Interview with Kim Harrington about the Clarity series
Kim was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about Clarity and Perception.
I hope you enjoy her answers!
1 – Can you tell us about what inspired you to start writing Clarity?
Strangely enough, CLARITY came from one line that popped into my head. And from those five words grew a snarky, sarcastic main character and her unusual family. I played the “what if” game, figuring out what’s the worst thing I could do to them. And CLARITY was born! The line that started it all is now the last sentence of chapter two.
2 – Some of the characters in Clarity have a few special paranormal abilities. Has the paranormal always interested you?
Definitely. When I was a little girl I wanted so badly to be psychic. I read all these books about ESP and tried to read my friends’ minds and all that. So, maybe creating main characters with paranormal gifts is a bit of wish fulfillment. Plus it’s fun to write!
3 – While writing Clarity and then Perception what was the biggest challenge you faced?
The biggest challenge is finding the right balance with the mystery plots. I want to give enough clues to keep the suspense high, but not so many that it becomes predictable. I want the reader to be able to figure some of the truth out, but not all of it. It’s a delicate balancing act.
4- Can you tell us something we might not know about the series or the characters?
Clare’s original name was Andromeda “Andie” Fern. With a title change came a name change and now I can’t imagine her as anything other than Clare.
5 – Clare is a great, strong character. In your opinion what makes a great character? Is there a specific trait you just can’t stand on a character?
I think most people would say great characters should be likeable, but I think it’s more important to be interesting. This is someone you’re going to follow around for three hundred pages. If you’re going to be in their head, you want that to be an interesting place. The only type of character I can’t stand is an immature, whiny one.
Thanks for having me!
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