We’re lucky here at The Book Pushers to all have different tastes and loves when it comes to our books. But we’ve also found that we have just as many authors that we all love.Today, we have one of those authors here that makes each one of us turn into teenage fan girls…
We want to give a warm welcome to the wonderful Nalini Singh to the blog. Nalini has two very popular series, and her newest series, Guild Hunter, has a collection out this month which compiles previously published novellas, and an all new story in one volume.
Welcome back to The Book Pushers, Nalini!
It’s nice to be back!
Book Pushers: In this collection you not only flesh out some reoccurring secondary characters, but you also give us the story of another of Raphael’s Seven. You provide what we view as Happily Ever Afters (HEAs) for three, while one is more of a “lets see where this goes.” If you are planning on moving that particular couple towards their HEA will it be in a separate novel , novella or interwoven amongst the other characters? (The interaction between Janvier and Ashwini is something E looks forward to in each new release.)
Nalini: I love Ashwini and Janvier – talk about sexual tension! They’re both such intriguing characters and I’d love to explore them more deeply, but as yet, I haven’t made any definite decisions about how and when that’ll happen, though you will continue to see them in the books. It all depends on what feels right for the characters. One thing I will say – their story will never be predicable.
Book Pushers: The next full book in the Guild Hunter series is going to feature Jason; can you give us any hints on what to expect? Will we get another book with Raphael and Elena as the main couple?
Nalini: I can’t reveal too much about Jason’s book as I’m currently working on it, but I can tell you that his heroine is not a guild hunter. She isn’t, in fact, in New York at all – she’s part of the court of another one of the archangels.
Jason has been an enigma throughout the series, and while he’ll never be an open book in any sense, you will get to see deep into his heart, find out what shaped him into the man he is today.
And yes, there will be at least one more Elena and Raphael book. I say “at least” because there is flexibility in the series, so you may get more than one depending on how the storylines develop.
Book Pushers: If you had to play the angel and the devil conscious for any of your characters, which ones would you choose and what virtues or vices would you try to persuade them with?
Nalini: Lol! You know, I think immortals have a handle on pretty much all of the vices! It might be fun to try and tempt Dmitri with the virtues. Do you think he’d bite? 😀
Book Pushers: In your Psy/Changeling series you had two or maybe three characters that it seems have been the most wondered about. Which of your characters in the Guild Hunters series do you think will have that same effect?
Nalini: This is impossible to predict for a writer – it’s very much reliant on which characters impact and speak to readers the most. In the GH series, pretty Bluebell definitely has a fan club though!
Book Pushers: Can you see the Guild Hunter series adapting and progressing into a series such as your Psy-Changeling?
Nalini: My feeling is that the GH series will be shorter than the Psy/Changeling series. It has a much smaller core cast (and I’m including characters like Ransom, Ashwini, Janvier and Sorrow), and I really want to stick with that core group throughout the series, even as we expand out to see more of the world.
The final decision will be made by how many stories the characters still have to tell. I’m definitely nowhere ready to say goodbye to them yet. There are so many unanswered questions – about Caliane, about what Lijuan is up to, and then there’s Aodhan, Venom, Naasir, Sorrow…
Book Pushers: Are you able to tell us roughly how many books there will be in the Guild Hunter series, or will there be any spin off series?
Nalini: I’ve answered this partially above, but re spinoffs – I tend to prefer that books in a series/world remain on the same continuum. So even though ARCHANGEL’S BLADE for example, shifted into Dmitri’s point of view, we still saw Elena and Raphael, and got a sense of their lives. It’d feel strange for me to do a total spinoff, because each story is connected to, and impacts the world and the characters around the main ones.
Book Pushers: In Archangel’s Blade, Dmitri’s heroine had what could be called a very old soul. What made you decide to use that particular tactic? It certainly caused some interesting discussions amongst us.
Nalini: That was how it was always going to be, from the first time I got a hint of Dmitri’s story. It just felt so right that no other option was feasible.
I knew as I wrote that some readers would love that element, while others wouldn’t, but for me as a writer, it was what the story demanded. After everything that happened, Dmitri couldn’t have ever loved a totally “new” heroine, not like he is capable of loving, not as he loves Honor.
I do think there is more to explore in their relationship as well, because while Honor might not be “new” in one sense, she is definitely not the same woman, so we’ll see their relationship continue to develop in the books to come.
Thanks to Penguin, we have one copy of Angel’s Flight to giveaway. Open to US/Canada only, ends March 5th. Good Luck!