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To Ride a Puca Blog Tour: Interview with Heather McCorkle

I'm honored to host my very first blog tour on my brand new site. For this inagural event, I'm pleased to welcome Heather McCorkle, my partner in crime in all things #WritersRoad. Heather is a highly prolific YA writer, publisher, and an individual whose ambitions are limitless.

Heather's latest novel is a YA historical fantasy tale, To Ride a Puca, a precursor, or, perhaps 'ancestor' of her dynamic Spruce Knoll series. Be sure you pick up your copy of Puca and go ahead and grab all her other fabulous novels as well. I hope you'll enjoy my chat with Heather (below) as much as I did.

Congratulations, Heather!


Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.

Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids in ancient Ireland, she may be standing alone.

Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?

This unflinching tale of the end of the time of the druids is filled with hardship, discovery, and love found in the most unexpected of places.



Tee: Most writers elevate to the craft from a habit of compulsive reading as children. Was this the case with you? What were your favorite books growing up? 

Definitely! My favorite books as a teen were fantasy novels by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman, The Dragonlance Novels. I also loved Stephen King and Peter Straub at that age. 

Tee: Has social networking impacted your career? If so, in what way?

More than I can say. Social networking has given me the courage and strength to keep at it when things were tough. The community of readers and writers online is a fantastic one that never ceases to amaze me with their support and generosity.

Tee: What's the best and worst writing advice you ever received?

The best writing advice I've received is to write from your heart. That is where all great books come from. The worst advice is to write what you know. People always tell me I should write about my 'day' job. I hate my day job with a passion few will ever know and to write about it, about 'what I know' would destroy my soul. 

Tee: Talk if you would about your writer's road. (See what I did there? :)) Did your experience with traditional presses influence you to self publish?

It has been a rough one, as so many are now. I've had two agents and have had three books out on submission to big houses. I discovered that often great books get passed over because the houses don't want them to compete with something they already have out, or that they have 'fulfilled' their list for those types of books for the next few years and just don't have room for another. 

Tee: What made you want to become a publisher yourself?

I personally saw that other publishers were passing up really good books for all the wrong reasons. And I was finding fabulous indie books out there that should have been traditionally published because they were that good. I also wanted to be a part of a new trend of small presses that are embracing change and offering authors much higher royalty rates. That's a change that I feel is long overdue.

Tee: What upcoming titles can we expect from Compass Press?

There are exciting things coming. We have a psychological YA thriller from Christine Fonseca that will blow readers away coming soon, a time travel story from Anne Riley~our newest author~that will be sure to delight readers, and an anthology filled with fabulous authors coming out this winter from which all proceeds will go toward a literacy charity.

Tee: Of all the novels you've written, do you have a favorite? What makes it your favorite?

I do. I'm a bad mother, I know. It's To Ride A Puca. It was written from a place deep in my soul and is unlike anything else I've ever written. It's sad, uplifting, tragic, and inspiring all at the same time.

Tee: How is To Ride a Puca different from the SPRUCE KNOLL novels? What, if any connection is there between the two?

It's a historical fantasy that is actually about some of the ancestors of a few characters in the Spruce Knoll novels. It's much darker than the Spruce Knoll novels and it's a full-fledged fantasy novel.

Tee: What's your biggest aspiration?

My biggest aspiration is for my books to reach and delight a million readers. Hey, go big or go home, right?!

Tee: What's up next for you?

Next you'll see the third and final novel in the Spruce Knoll trilogy, then the fabulous anthology from Compass Press that will contain a short fantasy story from me. Next year another historical is in the works and I'll be diving head first into epic fantasy.  


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Reader Comments (4)

I love your biggest aspiration, Heather. I totally share in it!

It's great to meet you, TS!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Larsen

Great to meet you too, Sheri!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTee

Great interview! Tee, I love the new header. The artwork is awesome. Heather, go big or go home? Absolutely! I hope you reach your goal.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina Moss

Thanks, Tina. I'm so in love with it! Shayna is amazing. She draws/paints 'Howling at the Gates,' the comic we run every Monday on LitStack.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTee

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