Interview & Giveaway with Nalini Singh

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! 

47 thoughts on “Interview & Giveaway with Nalini Singh”

  1. great interview and I love Nalini’s books both series and she can’t write two many for me.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  2. I just started this series last week and I am just starting Archangels’ Blade. Love the guild-hunter series!

  3. Obviously I am not entering the contest but I did want to thank Nalini for joining us. I also think some of her answers have only caused more questions in my mind. Guess I will have to wait and see what happens in the series *grin*

  4. Awesome interview. I love hearing there will be more GHs. And cannon wait yo get my hands on Angels Flight!

  5. Have read all of the Psy/Changeling series, but none of the Guild series. Am going to look for the guild books. They sound great.

  6. i love any book that she writes!! cant wait to get angels flight.. it has the short stories from the anthologies collected? i LOVE that!! cannot wait for Jasons book.. and i have fingers (AND TOES) crossed that our bluebell gets his book!

  7. Just finished Archangel’s Blade a couple days ago! Love love love this series. Me and a friend can’t wait to get Angel’s Flight.

    Though you can say that I am apart of Bluebell/Ilium’s fanclub. I always get a goofy smile when he makes the scene. You know the type..the one when you are faced with your crush. Though I am immensely curious about Aodhan (love his name, has that gaelic feel to it)

  8. Thanks for the wonderful questions and answers! It now looks like all the Seven will have stories. Ashwini and Janvier’s appearances in the books are entertaining,too. Bluebell has a lot of fans and I’m curious what type of woman will capture his heart, but my eye is focused on Aodhan. Let’s not forget the Guild Hunter who is paralyzed and Elena wanted checked out for possible vampire candidacy. It seemed possible he would get a story. We’ll see! Looking forward to Jason’s book and thanks for the deet on his mate. ;o)

  9. Please enter me into the giveaway. I am very excited about this book coming out. I have read 2 of the stories but I am looking forward to reading the others. I love Nalini!

  10. The cover for your latest release is so lovely. I’m glad to hear that your characters still have more stories to tell and therefore more books in a series. I enjoy stories that have emotional tension and aren’t always predictable. Congrats on your release!

  11. Another big Nalini fan here. Glad to see more of Janvier and Ashwini, wanted more about these two after reading Angel’s Pawn. Same with Bluebell and Aodhan, all these interesting characters we want to know more about.

  12. The Guild Hunter series has surpassed the In Death series as my all time favorite series to read. I’m looking forward to the next Raphael and Elena book when it comes out.

  13. Thanks for the fantastic interview! I love Nalini and she is an autobuy for me. I’ve primarly read her Hunter Guilds books and am just now getting into the PsyChangling series. I’m really excited for the release of Angel’s Flight 🙂

  14. Great interview!! I love Nalini Singh’s books!!! Guild Hunter and psy-changeling series are an automatic buy for me. She has the best style of writing!! I can’t wait to read this book also.

    Thanks for the chance to win


  15. Thanks for such a great interview! I love Nalini Singh and recommend her books to anyone looking for an author they haven’t read before. The Psy/Changling series is one of my favorites, I’ve read most of the stories several times! I’ve recently been getting into the Guild Hunter series.

  16. I love the Hunter Guild. I have just started the Psy/Changling series. I love the book cover for Angel’s Flight.

  17. I think Nalini’s books are fantastic and I’m looking forward to reading Angel’s Flight.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  18. Great interview. I love the Guild Hunter series and cant wait to read Angels Flight.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  19. I’ve read every book from both series’ at least 10 times (except for Archangel’s Blade, but I’m working on that), and I love them all. Would love to win a copy or Angels’ Flight!


  20. I absolutely love Nalini’s books and really enjoyed the interview! What a great way to get to know her better! Thanks so much for the interview and for the chance to win a copy of her book:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  21. Fabulous interview! I am a HUGE fan of Nalini Singh’s books. I adore both of her series and simply cannot wait for Tangle of Need or Archangel’s Storm (Jason’s book!) I’ve already read two of these novellas but love to have them all in one book and to read Galen & Jessamy’s story 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Congrats on the new release! You have the best covers for your Guild Hunter series books, I love them all. And I was happy to read that we will get at least one more book with Elena and Raphael! Yay!

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  23. Awesome interview! It’s always great to hear more from Nalini as she is one of my favourite authors 🙂 Than ks for the giveaway!


  24. Thanks for the interview; I’ve been hoping there would be another Elena/Raphael-centered book.

  25. Thanks for answering some of the questions I have been wondering about! Can’t wait to read more about Jason…he’s had my eye since book 1!!!


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    Great interview! I love Nalini’s books and can’t wait for more (especially a Bluebell book!!!) 🙂 GWOMAN23(at)GMAIL(dot)COM

  28. Nalini,
    I at first didn’t like the reincarnation twist but as I read the book it, I understood that it would make Dimitris feeling for ingrid shallow to suddenly fall for honor as quickly as he did. I wonder when we next c her will she b a vamp? And are we ever going to c Elena have a baby or improve her relationship w her dad?

  29. Nalini,
    I at first didn’t like the reincarnation twist but as I read the book it, I understood that it would make Dimitris feeling for ingrid shallow to suddenly fall for honor as quickly as he did. I wonder when we next c her will she b a vamp? And are we ever going to c Elena have a baby or improve her relationship w her dad?
    Can’t wait for bluebells book. Wonder who he’ll fall for?

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