chatting with paranormal romance author Heather
M. Walker about The Otherling
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glasses, painted to resemble stained glass and a ten card tarot reading
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Otherling is available for $0.99 from Amazon.
military family, and has lived everywhere from Mountain Home, Idaho, to a small
town in England called Bloxham. She eventually settled down in LaGrange,
Georgia with her partner of 15 years, Billy, her 7-year-old daughter Makaylah,
and her 4 indoor cats. She considers herself first and foremost, a mother. She enjoys
being a writer, a jeweler, a glass artist, a painter, and avid crafter. It has
been her lifelong dream to publish a book, and she has lovingly worked on The Otherling in its various stages for
almost 3 years.
mostly horror, fantasy and occult books. She studies angelology, mysticism,
Wicca, psychology and the human mind. Her writing goal is to create a book that
comes to life in her reader’s hands and minds, and places them there in the
middle of the story. It is her deepest wish that The Otherling, as well as her other written works, will
accomplished this, and make a home in the hearts of all those who read her
Welcome, Heather. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
working on for quite a while. I knew I was going to write a book with a central
theme of angels, and I had a few ideas, but I was uncertain about how to put it
all together. I would see something here and there that would ignite a story
theme, and I would write it down and squirrel it away for later. It wasn’t
until I began the actual research that things began to piece themselves
Research set things on fire for me, until I just had to write.
It took me about 8 months, but at the end of the first draft, I felt as if I
had won a race I had been preparing for all my life. This book is very dear to
me, it has a lot of my heart and soul in it, and I hope that comes through for
What inspired you to write this book?
always had a deep affinity for the metaphysical, the occult, and all things
arcane. There has always been a place in my heart specifically for angels,
though. Just thinking about them centers me, and fills me with peace. For me,
they are symbol of hope, of purity and love. That they are a paranormal and
spiritual subject just enhances it even more for me.
Excerpt from The Otherling:
Ones began to stir. Called forth out of a dreamless slumber by a growing sense
of tension, where they had remained undisturbed for millennia, they awakened.
Languidly they spread their scarred, battered wings and stretched their crooked
limbs as their ancient eyes began to open. A growing sense of tension and
unease began as a subtle stirring in the air and rose until it permeated Hell,
down to the chambers in which they had slept undisturbed for millennia. Anger
at being disturbed rose like bile in their throats. Ancient mouths filled with
rows of hooked fangs yawned and snarled. Yet the Wise Ones knew, it had been no
creature of Hell that had summoned them, no foolish mortal in the land of the
Above that had recited age old incantations of beckoning. Things in the land of
the Above were changing, shifting the balance of Good and Evil towards the
powers of the Light. Narrowing newly opened eyes, the daemons concentrated and
followed the signature of energy to its source in the world of mortals. The
hideous ones smelled this change with flared nostrils, letting it fill their
rotten lungs until it burst forth into their minds with a certain knowing.”
are you working on next?
ideas swirling around in my mind, and I am still in the gestation phase of
writing. I am reading, gathering knowledge, and trying to form a basis from
which to work form. I have always wanted to write a horror about the watchers,
a group of angels who were supposed to watch over humanity, but ended up
lusting after the daughters of men, and fell from grace. So perhaps I will
When did you first consider yourself a
in England in the third grade, my teacher took my writing project out and read
it to the class as an example of fine writing. I suppose ever since then I have
fancied myself as a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
When I am working on a piece, whether it is a short story or a novel, it takes
center stage in my work life. I am also a stay at home mother and an avid
crafter, so these are the things I fill my day with.
What would you say is your interesting
myself quite a lot. I find it helps the ideas flow easier.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
be a police officer. I wanted to help those who were hurt or in danger. I have
a deep respect for the police who do not abuse their authority and go above and
beyond the call of duty.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
so much for reading along. Love yourselves, stand up for yourself, and never be
ashamed of who you are inside.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!