UFI welcomes Kelly Hashway Author of Touch of Death. Thanks for Joining us!!
What can you tell my
readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or
reading in another interview?
I openly admit to being
weird. I like to embarrass myself because I think life is just more fun if you
aren’t afraid to do something silly.
What do you enjoy doing on
your down time?
with my five-year-old daughter. She keeps me laughing.
What is your Favorite part
Being able to admit that I
hear voices in my head and it’s a good thing. ;) Meeting new characters and
getting to tell their stories is a great feeling.
Do you have any certain
routines you must follow as you write?
Monday through Friday, I
write from 9am-2:45pm when my daughter is in school. I get my blanket and curl
up in my chair, where I don’t really move until I have to pick up my daughter.
I even eat lunch at my computer.
What are some of your
Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres?
Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is one of my favorites. I could read it over and
over again. I also love Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.
How would you pitch Touch
of Death to someone who has
not heard of it before?
Jodi Marshall, finding out she’s the Chosen One isn’t necessarily a good thing.
While she has the power to bring the dead back to life and protect a race of
necromancers called the Ophi, she’s also deadly to humans and has Hades
breathing down her neck. She’ll quickly learn that power comes with a price.
Can you tell us a little
bit about the world that Touch of Death is set in?
of Death is set in an unnamed town in Pennsylvania. The story sit split between
the town where Jodi lives and the school where the Ophi go to train. While on
the outside, the world looks much like our own, the Greek gods are still very
much present, as is Medusa’s spirit, which is trapped in a statue at the Ophi
Do you have a favorite
scene in Touch of Death?
the climax. I wasn’t expecting it. I was writing it, and realized it was going
in a completely different direction than I thought. It shocked me, but in a
good way. I needed that to happen. It was a case of my characters knowing what
was best for them and me just getting out of their way.
Which character was your
favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?
and Alex were almost a toss up. I love both of them. Alex actually has a back
story that I’m dying to tell. There is such much to his character, and you only
see some of it in Touch of Death. Jodi is a great character because while she’s
extremely powerful, she’s not sure she wants that power.
hardest to write was probably Abby. I worked on her a lot, and she changed
during revisions. She’s evil but she has a reason for it, and she really grew
on me. I kind of love to hate her.
What Other Projects can we
look forward to reading from you?
LOVE ALL, the first novella
in the Game. Set. Match. Heatbreak series releases through Swoon Romance, January
STALKED BY DEATH, the second
book in the Touch of Death trilogy releases through Spencer Hill Press, July
THE MONSTER WITHIN, a YA
paranormal about a girl who was brought back from the dead and used as a pawn
in a deadly war among witches, releases through Spencer Hill Press, April 2014
with the sequel, THE DARKNESS WITHIN, following sometime after.
INTO THE FIRE, is the first
book in the Birth of the Phoenix series releasing through Month9Books, Spring
CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE
FORTUNE, is a middle grade fantasy series releasing through Month9Books, 2016.
Thanks for having me!
I'm represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. Look for my
upcoming YA novels, Touch of Death (Spencer Hill Press, 1/15/13),
Stalked by Death (Spencer Hill Press, 7/23/13), The Monster Within
(Spencer Hill Press, 4/14), The Darkness Within (Spencer Hill Press,
TBA), and Into the Fire (Month9Books, spring 2014). Also look for my MG
series Curse of the Granville Fortune (Month9Books, 2016).
Find Kelly and her books
Touch of Death
Touch of Death #1
Jodi Marshall isn’t
sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute
she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing
boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy
no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself,
Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss
that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers
she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the
zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of
Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the
deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts
the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers
she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing
at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her
power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.