Author Interview with Michelle Zink
What's your opinion on negative reviews? Do you read them or ignore them?Unfortunately, when you have a Google Alert, you get it all - the good, the bad, and the ugly. I try not to let negative reviews wound me, but they sometimes still do. I try to remind myself that not every book is for every person. I definitely don't mind negative reviews put in a kind light, i.e. "I didn't enjoy this but if you like XYZ, you may." But the ones that are just mean always sting a little. I also have a particular hatred for people who post reviews as "Anonymous" or using accounts on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. created for the sole purpose of being hateful without having to answer for it. Cowardly!
For signings, do you prefer a book to be battered and well-loved or brand new and cared for?I don't have a preference. My hope is that even the new ones will become battered and well-loved over time.
What's in your reading pile?Too much! I need to read the last book in Stieg Larseen's Millenium Triogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. My son bought me a beautiful set in vintage-style cloth covers and I LOVE the first two. I have adult books by Karen Marie Moning and Richelle Meade, I'm in the middle of The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice, and I have an adult sci/fi Dystopian called Robocolypse that I'm dying to read. I also have an ARC of Jennifer Hubbard's Try Not to Breath that I can't wait to get to. I ADORED Jennifer's debut, The Secret Year, and am really looking forward to her new one, too.
What emotions were you struck with after finishing Circle of Fire?It was so bittersweet. I'm incredibly proud of this series, which I hope will be a timeless story that readers today will introduce their girls to someday the same way I introduced my daughters to my favorite books. But it was very sad to say goodbye. I cried writing the last lines and still get teary reading them.
Any advice for writers?My advice echoes the advice of other writers to read and write as much as possible. But I always add this - finish something. I spent so many years dabbling, starting and stopping, abandoning projects before they were complete. I didn't know then that it will NEVER be easy. That there will ALWAYS come a time, in every single book, when your doubts get the better of you, when you're bored, when you just want to start something NEW. I don't regret it. I learned a ton. But the turning point in my career was when I committed to finishing something. I got a big-picture view on the craft that changed everything.
How did you come up with the prophecy?The initial seed of the story came from the biblical legend of the Watchers, a legion of angels who were said to have been sent to Earth to watch over mankind. In the legend, the angels fell in love with mortal women and were banished from Heaven, after which they were referred to as the Lost Souls. Hearing that phrase – the Lost Souls – was my dun-dun DUN! moment.
The legend of the Watchers above.