I hadn't read either of the books in this new series until recently and I was quite taken with the unique and original Dream Lands concept and the idea of a person as a 'Nightmare', a half-human and half supernatural entity.
Kathryn is here to tell us more about the new book and her writing and has offered to answer your questions. Anyone leaving a comment or asking a question will be entered in a drawing for a set of the two Nightmare Chronicles books. As usual entry details are found at the end of the post.
Short Bio:My first book was published in 2001 through Avon Romance. Since then I've published over a dozen books and made the jump from straight historical romance to paranormal historical romance. I've also become a USA Today bestselling author! In 2008 I embarked on a new adventure with the publication of my first romantic urban fantasy series, The Nightmare Chronicles. And yes, I'll still be writing historical paranormal romance as well. Why give up a good thing when I can have my cake and eat it too?
SFG: Dark Side of Dawn is the second book in your Nightmare Chronicles series and is just hitting shelves today. I love the play on words in the title by the way. Tell us about the series and especially about the Dream Lands and the main character Dawn, who is a Nightmare.
SFG: The world-building in the Nightmare Chronicles is a very different and unique from the usual supernatural who’s who of vampires, shifters, demons and angels. What kind of research did you do for the series?
I’ve always had an interest in dreams. When I was younger I mentioned to a friend that I’d had a nightmare, but then I “changed it.” She was a psychology major and looked at me rather intently. She asked if I knew anything about lucid dreaming, and of course, I didn’t. I was amazed to find out that not everyone can change their dreams, so that is probably what really got me interested in the subject. I don’t do as much lucid dreaming as I used to. Now, I just let my dreams play out. Regardless, I fell in love with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics and devoured the entire series. In college I studied ancient mythology. I also have books on dreaming and on therapy through dream analysis. Very interesting stuff. From these interests the idea for Dawn first bloomed.
SFG: What’s scene or moment in Dark Side of Dawn did you enjoy writing the most? Your favourite character?
My favourite scene is the one my husband thought the most disturbing. It’s the one where Dawn turns into “mother” when she’s attacked. My more macabre side came out for that, I guess. My favourite character is Verek, whom I would love to write about some day.
SFG: How about a Canadian connection question. Your character Dawn is from Toronto and you are originally from Nova Scotia. Any particular reason for picking TO?
I chose TO because my husband and I lived there for about a year and a half. Actually, we were north of the city in Maple, but to this day we still talk about our fave Indian restaurant and bakery that was there. We miss the Wonderland theme park, and the friends we left behind. So, making Dawn a Canadian was my way of giving a shout out not only to the country I'm proud to call home, but all the family and friends we have north of the 49th.
SFG: You also have a long-running vampire romance series, The Brotherhood of the Blood. Can you give some highlights? Can the books be read as standalones?
The Brotherhood of the Blood is a 5 book, 1 short story series about a group of medieval mercenaries who stumble upon a silver chalice, drink from it (thinking it’s the Holy Grail) and are turned into vampires with the blood of Lilith in their veins. The story line arcs throughout the stories, but you don’t have to read them in order – expect Night After Night should be read last since it brings all of the vamps together at last. The series was a lot of fun to write – and the one I get the most fan mail for!
SFG: in addition to your urban fantasy/paranormals you write Victorian Romance and Regency Historicals. Can you give us some highlights and maybe a recommendation for romance readers?
SFG: What new projects do you have on the horizon?
I’ve turned in the 2nd of my new historical series and am currently working on a Young Adult series for Harlequin Teen under the name Kady Cross. It’s a steampunk superhero book and so far has been a lot of fun! I’ve got a couple of other projects floating around, but I’m on a strict deadline for the next few months. I also have a lot of readers asking for more vampires or historical paranormal from me, so we’ll just have to see what happens there. I’d love to do it, so it will depend on whether or not I have the time, and if my publisher wants them!
SFG: We’re all readers here so we are all curious what you like to read when you have time and what you are reading now.
I love to read! I have a huge to-be-read pile. I like to read Young Adult fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror... I just like to read! Right now I’m reading a book for a quote, which I’m quite enjoying, and I’m getting into Ilona Andrews’ work. Next up is Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.
SFG: If you could be a supernatural creature, which one would you be?
An angel. Maybe a slightly fallen one. I love the whole idea of an inner struggle between good and evil. Characters that are morally ambiguous are so very interesting.
SFG: Tell us five things about yourself that no one knows.
This is difficult as I’m a pretty open book! I’ll give it ago.
- As a child I had a habit of cutting my own bangs. At 13 I shaved the sides of my head to look like Cyndi Lauper. Mom hid the clippers after that.
- When I was two I apparently told my family that I had a ‘real’ family elsewhere and described them in detail. Later, I was distraught, saying that my parents had been shot! My open-to-anything mother was – and still is – convinced I was talking about a past life. Since the alternative is to think I’m nuts, I guess I’ll side with her. I have no memory of any of this, but my oldest sister remembers.
- In high school I had a huge crush on Jim Morrison, despite his having died before I was born. I also had a thing for Alice Cooper. My favourite AC recording is the “From the Inside” album – all about the inmates at an insane asylum!
- My family was poor. We didn’t get a bathroom until I was 5. Consequently I have a deep and abiding aversion to outhouses. This extends to port-a-potties as well.
- My first crush was Shaun Cassidy. I was 5, he was 18. Shaun, if you’re out there, I’m still waiting.
Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to answer our questions and spending time with us. I think urban fantasy fans will be delighted with the Nightmare Chronicles. I certainly am a fan and of the Brotherhood of the Blood series as well. Check them out folks!
And now for the giveaway. I am giving away a set of the two Nightmare Chronicles books Before I Wake and Dark Side of Dawn to one lucky winner.
- To enter leave a comment or question for Kathryn Smith about her writing, her books or her new series. That's it. Easy peasy.
- Open to anyone anywhere in the world The Book Depository ships to.
- Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
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- Giveaway open until Midnight, November 30 EST.