Please welcome Marcia Mickelson, another 2013 SARC author whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. I hope you enjoy!
1.) You'll be asked to describe your book a thousand times... So instead I am asking, fans of which TV show (currently playing or off-air) will enjoy your novel, The Huaca?
That’s a tough one, but maybe Roswell, Charmed, Medium, or Veronica Mars.
2.) What is currently on your nightstand?
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is on my nightstand. I’m always looking for a good love story.
3.) What is your writing process like? Are you a "plotter" or a "pantser"?
I am not a plotter. I tried outlining once, and after I was done, I didn’t feel like writing the book anymore. I felt like I had experienced the book while outlining it, so the magic of developing the story was gone. I don’t outline anymore. What I do, is plot out the bones of the story in my head. I write down a short list of major plot points. Then, I start writing. I don’t write from start to end. I pick which scenes I really feel like writing and then I just jum
p around until it’s done.
4.) What could be (or is) the theme song for The Huaca?
My theme song would be “Gone Too Soon” by Daughtry. In The Huaca, Ellie Cummings is suffering after the murder of her mother. Everything reminds Ellie of her mother, and the need to find out who killed her overwhelms Ellie.
My dream swag would be beautiful, hand-crafted wooden boxes like the huaca (wa’ka) depicted on the cover of my book. I would love to have one myself. Of course, they wouldn’t contain the powers of the huaca in the book!
Cedar Fort, Inc.
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Cummings just wants to be a regular teenager, but after her mother’s mysterious murder, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever be normal again. Her mother’s death has left Ellie and her father worlds apart. And when her best friend abandons her, Ellie has no one else to turn to—except for the strange boy who says he can help.
Gabe de la Cruz seems to know way too much about everything, and her instincts tell Ellie to stay far away. But when he claims that he can communicate with the dead through an ancient Incan artifact, Ellie can’t resist the temptation of seeing her mother again. In the hanan pacha—the Incan afterworld—Ellie’s mother sends a message to help Ellie understand what happened the night of the murder—a message that may be better kept a secret . . .