I’d like to welcome Nana Malone to Reading Reality today to tell us a bit about her thrilling (and deliciously sexy) superhero romance series, The Protectors. The first book, Reluctant Protector, is available free, so there’s no excuse not to dive right into Nana’s world of genetic experiments, brave escapes, and superhero rescues. Once you’re thoroughly hooked, Forsaken Protector (see review) will take you for another wild adventure.
But first, let’s see what Nana has to say about her writing, and her inspirations for this world of superpowers and super-villains.
Marlene: Welcome, Nana! Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Could you give us a picture of your non-writing life?
Nana: Oh I’m just your average Ghanaian/American girl who lives in sunny San Diego with an American husband who thinks my family is crazy. My Big Fat Greek Wedding has nothing on us. In my infinite spare time, I chase around my two year old trying to tame her wild mane of hair, try and corral my spunky Scottie and occasionally let my hubby pamper me.
Marlene: Reluctant Protector and Forsaken Protector are both well, superhero love stories. (Very cool, by the way!) What inspired you to write the series?
Nana: When I started thinking about doing a superhero romance, it was back when Heroes was on. I kept thinking about all the places they could have gone with that story and didn’t. Then when I started watching Alphas, I kept thinking about ways to evolve the superhero lexicon. I wanted something that was believable for the modern world. Like this could happen to you or your neighbors best friend. But I also wanted it to be dark and explore the darker side of what happens when you have all this power and no one to relate to.
Marlene: Do you think that genetic engineering will be capable of creating “super soldiers” like Symone and Garrett sometime in the near future, or even in our lifetimes?
Nana: We’re already getting there. I don’t know how many of you were watching the Olympics, but they had a world class runner competing with prosthetic legs. The advances science and technology are making are huge. I think if not in our generation then in my daughter’s for sure.
Marlene: In Forsaken Protector, Garrett is the only person that Symone is able to touch because of her powers. It almost feels like he’s her “fated mate”. Is that concept a part of the Protectors series, or is it a coincidence?
Nana: Well, I don’t believe in coincidence. I think we all have paths to travel and every decision we make helps us get there. I also think there are different paths that can be taken to get there. For Symone and Garrett if they didn’t met when they did, I think they would have eventually met. As for her not being able to touch anyone but him. I think it has a lot to do with letting your guard down around someone. Your real guard where someone sees the real you. We don’t do that often as human beings. Makes us entirely too vulnerable. I think when Cassie and Symone found their partners in Seth and Garrett, they were at the point in their lives that they needed to be a little vulnerable to survive. That’s kind of the running theme through out the books.
Marlene: Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
Nana: I have a rough outline for the first draft, then a more detailed one after that to assist in plugging holes etc for my first round of edits.
Marlene: Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Nana: All the time and I let them sometimes. I can be very stubborn.
Marlene: Who first introduced you to the love of reading?
Nana: My parents. I was reading at an early age and I have these faint memories of being in Ghana and being surrounded by books. Either at home or at my grandparents’ place.
Nana: Helen Fielding It wasn’t until I read her book with her style of humor and wit that I had the courage to do it myself.
Marlene: What book would you recommend that everyone should read, and why that book?
Nana: Yeesh, books are intensely personal. All dependent on life experience and what your path is. But my favorite for triumphing against adversity is Kaffir Boy by Mark Matherbane.
Marlene: Can you share some info about your upcoming projects? Will there be a sequel to Forsaken Protector? Please?
Nana: Oh yes, there will be additional books in the Protectors series. Next up is a fun contemporary called Sultry in Stilettos, then the next Protectors book, Wounded Protector. After that will be another contemporary novella that’s the sequel to Game, Set, Match. Next year we’ll be seeing more of the Protectors. That series is meant to be 12 books.
Marlene: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?
Nana: They’re fun escapism. IF you love intense love stories, then they are for you. And if you like it steamy, then I’m your gal! Plus who doesn’t love a superhero.
Marlene: Coffee or Tea?
Nana: I’m not really a hot drinks person
Nana, I think you made my day when you said there are meant to be 12 Protectors books. That is definitely something to look forward to! But part of me is still back at the Heroes/Alphas mashup thing. That’s my kind of concept.
Thanks so much for answering all my questions. I can’t wait to find out what the next chapter is in your superhero saga. Who is wounded and who is their protector? Write fast, pretty please?