Fic-Talk: I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC and ask you a few questions. When I finished Demons I immediately went to twitter, ready to fangirl all over it. You’re probably thankful that at 2am I was sleepy and unable to properly search for a way.
Heather: Haha, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Demons. It’s so exciting to finally be able to share it! I obviously get really into the world of my characters, so it’s almost a relief to find out other people love and care about them as much as I do.
Q. I love the story line you’ve come up with for the Seers Trilogy. It’s very unique and fresh. How did you come up with it?
A. Thank you, that’s a very nice compliment. Between 2008 and 2010 I spent a lot of time musing about the afterlife, and immortality. I wanted to write about these related topics, but I wasn’t really sure how to go about it—after all, they’re not exactly fresh topics. So I wasn’t really sure where I’d find my niche. Besides, I mostly wrote fantasy, and my plots weren’t conducive to immortality. But after stewing about something for a couple years, you eventually have that aha! moment. That came to me the summer of 2010. The idea of Guardians and Demons literally fell into place in one afternoon—the origins of guardians angels made perfect sense—there was a choice involved, and they live among us. They protect humans from Demons . . . Well, the rest is history. The funny part: Kate was almost the last character I thought up. I decided that Seers would be necessary, and then decided that telling the story through a Seer would be best. Enter the stage, Kate Bennett.
Q. How long have you been writing? Is it what you’ve always wanted to do?
A. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but I wrote my first novel at twelve, and I guess that’s when you could say I became serious about becoming an author—though I didn’t send out a manuscript until I was eighteen. When I was younger I thought I might want to be a nurse—but deep down, I’ve never wanted to do anything but write stories. It just took me a while (and thirteen novels or so) to realize I could actually make it happen.
Q. Do you write with a musical playlist and if so, what type of songs are on it? Or do you prefer to write in total silence?
A. I can’t write when it’s quiet! I’d go totally insane. Maybe that’s because I grew up in a noisy house, full of kids running around constantly, but I have to have music. I prefer soundtracks or Enya when I’m really concentrating on constructing a scene, because I don’t want to be distracted by lyrics. But if I’m polishing or editing I will often listen to something with lyrics—a style that matches the tone or mood I’m going for in the story.
Q. Do you have any other books in the works once this trilogy is complete?
A. Yes. The problem is, I have too many! I need to buckle down and get to work on one or two more seriously. But here are some of the genres I’m working with: fantasy, high fantasy, adult romance, adult romance/suspense, YA fantasy/paranormal, and dystopian. Yeah, I think those are the main ones.
Q. What book do you wish you could read again, for the first time?
A. Nerd alert, but, I would love to read “The Scarlet Pimpernel” again for the first time. I read the book when I was about ten, and loved it. But I knew the identity of the Pimpernel already, and I just think it would be awesome to read it without knowing who that illusive Pimpernel is!
Q. If you could take a day and dress in Lee fashion, what rainbow color would you pick, and why?
A. I’d probably pick blue. Reasoning: It’s my second favorite color, but I also feel like I look pretty good in all shades of blue. (I can tell you right now, I wouldn’t be caught dead in full orange.)
Q. Final comment/question…that epilogue in Demons. Oh my God, how could you leave it there?! When can we expect Guardians to be released? Have you written it yet? Can I take a peek? Pretty please with Oreos on top? Just kidding…maybe. But seriously, when can we look for Guardians because I need to make a note on my calendar ASAP.
A. Hah! Yeah, I have to say: writing that cliffhanger gave me chills. And even when I read it now, it gives me chills. I feel the suspense, and I’m the writer! So I’m really glad that comes across.
Guardians has been written, but is still being polished and edited at this point. (And sorry, but I’m not saying anything about it just yet! Although the Oreos were a nice touch. Lol.) But Guardians should be out Fall 2013. I know! I can hardly stand the wait either.