Q and A With Thea Harrison and a KINKED Giveaway!

Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Thea Harrison today. The next book in her popular Elder Races series, Kinked, will be released on November 5. Today you will have a chance to win a copy!

Fans submitted questions for Thea; here are her answers:

 

Since Aryal is a harpy and considered an immortal Wyr, how did you approach her character development in order to make her believable and someone that readers can identify with?

I’ll be honest, I was worried about writing Aryal.  I really didn’t want to compromise her identity.  Aryal has strong emotions but no real morals in the abstract sense, no true compulsion to do Thea Harrisonwhat is right for its own sake.  She’s abrasive and dangerous… And I had to figure out how to also make her sympathetic.

My first decision was to not be in a hurry to write her story.  I wanted to take the time to show her character from a couple of different points of view.  The reader first sees Aryal from Pia’s perspective in Dragon Bound, but then in Storm’s Heart I was able to show Aryal from Tricks’ point of view, someone who loved her.  I also wanted to make sure that humor came into the mix.  Still, the real test came when I sat down and actually started writing Kinked.  Then I had to get close enough to her to write her as a main POV character.  It helped that I had so many established relationships and characters to work with—such as Grym, Dragos and Graydon—and the world-building in place.  With that in place, I could concentrate on developing Aryal herself.  I’m very grateful to my editor Cindy Hwang for providing such a supportive platform to write Kinked.

Do you have an Elder Race Bible to help keep your facts start?  If not, how the heck do you keep your facts start?

So far I’ve had two things in my favor—I’ve got a bit of a freakish memory for detail when it comes to writing, and I also have fantastic beta readers who are good at spotting issues.  Still, the world has become big and complicated enough that I’ve got someone working on a series bible right now.  It’s over a hundred pages by now and should be done by the end of the year.


Who was the harder character to write Aryal or Quentin and why?

Neither character was as hard as I had feared they would be when I started Kinked.  Still, Quentin was easier.  I felt more confident writing his character, and I felt the stakes were pretty high on getting Aryal’s character right.

Was there anything about Aryal that surprised you as her story unfolded?

 I think I probably had the same experience as a writer that several readers have had so far in reading the book—I was surprised at how much I ended up liking and enjoying her.  I wouldn’t want to rush out and befriend a real-life Aryal, but I think she’s pretty cool between the pages, and I’m really looking forward to writing more about her.

In the event of an apocalypses (zombie, alien, solar flare or 4 horsemen) which of your characters would you like to team up with?

I would absolutely like to team up with Dragos—as long as I was someone he valued, otherwise he might ditch me in a heartbeat.

What is next for the Elder Race series?

I’m now contracted for books 7-9, so I’m writing Graydon’s story which will be released around August of 2014.  The main characters have also been decided for books 8 and 9, and I’m eager to get to those stories!

 


 

Kinked by Thea HarrisonTwo opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

Kinked by Thea Harrison
November 5th 2013 by Berkley
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 Giveaway

Comment on this post for your chance to win a copy of Kinked by Thea Harrison. Be sure to check out Angela’s review as well where she shares some really great quotes from Kinked.

Since the prize is being mailed by the publisher, the giveaway is open to US residents only. You have until end of day November  1 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

Giveaway sponsor: Berkley


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Comments

  1. Mzcue says

    I flat out love the Elder Races series, with Dragon Bound being one of my favorite reads. The characters are so enjoyable that I actually indulge in rereading most of the books every year. Counting down the days now until the latest arrives. Go Aryal!

  2. JenM says

    I’m a few books back, but since I really like strong female characters, I’ve always liked Aryal. I really need to catch up so I can read this (I hate reading out of order LOL).

  3. Cynthia says

    Thea Harrison is one of a few authors I read that I know will give me a great story. Love the series!

  4. Bernie says

    I have been her BIGEST FAN GIRL for EVER!!!!!
    So Here’s to hoping I when a copy of
    KINKED!!!!! ^(*~*)^
    Peace and Good Luck To Us All,
    Bernie

  5. Jess1 says

    I haven’t read this series yet either, but have been considering it. Thanks for a chance to win one of the books.

  6. Rebe says

    I can’t wait to read this book, and I REALLY can’t wait to read Graydon’s book! I’ve loved him since the first book!

  7. Glittergirl says

    I’ve been a fan from the beginning before she had a website set up ~ right out of the gate =) JUST LOVE THIS SERIES! I’d love to win one ~ I tell everyone who reads to get started on this series. Can’t wait for Dragons Takes a Holiday and meeting Peanut ;-)
    glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

  8. says

    Hi everybody – thanks for all your kind comments on the series. I love Quentin and Aryal–separately and together–and I had an absolute blast writing their story.

    I also wanted to post a special thank you to the folks at Fiction Vixen for having me on their site!

    Good luck with the contest!

    xoxo

  9. CK says

    I JUST re-read Serpent’s Kiss, Oracle’s Moon and Hunter’s Season. Can’t wait for the new installment!

    Thanks for the chance to win the book – win or lose I’ll still have it in my hot little hands next week.

  10. says

    Hello, Ms harrison, i love love all your books ,Dragonbound remains my favourite.
    You are on my autobuy list…
    I won a copy of Dragonbound sometime ago and never look back… cant wait to read your new book…

  11. LauraB says

    Thank you for the give-away. I love this series and have been looking forward to Aryal’s story for a while.

  12. Little Lamb Lost says

    I haven’t managed to read all of the Elder Races series but have been so impressed with the books I have read.

  13. Jaime Clark says

    Thea Harrison’s series is only the second paranormal romance series I’ve ever read. I’m usually drawn to horror or nonfiction. I’ve read the first three books in less than a week! I can’t wait to add this one to my collection.

  14. PamC. says

    Woah, coming in late and almost missed my chance on this one. I love the Elder Races. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Pamk says

    just wanted to say I love this series and am looking forward to reading this one.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com