Today we have debut author Heather Burch sharing a little bit about her Angel themed novel, Halflings! Want to read about a bunch of teenage Angels with a constant need to feel the breath of life? Then this book is for you!
What or who inspired you to write Halflings?
Several things inspired me to write Halflings. My two sons were a big factor. They are polar opposites (much like Mace and Raven) and I find it compelling to watch the two handle situations so differently. I guess a part of me wanted to explore that dynamic. One of my boys is a musician, the other is an athlete. Yeah, you can imagine the wars.
Can you tell us something about your main character, Nikki?
She’s a spitfire. Even though she’s a tough girl, she’s really uncertain about the world and her place in it. She doesn’t really feel like she fits … of course, the reader pretty quickly learns that she doesn’t fit into THIS world. But the Halflings introduce her to another world, one she may not want to fit into, but one she inevitably does.
What are the themes tackled in your novel?
The Halflings books are really about sacrifice. Being willing to lay down your life for someone else. I didn’t choose this as a theme. But the subject matter demands it. The Lost Boys are sacrificing for Nikki. Will, the heavenly angel sacrifices for the sake of the Lost Boys. Even Bo, Nikki’s dog makes a supreme sacrifice to protect her from hell hounds. As the stories unfold, Nikki must make some pretty tough decisions—these lead to several sacrificial situations. It’s also about that unstoppable energy—pure love. By the end of book three, readers will have taken a journey that ultimately demonstrates the power and the relentless force of true love.
What is the best thing someone said about your novel?
I’ve had several people tell me they read it in one sitting. That’s golden. I’ve had books I’ve read in one chunk and they are magic when you find them. To me, that’s been the ultimate compliment.
Did you ever base any of your characters on real persons?
The only character that isn’t a compilation of several people I know is Crash. You won’t meet him until book three, but he is based on a young man that was in school with my husband. Crash has earned his name, and when you get to that book, you’ll understand why! He makes me smile every time I think of him!
Can you give us one line from your novel that you find important, striking or unforgettable?
“Raven,” Nikki whispered, tilting closer. “Thanks for teaching me how to destroy you.”
That was the funnest scene to write! In fact, before I began book two, I kept saying to myself, “I have to find a way to incorporate more scenes like the one in the woods where Raven is teaching Nikki how to fight supernatural enemies. So far, it’s been a fan favorite as well.”
I laughed out loud when I've read that line! Definitely unforgettable. The best part is, this is only the first book in a trilogy! Thanks Heather for letting us host you on our blog today!
Halflings by Heather Burch
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After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.
A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.
Halflings came out Feb 1st and is published by Zondervan.
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