Talking Books with NY Time Bestselling Author Kim Harrison
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She’s currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.
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About the Books:
Title: The Drafter
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Sci Fi/Fantasy
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?
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Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Pocket Star
Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter, in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison!
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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Kim! Can you tell us where you are from?
A: I’m a home-grown Michigander, transplanted to South Carolina for about thirteen years before I moved back home because I missed the snow.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
A: I usually don’t have much say in the title, and THE DRAFTER is no exception. My editor and the marketing team kicked around several ideas when my submission title didn’t pop, and we settled on one we all liked. The sequel, THE OPERATOR, was a title I picked, but it flows from the first very well, which is probably why no one wanted to change it. If I get my way, the last in the series will be called THE AGENT, giving the three titles the monogram DOA. Not that anyone else but me will think that’s important.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
A: I’ve always been fascinated with how cover artists put together something to get the right reader to pick up the book. I am lucky to have two covers for The Drafter, a more literary image for the hard cover that was aimed to grow my male audience, and a more thriller-oriented image for the mass market to hit my usual urban fantasy readers. I’m hard pressed to pick my favorite of the two, but the image of a woman confidently running into danger does convey the action, strength, and pacing of the book.
Being traditionally published, I have less say in the cover than someone self published, but that’s never bothered me. I was given a choice of several covers, and we finally settled on one, giving it some further tweaks to get the Opti symbol on the cover and the colors to allude to crisp, clean action. I also asked for the burst, which is the small blot of color that highlights the “also includes” message that had originally been on the back, and all of this leaving space for hopefully a few nice words for some of my peers.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
A: It’s got danger. It’s got a forgotten love. It’s got an angsty man who is graced with brains and brawn in equal measure who is his own worst enemy. It’s got a woman who’s just as smart as he is and just as messed up. It’s got guns and knives and a beautiful log mansion I rip apart with glorious abandon at the end. It’s a lot of fun.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
A: I come from a long tradition of reading science fiction and fantasy where social and economic themes are explored hand in hand with the new planet or species, and though I’ve had more success writing urban fantasy with THE HOLLOWS series, I still like to have my work touch on the human existence. It’s no coincidence that the main character in The Drafter is dealing with some of the same issues as a person suffering from Alzheimer’s. I took Peri Reed’s coping techniques and a few of her gut reactions from the same. Her special skill destroys her memory, and though she occasionally regains it, she is incredibly reliant upon those she trusts. Her unique ability make her very powerful, but it’s tempered by the vulnerabilities an Alzheimer’s patient deals with every day. I wanted to say that those dealing with memory issues are still important, still worth considering, still part of society.
Bu-u-u-ut, you can skip right over that and still enjoy it as an action thriller with a modified human twist.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
A: I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m a really good knitter, going off pattern all the time to make my own creations. One of my greatest joys this year was to share the pattern I made to create Anna McCaffrey’s fire lizard. (I’ve included a picture if you want to use it.)
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I’d go to Australia, because the night sky there would be utterly different from the one I’m used to.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
A: Neither. I’m no good in the morning, or after midnight, so . . . I’m a 3:00 pm person.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
A: I’m all alone in my writing, but that works for me. My husband helps me plot, but he’d never try to put pen to paper.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
A: What writer wasn’t?
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
A: I’m pleading the fifth on this.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
A: Just thank you for the chance to chat with your readers, and I hope they give my work a try. There are several novellas out right now that make it easy and without out the commitment of an entire book. “Sideswiped” and “Waylaid” I have quite a few outlets to remain in contact with my readers. Signing up for my blog is probably the most sure, but I’ll answer questions on FB as well. I’m more active on FB, but they don’t share much anymore and getting notices is chancy. My website is a great place for information on past and present projects.