Black Wings by Megan Hart
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; New edition (14 Feb. 2019)
BLURB: Briella Blake has always been wicked smart. When she’s invited to attend a special school for gifted students, she finally has the chance to focus on a project that begins to consume her – the ability to recreate and save copies of a person’s entire set of memories. Her friendship with a raven that’s as smart as she is leads to conflict with her mother Marian, who is no longer able to deny that there’s something wrong with her child.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Megan Hart is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories.
Some of them use a lot of bad words, but most of the other words are okay.
Her work has been published in almost every genre, including contemporary fiction, horror, romantic suspense, and erotica.
She can’t live without music, the Internet, or the ocean, but she and soda have achieved an amicable uncoupling.
Guest post #1
Author Q & A
You’ve published more than forty novels, most of them steamy romance. What made you decide to start writing horror?
A: I’ve always loved horror, science fiction and fantasy. It’s what I started writing, way back in the olden days of manual typewriters and lickable stamps. When I decided to start writing novels, I wrote fantasy and science fiction, along with short horror. But I also loved reading romance, and my first finished book (and sale) was a fantasy romance. So I kept writing what publishers were buying from me! However a few years ago, I had an idea for scary novel that I just couldn’t, and didn’t want, to shake. I decided it was time for me to start pursuing writing horror and psychological suspense for real.
Q: How do you approach writing those kinds of stories differently?
A: I don’t approach writing differently no matter what genre I’m writing. I have the same process. I do focus on different aspects or themes, but the actual act of creating the project is the same. I think of an idea. I create a document. I make a playlist. I sit down. I write. Then I write some more. Then some more. Eventually, the book is finished and it’s either in good shape or it’s a hot mess, but either way, I revise it. Then do that some more…
Q: Black Wings features a wickedly smart little girl who befriends a raven. Why a raven?
A: The original story idea came from a book I’d read about an experiment that had been done in the seventies, in which a family “raised” a chimpanzee as a sibling to their son. While Black Wings eventually became very, very different than I’d originally imagined, at some point along the way, I read an article about how smart ravens and crows are. It would also be much easier to acquire one for a regular family. The idea stuck with me, and the more I researched ravens, the more I knew that Onyx was going to be exactly what the story needed.
Q: You chose to tell Black Wings exclusively from the mother’s point of view. Why did you decide that Marian was the character we get to hear from? Why not the daughter, Briella?
A: I’m a big fan of deep POV, especially when it allows secrets to be kept from the reader. In Marian’s point of view, we can never know what Briella is really thinking. We can only know what Briella is telling her mother. It’s not a spoiler alert to reveal that the kid lies! But the reader can’t really know what she’s lying about if we aren’t in her head. Also, honestly, inside that kid’s head is probably a really scary place to be. And I identified a lot with Marian, as a mother faced with the realization that her child is not….quite…right…