Kristen: I’m so glad! Thank you! 🙂
Jen: What drew you to a Beauty & the Beast type of story?
Jen: Archer is such a compelling character. How would you describe him to new readers and how would he describe himself?
Kristen: I would describe Archer as intelligent, compassionate, and strong, but so very hurt by life that he’s walled himself in.
Archer would tell you that he does not describe himself. In fact, the very thought of it has made him flee the room. Wait, he’s returned to inform me that he did not “flee” the room but quit the room because he no longer wished to discuss such feminine notions, and would I please use the proper vocabulary to describe his actions. Ahem. Right then.
Jen: There is so much mystery throughout the story about the way he looks. How do you manage to make a man sexy and swoon-worthy without describing what he looks like?
Kristen: Well I’m very happy to know he came off as swoon-worthy. 🙂
Kristen: Let’s! 🙂 I loved writing her. She was so pragmatic and loyal. I knew she would be the perfect foil for Archer because he would never be able to scare her away. She’d simply tell him to get over himself. Lol. But I also knew there needed to be a reason for her fearlessness. With her power, I’d say she has good justification to rush headlong into danger.
Jen: In the book, she wields a supernatural power. Do you think you’ll ever attempt to ferret out the origin of her gift or is it just one of those things that simply is what it is?
Kristen: Hmm… I don’t think I have one favorite. But my favorite bits are the verbal sparring between Archer and Miranda. They totally took over when it came to dialogue. Right from the start, I always knew what they were going to say to each other. As for a snip, let’s see… Here is one that I particularly liked. This is after Archer has been injured while defending Miranda and they’ve had…ahem, quite the heated encounter against a brick wall.
“Good God, you’re bleeding like a skinned cat.”
“Really, Miranda, you are the most colorful speaker at times.” A smile ghosted over his lips. Sparring with her apparently restored his good humor. Or perhaps it was easier for him to brush away what they had done, she thought with a flush. But when she reached for him, he swatted her hand.
Her fingers clenched her skirt. “This is unfair. You can save my life, assault me in an alleyway– ”
“Assault, was it?”
“Just look at you! It’s a wonder you are even sitting upright.”
“How odd. My definition of ‘assault’ must be in error.”
“You are not made of iron, you know. You should have alerted me of your injury at once. You could have bled to death! What were you thinking?”
His mouth twitched. “I’m going to assume that was a rhetorical question.”
Jen: I am kind of partial to the actually scene IN the alleyway. Wow. (**moving on**) In addition to Firelight, you’ve released a prequel novella, Ember. Do you think people should read it before or after Firelight?
My favorite part about it, however, is that I got to include a love scene from Archer’s point of view. Something I couldn’t really do in Firelight because of that pesky word count limit my publisher held me to.
There was one editor, however, who did want it. Only I had to change Miranda’s point of view. Initially, Miranda’s scenes were in first person and Archer’s in third. This, I found out, was a big no-no in romance. So I spent a few months revising. Almost a year after going on submission, Firelight sold to that editor.
Because of this, the praise means very much to me. But in the end, it is simply gravy. That people get to read the story is what’s key.
Jen: I can’t let you go without asking about what you have planned for the future of the series. Talk to me about Moonglow and tell me there are more books planned after that as well.
Kristen: Moonglow is Daisy’s story. Daisy is Miranda’s slightly naughty and irreverent sister. Newly widowed, she is set to experience the pleasures of life that her repressive husband withheld from her. This all goes to pot, however, when she draws the attention of a mad werewolf, and the only one who can save her is another werewolf –the equally naughty and irreverent Ian Ranulf. Unfortunately for Ian, the more he interacts with other werewolves, the more likely it is that he too will go mad. If Firelight is about trusting love despite all logic, Moonglow is about love helping you to become the best version of yourself.
After Moonglow, is Winterblaze, Winston and Poppy’s story. And then I am under contract for a fourth book featuring characters introduced in Moonglow. With each book, we learn more about this other London. The one filled with supernatural beings, including werewolves –obviously- but also such beasties as Ghosts in the Machines, who are body thieves with clockwork hearts that keep them enslaved to their creator, and the organization that keeps them all in check.
Jen: Thank you so much for taking the time to visit the blog and answer my questions. And I wish you great success with all the Darkest London books!
Kristen: Thank you so much for asking me! I enjoyed visiting!
If you haven’t read Firelight, here is your chance! We’re giving away a copy (US only.) Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Another very big thanks to Kristen for answering my questions today!