Interview (& Give@way *ended*) Christina Henry for Black Howl Tour!

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.

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 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.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

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.

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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  1. I liked the answer to the time travel question, I don’t think I would want to live without flush toilets either. The thought of having to go out to the outhouse in the middle of the night! Ugh! I have been eyeing this series. It sounds like a great read.

  2. I know I could definitely not live without some modern amenities, namely toilets that flush. As much as I would love to travel back in time (I would love to see Cleopatra’s Egypt), the lack of showers and toilets would be quite problematic for me. Also, as I’m a huge fan of food and thinking about food, so I think Beezle will be a favorite character of mine too! Such a fun interview, thank you ladies!

  3. Indoor plumbing is vitally important to my well being, so I’ll stay where I am, thank you. :)

    It’s always fun to her to hear about how different authors approach writing, whether they decide to do it chronologically or if they have a specific scene in mind and form the rest of the story around that.

    And Game of Thrones… AWESOME! I can’t wait for the new session to start. :)

  4. Another amazing take on grim reapers??? *quickly adds to TBR pile* And we’re exactly alike with that opinion! It’s so cool how different authors do different things with the whole reaper business (along with other paranormal ideas), and the whole “angel of death + paperwork” thing makes me smile so much! x) I also agree that writing chronologically is better too. There are so many times when I write that things don’t go as I planned, and I actually love it when my characters surprise me! :)

    Really fun interview, you two! <3

  5. I don’t think many of us would be willing to forgo modern amenities…(we can’t all be like the Betarrini women!)

    And I don’t have a series that really feels “comfortable” I tend to avoid any series that are longer than three books!! lol

    (Not an entry:)


  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I really love the Hollows series by Kim Harrison (Rachel Morgan). Rachel, Ivy, Jenks and his kids, Bis, Trent, and even Al, feel like a real family to me – hope this series doesn’t end for awhile! :)


  7. I have quite a few series that I really love, but the one that comes to mind first is Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson series. I love all the characters and the setting in Australia and was really sad to see the series end.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  8. Alright if your amazing reviews for this series didn’t convince me I think the interview did. I really love that the author connects so well with her characters and they and the setting sounds awesome.

    Thanks for the great interview, can’t wait to get my hands on this series. :)

  9. Thanks for the interesting interview! I love learning more about the authors I follow! The first series that comes to mind which has characters that I feel like family is Harry Potter! I miss my family, too! LOL

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  10. Right now I am in the middle of Rob Thurman’s Doubletake – the Leandros brothers series has me hooked. There are so very many that I love hanging out in the series. October Daye (Seanan McGuire), Joana Walker (C> E> Murphy), Of course the worlds of Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and so very many more. I trace upcoming books and their release dates, always looking forward to the next chapter in my favorite worlds.
    linda at gordonvalley dot com

  11. Great interview, and I love the picture with corn. Seriously, I love corn fields.

    Kim Harrison’s Hollows series is my love. Love, love, love them!


  12. I think my comfort series would be Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters. I’ve read so many that I feel like I know Acheron and Simi and that I’ve been to Sanctuary.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  13. I think I like The Hunger Games best. I really love how Katniss cares for her younger sister Primrose and how she still cares for her family after going into the Games.

    moonfairyirene at gmail dot com

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