Sometimes, paranormal romance is light and frothy, and sometimes it’s dark and rich. We’re in dark and rich territory today as I welcome guest Dawn Chartier. Like me, Dawn was driven to writing after Hurricane Katrina hit her hometown of New Orleans (I think it was the low barometric pressure that caused brain freeze, or something like that). You can find out more about her at her website, www.dawnchartier.com. Read on for a chance to win a copy of Dawn’s novel Not An Angel.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Kira McCoy wants to die. Losing her husband and daughter tragically left her without hope. Now her disturbed brother-in-law will stop at nothing to have her for himself. All she wants is to find peace, but instead finds herself on top of a bridge ready to end her suffering. Protector of the Poryria, Trace Stuart is called to defend his race or embrace death. Defending humans is not part of the plan, but he cannot stop himself from saving Kira. Realizing that he shares a special bond with Kira, Trace defies his Queen and rushes into the heart of darkness in order to rescue the woman he loves. Will Kira be able to reach past her own pain to pull them both into the light?
Welcome, Dawn! Tell us about Not an Angel.
Not An Angel is about second chances for both Trace and Kira. Trace is a Poryria Guardian, and he’s determined to keep the mysterious human, Kira, safe and by his side. Kira has to overcome several tragic losses in her life, and she’s not ready to allow anyone back into her heart. However, fate has it, she needs help. Not An Angel starts with Kira standing on the edge of a bridge, then she jumps. (Kira has a really good reason, but I can’t give them away. All I can say is that it’s not what it seems, and it will take the reader a little while to figure it out. I don’t want readers to think I’m glorifying suicide.) Trace sees her jump, and he’s pissed that he’s witnessing another woman take her life. He decides if he has to live, then so should she. He has no idea of the issues that caused her jump, but thank God he was there, and it all ends well. I’m so relieved they beat the bad guys and/or girls, and find a satisfying ending.
What draws you to paranormal fiction? And what’s your favorite paranormal type (vampire, witch, merman, etc.)
What draws me to paranormal? I think it’s the escape and I love the unknown, especially with vampires or any creature. They get to do things we wish we could do. And living in New Orleans you pretty much have to love paranormal. I think it’s a requirement or something — Suzanne? (I agree!) Hmm. Pick a favorite? For the time being I’ll say witches. It happens to be the book I’m working on now. However, I do love a hot and powerful Poryria—and those sexy cajun merman’s are yummy too.
How does your hometown of New Orleans influence your writing?
In every way possible-LOL. Step foot in New Orleans and you know what I mean. The vibe surrounds you completely. Even authors who don’t live here come to get the inspiration. They feel the mojo-pull; the magic in the air. Maybe that’s why the city is written about so often. Some authors get it right, and some don’t, or maybe that’s just their take on it. I think NOLA speaks differently to each of us.
For me, living near the swamps (near the town of Jean Lafitte) gives me way too many creepy ideas. Yes. I get a little spooked. (I don’t want write about all of that. Yikes!) And living a few minutes from the city gives me several ideas and thoughts. I can’t really describe what it does. The people, places and old objects scream, “write about me.” The architecture is so amazing, then you have the beautiful Mississippi river, and I won’t mention the to-die-for food (oh well, I just did). Once you visit NOLA, you’ll take a piece of her with you no matter where you go.
Describe your worldbuilding–how you go about it, when it comes in the process, etc.
Worldbuilding is such a complicated thing. So much goes into it. It’s not just the scenery, it’s everything. The characters, the places, the senses, it’s creating real people with real lives and real problems, and quirks, and then adding a little magic of your own to make that world come alive. I don’t have a way of going about it — sometimes it comes to me and sometimes I have to have my friends hit me in the head and ask me to add more or delete some. lol
What’s on your nightstand now to read? Do you read a lot in your genre?
My Kindle is on my nightstand. Last night I opened it to read, but I was too exhausted to give it my full attention, so I went to bed. Oh, and I have a few of Karen Rose’s book on the nightstand too. Don’t read those while alone.
I love to read paranormal romances. I love suspense, thrillers, YA, and urban fantasy too. And I can’t wait until April 10, 2012 so I can buy a wonderful book called ROYAL STREET. :- ) (I didn’t pay her to say that, really!-Suz)
What’s your favorite book or author?
Funny, my favorite book is not written by my favorite author. Strange, I know. I will always love My Knight and Shining Armor, but my favorite author is…err…I can’t pick one…sorry…too hard of a question…at least I answered the favorite book question. lol
What’s next? Will there be a sequel to Not an Angel?
I hope so. Yes. The sequel will be Drago’s book. I thought it would be Trace’s brother, Mike, but he’s not ready to settle down yet. I hope to write Drago’s book in 2012 once I finish my first witch novel. Buried Magic has been killing me. Taking me much longer than I ever hoped, but it’s coming out so much better.
Thanks so much for having me, Suzanne. Your blog rocks!
Thanks, Dawn–you’ve made me homesick for NOLA!
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