Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Liza interviews April Fifer & Danielle Hylton-Outland--The Witch and the Werewolf

Welcome Peeps! Today we have two of the silliest authors I've ever met. They make me look somber in comparison. It is my pleasure to give you 

April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland 
co-authors of
The Witch and the Werewolf

April and Danielle are giving away 3 ebook copies of The Witch and The Werewolf, so stay alert on how to bag one.

Before I actually let these two loose, let me give you the blog and excerpt.

Washington DC’s journalist, Rye Yates is well dress, gorgeous and cursed. After an unusual encounter with a witch, his love for a woman could mean her death sentence. When Rye meets Clair, her effervescent personality instantly grabs his heart. What will Rye and Clair do when they uncover a hundred-year-old secret that was never meant to be revealed? The ending is unthinkable and the betrayal and secrets leave no one unscathed.

“I pity you. You have just damned yourself. You will never keep real love until you give me what I want. A child is needed, and you will give him to me… or else,” she added shrewdly.
            “I will give you twenty-six days to decide, after that, there will be no counter offer.” She warned.
            “I wouldn’t in twenty six thousand years.” Rye countered with a determination of his own.
            The lights flashed and Dusk’s hair blew in all directions. She closed her eyes, concentrating. Then she spoke in a wicked voice that shrilled with each word.
“Love, you will never have and I curse you of any woman’s hand.
With every emotion of love will break harsh white teeth and a wretched oil coat.
The emotion of love will be no longer, in its place now a thirst you will not bear.
Days come soon when you will feast on love’s bones and hair.
Run you will say but the full moon will blind your human sight,
Death to her with just one bite.”

            Then silence. Dusk’s hair settled as the last light flicked once more before becoming solid again.
            “You have twenty-six days to give me what I want. Or on each full moon you will become one with the night – a wolf at best. I have cursed you of love. You will kill which you hold so dear, as the wolf inside you will take over and feed on the very one you love. I have given you an eternity of loneliness.”
            Dusk walked towards the door and turned to face Rye one last time. “You have twenty-six days before the first full moon. Use your time wisely.” And Rye shutter as the door slammed behind her.

Liza: Now put on you seatbelts and lets take this crazy mobile out for a twirl.

Liza: April, Danielle, welcome. First, let me discuss the house rules. Don't talk to the Peep Reps. In fact, don't talk to Maniac or Jess either. Otherwise, this will become the longest blog in the history of blogdom. Understand?

April: No...

Liza. Good. So how does your family feel about your writing and you being an author?

April: Well, you just reminded me that I have a family. I probably should check to see how they feel about that. I don’t think I’ve seen them in a few months. I’m pretty sure they still live with me.


Police are searching for the remains of April Fifer's family. Having not been fed for two months, the worst is feared.

April: What!!!!?!!!

Liza: Ignore those. They're rarely true. So Danielle, what about your family?

Danielle: Oh they fully support me *winks*. No really...,  really I swear. They totally don’t mind walking over dirty laundry and stacks of papers. They also don't mind having only one home-cooked meal a week.

Liza: I don't think you need to worry about feeding them. They've got bigger problems. 

Now, what's the best piece of advice anyone has ever offered you about writing?

April: “I” comes before “E”. That really has helped.

Danielle: Hmmm. “You just have to write to be a writer.” Who knew?

Liza: Exceptional advice. Now what part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?

April: It will take me out of my comfort zone talking about it actually. 

It would be sex. I type one word like manhood and I look around to see if anyone is watching me. Then I blush and start to giggle. It’s totally ridiculous. But what can I say I’m a romance writer? Oh, wait. Then I should be fine with writing about sex shouldn’t I?
Danielle: April reading sex scenes out loud when proofreading. AWKWARD! I think it should say penis April, not pencil.

Liza: What part of your book was the hardest to write?
April: The boring parts.

Danielle: All of it. I am a little ODC. I am a word addict and I struggle finding the perfect word.


April believes all books require a boring part, only she finds that part difficult to write, so she lets Danielle, who has ODC, a confused type of OCD, write all mandatory boring parts of the novel.

Danielle: That's not what I meant to say...

Liza: Just ignore the News Breaks, no one reads them.

Peep Rep: Yes, we do. They're funny.

Danielle: Well, they aren't true.

Peep Rep: Doesn't make them less funny.

Liza: No talking to the Peep Reps.

Danielle: But--

Liza: Back to the the interview.

Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book? What happened?

April: This is my biggest problem!!!! I always fall in love with the side character. For instances, I fell in love with Jack in The Witch and The Werewolf. I secretly plotted against Danielle, trying to kill off the main character, but she caught me before I hit the publish button. She’s a nosy winch on occasion. Grrrrr. 

*Danielle slaps April on my arm for that comment.*
Danielle: I sorta think in my head that they are all secondary characters. I love them all but I can get ruthless on somedays and then kill them off. 

PS suck it up April.

Liza: How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
April: Well, that is a very delicate and mythical process. We eat lots of junk food, sit around on the couch and watch commercials. Then we will see a commercial… like… say… hmmm… get your CapitalOne card today. And then we say “THAT’S IT!” We will write about a cursed werewolf that will kill anyone he falls in love with. And then they will have all these hidden secrets they discover about this curse, and then they will meet a witch and a warlock, and then we will tangle and weave all that together to create the most different werewolf story known to man! How did we get that from a credit card commercial? Well the cursed guy had to pay for his gas somehow. You know… “What’s in your wallet?” Isn’t that how the commercial goes? 
*Danielle flicks April off*
Danielle: April is right. We are two of the weirdest (this is where “I” before “E” doesn’t apply) people I know and I believe one of us has ADD. I won't tell you who but it's not me. When we start plotting it seems to never stop and we collaborate so well together.

