Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author J.C. Daniels today for a quick Q&A with Jen about her popular Colbana Files series. Night Blade, the second book in the series released yesterday. Jen’s review was posted earlier today.
FVBR: When I think of beloved UF heroines Mercy and Kate immediately pop into my head. After finishing Night Blade, I can 100% say that Kit Colbana has inserted herself in that list. What or who was your inspiration for Kit? How did you try to differentiate her from other UF heroines?
JCD: I don’t know if I can say there was an outright inspiration for her… I first had the idea for her when I was asked to do a short story for Tor.com…that was A STROKE OF DUMB LUCK. I didn’t know what I wanted to write, but I wanted to try something different…for me…and I hadn’t read many stories about Amazons. I didn’t want to do Amazons as we read about them, though…I wanted to come up with my own twist on it.
And Kit…well, I like writing broken characters. If they are already strong or confident, I’m not as good with them…I’m just drawn to writing flawed, screwed-up people. She’s a ‘peon’ in the world she inhabits, basically…just barely strong enough to hold her own, surrounded by creatures that could kill her in a blink. Her skills and strengths lie in her wits and in her heart…she doesn’t know when to give up, even when, in all honesty, she probably should.
FVBR: There were times during Night Blade that I desperately wanted to hear Damon’s voice. Do you think that will be possible for any future books?
JCD: I dunno… the books are about Kit. I might think about doing short stories or something from his POV, but the ‘voice’ so to speak, that I hear when I am writing these…it comes from Kit. I get his motivation and I know what he thinks, but it’s not the same as it is with Kit.
FVBR: Night Blade was just…..ugh. It was one of most gut wrenching books I have read in a long time. I cried big, ugly tears but it was so compelling. Was it difficult for you to write? When the reader turns the last page what do you want to leave them with?
JCD: I cried big, ugly tears. And…I’m just the narrator…that sounds weird, but I’m just telling the story the way these people are playing it out in my head. So don’t shoot the messenger/narrator
FVBR: Do you have a HEA already planned out for Kit?
JCD: Kit has a rough road ahead of her…but if I have the chance, the way I see things ending…Kit is going to ‘kick life in the teeth’ as one of her friends tells her in book 3. A happy ending…that’s the end goal, yes.
FVBR: Thank you for talking with us today.
A little about J.C. Daniels
J.C. Daniels is the alter ego of author Shiloh Walker and was created basically because Shiloh writes like a hyperactive bunny and an intervention was necessary. J.C. is the intervention. The name… J.C. Daniels is a play off of the three people who pretty much run Shiloh’s life. J.C./Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes urban fantasy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance, among other things.
Learn more about JC/Shiloh here