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