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No one ever looks at these things, but I thought I'd give it a go.

This is a collection of comments from my post page. There is no order to them, but the core of the question is highlighted.

 

 

Dear Mrs Harrison,
I am from Austria and I really love your Princess books, so please, please, please, could you write a third one… ????? =)--Michaela

5/17/10 -- Sorry, Michaela. No more princess books. I didn’t know they had gotten as far as Austria! Very cool! I’m glad you liked them. Thank you!



Im hesitant to ask this because I might sound dumb, and my dad says Im imagining it anyways, but in the last few books it seems to me like Al was developing a little ‘crush’ on Rachel. Am I imagining it? Or will this become important in the future?--Hikaru

5/6/10 -- Hi, Hakaru. You are not imagining it at all! I don’t think anything is going to come of it, because Al is Al, but watching him fumble around with the softer emotions is fun.


Hello Kim,
Thank you for the books. They are so entertaining & enjoyable. I’ve completely fallen in love with your characters. I’m from Cincinnati, & I’m so curious as to why you picked our tri-state area for the setting? It amazes me how well you’ve captured our location.

Thank you, Corryn. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the books. You asked why Cincinnati? It all comes down to location, location, location. I’m not a big city girl, and I knew I couldn’t talk about a city that was too large, so population was a factor. I couldn’t have a city on the coast because the salt would interfere with the magic. I wanted a city big enough for mass transit, but spread out enough that most people had cars. I wanted a river running through it, and I wanted one at the latitude that I could talk about all four seasons to help ground the story. If you add all that up, you get Cincinnati. I was really lucky in my choice, seeing as you have such a rich history of once being the 4th largest city in the US, the end of the underground railroad, the unused tunnels under the city, your world-class zoo, and cultural diversity. Not to mention the pigs. -grin-



Hey Kim. My name is Robert Soto and I'm a big fan of your work. I was wondering if you could tell me how you came to be an author. I'm an aspiring writer myself, and would love to publish my fantasy novel, so I was wondering if you could give me some tips?

6/10/09 --  Hi, Robert.  Thank you!  I'm really glad that you're enjoying my work.  I wish there was a ten step process of how to become a published author, but there isn't.  That you have a finished novel says a lot, and puts you in front of 90% of people who want  to publish, but the 10% left over is huge, so don't think it's going to be easy from here.  My advice is to keep writing, maybe something new because it might not be this book that breaks you into print.  Start attending writer critique groups in your local area and begin sharing your work (if you aren't already)  And go to writer conferences where agents and editors go to find new talent.  You can still catch an agent's eye by mailing a cover letter and synopsis, but your chances are so much better if you have met them face to face first at a conference.  Good luck!  If writing is something you love, don't give up on it.  It usually takes a person on average ten years to find publication.  I kid you not.  Ten years.  And it's totally worth it.  --Kim

2/2/2012 -- update. I have a great blog post with some tips and encouragement on becoming a writer.

http://kimharrison.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/an-open-letter-to-i-am-special-writers/


Every year, people ask about signing etiquette. I've got a great post at the blog, here

http://kimharrison.wordpress.com/signing-etiquette/


Well you have completely shocked and amazed me I can't believe your the same author that wrote both the Truth and Princess series. Mainly because most authors I read no matter how many series they write always seems to have the same formula, voice, and clichés/archetypes in their books and you didn't. [ ... ]. Also, since your in the industry and therefore would know, could you tell me if authors writing under different names are common and if so why do they do it ?

5/27/09 --  [ ... ]You asked why authors write under pen names?  It is EXTREMELY common, but most don't come out of the closet so the reading public never knows.  The reasons are varied, but the most common is because the author wants to write more books than their publishing house can market, and to avoid the legal entanglements of the original contract, it's easiest to write under a second name when you move to a new publishing house.  That's the original reason I took mine.  A second reason is that big book retailers have a habit of purchasing only the same number of books that an author sold on their last release.  If it was a bad release, then the store will only by that many books of the next release, but if it's an unknown author, the stores will buy more in the hope that it will be a blockbuster.  So you write under a different name, and get a better shot at selling through your books.  (This also figured into my decision)  A third reason an author might take a pen name is because they are writing for a different audience.  Going from high fantasy to urban fantasy isn't a big jump, but if the writing style changed dramatically, as you pointed out that mine had, a pen name might prevent disgruntled readers from leaving the very author that they enjoyed.  A final reason some authors take pen names is that they have high-powered jobs, and if it were known that they wrote fiction, it might damage their credibility.  To get around it, they take a pen name.   Hope that helps.  --Kim


