Published: 4th January 2014
When seventeen-year-old Matt Archer set out on his last mission in the Australian Outback, he thought it would be like every other hunt.
Not even close.
After only two days on the ground, his best friend is possessed, a long-lost family member has returned and hidden truths have come to the surface. Add in a coven of witches bent on bringing about the end of the world and, well, this trip has started to suck. Badly.
As his power and strength continue to grow, so does Matt’s concern that he’s becoming more and more like the creatures he’s been charged to hunt: a monster.
Faced with some of his biggest challenges to date, Matt has to decide what he needs to protect most—his family, his team…or himself.
Tell us a bit about your Matt Archer series, for those who don't know what it's about.
Matt Archer is an ordinary teen, living in Billings, Montana, who discovers that not only are monsters real, but that he’s been chosen to hunt them. He’s propelled into a secret world, to fight with a military unit and eliminate the threat before it becomes public. Over time, Matt makes some shocking discoveries about the knife he fights with, and that changes everything. Most importantly, the story follows Matt as he grows (sometimes literally) into a man who carries the fate of the world on his shoulders.
What was the inspiration behind Matt Archer?
I wanted to write a fun, boy-centric YA for my son. When I started, Twilight was at the height of its popularity, and I kept hearing that there wasn’t enough teen fiction for guys. I believe that’s changing, but at the time the selection was pretty sparse.
What was your favourite book/author when you were growing up?
I loved (and still do) Cynthia Voigt and Madeline L’Engle.
Which of your characters did you have the most fun writing?
For Bloodlines, I had a blast with “not-Will.” I’ll leave it there, since that’s a bit of a spoiler. But, I think I consistently have the most fun with Matt’s sister, Mamie. She tends to steal scenes from her brother.
What have you had to research for you books? Have you discovered any interesting things?
I often joke that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security probably have a file on me. I have to research some unusual things, since I have a military aspect in the books. Grenade launchers, Humvees, Chinook helicopters…the most fun was learning about HALO parachute jumps for Blade’s Edge. I also research a number of world religions, and that’s been fascinating.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Teleportation, because it would reduce travel to almost nothing. Faster than flying!
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing a contemporary YA romance about a high-school newspaper reporter, and working out an outline for the final Matt Archer book, to be released late summer.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Find a good group of critique partners, people who will tell you the straight truth and know about writing fiction. The best way to improve is to write a lot and put it out there for review by other writers. I know how tempting it is to query something out too soon (I’ve done it…twice), but you’ll always be better served if you get plenty of opinions and spend the time doing a hard-core edit. And if you plan to self-publish, hire a good, reputable editor to review your work too. It’s not cheap, but very worth the investment.
Thanks Kendra! I'm sure Homeland Security have several authors on file! ;)
Author Bio - Kendra C. Highley
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.
$25 Amazon Gift Card
-Ends 9th February 2014
a Rafflecopter giveaway