Heather McCorkle is dropping by. Her visit will be my first interview. Yep, I'm excited. Do I look okay? No sweats and jeans today. Got on the good stuff. No smoothed out wrinkles on the tee. I hope my digs are all right. I cleaned and cleaned last night. But what if I missed a dust bunny under the sofa? You know how those things multiply during the night. I'd die a thousand deaths if a bunny hopped out and jumped into Heather's cup of coffee. Or onto one of the scones I baked. (Heather's such a sweetie, she wouldn't say anything. Still, one worries.)
Oh, oh! The doorbell rang. Heather's here. Hey, don't go away. The coffee pot's full. (It's Green Mountain. Hub and I brought bags back from Vermont. He can't move in the a.m. without his coffee.) And there are plenty of scones. (Love those things! Okay, I cheated and have already had a few.) Lots of jam, too. *sighs*
Kittie: Welcome, Heather. I'm delighted you could visit. "To Ride a Puca" is a super read. A story with druids and magic makes the imagination smile. *pours coffee*
Heather McCorkle: Thanks, Kittie. "Writing "To Ride a Puca" touched my soul, from the first page to the last. *sips coffee"
Kitte: How so?
Heather McCorkle: Well, being of Irish descent, it was deeply moving to learn about my ancestors and all that they had endured. There have actually been druids in more than one country. I wanted to bring their story to life, and it was vital to me that I portrayed them honestly and without reservation.
Kittie: How did you get the inspiration for "To Ride a Puca?" *offers scones*
Heather McCorkle: These look yummy *takes bite* They're delicious. *Kittie smiles in relief* Er, back to your question. A girl came to me in a dream. She was weeping while her village burned. Men threw the books and scrolls of her people onto the fire. In her eyes was the determination of one who would not be stamped out.
Kittie: I loved how Neala, your MC, realized what was happening and reacted with decisiveness. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and sometimes think that even with today's technology and so on, not much has changed in the deepest spot in one's soul. How representative is Neala, your MC, of today's Young Adult?
Heather McCorkle: Neala reflects that no matter how much some things change, deep down, people want the same thing -- to be respected, to be heard, to be free to be themselves and how they want to live. In that, I think Neala represents today's YA.
Kittie: A puca can be a good or bad representation of a spirit. Without stepping too close to a spoiler alert, can you share a bit about your puce?
Heather McCorkle: Though the ride may be a wild one, it is what we make of it. Such is the way with my puca. He is what Neala allows him to be. Sorry. Can't say much more. *laughs sheepishly*
Kittie: Ohhh, a great answer -- ". . . what Neala allows him to be." That's true about so much in life. *refreshes Heather's cup of coffee* Now, I know you're busy, but before you go, a bit more coffee and a few tid bits about the fun stuff. Do you listen to music when you write?
Heather McCorkle: Music is a must when I write. *eyes dance like lights on a wintery tree* I love to setup a playlist that I feel reflects my main character and the mood of the novel.
Kittie: Hmm. Any favorite snacks?
Heather McCorkle: I don't snack while I write, but I do love a good cup of coffee or tea, depending on the time of the day.
Kittie: When do you do most of your writing?
Heather McCorkle: I write all the time! Any time I can grab a free moment, I'm writing.
Kittie: Well, your hard work has paid off. "To Ride a Puca" is a journey back in time that lingers with the reader. You made the past come alive!
Heather McCorkle: Thank you. *blushes* And thank you for having me over. I'm excited about celebrating the release of my latest book. *leans forward* Can you share the recipe for these scones?
Kittie: Hmmm. Only if you promise to return when you publish your next book.
Heather McCorkle: I promise.