The very best thing about blog tours, as a host, I think, is being able to pick the brains of authors that I really admire. Y’all, I totally LOVE Lish McBride’s books, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing The Stone, so I kind of jumped at the bit to interview her. Plus, BONUS, Macmillan is hooking one of you lucky readers from the US or Canada up with a paperback of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and a hardcover of Necromancing The Stone.
Holla for fun interview questions!
1. Sam is a huge fan of music, as we can see in his reaction to Douglas’s library. Music seems to play a large role in both Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing The Stone, as the chapter titles are all references to music, and good music I might add. I kind of want to raid your iPod. Can you tell us a little bit about the role music has played in your life?
Lish: Absolutely. Music was a big part of my childhood–my family all participated in adding to my eclectic music tastes. When I was a teen there wasn’t much to do on weekends–my town was pretty small, but you could usually find a local band playing in someone’s basement or at a community center. That was the center of most of our social activity. Once I moved to Seattle, my connection to music only increased. Seattle is a city in love with music. Since Sam grows up there, it only made sense to have music be important to him.
2. Ramon, Frank and Brooke are such solid friends for Sam. Are they influenced by real life people? What, in your opinion, makes a solid friend?
Lish: Not really. I don’t like to model characters after people–I have to do such terrible things to my characters! But I think the friendship model is based a lot on how my friends function. We act a lot like a family. They are there for me, and I certainly hope that they know that I’m there for them. My friends are funny, smart, loyal and honest, and I think those things are important. I’m lucky to have them!
3. Sam is really starting to come into his own. He seems less timid in Necromancing The Stone, as he explores his powers more in depth. As a writer and a reader, how important is character development to you? Do you have a timeline or endpoint/endgame in mind for Sam and his friends?
Lish: Character development is huge. To me, it’s the character that drives the story. You can have the best plot in the world, but if the characters are terrible, who will want to read it? I do have some ideas in mind about where I want them all to end up, but sometimes these things change during the process.
4. The cover of Necromancing The Stone is very stylistically different from the cover of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Which cover do you like better and why?
Lish: I prefer the new covers. I mean, I’m lucky that all my covers are created by the fabulous Rich Deas. He does some amazing work all around. I think these ones are closer to some of his original design ideas (like for the original cover for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer) and I think they are stunning. I couldn’t be happier.
5. Sam, Ramon, and Frank are a bit nerdy, but in an awesome way. What is the nerdiest thing you have ever done?
Lish: I am such a nerd, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with that list. I can say that a lot of the things that they do–movie theme nights, potato hockey, etc., are all things that I have done with my friends.
You can read my review of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer here. And check out the blog today for my review of Necromancing The Stone.
You can read a chapter from Necromancing The Stone here.
Finally, you can check out Lish’s short story Necromancer here.
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