Lori Pescatore, author of Human Blend, was more than kind and answered several questions for me. Read on for more about Human Blend and Lori's publication journey.
Where did the idea for Human Blend come from?
This is my favorite genre to read and write in. The idea of a girl on the run and hiding out in a small town was how it started. I think I just wrote what I would have liked to read about.
Did you have to do any research for the story?
I did do research. Once I knew the story was to be in a small town, I researched towns and finally settled on Marion VA for it's quaintness and attractions, namely Hunger Mother Park. The hotel, park and hospital are actually locations in Marion. Even the welcome sign in the beginning of the story was researched.
Is there any significance to the numbers that are on the book cover?
Ah, good question, I was hoping someone would ask that. There is in fact. The actual meaning is not revealed until the third book. Numbers will actually play an even more significant role as the story evolves in the sequels.
What is your writing process like? Do you plot out your story first or do you have a vague idea and let the characters make it all their own?
I usually just have the main idea of the story at least the conflict involved. Once the characters introduce themselves, I've given them voice and they take it from there. How the conflict resolves itself is totally up to them. Their personalities, actions and reactions finish the book. As you can tell with this story and my others in the works, all are character driven stories. The characters are the main story.
Do you have a favorite character to write? (I was excited for any scene with the good ol’ Dr. Eli Elsworth)
Ah, tough one. Of course cause they are all inside my head, it is hard to pick one. I loved writing all of them, but I do have a fun time writing for villains. Some of my earlier fan fiction work contained some very dark and nasty characters. Luke was born from them. Instead of a character, I would like to say a favorite scene. It contains three of the main characters. I loved the confrontation scene between Dr. Eli Elsworth and Austin when the doctor finds him sneaking out of Julie's room. That was a defining moment between the two characters. Lines were drawn.
What has it been like self-publishing your book and then promoting it?
An amazing and incredible journey. I had to learn what the meaning of marketing was. Between making the decision to publish it myself and doing the formatting and designing the cover, I am thrilled I am now at the point of sharing it with readers. Promoting it has become a part time job but well worth it. It does take time and effort and belief. You gotta believe. You can't be discouraged by roadblocks.
Are you currently working on a sequel to Human Blend? (I’m more than a little excited to see where the story goes).
I am four chapters into the sequel, my goal was to have it ready for readers by Valentines Day. I may have to push that back a month or two but not much more. I'm very excited about this second installment. You will get to find out more about the good doctor and his people.
Do you have any plans for future novels, outside of the Human Blend world?
I love these questions! Yes actually. I had begun a story about a spirit crosser and a demon hunter that I put on hold to start the sequel to Human Blend. I will get back to that after I finish the sequel.
Thank you so much for the interview! I hope everyone enjoys Human Blend!
Thank you Lori! It was a pleasure reading and reviewing Human Blend. I cannot wait for the sequel.