Krewe of Hunters Series #8
New York Times Bestselling
I don’t believe we can ever change the human condition—loving and being loved in return is something we desire—we are, by nature, social beings. There are many kinds of love, of course, but I think it will always remain a dream that we find that one person who can make the earth stand still with a smile. It’s actually one of the finest aspects that we have as humans—and should be applauded and celebrated. That the path isn’t easy—well, we all know that there’s trial and tribulation, but we crave a happy ending.
I have a tremendous amount of fun with the Krewe of Hunter series. For one, it gives me a wonderful opportunity to do all kinds of fun things. I have friends, the “Peace River Ghost Trackers,” with whom I’ve been able to do a number of “expeditions.” I was recently with them on the Queen Mary and “expedition-ing” we were alone in the bowels of the ship, the infirmary, and other areas of reported hauntings. We’ve also done the Myrtles plantation—most haunted plantation/bed and breakfast—the
and a number of other venues. I’m looking forward to our final day of NECON
(Northeastern Writers Conference) when I’ll head with some other writers for
our annual stay at the Lizzie Borden house. Naturally—in the pursuit of
research, of course—I go on every haunted tour out there. And for an earlier
book, Mira arranged for a séance at the House of the Seven Gables. I love
hearing the facts of history—far stranger than anything I could create!—and
then what has been reported to have happened since. My “Krewes” consist of
teams hand-selected by Adam Harrison to head to the FBI academy to learn all
the basics, but they’re selected with the express purpose of being Krewe; each
Krewe has a unique talent as far as finding his or her way of communicating
with those who haven’t managed to leave this world behind. The Unseen puts the
second Krewe together when there are a number of disappearances and deaths in Spanish
Military Hospital . In The Unholy,
Krewe members move on to San
Antonio, Texas L.A. where
a bizarre death has occurred in the small film noir museum that connects a
special effects studio with an old cinema. I have a lovely young friend who
works at Legacy Studios and gave me a tour—I was like a kid in a candy shop,
just viewing all the imagination at work there—horrible monsters right next to
giant rats and termites!
Onward, coming up next, is The Unspoken. The Krewe (along with Will Chan from the original Krewe) is called in when a diver dies mysteriously after having discovered a ship wreck in
I love Chicago—saw my first mummies
there as a child. (My mom moved to Chicago
when she and her family first came to the states, so I love the city!) I also
remember seeing Lake Michigan for the first time when I
was very young. It was so big—I had a bad time understanding that it wasn’t an
ocean! Sunken treasure and an Egyptian curse—and, of course, the mystery of the
ship singing!—are all explored in the story.
THE UNSEEN - April 2012 - book #5
THE UNHOLY - July 2012 - book #6
THE UNSPOKEN - August 2012 - book #7
THE UNINVITED - September 2012 - book #8
Interesting question. I don’t really know. My characters (heroic characters, at least!) have a tendency to agree with my social outlook. I am a huge proponent of the American dream—true equality for all. And for children’s causes, the ASPCA, and other associations dedicated to preventing animal abuse. I worked in commercials and dinner theater before writing—my degree—so I have a great deal of fun writing about some of the odd jobs we get to do while striving to make a living performing. (My personal tops? I was a singing, tap-dancing rib salesgirl!) I love music as much as reading, so I do tend to wind up with musicians!
Having used Adam Harrison in previous books, I really liked him. He’s a good man who lost his son (who had extra sensory abilities) and Adam began to look for people like him, certain that they could do a world of good. I have a number of friends in different areas of law enforcement who will tell me strange stories—it seemed to make sense to use a real branch of service with a mixture of characters. I also liked a Federal branch—so that they would have jurisdiction across the country, when they were asked in, of course.
My favorite part of the series is the planning. Who are they going to be—and what is their specialty? And then, I love travel and the amazing stories you hear when you do travel. Local tales are extraordinary and amazing. Deciding what cities to use and who will do what where is always intriguing and enjoyable. Also, each place I’ve used in both of the Krewe series has been one that I love. NOLA—I’m always there!
