I am excited to have this chance to find out more about you both. You are a writing team -- what’s your writing process?
NORAH: Yes, we are a writing team. How we approach a book seems to change from one book to another. With an earlier book with multiple POVs (The Summoning – Book 1 in the Gatekeepers Series), we divided the POVs up and each wrote a couple of them. We would plot a few chapters, then go off and write them, swapping them back and forth so we could keep continuity. With other projects, such as the Casters series, Heather writes all the first draft copy. We put our heads together on plot from time to time to make sure we’re on course, but Heather pretty much just runs with it. My primary contribution comes in after that draft is finished. I massage and edit and polish. When we’re happy with it, it goes off to our editor. As I tell everyone, Heather is the imagination of this partnership, and I’m the technician.
Tell us about your current release.
HEATHER: This book, the first book in the CASTERS series, introduces you to Brooke, Alex, and Maryanne. They are the girls of Harvell House, the rejects in this small town of Mansbridge. There's a legend in this superstitious town about a soul-stealing 'heller' that terrorizes people at night. Through an old diary they find, the girls learn the truth about this local legend. Then they learn to become it – they learn to cast out into the night, to own it.
Comes the Night focuses mostly on Alex Robbins, and the personal, horrific hell she struggles through, screams through. And survives – any way she can.
The next book, Enter the Night, is mainly about Maryanne. And Brooke gets her turn in Embrace the Night. Of course, there’s an overarching story line that runs through the whole series, culminating in Book 4, Forever the Night. We can hardly wait to get them all out!
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
NORAH: I absolutely love Brooke, from the current book Comes the Night. She comes across as such a tough, assured young woman. Let me tell you, no one is going to get one over on Brooke Saunders and get away with it! Not if she can help it. But inside, she’s incredibly lonely. Yet she can be her own worst enemy, rejecting people before they can reject her. And when she lets herself be vulnerable … oh, don’t get me going!
HEATHER: Yikes, my fav? Why do I always feel so disloyal to all other characters when I answer this question? Right now, I'd have to say Maryanne Hemlock is my favorite. Her pain is so deep and personal. The world thinks she's such a golden girl, and yet poor Maryanne carries a burden so heavy, honestly at times it was hard to write. Another thing I like about Maryanne is her strength. I love, love, love strong female characters, but Maryanne doesn't even see it. Yet it is there when it has to be.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
NORAH: This is where being a writing team comes in handy – we can vent to each other! LOL. Seriously, I think every book needs some negative reviews. It wouldn’t matter if you had a hundred 5-star reviews, people don’t really give you any credibility until you’ve racked up some 1-stars. I know a lot of writers who are thin-skinned about bad reviews, but I’m not one of them. I take the view that the customer is always right. Reading is extremely subjective. A 5-star book for me might be a 1- or 2-star book for someone else, or vice versa. They are grading their experience of the book, and they alone can be the judge of that. Do I think any of my books are “1-star books”? Not a chance. Do I believe that some readers have had a 1-star experience with them? Absolutely.
What makes you happy?
NORAH: Being out in nature; walking my dog in the woods; finishing a scene and knowing it rocks; getting an awesome letter from a reader; reading a great book...I could go on.
HEATHER: Generally, I'm a pretty happy person. I have this pervasive sense that (spoiler alert!) everything is going to work out fine in the end. But specifically? Nothing feels better than to work through a scene and have the characters, plot, oh wow, story plants you didn't even know you planted two books ago, jump up and say that's why you wrote that!, or look at me. Those times are magical when it feels as if you are absolutely channeling your characters. Discovering the story as much as writing it.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
We think this book is unique among paranormals, since when the girls “cast out” through the window portal, a dark piece of themselves peels away from their bodies and escapes into the night where the very laws of physics are different for them. But paranormal elements aside, this is a powerful story about these three girls who struggle with their own personal demons and learn to defeat them.
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Norah loves Twitter and television. Heck, she loves tweeting about television and debating the really big questions. (You know, Sam or Dean? Justified or Burn Notice?)
* Links to any blogs author contributes to regularly
Fresh Fiction http://freshfiction.com/pages.php?id=blog
Just Romantic Suspense: http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/
My own blog where I do a Workspace Wednesday meme wherein I have authors guest post about their workspaces, with photos. http://norahwilsonwrites.com/wordpress/
* Author fun facts
I am one of eleven children (#10).
HEATHER DOHERTY fell completely in love with writing while taking creative writing courses with Athabasca University. Motivated by her university success, and a life-long dream of becoming a novelist, she later enrolled in the Humber School for Writers under the mentorship of David Adams Richards. Her first literary novel was published in 2006. While still writing dark literary (as well as not-so-dark children's lit), she is beyond thrilled to be writing paranormal/horror with Norah. Heather lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with her family.
Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock could not be more different, yet they all have something in common—deep and soul-searing pain. They are also all students at
, a boarding school just one step away from juvie, where they’ve come to complete high school. The three have been relegated to Harvell House, the residence reserved for the hardest cases, the so-called Rejects from Reject Row. Streep Academy
In the forbidden attic of the old Victorian house-turned-residence, the girls discover the diary of Connie Harvell, a young woman who was confined and abused there some 50 years ago. In the end, Connie’s attic prison couldn’t hold her—not completely. She found a way out. At least a dark part of her did. And after reading her diary, the girls discover they can escape at will too. A terrifying, thrilling flight from their bodies and their troubles.
But God help them, their pain isn’t all they leave behind when they join with the night.
And God help anyone who’s wronged them...
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