Describe your book in five words or less.
True love & evil never die.
Or . . .
Sinister, sexy, and strange.
How did the idea for The Eternal Ones come to you?
I’ve always been interested in the stories of children who “remember” past lives. The kids are usually quite small when they start talking about a previous existence, (far too young to have broken into the patchouli), and the details they offer are often quite remarkable. (How they died, who they’d married, where they’d buried their savings. No joke.) Anyone who’s interested in this phenomenon should Google a kid named James Leininger. He’s probably the most famous example in America.
One day I started to wonder: What if one of these kids happened to live in a super-conservative town? How would her memories be interpreted by her family? Then, I had a vision of a very small girl surrounded by her dolls. Her father is secretly observing her while she talks to her toys. At first he thinks she’s playing. But eventually it starts to dawn on him: The conversation she’s having isn’t a fantasy. The little girl is remembering a conversation from a previous life.
What kind of research, if any, did you do for The Eternal Ones?
Well, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve always interested in reincarnation, so I’ve read quite a bit on the subject over the years. But right before I started writing, I picked up a fascinating book called Old Souls by a journalist named Tom Shroder. Then I read 20 Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson, the western world’s leading authority on the subject of reincarnation. I gotta say, the book offers some pretty compelling evidence that some of us visit earth more than once.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
Flattering and nerve-wracking! It’s an unusual book, to say the least, and I hope everyone likes reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Do you have a favorite theme or genre that you like to write about? Is there a genre that you'll probably stay away from and why?
I would LOVE to write a good horror story/book. I think it’s very difficult to write something truly scary, and I’m dying to have a go at it.
You know, two years ago I would have sworn I’d never write a romance, and just look at me now. (Some call The Eternal Ones a romance. I think of it as thriller/romance.) So to avoid making a liar out of myself, I’ll keep all of my options open!
What's next for you?
I just finished the sequel to The Eternal Ones. Once that’s gone under the editing knife, I’ll be completing Kiki Strike #3 (The Darkness Dwellers). And then I shall drop dead of exhaustion. Or party for an entire month. One of the two.
Thank you Kirsten for answering all of my questions. Make sure you check out my review of Kirsten's book The Eternal Ones.