Thursday, June 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Teri Harman talks about BLOOD MOON

Willa dreams of true events and her best friend is a ghost. Simon can heal any wound with a touch and senses others’ emotions, intentions. All their lives they’ve felt alone in their bizarre abilities, hiding behind a facade of normalcy, wondering why and how. The night Simon walks into the Twelve Acres Diner and meets Willa face to face, in a swirl of electric heat, they are bound to one another and glimpse the magic of who they are.
 Across town a witch is held prisoner in the derelict basement of an old Victorian house. One night as it rains, she dares to reach her filthy, scarred hand out the window. Willa, walking home from work, recognizes the pathetic hand from a recent, terrible dream.
 After a daring rescue of the witch, Willa and Simon are catapulted into the alluring but dangerous world of witchcraft and the magic of The Six Gifts. Answers to all their questions are within reach, but they’ve stepped into the middle of a deadly fight for the Powers of the Earth. Do they stay, risk their lives on the promise of power, or walk away?
We are excited to welcome fellow author Teri Harman to our blog today to talk about her book, BLOOD MOON, newly released by Jolly Fish Press on June 22, 2013.  (If you want to know what WE think about her book, go here: Our Review of BLOOD MOON )
First off, here are her answers to questions we’ve wanted to ask ever since we read BLOOD MOON. 
1.  What inspired you to write a novel about witches?

It was actually a Halloween party. Every year I host a witch themed Halloween party for the women in my family. In 2010, I found an incredible location: 100 year old school house out in the middle of nowhere. The Camp Floyd School House was so perfect I needed a party to match. I started reading up on witches and magic to get ideas for the party, but was so fascinated by what I read that it soon became inspiration for a novel.

2.  Where did the many detailed magical elements in your book come from?

As I read up on witches, I came across a technique/belief system known as Natural Magic. Natural magicians believe in the power of nature and that every rock, tree, plant, herb, drop of water has specific magical powers. I loved this; it fell in line with how I thought witches should be. So I developed the magic of the Moonlight Magic around this system, adding my own flare and imagination.               

3.  What is the draw of magic for readers today?

I think we all like to imagine there are things mystical and wondrous, things that do not fit into reality. The escape of magical books, movies and TV is tonic to the stress and, sometimes, monotony of life. Plus it feeds the imagination and is lots of fun.

4.  Is there a scene in your book that is especially significant to you and why?

Chapter 8. The scene of a pale, dirty hand reaching out a basement window was the first scene I wrote for BLOOD MOON. It was inspired by a dream I had of this hand reaching out the window to touch the rain. The person attached to the hand is very important to Willa and Simon, my main characters, and her rescue a critical turning point in their story. 

5. What is the writing process like for you?

It’s chaos. I’m a stay-at-home mom of three kids, ages 7, 5 and 3. I write when I can and am constantly interrupted. But when I do write, I write instinctively; I’m not an outliner. This makes for some messy manuscripts that require a lot of fixing and cleaning up, but it works for me. I have a ‘crazy person wall’ where I keep each chapter and scene on a big index card. This helps me keep track of everything and makes it easy to rearrange scenes so that everything flows well. I also have a binder in which I keep notes.

It takes me about 8-12 months to finish a manuscript. Before it’s done I often wonder if it will be possible J

Thanks, Teri!
Written words alone cannot do justice to this fun and gracious lady.  We'll let her tell you herself how BLOOD MOON came to be.

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