Congrats to Tanya (of bellsouth.net) for winning a copy of DARKNESS CALLS! I’ll be contacting you soon. As for everyone else, thanks for entering, and stick around—I’m going to be giving away all kinds of things over the next couple weeks.
Some folks had questions, and here’s a few of them:
Mitch asks: So, your previous post has me curious…do you enjoy writing the Hunter Kiss series more than Dirk & Steele because you get to work and develop the same characters in every novel instead of starting over with a new hero and heroine?
Quite honestly, that’s like being asked which of your kids you love best. I love both of my series equally, though in different ways. I have so much fun writing Dirk & Steele—kicking off new stories with new heroes and heroines—discovering them at the same time as my readers, exploring the world I’ve built around them for, well, nine books now. I love being part of their adventures.
At the same time, though, I have to let go of those adventures, and those characters at the end of every book. I mean, I can bring them back—and I have—but they’re no longer the focus. And sometimes I wish they were. In the Hunter Kiss series, on the other hand, I have the fortunate opportunity of living inside my head with characters who I can stick with from book to book. I don’t have to let go. I’m with them through thick and thin, watching them evolve, moving into their lives with a depth that’s only available when you’ve got more than one book to work with. I love that. I love the luxury, and the complexity, of that kind of storytelling.
Snail asks: Do you have input on what the book cover looks like and who models for it?
Not really, no. But I’ve been very fortunate to be around very talented people.
On Twitter, Kait Nolan asked: Where do your Dirk & Steele series books tend to hit on word count? Trying to get estimate.
Depends on the book. Eye of Heaven ran up to around 120,000 words, while The Wild Road was just over 90,000. It probably could have used more.