I’m curious. Allison, what was your first impression of
I would love to hear.Was it love or lust at first sight? He was certainly
impressive; he’d been a Texas Ranger before joining the Krewe. But, of course, when I first met him, I’d
just found a friend and associate dead. I was pretty upset.
Allison, when was the moment you knew that
was for you? Hm. I think it was when I realized that although he looked like a
tough guy, he was well read, willing to listen to others, and gentle when he
worked with people who were down. He had a way with him, you know?
That’s easy. Coming to know Allison. I loved her mind. Yeah, sure, you say. But, it’s true. She was stunning, but, honestly, I’ve been privileged to know many beautiful women; she just had the mind and there was something in the light of her eyes; I loved her humor and the way she looked at the past and the present. And at me, of course.
I have become addicted, lately with books about time travel. This got me to thinking. If I handed you my time traveling piece would use it to go back in time to change anything. “Sheepishly pleads”, Allison and Tyler, please, please, chuck this question up to the inquisitive mind of this very curious interviewer.
Allison: That’s so hard to say. If we could go back and prevent something really terrible from happening, that would be great. But could we manage something like that? If it were possible, maybe I’d go back and do something to stop the atrocities of World War II. But, of course, hindsight is great—if I were there now, would anyone listen to me? However, at some point, we are planning to have a family. I don’t want to say anywhere I’m not going to have good disposal diapers or a really fantastic service. Of, course,
we could go back and buy a lot of stock in Apple and the Internet.
Allison: I would love it if we could just go and have a dinner party with Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry—
Of course. Love isn’t easy. It always comes with the fear that we’ll be hurt, and there’s nothing so fragile as the human heart. It’s also something we have to work at when times are tough. I’m in for long haul.
Tyler, what about you? Did you have a sliver of doubt about becoming involved with Allison?
I have to say, it’s the same. They claim that men are different—sure, of course, we are. But, being in love . . . men fall just as hard.
Allison: Hm. Maybe, in the end, it even conquers death. We don’t know that.
One more thing before I let you go. Do you believe that everything you two went through to find one another, fall in love and finding your happily ever after was worth the price you had to pay?
Together: In a heartbeat!
Now back to Heather.
I hit the send button, told the pets how happy I was . . . and began to wonder what revisions my editor would want!
What do you hope readers walk away with after reading THE UNINVITED? A great feel for Philly and a desire to go back, stop by the Liberty Bell, visit Dolley Madison’s house, and throw a penny on
grave. Also, perhaps more curiosity about the world we live in—what we see, and
what we may not see. Unexplained
phenomena is fascinating. They know we don’t use the full capacity of the
incredible computer that’s the human brain. What may we discover that we can do
in the future?
So many recommendations! If you’re a history buff, I really recommend Killer Angels. Horror? Anything by F. Paul Wilson. Home and heart? Sheryl Woods . . . vampires? If you’ve never read “They Thirst” by Robert McCammon. Psychological and spooky—Alexandra Sokoloff. Pure fun—I’m waiting now for my friend Beth Ciotta’s first cupcake book! I read constantly—and I read everything. Loved Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, and the Game of Thrones series is excellent, too. Dexter—love the Dexter books. So many books—so little time! Maybe Heaven is a pile of clouds filled with books! Kathy Love is fun and quirky, Harlan Cobin is incredible—my list could go on and on. A Tale of Two Cities remains one of my ten top reads, you can’t go wrong with Poe . . . wow. Need to stop!
eheathergraham.com—and I’m on facebook. Two pages, Heather Graham, author, and Heather Graham Pozzessere. I’m on almost every day—it’s one way to keep up with my kids. I also throw a workshop every year in
New Orleans which, because
of the help of so many writer friends, is truly amazing and lots of fun. We
have a few crazy parties along with great workshops and speakers, editors and
Heather, you rocked RCJR eZine and Over the Edge blog and its readers. Thank you so much for stopping by to dish about Allison and Tyler from THE UNINVITED in your Krewe of Hunters series released by Harlequin.
HAPPY READING! =)