I am super excited to have the amazing Kim Harrison by my side today! You probably know her for her Hollows series (Pale Demon being the latest release 02/22), but is also have a YA series, the Madison Avery series (the third book, Something Deadly this way Comes, will release 05/11)! Kim nicely made some room in her schedule to answer some of my questions, I hope you enjoy and welcome her warmly!
This spring you’ll be celebrating the release of Pale Demon (Adult) and Something Deadly This Way Comes (YA), considering your audience, how does your marketing approach differs?
The marketing approaches are very different, more due to the publishers’ styles than me changing what I’m doing. I will be doing the same things I always do: updating my website, talking to readers on FB and my drama box/blog, creating freebies to give away so readers I’ve already hooked will show their new treasures off and hopefully hook new readers. I’ve been seeing an increase of internet outreach on both sides of the adult/YA coin, with YA concentrating on trying to get the YA audience to come to them at a centralized website geared toward attracting a YA reader from where they can promote, and the adult approach seeming to be more slanted to bringing new content to already established points of contact. Both styles work, but the important thing is that the reader knows where to go to find information.
How would you promote each book, twitter style? (140 characters or less for each)
I’m not actually that keen on twitter, but I do use it to draw people to another outlet, like my drama box, where I can put up image-rich content and talk in more detail. I like to write, and bringing myself down to 140 characters just isn’t enough space except to say, “Come look at this.”
Now that you have plenty of books "under your belt", is the excitement for a release much different than for your first published book?
Looking back, the excitement is just about the same. Release day is a day that I spend cramming as much into as I possibly can as I prepare to go out and promote. I try to celebrate all the milestones of producing a book: the end of the first rough draft, the day I submit it to my editor, the first glimpse of the cover, the first great review, and the release day. My favorite day, the one I mark as the biggest accomplishment to the 1-2 years of work that I have invested, is eight days after the book comes out and I can spend a week or so basking with the popular authors like Nora Roberts and James Patterson on the NY Times list. Then I fall off and be normal again. –laugh-
Pale Demon is the ninth book in your Hollows series, did you ever dream of writing so many books in that series when you first started?
I did not. I like to tell people that the Hollows is the longest short story that I’ve ever written, because that is exactly how it started, years before I found publication. Having been granted the space and time to develop my characters and world as slowly as I wanted, without the urgency of seeing an end to the series before I was ready, has been one of the greatest gifts that I’ve ever received, and I have enjoyed every year working with these characters, seeing them, and my writing, grow.
I know you’ve been contracted for more Hollows books, but what about your Madison Avery series?
As it sits, I have decided to end the Hollows at 12-13. (I just finished the rough draft for book 11). The story arc is closing naturally, and this time, I’m going to let it. Rachel wants her happy ending, and, as a writer, I’m longing to try writing in a different way, and that’s something that I can’t do within the framework of the Hollows. As for the Madison series? My YA editor hasn’t told me one way or another if she would like more, but I’ve already decided that the series will end at three.
I’m betting you receive a ton of fan mail, do you remember any that were particularly touching or weird?
No, actually I have not received any that are especially weird. My readers are a great group of people, all enjoying a good fantasy story for what it is. I do occasionally receive an email from a reader who has used my work as a springboard for working through their own problems, finding strength in a healthy escape—which is very touching. My favorite emails are from readers who confide to me that they don’t like reading, but they like my books. 🙂
If I could grant you any wish, what would you wish for?
I’d like a jar of that Omega 13 which allows you to go back 13 seconds in time and change something. And if I couldn’t have that, World Peace. 😉
Thank you very much!
Thank you very much Kim for taking the time to stop by <3 It’s greatly appreciated!
If you’d like to get a peek at what this amazing woman writes…
the first book in The Hollows series is free for kindle right now!
and the first book in the Madison Avery series
Or if you’re up to date….
Now thanks to Harper Collins Canada, I have a complete set of Madison Avery books to offer you!
So 1 winners will get:
Once Dead, Twice Shy
Early to Death, Early to Rise
Something Deadly This Way Comes (upon release)
This giveaway is open to Canada only
I also happen to have the first two books in my possession, which I want to offer Internationally
Please take note: If you live outside of Canada, you might have to pay shipping for that prize, if I don’t get enough donations to cover the shipping cost
To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which of Kim’s book is your favorite, or why you’d like to start reading her books ^^
Tell me which country you are from (Canada only for the complete series, INT for the first two books)
Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!
If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)
Ends April 6th, 2011.
To anxious? You can purchase Kim’s books here: