We very happy today to have on the blog the author of the Madeline Black series: Christina Henry! Her Urban Fantasy series counts three books and the last one will be out on February 28th. We would like to thank Christina who agreed to answer to a few questions for us.
How many books do you intend to write for this series?
Right now I am under contract for six books. After that, my editor and I will discuss whether or not the series can go any further. I love this world and these characters so I’d like to write them for a long time!
Does the inspiration for the characters come from people you know?
No, all of my characters come from my own head. I think it gets into dangerous territory when you start basing characters on people you know.
Was it difficult to create the Madeline’s character?
Maddy is easy for me to write. I heard her voice before I saw her, and for me everything flows from the character’s voice. I always knew who she was right from the start.
Who is your favorite character in the series?
Gabriel. He’s my favorite kind of hero – tormented, silent, strong.
Do you have a favorite author? Or book?
My favorite author is probably Jim Butcher. I think he is an amazing writer. My favorite book all-time is « Nobody’s Fool » by Richard Russo.
Do you intend to write another series?
I’ve got a couple of ideas for other series, but I need to find the time to write them!
Which book was easier to write?
Each book has gotten a little easier to write. As you get to know the characters you can better predict how they would respond in certain situations.
Do you need very specific conditions to write? With music? In a coffee shop? Where does the magic happen?
I like to write to music, and I also like to write in coffee shops, but I don’t need anything specific in order to write other than a little bit of time. I’ve written pretty much everywhere and under any circumstance. I think it’s bad if you lock yourself into certain conditions in order to write, because that means if you’re not in your perfect comfort zone you can’t get anything done. It’s more important to me that I get the words down on the page than it is to have an ideal place/time to write.
At the beginning of the third book, we find out that ghosts are appearing all over Chicago – people whose deaths have not been assigned to the Agency. That means that they are deaths outside of the natural order, and J.B. wants Maddy to find out why. Of course, Maddy’s also got relationship issues with Gabriel – at the end of the last book he became her thrall, and that has definitely made things more difficult. Nothing can ever be easy for Maddy!
(Because I’m curious) Have you already been to France?
No, but it’s on my wish list!
Thank you so much for everything.
Thank you for having me on your blog!
I hope you enjoyed this little interview. You can find more information about the series on the author’s website: http://www.christinahenry.net/
You can find my review about the second book here.