As part of the lead-up to her book’s release, Heather Terrell is participating in a YA blog tour. Terrell’s book, RELIC: THE BOOKS OF EVA is out in hardcover this month.
RELIC is a high-stakes dystopian tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.
Recently, an interview with Terrell was featured on WTF Are You Reading? and her guest blog post was featured on Confessions of a Readaholic.
Here’s a snippet from the post on Confessions of a Readaholic, which asked Terrell to name her favorite character in literature:
That is such a difficult question to answer, because I am a voracious reader of all genres of fiction. I adore historical fiction, fantasy, mystery and suspense, thrillers, literary fiction, epics, you name it. Character from books that I loved when I was very young – such as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Mists of Avalon – and certain books that I have adored as an adult – namely, Possession and The Flanders Panel – have had a huge impact on me. But if I had to select just one heroine, I’d probably have to choose a character that is popular with many, many readers – Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
From the interview on WTF Are You Reading, Terrell discusses, among other things, her favorite place to write, if she has a sequel for the book planned, and which character from RELIC was the most difficult to create …
Unlike my earlier works of historical suspense — in which I told the tales through at least three sets of very different eyes — RELIC is written almost entirely from Eva’s perspective. While I didn’t find it difficult to write RELIC from her viewpoint, occasionally, I found challenging certain issues and situations that Eva faced. For example, Eva grieves for her brother Eamon throughout RELIC, and writing about that intense emotion — as well as her attempts to hold it at bay — was sometimes tough. Also, Eva undertakes some extremely dangerous ice-climbing excursions, and given that I’m a novice at such climbs, I found demanding the task of ensuring these scenes were authentic, both technically and emotionally.
If you’re in the San Francisco area, Terrell is reading and signing books at Green Apple Books on November 6th.
In the meantime, you can preoder RELIC here, or download the prequel, CHRONICLE: BEFORE THE BOOKS OF EVA for free.
To whet your appetite, here’s a video with Terrell at BEA ’13.