But who is Elizabeth Hayley? Our very own Dayreader Dawn caught up with this elusive author and guess what...Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product was Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin).
"Elizabeth" lives with her husband, daughter, and nutjob of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband, son, and her own crazy dog. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.
Dayreader Dawn sat down with both for an indepth interview - and even managed to get them to share a photo with us!!!
Hayley: We put crazy stuff up ALL the time so it's difficult to think of something specific from long ago. But recently, since my (Hayley's) birthday is in May, Elizabeth put up a status each day describing what she wasn't going to get me. She just put up a picture of some ghetto lube with the following status:
Things I'm not buying Hayley for her birthday, day 12: Lube. She likes it rough. J Just ask the 14 johns she serviced last night. (It was a slow night. Don't mention it. She's a little "sore" about it ). ~E
Dawn: Who is your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
Hayley: Well, I'd be a huge bitch if I didn't say it was Elizabeth because clearly I'm hers. But seriously, she is without a doubt my best friend. I can (and will, whether she cares to hear it or not) tell her anything. We weren't best friends before we started writing together though. We were just two wacky girls who worked together and had a crazy dream that somehow came true. And on that journey we became more than best friends. She's my family. And you know you're stuck with family whether you like it or not ;)
Elizabeth: Ugh, I guess I have to say my best friend if Hayley since she said I was hers. Though I guess that's okay since it really is her anyway. Since we started this journey together, Hayley and I have just clicked. We don't have to work at our friendship; it feels like something that's just always been there. It's easy being friends with her.
Dawn: Are you a listener or talker?
Hayley: Probably talker. I don't care about most people's problems enough to want to hear about them, let alone actually listen.
Elizabeth: Listener. I'm a people-watcher and I'd much rather be silent and hear what's going on around me then fill the silence myself. I also have zero ability to engage in small-talk.
Dawn: Tea or coffee?
Hayley: If we're talking iced, I'll take either. Hot, I'm definitely going with coffee every time.
Elizabeth: Iced tea. I hate coffee.
Elizabeth and Hayley haha
Dawn: Do you think people should eat the fish they catch, or just let them go?
Hayley: Is this a real question? I don't care what people do with fish.
Elizabeth: Let them go. The water they live in is dirty haha
Dawn: What's your favorite bumper sticker?
Well we gotta say ours:
Dawn: What does your writing process look like?
We map out a concept, a general story arc, and then we plan out about six chapters at a time. Then we call dibs on who wants which chapter, and we get to writing. We do all of our writing on Google Docs so once we're done writing, the other person can easily go in and edit it. By the time we've gone back and forth through edits, each chapter has become something we have both added our own flair to. I think that's why our books don't sound disjointed despite having two of us writing: because we both have a hand in every word on the page.
Dawn: If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?
Hayley: I have a few, but if I were to get another I would say something to do with writing. Not sure where I would get it. Elizabeth and I are going to get matching tattoos one day...she just doesn't know it yet.
Elizabeth: I have a few tattoos too but I want my next one to be a dandelion with the seeds blowing away and turning into birds. Dandelions are often called Wishing Flowers, and I want the tattoo to remind myself that it's not enough to wish for things; you have to give them wings if you want them to truly soar.
Dawn: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Hayley: I feel like this is cliche, but I have to say becoming a parent. It was a long and emotionally painful road. But it eventually happened and was worth every tear when we finally adopted our son. I appreciate him more than I ever would if I hadn't gone through what we did to finally have him. He's simply perfect, and he makes me a better person every day. There's no greater accomplishment than that.
Elizabeth: I agree, my daughter is definitely my biggest accomplishment. The fact that I've managed to not only keep her alive, but keep her happy and healthy, is a miracle haha.
Dawn: What is your favorite dessert?
Hayley: I'll eat almost any dessert. I love Entenmann's cookies, cannolis from a bakery, cheesecake, basically anything that's exceptionally bad for you.
Elizabeth: My mom makes cupcakes in an ice cream cone. They're fabulous.
Dawn: What a fantastically fun interview. Thank you both so much!
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