August 2008 Author of the Month
Heather Graham
When we announced Heather Graham was the August Author of the
Month, we received a lot of email's asking "Who is she?"  The answer
to that question lies between the pages of her books.  She has a
wonderful ability to keep you in suspense and literally scare the hell
out of you.  From her first suspense releases
"Night of the Blackbird"
to
"The Death Dealer", Heather has an incredible knack of weaving
suspense and romance into, simply put, Great Books.  
A serial killer fixated on Edgar Allan Poe
stalks New York City in this captivating
paranormal romantic thriller from bestseller
Graham (The Last Noel). When
philanthropist Genevieve O'Brien hires PI
Joe Connolly to investigate the murder of
Thorne Bigelow, a member of the New York
Poe Society, to which Gen's mother also
belongs, Joe is initially reluctant to take the
case. He's worried about his recently
discovered knack for hearing dead people
talk, though this psychic gift will come in
handy when Joe starts checking out the
surviving Ravens, whose numbers are
dwindling fast. The romance that develops
between Joe and Gen simmers subtly in the
background, never overshadowing the
pursuit of the culprit. Some helpful ghosts
enhance a sinister tale sure to appeal to
fans across multiple genre lines.
To learn more about
each book, click on
the image.
Our exclusive interview with Heather Graham!
Would consider your newest book “The Seance” your darkest
book yet?

My last book was published in April, and it was called The Death Dealer, and it
was a sequel to The Dead Room, also published in hardcover the previous
year. The first dealt with a the archeological past and New York City--with
bodies being discovered in old tunnels dating back hundreds of years, and the
second dealt with a killer who imitated the works of Edgar Alan Poe, who had
his own history with the city. I would say my darkest book was actually
published under the Shannon Drake name, and it was called The Awakening,
about Salem, past crimes, modern witchcraft--and Satanism, which witchcraft
is not

What are the differences between Heather Graham and
Shannon Drake?

The differences between Shannon and Heather have changed throughout the
years! For a while, Shannon was "vampire" and historical--now she's historical,
and everything contemporary is written under the Heather Graham name.

If you could solve any mystery for yourself, what would it be?

Any mystery? The truth about Jack the Ripper. So many theories, and so
many supposed proofs. But all have serious holes in them that would be
blown out in a modern court. If only they'd had DNA!

If you could meet any person Alive or Dead and talk with them
for one hour, who would it be?

There are so many people I would love to meet--should we all stay alive--and
so many, who are gone, who  I would have loved to meet. One, Robert E. Lee.
I wonder at the commitment to his state and his honor that could make him
give up a home he loved, one that had come to him through his wife. He was a
brilliant general, and yet a man who was sorry to go to war. When it was over,
he was dedicated to the unification of the country. I'd also have loved to have
spoken to Lincoln, a man who dreamed his own death, and whose visions were
recorded before his death. Fascinating, again, what strength of purpose and
belief he had!  Let's see--Charles II--he too fascinated me. There are far too
many fascinating figures from the past to ever hope to answer that question
with all the people I would have loved to have met!

Have you thought about bringing back the Salem Witch Trials,
and writing about them in a fictional setting?

Long ago, I did write about the Salem witch trials. I'd been there so many
times, and had a complete set of the transcribed trail documents. So terribly,
terribly sad. I wrote an historical, The Devil's Mistress, and, also, The
Awakening touches upon the witch trials.

You like to put the “scare” in your books, what scares Heather
Graham?

I do love to put a scare into books--and I'm pathetically easy to scare myself.
I think frightening things that deal with the mind scare me the worst. I don't
believe in aliens--if they do exist--being giant grasshoppers, so that type of
book or movie doesn't scare me. I believe in dreams, so "Freddie" is pretty
darn frightening, and I believe in life after death and God, so something like
the Exorcist is frightening to me, too. When I can assure myself I would be in
a position to have something terrible happen to me. There's no way I'm
parking in dark woods where dozens of people have already been killed, so
flicks where ridiculous young people go back to where horrible murders have
taken place to fool around don't scare me. Mind games, concepts that play on
the psyche, scare me the most.

What is on your Ipod right now?

Once again, music. I have eclectic tastes, classic, oldies, new. I love the
Bravery, the Killers, and Jet, some great country, Styx, Yes, Tom Petty, David
Bowie, show tunes--old and new, Melissa Ethelridge, Pat Benatar, Jefferson
Airplane, Elvis, Danny Elfman, Randy Newman . . . it's endless. There's so
much different and wonderful out there! The Zombies, Tina Turner, U2, Cindy
Lauper, Alanis Morisette. The Stones. Some wonderful new groups, and I'm
still learning their names. Once, I would have said that I wasn't really a fan of
country, but I got hooked on watching Nashville Star. No nastiness, just a lot
of talent, and I loved it. My mom was born in Dublin, so I love Celtic cds, Irish
tenors, Celtic women, you name it--especially an edgy group called Black 47.

When you are writing how often do you change direction of
your book?  (It ends differently than you thought it would)

A book, no matter what your synopsis and all your original ideas, always
changes somewhat. You make new discoveries along the way. Sometimes,
major changes, sometimes, minor changes. Every book is different. Every
story takes a different amount of time. You're usually working on them a long
time before you start the first sentence with a pen or on the computer.

Is it more fun to create the “hero” or “villain” in your books?

I don't have a preference as to writing a hero or a heroine. Sometimes, you
work and work at one or the other, and you still don't have it just right, and
sometimes, the perfect characteristics all come together and you're pleased
with the person you've created. I think authors are always attempting to do
their best, and sometimes, one book just stands out. You never know, but
the process is always one in which you're striving and hoping for the best read
yet!

What is next for Heather Graham?

Up next, a ghost series, Deadly Night, Deadly Harvest, and Deadly Gift, all out
one, two, three, October, November, and December, to line up with Halloween,
Thanksgiving (back to Salem, by the way!) and Christmas.