The Author Spotlight series featured on this blog showcases writers and their work. Writing can be a fulfilling but lonely journey - so why not have some fun and make a few friends along the way? Let’s get to know Harker McNair (@HarkerMcnair):
What inspired you to start writing?
Our Dad is a phenomenal story teller, and we grew up listening to hundreds of incredible stories. We started writing when we realized we wanted to get some of his stories on paper. As it evolved, it became hobby, and now, it's a passion.
What are common traps/mistakes for aspiring writers?
Adverbs. Do an adverb check and then do ten more.
What is something you loved but had to edit out of this book that was like sawing off a limb (isn’t writing fun)?
Initially, this book was a longer story that ended in a different way. After some thought, we decided it would be better as two separate books in the same series. We had to let go of a lot in order to reframe the story in a way that worked for two separate books. Some of the ideas appear in the second book of the series, but we had to drop a few. The hardest was letting go of the ending we'd had in mind since we started writing.
Tell us a little bit about your story and what inspired you to write "The Reclaiming".
We wanted a story that explored the treatment and status of women from multiple points of view that worked for a YA audience.
We are a co-authorship and felt like with two people we could achieve a balanced philosophy that approached the subject from multiple angles.
If you had to describe the main character in three words, what would those three words be?
Which main character? There are eight.
How can we purchase your book?