Question: What goes with a record high day of southern heat in Tennessee?
Answer: A sizzling night with New York Times Bestselling Author, Jeaniene Frost promoting her hottest release, Once Burned. If anyone could pull me out of my air-conditioned condo in 105 degree weather, it is Ms. Frost and the pleasure of not only meeting her in person, but picking her brain of all things in the Night Huntress realm.
Let me first state that Jeaniene Frost is not only an amazing author, but she is every bit as gracious and lovely as she appears behind the walls of the internet. She immediately thanked everyone for coming out and stated that she would hang around after the book signing to chat until Barnes & Noble kicked her out.
We had a nice group of about 75-100 people on Thursday night at Barnes & Noble and Ms. Frost started the evening by giving an overview of her books then moved on to Q&A while informing us if no one had questions, she would just start picking random people from the audience, lol. Needless to say there were plenty of questions and I will hit some of the most important:
How did Vlad’s book come about and how many will there be?
Ms. Frost stated that she talked the Vlad books shortly after Destined for An Early Grave released and was given the go for at least two books with the possibility of a third. She went on to state that in the beginning she had no desire to write the oldest vampire’s story but he snuck into her mind and was determined for his story to be told. She stated that Vlad is the mystery to Leila and to the reader and that is why she chose to tell it in Leila’s POV so that the reader could see all of the facets of Vlad unravel slowly.
Will Ian have a book?
Ms. Frost cringed a little and stated that Ian has a long way to go before he is ready for his own book. He is currently NOT hero material and would definitely need an older heroine. She went on to state that Ian is lonely and covers it with his sleaziness and at the moment he would take a beating like foreplay so definitely not ready to step into a hero role, lol. She believes he can be better than he is and hopes that he will get there.
I asked my all important question of if/when Tate would have a book.
She laughed and stated that she did not have enough of a story in her head to write a complete book for his character at the moment but, never say never. She went on to state that he will appear in the next Night Huntress installment. I asked her to start focusing her dreams on Tate since Cat and Bones story came to her in a dream.
Has she been approached with any movie offers for the Night Huntress series?
She stated no movie offers yet and that was so far from her thought process. She looks at it like the lottery, if it happened it would be great but she’s not betting on it!
What has been her hardest book to write?
Every book is a challenge but she stated that Halfway to the Grave was her biggest challenge. It was her first complete book and required the most revisions. She went on to state that Destined for an Early Grave was also difficult because of the extended flashback scene. It had a ton of stuff going on and at times was difficult to keep in order.
Does she see the end to Cat & Bones, Night Huntress series and if so how many books are left?
Ms. Frost replied that she was scheduled to write nine books total but it may only be eight. She thinks their end story will fit in books seven and eight and went on to say it’s time, they need a break. Cat & Bones may pop up as side characters in future books but their story is told after the series is complete.
Does she have a favorite character?
Ms. Frost laughed and stated her favorite is whomever she is writing at the moment. She is a character tramp, lol.
Ms. Frost closed out the Q&A talking a little about the publishing industry and also how she uses music and junk food to enhance her writing. She went on to state that she now has her own home office so her husband is not subjected to the same song on replay, countless times, when she is writing a scene. She also watches The Killing to cleanse her mind, lol. She finally stated that she has more possibilities in her head for stories than her lifetime will allow and that there will always be a paranormal element to what she writes.
Ms. Frost signed every single book and there were some fans that came with 10+. (She personalized my Ch. 32 of One Foot in the Grave, laughing calling me naughty the entire time.*squeal*) She also took individual pictures and gave out fan bracelets as a token of her thanks for everyone beating the heat to attend.
After the signing was over, I got to spend some one on one time with Ms. Frost gabbing about Game of Thrones, (Frost loves Tyrion, loves!) True Blood, Spartacus and other favorite television shows. We discussed our favorite authors in the PNR genre and authors that are making a buzz in self-publishing. She gushed about her newest addition to the family and what an adjustment it’s been training a young puppy to acclimate with her current dog. I think we hit about every subject and then it was 9:45 p.m. and Barnes & Noble was ready to call it a night.
I can attest to the fact that Jeaniene Frost is the real deal. She is such a kind, honest (and naughty at times) woman and the kind of gal you would love to have wine and chill with any night of the week. She stated at the beginning of the signing that she felt incredibly blessed with her success and I can confirm she is every bit as deserving of it. My hope is that she continues to be blessed in succeeding in a work she so obviously loves.