Today, please help me welcome author Mina Khan to Preternatura! Mina is one of my fellow RWA Southern Magic chapter members, lives in my former home state of Texas, and writes great, hot paranormal fiction with genies and dragons. (You know we all love a good dragon!) Her brand-new release is Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons, which was published on September 10.
Mina is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She writes about djinns (genies), dragons, hunks and whatever else sparks her fancy. She also writes a weekly food column for the San Angelo Standard-Times as Rashda Khan. Originally from Bangladesh, she is now a proud West Texan. Her first published work, The Djinn’s Dilemma, won the novella category of the 2012 Romance Through The Ages contest. A Tale of Two Djinns won the 2013 Readers’ Crown for best paranormal romance.
You can learn more about Mina by visiting her on Facebook, by visiting her blog, or by following her on twitter.
ABOUT WILDFIRE: Lynn Hana Alexander is a 25-year-old Japanese American shape-shifter haunted by guilt. She’s been questioning herself and her dragon abilities ever since she failed to save her grandmother. When her best friend is threatened by mysterious fires burning up acres of West Texas, Lynn rushes to the rescue determined not to fail again. However, with a tempting firefighter, a flirty city developer, and dragon pheromones distracting her, how is she going to find the arsonist? And worse: is her primary suspect a malicious rogue dragon or the love of her life?***Note that Wildfire is a paranormal mystery with romantic elements. It is not a romance.***
And now, let’s hear from Mina…
Character Interview with Lynn Hana Alexander, heroine from Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons
Hi, my name is Mina Khan and I write about djinns (also called genies), dragons and anything else that tickles my fancy. I’m thrilled to be here at Preternatura and introduce you to the heroine of Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons. Thanks for hosting us, Suzanne!
Here’s Lynn Hana Alexander, dragon shapeshifter and intrepid journalist at the San Angelo Herald…
Lynn: The key-words are “dragon” and “journalist,” which means I ask the questions.
Mina: Sorry, as a sister journalist and your author, I pull rank.
Lynn: *Drops into her chair, muttering under her breath.*
Mina (Need to get Lynn talking): Coffee, tea or dark chocolate? Wine? Beer? Martinis?
A happy smile slips out, relaxes Lynn’s face. “Jasmine tea, please.”
She wraps her hands around the steaming cup, pulls up her legs, and settles into her chair Indian-style.
Mina (Hmm, let’s start with an easy question): Your whole name is Lynn Hana Alexander. What does your middle name mean?
Lynn: “Hana” is the Japanese term for flower. When I was born, my grandmother took one look at me and came up with the name. Apparently, my face was very red.
Mina (chuckles): So your name was a gift from your grandmother.
“Yes.” Lynn ducks her head and takes a sip of her tea. Her hands betray a slight tremble. “She was a very a special person.”
Mina reaches out and pats Lynn on the back): You two were very close…
Lynn straightens in the chair and nods: Obaa-chan taught me all she knew, like how to create bonsai and some of the traditional dishes, and she told me Japanese folk stories. Revealed family secrets, told me about my dragon heritage, taught me everything I know about life.
Mina (nods and clears her choked throat): What is your strong point?
Lynn: Perseverance. When something needs to be done, I get it done.
Mina: What is your worst trait?
Lynn (flushes, but maintains her composure): My temper. It’s a work in progress.
Mina: For the record, you once flame-broiled a Miata?
Lynn (rewards Mina with a cool look): It belonged to my ex-wedding planner. Some days are better than others.
Mina tugs at her collar. Had the air-conditioner stopped working or was Lynn’s dragon getting ready to come out? Time to move to a safer topic: So what was it like to be the heroine of Wildfire and being featured on the cover?
Lynn shrugs. I’d rather write stories about other people.
Mina: When Wildfire is turned into a movie, who would you choose to play you?
Lynn flashes a grin: Somebody is thinking positive!
Mina: Just answer the question.
Lynn: Actress Kelly Hu.
Mina: Can you tell us a bit about Jack, your love interest?
Lynn: Jack Callaghan is a fifth-generation Texan with ranching roots, who now runs an organic cotton farm in West Texas. He is also a volunteer firefighter. He’s nice.
Mina mutters “understatement of the year” and looks up from her notebook: Do you wish there were more sexy times with Jack in the book?
Lynn turns red as a West Texas sunset: “You’ve shared enough of my embarrassing moments, thank you.” She glares. “I’m a very private person.”
Mina (time to wrap up): How do you feel about the ending of the book, without giving too much away?
Lynn: I achieved closure about my grandmother’s death. It still hurts and I miss her, but I have come to terms with what happened. And I started a new chapter in my life. I’m good with the ending.
Thanks for visiting with us! Now how about some last Lynn-isms from Wildfire?
“She was only five years away from thirty. Not horribly old. After all, in dragon years that’d translate to what, fifteen? Oh, great. Teenage hormones.”
“Protector and destroyer were two sides of the same coin. Who knew which one would come out in a toss-up?”
“She needed a man like she needed a dragon in her life.”
Also, I have created a special giveaway to celebrate Wildfire release with dragonlicious prizes! Check out the raffle copter.
Before you head out, which would you prefer: a dragon-shifter or a cowboy? I’m thinking…dragon-shifter. I mean you could turn a dragon into a cowboy–throw a hat on his head and stick him on a horse. But a cowboy probably can’t breathe fire on your enemies….