06 March 2008

Thursday Thirteen: Dayna Hart Interviews Gena Showalter

In an attempt to convince my fellow bloggers that I should totally be kept on board despite my rapidly approaching Maternity Leave, I have begged and schmoozed my way into the hearts and heads of some Very Famous Writers. Okay, so only two have not slapped me with a restraining order so far, and I have had to promise to be this author’s personal stalker fangirl. (which was not so difficult, as I lurve her work, and she’s a terrifical person besides. And I’m not just saying that because she’s letting me use her in such a shameful way.)

So…here’s my interview with (*fangirl squee here*) Gena Showalter!

  1. What do you have coming out next? And can we have a sneak peek? (Erm, seriously, I want an ARC, please.)

    Up next are the first three books in my Lords of the Underworld series. I’ve never been more excited! They feature immortal warriors who opened Pandora’s box, releasing a horde of demons upon the earth. Now, as punishment, each warrior carries a demon inside himself.

    Maddox, the hero of The Darkest Night, is keeper of Violence. His heroine, Ashlyn, is able to stand in one location and hear every conversation that’s ever taken place there. Lucien, the hero of The Darkest Kiss, is keeper of Death. He’s been ordered to escort the goddess of Anarchy’s soul to the hereafter. The tempestuous and fun-loving Anya views his attempts as a game. Reyes, the hero of The Darkest Pleasure, is keeper of Pain. He’s forced to self-torture to survive. Danika, his heroine, is being chased by his best friend, the demon of Wrath, for reasons the warriors do not yet know.

    (*note: I did not get an ARC. *sigh* I have plans to stalk harder.)

  2. Do you have a favourite character? Who is it, and why?

    Anya, the goddess of Anarchy. She has a somewhat warped sense of humor that I adore. She steals unabashedly, spent some time in an immortal prison, and isn’t afraid of the Lords. She’s their equal in every way. To me, there’s just something so very magical about her. And, considering the number of dark things happening in these books – Maddox is murdered every night, only to awaken the next morning knowing he has to die again – it’s ironic that Anya, Anarchy herself, proved to be my calm center while writing.

  3. Which was your favourite book to write?

    Even though Anya from The Darkest Kiss is my favorite character, and her man Lucien is my favorite Lord – he’s a man who deals in death, and I adored giving him, well, a life -- The Darkest Pleasure is actually my favorite book (although my answer could change tomorrow). Writing that book took everything I had.

  4. Which was the hardest book to write?

    The Darkest Pleasure, Reyes’ story. By far. At his demon’s urging, he is sometimes forced to jump from the roof of his fortress simply to feel his bones break. Pain is his pleasure, and pleasure is his pain – if that makes any sense. Writing this book was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I had to tap into an emotional well I hadn’t known I possessed. Afterward, I was completely drained.

    (Fangirl note: I want this book. Seriously, the pain-pleasure thing grabs me. Read into that what you will)

  5. Do people often mistake you for JR Ward?

    Oh, I wish! She is one of the most amazing authors out there, and I would love to be in her shoes. (No, seriously, what size does she wear?) She writes some of the most highly addictive novels I’ve ever read.

    (fangirl note: I think Gena underestimates the power of her own books. And her legion of stalker fangirls. However, I like her modest, don’t you?)

  6. Which is your favourite cover? (I’ve got to say the Lords of the Underworld series has some amazingly hot ones.)

    Thank you so much! I was floored every time a new cover came in. They just seemed to get better and better – and that shouldn’t have been possible, as The Darkest Night is stunning. But I fall into a lust-fog every time I look at the The Darkest Pleasure cover.




  7. Would you like to see a movie made of any of your books? What about all of them?

    Seeing one of my books play out on the big screen is a major dream of mine.

    a. Would it be difficult to leave creative control in someone else’s hands?

    Not at all. I think it’d be kind of cool to see someone else’s interpretation of my vision.

    (interviewer note: I have to interject here that Gena posted on her blog no less than three days after this interview that her book Redhanded will be a TV show. My inner fangirl is thoroughly saddened I didn’t get the scoop.)

  8. Your list of books ‘coming soon’ is quite impressive…have they all been written in the past four years? If so…how the heck do you do it?

    I think I average three to four full length novels a year. It usually takes me a month and a half to write a rough draft. Then I spend another month fixing what I’ve written and another few weeks reading over everything. That puts me at about 3 months for one book. But not all of my “coming soon” books are written. I just turned in The Vampire’s Queen (Layel’s story). Right now I’m working on Twice As Hot, the sequel to Playing With Fire. After that, I’ll write the fourth Lords of the Underworld book. And after that, the next alien hunter novel (Devyn’s story).

    (writer note: This level of organization kinda frightens me a little. )

  9. What was the worst advice you ever got? (writing related or not)

    Write to the trend. If you’re doing that, the trend will be over by the time you finish your book. You gotta write from the heart.

    *fangirl love right here*

  10. From your website: No matter the date or time, I’m drinking too much coffee, eating too much chocolate and working on my newest series… Future stalkers...er...fans...want to know:

    a. What’s your favourite coffee?

    The Bella latte at my favorite local coffee shop. It’s amazing. Even when ordered skinny, decaf, low carb, it’s like liquid candy.

    (side note: Now I want one. )

    b. Favourite chocolate?

    Cinnamon spiced almond. I can only find it at Christmas time, so I’m currently in withdrawal.

  11. Say it for me? sloooooowly. I will never live that down!

    LMAO no, Never. For those of you who’ve missed it…

  12. What book(s) have you read that made you think “Oooh I wish I wrote that?”

    Anything by Kresley Cole, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh, JR Ward, Karen Moning, PC Cast, Jill Monroe, MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Grant, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie, Eve Kenin, Marjorie Liu, Michelle Rowen, Michele Bardsley, Jeaniene Frost and so many others. There are so many amazing authors out there today.

    (fangirl note: more modesty here. Innit adorable?)

  13. Where can fans find you online?

    http://www.genashowalter.com and http://www.genashowalter.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much to Gena!
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