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ARRC2017: Thea Harrison Q&A

23 March 2017

Wyr, Djinn, dragons, magic, witches, alpha males, independent feisty women, romance and sex. Lots of tremendous, mind-blowing, screaming, utterly fantastic, wildly pleasurable sex—as described in her latest book, Moonshadow.

Thea Harrison is no stranger to romance writing. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter, all of which have been re-issued.

But why did Thea turn to the paranormal and where did the idea of her highly successful series, Elder Races—now extended to the Moonshadow series—come from? That and many other questions were on the agenda for the Q&A session at ARRC2017.

Thea came to us via the wonders of technology from her home in Colorado. (Just as well we weren’t in the Other Lands where such things don’t work.)

The room was full of Thea Harrison fans and we found out the answers to such questions as the kind of research she does to write fantasy, how she constructs the political world of the Elder Races and the couple she found toughest to write.

There were a few things, though, that Thea kept close to her chest, such as why she chose to set the new series in the UK. The answer to that question will be revealed in time. However, she did tell us that the poor little abused dog that Sophie rescues at the beginning of Moonshadow was indeed based on a dog Thea rescued many years ago.

The session was a great success. Thea was generous with her time and her insights into her writing life and the world of the Elder Races.

A special thanks to CAV for ensuring that any technical issues with the Skype session were ironed out the day before, allowing the Q&A to proceed seamlessly.

If you weren’t able to make it to ARRC2017, we have a video recording of the session. (Thea will appear after a brief introduction.) Enjoy!


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