Kim Harrison, bestselling author of the dark urban fantasyHollows series, has populated Cincinnati with witches, banshees, vampires, and other wondrous creatures. Her seventh and most recent title in the series isWhite Witch, Black Curse (Morrow, $25.99). The heroine is a white witch with memories of outings in Eden Park as a child. After a virus wiped out much of the human population, non-human creatures began to emerge in public.

BH: Why Cincinnati?

KH: I wanted a city rich in history and commerce, with planes, trains, roads and even water traffic possible. I looked it all over, and proudly went to my editor and said, “Cincinnati!” I swear, there was about five seconds of silence, but really, Cincinnati is fabulous with her rich history of once being the fourth-largest city in the U.S., the pigs, the tunnels, the grave robbing that went on when teaching hospitals were clamoring for cadavers and, my favorite, Cincinnati being the end of the underground railroad.

BH: Do you visit to do research?

KH: Most places I research on the internet, but when it comes to Cincinnati, I get in the car and go. I generally spend a few days there every year, trying to visit a few new places each time so my characters have new places to go. Camera in hand, I play the tourist, ranging as far as Loveland Castle.

BH: What’s with the Clint Eastwood titles?A Fistful of Charms, The Outlaw Demon Wails,etc.?

KH:The Eastwood movies are so well known that they are easily recognized and a curious reader will pick it up just to see what it’s about. I could have chosen any set of movies, but I really like the characters that Clint plays, especially the westerns.