Thursday, August 31, 2017

INTERVIEW with H.L. GIRTON (The Accalia)

Super special day! We have an interview with H.L. Girton:

SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.

HLG: Genesis is the heroine of The Accalia. She is an orphaned girl who grew up living off the grid with her Aunt, the only living relative she has ever known. It was a simple life for her and one she never complained of. As an orphan, Genesis always wondered what life would have been like with a father and mother, sibling maybe. So the Accalia starts off with this girl who is uncertain. Someone who doesn’t know who she really is or where she comes from. Everything she had ever know was secure and simple. A lot of her reality and the truth about her was fabricated into adventurous stories and myths. Things she never understood but imagined.
Throughout the story Genesis undergoes a tremendous amount of change in a short period of time. Her entire world changes. It does a completely 180 on her. She grows from this innocent, naive girl into a confident and strong woman. She has a lot of self-doubt in herself at first. There is confusion and denial in what is real and what is not. There is anger that she can’t help but give in to. She loves tremendously but she holds herself back because she doesn’t fully believe in herself until she begins to learn and accept who she really is.

SC: Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
HLG: I do believe there are things we do not fully understand in this world. Things that we could only imagine. I believe that there is more to life, the world, and universe that we may never comprehend. I am a very spiritual person and my roots are deep in my faith. I have to believe there is more to life than what we are experiencing now. That our souls are more than just our bodies. I believe in the divine experiences and the uncertain paranormal encounters.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying for certain I have had something paranormal happen to me. I wouldn’t say I have definite proof or can say for certain that I have had a paranormal experience. I can say that I have had moments that made me wonder. I have had experiences that made my faith renew or made my imagination soar. Things that sound proof and facts couldn’t explain. I believe at some point everyone experiences something they can’t explain.
SC:What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?

HLG:I have a few titles that are ready for edits or are being worked on and nearing completion for publication. I can say for certain that book two of The Accalia Series, titled The Curse, will be my next release. It continues with Genesis’ story and further develops the characters along with her and destiny that she is to fulfill.
Another story that is ready for editing, and one I am anxious to get out, is a novella. It is a short story that goes along with The Accalia series, titled The Lone Wolf, which will take the readers deeper into the life of one of the characters I love. Noah. Noah is a key character in this series and one that many readers will hate. I say I love him for this reason. I have created a character with Noah that is unlike any typical hero or heroine. Noah is selfish and ambitious. He will do whatever is necessary and the consequences don’t frighten him. This story will allow readers into his mind and see Noah for who he really is and why. It is also meant to be released after book two because there are spoilers in there and preparations for book three that will come after.

I also have a standalone story that I have no yet titled in the cue line to be edited and released. This story is a heartbreaking story about loss and love. It is a whirl wind romance that is found in trying times. It is meant for the reader to relate to tragedy and find hope and strength in those you love around you. I actually wrote this book first. It was my first ever dare into this world, but I decided against releasing it first because it means a lot to me. This story is inspired from an event that happened in my life and sharing this with the world will come when the time is right.
Two other stories are in the works but not yet completed, book three to the Accalia series and another paranormal/fantasy/romance that will be a standalone.

SC: Thanks so much for taking the time to come chat with us today. Now let's take a look at your novel.

The Accalia
The Accalia Series
Book 1
H.L. Girton

Genre: YA paranormal

Date of Publication: Aug 14th

Cover Artist: SK Designs

Tagline: The truth hurts more than secrets and lies

Book Description:

After traveling the country with her aunt, Genesis Berkley finally feels like she is home. Settling in Tillamook, Oregon, she begins a new life and everything seems to be going smoothly. That is, until she runs into a mysterious young man.

The feelings that he awakens are unsettling, and soon, her simple, peaceful world shatters. Lies and secrets are revealed, and danger lurks in every corner.

Now, Genesis must discover if she is strong enough to fulfill her destiny. Will she learn to accept the truth before it is too late.

Excerpt One:

“Please! I’m not the Accalia as you all believe. I cannot be her.” I looked around at them, their eyes locked onto me as I denied their silly prophecy. “I’m not a savior. I’m not the girl they describe in here. I don’t know how to love like that. I don’t have the power or strength to stop whatever it is the Accalia’s meant to stop. I’m just me. I am just a normal girl who graduated high school a few weeks ago. I’m sorry, but I’m not who you think I am.”
I was apologetic, but firm. I couldn’t be what they wanted me to be. I just wasn’t that girl. The only love I had ever known was the love I had for Aunt Cammie, and until I met Madeline, I hadn’t loved a friend before. They expected me to be this all powerful, unconditional loving, Accalia, but I was nobody.
“You are the Accalia, Genesis, and you will come to realize the importance of it in time. You are also my daughter and both roles come with responsibilities and expectations.”

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About the Author:

Heather Girton has been a creative writer since her childhood, writing creative stories and poems for the love of imagination and literacy. It started out as an outlet for personal struggles and a way to cope with them through fictional fantasy and turned into a passion and need to share her aspirations with the world. It wasn’t until 2013 that she decided to share her talent through fictional novels due to the encouragement from her family and friends.

Since graduating high school in 2006, Heather has spent the last eleven years being a dedicated mother and military spouse. In that time she nurtured a family of four children all while traveling the country following her husband’s career. She spent the last five years working towards her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. She has done volunteer work with grief support organizations gaining experience with her field of study.

Currently Heather lives in Texas with her husband, children, support dog, and lazy cat. She is an avid reader and loves it as much as she adores writing. She spends her free time sharing her devotion for it with her children. When she isn’t reading, writing or focusing on her family, Heather has a personal admiration for photography.

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