Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interviewing Kelley Heckart

1) Tell us a little about yourself?
People are often surprised when I tell them I played bass guitar in an all-female hard rock/metal band in the early 90's. Life is not so wild now. I live in Arizona with my husband and two dogs. I spend most of my time at the computer, but when I pry myself away from it I like to go hiking.

2) Do you prefer Pepsi, Coke, or Dr Pepper?
None of the above. I drink Ginger Ale.

3) What’s your favorite book/Author other than yourself?
My favorite book right now is Confessions of a Pagan Nun and my favorite author is Morgan Llewelyn

4) What’s your favorite movie?
I love so many different movies, but my all time favorite is Braveheart. Even though it strays from the true history of William Wallace, it has all the elements of a great story.

5) What inspires you?
Music is a huge inspiration for me. I listen to everything from hard rock/metal to Celtic music.

6) What are your aspiration?
Right now my goal is to finish a series and finish a trilogy I started. That should take me into next year and beyond. I want to write as many books as I can.

7) What made you want to be a writer?
My first choice was music, but health problems steered me away from that and writing was great therapy for me. I have always been a writer with my songs and lyrics so writing short stories seemed like a natural next step for me. From there, I decided to tackle novels. Now I love the freedom I have to create characters and different worlds.

8) What do you write?
I write Historical Celtic fantasy romances.
) How long did It take before you where published?
I have short stories that are still unpublished, but I was surprised that a publisher accepted my first novel right away. I think it was the second publisher I submitted it to.

10) What writer do you most look up too?
I have to say Ann Rice. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, really changed how we look at vampires. She was the first one that I can think of who made us see them as other than vile creatures.

11) What are you working on now?
I am working on a prequel to my first series, which is set in ancient Greece and Turkey (Anatolia) and tells another story of the Titans and the Olympian gods. I did a lot of research for this one. The other project I am working on is a trilogy set in sixth century Scotland.

12) What do you have coming out?
Ravenwolf and White Rose of Avalon just came out. Ravenwolf is a sequel to Of Water and Dragons and White Rose of Avalon is a new, sensual twist on the King Arthur legend.

13) What do you have available?
Of Water and Dragons, Ravenwolf and White Rose of Avalon are available now.

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