Every indie writer dreams of being on the NY Times Bestseller list and one indie writer did just that and then landed a publishing contract with one of the publishing houses. What I found intriguing is that despite her success, Heather Killough-Walden chooses to be an indie writer.
In this blog, I share a brief interview with her and my review of her NY Times Bestselling Big Bad Wolf compilation.
The Book Compilation ‘That Made It’
Enjoy Heather Killough-Walden’s critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Big Bad Wolf series, now combined in one tome of sexual tension, romantic suspense and dark paranormal bliss….
“I was strictly a vampire girl until I came across this pack of big bad Alphas — Killough-Walden has converted me! Sexy, daring, and action-packed from start to finish. Warning: if you have a faint heart, do not read this.” – Dianna Hardy, paranormal romance author of The Witching Pen.
“Heather Killough-Walden happens to write books so brilliant, I’m a fan! (I was the minute I started reading Hell Bent.) There aren’t many I’d give my crown to, but this lady is totally worthy of my adoration!” – Poppet Author, paranormal romance author of Dusan.
“Hold on tight as these big bad wolves take you on a paranormal romance ride you won’t soon forget!” – Christine M. Butler, paranormal romance author of Moonlit Dreams
1. The Heat, Book One:
Lily St. Claire is a simple Southern girl who has no idea what she is in for when she decides to move back to her home town in Louisiana after a decade of being away. But between the two very different alpha werewolves who instantly begin fighting to claim her as their mate and the serial killer who has her in his sites, she’s about to find out.
2. The Strip, Book Two: (warning, contains graphic violence)
Green-eyed Malcolm Cole is a cursed werewolf, an alpha in the most powerful sense who has given up hope for any kind of happiness or peace in his life.
Until he catches wind of Claire.
Claire St.James, Charlie among friends, is an amazing young woman with an incredibly special gift. Cole recognizes this at once and swears on the spot to claim Charlie as his mate.
Of course, he isn’t the only one with such plans. Charlie is too precious to let go without a fight, and one of the most powerful alphas in the world has already staked a claim, whether Charlie – or Cole – like it or not.
3. The Spell, Book Three:
Dannai, aka the Healer, has begun dreaming of werewolves. She’d always been able to hide the fact that she was a dormant, using her magic to shield her promising scent from the alphas she’s been forced to work with. But now that they’ve invaded her dreams, her world has been turned upside down. For, though every dormant dreams of her intended mate – Dannai is dreaming of two wolves, not one. And neither one of them is good news. One is a notorious killer. The other is Lucas Caige.
Lucas Caige is a man with a haunting past. A warlock took his brother from him fifty years ago and he’s spent his life outrunning that dark magic. But fate has a way of throwing sand in your gears, and just when Caige thought he could forever leave behind the magic that brought pain to his life, his path crosses that of the Healer. Dannai unwittingly casts her spell over him the moment he lays eyes on her. She’s stunning, she’s kind, and everything about her wreaks havoc on his senses. She’s also magic incarnate.
But if Dannai thinks that’s going to stop him from doing everything in his power to make her his mate, the little witch has another thing coming.
4. The Hunt, Book Four:
Byron Caige has been a prisoner for the last fifty years of his supernaturally long life. Just when he gives up hope of ever knowing freedom again, he is unwittingly rescued by the very same woman who only wants to see him dead. Katherine Dare – Kat – is smart, fast, strong and beautiful – but unfortunately she’s a Hunter, and she’s convinced that Byron murdered her father twenty years ago.
She’s also Byron’s dormant.
As war breaks out amongst the otherworldly of Earth and threatens the existence of entire races, Kat is faced with a terrible decision. Should she give up her cause and believe Caige when he professes his innocence? Or should she fight him and possibly avenge her father’s taken life – even while she forfeits her own?
Also catch a tantalizing sneak peak at Heather’s upcoming paranormal series, The Lost Angels, 2011.
This is undoubtedly the best werewolf series I’ve ever read and I’ve read many! Although the compilation is around 4000 pages, it got me so hooked into it that I read it in 2 days after work. Yes, I hardly slept.
