Author Alexis Henderson Interview
A Sequel To Year Of The Witching?
That is, in fact, true! I was lucky enough to sell two books to my publisher! It is also true that THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING hasn’t been marketed as a duology, because it isn’t one, necessarily! Right now, I’m approaching it as a series, but we’ll see where Immanuelle’s story takes me. Time will tell!
Immanuelle’s Resonance Today
I’m not sure how I have balanced it, honestly. I feel like we’re all just doing the best that we can to cope with this new reality and taking things one day at a time. These harrowing times have definitely influenced me—my creative output is lower than average, and my anxiety is higher. I often struggle when it comes to promoting myself because I feel like there are issues far more important than my book and I don’t want to detract from them. That said, I do think that THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING is very much a story of our times and it’s my hope that people see themselves in Immanuelle’s journey and take comfort in both her struggles and her triumphs.
Come For The Horror And Get Blinded By…
So, I have an absolutely amazing team (shout out to the wonderful people at Berkley/Ace and Penguin Random House at large) behind the promotion for THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING. What was revealed, and how much, was really more their wheelhouse than mine. That said, I think there was definitely a balancing act between portraying the book accurately and not revealing too much. I think they did an excellent job of revealing just enough to tantalize potential readers, without revealing any spoilers.
Immanuelle And Bethel
There was never a time when Immanuelle didn’t return to Bethel. Even though I, like you, can’t say I would have made the same choice she did. One of the things I love most about Immanuelle’s character is her near-unwavering belief that justice and goodness and the hope for a better future is worth fighting for. I think that mentality is at the very core of her character, which is why there was never a reality where she didn’t return to Bethel and try to save it.
5) How Much Of You Is In Immanuelle?
Can I just say that I love this question? Honestly…I just want to be a kitchen/cottage witch who moonlights as a vengeful sorceress who hexes predators and abusers as punishment for their sins.
7) Alexis Henderson Author’s Coven
I would invite Rena Barron author of KINGDOM OF SOULS, Emily Duncan author of WICKED SAINTS, and Shirley Jackson author of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE! The coven would definitely be a democracy, so no leader or supreme. The first plan of attack: co-writing the most terrifying, gothic, witchy, novel the world has ever read!
The Ever-Talented Ms. Henderson
I’ve always wished I could sing! Despite the fact that I have no vocal talent and I’m a terrible swimmer, I dream of being a sea siren.