How do you celebrate the completion of a book?
I used to try to go out for coffee with one of my friends from my writer’s critique group to celebrate the completion of a book. This was back when you mailed your manuscript, not emailed it, and it was an event. Lately, I’ve found I’ve been taking the afternoon off to clean my office and put away all the notes I’d been using for the last few months. It gets me mentally ready for my next project. Once my office is tidy and my brain done setting the book aside, I take the rest of the day off and do something I want to do.
How many books are in your TBR pile?
There is a big fat zero in my TBR pile right now. Clutter is a big distraction for me, and if I’m not going to read it in the next week, I don’t pick it up. When I do pick it up, it usually gets consumed over a weekend.
Describe your book in 5 words
Bourne Identity meets Minority Report.
Where is your favorite spot to write?
My favorite spot to write is in my office. I’ve spent a long time finding out what works for me and what doesn’t. My first office was nothing more than a desk pushed up against a wall in my kitchen. I graduated from there to a small ten by ten room with windows, and now I currently have a fourteen by fourteen octagon in my back yard. With windows on all sides, the surrounding garden is as much a part of my office as the desk. A tiny koi pond keeps the silence very zen like when the windows are open, and a fountain bubbles in the winter. I’d live out there if I could, and my husband says I kind of do.
How did you know you should become an author?
I came to that realization late, mostly due to a very bad elementary teacher who convinced me I didn’t have the technical skills, and to be honest, those finicky rules of grammar and spelling still trip me up and make me feel like a goober and my copy editor cry. But I had story, the drive to put it on paper, and a very supportive partner. The technical stuff can be learned. Balance and flow, the nebulous power of word choice . . . that’s harder and can’t be qualified.
Do your characters really talk to you?
No, never. But I can tell pretty fast when I’m going down the wrong path as the words stop. It’s not so much writer’s block as me pushing the limits of believability or motivation somewhere, and I have to either add something to make it work again, or back up and go a new direction. But talking? No.
What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t look at the reviews.
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1
Publisher: Gallery Books (September 1, 2015)
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository
In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.
Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.
When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?
Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of The Drafter to give away.
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I'm Kim Harrison, best known for penning the Hollows series though I've tried my hand at YA, traditional fantasy, graphic novels, and a one-of-a-kind world book. I grew up reading science fiction and fairytales, which means my fairy garden has Daleks in it. Recently, I've moved back to my home state of Michigan after a ten year stint down in South Carolina, and it feels good to be home–even with the snow and cold. I've been traditionally published for almost twenty years, and a good day is still one where there is nothing to distract me from my keyboard.