I'm delighted to have one of my favourite urban fantasy writers, Jeaniene Frost here today for an interview and giveaway to celebrate the launch of First Drop of Crimson. The book is the first in a new series of standalone novels set in the Night Huntress World. I'll let Jeaniene give you the scoop in the interview.
Want to know more about the new series? Have a burning questions about Cat and Bones? Here's your chance. Jeaniene will be dropping in to respond to commenters.
Not only that, Jeaniene has also generously contributed 3 signed copies of First Drop of Crimson to be won by lucky commenters. Check the Giveaway Guidelines at the end of the post for the entry details.
You can read an extended excerpt of the book on Jeaniene's website here, visit her blog here or visit the wonderful Frost Cemetery fansite here.
SFG: First Drop of Crimson is set in your Night Huntress World. How will it differ from the Night Huntress series and how will it connect in terms of characters and timeline?
In terms of a Night Huntress timeline, First Drop of Crimson takes place after the events in Destined for an Early Grave. Readers who’ve followed Spade and Denise as side characters will get a lot of their questions about them answered with this book. However, since this is the first book with Spade and Denise as protagonists, readers unfamiliar with my other books won’t feel like they’re coming into the story midway. One of the perks of writing a stand-alone is that it doesn’t require being caught up on other novels in the series to enjoy it.
SFG: What comes next in the new spin-offs? I’ve enjoyed your interpretation of Dracula in the Night Huntress books. Any plans for him to have his own story?
Thank you! I would love to give Vlad his own series and have been dropping none-too-subtle hints to my editor about that. We’ll see once it’s time to talk new contracts if my efforts pay off. Until then, the next Night Huntress World novel, Eternal Kiss of Darkness, features mega-Master vampire Mencheres and human private investigator Kira as the protagonists. I really loved writing about Mencheres and Kira, but Vlad fans, don’t worry; he’s a side character in Eternal, so you won’t have to wait long to see Dracula again.
SFG: Cat and Bones have become one of the most recognized couples in urban fantasy. Why do you think readers connect so well with them?
SFG: You’ve said elsewhere that you plan to wrap up the Night Huntress series after 7 or 8 books. Can you give us a sneak peak at your plans or direction?
I could…but then my editor would kill me and thus readers would never know how things are going to end, ha! Okay, in all seriousness, just last month I told my editor how I intended to wrap up Cat and Bones’s storyline and her response was “Cool! Didn’t see that coming.” This made me gleeful, because I love it when I manage to happily surprise my editor. I hope her pleasant surprise is shared by readers when the final novel in the series is released.
SFG: All but the first book in your Night Huntress series have debuted high on the NYT bestseller list as well as other lists. How did you feel when you heard the news the first time? Does it ever get old?
I’ve gotten three more phone calls about bestseller lists since that one, and no, it doesn’t ever get old. Reader support for my series continually amazes and humbles me. I’m truly blessed. Yes, the bestseller streak is bound to end, but when it does, I will still feel lucky beyond all deserving because I’ve already received much more than I thought was possible.
SFG: A trend seems to be forming for urban fantasy writers to expand into writing young adult fiction or even into graphic novels. Do you have any plans to write YA or have the Night Huntress World series adapted into a comic?
No plans to have the Night Huntress World adapted into a comic. As for the young adult market, yes, I’d love to break into that one day. I have three partially-written young adult stories that have sat on my backburner for almost three years, so it’s something I’ve thought about for a while now. When I was a teen, the YA book selection consisted mainly of Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. Today, there’s a huge selection of incredibly well-written stories ranging from sweet and light to dark and cutting-edge. Definitely appealing, but even if I did sell one of my YA partials, I would still continue to write adult novels. I love variety in markets as a reader and would enjoy it as a writer, too.
SFG: What future projects are you working on or considering?
SFG: All of your characters have great nicknames. Do you have one? If not and you were a character in one of your books, what would it be?
I’m glad you like the character nicknames. I try to come up with interesting or funny ones, though Stan Lee makes it hard since he took all the really cool ones, lol. As for me, the closest thing I have to a nickname is a couple friends calling me “J”. I don’t know if I’d make up one for myself, were I magically transported into one of my books. Now, other characters would probably nickname me Chicken S**t because I’d be hiding under my bed all the time, but can you blame me? There are vampires, ghouls, ghosts, wraiths, black magic, demons, and even zombies in my books! I may love to write about those creatures, but I’d be afraid to live among them.
SFG: The urban fantasy and paranormal genres are booming. What are your thoughts on the future of the genres?
Paranormal and fantasy stories have existed since our ancestors first told fables around campfires. The market “boom” surrounding them might ebb and flow over time, but I don’t see an end to either genre. Fantasy and paranormal fiction presents an outlet for the timeless “what if there’s more to this world than we see…?” question, and I don’t see readers ever truly tiring of exploring that “what if” factor. It’s just too much fun.
SFG: If you could have lunch and a conversation with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Deceased author, it’d be a toss up between Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare. I love both equally but for different reasons. The Bard would probably be less depressing to have lunch with, but I still get chills when I read The Raven, so it would be hard to pick between them.
SFG: Being the SciFiGuy, I need to ask – what is your favourite SFF movie and book?
As you can tell from my answer above, it’s impossible for me to pick just one. My answer to this would also vary according to my mood, but right now for SFF movies I’d put Starship Troopers, Aliens, and Galaxy Quest at the top of my list. For SFF books, same disclaimer about mood affecting favorites, but I’ll list some classic faves: Watchers by Dean Koontz, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, and Watership Down by Richard Adams.
SFG: Tell us five things about yourself that nobody else knows (until now of course).
Wrapping up the interview with a trick question, huh? Okay, let’s see, five things about me that most people don’t know:
- I love turkey meatloaf
- I once had six ferrets
- I really want to visit Alaska
- Wolves are my favorite wild animal
- I wore Wonder Woman underoos as a child
Thank you Jeaniene for spending time with us (oh and the Underoos reveal was priceless)! I had the ubiquitous Linda Carter Wonder Woman poster on my wall when I was a kid but not quite the same...
I have three (3) copies of First Drop of Crimson to giveaway to our very special commenters. There are two easy ways to enter. Leave a comment or question for Jeaniene or if you don't have a question, then tell us who you think should play Cat or Bones (or any other central character) if a movie or TV series were to be made of the Night Huntress series/world.
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- Giveaway open until Midnight, February 17, 2010 EST.