Welcome to UTC, Kim! We are happy to have you today. As a fan of the series, we are sad to see the series come to an end, but love where Rachel has ended up. How would you describe Rachel’s growth over the course of the series?
Thank you, Francesca. It’s wonderful to be able to chat with your readers.
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers both liking and disliking where Rachel started as a brash, impulsive young person who makes decisions many would call bad, but I like to call an overdeveloped sense of sympathy. A lot of her determination to see the best of a person comes from her sickly childhood that isn’t mentioned for several books, and perhaps that was my error. Hopefully her decision making, while perhaps not evolving much, at least becomes understandable by the end of the series. Even in The Witch With No Name she’d rather give someone a chance to redeem themselves then outright kill them to make things “right,” but honestly, just how likeable would she be if she killed everyone who got in her way?
Did you always know what her fate would be from when you started writing the series, or where you on the ride along with us to see who she would end up with?
Oh, everyone’s fate in the book has always been very fluid. I’ve had ideas, and you can see them in the way that men came and went in Rachel’s life. I tried men (and women) out on Rachel much as some people date, and like a lot of people, I realized that the best person for her was the one who’d been challenging her all along, the one who’d caused her to question herself, who she was, and who she wanted to be. The best part is that Rachel was doing the same thing to Trent, and when that began to show, I began to shift the story toward the happy ending that had been there all along. It wasn’t that big of a surprise, actually. I’d been wondering about it right from Dead Witch Walking when Trent relaxed and became himself while Rachel was caged as a mink in his office.
As the last book of the series, how was the writing process for THE WITCH WITH NO NAME? Did you stumble upon some challenges as you wrote it? Cry and happy or sad tears?
I had a very difficult time writing that first rough draft of The Witch With No Name. I wanted the ending, I dreaded the ending. It was so bad that I took some time off and wrote an entire manuscript of something else. I don’t know if it was a massive avoidance/procrastination issue or me knowing that the best way to break out of the last-book blues is to write the next thing, but it worked. I’m now joyfully ready to close the chapter on Rachel, and where I realize a lot of the readers aren’t, I’m hopeful that when they reach the end, they will sigh happily, slide the book onto the shelf, give it a fond touch, and walk away satisfied. And isn’t the entire point?
With such a big cast of characters, you must’ve had one character you enjoyed writing about the most. Who was that for you and why?
It’s usually the character who’s changing the most that I enjoy writing, so it changes from book to book. For a long time, it was Ivy, but then she began to heal and make better decisions, and my attentions turned to Al. Al kept me writing fast and furious for a good long time, and there’s still a lot of untapped anger and angst there, but Trent took that “favorite character” spot for the last couple of books. If I had to pick one, I’d say Al is my all around favorite, which might be why he gets the last word in the final Hollows short that will come out later this year. (Sudden Impact)
Do you think you will consider writing some other stories or even novellas about some of the side characters *cough*Al*cough*? Maybe something from Ivy’s POV?
Oh no! You like Al too! (laugh) Sadly, I’m done for a while with the Hollows, but there will be that last Hollows short from Al’s POV.
Always wondered this, but WHY tomatoes?
There are a couple of reasons for tomatoes. I have an odd sense of humor, and it’s a nod to the movie, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Tomatoes were also considered poisonous for a long time due to people eating them off pewter plates and getting lead poisoning. Then there’s the fact that tomatoes were one of the first GMO products to hit the store shelves. But mostly I think it’s because I have a devil of a time growing them. This year I managed to get a nice crop of tomatoes, so maybe now that the Hollows is finished, I’ll have a good garden.
Hopefully you’ve had some downtime since finishing the book. When not working on your next project, what books do you read?
Downtime? That’s like when you don’t sit at your desk and bang your head against the keyboard all day? No. I didn’t take any downtime, actually. One of the reasons I closed the series was because for the last ten years, I’ve had a few ideas crop up that I had to set aside, and the chance to finally work on them was such a relief that I just kept to my usual writing schedule.
Now that that first splurge of creativity has landed on the page, I do plan on slowing my pace down a smidge. I have a few other things, not book related, that I’d like to devote some time too. A book a year is my preferred work load, and that leaves time to get out and do some research.
What’s next for Kim Harrison?
I’m currently working on a few ideas that I’d like to see on the shelf. Readers who’ve been lurking on my blog the last couple of years will remember me mentioning Peri. She’s a bit older than Rachel, making better decisions, top in her field in a high-risk job, and knows it. At least until page eight. It’s tag line might be Borne Identity meets Minority Report, and I’m really excited to be getting close to sharing it.
At long last… The final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!
Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.
OUT SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
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A PERFECT BLOOD: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
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