Interview and Giveaway with Nalini Singh

Posted October 29, 2014 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Interviews / 56 Comments


~Nalini Singh~


Welcome back to UTC, Nalini! We are thrilled to have you return. You’re releasing a Psy-Changeling novella in the NIGHT SHIFT anthology called SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT. We’ve met Bastien Smith previously. What do you think readers will be most surprised to learn about Bastien in this story?

I think it’s less about surprise with Bastien and more about seeing into the heart of his nature. He’s one of those heroes who is a genuinely good man—but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a sinful side. He is a big, gorgeous leopard changeling after all. 😉

Can you tell us a little about his heroine?

Kirby is a kindergarten teach who’s just moved into DarkRiver territory. She has trouble getting close to people because of how she grew up (her past is a bit of a mystery even to her) and she’s a little shy. Now she has a teasing DarkRiver cat whispering wicked promises in her ear – and Kirby discovers she’s tougher than she thinks, tough enough to handle a leopard changeling who has decided she’s his.

You are ALSO releasing ARCHANGEL’S SHADOWS, book 7 in the Guild Hunter series!  Busy lady!  The HIGHLY anticipated story of Ashwini and Janvier.  What was your favorite thing about writing this book?

I loved returning to these two! They’ve waited a long time for their story, and while Archangel’s Shadows also updates us on what’s going in New York, and with Elena and Raphael, it is very much Ash and Janvier’s story. The feel and tone of the story reflects the fact that these two have always laughed together even as they annoyed and infuriated one another – but this time, we also get to see into the raw emotional power of their connection.

What is your favorite thing about Ashwini?  And what about Janvier?

It’s actually the same things for both—the fact that they’re blood loyal to the people they love, and generous enough to forgive mistakes, even when some of those mistakes are so hurtful.

What are 5 things that fans can expect from reading ARCHANGEL’S SHADOWS?

  1. More than a hint of laughter. Ashwini and Janvier have wicked senses of humor and it comes through in their story.
  2. More Naasir – he’s a bit of a scene stealer.
  3. Blood and darkness in the aftermath of the war that raged over New York only weeks earlier.
  4. One awesome dinner party where Elena plays a guessing game with Naasir.
  5. Wicked sexual tension.

With both of your series you’ve written several full length books in the series as well are many novellas and shorts. The world must be so vivid for you. Do you approach writing novels differently than some of the shorter length stories?

The novellas tend to be more linear in storyline, while the full length novels carry through series-arc storylines alongside the main thrust of that particular book. As a result, I do have to approach them differently in terms of how the stories are structured.

The books tend to be jigsaw puzzles at the start, and I have to spend a lot of time pulling various threads together – and sometimes, I have to leave a certain thread for a future book, because it doesn’t organically fit the current story. Because of that balancing of storylines, I probably write at least twice as many words as will end up in the final book.

There is always so much action and events. How are you able to keep track of the details for your complex worlds?

The storylines as a whole are all in my head, though I do make notes about future stories as they come to me. I compare it to having a movie running in my mind – for example, when I do my slices of life short stories, I peek into that movie and capture a moment. J

With the more minute details (for example, exact Gradients of psychic power, or the precise eye color or wing colors of a character), I have a private wiki that I double check things against. I also always triple check everything against the published books, because occasionally, I delete scenes but the info is still in my head.

Do you find yourself having to get in a different mindset when writing different series? What sets your writing mood?  The Guild Hunter has a much darker and edgier feel than your Psy-Changeling and you always manage to deliver the perfect combination for each book.

It’s more of a mental switch than anything physical in my writing environment – part of the reason I love writing both the Psy-Changeling and the Guild Hunter series is that they are so different that my mind automatically falls into a different rhythm for each.

I will sometimes listen to different music for different books, but that relates more to the specific book usually than to the series as a whole.

Who are some authors you like to read when not writing?

I love JD Robb’s In Death series, Laura Florand’s Chocolate books, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s Liaden books, Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas books, Anne Gracie’s historicals (The Perfect Rake is a total favorite), Patricia Briggs Anna & Charles books… and more! I could keep going and going!

I also enjoy non-fiction books, both for research, and out of personal interest in the subject. One I really liked this past year was Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

How do you celebrate on release day that your book baby will now be in the hands of the masses?

