Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Witches and Then Some! Interview with Teri Harman, author of ‘Black Moon’

Black Moon is the second book in the Moonlight Trilogy. It is a perfect book for fans of Witches of East End. I was fortunate enough to hook up with Teri Harman and decided to interview her on her affinity with witches.

       Teri is giving away a copy of Black Moon to a lucky winner, so enter below to win.  

A classic fantasy with something for everyone. Those who crave
intense adventure, magic, and romance won’t be able to put this
book down. A cross between Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and the
dark spunk of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the much anticipated sequel to Blood Moon is a must-read.

Simon Howard accidentally killed three people.
Months later, the nightmares won’t stop. Willa Fairfield, his girlfriend, his soul mate, wants nothing more than to help him move on. But guilt isn’t the only thing in Simon’s way.
When unexplained earthquakes hit the small town of Twelve Acres and dozens of people go missing, the Light witches discover their most feared enemy, Archard, is still alive.
As the Light Covenant fumbles to defend against Archard’s sadistic
intentions, Simon’s magic grows inexplicably more powerful—even
dangerous. Willa throws all her efforts into solving the mystery of
Simon’s transformation, but when the events of the past storm into the present, the couple’s future changes forever.

AMM:  Welcome Teri! Do you believe that witches actually exist?

TH:  Not as they have been supernatural-ized today. But I do believe there are people with unique talents, or that are more in tune to the rare than others, or that have special relationships with nature. I believe those people have power.

AMM:  How much research did you have to do in order to write Black Moon?

TH: I read a few books about natural magic that are highlighted, dog-eared, and always close at hand when I write. A lifetime of loving magic and the supernatural helped a lot too.

AMM:  J How did you handle the creation of a work of fiction based on fact? Was it hard to create just the right balance? Is there any technique you wish to share regarding this?

TH: All fiction is based on fact. We take what we know and we recreate it or reinvent it. The best fiction blends real and make-believe so well that it all feels real. The best way to do this is to stay true to the system you create. Most magic has rules. Establish those rules, stick to them.

AMM: That's great advice, Teri. Do you have a writing schedule or strategy?

TH: I try to have a schedule, but I have three young kids, so I have to be flexible. However, they are used to mom working and most days I am able to write for several hours, doing it around meals, playtime, messes, and school work. The best thing is to make writing a top priority. Which means you never let a day pass without doing some kind of writing. Protect your writing time.

AMM: I agree, though it can be hard at times and I only have one child. Is being a published author everything you had imagined? Any surprises? Shocks?

TH: It’s definitely interesting. This is a very tough business. Even after you’re published, things are a struggle. There is so much you can’t control. So I do my best to focus on what I can control: the words on the page.

AMM: Amen to that So what’s next for you?

TH: BLACK MOON, the second book in the Moonlight Trilogy, which Kirkus Reviews calls ‘unusual and absorbing,’ hits shelves September 16. I am busy finishing up book three, STORM MOON, which releases next fall. I also have a stand-alone gothic romance fantasy, A Painted Life coming out spring of 2015.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Ann Marie!

TERI HARMAN has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance.
Currently, her bookshelf is overflowing, her laundry unfolded, and her three small children running mad while she pens bewitching novels. She also writes a bi-weekly book column for, Utah's #1 news site and hosts a monthly television segment for Studio 5, Utah's #1 lifestyle show. Teri Harman lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

For more about Teri Harman and her books, including BLACK MOON, the sequel to BLOOD MOON, which Kirkus Reviews calls ‘unusual and absorbing,’ check out the links below:

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