Hi, Just wondering how many books you plan on having in this series? chk

5/12/09 --  Hi, Chk.  I just got my contract extended, and we're looking at 12 to 13, my prerogative.  ;-)  Whoo-hoo!  --Kim


uh hi Mrs. Harrison, I have read almost all of your books (they seem to be real hard to find in casper, Wyoming) and I have seen a lot of things in your books that mirror actual pagan "going ons" (wasn't real sure what word to use) and it spurred my thoughts. So I was simply wondering if you were a pagan (in any form of the word) or not (no matter what I will still read your books they are wonderful).

5/08/09 --  Thank you!  I'm really pleased that you're enjoying my work.  I have heard from the pagan community before with a similar sentiment.  I am not pagan, and I make everything up out of my head, pulling on my reading as a child and adding a bit of logic from my formal schooling in the sciences.  I don't have any "magic" books except the one I bought ages ago to see if I was remotely close.  (It was more of a theory then practical application book.)  I was never happy with how Hollywood portrayed witches, so I hope I've done a service rather than a hurt.  --Kim


Hello My husband and I love your books! We were wondering if there was any special reason for the titles of your books matching Clint Eastwood movies. Movie or book that make great titles! Thanks C & C

5/07/09 --  Hi, C &C.  Thank you!  I'm really glad to hear that you're both enjoying the books.  Why the Clint titles?  There is a reason.  I've always liked the characters that Clint Eastwood has played, especially the westerns where the guy comes in off the plain, able to solve the town's problems with a bully, but not all that eager to, but after some persuasion, he does.  Not only does he take care of business, but he does it in a just, not necessarily legal way.  I sort of see Rachel like that, if Clint had a pixy instead of a gun, and a convertible instead of a horse.  Okay, maybe they aren't that much alike, but the feeling is there.  But a more bland aspect is that it was a marketing decision to help make the books more recognizable.  If someone comes into the book store, looking for the new book about the witch and the vampire that has a blue cover, they might walk out with Charlaine' s latest.  Not a bad choice, mind you, but if they add that it has a Clint Eastwood like title, they will walk out with mine!  Besides, how else am I going to get the man to direct the relax-they-aren't-going-to-make-it Hollows move.  ;-) --Kim


Kim, It's Angel again. But I was wondering about Rachel's & witches lifespans. If witches are from demons how come [a witches] lifespan is only about 160 years but demons have lived well over 5000 years (seeing as there have been no demon births in that long.) Is it because they are not in the ever-after more?

5/07/09 --  Hi, Angel.  Demons have that same 160 year lifespan, too, or near enough to not matter, but the magic is what keeps them alive for so long.  Rachel has done at least one demon curse that reset her biological clock.  It's not a stretch to imagine that demons do the same thing occasionally.  --Kim


Ummm....hi. :D Ok...dumb question ahead. I already checked FAQs (I had to use the ctrl + f function for fear of seeing spoilers because I still haven't read the last two books, so I could have missed this), but what is magnetic chalk? No one knows what I'm talking about and the internet hasn't shown me anything other than links to "magnetic chalk boards". Does it really exist?

5/05/09 --  That is not a dumb question at all, and I'm going to move it to the FAQs.  Magnetic chalk . . .  I've no earthly idea.  I made it up, but in my mind, it is chalk that has an element of steel, iron, or other metallic metal that helps link the circle to the ley lines.  --Kim


Hi kim, I was wondering how you deal with writes block if/when you get it. I have had writes block for almost a week and I am looking for help

5/05/09 --  Oh, ouch!  That's a tough one.  When I get stuck, it's usually because I'm either trying to make a character do something that I know he or she wouldn't do, or I've not given enough thought as to what comes next.  My advice would be to take a day or two and sit down with several pieces of blank paper and just write out freehand what you'd like to see happen, all the way to the end.  Once you have an end in sight, it's easier to avoid writer's block.  Good luck!  --Kim


I'm a little confused. I'm reading White Witch, Black Curse right now and the situation regarding Kisten has got me stumped. Is this the first mention of him being dead for the second time or have I missed a book somewhere. I really don't want to go any further into the book if I have miss one - I don't really like to read out of sequence. Thanks Helen San Jon, NM

