Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming authors, Marie Higgins and Dusti Miller, and their characters from The Witch Hunt. It’s a fantastic YA fantasy with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Eric, Rick and Brooke.
How did you first meet your writer?
Brooke: It was the strangest thing. Marie Higgins had a dream about three teenagers getting pulled into a book and fighting off odd creatures and fairy tale characters on their journey to find a way out of the book. It was then when I was created, along with my brother, Rick, and neighbor, Eric. I loved that Ms. Higgins made me the smartest one out of the group. And being in her story taught me a great lesson, too! One I’ll never forget.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Eric: My favorite scenes were the ones where I was fighting off the creatures. In one scene, a large snake was trying to eat my neighbor, Rick. It was scary, and I about went out of my mind trying to get him away from the serpent. But afterwards, I realized that the situation helped to repair my friendship with Rick.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Rick: Being a football player—and popular with the girls in school—I naturally wanted Ms. Higgins to create some pretty girl in the fantasy world where me, my sister, and my neighbor were pulled into. I would have liked to flirt and show this pretty girl what a fun personality I had. Unfortunately, Ms. Higgins had us running from monsters, and I tried to find my sister a lot of the time. Brooke always got into trouble at home. Why had I expected anything different because we were inside a fairy tale book?
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Eric: I thought Ms. Higgins place me in the perfect genre. I grew up with a family who carried a bad reputation. Many rumors circled around about one of my ancestors being a witch. So yeah, I thought the fantasy genre fit me perfectly. And I especially liked that she had me fall in love, too.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Rick: I don’t read a lot (just ask my sister), but if this book was a movie, I would have thought it was amazing. It would have been my favorite! In my life I never felt like a hero, not really, and by the end of the book, I could have beaten all the Avengers in a popularity contest. Oh yeah…what a great feeling!
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Brooke: A sequel? Yikes! The way Ms. Higgins writes her stories, I’d worry about what kind of world she’d have me go into next. I don’t mind having my brother and neighbor along, but if she put me in a sequel, I’d better get super human powers. I don’t like feeling helpless, and I certainly experienced it enough in “The Witch Hunt”.
What is your greatest fear?
Rick: My sister would say my greatest fear was spiders, but it’s not. I think my greatest fear is weakness. I exercise a lot, and being a football player, I enjoy being rough and tough. But when Ms. Higgins put me in a situation in her story where I felt weak, I wanted to die. I realized then that I’d do anything not to feel that way again.
What is your most prized possession?
Brooke: I think knowledge is my prized possession. I enjoy answering every question people throw at me. I love to read, and I gain so much knowledge that way. I enjoy tutoring others, too. At school I see a lot of girls who act stupid just to get attention. I don’t understand this. I never will. Sharpening one’s mind is the only way to live.
What embarrasses you?
Eric: I’ve been a loner most of my life, all because of my family’s secrets. I absolutely hate it when people call me crazy or they say something rude about the witch in my family. The kids in school aren’t very kind and treat me like an outcast. For years I never wanted to stand out or be noticed in any way. So what embarrasses me? Anything that makes me stand out in a crowd.
Do you believe in ghosts/evil spirits/mysticism? Would you spend the night in a remote haunted house?
Rick: If you’d asked me this before I saw a mist of hands reaching out of a book and pulling me inside, I would have laughed in your face. But now… As unbelievable as it sounds, there is another realm out there. Just be careful in case you are ever pulled inside one, because you just might not get out.
Fascinated by the boarded up house on the hill, three teenagers, Eric, Brooke, and Rick are drawn to the ancient rumors surrounding the abandoned place. According to local legend, teenagers have been disappearing from the house for centuries. Determined to solve the mystery, the friends uncover a book that may hold the key to the mystery.
However, after opening the old book to search for clues, something phenomenal happens… the pages literally suck them in. They now find themselves in a literary fantasy world with no way out.
Will they find their way home or will they be forever trapped in the pages of the book battling strange creatures?
Eric clicked the flashlight on as they neared the front door. There, next to the removed boards, sat the crowbar Rick had left when he fled in terror. Brooke shook her head. I’ll bet his fingerprints are all over that thing.
