Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Enter the Night tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, I have an interview with both authors, a link to the rest of the tour stops (click here) and, a link for the event-wide sweepstakes. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a lovely Tuesday 🙂
In Comes the Night, Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock, three troubled seniors at Streep Academy, learned to escape their pain — escape their very bodies — by casting a dark piece of themselves out through the stained glass window high in the attic of their dorm, Harvell House.
Casting has been the salvation of each of the girls, but particularly for Maryanne. The wholesome good girl of the trio, Maryanne nevertheless harbors a secret — and a darkness — unrivaled by tattooed scenester Alex or beautiful badass Brooke. Casting provides Maryanne a desperately needed reprieve from her guilt and pain, but it’s become like a drug. And as with any drug, it only masks the real problems … and brings dangers of its own.
When Maryanne starts dating Bryce Walker, son of the notorious “Heller” hunter Ira Walker, is it first love, or is there a darker, more self-destructive impulse at play? As the superstitious citizens of Mansbridge begin to mutter and scan the night skies for Hellers, can the hunted lie down with the hunter and emerge unscathed?
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
NORAH: Most writers seem to know this from an early age, but I guess I was a late bloomer. Always an avid reader, it didn’t occur to me to try to write a book of my own until I was almost 30 years old!
HEATHER: To be a writer has been my dream for as long as I could remember. I mean, it was always the hands-down answer to the ‘if you could be anything in the world’ question. Yet I never had the confidence to pursue a writing life. But when did I realize I actually could be a writer, is another matter all together. As I signed up for my first creative writing course through Athabasca University, I had visions (translation: nightmares) of the instructor emailing my assignments back, and telling me to apply for a course refund as quickly as possible. But that didn’t happen. In fact, quite the opposite happened. She told me my work was ‘publishable’ right from the second short story I submitted. In that moment ‘anything in the world’ became quite possible. That was all I needed. There was no turning back.
Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
NORAH: I’ve found I can’t write at my desk anymore, as that has become the nerve center for our publishing business. I need to get away from my desk, open my laptop and sit down with a coffee or a hot tea. I do best at the café, actually, but can also work in my armchair or propped up in bed. And after squeezing the writing in after work for all those years, I still write best in the evenings.
HEATHER: My best ‘routine’ is when Norah and I hit one of our favorite coffee shops to write. We sit across from each other with our laptops (Battleship style) say ‘see you in an hour’ and put our heads down and write. The energy. The atmosphere. The ticking clock! It all combines for a great writing experience. Best hour (or more) of my writing day.
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
NORAH: Honestly, when it comes to the joint YA writing, Heather is the inspiration behind everything. Her imagination is literally limitless! Mine, on the other hand, is rather stunted. LOL! In my solo writing, I’m much slower and more laborious. But I like to think my characters are extremely well developed by the time I finally push that story out. 🙂
HEATHER: They come to me—I channel them. It’s true. It’s not even that they unfold right before my eyes, so much as they are ‘there’ right before my eyes. I respect them in the process. I may manipulate details of their existence—looks, career, academic pursuits—but the characters are there all along, anxious to have their say . I can feel them, and feel for them. I once had a character who was a cutter. And I had no idea she was until about a third of the way through the book, when she actually did pull out the small knife. Blew me away, made me cry, but it made perfect sense for her within her story.
What books have most influenced your life?
NORAH: I grew up reading romance on the one hand and boy’s adventure stories on the other. When I discovered romantic suspense, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. My own writing has been influenced by such writers as Anne Stuart, Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, Suzanne Brockmann and more. I also went through a phase of devouring fantasy books (Terry Brooks, Stephen Donaldson). And when young adult came along as a genre, I fell in love with it too. I think I bring bits and pieces of all of that to the table no matter what I write.
HEATHER: Wow. That could depend on the day. And the project I’m working on. LOL. I love the writing of David Adams Richards as well as Stephen King. I enjoy literary and young adult paranormal, or horror. Some writing cast as ‘children’s lit’, has kept me up all night. There’s so much good writing out there, so many great authors. It’s hard to chose a book, or group of books, that stand out most as being influential to my writing life.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
NORAH: I love television! My biggest challenge these days is to find time to watch even a few shows. I am still mourning the fact that Breaking Bad is done, even though they nailed that ending perfectly. There are a couple of shows Heather and I make time to watch together, like American Horror Story and of course, Pretty Little Liars (we write PLL fan fiction in the Kindle Worlds publishing program). I also love animals (I have a dog and a cat), and turn into a grouch if I don’t get out with my dog for our nature walk every day.
HEATHER: I am a very spiritual person. I love working with candles, crystals and reading in the areas of spirituality, divination, the paranormal, spirits. I meditate when I can, hang out with my amazing family and Norah. I’m also employed part time at a fantastic library.
Any future writing news you would like to share?
NORAH: We have some news we’d love to share, but can’t yet. (Oh, timing!) What we can share is that the third book in this series, EMBRACE THE NIGHT, will be out soon1 It’s currently in edits. We will rush it to market as quickly as we can, because ENTER THE NIGHT has kind of a wicked cliff hanger at the end and we don’t want to keep readers waiting for a resolution.
HEATHER: Stay tuned! I have a dark literary novel that I should have out in 2014. Also, I am chomping at the bit to start on the next Wilson Doherty YA paranormal. The characters won’t leave me alone. And their world is just so vivid in my mind.
NORAH WILSON is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband, two adult children, dog Chloe, and kitty Ruckus.
HEATHER DOHERTY fell in love with writing while taking creative writing courses with Athabasca University. Motivated by her university success, and a life-long dream of becoming a novelist, she later enrolled in the Humber School for Writers under the mentorship of David Adams Richards. Her first literary novel was published in 2006. While still writing dark literary (as well as not-so-dark children’s lit), she is beyond thrilled to be writing paranormal/horror with Norah. Heather lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with her family. (No pets, but I swear Norah’s dog, Chloe, calls me Aunt Heather).
Together, Heather and Norah write dark, edgy, frightening young adult paranormal/horror.
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