5/05/09 --  Hi, Helen.  Ahh, I've got a list of the order to read the books and novellas/shorts on THE BOOKS page.  That might help.   It sounds like you missed one.  --Kim


Hi Kim. Any chance Marguerite Gavin might narrate The Outlaw Demon Wails? I have listened to the first 5 books and the change of Narrator on book 6, it's just not the same. Love the books :) SAJ

5/03/09 --  Hi, SAJ.  You know, I think that is an excellent idea.  My fingers are totally crossed.  It's not up to me, though. We do have a commitment that she will read the rest of the series, though.  Yay!   I'm glad you enjoyed the books.  Thanks!   --Kim


I keep forgetting to ask you this one - About how long does it take you to get one of your novels released? From the time you sit down to write the first notes/outlines/whatever (I don't really know what you do first?), to the time the publisher releases it?

5/03/09 --  It takes me about four months to write one, another month to rewrite it, and about another month to rewrite it for my editor, and a handful of weeks to copy edit it along with a professional copyeditor.  There's a lot of downtime where I'm working on the next book between rewrites, so in all, it takes me a little less than two years from first notes to last edit.  (It sits about a year between rough draft and when I start working on it again.)  It takes about a year for a book to become published once I deliver it to my publisher.  It's possible to do one faster, but it costs a lot more.  --Kim


Kim, I noticed that you will a short story book ,"Unbound", released in August. What's your short story about? I couldn't find any info and I thought you could give us a brief description. Thank you. Liz

5/03/09 --  Hi, Liz.  That would be LEY LINE DRIFTER, and it is a Bis/Jenks short.  More than that, I don't want to say!   --Kim


Hello, Kim. I am a recent reader. Thanks for writing some great books. I have been lurking on your website for spoilers for the upcoming stories. But I am curious about the burning bunnies, and the story behind them. Angel - St. Louis, MO

5/01/09 --  Hi, Angel.  I'm so pleased you're enjoying the books.  Thank you!  Ahhh, the burning bunnies!  I've got a page that explains it all.  Here.  --Kim


Quick comment - I've read all your Hollows books (love them) and found them original and entertaining. Question: Have you considered maybe writing a prequel to cover the first year that Rachel and Ivy worked together at the I.S.? Liz

I’ve been asked before if I’m going to write a prequel about Rachel and Ivy’s first year, and the answer is, sort of. :-) The graphic novel (Blood Work, published Summer 2011) takes place in that time. –Kim


Kim: I LOVE your series! [...]  I do have a question for you: In ODW at the end when Rachel, Trent, Newt, Al, Dali and Minius were all in Dali's courtroom; Rachel had her mark from Newt removed. Then a few pages later she noticed that she had a shadow on her arm where Trent's demon mark was (p448). However, in WWBC Rachel had the demon mark on her foot again...did I miss something? Why is the mark from Newt on her foot again/still? Angela - MN

5/01/09 --  Hi, Angela. Thank you!  I'm really pleased that you're enjoying the Hollows so much.  ;-)  Especially as you say you read so much.    I'm sorry about Kisten, but it really had to happen.  What happened at Dali's court was that Al bought ownership of Newt's mark so that Rachel would owe Al the favor, not Newt.  Thus the mark never left her.  Al was supposed to nullify it after Rachel gave Al his name back, but he's being kind of slow about living up to the last part of the deal.  I hope that helps.  --Kim


I read the newest one and I wasn't happy with it as a reader. I thought the story with the banshee was good but I wasn't happy with the tie up of the Kisten murder. I felt like it'd been kind of thrown together and it was like a nagging thought that was "Hi remember me?"

4/30/09 --  I don't like spicy food.  It gives me gas.   --Kim


Hi i really like your books a lot but i didn't like how Kisten died in book 5 but other than that the books are reeeeeeeeeealy good write back

4/30/09 --  Thank you!  I'm really glad you're enjoying the Hollows.  That you feel cheated at how Kisten's death was resolved is exactly the way I wanted you to feel, so I did my job there.  Kisten died with dignity and a wonderful legacy of having saved the women he loved.  He died with honor, if I may borrow a phrase.  But I wanted Rachel and Ivy to be dissatisfied.  They wanted revenge.  They wanted to rip someone's heart out to show who ever it was that they were wrong in killing Kisten.  Hollywood revenge is not real.  It's satisfying, but not real.   I TOOK THAT AWAY FROM THEM ON PURPOSE.  I gave them instead a bitter, halfway resolution that most of us face once in our life.  And if you felt unsatisfied and bitter . . .  My gosh, you felt just like the characters did.  I did my job, even if it left you unsatisfied.  Hard?  Yeah.  True to life?  Yup.  But the series isn't over yet, and because I like happy stuff, there will be a Hollywood happy ending.  Like the end of a picnic, all the weenies will be roasted.   --Kim


