I had the chance to interview my good writer friend Deb E. I’ve known her for quite some time, and she’s been more than amazing to me. Whether it’s giving me constructive criticism on my work, or just hanging around my blog, I know I can count on her. Deb’s debut novel, “Healer’s Touch,” is set to be released at the end of the month (just 9 days away!), and it looks pretty great. Here’s a little info:
For Llew to heal, something must die.
For Llew, a young pickpocket living as a boy on the streets of a wild mining town, the real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen, desperate bandits and, the enmity of her own companions should they find out who and what she is: a girl, a fugitive, and a feared Healer. One of the fighters, Jonas, possesses superhuman prowess as a warrior, and carries the knife with the power to ‘kill the unkillable’; the knife that can kill Llew. Despite being of races at war for centuries, they are drawn to one another.
During the journey, they encounter Braph the magician, Jonas’ half-brother and potential nemesis. He pursues them as they journey across the sea to the continent of Phyos and just when Llew finally feels safe, he abducts her. Now he will take what is most precious to him: her blood.
Healer’s Touch is a fast-paced mix of fantasy, steampunk and Wild West adventure – and even a dash of romance!
I’m really looking forward to reading this! Anyway, take it away, Deb!
Where were you born and where do you call home?
Born: Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Home: Dunedin, New Zealand.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My first book to be released (and therefore most recent!) is called “Healer’s Touch”. To sum up: It’s the tale of a girl with the power to heal, and a man uniquely equipped to kill, a story of acceptance of oneself and others.
If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Llew would say something like: “Really?! You have to keep doing this to me? I am sick and tired of all the crap you keep putting me through. Wait till I get my hands on you! You sick, twisted…!” (puts her back in the box) Yeah, something like that.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes and yes. “Healer’s Touch” is book one of a series, so I am currently working on book two, currently titled “Warrior’s Touch”.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I really like the convenience and lower pricing of ebooks.
What book would you like to read again?
I’m looking forward to revisiting Brent Weeks’ “The Black Prism”. It’s the most recent read in which I really felt a connection with any of the characters and was pulled along by the story. That’s what I look for any time I pick up a book.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Currently reading (and nearly finished) “London Darkness: Infernal Inventions” by Christopher Stocking (yes, this one!), in ebook format.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Well, the design was a collaborative effort between myself and my publisher, Kristell Ink. The illustration was done by: Matt Donnici. You can find him on Deviant Art at: http://mattdonnici.deviantart.com/
Do you buy a book by the cover?
I have done. But these days I tend to read reviews before committing my money.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Three pieces of advice: Read. Write. Finish.
Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
I had a black toy horse that I called “Black Magic” way before the America’s Cup boat came into existence… I had him for years. And when his mane and tail got warn and started to fall out, I replaced them with cotton… Think he actually looks better now. Yep, I still have him.
Any pets that you would like to tell us about, share a pic?
I got a dog during my high school years. His name was Griffin and he was a Cairn Terrier. He was with me through my final school year, through going flatting (renting a house with “room-mates”, or “flatties”), through meeting my husband, entering the real world of working, buying a new house, being pregnant… He didn’t quite make it to the “having a child” part… I mean, he was here physically, but mentally he was pretty well gone by then. Fact is, he was with me through some of my biggest life changes to date. We had fourteen years together. More than two years have passed now and I still miss him.
White wine or red?
Either! Anything, except beer is good with me!
Coffee or tea?
So you like to cook? Do you have a favorite food?
I make a pretty mean spinach curry – Chicken Sagwala
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?
Porridge with cinnamon, banana & blueberries!
Sleep in or get up early?
I wish I could sleep in… I have a toddler.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
It varies. I am lucky enough to have a tablet PC at my disposal. More often than not I sit at the kitchen table. But I do have the option to handwrite on it and have been known to lie in the sun doing just that. Typing is faster, though.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
If I can, I really like going down to the university and setting up in one of the libraries. The studious atmosphere really helps me focus.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –
I love receiving criticism when I’m still writing – that’s how I improve, right? That’s how I know where I need to push myself.
After it’s published… I’m really nervous about the negative reviews. Ultimately, though, reviews are how we get readers (hopefully), so I’m all for them… if they’re positive (o:
Do you have a day job as well?
Yep. I’m lucky to be a mum to a toddler (2yrs, 4mths as I type this). He keeps me very busy – and busier by the day. I also work a part-time job compiling information about building electrical systems and light-fittings and stuff… riveting. The great thing about “real work” is that you actually get to have thoughts of your own, so I get a small window to think about writing without the pressure to be achieving my word-count, as I do during my “writing time”, aka “Toddler snooze time”.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you combat it?
Not so much “block” as confusion… sometimes so much is trying to go on all at once in my story, it can take a bit of work to tease events apart and spread them out. Or, like at the moment, something just doesn’t feel right and I’m not 100% certain what it is… Makes progress slow, but not impossible.
Outliner or pantster?
A bit of both. I like having a plan, but I know I can’t predict exactly how characters will react until I’m in the moment, so I expect some seat-of-the-pants writing…
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
Scotland. Would love to see my roots. And Canada – and see Our Lady Peace LIVE! Of course, I’d love to fly them over to this side of the globe, too…
List 3 of your favorite movies?
“Videot From UHF”
“A Pyromaniac’s Love Story”
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
Most recently really enjoyed TV show would be “Sons of Anarchy”, season five. Really brutal viewing, but really good!
Where can your readers stalk you?
My blog: http://deberelene.com
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/deberelene
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6576139.Deb_E_Howell
Is your book in Print, ebook or both? It will be in both.
I don’t know my Amazon, B&N, etc links, yet… Keep an eye on any of the above links to find out when they go live!