Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Author Interview Teri Harman!

Today i'm super excited to share with all you wonderful readers a interview with the author of an exciting new YA Novel Teri Harman. Her new novel Blood Moon comes out today. Be sure to check out my (review) of Blood Moon. I hope you enjoy reading through her answers to my questions as much as I have. 

Mandy ~Where did you come up with the idea for Blood Moon?
Teri ~Blood Moon was actually inspired by an annual Halloween witches party I do for the women in our families. The second year of the party I found a killer location – a 100 year old school house. I wanted the party to be as epic as the location, so I read a lot about witches, Wicca and natural magic to gather ideas for games, activities, d├ęcor, food, etc. I was fascinated by it all and after the party my husband suggested I take the research and my witch obsession and write a book.

Mandy ~Have you always been drawn to things that go bump in the night?
Teri ~Yes, for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I devoured books like “The Black Cauldron,” and “Ghost Stories to Tell in the Dark,” the “Goosebumps” series and R.L. Stine books. Certainly not quality literature, but I couldn't get enough of the twisted and bizarre. And that hunger for the haunting has never stopped. I read and loved the “Hannibal” books. My favorite TV shows have included “Buffy,” “The X-Files,” “Supernatural,” and “The Walking Dead.” If it’s dark and magical, I’m in.

Mandy ~Do you see yourself in Willa?

Teri ~I think so, as most authors see themselves in their characters in one way or another. Willa’s ability to see the past, present and future in her dreams is actually based on my own vivid dreaming experiences. And several of her dreams in BLOOD MOON are based on my own. She is a historian and I adore the mystery of history. And she lives in a quaint small town, which is a fantasy of mine.

Mandy ~Are you currently working on Black Moon?
Teri ~Yes, and I’m almost finished. BLACK MOON has taken some interesting and exciting turns and I hope readers love it as much as I do. If they don’t hate me for the ending (insert maniacal laugh).

Mandy ~Do you see Blood Moon as a movie one day?
Teri ~Of course! How cool would that be? I think every author imagines her story brought to life on the big screen. I’d also be thrilled to death if it became a TV series. I prefer TV series to movies because there’s so much more freedom to develop and engage with the characters and the story. So fingers crossed.

Mandy ~Do you have a favorite monster?
Teri ~Hmmm….that’s a tough one. I can think of all kinds of scary monsters and demons from “Buffy” and “Supernatural.” I think the one that lingers in my mind the most is from the first season of “Supernatural.” It’s a scarecrow monster that holds a small town hostage and demands a sacrifice every year. So creepy!

Mandy ~Do you like scary movies?
Teri ~Certainly! Although, I’m pretty picky about what I think qualifies as a good scary movie. I prefer older ones with more of a psychological scary than blood and guts, such as “Wait Until Dark” with Audrey Hepburn. Another one I love, that not a lot of people know about, is a cult classic from the 60’s called “Carnival of Souls.” It’s a low-budget flick, but it was filmed at the ruins of Saltair, on the Great Salt Lake here in Utah, and I’m fascinated by that place. It’s not super scary, but it has a few golden moments.

Mandy ~What’s one thing you can’t go a day without?
Teri ~Reading. I’m addicted to books and I can’t go a day without reading.

Mandy ~What are 5 items you never leave home without?
Teri ~A book, NYX lip gloss, Kleenexes, Sunglasses, and Listerine mint strips.

Mandy ~Where can we STALK you?
Teri ~Feel free to stalk on any or all of the following on-line hangouts.
Twitter: @TeriHarman

Mandy ~Anything you want to say to your readers?
Teri ~Stories are meant to be shared and books don’t truly come alive until they are placed in the hands of readers. I hope that BLOOD MOON and the magic of the Moonlight witches come alive for each of you!

Thanks so much, Mandy! It’s a pleasure to be featured on your blog!

Mandy ~ Thank you so much Teri for being here today. I've enjoyed reading Blood Moon and loved your answers. I look forward to Black Moon can't wait!!!!

About Teri Harman

Teri Harman has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance. Currently, her bookshelf is overflowing, her laundry unfolded, and her three small children running mad while she pens bewitching novels. Utah is her home, but she often imagines living in the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

She also writes a bi-weekly book column for, Utah's number one news site and contributes regular book segments to Studio 5, Utah's number one lifestyle show.

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