My guest on Reading Reality today is Lisa Kessler, the author of the haunting paranormal romance Night Series. Lisa’s latest entry in that series, the in-between novella Night Thief, just came out and it’s terrific (review here) but the first book Night Walker, that one is the type that absolutely sweeps you away (see review for more details).
But since tomorrow is Halloween, Lisa decided to take a few minutes to talk about the link between paranormal romance and the holiday that celebrates the paranormal.
Hi Everyone –
Thanks so much to Marlene for the blog spot!
As a paranormal romance author, I always feel like the Halloween season is “my” time of year. The days get shorter, the nights get cooler, and dry leaves crunch under your feet. Shadows seem longer and darker, and anything could be hiding, watching. This is the time of year that the veil between the living and the dead thins until we can almost see into the next world.
So it seems fitting that my publishing journey started in October with a palm reader, right?
I happened during my first trip to New Orleans. I’d been writing with some online girlfriends every night for years, but it hadn’t crossed my mind to try to get published. After my reading the psychic stopped me at the door and asked, “Are you a writer?”
I frowned and shook my head. “No. Well I write for fun, but I’m not a real writer.”
She smiled and said these fateful words… “You’re going to be a famous writer someday.”
I’m still not famous, but since that night, I’ve published many short stories, two books in my Night Series with two more on the way, and I have an agent shopping a second series! Who knew?
I came home from that New Orleans trip with my head spinning wondering if I really could write a novel, and if so, what would I write?
I decided to create my own immortals, Night Walkers. They’re vampire-like shape shifters that originated from the Mayans instead of Europe. In my new release, Night Thief, you’re introduced to one of the four original Night Walkers, born immortal.
Since Night Thief takes place in Paris, I had a blast expanding the Night Walker world, showing more differences between Night Walkers and the European vampires… And I hope that readers will enjoy spending time with Kane.
After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.
Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.
Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.
So with Halloween so close, I’d love to hear if you’ve ever had an experience during this time of year that has stuck with you or changed your life…
Thanks again to Marlene for having me back on the blog!
Don’t be a stranger…
And thank you, Lisa, for coming back! (I interviewed Lisa in May, 2012 after Night Walker was re-released in paperback.)