J. R. Ward hosted a joint chat with Christine Feehan a couple of weeks ago. This is a recap of the first part mainly dedicated to Feehan. (However, you can find info on the J. R. Ward part of the chat in Part 3 of our BDB book 10 pre-release spoilers.)
This is not a transcript of the chat. I try to stick as closely as I can to what was said, but can’t always quote word for word. Even with the moderators trying to minimise extraneous chatter, it still moves pretty damn fast. I’ve tried to stick as closely as I could to what was said, but the questions and some answers have been paraphrased.
I can’t say whether Feehan let any spoilers loose as I am shamefully behind with her books, so I probably wouldn’t recognise a spoiler if I tripped over it.
How did you come up with the Carpathians?
I used to tell my eldest son stories and play D&D with him. When he was killed in an accident, I felt as if I’d lost my ability to see colours and feel, so I gave those things to the Carpathians.
When will Skylar and Dimitri be ready to have their own book?
I have no idea, sorry. They’re not talking loud enough.
Whose book is next after Zacharias’s?
I’m sorry, but until I write the first chapter that is always subject to change with my elusive characters or I would tell you.
Are the Dark books going back to the Carpathian Mountains?
I never know where my books will take me until I write them.
Who was the hardest Carpathian to write?
Without a doubt Zacharias because I honestly didn’t believe I could save him and he didn’t believe it either, so writing about such a dangerous predator was difficult. Zacharias was the most difficult because he was not human and civil and was hard to work with.
I found Zacharias hilarious, but he doesn’t think he is. He had no real understanding of humans or even lifemates so he cracked me up.
Which Carpathian book did you enjoy writing the most?
Dark Slayer. It was very magical, the story unfolded fast and perfectly with no struggles. I love that. Like a movie or a great adventure.
Who is the most powerful character in your series and why?
It’s always hard and many people ask. The Carpathians all are powerful. The prince holds the most power and there’s no doubt Dominic, Lucian Gabriel and Zacharias are super powerful, so I don’t really have the answer.
Do Carpathians ever recover from the loss of females and children?
What happens to human females with a disability?
Could there be another Celebration book?
ROFL. That book was murder to write and even harder to get published. I never say never, but it would be difficult.
Would you ever write Dark Series: The Next Generation?
I doubt it. It would have to be very futuristic. Never say never.
Have you heard anything from the Aunts?
They will eventually have their own books for certain.
I’ll write the Dark books as long as the characters talk to me and I feel passionate about what I’m writing. That’s necessary for me to write a book!
Christine just started writing a new Ghostwalker book today which is currently expected to be out sometime around the beginning of the year. She hasn’t met the hero yet, but the heroine is Thorn, who is busy killing people.
How did you come up with the Ghostwalker talents and how hard is it to make them compatible with partners?
I do a lot of research, scientific journals, latest news, primary sources in the military. The partners are easy when they tell me who they want.
Will we see more babies and talents in the Ghostwalkers series?
I believe that will happen although it freaks me out, LOL.
Will all the Ghostwalker teams meet up?
There are 4 teams and I doubt they will all come together at once, but they will intersect with each other at different points.
When you wrote Night Game, did you think you’d continue with Wyatt?
He has become a recent Ghostwalker, a member of the fourth team and appeared briefly in Ruthless Game. His story will eventually be told. Tucker will also get his own book.
Have you thought of doing a Christmas story for the Ghostwalkers?
I don’t know. It would be fun, I love Christmas books.
The Drake sisters series is finished, but they may appear in the Bound books, which also take place in Sea Haven.
How hard was it to read Elle and Jackson’s story?
I found it beautiful but hard to read. ‘It was very hard. Human trafficking has become such a problem and continues to grow. I was actually approached about the subject and it took awhile to write about it. I used a repeating character so readers would feel like they knew them. I tried to do justice to the survivors and stay close to the truth.
Feehan feels the best book she’s written is Water Bound, which was the book from her heart.
When is your next book coming out?
Spirit Bound is due in December. The first chapter will be up in the members section late October, early November, I think.
Will you write about all the Prakenskiis? Will there be a reunion for Illya and his brother? Will Joshua and Elijah find mates soon?
Absolutely, love those men, you will see them together and hopefully to the last.
Feehan doesn’t know who the next Leopard book will be about: ‘They don’t talk like the others. No doubt the twins will show up at some point.’
How many more Leopard books will you write?
When they stop talking to me, I’ll end the series.
Which Leopard book was the hardest to write?
The first one as I wasn’t yet familiar with the world.
On writing and general news
Feehan hosts a fan weekend and the next one is the first weekend in March 2012 in Sacramento so she can drive instead of fly there. She is only allowed to travel far as she can drive.
Do your characters talk to you like J. R. Ward’s characters talk to her?
They have to or there’s no book. Their voices are very strong as a rule.
I never actually get writer’s block. If I have problems I talk to my son who has the same imagination.
Do you have favourite authors?
I’m pretty darn partial to JR’s books and never miss one… Nalini Singh.
Who is your favourite character?
I think a writer loves her characters like children. Different but all-encompassing. Zacharias broke my heart. Ivory stole it. The one I love is the one I’m working on and am passionate about at the moment.
Feehan’s daughter interjected that it was funny to hear her saying her answers out loud as she types them.
Who influences your writing?
I couldn’t say because I read so much. I read a book a day.
What do you do when you can’t go further in your story? Continue writing and revise later?
I always talk things out because I can’t afford down time. So I talk to my son and we brainstorm.
What inspires you to write?
The beauty of nature, survivors I know, those kinds of things. I need to write about them.
I’ve never actually read any of your books. Where should I start?
My series don’t cross over at all, but start with the Dark books if you like JR Ward.
What inspired you to write paranormal romance?
I love the ability to use my imagination. I also love alphas, but they’re not very PC in contemporaries.
How do you feel about members posting about other writers on your walls?
As long as they’re respectful, I’m good with it. I don’t want to hear crap about my friends.
What was the best and worst advice you received when you were trying to get published?
The best was not to give up and the worst was an agent who was trying to get me to sign a really bad contract. I wish someone had helped me when my career took off to understand the publishing side better.