MEET THE AUTHOR ABIGAIL OWEN

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

I live in this woman’s head, so our thoughts are very similar. Good thing we both have a similar sense of humor. Introducing multi-award-winning author Abigail Owen. Abigail writes YA/NA fantasy romance and adult paranormal romance. She loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of HEAs!

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

The Liar’s Crown is my debut YA/NA fantasy romance which releases on August 30th! I have many series out in paranormal romance, but this is my first in this subgenre and I loved writing it so much. When a twin who is her royal sister’s body double is kidnapped by a man made of shadow, she has to fight for her life. But not everything is what it seems, and she finds herself pretending to be the princess she isn’t and trying to figure out how to get home.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

Meren is a strong, spunky heroine who, like all of us, doubts herself, her decisions, her worth, and everything else. But she does it with panache and a lot of snark. Meren makes me laugh with the things she comes up with, but mostly I feel for her. After all, she’s a secret twin whose only purpose in life is to be a body double and sacrifice herself for her royal twin sister. When she’s stolen by a man made of shadow, her life…changes.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

Most of this story is about Meren, the main character, and the man who kidnaps her. A Shadowraith, Reven is not what he seems at first. The problem is, he may be even more dangerous to her than the king she knows has been after her family for generations.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

This series started when I stumbled across a lesser-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson where a man sheds his shadow which becomes self-aware and eventually takes on a life of its own, taking over the original man’s life and wealth and eventually killing him. I thought, well…there’s my hero and my villain.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

I set up the entire backstory for the villain first, which included an entire mythology for the place where it’s set. That’s unusual. With paranormal romance I let my world building work itself in organically as I go along. But for fantasy, with an entirely new world, this worked well for me. After that though, it was business as usual. I write every day and usually a fairly consistent amount of words each day. I do that until it’s done, and then I edit, and edit, and edit. J

  • How do you handle writers block?

This is only something I’ve dealt with in the past year or so. I find my routine helps. The fact that I work every single day. Even if I don’t get many words, it’s still more words than I had the day before. But writer’s block requires a lot of self-love and grace-giving.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I do my first writing in the morning by going on a walk (or walking at my treadmill desk) and dictating. It gets all things moving in more ways than one and feels extra productive because I’m starting my day with words and exercise.

  • What is your writing snack?

Deserts. Coke. Pringles. Fruit. I’m a “snack while thinking” and a “boredom snacker” type so I snack…a lot.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a mom of two teenagers. They basically are my life. Between all their activities, school, and acting as their chauffeur, any time not spent writing is usually doing something around that. However, I am also now hugely into K-Dramas. It’s an obsession. So any downtime I get, you’ll find me watching one of those.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Spring. I live in Texas and the weather isn’t the kindest. Most of the year it’s too hot to do much. But in the spring when everything turns green and the wildflowers bloom and the weather is beautiful, I love that best!

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Fantasy and romance are my two favorite genres by far, so my favorite is when they are combined either in fantasy romance or paranormal romance. I love anything that allows magic to exist! All the things that the imagination can come up with. I also love anything that has an HEA (happily ever after). This world is tough enough, I don’t need to read the sad, dramatic, non happy stories out there. I need a guarantee that everything will turn out happy in the end. (At least for the main characters.)

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

Not really. LOL. I’d have to think long and hard what my mission is. To me writing is an escape as much if not more than reading. I hope that I’m giving other readers wonderful worlds and characters to escape with!

  • What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

When I write I can’t listen to anything that will distract me from the words I’m trying to form. So these days it tends to be a lot of KPOP because I don’t understand the words. I can just enjoy the music without it pulling my attention from what I’m creating.

AUGUST QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?

I feel like the only answer here for me is being a mother. I fail at some aspect of motherhood every single day. Every. Single. Day. But my kids know and feel they are loved. They get everything from us that they need not only to survive but to thrive. I worry about them every day and do everything in my power to help them as they grow into adulthood, which is just around the corner. It’s an ongoing mission, but even with all the daily failures, my children (alongside my marriage) are the only success I care about in this life.



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