Sunday, February 3, 2013

February's Indie Author of the Month Is...

Welcome back to another installment of Indie Author of the Month! This month's amazing recipient is the amazing, the sweet, the phenomenal....

Paulina has penned the Flightless Bird Series and lucky for us she has a new book heading our way soon! Stay tuned next week for a sneak peek into that awesomeness!

Here's a lil background on my girl, Paulina....
Paulina Ulrich has always loved writing, telling stories, and the idea of dreaming big. An English Major with emphasis in Creative Writing, she is now a full-time author and has her very fluffy cat Juey to keep her company while she writes. Not to mention she always has a full glass of iced-tea nearby and music blaring in the background. Paulina is the author of the Flightless Bird series and the Fighting Fate series. When she’s not writing she’s out buying way too many cute shoes.

I'm so excited to have Paulina on the blog this month she is seriously the yin to my yang...I swear we were sisters in a past life because how else would someone get me like she does?! Really! Anyhow, I managed to wrangle her away from her writing and studies to answer a few questions...

I always ask my indies this because everyone's response is so different. So, girl, what made you decide to take the self-publishing leap?

It literally was just me sitting at my desk, writing away, when I asked ‘what’s stopping me?’ I sat there and thought about this for awhile and my decision was that simple. Nothing was stopping me so I went for it because I love writing so much. I can never forget though, Adrienne, one of my closest friends and cover designer for the Flightless Bird series, had always been the one friend who always gave me constructive criticism and told me what I could strengthen and such. She didn’t just sit and praise my stories and I thank her for that, she would tell me without hesitation what needed work and what didn’t. She definitely pushes my writing and wants me to pursue it to my full potential. I would like to think that without her constructive criticisms, my writing may not be where it is today! Before I had told anyone else I was going to take the leap into self-publishing, I consulted her about it and it was like I was on the edge of a diving board and she shoved me off, telling me to go for it. So I owe much of this plunge to her.

Adrienne wherever you are I applaud you! Thanks for giving this amazing writer that shove. ;) What is the last book you read?
I read Vain by Fisher Amelie and I positively loved it. Seriously, such a well written story!

I really want to read that! It's sitting on my kindle waiting for me to find the time! Alrighty, what is your favorite 2012 or 2013 moment/memory?
How to I pick just one? There are so many! Broken Wings and Fair Feathered were published in 2012 and those were really big moments! One of my favorite memories from 2012 would have to be when Adrienne bought me a special ordered meowing cat piggy bank. That thing is so darn cute! It’s a cat that hides in a little box and when you press a button, he peeks out and swipes your money into the box with him! When I opened it, my face had cemented a smile for the rest of the day!

Best. Gift. Ever. So, I know everyone is wondering, what's next for Paulina?
Next project? Which one? I have like 50 lined up. *laughs* But right now my main focus is Chosen, the first book in my newest series: The Fighting Fate series. I hope to have this out at the end of March or early April but don’t quote me on it.

Any events on the agenda for 2013?
I think if anyone saw my calendar their eyes might go blind. It is jam packed with a ton of things for me to do. I’m hoping to have Chosen out by the end of March or early April, it just depends on how much I can get done with my schedule. I expect the final book in the Flightless Bird series, Timeless Sky, to be out this summer. Yay! Then from there I will continue to work on the Fighting Fate series.

And you'll be meeting up with me for UTOPYA!!! Watch out peeps! 2013 is going to be an epic year! ;) 

Okay, if you could have any fictional character as your real life bestie, who would it be?
Ah! There is so many to choose from but I’m going to choose Harry Potter. He’s so loyal, nice, self-sacrificing, funny, and just awesome! We’d have so many adventures to go on in the Wizarding World but first I’d have to be a wizard. I’m still waiting on my letter to come from Hogwarts.

If you could have any fictional character as your boy toy, who would it be?
Wha…..? How will I ever pick just one?! There are so many fictional male characters that I adore. I guess who I’ve been hung up on lately is Ian from Vain by Fisher Amelie. Holy smokes was he a swoon-worthy character or what? So…yeah, it would most definitely be him.

Mental note, move Vain up on the TBR list right away! What is your most prized possession?
Besides my stories? I would have to say…my cat Juey. My cat is spoiled rotten but he is such a sweetheart and he’s the perfect cuddle buddy and he always sits next to me when I write. Well, either sits by me or on my keyboard. I like to think that’s his way of trying to assist me in my writing process. He gets into soooo much trouble but he looks at me with that cute little face of his and my heart just melts.

LOL! My cat does the same thing! Maybe you should include his name as co-author. :) 
What is one thing no one/not many people know about you?
Hmm…this is kind of a tough one! But I suppose what people may not know is that I’m big into music. I’m also a musician, nothing professional, but I can play the violin, piano, and guitar and on occasion I write song lyrics. I was raised playing these instruments, writing songs, and lyrics so music is such a huge part of my life.

Ha! I knew it! I knew when I was reading Broken Wings that to write those piano scenes you had some musical history up your sleeve.  Is there anything you can't do?

What book would you most like to see on the big screen? Besides yours of course. ;)
Demon Kissed by H.M. Ward would be so awesome! I really enjoyed that series so much and if it were turned into a movie I would soooo be there to see it! I could picture each book perfectly in my head and it would be amazing to see it as a movie. The action! The adventure! The romance! Epicness would definitely ensue.

Oh my gosh! I love the Demon Kissed series and I so agree! Great choice! 
What book would you most like to see turned into a TV series?
This is a really tough question actually but after giving it some thought, I think Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series would be a really neat TV series just with the way the plot flows and what takes place within the story.
Mental note #2 add that series to my TBR list right away! 
If you could go anywhere, any time period, where would you go and why?
I know for sure that I would go back in time to the 1940’s during World War II. I’m a big history geek and so I would go back to that era to really study the atmosphere and what it was like to live during that time. I also feel like the 1940’s was such a classic age with big bang music like Glenn Miller and the fashion style. Even with the movement of women going into the work force was a huge shift in the way culture has changed. Alright, I’m going to stop my inner history nerd from droning on before I bore someone to sleep!

Responses like this is how I know we are seriously sisters from another mother! I love history, too!
Time for the speed round…respond with the first thing that comes to mind:
Color? Purple
Song? Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Food? Tortellini Alfredo
Place? London
Book? Pride and Prejudice
Movie? Moulin Rouge
Season? Spring
Animal? Cat

Thank you so very much for stopping by Paulina! You are the bestest!

Now, here's how Indie Author of the Month works - each week you can enter to win cool swag and an e-book of your choice from the honoree Paulina Ulrich. Then we round out the month with a grand prize giveaway including more Paulina Ulrich books, swag, AND a $15 Amazon/B&N gift card! Make sure you tune in and enter each week because each valid entry earns you an extra chance at the grand prize giveaway. Pretty awesome, right?! 

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