Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Nalini Singh today. Her much anticipated 12th book in the Psy-Changling series, Heart of Obsidian releases June 4.
FV Jen: So I am freakishly excited about this interview. Thank you so much for talking with us. If we ask questions that are too leading, just ignore them! We don’t want anything to be spoiled either.
Nalini: Thanks for having me!
FV Jen: I know this is from a previous book but I have to ask…is there a chance Adria and Riaz will ever form a mating bond?
Nalini: As Dalton points out to Riaz in the book, this relationship is one with no roadmap to follow – it’s Adria and Riaz’s journey, and we’ll have to walk with them to see where it takes them.
FV Jen: Do you have a favorite character, one that just calls to you each time you look at their book? Mine used to be Judd but then I listened to the series on audio and I think it is now Riley.
Nalini: I truly don’t – for me, each of the characters has a distinct personality (as I hope they do for readers), and so I love different things about each of them. Drew’s sense of humor, Sienna’s stubborn will and love for family, Jules’ and Rome’s michievous natures, Cooper’s rough tenderness, Tammy’s gentle heart…I could go on and on. I even enjoy the villainous characters, because without darkness, how would we see the light?
FV Jen: Who has been your hardest character or pair to write?
Nalini: My answer is very similar to that above – each character or pair has its own unique challenges.
Judd, for example, was a tough nut to crack. Talk about the tall, dark, silent type! I eventually just left it up to Brenna. He actually talks to her.
Amara is a difficult character to write because she *is* difficult. She simply doesn’t conform to ordinary rules of behavior, her mindset utterly disparate. To write her, I have to go into her headspace, think like her. And Amara doesn’t think like you and I do.
The Ghost, of course, is a challenging character to write because I need to stay true to this person’s identity, without giving it away before it’s time. Hopefully, once the Ghost’s true identity is revealed, people will go back and read the books and see the more subtle indicators earlier on.
FV Jen: How close are you to ending this series arc? Do you have a certain number of books in mind after Heart of Obsidian?
Nalini: Very close. I would say 2-3 books. The reason for the one book differential is that I’m not sure if all the threads can be pulled together in two more books—I won’t know until I sit down to write. Some people may even consider that book #13 in 2014 completes the arc, but I think at least one more book will be needed to put all the pieces together.
Having said that, the events of HEART OF OBSIDIAN and the next book, also expand storytelling opportunities within the world, so for those who want to continue reading the series after the end of what I envisioned as the original arc, there will still be intriguing new things to explore. This is not a static world and so it’s constantly changing and growing.
FV Jen: Has it been hard keeping the identities of your hero/heroine for Heart of Obsidian secret? How obvious is that hint on the cover going to seem when we find out their names? Lol
Nalini: By the time this interview goes live, you’ll know the hero’s name! I won’t mention it here as some folks are trying to remain spoiler-free, but the excerpt is on my blog for those who want to read it.
It has been tough to keep it a secret, TOUGH! I want to talk about them both all the time! As for the hint on the cover, it seemed obvious to me, but I know the world and the character so well that I’m the worst person to ask. But, I have seen several other people guess at it on Twitter etc, so it’s not totally out of left field!
FV Jen: Soooo…Aden and Vasic? Can I marry them? Both at the same time? You write the absolute best heroes. What is your secret?
Nalini: I’ve always thought a hero should be heroic to his heroine. No matter what he’s like around other people, how bad or dark, he needs to be someone the heroine can trust and rely on to be there, someone who would never consciously hurt her.
Not to say my heroes don’t sometimes do things that frustrate and infuriate their heroines— because let’s face it, they are men after all! But beneath it all, a hero is still his heroine’s rock.
I do love alpha heroes, and that’s what I write. Strong, intelligent, confident men who are supremely hot.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. Visit the author online at www.nalinisingh.com, www.facebook.com/AuthorNaliniSingh, and www.twitter.com/nalinisingh.
You’re invited to meet The Ghost!
The Ghost from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and upcoming novel HEART OF OBSIDIAN (Berkley Hardcover; June 4, 2013) is taking over Nalini’s Twitter feed, @nalinisingh, for one hour at 9pm EDT on Thursday, May 23rd. Jane Litte of @dearauthor will host the chat. Be sure to join in the fun using #penguinromance and ask some questions of your own!