Please welcome my next guest in my Meet Some UtopYA2015 Lovelies (Unofficial) series. Thanks to the Indie-Visible group gathering, I was able to get to know Delphina this year. Cards Against Humanity will do that. She has a smile that lights up a room and is such a sweetie.
Oh, and she was a huge hit at the Saturday signing where she made everyone into a unicorn. And who doesn’t want to be a unicorn?
Thanks so much for hanging out on the blog today!
DH: I’m so excited to be here.
Unicorns clearly hold a special place in your heart. Your first two books have unicorn in the title: Unless You Can Be a Unicorn and Ask Me About My Unicorn. How did this come to be?
DH: I have always loved unicorns and am addicted to shifter books. I mentioned this to some HS friends and their reply was, “You should write some.” Two years and a lot of memes later and I did.
Yay for your high school friends! You were recognized at this year’s UtopYA awards as a writer (Best Debut Novel: Unless You Can Be a Unicorn) and will be joining the 2016 conference as an official blogger (Delphina Reads Too Much). What’s the secret to wearing both hats?
DH: Honestly, I’m still trying to figure that out. My blog has definitely suffered as my writing has taken off.
Oh, I can feel you there. That's why I'm so grateful for these interviews. So, can you tell us about your current manuscript or plans for a next novel?
DH: I’m currently finishing two books. The Lion and the Unicorn will be released under my pen name Dara Fraser and is the first in an adult shifter series I am doing with Anchor Group Publishing. Mermaids Can Ride Bicycles is a chapter book for elementary age children and will be released under the name Delphina Miyares.
Sounds like some awesome stuff is happening. Congrats! If we were playing a clean version of Cards Against Humanity, how would you finish this sentence: Always Be a ____________, unless you can be a unicorn or a _____________? Why?
DH: You saw me play Cards Against Humanity. I stink at this game. I give up after thinking about this question far too long.
ROFL! I'd say you should always be your authentic self, which you totally do! So, I've been asking all the lovelies... what's your favorite inspirational quote? Why?
DH: It changes depending upon where I am in my life, but this is one that has always stuck with me. : Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Love that one. What do you think makes UtopYA, renamed Utopia for its fifth year in 2016, so special?
DH: I have been to quite a few author events as a reader, blogger, and author. While they were all great experiences, none of them held the magic that Utopia does. Utopia is a weekend of inspiration, camaraderie, fun, education, relationships, and making connections in the industry. I have heard many people say that it was life changing for them and of that I have no doubt. It was for me.
So, I had to share me as a unicorn... so cool!
And a great picture from Delphina's UtopYA2015 experience. So much loveliness in one picture.
✮✮✮✮✮ Quick Answers ✮✮✮✮✮
Last Movie you Saw: I can’t remember the name. It was a Korean film I saw on Amazon Prime about HS kids and was pretty strange.
Comedy, Romance, Drama, or Horror? Romance
Last Book you Read: Doves For Sale by Lila Felix
First Job: Taco Bell
Gift Cards or Cash? GCFavorite Vacation Spot: Maine
More about Delphina
Delphina Henley has always been a unicorn. Delphina has been writing since she can remember and has always had a love of the paranormal. She is an avid reader and a self proclaimed shifter crack addict. Delphina currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and four kids.
About Unless You Can Be A Unicorn
Always be yourself.
That was the last advice Scout's Grandma Nora gave her before she died. Scout has spent her life trying to be anything but, but she has a chance to start anew as she moves several states away to college. She had always thought the glowing aura she saw around some people was a childhood fancy, but when it starts coming back just as she's starting her new life, she learns there was much hidden about who she truly is.
Thankfully, she has a motley crew to help her along the way: a spunky bookseller, a trustworthy pub owner, a commanding grandmother, a possible best friend, and a hot rocker boy who only has eyes for her.
About Ask Me About My Unicorn
Loving a unicorn is easy. Yourself . . . ? Not so much.
Val is powerful, kind, a bit quirky . . . but the daughter of hunters. Facing your long time crush is challenging on a good day. But throw in a set of parents who want to sell him, his family and his friends in bits and pieces for dark magic and it adds a whole new set of problems. As secrets are revealed and danger mounts, Val must come to terms with where she came from and become the woman she was meant to be.
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