Today I have the honor of interviewing one of my favorite authors: Ms. Gena Showalter. Welcome to That’s What I’m Talking About, Gena! We are here celebrating the recent release of Burning Dawn, the latest title in your entertaining Angels of the Dark series. Will you share with us a little about the latest tale in your good-angels-gone-bad series?
GS: Thank you so much for having me over! Writing Burning Dawn was such a pleasure. I’m still head over heels for Thane, an immortal warrior with an insatiable need for violence. And I know, I know. An insatiable need for violence—hardly hero material LOL But the majority of his savagery is directed at demons, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. And, yeah, okay, the rest is directed at his lovers. But they like it! Honest! Still, he fears he is becoming the very evil he fights against… though everything changes when he meets Elin Vale, a vulnerable beauty who will shred every bit of his iron-hard control. For the first time in his life, he has no desire to hurt, only to pleasure, and he has no idea how to deal. His journey touched my heart.
Can you share with readers what is up next for these dark angels? Do you have a set number of books you have planned for this series?
GS: There isn’t a set number of books planned, and I’m not sure who will be next. However, I’m curious to know the next warrior my readers are most interested in reading about. William? Cameo? Xerxes? Bjorn? Axel, perhaps? My goal is to give each one a happy ending.
The Angels of the Dark series is a spinoff from your wildly popular Lords of the Underworld series. At what point did you realize that you wanted to expand the Lords’ universe? Do you find it difficult to go back and forth between the two series and varying mythologies? Do you see the books and stories intersecting again in the future?
GS: I knew I wanted to delve deeper into the world of the Angels of the Dark while writing The Darkest Secret. When the smoldering winged warriors stepped into the Lords of the Underworld world, they were given a task. Protect the keeper of Secrets—or kill him. They didn’t care which. Life or death, decided as easily as a coin toss. Color me intrigued. These males were supposed to be the embodiment of love, but they were so freaking cold-blooded. I admit I liked the idea of warming them up.
Your books are set in numerous locals, including some intangible ones like the heavens and underworld. Is it more difficult to map out actual locations or ones that you have to create?
GS: I like creating my own locations. Probably because I’m sure to get all the details right LOL.
You also write a number of other series and books. How do you tackle each writing deadline? Do you write more than one book at a time, or is each story contained and completed before switching gears? Do you have different writing rituals for the different series?
GS: I’m very disciplined about my writing. I map out the number of chapters or pages I need to write or edit on a daily basis to meet a particular deadline and then I do it, no matter how long it takes me. If I have to work on multiple books at a time—which has happened quite a bit—I spend half of the day on one project, and then switch focus.
Okay, time to spill… do you have a favorite character from any that you’ve written? Is there one that has given you more grief than the others?
GS: William has been my favorite since the moment he stepped onto the pages of The Darkest Kiss. He takes nothing seriously—well, nothing but the condition of his hair. He will stab his friends as easily as he will stab an enemy. He has a warped sense of humor. He sleeps with anything breathing, and sometimes even that isn’t a requirement. He is a mystery. He has never been in love, thinks himself immune… and yet I know he will fall harder than any of the other warriors.
With all the writing you do, do you find time to enjoy reading a book or two? What are your favorite genres? Have you read any good books lately that you’d like to share?
GS: I don’t get to read as often as I’d like, but whenever possible I’ve got my nose buried in a book. I’ve been enjoying contemporary novels lately. Roxanne St. Claire is always an excellent choice. Lily Everett, Katie McGarry, Sabrina Elkins, and others. Rinda Elliott just launched a YA series with Norse mythology. Wendy Higgins has a new fantasy YA, See Me. I was honored to receive a sneak peek at a new paranormal series coming from Kristen Painter and seriously enjoyed.
On a personal note, I just have to say that your Lords of the Underworld series is one of my all-time favorites, and it was the focus of one of my first blog events, We love Gena Week, back in May 2010. After you saw the publicity I included on Twitter, you reached out to me to donate prizes. Thank you so much for your generosity! Over the past four years, do you find it getting more difficult or easier to stay in touch with readers via social media?
GS: I’m always so grateful to readers and bloggers who help spread the word about books they love. It’s beyond awesome! But I do find staying in touch a bit more difficult nowadays. More deadlines, more travel, and more promo means less time to interact on a daily basis.
Gena, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by That’s What I’m Talking About. It has been a true pleasure!
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About the book
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession…
A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy’s clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.
Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. But Thane’s unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.
Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.