So I did a lot of running around and screaming yesterday as ELYSIAN FIELDS made its debut, a bouncing 340-page baby filled with magic and smexy mermen and shifters and a swoon-worthy undead French pirate and New Orleans, my favorite city on earth. I’ve done blogs, interviews, flash fiction…you name it.
So…in the spirit of interviewing myself and further book-pimpage, here are some questions I haven’t been asked (and yes, if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you can still make perfect sense of this one, although the ebook for the first one, Royal Street, was on sale for $2.99 last time I looked at Amazon and B&N).
–Do you ever feel guilty for torturing your characters? Not in the least. They keep me up nights, natter away in my head while I’m trying to do serious day-job work like writing obituaries, and come up with insane ideas while I’m driving and don’t have anything to write on. They deserve to be tortured.
–Why does DJ have a love quadrangle, or is that a pentagle? (Or a new word I’ve learned–looking at you, Roger–a zentangle?) This continues to astound me as reviewers comment on it, although I’ll admit to a dearth of permanent female characters and will work on that. Here’s the deal on the love zentangle…
* Cousins Alex and Jake were always vying for DJ’s affection, although I contend it had more to do with their rivalry than with feelings for DJ, at least in the beginning.
* The pirate Jean Lafitte…well, Jean is a pirate. Who knows what the hell he’s up to? But DJ has never considered him a serious suitor because he’s technically DEAD. She kinda has a problem with that, although after this book, she’s going to have to re-evaluate her opinion of the guy.
* The merman Rene has never been a potential suitor for DJ, either. They’re buddies. I liken Dj and Rene to Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in “48 Hours”–a buddy-movie disaster waiting to happen. Seriously–a guy can be attractive without being a love interest.
* Finally, there’s Rand. DJ doesn’t even LIKE Rand, much less have any inclination to go horizontal with him. And, believe me, nothing that happens in Elysian Fields is likely to improve her opinion of him. So, no love zentangle, just a weak triangle that’s untangling.
Well, okay, don’t ever count the pirate out completely. He’s quite persistent.
Why is DJ so impulsive when it usually gets her in trouble? Well, to her, they seem like good decisions. She goes in with the best of intentions. We all have those moments. Case in point: I’m driving home from the grocery store and am on Airline Hwy in Metairie, Louisiana, heading back to uptown New Orleans. I run into a massive traffic jam. I don’t want my ice cream to melt. So I have a bright idea. I’ll turn off on a side street and wind my way home a different route. How was I to know the side street was a dead end into a cemetery? How could I know that my car would be trapped, prevented from turning around and escaping, by a hearse carrying a body, followed by dozens of cars filled with mourners? How could I know that I would be stuck in the cemetery with my newly liquified ice cream for over two hours? If I’d known, I wouldn’t have been wearing sweatpants and a raggy old Chicago Bulls t-shirt, I can tell you that. Well, it’s like that with DJ.
Will Rand die a painful, slow death? Probably not for a while–I need him. Plus, he’s such a pain in the ass character that he’s fun to write. Writing him goes something like this: DJ says something and I think, “What’s the most annoying, obnoxious response anyone could make?” and that’s what Rand says.
When’s book four coming out? I have no idea, but if I was a betting woman I’d say probably this time next year, so I’ll have to do some shorts to tide everyone over in the meantime.
Do you realize your book trailer is very derivative of a certain TV show opening? Well, yeah. I mean, if people want to keep comparing my books to a certain series, I shall embrace it!
So…..what questions can I answer for you? Would YOU do the deed with the sexy undead French pirate? He is immortal, after all. Leave a comment for a signed copy of your choice of Royal Street, River Road or Elysian Fields!