The compilation consists of all four books in the series – The Heat, The Strip, The Spell and The Hunt. Each story tells of a unique woman with magickal or shifter capabilities and their romance with handsome and dangerous, previously ‘hard to get’ shifters. Yes, that is a fairly standard plot. But the beauty of the compilation is not in the plot but in the telling of the tale and the world Killough-Walden created around them. It contains many elements that I look for in a paranormal read – magick, intriguing secondary and peripheral characters and the right combination of fantasy and realism so that a reader is allowed to truly escape into the book while being able to relate to the characters’ vulnerabilities.
The compilation is not so much a revelation in that it has a new angle to werewolves. I personally found that it stuck to a lot of the tried and tested literary myths concerning these shifters. Reading this was a helluva ride and I won’t forget it. In fact I haven’t forgotten it although I read this compilation months ago.
On a different note, I appreciate what this compilation represents. I admit that when I picked it up I was curious as to what standard of writing obtained Killough-Walden the NY Bestseller status with this series. I was prepared to enjoy it but I wasn’t prepared to be sucked into it so thoroughly. It is undoubtedly a must-read for any werewolf fans. I don’t think you can truly say that you’re a fan of paranormal romance without at least sampling this series. After having read this, I believe that Killough-Walden has earned the accolades that she’s achieved. And as an indie writer, I take umbrage in that and just like this compilation ‘kicks proverbial’, it reinforces the belief in me that indie writers are on their way to making a significant difference in the literary world.
Review of Big Bad Wolf by Aneesa Price
Author of The Coffin Girls Series and Reviewer at http://www.sugaryspicyreads.com
An Interview With Heather Killough-Walden
Aneesa: I’m in awe of you as a writer, as I’m sure are many. What put you on the writer’s path?
Heather: It’s a gift (and as Monk would say, “and a curse”) that I was born with. So, I guess… I really had no choice in the matter. I’m a writer. The liquid in my veins is composed of white blood cells, red blood cells, and words.
Aneesa: What did it feel like when you found out that you were a NY Times bestseller?
Heather: It was anti-climactic. Looking back on it now, I recognize that my mistake was signing on with a print publisher who ran me ragged and was just basically… not a good match. I was so emotionally wrought by the time the NYT listing came about, I could not even summon a “yay.” I’d made it on my own, with a kindle book I published myself, and I couldn’t even congratulate myself. My health was failing due to massive amounts of stress, and at this point my editors had made me hate my job. I realize now, in the hindsight I am afforded, that if I’d been on my own at the time rather than under a “Bix Six”‘s thumb, I would have been ecstatic. I probably would have turned cartwheels.
Aneesa: I know you published work through a traditional publisher, what do you love about indie publishing? What are your pet peeves?
Heather: I love most things about indie publishing – the freedom to write what I want, title what I want, edit what I want, price how I want, cover image how I want, and release when I want. It’s a lot of work. We do everything that a print publisher is supposed to do (but doesn’t do because they no longer do marketing for you – you even have to do that on your own now, so what’s the point?), but it’s worth it to have this autonomy. Especially when you’re smarter at selling books than the print publisher is. My pet peeves about indie publishing are only related to the eBook aspect of it. I abhor the mentality that an eBook is not a book and that it only becomes literature when it is printed on a dead tree. Come on, people. Time to wake up, shave your beard, and realize you’ve been asleep since the dark ages.
Aneesa: I absolutely LOVE your ‘King Series’ and I read BBW obsessively until I finished it. BBW still remains the best shifter series I’ve read. As much as I love the ‘Kings’, are their plans for further BBW shifter tales?
Heather: No. No. No. And again – No.
Aneesa: When you’re not writing and promoting your work, what do you like to do?
Heather: When I’m not writing or promoting my work…. When I’m not writing or promoting my work…. Um, hmm. Sorry. I seem to be malfunctioning or something. I don’t seem to be able to comprehend the scenario. Not writing…. Not promoting…. Herm. Nope. I’m trying to imagine it, but it’s not working. Error.
Heather Killough-Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband and child. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling e-book author of the Big Bad Wolf series and the October Trilogy. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archaeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let’s go, Pens!) Visit Heather’s Web site at http://www.killough-walden.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also, be sure to keep in touch with her and other fans through her Facebook page and Twitter (killoughwalden)!