The admission that I'm a big fan of Brigid Kemmerer, will surprise exactly no-one who knows me, and I'm super excited to have her here today as part of the blog tour for her latest book, SPIRIT. Those who follow the series will know that this is the third full-length book in the Elemental series, and stars Hunter—who I've long thought was one of the series' biggest enigmas. Well, folks, the book is fantastic. Action-packed, exciting, and, in parts, unexpectantly heart-breaking. Brigid's been kind enough to answer a few questions about, so buckle-up and have fun!
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OK, first up: Spirit is AWESOME. The most 'actiony' (totally a word) of the books so far. Was this a deliberate departure, or just how it happened? It kind of seems... on-theme with a pair of characters like Hunter and Kate. So. Was it a chicken or egg type of thing?
Brigid: Thank you! I think the books tend to follow the characters, and Hunter is definitely not a peaceful guy. His head is full of action and turmoil, so his life follows suit. It was a deliberate departure in that I knew his book was going to be full of drama, of all kinds. :-)
You've mentioned in the past that you've been writing about the Merricks, in various incarnations, since you were in High School. Was Hunter always part of this group, or is he a more recent addition?
Brigid: Hunter was always part of the group — but he was always the villain. (Side trivia: while the brothers' names haven't changed, his name has changed several times over the years. He's been Trent, Gareth, Garrett, and finally Hunter.)
I've always thought Hunter was one of the series' biggest enigmas--I could never quite get a read on him. In Spirit, we finally get to see inside his head. It's a pretty dark place. What was that like for you to write?
Brigid:It was DIFFICULT. Seriously, the most challenging character yet. Sometimes I couldn't even write on my laptop because it was too intense. I had to sit down and sketch out scenes in a notebook.
Maybe he just needs a big hug? Here, I have some volunteers...
And Kate. She's one hell of a heroine... and very unexpected. She's a pretty big departure from 'everygirls' like Becca and Layne. Did you take a different approach to writing her? Was she a challenge?
Brigid: She was a bit of a challenge, because she's nothing like me. She's very ballsy and sure of who she is. (Though she's not too sure of what she wants.)
For me, getting some insight into the guides was one of the coolest parts of meeting Kate. We've met Becca's dad, but only in passing. Becca and Hunter are Fifths, but they're not trained. Kate is a Guide, proper. You know, in practice, I get why the Guides exist. They're a good idea, but they're... not nice people. Why? What went wrong? You'd think they'd be able to relate to people like Merricks more than anyone else...
Brigid: This is a great question! The Guides have a connection to the spirit, so they have an empathetic link with people, in addition to being able to influence the four elements. In the beginning, they were the natural choice to police the full Elementals, because that empathy for humanity allowed them to see right from wrong. But that same empathy made it difficult to destroy full Elementals — they felt for them, too. So the Guides learned to turn off their emotions, to do what they felt was necessary. Unfortunately, turning off their emotions for so long hasn't made them the nicest people...
I'm sensing we haven't seen the last of super-villain, Silver, and the Guides. Any hints on what to expect?
Brigid: You definitely haven't seen the last of them. There are some exciting times ahead in Nick's book...
A HUGE thanks to Brigid for her time, and the lovely Wendy at The Midnight Garden for making this tour happen. If you haven't had enough Brigid, well, you're in for a treat.
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