Today I have Heather McCorkle on the blog as part of her tour for Channeler’s Choice (my review will be up soon). The first book, The Secret of Spruce Knoll was a great start to the series and you can find my review HERE.
Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.
Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they—and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Soon, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad though.
As Eren and Aiden’s relationship develops, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets—and many dangers. It soon becomes apparent that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that her life might be in danger too. Only time will tell if Eren can embrace her unwanted power and protect the only family she has left.
Without further ado, let’s welcome Heather to the blog!
Can you describe your books (either or both) in 10 words for us?
Legendary warrior or normal teenager, which would you choose?
When writing what is your biggest obstacle to overcome?
Distractions! I love Twitter, Blogger, and have even been known to get sucked into Facebook on occasion.
In The Secret of Spruce Knoll and Channeler’s Choice were there any scenes that you found to be difficult to write? Maybe a subject that you felt a little uncomfortable with and felt like you were stepping out of your comfort zone?
Several! *Spoiler alert!* The fall out from the abuse Aiden undergoes at the hands of his adopted father was heartbreaking to write. And Luke’s attempt to rape Eren was really tough to write as well.
What character was the most difficult for you to write?
In Spruce Knoll that would have to be Luke because he was so torn and yet on some level, part of him was good. In CC that would be Bridget because I just couldn’t stand her.
Do you have your stories pretty well outlined before you write, or do you just let the story take over and you go with the flow (to a certain extend, I’m sure)?
Oh yeah, I’m a big outliner. However, I also believe it’s important to allow the story to grow organically as I write.
Can you tell us a bit about the covers? (Who made them, why you chose this design, etc.)
How sweet of you to ask. I designed the covers for both the special edition of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll (from Compass Press) and Channeler’s Choice. I’ve always been heavily into graphic design and have just finally taken it to the next level by becoming a cover designer. The Compass Press edition of Spruce Knoll actually has the same model as the version from my first publisher. It was important to me to stay consistent that way. I chose the design for CC based off what felt right for the characters and the story.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of writing?
Aside from graphic design, I love hiking, snowboarding, horseback riding, martial arts, and pretty much anything outdoors.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you choose to go?
Ireland, though I fear I’d have a very hard time leaving it.
If you could have any superpower what would you pick?
Channeling energy of course. Oh you mean a traditional super power! LOL! I’d love to be able to fly.
Do you have a favorite author or maybe a favorite series?
So many it’s hard to keep track! I love Saundra Mitchell, Karen Amanda Hooper, Judith Graves, Kitty Keswick, Elana Johnson, Susan Kaye Quinn, and Leah Cypess, Denise Grover Swank, to name only a few!
What do you have planned for future books, can you tell us a bit?
I have an announcement following this tour that I’m SUPER excited about but I can’t dish just yet. Let’s just say, it’s HUGE. What I can dish about though is that the third and final book in the channeler series will be releasing late this year. I also have more exciting plans with Compass Press next year that involve some epic fantasy.
About the author:
I am an author of young adult fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Helping other writers and supporting fabulous authors is my passion. When I’m not writing or surfing my social networking sites, I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors almost as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here, on my blog four days a week, and Monday night’s on Twitter where I co-moderate the #WritersRoad chat with my good friend TS Tate.
Heather has a huge giveaway going on on her blog. She’s giving away 6 books and some great swag so be sure to check it out!