Today I am so lucky because I have Christina Henry on the blog! She’s the author the Madeline Black series. I absolutely love this series and you can find my review of Black Wings HERE, and Black Night and Black Howl is a double review you can find HERE.
Thank you so much for having me here today!
Paranormal and urban fantasy are huge right now and running across similar concepts isn’t so far fetched. As a matter of fact I recently read several different takes on the grim reaper in different books. Fortunately so far everyone’s take is so incredibly different it’s like reading about totally different things anyway. I love that yours is an agent of death and it’s more like a job with paperwork and all that. When you wrote the book were you concerned about it being unique enough, that it would stand out on it’s own? Or did you feel you were just writing the story you needed to tell?
I did want to create something a little bit different, but most of all I was concerned with writing the book that I wanted to write. You can never predict what trends will become big in this field and as a writer you can’t worry about those things.
When I was writing BLACK WINGS there were very few stories featuring angels on the market, but the year BLACK WINGS was published there was an angel explosion! Basically, you just never know what else is in the pipe for publishers so you have to focus on writing the best story you can and hope that it finds its audience.
I also think that every writer brings something different to the table even if the basic subject matter is the same. There are tons of vampire stories out there right now, but every author has their own unique take on vampires and that makes each book worth reading.
I write chronologically, and while I have a vague idea of what’s going to happen I usually just let the story unfold as I go. Sometimes I’ll write a scene that will materially change what I had planned for the book, and I am OK with that. I like the process to be very organic. If you get too caught up in a plan or an outline you can miss an opportunity for your characters or your world.
Time! I never seem to have enough of it.
Beezle is my favorite character to write, because he is the most like me. I spend most of my time thinking about food.
Nathaniel is the most challenging because he is never what seems to be. I’m always finding new layers in his personality.
I love Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. They all have books that I have read and re-read many times.
Right now I watch “The Walking Dead”, “Grimm”, and “Once Upon a Time”. When “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” start back up I’ll watch those, too. That’s probably my upper limit for TV. I prefer shows that are serialized rather than stand-alone episodes, and I don’t necessarily watch TV every night. Episodes tend to get stacked up in my DVR and then I’ll have to watch large chunks of a show at a time. I like serials because if you watch two or three episodes at a time it’s like watching a movie.
Japan. I love Japanese film, Japanese culture, Japanese food. One of my life goals is to learn to speak Japanese so that I can watch Kurosawa films without the subtitles on.
In theory I like the idea of traveling back in time, but I really don’t know if I could live without flush toilets. It would probably be interesting to travel to the future and see what’s going to happen next.
Oh I think I’d be scared to travel to the future! Though if you knew you could get back I sure would be curious to see what you found!
Thank you so much!