My celebration tends to happen when I hand the book in! I usually take a couple of days off, read, catch up on favorite TV shows, and just generally relax.

On release day, I’m very hyper (in a happy way). I get just as excited with every new release, and I try to reply to as many reader comments and questions as I can.

What’s next for Nalini Singh?

I’m currently working on Shards of Hope, the next Psy-Changeling book. After that, I’ll start work on the next Guild Hunter book.

In between, I’ll be doing copy edits for the next Rock Kiss book, which is a fun romance featuring an ex-rugby player hero. That’s scheduled for release around March next year.

I also have a Psy-Changeling anthology that I’m really hoping to edit and finish sometime next year, so fingers crossed on that. No promises though!

Oh, before I forget – I’ll also continue to do exclusive free short stories for my newsletter subscribers. J

Thanks so much for sharing with us today, we love having you here!

Thanks for the interview!



Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.



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Angels’ Blood: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Archangel’s Kiss : Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads Our Review
Archangel’s Consort: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Archangel’s Blade: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Archangel’s Storm: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Archangel’s Legion: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Archangel’s Shadows: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review


About Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.



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56 responses to “Interview and Giveaway with Nalini Singh

  1. Kikitsablp89

    Nalini is sooooo amazing!!! I love all of her books!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on the newest ones!!!

  2. Anca B.

    Thanks for the amazing interview! I can’t wait for Shards of Hope, the next Psy-Changeling book, for the next Rock Kiss book and the next Guild Hunter book. Well, I can’t wait for any of her books.

  3. Stephanie F.

    Excellent interview. Live Nalini, she is such an amazing writer. I’m looking forward to both books but especially Ash and Janvier’s story. I’ve wanted their story for a long time and I love books with sizzling sexual tension.

  4. Anne

    I love reading about what authors like to read. Sometimes it seems quite surprising given what they write. I’ve added a few of their authors to my list as well.

  5. Veronica De Luna

    I love Nalini Singh and all her books. Thanks for a great interview. Looking forward to reading this latest book.

  6. Amy R

    Great interview, I haven’t read any Psy-Changeling books but I have read some of the Guild Hunter series.

  7. Janie McGaugh

    It’s nice to get into Nalini’s head and find out more about the upcoming books and her writing process. I’m really looking forward to reading Ashwini and Janvier’s story.

  8. Annette Court

    Thanks for a great interview, love Nalini’s books & can’t wait to start reading Archangel’s Shadow.

  9. Sophia Rose

    Wow! Three series being actively written must keep her seriously busy. I loved the five hints about the new Guild Hunter book.

    Fun interview, ladies! Thanks for giveaway opportunity.

  10. Bonnie Cozad

    I love reading/listening to author interviews! It is really nice to learn some of the background thinking that authors use when writing. Thanks for all the great interviews!

  11. Cathy

    Thank you for the wonderful intreview! I am excited for all of Nalini’s upcoming books, especially T-Rex. 🙂

  12. BookLady

    What a great interview! I especially enjoyed how Nalini compared the beginning of her books to jigsaw puzzles and how she keeps track of her complex worlds. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Deb

    I love the world building, the strong heroines she writes, the complex male heroes, the strong plot and the story you can jump into from the first page.

  14. Ashleigh Downes

    No I haven’t read any of the books yet but I sure as heck want to!! Awesome giveaway!! Thanks so much!!

  15. I adore Nalini Singh and this was a great interview! I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve reread the Psy-Changeling books. I just can’t get enough of the worlds she creates and her characters are truly swoon-worthy!

  16. Irene Jackson

    I love both series Guild Hunter and Psy/Changeling I really couldn’t choose a favourite. Enjoyed the interview , it must be so difficult keeping all the info on 2 different worlds straight!

  17. Kerry

    Love all of Nalini’s books – Im a huge fan of the guild hunter series though. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Liz

    I loved Archangel’s Shadows! I think it may be my favorite Guild Hunter book so far. Naasir was definitely a scene-stealer. 🙂

  19. erinf1

    Ms. Singh is another author that is an immediate autobuy for me 🙂 I actually just finished Archangel’s Shadow last night and it was fantastic!!! Thanks for such a fun interview!

  20. Texas Book Lover

    Nalini Singh is a go to author who never disappoints! Thanks so much for the great interview!

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