Writer Wednesday: Chewbaca Rides Again

It’s Wednesday again and you know what that means … another episode of the IWU (Indie Writers United) Never Ending Blog Tour!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry.  Very few people ever know what I’m talking about.  Basically, I’m just interviewing cool indie writer people.

Today’s contestant is the ridiculously cool Heather Marie Adkins.  HMA, come on DOWN!

Let’s start this inquisition off right with the MOST important question of all.  The one I ask each and every one of my lab rats.  Er, guests.

Heather this morning.

SM:  If you were a Star Trek® (or Star Wars®) character, which one would it be and why?

HMA:  Okay, I really hope you don’t forever hate me, but I’ve never watched Star Trek.

Now before I get oodles of hate mail piling up in my inbox, let me point out those were both during my childhood and I wasn’t exposed to a lot of television or movies in my younger years.  I read a lot.  I was a nerd, with glasses and everything.

Now that I’m older, I might like them.  But I

Ooops! Wrong pic. This is the REAL Heather.

don’t have time to go see the new movies that come out, how in the world would I make time to see the old stuff?

I do know some characters, so I’ll go with Chewbacca.  ‘Cuz he’s fluffy.

SM:  Seriously, that’s the first time EVER I’ve heard Chewbaca referred to as fluffy.  Just for that I forgive your lack of ST/SW.

You’ve got three books out right now: The House, The Temple, and Underneath.  Can you tell us more about the books and the inspiration behind them?

HMA:  Ooo, I like this question.

“The House” is a free ten thousand word short story based on stories my grandmother has told me about her childhood home.  She grew up in Nowherehickville, Kentucky in an old plantation house that was crazy haunted.  I compiled everything she told me about it and then tweaked the story a bit to make it fiction and to give it a plot.  The nonsense that happened there wasn’t nearly as beautifully wrapped in a cohesive story as in “The House”.

Susan is appalled when she moves back home after college to find her parents are packing the family off to Florida–to her Gran’s empty ancestral home.

The place is a mess, but it goes beyond the aesthetic–something is even more wrong with the house than they ever thought possible, and it’s deeply intertwined in their family’s past. 

Some of her ancestors aren’t quite gone, and they’re determined to play out their anger to the bitter end, despite the home’s new inhabitants. 

She can only hope her family will make it out alive.

(Shéa sez:  Sounds seriously creepy!  And right up my alley. )

“Underneath”–I have no idea where I got the inspiration for this free nine thousand word short story, though the seed must have come from a series of dreams I had in an underground cavern.  I’ve always been fascinated by ancient civilizations, particularly the barbaric ones like the Aztecs and Mayans who practiced such awful forms of ritual sacrifice and torture (if that makes me twisted, so be it).  I love the idea of Atlantis, hidden beneath the sea, so I just figured, what if there was an underground city no one had ever seen, and suddenly, it’s found and open to the world?  I started writing, and ended up with “Underneath”.

An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world.

A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city’s artifacts.

Underneath, they wait for her.

(Shéa sez: You had me at “Aztecs”.  I heart Aztec and Mayan history and mythology.  And you KNOW how I feel about Atlantis!  Double SQUEE!)

“The Temple” is my debut novel and it DID originate solely from a dream; the actual dream ended up in the book.  I like to think a lot of my inspiration for creating Vale and her world comes from my love of the supernatural, my love for the incredible dialogue of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (show, not movie), and hardcore Pagan themes.

Vale Avari has a mysterious past and a laundry list of super-powers, but that’s nothing compared to what she finds upon moving from small town U.S.A to jolly-good England.

A chance dart throw lands her in Quicksilver, an off-the-map place with a big problem – people are dying, and word is, it’s supernatural. 

At her new place of employment, a temple dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess, Vale learns something even more shocking – women guards are disappearing at an alarmingly patterned rate; women who possess special gifts like her own. 

Supernatural powers aside, Vale isn’t ready to believe in the Wild Hunt as the culprit, and she’s determined to prove the deaths are acts of human violence.

Plagued by a brute with a history of domestic violence and lusting after a dark-eyed man with a secret, Vale has a limited amount of time to discover the killer before he strikes again. In the process, she’ll learn things aren’t always what they seem and the supernatural might not be so extraordinary after all. 

The Hunt could ride for her.

(Shéa sez:  Triple SQUEE!  You know the Sunwalker Saga was inspired by Buffy, so I love, love, LOVE that The Temple was, too.  Were we separated at birth?)

SM:  I notice that all the books you’ve published so far have an element (or a lot of elements) of the supernatural (which I love!).  Have you always been interested in writing about the paranormal?

HMA:  I think I love the idea of the paranormal because I feel like it jumpstarts my imagination more than writing about the mundane.  There are so many angles you can attack when you write about the supernatural. I’m obsessed with the paranormal.  When I first started writing my upcoming Chick Lit, I had already written several paranormal novels/shorts and I had to check myself the entire time.  I kept wanting to make my heroine telepathic or make the dog a demon–alas, she’s just a normal (messed up) girl and he’s just a dog.

SM:  LOL!  Darn.  Who wouldn’t love a telepathic heroine with a demon dog.  Still, I bet it’s one heck of a story!

What other new tales are you working on right now?

HMA:  Dear gods, I’m writing so much right now I don’t even know where to begin.  I have two books coming out within the next month.  One is a Fantasy/Romance with paranormal themes titled “Abigail” and the other is a Chick Lit called “Constant State of Disaster” (Shéa sez: Sounds like my life! haha).  My WIPs include a thriller with a ghost as protagonist, a Southern chick lit, and the first in a witchcraft mystery series.  That’s on top of my long list of ideas for future novels.  I’m a nightmare.

SM:  Oh Mylanta!  I am ridiculously excited!  I love the idea of the witchcraft mystery series.  Heck, I like the sound of all your books.  Definitely my kind of read.

For those of you keen to check out Heather’s writing, both The House and Underneath are available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.  The Temple is just 99 cents.  What a steal!

The Temple (99 cents):


11 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday: Chewbaca Rides Again

  1. Hey, I sound, like, totally intelligent 😉 That’s me! Up there!! *does happy dance*

    My hair is reddish, like yours, Shea–Separated at birth we were? (maybe) Let’s have a moment of silence for Buffy, Atlantis, and those bloody, lovable Aztecs…

  2. “When it’s dark and I’m all alone and I’m scared or freaked out or whatever, I always think, ‘What would Buffy do?” said Xander Harris, and I think we should all take a leaf out of his book.

    Glad to see you two do!

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