1. How did you come up with the idea of a semi-immortal?
I wanted my character, Scarlet, to keep dying and coming back to life, but since she was human (and not half-angel or part-god or anything) I had to make up some new rules. Most semi-immortals are children with one mortal parent and one immortal parent. Not Scarlet. Scarlet is semi-immortal because of a mishap with a hot guy, his immortal blood, and a cursed arrow that pierced her heart five hundred years ago. (Darn those hot, immortal mishaps! They’ll getcha every time.)
I wanted Scarlet’s semi-immortal state to be both hopeful and fatal, so I infected her mortal body with immortal blood and let all hell break loose. Her mortal body cannot contain the supernatural blood that now lives in her heart so she dies—only to be brought back to life again by the resilient blood in her chest. And then the whole fatal-immortal-blood thing starts again. Semi-immortality, folks. There it is.
2. How did the characters development take place around Scarlet? She puts up a very strong front but has the “inside voice” of a teenage girl. I love her character.
Thanks! At the beginning of the series, Scarlet has amnesia. As the author, I knew she was five hundred years old, but with her amnesia she had no clue who she was or what she was capable of. Her lack of memory gave me an opportunity to showcase her as a normal teenage girl (well, as normal as you can get when you have amnesia). I wanted my readers to piece together the past alongside Scarlet, so I kept her internal character somewhat lost, a bit insecure, and occasionally frustrated. But her actions in the story are gut instincts of hers because, even though she can’t remember, she was once upon a time a strong, stubborn, and incredibly determined girl. It’s really a blast to write her character in Avow (book three in my Archers of Avalon series out this December) because now Scarlet knows exactly who she is and she’s, well…awesome.
3. Who did you picture when writing the characters for Tristan/Gabriel?
4. I fell in love with Heather’s character. She had me laughing out loud! Is Heather’s personality based on your own or possibly a sibling of yours?
Haha. *hides face in hands* She’s totally me! She’s annoying and loud and far too cheery for her own good and that pretty much sums me up. I swear, I didn’t write her that way on purpose. She just sort of…happened. Haha. One minute, she’s this normal, blond teenager and the next she’s cracking jokes, smacking people upside the head, and overreacting to everything. Ahhhh. So me. *shakes head* Haha.
5. Is there any soundtrack or music you listened to while writing this story?
Yes! My playlist for Anew had like 60 songs on it, but these were my top listens:
Cosmic Love by Florence+The Machine
Lost In Paradise by Evanescence
Wolf and I by Oh Land
Running Up That Hill by Placebo
Lights by Ellie Goulding
No Light, No Light by Florence+The Machine