It’s no secret we are very excited about EVER AFTER, the latest Hollows novel by Kim Harrison (Jan 22, 2013). Kim Harrison was kind enough to answer some questions for us! Enjoy… and remember, DON’T PANIC!
Q: First off, the book title is EVER AFTER, but that’s somewhat misleading… hence why you keep telling readers, “Don’t Panic!” Rachel’s not riding off into the sunset… not before she deals with her personal demons, right?
A: I have been assuring readers for months now that EVER AFTER is not the last book in the series despite the fairytale ending sound to it. We’ve got two more after this one before I reach the ending I’ve been working for and Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and perhaps even Al get their happy ending. But yes, there are a few unexpected issues that have cropped up in these last two books as I delve deeper into the source of magic.
Like most of the books in the series, EVER AFTER is a play on a Clint Eastwood move, in this case, HEREAFTER. I think it’s especially fitting since much of the story line revolves around the possible destruction of the ever-after, a secondary reality in the mythology of the series.
Q: Speaking of Douglas Adams (and please don’t throw your towel at me)—you are a great fan of his work. How has his writing influenced yours?
A: I love Douglas Adam’s work, yes! His titles were some of the few that I bought as hard cover when all my disposable income went for books. I couldn’t wait. I like using humor to make my characters more identifiable, and I figure if I can’t laugh while Rachel figures out how to save the world, I’m not doing it right.
Q: Rachel’s romance. It’s the question you play hardest-to-get on, but the aspect of the books that readers ask you most about. Will Rachel get her own happily-ever-after?
A: Will Rachel find her happy ever-after? Oh yes, very much so, but I always caution readers that it might not be the traditional happily ever after they expect with the white-picket fence, two kids, and a ring on her finger. Rachel is the girl next door, but she is anything but traditional, and her happy-ever-after will reflect that. My idea of a happy-ever-after has always been when the protagonist comes to understand her flaws and has learned how to work with them, becoming happy with who she is and learning what she needs to go confidently forward. In a way, Rachel has had this for a long time. She simply had to recognize it and accept that she is deserving of happiness.
Q: With Trent?
A: Oh, that would be telling! I have a lot of readers who are angry at me for exploring the chance that Rachel might find her happy ending with Ivy and then seemingly abandon that for Trent, but I’ve been having too much fun with Trent, seeing him grow and change, using him as a foil for Rachel to grow and change as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ivy and Rachel story line that dominated the early and middle section of the Hollows story arc. Ivy grew. Her choices became smarter, and I could not ruin the growth she underwent simply to throw more obstacles at Rachel. I don’t want to say who Rachel ends up with because I have a tendency to change things up to the copy edit, but I will say I’ve seen Ivy’s ending. It is beautiful, sensitive, and feels really, really good to me.
Q: You’ve said, in book 13, every character will experience a happy ending, if not a happily-ever-after. You’re getting closer and closer… and EVER AFTER did take some dark twists. Everyone still going to be okay when the end draws near?
A: I’ve long told readers that my goal is a happy ending for everyone. I probably should have said my goal is a happy ending for everyone who survives. EVER AFTER ups the stakes for the last couple of books. No one is safe. But then again, there are a few characters I would celebrate if they met their end.
Q: Readers have often asked you about Rachel and Ivy…but it finally seems like Ivy has met her match…care to comment?
A: Ivy is one of my absolute favorite characters in the Hollows. She has evolved and grown, almost leaving the series twice as she learns to love herself and accept that her needs are not wrong. A character that balanced and confident isn’t as much fun to watch as one who’s still struggling, but the introduction of a new character has sparked a new story line that involves Ivy, and I hope we see this thread continue to the last book.
Q: Do you have titles in place for books 12 and 13 that you’d like to share with us?
A: I have titles for the last couple of books, but I’m reluctant to share them just yet as my editor isn’t keen on the one I want for book twelve and we still need to find one we both like and can get past marketing. Book thirteen won’t hit the shelves until 2015. We’ve had a title for that for a long time, but it’s far too early to share just yet. I will say that I’m sticking to tradition, and as long as Clint Eastwood keeps making movies, I will keep using his titles.
Q: And – here’s what everyone wants to know: we read Into the Woods, and saw you embarking upon some interesting new directions. After the last page is turned on The Hollows, where do you go next?
