Monday, 4 March 2013
Blog Tour and Author Interview: Liesel Hill
Where did the idea of the Arachnimen originate from?
The Arachnimen came when I was trying to figure out bad guys. I took some small inspiration from the Death Squads in Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, but I tried to focus on what scares people. Some of the most universal fears include spiders and clowns. Clowns wouldn't have worked very well in this story and I already have something else that involves killer clowns, so I went with spiders. From there, they developed to fit the story.
Did you base the main character, Maggie, on any of your own personal traits?
Somewhat. She’s not me, exactly, but she does have a lot of me in her. In truth, all characters have at least something of their creators in them, and perhaps main characters more than others. As I said, she’s not entirely me, but many of her thought processes are mine. She’s definitely cooler than I am—who I want to be in that situation, perhaps.
How did you decide what the seven different prophetical jobs and abilities would be?
Mostly that had to do with what functions I needed for the story. That said, they were a bit arbitrary. I decided what I thought I’d need, based on what I already knew about the story, then built the story around the rest.
Although it is said that the Gregorian calendar was lost and a new date system was created, how far into the future do Marcus and Doc live?
It’s hard to say for sure, and as the author I don’t have a specific date in mind. Let’s just say it’s about a hundred years—perhaps slightly more than that.
Who was your favourite character, and why?
I don’t think I have a favorite character—I love them all equally. David was probably the most interesting to write, and Karl might have been the most fun because he’s so funny. But then Marcus is the love interest, so of course I loved him, and per your above question, Maggie is a lot like me. It’s impossible to pick one above the others. :D
When will the sequel be released? I'm super excited for it!
Not sure yet. I’m still working out publication details. I’m going to try and have it out by the end of this year, though, so it shouldn't be too terribly long. I’m already planning book 3.
Awesome, I can't wait! Thank you for coming on the blog, it's been lovely to interview you!
Thanks so much for having me here. I really appreciate it. ;D
I honestly cannot wait until the next installment to the Interchron series! The whole concept is so unique, the characters are fantastic, and the author - well, she's just plain awesome! If you want to find out more about her and her novels, check out the links below.
Facebook: facebook.com/interchronseries or facebook.com/lieselkhill
Goodreads Author Page: goodreads.com/lieselkhill
Goodreads Book Page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15982000-persistence-of-vision