Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blogger Book Fair: Resurrecting Harry by Contance Phillips

Today, I bring you Constance Phillips, discussing her favorite scene to write in her novel, Resurrecting Harry.

When asked what my favorite scene to write from Resurrecting Harry was, I didn’t even have to think about it. Without a doubt it was the scene in which Eric first falls victim to Harry’s wants and needs pulsing within him, and then realizes he is, in fact, separate from Harry and can make his own choices.

I knew that Erich’s act of picking a lock and breaking into a cabinet in Bess’s shed would be treading the line between alpha hero and first-class jerk, but I enjoyed showing the way Harry’s memories and will overpowered Erich, and then his realization that he can overcome Harry’s spirit and act on his own.

Here’s an excerpt from that scene:

Harry’s memories, his very soul, pulsed inside with each beat of Erich’s heart. Was it even possible for him to use those memories to accomplish the skills Harry had worked tirelessly to learn? There was much more to picking a lock or escaping shackles or a straight jacket than the mental knowhow.

In this moment, nothing seemed more important than proving those skills were not as dead as his previous body. Finding a hat pin, of all things, in the bottom of the drawer, Erich faced off against the lock. That piece of him that was all Harry stood tall inside, filling the void, making his head swell and swim.

Squatting so he was on eye level, his fingers began their manipulations, driven by the memories of a past life. Pride welled as the lock popped open in just a handful of seconds. “My, my, I do believe that’s a new record,” he said in a voice that was more boastful and more Harry’s than the one he’d grown used to.

The lock fell away from the handles.

I really enjoyed this brief moment where I shined the spotlight big and bold on what I imagined Harry’s stage frame-of-mind to be. I showed what I thought it must be like for him when he was on the stage, in the middle of an escape.

In the paragraphs that follow that excerpt; Bess catches him breaking into the cabinet, throws lemonade in his face, and then threatens to kick him off the property. Seeing what he’s done through her eyes and realizing there is a difference between what belonged to Harry and what belongs to Erich, is a life changing moment for Erich. He then begins to understand the he can treat Bess in a different way than Harry did.

For more information about Resurrecting Harry, see below:

Can the greatest escape artist ever known break the grim reaper’s chains to save the only woman he’s ever loved?

In order to save Bess from self-destruction, Harry Houdini puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.

Bess clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave, determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, even if that means befriending her husband's sworn enemy. Erich needs to help Bess over her loss and put her on the road to healing, but will any good come from resurrecting Harry? 


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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.

Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).

Constance blogs regularly at You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.





Constance Phillips said...

Thank you for hosting me!

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