Today I am fortunate to have author Heather Heffner on my blog.
Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
I am the author of two fantasy series: the Changeling Sisters and the Afterlife Chronicles. The Changeling Sisters is an urban fantasy series about two shapeshifting sisters who fight evil in Seoul, South Korea and begins with Book #1: Year of the Wolf. The Afterlife Chronicles is a dark fantasy series about a boy who accidentally stumbles aboard a train bound to Hell and begins with Book #1: The Tribe of Ishmael.
My most recent release is Year of the Dragon (Changeling Sisters #3), in which sisters Citlalli and Raina Alvarez discover a nefarious vampyre plot to seize control of Jeju Island. Fiery Citlalli must unite her fractured werewolf pack to investigate. Meanwhile, shy Raina meets her father’s family, the powerful shapeshifting Yong dragons. She finds herself thrust into the Trials of Wisdom in a desperate attempt to find the Celestial Dragon who can lead the good spirits against the Vampyre Court in time.
How do you come up with the ideas for your writing?
Travel and daydreaming! The Changeling Sisters was inspired by living and working abroad in South Korea. The Korean folklore and historical sites intrigued me to research and imagine how a spirit world would affect a modern day flourishing metropolis like Seoul.
What is your favourite scene in your book?
In Year of the Dragon, I was particularly excited to write about shapeshifting dragons and develop their customs. Dragons have always been a favorite mythological creature of mine. As such, there is one particularly Trial of Wisdom that takes place deep in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, which gets out of hand. The ensuring draconic struggle amidst the temples and jungles was thrilling to research and imagine.
Tell us about your main character? What makes them so special?
I have two main characters who alternate perspectives in the Changeling Sisters Series: Citlalli Alvarez and her half-sister, Raina. Citlalli’s name is the Aztec word for star, and she is outgoing, gregarious, and oftentimes speaks before she thinks. What makes Citlalli special is her fearlessness to protect her family no matter the cost. However, her rash actions can get her in trouble, such as charging an armed man in a subway and suffering a werewolf bite. On the flip side, Raina is thoughtful and introspective. She struggles daily with her identity, since she is the child of an affair her mother had with a mysterious Korean businessman. What makes Raina special is her ability to take after her father and shapeshift into a dragon, although this could also doom her.
If you could hang out for a day with any author, who would it be and what would you do?
That is really difficult to choose! It would have to be a toss-up between J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. I can imagine traveling around Europe by train with J.K. Rowling and listening to her point out different sites and make her uncanny observations about them, or similarly, take a road trip with Neil Gaiman across the U.S. and retrace the route of American Gods.
What new projects are you working on or are excited about right now?
I’m currently working on the fourth installment of the Changeling Sisters Series, Year of the Rat. The series is expected to have six books in all. I am also working on the second installment of the Afterlife Chronicles, The Staff of Aaron, which I hope to have published in 2017.
Thank you so much Heather for being here today and for sharing your books with us.
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