Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Writer Wednesday:
Featuring Heather McCorkle

I'm jumping out of my seat! The day is finally here! I've been waiting to introduce you to this phenomenal YA author, Heather McCorkle, for awhile now, and I'm so excited that today is the day. Heather's debut novel THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL released a few short weeks ago, and if you don't run out to grab your copy, you may miss it. But wait, read her story, find out why she's so amazing and then run - don't walk - to buy her book. Trust me, it's so worth it. Without further adieu, I give you an interview with Heather...
1) Tell us about your debut book, The Secret of Spruce Knoll.

"Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.
Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they—and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Now, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad."

2) On your blog, you have the “Friday Creature Feature” in which you highlight different mythical beings. It’s clear you have a great love of mythology and fantasy. So, what inspired you to focus on “channelers” for this book and what exactly is a “channeler”?

"I do love mythology, so true! A channeler is part myth, part creation on my part. They are people who have the ability to channel their own energy, and in some cases, the energy of other living things, and use it as a physical force to either fight or heal, depending on what type of channeler they are. The idea of channeling energy has always fascinated me so I knew I had to write this book."

3) Can you tell us a bit about your heroine in The Secret of Spruce Knoll, Eren Donovan? What is her background? Why will readers identify with her?

"Sure! Eren is half-Mayan and half-Irish and was raised in L.A. with her parents, far away from any of her other family or her kind. I believe readers will identify with Eren because she is very down to earth, likes to help others, but is struggling with her own identity and adjusting to a new life after being torn from one that she thought was perfect. Her idea of the perfect life, and of who she should be, is something she'll be forced to reassess."

4) YA Urban Fantasy is one of the hottest genres on the market today. What made you want to write in this area?

"I don't think it was so much a conscious decision to write that genre so much as I was just struck with this outstanding character and story idea that I was compelled to write. But then, I've always loved fantasy of any kind and it makes sense that I was drawn to it."

5) The journey of your road to publication is an inspiration for others. Who, along the way, have been your inspirations? Which authors do you admire most?

"It's a tough road to travel, that's for sure. I was first inspired by Aprilynne Pike and Sarah Rees Brennan, whom I met and befriended at a writer's retreat. Once I delved into the YA realm I met so many more who have been huge inspirations to me, Saundra Mitchell, Kitty Keswick, Judith Graves, Leah Cypess, Kristie Cook, Krissi Dallas, Ebony McKenna, Denise Grover Swank, Eisley Jacobs, Jessica Subject, yourself, honestly the list goes on and on. You wonderful people are my inspiration every day. :)"

6) You are an absolute champion for writers. You’ve helped so many along the way, including me. You co-founded #WritersRoad chat on Twitter, Mondays at 6pm PT, is among the top chats for writers. If you could give only one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
"That's so sweet, thank you so much. Only one piece, oh that's hard! It would have to be, understand that you have options, never give up, never stop improving, and reach out to others~but always offer more than you ask for. Yeah, I know, that was far from one piece. ;)"

Thank you so much to Heather for giving this interview! For more about Heather including where to buy her debut novel check out Heather's Odyssey at... 

To find her on Twitter click the bird below...


  1. Hi Tina!

    Heather your book sounds like something I'm going to LOVE to read. Just added it to my Goodreads list. Much luck to you :)

  2. Kerri, thank you so much! My fingers are crossed that you enjoy it. :)

  3. Very good interview, Tina. I'm still getting to know more and more about Heather, her writing,etc. Pretty soon I might be able to consolodate it all and write a biography on her LOL!

  4. Lorelei, now that would be fun to read! I have no doubt you'd do an awesome job! :)

  5. Wonderful interview, Tina. This sounds like a great book -- adding it to my TBR pile. :D

  6. Thanks for the awesome interview Tina! :) Heather is such a great person and I love how she supports her fellow writers. :)

  7. Thanks for your comments everyone. And a big THANK YOU to Heather for agreeing to come on the blog. :D

  8. Well, it was more than one bit of advice---but it was very succinct...and appreciated. :) I'll be sure to check out Heather's creature features. Thanks for the interview.

  9. Yay Heather! Though I bet interviewing her was less intimidating than Luke!! He he he

  10. Definitely, Lisa. Luke is a bit of a handful, but you did a great job! ;)

  11. Hi Tina! You've been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my blog for details!