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May 9, 2012

Writer Wrangler: Michelle Birbeck

Michelle Birbeck 
author of

and she's here today to talk about her latest novel
The Last Keeper

Is this your first novel and is this a stand-alone or part of a series? 
It is part of a series, the second one is called Last Chance, and there's a preview in the back of the book with a juicy bit in there. 
How long did it take before The Last Keeper was completed?
From start to publication it's been almost four years of writing, rewriting, planning, plotting, and editing. Of course, for a lot of that time I was working on other projects whilst the first one sat and rested for a bit, but I've come back to it two or three times a year since I started it.
What was the biggest challenge for you in writing this book?
Stopping. When I came to the end of it, I didn't want it to stop, I didn't want to let go of the characters, which is one of the reasons I wrote more in the series.
Some authors have a playlist for their books, do you have one for The Last Keeper? What are the songs and which one is your favorite?
I went through a lot of songs whilst I was writing the book, and editing, and reediting. The actual list is about six hours in length, but a couple of my favourites from it are: Complicated by Bon Jovi, Black Sky by Shakespear's Sister, and the entire of all the All American Rejects' albums. 
Which part of the book did you struggle with the most in terms of writing?
I can't say the specific part without giving away what happens, but I can tell you that it was chapter 18. That whole chapter was the hardest I had to write in this book, but at the same time, it is also one of my favourite parts.
Serenity and Ray's connection is soulful and enduring not like the usual passionate and primal romances we read in PNR novels. How did Serenity & Ray's love story evolve into this? Where are all their emotions coming from because it felt really personal. 
When I was writing about their feelings for each other, I thought a lot about what it might be like to have that kind of relationship. Not only the waiting for it to happen, but then finding it and realising that although you're happy, you're also going to have to live every day worrying, even if it's only a little, about losing that person. And for me, I'd imagine losing a partner is one of the worst things in the world, especially when you love that person with all your heart. Also, for me, I don't think love is just about passion, it's part of it, sure, but only part of it, not the whole thing.
Now that you're books are about to hit the shelves, what's your typical day like? 
I'm pretty sure I resemble a headless chicken at the moment. At least, it feels like my head's hanging off my shoulders whilst I run around flapping my arms. In reality, I'm just very busy, with emails and blogs and twitter, and talking to people about setting up signings, not to mention the fact that I'm working on writing some more, too!
I love the Great Cats, I think they're magnificent and truly magical, how did this idea came about aside from the usual werewolf? 
Loki
I love cats. Don't get me wrong, I love wolves, too, but cats are my thing. I have two in my house, and the one we've had the longest is called Loki, and he is huge. But at the same time, he is so sleek and majestic with the way he sits and wanders around. There's also the purring, which is one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.
I see that you listed Anne Rice as one of your influences, which of her books is your favorite? Have you read her latest book, The Wolf Gift? 
I haven't read her latest one, but my favourite of all of them has to be Pandora. I love the character and the times she lived in, and that book is the one that pulls me in every time. I'm actually rereading it at the moment. Close second has to be Queen of the Damned, but don't ask about the movie, that was awful!
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Thanks for stopping by our blog Michelle!
We wish you the best with The Last Keeper and Loki.

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1 comment:

  1. Okay I must say the whole Great Cat thing has me intrigued... I have never heard of these books before but now I am going to check them out. I need to know what is going on.

    Great Review!

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