Saturday, July 28, 2012

THE Heather Blake Interview - By Ellery Adams



Ellery: I am so excited for the August release of A Witch Before Dying: A Wishcraft Mystery. Do you do anything special to celebrate a new release?

Heather: I wish I did! I think I should. Maybe I should start having celebratory pie (banana cream is my current favorite).  Any reason to have pie is a good reason, right?

Ellery: Darcy Merriweather must be a delight to write – she has so much fun! Can you give us a sneak peak about something she gets into in A Witch Before Dying?

Heather: Darcy is an interesting character. She’s new to the whole witch thing, so we as readers are learning the ropes along with her. In the first book she’s struggling to figure out who she is and what she can do, but in the second book she’s really starting to embrace her heritage.

She works for her aunt Ve’s business (a personal concierge service), As You Wish, which is appropriate since they’re witches who can grant wishes (Wishcrafters). In this book, As You Wish is hired to clean out the house of a missing hoarder, and Darcy ends up granting a wish that reveals where the woman is—under the piles of clutter. But her death is no accident.

Ellery: Tell us something Darcy would do that you would never do.

Heather: Ha! Probably hang out with a talking mouse and a chatty macaw with a movie fetish. I love the familiars in these stories—they’re some of my favorite characters.

Ellery: Is Miss Demeanor (Missy) modeled on a real life pooch? Do you have any pets at home?

Heather: She’s not and for specific reasons (no spoilers here!), but I always have pets in my books. I think they tell a lot about the characters who interact with them. Personally, I don’t have any pets right now (unless you count the wild bunnies and birds we feed). I’m about to have an empty nest (next year), and I think a pet is on the horizon...

Ellery: Is there a magic food you reach for when you’re working on a Wishcraft novel? Something that really gets you going need you need a little boost of energy?

Heather: It’s not a food, but I’m addicted to Dr Pepper and always have some when I’m on deadline (and by “some” I mean it’s practically an IV drip).

Ellery: The Wishcraft mysteries seem like a blend of several genres. Can you explain which ones you’ve mixed together to create the setting for the Enchanted Village and unforgettable characters like Harper and Aunt Ve?

Heather: Technically it’s a paranormal romantic mystery, though the mystery element is the strongest. Paranormal because of the magic—the wishes granted, other Crafters (witches) who can disappear into thin air, the familiars, etc. Romance because Darcy is discovering love again after a nasty divorce, but the man who’s knocking down the walls around her heart has his own secrets. And of course the mystery—the driving theme that brings it all together.

Heather's daughter drew Pepe, the mouse
familiar.
I think the common thread in all my books (magical or not) are the characters. I try to write characters who readers can relate to in one way or another. Ones who are flawed yet likable. Who will make you laugh—or cry. Really, they’re like old friends.

Ellery: If you had to cast a famous actress as Darcy, who would you pick?

Heather: I haven’t quite found one yet who matches the character in my head. But I’m open to suggestions!

Ellery: And lastly, have you made a wish recently? Did it come true?

Heather: I have and it did! Maybe I’ve got a little magic in me, too. :)

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Leave a comment (with an email address so Heather can contact you if you win --OR--be sure to check back later tonight!) for a chance to win a bound galley copy of A WITCHBEFORE DYING, Heather’s new release that hits shelves on August 7th!


A Witch Before Dying - Pre-Order on Amazon or BN.com

When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service As You Wish is “No Job Impossible.” But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks, Darcy discovers something much more disturbing: Patrice Keaton’s body.

Darcy’s determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother’s disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to find not only a killer but also the Anicula— before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands…

38 comments:

Lynda said...

Awesome interview ladies. I can't wait for A Witch Before Dying. I've had it pre-ordered for what seems like forever. I'm getting excited now that it's getting close. Maybe I'll go re-read It Takes a Witch while I'm waiting - so the characters will be fresh in my mind when the new one gets here.

Mirjam said...

Great interview! I love the characters in the Wishcraft mysteries and I can't wait to revisit them all. Especially Pepe, who is my favourite. Like Lynda I have pre-ordered A Witch Before Dying and am now waiting impatiently for it to arrive! :)

Aurian said...

Thanks for the interview ladies, I enjoyed reading it. And I am waiting very impatiently for the second book to be delivered by the mailperson!

But I would love to win a signed galley copy!

auriansbooks at gmail dot com

Karen B said...

Wonderful interview! Sounds like a terrific read, on my wishlist, love to win! :)

kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

Aimee Hix said...

First, I love how 'the' is all caps as if all the other Heather Webber/Blake interviews are faked. :)

I learned something new too. I knew she always had animals and pets in her books (I read them and I am an animal lover so I couldn't miss it) but it never occurred to me that it was a specific story-telling device. It's brilliant.

