Today I am interviewing Elle Katharine White, debut author of the new historical fantasy novel, Heartstone.
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DJ: Hey Elle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Elle Katharine White: Thanks for having me! I’m a reader, writer, obsessive drinker of tea, textbook introvert who occasionally likes to live outside of the stereotype, and professional maker-up of imaginary worlds.
DJ: What is Heartstone about?
Elle: Heartstone answers the question “What would Pride and Prejudice look like in a fantasy world where Mr. Darcy rode dragons and hunted monsters for a living and Elizabeth was a healer with an eavesdropping problem?”
DJ: What were some of your influences for Heartstone?
Elle: Pride and Prejudice of course, and the movie How to Train Your Dragon. I was watching that when I first came up with the idea for a mash-up.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? (aka What makes them compelling?)
Elle: Aliza Bentaine, the main character, is a trained herbmaster and healer who, despite her skills, still can’t stomach the sight of blood. She’s also an artist, and always carries around a stick of charcoal and a scrap of paper in case an interesting subject happens across her path.