Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Interview with Bernita Harris

Today we have with us Bernita Harris, author of Dark and Disorderly. Bernita, thanks so much for spending time with us today. For starters, why don't you tell us a little bit about your book?

Carla, thank you so very much for this interview. With so many terrific books out there I feel honored at the opportunity to talk about Dark and Disorderly.

Dark and Disorderly is the tale of the adventures of exorcist Lillie St. Claire, who possesses a rare psychic Talent, she is one of the few who can safely and permanently dispatch spirits of the dead. Her skill is in demand because specters and spirits have become a plague on the population, appearing on streets and highways causing accidents, lowering property values by their reminders of past and bloody crimes, and sometimes, revealing where the bodies are buried. Hired as a paranormal consultant and investigator for a municipality, Lillie's contract brings her into regular conflict with both pro-spirit and anti-specter factions as well as those frightened citizens who view a Talent such as hers as only one step removed from a demon of the dark. As well, Lillie is sometimes caught between the need of relief for the living and justice for the dead.

When a collegue encounters a dullahan, a Celtic death messenger and Lillie herself is accosted by a bean sidhe ( banshee) it is clear that more than mere ghosts have begun to haunt the country. And when the zombie of Lillie's husband, recently dead in a suspicious car accident, strolls into her bathroom, it's even more clear that someone or something wants Lillie dead.

Lillie expected to be haunted by her husband's ghost. She did not expect that big, ugly and immensely attractive psi-crime detective John Thresher would consider her a prime suspect in her husband's murder.

The average time from starting to write to getting published is five years. How long did it take you?
Though I've been writing off and on all my life, five years is about right. I began blogging five years ago, and wrote a time travel  novel about the Conyers falchion which acquired some interest but no sale.  I trunked that attempt and began D&D,  then sold a couple of short stories about Lillie to Wild Child Publishing for their Weirdly anthologies. The response to Lillie gave me the confidence to approach Carina Press, Harlequin's new digital imprint. They chose D&D as one of their launch titles.

Do you have plans to write any more about Lillie St. Claire, the main character from your book?

Yes, I have been delicately nagged by my publisher as well as numerous readers to provide more of Lillie's adventures -- both with the paranormal and the complicated attraction between Lillie and John Thresher.

What inspired you to begin writing?

Inspiration? I'm not sure that's the right word. It's more a need. I love reading with a passion.  Out of that passion grows a need to create and share the stories and ideas of one's imagination.To try to produce in others the same delight I feel when reading.

In your free time, what would we catch you doing?

In my free time, I garden, herbs and roses. I'm also very fond of yard sales and flea markets and have a house full of dust-catchers and bad art to prove it.

Your book is out in e-format only right now. What are your thoughts on the e-book / printed book debate that's raging right now?

The e-book vs. print? I don't think there should be any "versus" about it. There's room for both. Ebooks provide an extra, convenient format to readers to enjoy the stories they like best, and that is a very good thing.

How can readers find out more about you and your book?

I have a blog, An Innocent A-Blog with my email address and would be happy to answer any questions readers might have.

Of course, Dark and Disorderly is available from Carina Press, Amazon and where ever ebooks are sold.

Bernita, I'd like to thank you again for taking time out today to talk to us, and we wish you luck.

Thank you so very much for this opportunity and your good wishes. It's been a pleasure.

To read the review posted here on our site, click here.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the interview. Dark and Disorderly sounds like a great read.