My good friend and fellow author Fiona Jayde had a paranormal romance novella called NIGHT HAVEN come out at Samhain this week, so I’m taking time out from my vacation in Lake Tahoe to give a shout out! I’m going to give the winner of the drawing a choice of one of these Fiona sexy, adventuresome novellas: Booty Call, Treasure of Devil’s Isle, or Pas de Deux. (Here’s a link to Amazon for Fi’s books). All you have to do is leave a comment to qualify, and I’ll choose a name Friday!
Congrats on the release of NIGHT HAVEN, Fi!
1. When you first considered writing a werewolf series, what did you think your biggest challenge would be? And now that you’ve written the first book, do you think you were right, or was there something even tougher you came across as you worked on the story?
One of the two biggest challenges in Night Haven turned out to be the plot thread on which I’m building the series. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)
My hero – Luke – is a vampire tortured by his immortality and his inability to feel really anything. Well I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and I just couldn’t see that happening with Luke remaining an immortal vampire – or turning Dina into one. I can’t really give away the ending, but this main plot thread – the mortality/immortality conflict – was the hardest to nail down – and the I think one of the most unique aspects in the story. (Which addresses my second challenge – trying to make something unique and fresh out of something which so many talented authors have already played with)
2. NIGHT HAVEN is the first in a planned series. What elements attract you to writing a series? What elements attract you to reading one?
I love the continuity of loosing myself in a world (both reading and writing). You know the rules, you know what can be broken. In both reading and writing you can get one hell of a surprise when those rules get bent. I also love an opportunity to explore characters “before” their story – so that I get to know them first, before they face the challenge and obstacle of falling in love. (I mentioned that I”m a romance junkie right?)
3. You write very strong, kick-ass heroines. What qualities do your heroes need to keep up with them without looking… well… like wusses? 🙂
LOL tough one! I think the most important quality a hero needs to not look like a wuss with a tough kickass heroine is his complete security in his masculinity. He doesn’t need to prove himself – to himself or anyone else. Confidence is one of the most attractive qualities in a hero IMO:)
4. What kind of research did you do for NIGHT HAVEN?
Angels. Bloodwolves are named for Angels and I did a lot of research into Angel names and such.
That and the mythical Lilith who supposedly was the first cast out angel (Or Adam’s first wife – depends on what you read) who may have birthed demons. (I”m thinking she was grossly misunderstood)
5. Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Ya know, I don’t think I’ve ever had a “typical” writing day in a LOONG time. I usually mutter to myself. And I will cat my older cat to come help – I write best with feline supervision. I think I need some sort of ritual with my Terra Cotta Chinese Warriors before I start writing to perk up the old muse.
6. Aside from being an uber-talented writer, you’re also a graphic artist. Do your two artistic outlets ever intersect?
Oww thanks! Actually the artistic side and the writer side don’t talk to each other much. The only time I did my own cover was for DragonSlayer (GrimJustin doesn’t count since the cover followed a previous idea). Well it took me AGES to nail something down – because translating a vision from writing then back to a visual medium is not something I’m easily capable of.
7. And now for something a little different… If you could live in any time period that came before this one, which time period would you pick, and where (geographically) would you live?
I would LOOOVE to go to feudal Japan and study to be a Ninja. Learn how to leap and fly and be invisible and invincible.
I have a strong fascination in anything Japanese – and specifically the art of stealth:)
Be sure and leave a comment to qualify to win a free Fi ebook novella!!