Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: The Lantern's Ember (Colleen Houck)
Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.
Meet Colleen Houck!
New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’ve always been inspired by Halloween. I love the holiday and I love the story of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. The thing is, I don’t like horror. I can’t handle it. I don’t even watch R movies. But as a kid, I loved Scooby-Doo. Ghosts, goblins, the mystery machine, I was cool with that. Blood and gore, not so much. I wanted a Halloween book about pumpkins and apples and harvest and black cats and vampires and witches. Something fun but not something that would make you crawl under a bed and turn on all the lights.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I really love Finney, my red-headed nerdy human boy and the pumpkin. The pumpkin doesn’t have a name but he takes to Finney. He becomes his protector. He has so much expression. There’s a scene when Finney is about to bite into a pumpkin tart or something and the pumpkin watches him with an alarmed expression and the kid looks up and says, “Oh, right,” and sets down the tasty treat. I love their relationship and that the pumpkin can save the day every once in a while. Who would have thought a heavy round gourd could do that?
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the book. The working title was Jack, which is the name of my hero, as in Jack O’ the Lantern. It took a loooooong time and a lot of changes before we settled on the title of The Lantern’s Ember.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I would say it’s not really a scene that would pop out to a reader. Toward the end Jack brings up the name found in the lost colony of Roanoke, Croatoan. It’s a mystery that remains unsolved today. I wanted to answer that mystery in my book and it took nearly the entire book for me to come up with an answer. It may seem very simple to the reader but I wrestled with it for months and months researching every theory under the sun until something hit that worked with the story. I’m pretty proud of what I came up with.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To trust the process. Sometimes I wonder how I’m going to get to the end or if I’m going to get there. I always do though and I just need to sit back and let it happen instead of worrying about the hows or whens.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the fireflies. Also I got my pumpkin! I really, really wanted a pumpkin on the cover and they gave me one. You have to search for him but if you look you’ll find him.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I’m looking forward to The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
I think one of my favorites so far was Legendary by Stephanie Garber.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
A sci-fi book my agent is pitching as we speak. While he’s working on that, I’m writing a sort of time travel book.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I had a book trailer made for this one. I really love how it turned out. You should check it out on my youtube channel.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I think the hardest one was when Jack and his pumpkin were separated.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
The Lord of the Otherworld was the hardest because he had the least time on the page. I didn’t enjoy spending time with him so I didn’t give him much or develop him enough.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely drafting. I enjoy the creative process. When other people get involved it’s difficult for me not to take things personally. I’m getting better at it but it’s always a challenge.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I’m very generous. Sometimes to a fault. Sometimes it gets me trouble and I have to learn to say no.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Saving the tigers and dogs and whales and wildlife in general.
The Lantern's Ember
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 11th, 2018
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