Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Interview with Rachael Pruitt

Last week I read the first volume of a planned five book series featuring Guenevere of the Arthurian Legends. The Dragon's Harp by Rachael Pruitt was a fun, grimy, magical read mixing history and fantasy in a way that strongly reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon.  I'm thrilled to share my interview with Pruitt, so read on to learn more about her and her writing, and what she does when she's not working on her book!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

Great question! I first turned to writing in the 5th grade to escape a dreary lesson about the geography of South America (No offense meant if you live on that beautiful continent—and it is my own fault entirely if I now get lost in Bolivia.).

While staring out the window, I composed my first short story. As I remember it was an elaborate adventure in which a 10 year old had to save her entire family from cannibals. I’m afraid she died trying—-I had an early passion for tragedy.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I’m a believer in the old adage of gluing your bottom to a chair and writing. At times this has meant getting up at 4 am (shudder) to get that extra hour of writing in. As a night person, however, I love to stay up to all hours and compose when the rest of the world is asleep. The only ritual I indulge in is rewarding myself with a strong cup of tea after several hours of work. God, that sounds very Spartan—doesn’t it?!

Was The Dragon's Harp the original title of your book?

Yes, it was and I’m still not sure where it came from exactly. I recall waking up “with it” one morning just after writing the scene of the dragons’ battle. That mystical scene wedded itself to an image of the Celtic harp, which was used—and still is--not only for music but for storytelling. The two images just seemed to stick.

As you were writing The Dragon's Harp, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

Another great question! I was actually well into a rough draft of the second novel in my series when due to a “typo” I came up with the idea that Merlin was Gwenhwyfar’s Uncle--her Grandmother Rhiannon’s son. So I went back to The Dragon’s Harp and wrote this in-- the plot became much stronger as a result.

I should add that, being surprised by characters and events is one of the most thrilling things about writing to me. It lets me know I’m on to something :)

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Sleep, go to the beach, read, go to movies, hike, travel, spend time with the people I love, & imagine my next book!

Read any good books recently?

I’m in the midst of Sharon Kay Penman’s wonderful Lionheart. Since I tend to have a few books going at one time, I’m also reading Faye Kellerman’s latest (Gun Games) and Australian author Kim Wilkin’s wonderful mythic fantasy about Russia called Veil of Gold. Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries are also never far away from my coffee table :)

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My thanks to Ms. Pruitt for her time.  Learn more about her online via her website, Facebook, or Twitter.  Follow the tour on Twitter at #DragonsHarpVirtualBookTour.  Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more reviews and special features.


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  1. I have heard so many authors say that the best approach to writing is to just plant your butt in the chair and write. It seems to be an idea that has gained a lot of traction and I always smile when I hear someone mention it. Great interview today! I am really excited about this book, and can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    1. :) I do appreciate that smile, Zibilee--and, trust me, most writers are great at coming up with excuses not to sit down & write--myself included! I'm so glad you're looking forward to reading Dragon's Harp--the product of my own "bottom-glued-chair" :) Please stay in touch & let me know what you think of it!

      Audra, thank you again for your fantastic blog & for giving me the opportunity to share with readers..Have a fantastic spring.