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BBB: Why do you think urban fantasy had become SO popular?
C.E.M: Oh, I think too much of the magic and unknown has gone out of
our daily world, and that urban fantasy fills a desire we have to see
that reappear. Also, we all watched too much Dark Shadows and Beauty
and the Beast as teens and it warped us. I’m open to other theories, though: hit me with your best shot, readers! Why *is* urban fantasy so hot right now? What brings you to it?
BBB: How does living in a beautiful country like Ireland inspire your writing?
C.E.M: Actually I promised a friend I wouldn’t get all Hiberiancentric when I moved here, so I don’t know that it’s inspired me (or not) any more than living anywhere else has. The Irish folklore and legend I use in my books is from a strong connection to my Irish heritage because my Irish-born grandfather lived with us when I was young. (Could I use “Irish” any more in one sentence than that? Sheesh.)
BBB: Do you work on multiple series at the same time, or do you finish a book in one first before moving on to another?
C.E.M: As a rule, I work on one series at a time, though once in a while, during times of great need, I’ll work on two. It’s less difficult than you’d think. Different brainspaces.
BBB: If you could have been the heroine in any movie, which one would you pick and why?
C.E.M: Maybe Geena Davis in Long Kiss Goodnight. That was fun. Well. Or, y’know. Rogue in the X-films, except with a better script. Poor Anna Paquin got robbed in those movies.
BBB: In the Inheritor’s Cycle, you do an excellent job of making Belinda sympathetic. What challenges did you face in creating such a unique character?
C.E.M: Well, the whole idea with Belinda was making an unlikeable character _intriguing_. I wanted her to be compelling, so I think I put more rigid structures in place while writing her than I usually do with characters. She had a real code, a real ethic, that I think is the only thing that makes her sympathetic in the first book. Things get more complicated in the second…
BBB: Which of your series or books have you received the most mail from readers about?
C.E.M: *laughs* There’s a particular scene in the fifth Walker Papers book, DEMON HUNTS, which has far and away generated more mail and commentary than aaaaaaaaaaanything else I’ve ever written. Aside from that, though, the Walker Papers and the Negotiator Trilogy generate about the same amount.
BBB: Is there another historical period, or alternate version of one, that you would like to set a story in?
C.E.M: The Crusades, maybe. Something centered around Eleanor of Acquitaine, who is just about the most fascinating female in history. Did you know she lived into her nineties, surviving all her husbands
and most of her children, and regaining the political power she’d lost for over two decades?
BBB: Lara is much different than most of your heroines – she isn’t weak, but she definitely isn’t a force to be reckoned with in the beginning. Did you water her down to allow her more room for growth? She’s actually kind of perfect. I loved that she wasn’t automatically a no-holds barred character.
C.E.M: A friend challenged me to write a non-forceful character. Lara’s my answer to that. I don’t think she’s watered down at all, just not in-your-face!
BBB: Do you have any favorite Irish writers, classic or contemporary?
C.E.M: This is one of those questions where I’m inclined to say “Yes!” and just leave it at that. But who doesn’t love Oscar Wilde?
BBB: I know Dafydd has a special relationship with lightning. Is that why he chose to be a Weatherman? Are elves prone to weather forecasting, or am I looking for hidden meaning where there is none?
C.E.M: Wow. You are *totally* looking for hidden meaning.
BBB: Does music inspire you when you are writing? What is your favorite type of music?
C.E.M: I can’t listen to music and write. The music supercedes the writing and I end up either just listening or typing lyrics. But I’m pretty catholic in my music tastes: rock, blues, jazz, a bit of classic, whatever’s on, really. I’m easy.
BBB: What character has been your favorite so far to write?
C.E.M: That’s not a question I’ll answer. Y’all, however, can tell me who *your* favorite character is, ’cause I love to hear who’s won peoples’ hearts.
BBB: If you could have lived during any time period, which would you choose?
C.E.M: Right now, or possibly the future, because last I checked, I was a woman and this is by far the best time to be a woman. Also, modern plumbing. If I had to choose a different era, though, I’m a real sucker for 1920′s fashions, though 40′s fashions look much better
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
C.E.M: Plotster, these days. I’ve found it’s a lot more efficient. But I don’t detail things out to scene level, just do big scale plots and fill in as I go along.
BBB: Do you have an EReader? If so which one and where to you think the future of ebooks will go?
C.E.M: I don’t, but I’d probably get a Sony because they support the .epub extension, which I believe will be the default type like MP3 is for music.
BBB: Where is your most favorite place to read?
C.E.M: Anywhere I can.
BBB: How long do we have to wait for your next book, and what is it going to be about?
C.E.M: Book six of the Walker Papers, SPIRIT DANCES, is out in April 2011. There are, if I do say so myself, some great moments with Jo and Morrison while Jo deals with the fact that one of the things she insists can’t possibly happen…happens to her. I said cryptically.
BBB: Do you have any upcoming appearances? If so where can our readers find you?
C.E.M: I’ll be at Octocon, the Irish National Convention, in Dublin on October 16th & 17th this year, and at P-Con in March of 2011. Beyond that, nothing specific planned yet, I’m afraid!
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