Please welcome a special guest here today. Heather Long is here for a visit. Her new book Prime Evil was released this Monday and she's here to talk a bit about herself and her new urban fantasy Prime Evil.
To start this smoothly we will begin with a few personal question so we get to know each other a little better.
Susi: Tea or coffee?
Heather: Yes! I love both. I grew up drinking hot tea and I enjoy drinking it regularly, but coffee is also a favorite. When I want comfort, I want tea, When I want to get my arse in gear, I want coffee.
Susi: Pepsi or coke?
Heather: Dr. Pepper! I am definitely more coke than Pepsi though.
Susi: Cat or dog?
Heather: Yes. I love my cats and I have had them all my life including the 23year old codger that I've had since my teen years! Dogs are fantastic companions, cats are motivators.
Susi: Sunny beach or winter wonderland?
Heather: Winter wonderland. I love snow, I love the crisp air. I love snuggling in front of a roaring fireplace.
Susi: Werewolf or vampire?
Heather: Werewolf. I can't get past the fact that vampires are cold, hard and dead. Even when they are sexy.
Susi: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Heather: Tough question, but Star Wars. Luke Skywalker was my first real crush and Star Wars, my first movie.
Susi: Cinema or home-movie?
Heather:Home-movies. I like the cinema for some films, but I am just as content watching at home. Particularly because televisions and sound systems have so dramatically improved the experience.
Susi: Weighted Companion Cube or cake?
Heather: That's a mood thing. I'm actually not that fond of cake, but I am sparing with the Weighted Companion Cubes. I have to admit, both are quite delicious!
Susi: Now back to the new book.Tell us a bit about Prime Evil?
Heather: Prime Evil is an urban fantasy set in Northern Virginia. Chance Monroe is a hereditary hedge witch and deeply connected to the land. She uses her gifts to tend crops, lure fairies out of gardens and more. She's also the only survivor of a serial killer named Randall Oakes. Oakes was presumed dead for years, but now he's back and that puts Chance right back into the crossfire. It's an exciting mix of fantasy and suspense. When she was younger, Chance studied psychology with the idea of becoming a criminal profiler, but she's abandoned that dream-- too bad the nightmare hasn't forgotten her.
Susi: Can you tell us a bit about Chance? She sounds like a real strong woman?
Heather: Chance is a fun character. She's an orphan, her parents died when she was a pre-teen. She was raised by her maternal grandmother. Her mother likely shared the same gifts that Chance did, but her mother wanted nothing to do with it. Her grandmother taught Chance how to harness and use her gifts without abusing them. When her grandmother passed away, Chance inherited her position -- the passing of the reins so to speak. With the responsibility also came some serious limitations.Chance is intrinsically bound to the land, she cannot leave the area and she cannot ignore her gifts. She is comfortable with her choice and it was a choice -- something you will see more of touched in future books.
Susi: Why did you choose witches as protagonists?
Heather: I love witches. I love their magic, their deep connections with the Earth and their ability to use ceremonial magic as well as earth-based magic. There's something very natural about their paranormal abilities. In my vision, witches work within the laws of nature and physics, they don't twist them.Are there other paranormal characters involved in the story?Oh, a few.And is there some romance for us?The return of Randall Oakes is actually heralded by FBI Special Agent Jack Parker. He and Chance were lovers once upon a time but currently are very close friends. Old feelings kindle between them, but they have a few hurdles to survive.
Susi: Is it a standalone or do you plan other books in this world?
Heather: Yes, it is very much a standalone, but that being said -- there will be more. I am currently working on the sequel - Seismos which will take us back into Chance's world. I have a free short story called It Happens available at ARe Books, featuring Chance.
Susi: What would you ask about your book if you had the opportunity? And you are free to answer it!
Heather: Why urban fantasy?Because I think that every life should have a little magic in it, even our mundane ones. I believe magic exists in our world, you just have to look for it.Thanks for having me and I hope you enjoy reading Prime Evil. For every book sold, I will be donating $0.25 to the World Wildlife Fund to promote conservation of land and species in our world. I believe we should leave the Earth better than we found it.
Thanks Heather for answering my questions. If you have some questions just shoot. I'm sure Heather will be happy to answer them for you!
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P.S. Heather also has a guest post ("Never Judge a Witch by her Leather) over @Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings including a giveaway of an $10 Amazon gift certificate(deadline is Monday, Nov 23rd; open to all). Just look here.