Liza: Describe the hero in five words.
April: That is sooooo easy! 1-Hot, 2-Hot, 3-Hot, 4-Hot, 5-Goatee
Danielle: Muscles, brave, mohawk, tattoo and freaking loves his woman...or man. Whatever floats your boat.

Liza: Describe the heroine in five words.
April: Even easier! 1-Blonde, 2-Clumsy, 3-Blonde, 4-Nose-piercing… ok, that’s all I can come up with.
Danielle: While April is describing herself I will tell you. The heroine is beautiful, brunette, smart, ballsy and strong but will certainly let the hero move a sofa. 

*April rolls her eyes knowing she just moved Danielle’s sofa for her – true story*

Liza: Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
April: Jack – cause he’s hot. I have no other reason.
Danielle: Other than the cab driver Auben, it would have to be Rye. I just felt such a connection with him. Sometimes when someone hurts you, you’re forced to find a warlock and kill people who piss in your Wheaties.

Liza: What's your favorite line in the story?
April: “I’ll be back.” Wait! That was a movie… It would definitely be where Clair asks Rye what did he change his mind about and he replies, “about you.” Very sexy and sweet.
Danielle: Hell, I should just ask… did you rufie me bitch? He thought to himself. 

It's a long story. You just have to read the book.

Liza: What event occurred in your life that has influenced your novels?
April: I read a book that I loved soooo much, and after reading almost a thousand pages of said book (which will go unnamed), then at the very end I closed the book and said… “WTF? Oh heck no! I’m writing my stories so I can have the ending I want!”
Danielle: Love and even more so, forbidden Love. I am a sucker for it. No one event has influenced me, more like every event.

Liza: How does the reality of being a writer compare to the one TV writers live? Say for example Castle.

Danielle: They make money.

Liza: If you met an alien from outer space, how would  you explain what you  (as an author) actually do.
April: Me April. You Alien. I type 'alphas' on secret rectangular box that lights up. Run before I use my lightsaber on you.
Danielle: “I will totally get you a signed copy of The Witch and The Werewolf. Promise! You said your name was Mr. I'm going to kill you?” I say as I click my pen.

Liza: I always offer my guest a chance to tell a joke, but you two are the very first to step up to the challenge. 

Now peeps pay attention. Pretend you are at a comedy hour show. And no heckling, because I'm watching you through the camera on your PC

Welcome to Liza's comedy hour, first up, a young woman who's lost her family and has ADD: April Fifer.

Peep rep: *clap clap clap*

April: So this pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, “you have a wheel stuck to your crouch.” The pirate says, “Arrr, I know! It drives me nuts.”

 *April snorts and laughs. 

Danielle: If I hear this joke ONE more time, April....

Liza: And now Danielle with the excessively long name. 

Danielle: Okay...What did one wolf say to the other wolf? ‘Howl’s it goin’! 


Come on! That was funny!

Liza: And thus concludes my first and last comedy show.

Liza: If you had to live on a deserted island with one author, who would it be?
April: I have say Danielle or she will be mad.

Danielle: Stephen King 

*April mumbles under her breath, Bitch.*
Liza: Well I think we better end it before we end up in a cat fight. 

No! No Cat fights. April Danielle to your corners.

Liza: Well, I've had a great time today. I hope you have as well. 

Peep Rep: We laughed a lot!

Liza: Then my job is done. Now to be in contention for an ebook copy of The Witch and the Werewolf, tell A&D what you liked best about this interview. Then LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, so they can find you.

April & Danielle:April and Danielle: We would like to end by giving a big thank you to the very lavish, likable, and looney Liza-licious! 

We also want to thank everyone for taking time to check us out on the blog! 

And please for the love of Pete (whoever Pete is), please buy our book so we can finally feed our families when we find them… if it’s not too late. Loves and hugs! Peace and hair grease! Later taters!

Liza:  In case you didn't think you got to know these two clowns as much as you wished, here are their bios.

Danielle was born and raised in Virginia, and even though she loves it there, she has always pictured herself as a city girl. Danielle grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming, always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. As a child, she would spend hours curled up in bed with her favorite book, which she would read over and over again. She feels nothing is more inspiring than the written word. Danielle currently still lives in Virginia with her husband and rebellious dog, "Ceazer."

April grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that her dreams could become stories.

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  1. Thanks for letting us crash your party today! Woot woot!

    1. It's your party and it'll be running for two days, so hope you had a good rest before you arrived.

  2. Did you break into my house and take a picture of my laundry pile? Danielle's house sounds like mine!! Great interview-love the title!

  3. Well you were gone...so I didn't think your laundry would mind a modeling job

  4. LOL A great interview with all of you ladies! Definitely fun! :)

    1. Thank you Jessica. They were complete loonies, weren't they?

    2. Thanks Jessica! We had lots of fun :-)

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  6. Very funny interview!!! Loved it. I tweeted.

    1. Thank you, you are really good about blog etiquette. April and Danielle, pay attention to Ella's great blogging habits. She always comes by and comments, then tweets. Don't take after me, I just write smart ass and dopey comments when I visit someone's blog.

  7. Thanks guys! Poor Danielle has been home sick with the Flu. (At least I suspect the Flu - Dr. Fifer.) So I have really been sucking at checking on everything since work has been crazy. We appreciate you guys checking us out! ~ April

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