1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.
Now that the silly season (Christmas) is past, I’m somewhere in the 2 range. If I didn’t have teenagers to worry about, I’d probably be a 1. Writing keeps me sane. I’ve told my husband that it is much cheaper than a therapist. As a control-freak, whenever the world gets to me, I start writing. In my stories, if my characters don’t do what I tell them to do, they suffer — until they do. So at least in my own little world I am in control — which means I don’t have to be in control in the real one.
Yes. But it was a good shift, like taking off the tennis shoes which fit just fine when you first put them on, but, throughout the day, they became tighter and tighter. Then when you take them off, there is this great feeling of relief. I was very near burn out, having written Raven Strike in less than six months, and was ready to take a very long break. When Anne, my editor, called to ask if I could write an Urban fantasy, it was like a breath of fresh air: suddenly I had all sorts of stories running around in my head. Great fun. I expect that it will feel as good to switch back to straight fantasy as it did to change to Urban fantasy in the first place.
3. Is her series open-ended, or do you have an ending in mind already? It does look like the longest series you’ve ever written. Oh and I’m rooting for Samuel. *g*
This is very open-ended. Since there is no over-all plot, I am free to play a bit. Right now I have contracts for two more books (for a total of four) and I’m not getting tired of playing in Mercy’s world. I expect there will be more than four books. There is also a possibility of writing books about other characters.
4. Tell us more about the novella in the Ace anthology you’re doing with Eileen Wilks, Sunny and Karen Chance. It’s about Charles?
Yes. It’s working title was “Charles goes to Chicago”. My editor thought I should come up with a better one so it’s officially “Alpha and Omega”. It is the story of what happens when Charles travels to Chicago to deal with Leo, the Alpha who had poor Mac changed and then sold him for experimental purposes. I knew there was a lot more to Charles than Mercy knew about, but he turned out to be even more interesting than I’d thought. Fun stuff — at least for me.
5. You mention on your site that you will consider writing a book with a different protagonist. Do you mean different protagonist, but still set in the same world as Mercy’s?
Yes. There are a lot of things Mercy doesn’t know — and a lot of stories that I can see telling. I’d like to do a story on whichever werewolf Mercy doesn’t end up with, and maybe Jesse, Adam’s daughter, when she goes off to college. Or even Zee’s son Tad, who has mostly been an “off scene” character (though I have a few scenes I wrote to get into gear that have Tad in them). I don’t see myself running out of material very soon. Of course there is always that third Hurog (Dragon Bones, Dragon Blood) book that has been tapping at my subconscious for the last few months . . . I wish I could write faster.
6. Do you think the Mercy books cost you some of the readership you built with your previous books? It is very different from the rest of your work, after all.
Actually, for the most part, that doesn’t seem to be the case — though I’ve had a few people who read Moon Called tell me that they weren’t interested in straight fantasy. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that after reading Moon Called, they read my straight fantasy — and went on to enjoy other people’s fantasy as well. I think that most people would actually enjoy a lot broader range of story telling than they think they will.
7. Share with us your New Year’s Day resolutions.
Oh goodness. Not to make New Year’s Resolutions? That way I can escape the guilt of never, never ever, actually succeeding in any resolution I’ve ever made.