Name Yelle Hughes
Age 42 or 43 forget which one cause I really hate math
Where are you from I am from “Dem thar hills” of Pennsylvania (a small town called Meadville)
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life ect
Well…uhm…I got three kids (don’t tell them I called them kids), had a career in phlebotomy (vampirism), career counselor, photographer and a big time manager for a huge government contractor. Due to our economy woes I found myself as one of the 99 so I reevaluated what I wanted out of life. Did I want to continue to work 60 sometimes 70 hrs a week? With the added bonus of pulling my hair out and screaming at my kids daily for not doing the dishes? Or did I want to throw caution to the wind and just do it?
Yep, I booked a two-week trip to Greece and traipsed around the countryside and the islands with no regrets.
I got a little college under my belt and plan to go back for creative writing. Divorced from a Marine who I felt his habits were a little bit habit forming. To this day, I could cuss up a storm and would rather drink a beer than some frew-frew fruity drink. We’re still great friends though.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have met some awesome people in the last couple of days including Tempus Thales of Lawyers in Hell group. My first novel , Triton “The Aegean Chronicles” is going through its last edits and will be available soon. Two more in the series are in the works, Cupid and Zephyrus.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing 20 years ago. I moved to Ohio when I was a kid and used to go back to PA to spend the summers with my grandma. She was old school…kids did not stay in the house, so she kicked me out every day. My uncle who was about the same age would take off and I would be alone and have no one to hang out with so I would just sit on grandma’s stoop all day. Her neighbor (bless her heart) gave me her old Harlequin Romances and after reading about the plights of wimpy women I wanted to do one myself. High school introduced me to Greek Mythology and I was hooked. Call me a dreamer but I wanted to be like them (ok..ok I was a kid alright). I started my story with Triton and Ari as my hero and heroine back in the 80’s but everything else kept getting in the way, i.e.…graduation, kids, job and guys who were just stupid and took up too much of my time.
During my trip to Greece, I re-worked the story I already had and voila the final result of my series is here.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I thought I was a writer in the 8th grade but I became true writer when I gave myself the task to write a 90,000 word novel. Coming up with words to fill that task was not easy.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
You’re gonna laugh but it was actually a guy I had sex with…all I can say is “Wow! I gotta write that down.” Ok…ok that’s only part. Ariadne has been bugging me for years to get a story out there about her that doesn’t have her pining away for some guy (Theseus)
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I have no idea…I guess you would call it third person omniscient? You kind of know what everybody’s thinking.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Triton is my boy and he told me what it was going to be.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Have a laugh, have a cry and colors don’t matter.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Most of the locations are real. Columbus Ohio, Athens, several of the Isles of Greece are real. I did pull some ancient names that no longer exist but I hope I explain everything so nobody is confused.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yea, I take a little here, I take a little there. Some of the goofy antics done by Ari were actually performed by me.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
That would take up this entire interview but I would start off with The Iliad and The Odyssey, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. Any book with a naked man on the cover. Hans Christian Anderson and my mom’s old reader’s digest magazine (don’t ask).
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Shelly Laurenston, because she had me cracking up and her girls were mean.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reviewing a book for my fellow ASMSG group.
The Daughter’s of Ares Trilogy.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are quite a few actually and I have to smack my hand from buying books off Amazon since they make it so easy (one click!)
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Hopefully I will be working with the Lawyers in Hell Group and make them proud of the work I want to do for them.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
David Henry Sterry
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’ve researched a lot and ideally yea, I would like that. Realistically it’s gonna take a lot of opening doors, people willing to show the way, networking and writing constantly to improve myself daily.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That’s a yes and a no. When I started writing, I didn’t know what I was doing…now still not sure what I’m doing but I know a little bit more now than I did then. So I would keep the plot line and the characters the same but there would be a few changes I would make.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I read a book where the heroine cried all the time…pissed me off. So I wanted to write about girls that weren’t wusses and knew how to take care of themselves and not have to wait for a guy to come save them all the time. The guys can still do their stuff but my girls aren’t falling over the non-existent tree branches when they’re being chased.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure here’s the back cover story:
What happens when your ancestor tries to kill you because he’s pissed he died but it’s totally not your fault?
Well, you get a Greek immortal protector. That’s what Ariadne Phillips got when an old resurrected king from way back decides to come after her once he finds out they are related.
Triton, conceited in his godly arrogance is sent to the US to protect a silly mortal that had been dipping where she shouldn’t have been dapping. His great idea consisted of shipping her off to BFE with a new job where no one would find her.
But when blue eyes meet hazel, it’s a done deal. Taz wants to keep the only mortal who can make him laugh and cry at the same time for himself and Ari gets a dream trip to Greece to model and practice her self-defense on her ancient stalker.
Happily ever after can’t be reached without Taz discovering his mortal flaw: gods can and do die and Ari can’t join the immortal ranks without fighting the Fates for her soul.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Well, I already named Shelly so I will shamelessly plug Kresley Cole. Her variety of characters…some are serious some are just down right goofy and I love that up and down…laugh and cry…laugh and cry then get pissed at the mean ones.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Sort of, the majority of my locations are in Greece so while I was there, I took plenty of notes and pictures because who knows when I’ll go back. The other locations are pretty much where I have lived.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finishing the end, I don’t know why but when I get toward the end, I procrastinated like a mug (old 80’s slang) I did the same thing with my second novel Cupid.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That writing a novel is not easy and what I have in my head needs to be interpreted differently in order for me to put it down on paper or a laptop.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
KEEP WRITING! Don’t give up!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Oh gosh, do I have readers? Well for any of you out there, thank you for taking the time to visit my dream-world and give me a shout to tell me you chuckled and shed a tear.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Become a movie critique.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?