Friday, August 3, 2012

Ravaged Author Heather Whittington Talks Encantado

Ravaged author Heather Whittington shared a few insights about her contribution to the anthology. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book (and include your e-mail address so we can contact you if you win)!

What is your story in Ravaged about?

“Encantado” is about a young man who meets a mysterious woman at a party. Derek sees
her hooking up the with host during the shindig. When the host's body is recovered from the ocean, Derek wonders if the woman had anything to do with it, despite his intense attraction to her.

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

I was looking for a different sort of shapeshifter, one that hasn't been done many times over. I came across the legend of encantado during my research. Meaning “enchanted one,” the encantado are usually dolphins who shift into human form. They are particularly attracted to parties and sex.

Favorite line?

Hard to pick one. Guess I'd have to go for this bit: "It's my day off, Chris. My only day off this week. You think I'm gonna waste it by getting up early and accomplishing

Now for a little about yourself. How long have you been writing, and how did you become a writer?

I've been a published writer for about a year and a half now. I've been writing since high school at least. When I met a friend at the theatre a few years ago (I was auditioning for a musical), she saw I had the Nanowrimo banner on my blog and invited me to join her writing group.

Have you got anything else out/due out?

I have stories printed in anthologies by Pill Hill Press, Wicked East Press, Bards and Sages Quarterly, and SNM Horror Magazine. Several stories are available in several of SNM Horror's online magazine. I also have a stand-alone story with Breathless Press called “Bordello Secrets.”

Top tip for writing/publishing?

I always thought Nike had the best advice: Just do it.

And a few questions just for fun. If you were a shifter what animal would you change into?

A cheetah. Though any feline animal would do.

Favorite food and drink?

I love fresh strawberries in vanilla yogurt, and I love chocolate milk.

Favorite movie?

Way too many of these. But the tippy-top of the list would have to be “Serenity.”

Boxers or Briefs?


Finish this sentence: I have never...

been drunk in my life. Though there are a lot of people who would buy tickets to that epic event.

Find more about Heather Whittington here.

Can't wait to be Ravaged? Buy the book here.

Want more from Ravaged authors? Check out the full set of interviews at the links below, and don't forget to comment for a chance to win (include your e-mail address so we can contact the winners)!


  1. I couldn't find a spot to comment on both interviews. I hope it's ok to do so here. The interviews were great! Other than Nicholas Sparks, I haven't read a romance story written by a guy. I'd love the chance to read the stories by both of these authors!

  2. Thanks for stopping by! -Heather W.

  3. You can buy tickets to the K.R.R. getting drunk event today! It's the big farm party this weekend. Can't wait to do a Ravaged reading for the partygoers tonight.

    Heather, the premise for your story is fantastic. I knew that dolphins are one of the only other creatures that has sex for I'll know how they like it!

    1. Thanks for the dolphin trivia, K.R.R. :) I'd never heard of that!

    2. I'd never heard about that, either. Thanks for the compliment, K.R.R.

  4. I think it is always interesting to take something you find while researching and turn it into a story. You are both educating others about the original story and transforming it for your own ends.


  5. Half the time I really struggle finding inspiration for stories. I find Wikipedia occasionally helpful in that way. :) Thanks for commenting, Dimitriy!

  6. Dolphin shifters is a new one for me. I'm looking forward to reading about them.

    I had never heard that about dolphins and sex. Interesting! LOL!


  7. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Susan. I hope you enjoy the story!