I was delighted to be given the opportunity to interview Thea Harrison, author of the paranormal romance series, Elder Races. The first book in the series Dragon Bound was released in the UK at the beginning of May and we are now eagerly awaiting Storm’s Heart, book #2, which is released next month. The series is already published in America and is a lot further along with Oracle’s Moon, book #4, available to buy now.
I’ve already read Dragon Bound and loved it, you can read my review here.
Hi Thea! Thank you so much for stopping by Book Chick City today to answer a few questions. I absolutely loved DRAGON BOUND and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Hi Carolyn and everybody at Book Chick City! Thanks for having me, I’m excited to be here with you today. I’m so glad you enjoyed DRAGON BOUND.
Let’s start off with a few fun questions. If you could be ANYONE for just one day, who would you want to be?
Awesome question! I think I would want to be someone very rich like Donald Trump or one of the Hiltons. Then during my day, I would get that rich person’s financial people together and start cutting large checks to my favourite charities. I bet you can write a lot of checks in a day.
Fictional guy crush from a book?
Ooh, there’s so many good fictional guys out there! One of my favorites is Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. Curran is all kinds of awesome.
Favourite junk food?
No question: it’s chocolate. I might detour now and then to the salty side of the palate, but chocolate wins hands down.
Name five people (alive or resurrected) you’d invite to your fantasy dinner party and what would you eat?
Yay, I love these kinds of questions, and I always answer according to what mood I’m in. Today I’m in a Hollywood frame of mine and I would pick: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Jeremy Renner, Joss Whedon and Cate Blanchett. We would eat lobster and grilled artichokes, and enjoy chocolate mousse for dessert.
What music do you enjoy listening to?
I like all kinds of music—classic, rock, alternative, hip hop, R&B. It’s always fun when I find a song that can get past my musical prejudices and surprise me. Most recently Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back did that for me. I was so surprised to find that I liked that song. I also love The Black Keys’ Lonely Boy and Howlin’ For You. The type of music I listen to is also a mood thing. Right now I’m going for high energy playlists for my writing.
There are so many good movies out there, but for me a real standout is What Dreams May Come. The story has heart, and faith, and the imagery is stunning.
Do you have any writer’s superstitions?
Another awesome question! I don’t think anybody has ever asked me this before. I don’t actually have any writer’s superstitions. Hm, might have to develop one.
What was the last book you bought?
The other week I went on a comfort reading kick, and I bought three of Linda Howards’ backlist: Duncan’s Bride, Midnight Rainbow and Diamond Bay. I haven’t read them yet. They’re sitting on my shelf waiting patiently for me to find time.
Describe yourself in five words
Goofy creative writer lives quietly.
For our UK readers, who are eagerly awaiting the release of STORM’S HEART in June (already published in the US) can you share any interesting tidbits or teasers about the ELDER RACES series?
There is a lot of movement over the course of the series to date. Loyalties get tested, not all the good guys win, and conflicts are not always resolved at the end of a single book—the stories are bigger than that. But the love that develops between the two main characters is what factors most prominently in each story. STORM’S HEART focuses on the warlord Wyr Tiago and the Dark Fae Tricks/Ninian. SERPENT’S KISS is Rune and Carling’s story. Book four, ORACLE’S MOON, tells the first non-Wyr love story, which is between the human Oracle Grace and the Djinn Khalil.
Then in book five, LORD’S FALL, the story cycles back around to Pia and Dragos, who are the main characters again. Tensions and challenges build up over the course of the stories, and Dragos and Pia have a lot to deal with in book five. I’m very excited at this sequel and hope the readers will be too.
Lastly, do you have any other projects in the pipeline apart from the Elder Races series?
Currently I have a two-book contract with Berkley/Penguin for what my agent calls “dark romantic fantasies.” We have to work on retitling them, so I’m afraid I can’t give you titles yet. The first of those is scheduled to come out in spring of 2013. If you would like to keep updated, you can check out my blog at: www.theaharrison.com/blog, follow me on Twitter at @TheaHarrison, or like my author Facebook page: www.facebook.com|TheaHarrison. I always post updates about what I’m working on.
I also have some ideas for contemporary romances that I’ve kicked around with one of my editors, who likes them. As soon as I move a few projects off my current work load, I’m going to give those a try. It’s been years since I’ve written a contemporary, and I’m looking forward to it!