Q&A with Hildie McQueen aka me fangirling over secondary characters

About the Author:

Hildie McQueen is a whirlwind who refuses to wear anything but jeans and heels.
She grew up on the San Diego/Mexico border, joined the military at seventeen and never returned. After living in Germany, Texas and Hawaii, she finally settled in the beautiful southern town of Augusta, Georgia.
Biracial, half Mexican and half African-American, Hildie’s native language is Spanish, but English is her favorite way of communicating now.
Her mission in life is to make as many people as possible to feel normal. It’s an easy thing to do, for others to feel normal around her, because she’s anything but.

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*Legend: purple font are H. McQueen’s answers/lines xD

  1.       Cynden Frasier from your novel Desperate Betrayal is a Protector; it’s an intriguing and fresh approach to the notion of fighters against evil. Why demon slayers and not angels, for instance?


Dark creatures that are out to kill and attack humans make the best targets for my heroes I suppose.  Demon is more of metaphor than an actual identification of what these creatures are.  Later in the series, they will be better defined.


  1.      If you had to describe Emma Blake in a few words, without using half-demon, how would you describe her?     


A woman determined to fight for what she considers the most important people in her life, no matter the cost. She is pretty passionate when it comes to her friends and her lover.


  1.     Cynden Frasier is a fighter, and a good one, that’s clear. Tell us a bit about the other facets of his personality, of his life. What’s the one thing he’d never do?


He is an easy-going guy when not killing demons; he likes to spend time at home with his teen son and his friend.  Cyn does not loose his temper easily, but cusses too much at times. Also, he doesn’t like the attention his good looks bring.  He’d probably never buy a sedan; he’s a truck man.


  1.     At first glance this novel revolves around the notion of good versus evil (with a romantic twist :D; would you say that’s a good way to describe it? What would you say it revolves around? 


Good versus evil is a good way to describe it, but also, I would say the novel revolves around how far a person will go for someone else.


  1.    How did you pick your characters names, Emma and Cynden? How important do you think a character’s name is to the alchemy of a novel?


Emma went through three names, I had a hard time with her name until ‘Emma’ finally hit me, I liked it immediately. I made up the name Cynden after researching old Gaelic names.  Names are important, they should fit the character and go in line with their ancestry too.


  1.    Do you believe opposites attract, or perhaps like-minded characters are more likely to get romantically involved? Would you describe Cynden and Emma as opposites, or more as like-minded characters?


Sometimes opposites can be too opposite and not work and the same for like-minded, it all depends on who the characters are written. I think I prefer opposites, makes for more interesting dialog.  Cyn and Emma are a lot alike in that they are loyal to their family and are passionate people.


  1.    Can we perhaps persuade you to tell us a bit about Blue? I love him!


He’s a cool kid huh?  Well let’s see.  Blue is an extremely smart teenager and he will mature faster than most humans, he will also live longer than humans and has a few strong extra sensory abilities that will become stronger as he develops.  Although Cyn is training Blue to fight, in case he needs to defend himself, Blue is fascinated with the cyber world.


  1.     There are so many interesting characters in the novel (Sebastian, Sebastian!! xD), and I’d love to read more about them; could we maybe hope for a novel about Julian, for instance? I’d love to see him in a situation similar to Cynden and Roderick’s! *evil chuckle*


I’m so glad that these guys are all so appealing!  I love Sebastian too, he stands out to me as a character whose story I’d like to delve into.  As far as Julian…I don’t know, he’s sorta scary…*shivers*


  1.     The next novel in the series is Wendy and Keiran’s story (yes, I have been stalking your website :D), when can we expect it to be published?


I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a summer release date!


  1.     You must get this all the time, but I was wondering if perhaps you’d be willing to share with us a bit about your writing process; do you have a particular favorite spot to write in, do you set your mood in any way depending on the scene you’re writing perhaps?


I write on my dining room table.  I love that spot, when I try to write somewhere else it just doesn’t work.  For the most part, I write ignoring the television in the other room and anyone milling about.  I do however prefer to be alone when writing love scenes, maybe some music in the background.  Gotta set the mood right?



  1.     And, yes, the traditional question: what are your future writing plans, aside what we can read on your website?


I am in the editing process of a western romance entitled “Where the Four Winds Collide” which I think is a pretty good story.  My plans are to finish this novel and perhaps self-pub, not sure yet.

Thank you for your time, it’s been a pleasure chatting with you!  Thanks for having me!

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