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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Heather McCorckle ~ Channeler's Choice

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming the lovely Heather McCorckle to the blog.  She's the author of The Secret of Spruce Knoll, and the just-released sequel, Channeler's Choice

With her parents’ murderer’s dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers - she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle.

But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all - she has a choice.

As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?

Click here to add it to your Goodreads to-read list.
The first thing I want to know is: was the second book easier to write than the first or did you have performance anxiety? Yes and no. I wanted to make sure it delivered and kept readers wanting to read the series. Performance anxiety, oh yeah. Loads!

What was the hardest part of writing this novel? The hardest part of writing this novel was all the intricacies that tie it to the first and third one. I keep a notebook filled with info that helped a lot though!

Is there more to this series? What are you plans? Yes, there are three books. The third is scheduled to release in the fall of this year. And there is a surprise, a historical that's tied to the series that will be releasing in May.

Where did the idea for Channelers come from?  Was the idea tied to your obvious concern for nature and the environment? I've always been fascinated by the idea of energy being a physical force. It seemed so plausible to me. My idea is tied to my concern for nature, for sure. The inspiration for the first novel in the series hit me when I was watching a show on the declining habitat for polar bears. 

Random Question ~ If you could save any endangered species from extinction, which one would you pick? Tigers, because they are one of the species that is closest to extinction in the wild right now. They're numbers are plummeting and in only a few short years, they'll be gone. 

What do you want readers to know about you or your novels that you never get asked? One of my deepest inspirations is our children. They have inspired me so much. More than ever, the next generations of kids and teens are aware that the world needs fixing and they're doing something about it. That is beautiful and powerful.

To score your own copy of Channeler's Choice, visit Heather's website.


Catherine Stine said...

Good luck with your novel, Heather. It's interesting to read about what you went through doing a 2nd one.

LinWash said...

Good to know about the historical piece on the way. That's a nice surprise.

Susan Oloier said...

Congrats on the release, Heather.

Hogan's Hero's Swim School said...

Love your blog! So eye-catching. I already own this awesome book. Great cover!

Heather said...

Catherine, thank you! The second was different, that's for sure.

Lin, I can hardly wait to tell you all about it!

Susan, thanks!

Cindy, aw, thank you, on both counts!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Interesting to hear some of your challenges in writing the second book in a series. Taking notes sounds like a great idea.

Golden Eagle said...

Great interview! :)

I love that you were inspired to write the book out of environmental concern.

Jessie Harrell said...

Thanks to everyone who chimed in -- and to Heather for allowing me to be part of her blog tour!

Linda Gray said...

Yay for the May surprise!

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