What makes a novel one from the heart? To Ride a Puca.

I hear this phrase often: the novel from the heart. We all have one. Maybe we’ve written it. Maybe we haven’t. Maybe we’re holding off until we feel up to the challenge. When fellow Indelible, Heather McCorkle talked about her novel from the heart – I wanted to know more!


Could you tell us about your book in one sentence?  

The last of the druids in ancient Ireland face what could be their final battle for their homeland.

How is it connected to the Channeler novels?

This is a companion novel to the channeler series. Meaning, it’s a complete novel in itself. One doesn’t need to read the channeler series at all to read this book. It’s about one of the main character’s ancestors from the channeler series though so fans of it will hopefully love it.

Where did your interest in Irish mythology get started?

Fairy tales, literally! I’ve been fascinated with Irish mythology from a very young age when my parents first read me stories of fairies and leprechauns.

I’ve heard you say that To Ride a Puca is a book of the heart. Could you expand on that? Why is it so special?

It was a tough one to write because it’s very honest where history is concerned, and history often isn’t gentle. The idea for this novel started when I began to research my own Irish lineage and so it was literally born of the heart. The hardships of my ancestors bled onto the page in a very real way for me.

What’s coming up in the future for you? More Channeler novels? Or something new?

Definitely! The final novel in the channeler series will be coming out this fall, Rise of a Rector. After that, I can’t say exactly. But what I can say is that there are two more historicals in my future and some full fledged fantasy novels.

Wow, Heather. This book sounds terrific. I love knowing that someone’s novel is one from the heart. Sounds amazing.

Go to Heather’s blog to enter her giveaways!

Purchase To Ride a Puca at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

So how many of you out there have a novel from the heart written or yet to be written? Or a novel that you loved so much it became a part of your heart!


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12 Responses to What makes a novel one from the heart? To Ride a Puca.

  1. Natalie Aguirre June 5, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Awesome interview Heather and Laura. I’ve heard Heather say this is a book of her heart and it’s great to hear her tell us why. So excited for her release of this book.

    • Heather McCorkle June 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Thank you Natalie! So glad I could share this story with all of you. 🙂

  2. Stina Lindenblatt June 5, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Sounds like an awesome book. I think all stories should be written from the heart. Those are the only ones I write. That’s what gets me through the edits.

    • Heather McCorkle June 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      It definitely helps get through the edits! LOL!

  3. Lisa Green June 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Beautiful interview! Heather is just rocking!! Very prolific. And I assume the gorgeous cover is her design as well. 😀

    • Roland D. Yeomans June 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Heather is one of the most heartfelt, creative people I know. Her artistry with covers or with prose does come from her soul. So I am not surprised this novel comes straight from her heart. Excellent interview … I especially liked the lead-in.

      Heather, I, too, have always been fascinated with Irish myth … with world mythology actually. Which comes to no surprise to the three people who have actually read my books. LOL. May your sales be much higher than that!! Bon chance, Heather!

    • Heather McCorkle June 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Aw, thanks Lisa. I’m totally blushing now.

  4. Donna K. Weaver June 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I’ve been enjoying the Channeler series. The cover for this book is beautiful.

    • Heather McCorkle June 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Thank you Donna!

  5. Laura June 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Thanks everyone! When I hear that someone wrote a book from the heart, which I don’t think all books are, I immediately want to read it. I think a book of the heart is different than writing from the heart b/c we should always be doing that! Congrats to Heather!

    • Heather McCorkle June 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      After writing it I have to agree completely. I’ll never write another book that isn’t from the heart. This novel taught me how it’s supposed to be done. 😉

      Thank you for having me over Laura!

  6. August McLaughlin June 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks both of you—such a fun interview. 🙂

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