They made their way through the entry, past the statues, and into the library. Eric spun and pointed the beam in her direction.
“Okay. Put that thing back and let’s get going.” Eric shuddered and eyed the room nervously.
Sighing, Brooke stepped forward and balanced the book on the edge of the shelf. “Aren’t you curious enough to take one quick little look?”
“Brooke, I don’t think—”
Before he could argue further, she flipped the book open and propped it on her forearms. “Just a peek. I promise we’ll put the book back, but I’d love to see what kind of stories are in here.”
Eric moved to stand next to her, his body rigid. “Hurry and look so we can shut it and get it back on the shelf.”
Brooke grinned and flipped to the front of the book. “Quick, give me some more light,” she said as she knelt and placed the book on the dusty floor.
She motioned for Eric to join her. He swept the flashlight beam over the room again before settling in beside her. His solemn face was as pale as the moon outside. A pang of guilt tightened in her stomach. Maybe she should have just left the book on the shelf as he’d suggested. But the allure of the book was strong, and her guilt quickly faded.
Brooke ran her fingers over the thick parchment. “Listen to what is written on the first page,” she began. “To read and truly understand, one must fight the danger at hand. To solve the riddles in this book, one must go to their heart to look. To become free from the mysteries’ hold, one must learn from the stories untold.”
Puzzled, Brooke looked at Eric. “What do you think that means?”
“I don’t know, but I don’t have a good feeling about this. We need to get out of here.”
She slowly turned the page, and her breath caught. In beautiful, artistic lettering, the words Hansel and Gretel were written in the center of a brightly painted forest scene.
The greens, reds, and blues splashed on the page seemed to swirl around the parchment, mesmerizing Brooke. In a split second, something on the page caught her attention. She leaned in closer. She must be seeing things, because it appeared as if the picture was…growing.
She rubbed her eyes and looked again. Towering trees and lush, green bushes stood out like pictures in a three-dimensional pop-up book. Winding through the thick vegetation was a boy in raggedy blue overalls cut off at his knees, and a girl in a loose white dress wearing a brown apron.
Hansel and Gretel.
Soon, the forest gave way to a clearing where the gingerbread cottage stood. Brooke tried to pull her focus away and will herself to close the book. She already knew what was going to happen in the story, and she wasn’t sure she wanted to see it in the book’s vivid detail. Yet, she did, because she’d never seen anything so real…
Beside her, Eric sat open-mouthed, eyes glued to the page. As they watched, thin tendrils of mist rose from the book and drifted toward them. A sense of panic grew in Brooke’s chest and she clamped on to Eric’s hand.
She swallowed hard. Her heart beat wildly in her throat. “What’s happening?”
The tendrils grew larger. Claw-like fingers curled toward them, reaching out to take hold…
“Run!” Eric yelled, trying to yank her to her feet, but it was too late.
Buy the Book:
Right now, this book is only being sold at Amazon, both as an ebook and in paperback.
Amazon link – http://amzn.com/B01B13G9XQ
Paperback link – http://amzn.com/1519605056
Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, Stacey, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first skit, which won an award for Funniest. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as Funniest and Best Written. From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly)
Marie has been married for several years to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, and she’s lived in that state her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.
Marie Higgins is a multi-published author of romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who makes your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com
Dusti Miller is an avid book adventurer, frequently traipsing through the written worlds of heroes and villains alike. She enjoys putting ink on blank pages to create worlds of her own and is on a quest to find her characters’ real-life doppelgangers. So if you ever run into her and she wraps you in a bear hug while calling you by one of her characters’ names… Just go with it.
Dusti lives with her husband and four children in the quaint little town of Malad, Idaho.
You can follow Dusti on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dusti-D-Miller-321897951231580/
And Twitter: @DustiDMiller
As s special treat, Maire has a giveaway for you! Comment on the blog and tell us what you love about fantasy stories, and you’ll be entered to win a free ebook or paperback (your choice). Only US readers can win the paperback due to cost of mailing.
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!