Author Spotlight: Yasmin Hawken

This week’s author is Yasmin Hawken. This is a pen name for a writing duo. I have the pleasure to know one of them. She’s so amazingly talented and beautiful inside and out. I’m honored to call her a friend.

Their Books (Click book photos to buy):

The Seraphim Network is set in Cyberpunk Seattle where technology is at an all time high matched only by the social divide. Mega Corporation’s rule the lives of the working classes chaining everyday citizens to slave like hours through high priced amenities and necessities, all to ensure the elite maintain their lavish lifestyles. With such a harsh reality it isn’t a surprise that the easily accessed escapes of booze, sex, drugs and the virtual world lures the desperate citizens into further squalor.

The Seraphim Network is determined to change that. By gathering and trading information it seeks a way to bring down the corporate giants intent on enslaving the world and free the people from their bonds. The work of The Network is dangerous, illegal and ,to many, immoral but all for the good of the future.

The Angel series and its companion the Everyday series focus on The Network’s operatives as they traverse the dingy streets of Seattle, finding love, loss, intrigue and danger all in the name of the organisation they see as family.

About Yasmin Hawken:

Yasmin Hawken is the pen name of Kay Hawken and Charlotte Head, a writing collaboration who is bringing The Seraphim Network to life.


Interview With Yasmin Hawken:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far.

At this point in time we are publishing two series’ of books set in the futuristic city of Seattle; The Archangel Series and The Everyday Series. Both series are focused around The Seraphim Network and their shadowy exploits to take down the corporations that are suffocating the world. We have five Everyday novels and three Archangel novels with two novellas. At the moment we are working on releasing the rewrite of the first book we released, Caustic, in the back there is an exclusive novella. After that it’s the forth Archangel book. The Covid situation and life events have unfortunately affected our publishing and writing schedule which we are working on fixing. 

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

Honestly there wasn’t a single moment, more of a constant need. Everytime I looked at books I knew that I needed to write one, I needed to hold something I wrote in my hands. Next to the birth of kids and my wedding day releasing Caustic was the best moment of my life. 

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

When I figure that out I’ll let you know. Honestly imposter syndrome is something I really struggle with. I am lucky to have some close friends who act as a cheering section, when I am having a bad time I go to them. They usually threaten me that they need to know what happens so I can’t stop, it’s usually the push I need. 

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

 I wouldn’t say life experiences but I usually try to put a little of myself, or someone I am close to in each of my characters. It really helps me to draw myself back to the characters when I need to. Out of all characters Callista has to be the one closest to myself, she is a mixture of my negative thoughts and my wishes of what I would like to be more like. 

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

Rhys and Miles are the characters I can write the easiest. I can’t think of a time I’ve ever struggled, the writing just flows. They are polar opposites but when I am writing a scene with them both in it, it’s always perfect the first time. I think I just love my hacker boys and I love their stories and what is planned for them. The hardest is Jaycee, me and her, we just never connected. The control freak in her and the control freak in me were like magnets, writing her book was like pulling teeth, I honestly can’t imagine ever writing her again, just because of how tough it was.

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