I also love Baby Girl's wonderful drawing of Pepe. Maybe you could get her to do all the animals in the series for you. And we would all love to see them, as well.

aimee dot hix at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love the interview and can't wait to read "A Witch Before Dying"! Thank you for the chance of winning a copy. :)

Susan Parham
susieqz68 at yahoo dot com

Nikki said...

I can't wait to read the next Darcy book! Great interview. :-)

sorrelen at gmail dot com

alainala said...

great interview! thanks for the chance to win! and i love when the characters have pets..

alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

charliesangel2186 said...

When I picked up the first book on my kindle, I was doing a lot of skim reading of various books but couldn't hold my interest. That one grabbed me and pulled me in. I immediately started looking for other books in the series and was so sad I had to wait until August. I can't believe its almost here now! I love these characters. Please keep it up. Points2186@gmail.com

yabooknerd said...

I'm super excited for this book!!!

mrdarcy3 @ yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Am so glad this is coming out soon. This type of book is the only type where I can handle animals talking since they are supposed to.

nlb1050(at)yahoo(dot)com

Angie said...

Great interview and I love Pepe!

abeckenhaupt@aol.com

Terra Nicholson said...

I am so excited about the upcoming book!!!

Adrienne said...

I am so exxdited for a Witch Before Dying! I have been waiting for the next book in the sereis to come out and am thrilled! Great intervir=ew by the way!!

Adrienne
petitepoet@bellsouth.net

Saralyn said...

Thanks for the interview! I can't wait to read the next book! I have started my countdown until it's released and I can get a copy into my eager little hands.

miller.saralyn@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

awesome interview
cant wait to read the book
would love a shot at winning the copy of your book
JENNIER LEBLANC
jenblaney@msn.com

Sue Farrell said...

Sounds like a really fun book---I like the idea of a mouse familiar--and love the mouse drawing.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Margie said...

Love your books and love that you're a Pepper too!

Can't wait for August 7th.

wishwryter@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Love your books & great interview! :) Been trying to win this book the past week. Maybe third times The charm! Thanks again guys for all that you do.

missstar_311@hotmail.com

Duffy Brown said...

Great interview. A totally fun book. Pepe is darling!

Dru said...

This was a fun interview. I need more hours in the day to read all the books I want to read.

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to this book, it's a fun series. I enjoyed the interview, and the insight into Heather's characters. I love that they are flawed, beautiful perfect people are boring.

Carol Landers

Anonymous said...

Love the interview! Looking forward to the new book. I have had an empty nest for six years, it is great!! I do have a small dog who keeps us entertained with her energy and love of affection. So love characters in books that have pets, can make that connection to them.

a.connolley@gmail.com

Books by Heather said...

Ha! I'm just like THE Ohio State. Love it. :)

Linda McDonald said...

Fun interview! I love the magic of it all. Your daughter's drawing of Pepe is so awesome. Congrats to you on A Witch Before Dying! :)

csolinda(at)hotmail(dot)com

Liz said...

Does accumulating books count as hoarding?

Nancy J. Parra said...

Great interview. I am going to amazon to pre-order. :)

So cute! Cheers~

cyn209 said...

thank you to Heather for visiting!!!
can't wait to read A Witch Before Dying...already added to my WishList!!!!

thank you for the giveaway!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Jo said...

Great interview. I'm looking forward to reading A Witch Before Dying.

jump_up_thrice [at] hotmail [dot] com

Katreader said...

I so enjoyed the first in the series and am looking forward to the second. I also love Pepe and the fact that he's a mouse. I love all things mouse and rat as I have pet rats (and cats, dog, and horse!)

Natalia J said...

Love the interview, I can't wait to read this book. I finished the first and now waiting for this one.
Thanks for the giveaway! :D
neoterragoddess@gmail.com

Suzanne said...

Great interview. I am looking forward to this book. I have book one on my shelf to read and hope to read both in a row.

Brenda Peick said...

Thanks for the interview. I always like seeing inside writers heads :) I'm looking forward to the new book!

Shirley said...

Looking forward to the new book, would love to win a bound galley copy, especially today as it is my birthday.

Shirleyj.landes @ gmail dot com

Books by Heather said...

Congratulations to Karen B! I'll be sending you an email in just a minute. Thanks, everyone, for your enthusiasm about A WITCH BEFORE DYING. It means so much to me. :::Group hug:::

Karen B said...

Thank you so much! Address has been emailed.

Annette said...

It appears to be another fun book from Heather. I look forward to the book release. Thanks for the good interview.

Joanie said...

I just love reading all of Heather's different series mysteries. Was so happy when new Kindle novels became available in both Heather Webber series, and now I have another to look forward to in the Heather Blake one. Squeeeeeee!

Joanie