Are we going to find out the secret behind the blue butterflies in Book 8 or book 9? i can't wait that loongggg!!!!!!!!!! :(((((( --Julia MI

4/30/09 --  Hi, Julia.  I sure hope so.  Al first showed then in the short story with him and Ceri at the end of the mass market of ODW, and then they showed up in WWBC, and I honestly don't know for sure what they mean to Al, but they mean something.  Sometimes, I don't entirely understand what things are when I put them in the book, but since we've seen them twice, they are clearly important to my subconscious, and they will be back.  --Kim


Any ideas when the next hollows book will come out?

The next full-length installment will come out be the last Tuesday in February. The audio and e-book version should come out at the same time. International copies are a crap shoot. Sometimes they come out in as few as a couple of weeks after the US release, sometimes years. –Kim


Hi Kim from sunny Scotland ;o) Have tried looking for this but can't find it, so thought I'd ask here. Why was the UK release of The Outlaw. . renamed to Where Demons Dare? Apologies if this has been dealt with before. Donald in Glasgow

4/29/09 --  Hi, Donald.  The UK publisher thought that the movie, Where Eagles Dare (that had a British military guy) would be more recognizable to the British public than the movie The Outlaw Josie Wales.  They were also concerned about the Wales/Wails issue.  (shrug)  That's all it was.  --Kim


ohh a great idea for a side project make the vampire dating guide i would love to see what is in that book and that page that that guy told Rachel to look at^^ -Raven

4/28/09 --  Hi, Raven.  Oh, dude.  No way am I going to make up the vampire dating guide.  It is really, really nasty.  But I might pull out and develop an excerpt from it.  --Kim


Thanks so much for your wonderful stories! Just a quick question, Jenks is one of my favorite characters and he seemed to be in rare form in WWBC, I'm dying to know what the rest of the 12 days of [pixy] Christmas were. Will we ever find out? All the Best. - Joe from Clermont, FL

4/28/09 --  Hi, Joe.  Thank you!  Bringing the Hollows to you has been my pleasure.  (grin)  Funny you should ask about the 12 days of Pixy Christmas.  I finished it up and it is included in the Hollows world guide, THE HOLLOWS INSIDER. --Kim


Hi Kim! I know I probably shouldn't ask this, but many authors don't answer back, so maybe you could enlighten me? Why are so many authors jumping to hardback books halfway through a series? I find I'm having a hard time jumping to 7.99 to 25.99, and it's cutting out on the books I can afford to read, which is unfortunate because I'm a book junkie and there are so many great series out there. I know your series did this a couple of years ago, and was wondering what brings that change? Thanks so much! *^^*Rebecca from Grand Lake, OK

4/28/09 --  Hi, Rebecca.  This is a marketing decision that the publisher makes, not the author.  The way I understand it, paperbacks are cheaper to make than to ship, so if a case of paperbacks don't sell, the store is instructed to rip the cover off and send it back as proof of destruction.  The store then gets credit for the books destroyed, and can use that credit to purchase more.  Hardcovers not sold are sent back to the publisher and are resold as "remainders" which is often what shows up at discount chains or bargain prices on Amazon. (It's a used book, shelved, but not read.) As a rule, the publisher makes more money per unit on hardcover, so as soon as an author can make the jump, they do it.  The author gets a big boost of confidence and status among his or her peers, but the reason the publishers do it is . . . money.  And I don't have a problem with that, because if publishers don't make money, then they can't take chances on new talent, like me five years ago, and all we'd have on the shelf is Nora Roberts and John Grisham.  --Kim


Hey, Kim, I've got a quick two for you. Pixies and elves keep such an unusual sleep schedule, how did you come up with the idea for that? And, what kind of schedule do you keep?

4/28/09 --  I wanted to have someone awake 24/7 (in regards to witches and pixies) for defensive reasons.  That's why the split schedule.   I'm up with the sun, and down with it as well.  I guess I've got a human schedule.  (grin)  --Kim


Ello Miss Kim. Quick question. When Rachel made Jenks big did that extend his life???

Yes. --Kim

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