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.
Thanks so much for being on my blog as part of your tour Christina! I'm really enjoying the series and completely adore Madeline and her bold personality.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.
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 completely agree! Each author makes their own story unique and because your book takes forever to come out you can never really predict what sorts of books will be flooding the market. But as long as you're writing the story you need to write I think it's all good!
Do you feel like you have Maddy's story pretty well planned out before you start writing or does the story take over once you start?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.
I think that's smart and often leads to some awesome twists in the plot!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to writing?Time! I never seem to have enough of it.
Don't we all?!
Who is your favorite character to write about? And who was the most challenging?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.
Beezle is my favorite! I like that you said Nathaniel is the most challenging because he's the one character that seemed to surprise me the most. I never really knew what he might do.
I have a few series that I feel like are comfort food to me. I'm attached to the world and the characters so much that I never want the series to end. I feel like the characters are actually my friends and I miss them in between books. Usually it takes several books to get that attached but I was feeling that attachment to Madeline about halfway through the second book and I know the year in between books is going to be very long! Do you have any series that you feel that way about? (Two of mine are the Rachel Morgan series aka The Hollows by Kim Harrison and Sookie Stackhouse, of course.)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.
I have the Dresden Files on my shelves but have yet to read them. I plan to get to them this year though! I haven't read the Dark-Hunter series yet either. I wish I could read faster!
Paranormal shows have been taking over television for several years now are there any that you watch and have become favorites?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.
We don't get cable anymore and rely on netflix streaming but I'm anxious for Game of Thrones to be on there. Of course I'd like to read the books first... I like being able to watch several episodes in a row as well. I get frustrated waiting for the next episode.
Oh, my aunt lived in Japan for many years! She always got us neat things like kimono's and the cool Japanese dolls. I would love to visit there as well!
If you could time travel what time period and place would you pick?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!
Thanks so much for coming on today! It was a pleasure having you!
Thank you so much!
Find the list of tour stops HERE.
Visit Christina Henry on her website HERE.
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