A: Into the Woods gave me a rare opportunity to play in depth with a several new ideas, developing not just story lines but real characters, worlds, and magic mythologies. It turned out to be somewhat of a double-edged sword since the stories that made it to the page are more like prequels to the series that I might be developing. It’s a great way to work out the kinks in the magic system and organize the world, but large chunks are missing from what I would eventually work with, entire characters and motivations that are really what get me to the keyboard every morning.
I work quite far ahead of the printing schedule with the rough draft for the last Hollows book sitting safely in my cabinet already, but even so, it’s too early to tell if I’m going to continue on with the “Spider Silk” and shade my work toward horror, or if I will follow “Grace” and her more military feel, or perhaps “Pet Shop Boys,” where I go all out and let my imagination go nuts and just have fun. Lately I’ve been teasing my editor with hints of an as yet unshared manuscript of something completely different, something that captured my attention last year to such a degree that threw out my beloved plots and outlines and just wrote it by the seat of my pants. It’s fast, smart, and plays with a few ideas that have been haunting me for the last ten years as my writing skills have been playing catch-up with my ambitions. I think it’s time for Peri. We’ll see.
Hello and Happy New Year from Harper Voyager!
It’s the final countdown to Ever After by Kim Harrison! Only 20 more days until Hollows #11 goes on-sale–but if you need some more Rachel Morgan in your life, here’s a few things you can do in the meantime:
Kim is doing a signed-copy drive for Ever After. When you pre-order from Nicola’s Books, you get an autographed copy shipped to you (even overseas!) by 1/22/13 (when the book goes on sale)—but orders need to be in ASAP. There’s some more info on Kim’s site, and here’s a link to the pre-order page.
There is still one week left for Kim’s Mystery City Campaign! The two final cities are Atlanta and Minneapolis—and the first city to reach 150 pre-orders becomes the last stop on Kim’s 2013 tour! Pre-orders can be placed via Togather–so if you want Kim Harrison to come to your city, make sure to place your order here!
It’s here–a sneak preview of Kim Harrison’s latest Hollows novel EVER AFTER! Chapters two and three coming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more!
It’s been a wild few days for team Voyager US in NYC, but we’re back in action & very excited about the fact that three of our books have been nominated for Goodreads Choice awards! First round nominations include:
Congrats Voyager authors! And fans please do cast your vote!
NOTE: While Sandy was no match for our paranormal heroes, she did quite a number on many of us mortals. Our best wishes for a quick recovery to all impacted by the storm.
We know you’re eager to keep reading Kim Harrison’s new Hollows novel, A Perfect Blood—and there are FIVE chapters below!
In the follow up to Pale Demon, ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other.
Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.
She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.
We’re so excited to be getting closer and closer to the on sale date of Kim Harrison’s A PERFECT BLOOD (2/21/12)! In the meantime, we have this nice and shiny wallpaper for you — simply click on the thumbnail to download the hi-res image. Enjoy!
After you’ve downloaded the wallpaper, be sure to check out the first few chapters of A PERFECT BLOOD:
To read the whole book, pre-order A PERFECT BLOOD, on sale 2/21/12.
Dying for the next chapter of Kim Harrison’s new Rachel Morgan novel, A PERFECT BLOOD? You’re in luck! Chapter four is now available.
While trying to find a way to stop her enemies, Rachel has a startling moment of clarity as to what their end goal is. And for more than one reason, she doesn’t like what she’s figured out…
And pre-order A PERFECT BLOOD to read the whole book on February 21st!
You’ve read chapters one and two of Kim Harrison’s upcoming new novel A PERFECT BLOOD (2/21/12). Here’s your chance to read chapter three!
After discovering the mutilated corpse, things are going very bad, very quickly….
Need to catch up? Check out Chapters One and Two
Pre-order A PERFECT BLOOD to read the whole book on February 21st!
I’m extremely excited about Kim Harrison’s A PERFECT BLOOD (2/21/12)—the Hollows adventures starring Rachel Morgan are both a house and personal favorite.
In A PERFECT BLOOD, we get to see a side of the Hollows we haven’t explored before—namely, The Federal Inderland Bureau, and how humans handle being outclassed in a world of vampires, witches, werewolves and demons. Some humans find out ways to adapt and coexist peacefully. Others do not.
And when a hate group leaves corpses across Cincinnati, Rachel Morgan soon realizes that humans
themselves may be the greatest threat.
Check out the first two chapters below, and come back next week for Chapter 3!