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Interview and Giveaway with Kim Harrison

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KIM HARRISON

 

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.

 

WITCHNONAME

 

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

PRE-ORDER “THE WITCH WITH NO NAME” NOW

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DEAD WITCH WALKING: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNDEAD: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
DATES FROM HELL: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodRead
A FISTFUL OF CHARMS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
HOTTER THAN HELL: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
HOLIDAYS ARE HELL: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
UNBOUND: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
BLACK MAGIC SANCTION: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
PALE DEMON: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE HOLLOWS INSIDER: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
A PERFECT BLOOD: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
INTO THE WOODS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
TROUBLE ON RESERVE: GoodReads | Our Review
EVER AFTER: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE UNDEAD POOL: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
THE WITCH WITH NO NAME: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads

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About Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, plus the short story collection Into the Woods and The Hollows Insider. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery YA series.

 

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Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

I’ve always wonder why tomatoes too. LOL

I love Al!! I have the audio preordered and I can’t wait to download in the morning.

I’m taking two days off in October to drive to Houston for one of Kim’s signings. I’m so excited.

Traveldog

Great Interview! Thank you for the contest!

Rebe

Our neighbors planted a tomato plant this summer between our doors and it has now grown to overtake the sidewalk! I had to wonder what Cincinnati residents would think, lol! It’s definitely the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

Winter

Thanks for the reading order display and a great interview!

Stephanie F.

Wonderful interview. This series is in my top 5 favorites, I’m sad to see it ending but really excited to see what will happen.
I’d love to see some stories on Al as well. He has become a favorite character.

Anne

I’ve been reading this series from the beginning. I had no idea there were so many books until I saw all the covers above. Wow.

jodi marinich

thanks for the great interview

Lisa Guertin

Thank you for the contest. I have enjoyed this series since book one and while sad to see it end, I do understand that all good things must come to an end. It’s just the bad ones that seem to go on and on. 😉

Timitra

Great interview…I haven’t read this series as yet thanks for the chance to win the first book!

biochemgirl

Great interview. I absolutely love the Hollows. I’m sad to see it end, but I’m sure Ms. Harrison will wow us with whatever she throws at us next. Also, thanks for the giveaway.

erinf1

Congrats to Kim on her series!!! it’s been a fantastic ride and it’s bittersweet that this is the last book! I’m so looking forward to it! Thanks for the fun interview and thanks for sharing!

Pansy Petal

I am so excited about this book. Look forward to reading it. I love Rachel and Ivy and Jenks! I will miss them, but I am pleased that Rachel will get here hea! Al is getting a book of his own? Cool! I will look for that too. Yes, I like Al too. You know, the bad guy who really isn’t so bad and everyone loves him? 😉 Tomatoes can be so contrary to grow. It’s all about getting the right amount of sun and rain at the right time in the right proportions and mother nature doesn’t always co-operate.… Read more »

Lisa Richards

While I’m always sad to see a great series end, I’m one who binge reads, so this last book means I can dig back in and read nonstop

Texas Book Lover

I am one of the few who haven’t started this series yet…but I did just recently pick up the first 11 books. So I am set to start devouring them hopefully this weekend!

Victoria I

Hahah! I wondered why she chose tomatoes too. I loved reading this interview. Kim Harrison is an inspiration. I can’t wait to read about Peri.

Miranda B

I love Kim Harrison and am both excited and disappointed to see the last book on the series. I can’t wait to see what Kim writes next.

wade2

Thank you for asking about the tomatoes! I haven’t read all the books yet but tomatoes! Maybe we’ll see more Ivy stories or snippets in the future? 😉 😉

Mary Jo

Thanks for the great interview!
I love this series, but somehow lost touch about halfway thru…I’m excited to pick it up again and would love to win the ebook of The Witch With No Name to look forward to.

Elizabeth

I love al!!….I plan on trying to read this as slowly as possible to enjoy and savor every moment….I imagine there will probably be tears involved though.

Gabrielle

Love this series sad to see it end.

Stacey A Smith

I love the series and I’m going to miss it so much when you stop writing more.so sad that this is the last. hope to love your new series to come.

Barb Hill-Kidd

Great interview Fran! I always wanted to know about the tomatoes

Nicole Ortiz

Great interview. adding books to my tbr list

bn100

Looks like a long series

Shell

Looks great

Lori Hopkins

My fave series ever. Heartbroken that it is ending.

Vanessa N.

Great interview. I love this series and will be sad to see it end but at the same time can’t wait to see how it ends. I so want Rachel to have her happy ending.

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Mary Preston

Great interview. Downtime sounds painful.

Loraine Oliver

I have always seen these books but never knew which one came first-I am so glad to have read this interview and to see how your blog has listed all the books in order, thanks so much! I am entering the giveaway, but I just went and bought the first book in the series, I love reading books in a series, like Christine Feehan and J R Ward’s series , so this series is going to be my new series! Thanks so much!

Lindsay

Part of what I love about Rachel is that she goes through such great character development. She’s flawed, she’s never perfect. I think a lot of people identify with that. In urban fantasy especially, the heroines might not be all good, but they are usually very strong people and mostly well grounded. Rachel is none of those things at the start.