Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about your nationality?
Reyna Hawk: Well my mother use to say my family was of the Heinz 57 origin. However, if it were to be narrowed down it would be English, Scot-Irish, German, and Native American (Cherokee and Iroquois).
Scarberryfields: When you finish a novel, do you miss the characters?
Reyna Hawk: Yes I definitely do. I will keep going back and reading the books because I miss them so much; prime reason my first book went into a trilogy. I just couldn’t give them up. In fact, for that series I am thinking of branching out into some of the minor characters to continue it. However, it is just a thought. I have three other books I need to get finished first.
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., where do you turn?
Reyna Hawk: I usually will use the grammar check on Microsoft word. If that still doesn’t seem to fix it or the sentence still sounds screwy, I then go to my university’s online write editor. It has been very helpful.
Scarberryfields: With the number of hours spent writing, do family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?
Reyna Hawk: For the most part, they are supportive; however, there are some family and friends that get their little digs in about me being so busy “writing one of my books”. I don’t think most people understand all the little details and amount of time it takes to write a book. As an author, I have to write while the ideas and thoughts are in my head. It’s definitely not a 9 to 5 job.
Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Reyna Hawk: It actually helps me to relax and rid myself of the stresses of the day, week, or month. I have found my best time to write is at night when the house is quiet, which means a lot of writing into the wee hours of the morning. However, I do sleep better after doing a great deal of writing.
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Reyna Hawk: I have to; they are too much of a distraction for me. In fact, many times, if I am deep into the writing I will ignore the phone, put on some headphones, and shut the rest of the world out.
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as Beta readers for your debut novel?
Reyna Hawk: Yes, I have a handful of people I use to get a variety of feedback from. This is only good if they can give good objective criticism, which mine has no problem in doing.
Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking as a marketing tool, is beneficial?
Reyna Hawk: It can be in some ways, but in some ways it doesn’t help at all. I think people get accustomed to seeing posts and articles about the same things and then begin to ignore them or skim over them. I know that I can be guilty of that myself. I surely am not the only one that does this. It has helped me a great deal to get connected to bloggers and readers that otherwise I would have never had the chance to connect with, but if these people aren’t sharing or spreading the word about my books then it’s not doing much good.
Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?
Reyna Hawk: Angels and Arrows- it is based on true paranormal events.
Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?
Reyna Hawk: All of my books are available on Amazon.com
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