Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? I get my ideas from my life experiences. No, I don’t know any real fairies, shapeshifters or witches, at least not yet. For the fantasy element, my imagination is key. Reading, painting and music all feed my imagination.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When not writing, I’m usually spending time with my family, painting or thinking of new ideas for my next book.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned that I love writing dialogue. At first the idea was daunting, but as I began, I realized it was so much fun.
Do you Google yourself? Yes, I’ve done this. It’s comforting to find there have been other women who have been named Isabelle Hardesty and they lived over a hundred years ago. I love that more than seeing information about me.
What is your favorite childhood book? I loved Wuthering Heights in middle school. I loved Charlotte’s Web in elementary school.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
For me, it’s pulling the unnecessary ideas to the side and letting the golden ideas shine. The possibilities are endless for a story or scene, but the writer has to get to the gold and ignore the other distracting shiny things.
Does your family support your career as a writer? Yes, I am happy to say.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It varies. I wrote my novel, The Witch of Belle Fleur, in five months. The editing process took me until about February. That’s when I felt that it was ready. For my novellas, the process is about four months.
Do you believe in writer’s block? Yes and no. I know it’s real, but I also know that it can be overcome with hard work.
Do you have any rituals before writing? I have these two unicorn figurines that I place near my laptop. I may light a candle and there is usually a hot cup of tea involved in the process. While writing, I listen to music that fits my scene.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is a world without love and compassion. – Mo’s Book Review
“For many teens, hitting the Big Eighteen isn’t scary or unwelcome, but for Jade Delacourt, she will undergo a change that, for her is a nightmare all of its own. She is about to experience “The Change” and her half shifter/half fairy ancestry is about to go full-court press on her.
When she meets two hot and helpful, yet slightly mysterious supernaturals who are going to help her with her “issues,” she discovers that she is entering into a world of dark secrets, personal agendas and danger. Not everyone thinks a “half-breed” is something to be amazed about, there are those who do not want the bloodlines tainted and by eliminating her, there will be one blight on the world.
Happy Birthday to her. Jade finds that with age, wisdom doesn’t necessarily apply when it comes to the heart and if her heart chooses the wrong supernatural, she could be signing her death warrant…and it was so cool shifting into a dragon, too.
Jade’s Awakening by Isabelle Hardesty is the first novella in the Delacourt Saga and I think you’ll find Ms. Hardesty’s style upbeat with moments of attitude and snark from Jade as she comes of age in a magical way. A little mystery, a lot of action, a few shiftings and fairies that are not the little sparkly, gossamer winged creatures we think of! A quick read packed with “story” from an author to put at the top of the Hidden Gem pile!” -Tome Tender Book Blog