The Compulsive Reader: 28 Days of Winter Escapes: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Sunday, February 28, 2010

28 Days of Winter Escapes: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

I hope you all have been following the wonderful wonderful contest HarperTeen has put together for February. Today is the very last day, and I am featuring The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, the last book in her Darkest Powers trilogy! Here's a summary:
My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I'm not.

For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

Definitely not normal.

And finally, I'm a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

As far away from normal as it gets.

Quite a teaser! The thought of waiting until the end of April to find out what happens may be torture, so here is a Q&A with Kelley Armstrong!

What’s your favorite winter activity?

I enjoy cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and I’ve even gone winter camping in a homemade igloo, but my favorite winter activity would be curling up by the fire with hot cocoa and a good book.

What inspired the Darkest Powers series?

I’d had a book idea that was inspired by one of my adult novels. It was about supernaturals just coming into their powers, though, which in my world happens at puberty, so it wouldn’t work for an adult series. That idea was in the back of my mind as I began getting email from readers I considered a little too young to be reading my other books! After a couple of years of toying with the idea, I finally decided to try writing the book during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

If you could have any paranormal power, what would it be?

I would love to be a werewolf because I’d love to experience life in a different form. The secondary characteristics would be cool, too. Those “extras,” though, also make it hard for werewolves to blend, so if I was being very practical, I'd go with spell-casters. Their powers take work to learn, but overall they have fewer drawbacks.

Werewolves or vampires? Who would win in a fight?

Werewolves in my world have all the fighting skills, but it’s the vampires who get invulnerability. My werewolves can be killed any way that humans can, but my vampires need to be decapitated. . . and that’s not easy in a weapon-free fight. Nor would it be easy for a vampire to kill a werewolf with superhuman strength, agility, and senses. I’d say it would be close to a draw, and would probably come down to brains more than brute strength—which individual is smart enough to outwit the other.

What is your writing process like?

My process is constantly evolving. Being published means having a schedule, so it’s become very important to learn what methods work best for me. I’ve discovered I work better from an outline. So I have a rough, point-by-point plot outline. My finished novel never completely follows the outline, though. Better ideas come up as I’m writing, and I’m always ready to accommodate them. I’ve also learned that I’m happiest when I write the first draft straight through, without interruptions—taking a break to edit another book, for instance, really disturbs my flow and frustrates me. The first draft is a very intense process for me, and during that time, I’m rarely without my notebook. When the first draft is done, I ease back into a more relaxed editing mode.

Be sure to go and vote at the 28 Days of Winter Escapes Giveaway website for a chance to win The Reckoning!

1 comment:

Amber Skye said...

I cannot wait to read this! I loved the first two books. I have to side with Chloe- I'm leaning towards the werewolf too. :P