I write because the stories are there in my head, because I have to, because it’s engrossing and challenging, and I also write for a paycheck because now this is my job.
I was very interested in the information I came across when I researched for Serpent’s Kiss.
The early Egyptians used tetracycline, although of course they didn’t realize they were using antibiotics at the time. There were high levels of it in their beer, which they considered a food and used it to cure illness. Children started drinking the beer at an early age. Although this didn’t make it into the story, ancient Egyptians also used moldy bread for poultices, a very long time before penicillin was discovered.
Do you have a favorite motto?
I do, as a matter of fact!
This one is for aspiring writers: be too stupid to quit and too smart to keep making the same mistakes over and over again. I suppose, actually, it could be used for anybody who is aspiring to something.
Do you have a favorite fictional hero? Favorite fictional heroine?
Which fictional character would you hang out with?
I always said I would love to hang out with the wizard Gandolf, who has absolutely smashing fireworks.
What is one of your favorite book covers, your own or someone else’s?
At the moment I’m quite taken with the fabulous cover that digital artist Angela Waters created for my Elder Races e-novella, “Natural Evil” (Samhain, March 20th). It has a raw sexuality that just jumps off the screen.
What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
Sometimes I’m intimidated by the blank page.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever learned by Googling your name?
I don’t know that I’ve learned anything strange from Googling my name. Just the ability to Google my name and find things is pretty strange, though!
If you could go backward or forward in time which would you chose? Why?
I would go back in time, but only if I had a lot of money.
Then I would hang out in in the early 1800s, and indulge my love of pretty clothes and the English countryside. England
Oracle’s Moon is an intimate story about two individuals who aren’t looking for love and who at first can’t even stand each other. It shows Grace and Khalil’s journey from outright antagonism to friendship, partnership, and then to a deep respect and love for each other. It’s also a funny story, and I burst out laughing several times when I was writing it. I found everything about Grace and Khalil, and the kids, an absolute delight, and I hope readers enjoy them just as much!
Okay, I want to give a warm welcome to, Grace Andrea and Khalil, the Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid. (Waving franticly, trying to get the besotted couple’s attention). I know you two have gone through a lot to get to your happily ever after so I will try to be brief. (Blushes scarlet as she catches the intimate glance between the newlyweds), clears her throat...Okay, so you two are still in the honeymoon stage, I see. I would like to know what each of you thought when you first laid eyes on the other. Was it love at first sight?
Grace: Ah, that would be a no.
Khalil: Although, I must point out, she did grow to love me quite quickly.
Grace rolls her eyes: You loved me first.
Khalil smiles slightly: Indeed, I must have.
When you met, did you believe in true love? You can both answer. I’m quite curious to know all of your opinions.
Grace: Absolutely. I just didn’t believe it was in the cards for me.
This is a question to which I never gave much thought. But I do not understand how love could ever possibly be false. If it is false, then it is not love.
Grace, with a wry smile: He got me with the kids. You should see him with the kids, and they adore him. Looking back, I didn’t have a prayer.
Khalil, name one thing about Grace that you believe changed your outlook on love.
Khalil gives Grace a private gleam: Everything. Simply everything.
Now back to
In the early days, what really popped out the most was when Khalil becomes black smoke and surrounds Grace to protect her. It was a very strong visual, and I loved writing that scene.
Both types of scenes are challenging in their own way, but a heart-wrenching emotional scene is probably the most difficult, although they are also the most rewarding. I’ve been teary a couple of times, at a tragedy that occurs in Storm’s Heart, and the terrible crisis one of the characters experiences in Serpent’s Kiss. I feel my characters’ struggles, which is a good thing, but it’s also sometimes tiring.
When you were writing “ORACLE’S MOON” did you have music playing in the background? If yes, what type? Does music play an intricate part in your writing?
Sometimes music plays an important part in writing, and then at other times I’ll notice I’ve gone several days writing in quiet. I’m not sure why—the choice is so instinctive I’ve never thought about it much. But Oracle’s Moon, for whatever reason, was written in quiet. Not so, book five; I put on music much more for that story. When I do listen to music it tends to be a mix of artists and types. Recently I’ve been interested in
The Black Keys. I love their songs “Lonely Boy” and “Howlin’ For You.”
For me, it’s definitely the voice. For me if you have a compelling voice, you can be writing about anything and it would be fascinating.
That’s not to say that I think the story is not important, because it is.
My new website will be up and operational by the time this blog piece launches. I’m very excited! You can see it at: www.theaharrison.com.
You can also run into me on Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4443809.Thea_Harrison
Also on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheaHarrison
And last but not least, on
Twitter: @ TheaHarrison.
Come say hi. I’d love to see you.
I know this is a difficult question with there being so many amazing authors out there to choose from but who are some of the GO
T- TO-HAVE authors in your TBR pile?
You’re right, there ARE so many amazing authors out there. I’ve mentioned many of my favorites before, so today I’ll just focus on two: Marjorie M. Liu is definitely an auto-buy for me. And I have totally loved Linnea Sinclair’s science fiction romances.
What’s next in the works for you? When can readers expect to see it out on shelves in their local bookstores?
I’m currently working on an e-novella for the medusa, Seremela
Telemar. And today (I’m writing this blog on February 17th) I received confirmation that book six is going to be about Aryal! What a lot of fun that’s going to be! Since I’m on a two book a year schedule, that would hit the shelves in the spring of 2013.
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