Friday, August 27, 2010

Michelle Zink of Prophecy of the Sisters [Savvy Scribblers]

Please help me welcome the marvelous Michelle Zink to I Heart Monster today!  Michelle is the author of the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy, the first installment of which, Prophecy of the Sisters,  has been published in over 30 countries.  She lives with her children in upstate New York.  We're stoked to have her here!

About The Books

Alice and Lia are such totally different characters.  Can you tell us a little about your inspirations for both? 

Honestly, I didn't have an actual inspiration for the characters. All of my characters come to me more or less fully formed. Lia is the ultimate good person, but as the series continues, she'll struggle with her inner darkness as I think we all do. And while Alice is clearly the villain, she's a complex character that inspires empathy as often as she inspires hatred. But I really feel like I can't take credit for either of them!

You are one creative woman!  No inspirations?  We're amazed.  We'd like to know more about Henry's involvement in keeping The Prophecy and its implications safe, can you expound on that a little for us?

As Thomas Milthorpe came closer to losing himself to the Souls, he entrusted Henry with the secrets of the Grigori and the Sisterhood, knowing he would be the last person Alice would suspect of being involved. Although young, Henry, like his father, was a descendant of the Grigori and was equally committed to the task of keeping the world - and Lia - safe from Samael.

To keep Samael from entering our world, Lia has to travel out to other realms called the Otherworlds.  We'd love to know more about the Otherworlds and their inspirations.  You said you based them on Norse mythology, right?

I did! The Otherworlds in Prophecy of the Sisters started from my reading on the Norse Home Worlds. I obviously took liberties from there, but I loved the idea of a place where people could meet regardless of history, ethnicity, era (the boy Lia meets at the beach is actually from the future). I also liked the idea that the different worlds would mirror the various spiritual worlds in which we find ourselves while living out our lives. There are dark, shadowy places, those that are filled with joy, and those that seem familiar but unusual in a way we can't quite name. I find myself feeling all of these things at various times in my life.

We really love the character of James.  Can you give us any inside information on him that will help us understand him a little more?

A lot of people want James to be more complex than he actually is. But like all of us, he is who he is; A simple young man with a sincere heart but rather simple desires. There are concrete reasons that he is the way he is and reasons why his relationship with Lia plays out the way it does. Suffice it to say, I think everyone will understand when they read the third and final book in the series.

Oh we can't wait for book #3!  Tell us, which part of the writing/editing process do you most look forward to?

I adore drafting! It's such a stream-of-consciousness thing for me. I feel more like I'm channeling than creating, and it's pure bliss to let it all pour out on the page without too much thought about what's "right" or whether it's working or the details are all in place.

About Michelle

Describe yourself using five adjectives that have nothing to do with your career as an author.

Passionate, curious, caring, sincere, truthful.

Where in the world do you most want to travel?

Gah! You could not have asked me a more difficult question. I'm a total nomad, and if I didn't have kids I'd probably be moving every two years. There's pretty much nowhere in the world I DON'T want to go, but if I had to choose a #1, it would probably be Africa.

Tanzania is next on my big trip list!  What a fun coincidence!  If you were given the ability to be any character from any novel for a whole year, who would you pick to be and why?

Someone who travels a lot! LOL!

A genie hopped up out of this awesome old lamp you found at an auction and told you was the auction genie.  He's granting you three vintage steals.  What do you pick?

Shesten! You know me too well, I think. How did you know this is another impossible question?! As a former antique dealer, I'm a sucker for old furniture. It'd be hard to choose, but I think I'd say a chinoiserie breakfront, a massive farm table from somewhere in Europe, and a George Nelson sunburst clock.

Tell us something you're afraid of! 

Passing my life in apathy rather than fully living every moment.

Me too.  Thanks, Michelle for some fascinating answers to our questions and for taking the time to interview with us.  We totally ♥ you!

Michelle's first book, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is widely available and has two covers, one for the paperback and one for the hardcover.  The follow-up novel to PROPHECY is called GUARDIAN OF THE GATE and is avaiable in hardcover.  If you have not had the chance to read these books, I suggest you take the chance and check out Prophecy.  You can connect with Michelle on both Facebook and Twitter.  In addition to that, you can join the Prophecy community and check out Michelle's brand-new, swanky website,

1 comment:

FionaChan said...

:D lovely interview!

I just bought the 2nd book! D: but too bad I thought Guardian of the Gate is the 1st book, so I don't have Prophecy of the Sisters now! D: