Please welcome Teri Harman to Stories & Sweeties!
enchanting, mysterious, thrilling, emotional, magical
The witchcraft in Blood Moon feels very authentic. How much research went into making it feel so real?
I’ve always loved witches, so I have a lifetime of reading about and watching witch stories. But I also read a few books on Wicca and Natural Magic, relying heavily on the techniques and beliefs of Natural Magic to design the witchcraft.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
My dad always says, “There’s no such thing as writing, only rewriting.” There is always room for improvement, for change that takes a story from good to great.
Tell us about your ideal writing space.
I’d love to sit at a desk, in a comfy chair, in a large room lined with bookshelves, packed full of the best books. The desk would face a large floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks a beach on the Oregon coast. I’d throw open the window, drink in the smell of ocean water and trees and then write the day away.
Who are your favorite authors? What are you reading right now?
I have a lot, but some of my favorite authors are Roald Dahl, Sarah Addison Allen, Kate Morton and Marissa de los Santos. Right now, I’m about 60 pages into “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” by Rhonda Riley. It’s strange and fascinating; I can’t wait to see where it goes.
What kind of books did you love to read as a teenager?
I’ve always loved to read the wondrous and haunting. As a teen, I read and adored such books as Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” series, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond,” “The Bean Trees,” and many others.
Which of the characters in Blood Moon was your favorite to write and why?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one, but I’d have to say Simon. He was hard – early on he sounded like a 50 year old man, according to my literary agent – so I had to work at making him an authentic 19 year old guy with complex emotions and a heart wrenching back story. Plus, he’s the heartthrob of the story so it’s hard not to like him. :)
Time for some fun questions!!
Favorite snack while writing?
Lately, although I’ve never been much of a candy person, it’s been Sour Patch Kids. Current, unhealthy addiction.
Oh, so many! But since we are talking witches, my favorite witch movie is “Practical Magic.” I watch it at least once a year.
Favorite band and song right now?
It’s a tie between Imagine Dragons “Every Night,” and Walk the Moon “Shiver, Shiver.”
Favorite teacher from your school years?
My English teacher junior year, Mrs. Baskins, who sadly and unexpectedly died from a stroke near the end of the year. She was so kind and loved books.
And everyone who visits Stories & Sweeties answers this one: Do you like cupcakes? :) Frosting or cake better?
Heck yes! I’ll take a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles any day!
Thanks so much, Becky! Really fun questions!
Thanks for stopping by Stories & Sweeties, Teri! I can't wait for more from this series!
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