, peculiar dreams, and an unbelievable proclamation that they could be the direct descendants of Poseidon and Apollo threaten to divide them forever. Will they accept their destiny and begin the quest of a lifetime or will they remain in their comfortable yet separate existence?
Genre: Paranormal Romance
“Where’s the one place you’ve never been?” Que asked, trying to keep her on track.
“Someplace you’ve always wanted to go to?” Wyatt asked. Enjoying herself, Raven turned pink.
“You’ll think it’s stupid.”
“No, I won’t,” both said in unison.
“I’ve never been to Hawai‘i.”
“Hawai‘i?” Que’s brow furrowed. “That’s here. Don’t you wanna go to, like, the Bahamas or something? How have you not been to Hawai‘i?”
“Donovan always wanted to play the massive arenas and big cities, and for some unfathomable reason that didn’t include the islands.”
“You should do it then. Take some time, figure it out.”
“What about my tour dates?”
“You’ll get ‘em from, whoever, then call and cancel them. Hell, you can even interview new people to run the works while you’re there. You’re in the position to do that now, Rave. People would fall all over themselves to come to you. The point is to go away and figure it all out.”
She bit her bottom lip and thought about all the problems this idea would bring until her brother spoke the next words.
“What’re you afraid of Rave? What do you have lose?”
Author Q & A
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
The Sea Archer is a story of empowerment. For a woman starting over, for a man stuck in one way of thinking, for an older woman trying to be believed, for a villain trying to get revenge and for a group of Greek gods trying to find salvation. Come on, you’re intrigued now, right?
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
On this series, I have become a plotter or someone that outlines. I wasn’t like this before but I’ve found that it’s a tremendous help in staying organized and on track. When I wrote my first book, I was a total “pantser” or someone that dives right in. And the free flow of ideas is helpful, I do utilize that but to a much lesser degree.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
Oh, I have so many and they span across the genres but to name a few would be Diana Gabaldon, Jane Austen, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, A.G. Riddle, Dot Hutchinson, Sophie Kinsella, Jamie Ford and Nora Roberts. Right now, I’m reading Sarah Maas, and her Court series and love it! I’m also eagerly awaiting Darynda Jones 13th Charley Davidson book.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
It would be Kauai. I visited there, and it was the inspiration for the setting of The Sea Archer. If you have never been there, try to go. It’s arguably the most beautiful island. Half of it is a tropical rainforest, the other is like traditional Hawaii. Both are stunning!
Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
I love this question about casting a film for your book. So, when I write I must have visual cues around me. When I’m not seeing the characters like I want to, I can look at the photo and gain inspiration. The visual cue for Finn Taylor is Ben Dahlhaus, probably one of the sexiest men I’ve ever seen. If you don’t know who this man is go, look him up and you’re very, very welcome. My visual cue for Raven is Jennifer Aniston. The cool thing about Jennifer is the broad span of her work. Raven has this kind of double life. First, as a performer, then as who she really is, and they couldn’t be more opposite. I could get pictures of Jennifer, who is the same person but as different versions of that person. The other two visual cues were Pierce Brosnan as Donovan Fortner, and Gerard Butler as Raven’s twin brother, Wyatt. The rest were all models.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
So, the first book I ever wrote I decided to put everyone’s name in it that I knew. The problem with that is that they invariably believe the character you assigned their name to is how you see them. If that character is an asshole, well you have some explaining to do. I learned to never do that again. There is only one name you will find in each one of my books and that is the name Ray because I promised my grandpa I would. The names from the Sea Archer are of course connected to the gods and their modern-day descendants. Raven is one of Apollo’s sacred objects and Finn can of course, go back to the sea. Dee or Deidre can connect with Demeter and so on.
Name one item you can’t live without.
Oh wow, only one? Well, I thought about the one thing I use every day and it’s the computer, so let’s go with that.
What are some of your favorite things?
I am a photographer. I also like to make jewelry, read, hike, travel, have game nights with my family, drinks with friends, watch sunsets with my husband and catch and eat Washington State crab.
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
See the thing with this is I would want to go back in time and spend a day in this era and then another day in that era. You never want to stay long enough to dispel your sense of romance about it, right? I suppose if I had to just go to one time period, it would be the early 1900s only because of their clothes and the whole my word is my bond thing. You just can’t look at it too closely, like how women were REALLY treated, etc. The same with going back to the Scottish Highlands in the 1700s. If Diana Gabaldon did anything she dispelled the rumors that it was strictly romantic. That being said, she made up for the reality of it with a lot of phenomenal “romance.”
What’s next for you?
I’m about halfway through book two of The Heaven & Earth Series and am growing more and more excited about its progress. I think the story layers in the next level of understanding with the prophecy. It’s a new storyline but some key people are also introduced.
I want to say thank you so much to the Lampshade Reader for having me today. I appreciate the time you give to authors and enjoy my time so much. Thank you as well to the readers, I sincerely hope you enjoy The Sea Archer and if you have any comments or questions, come visit me on my website at www.jenyheckman.com