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March 2000 Issue

The Return of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Dangerous!


Christine Feehan

I've been a writer all of my life -- it is who I am. I write for myself and always have. The ability to create pictures and emotions with words is such a miracle to me. I read everything. I mean everything. All kinds of books, even encyclopedias. I am fascinated by the written word and I love storytellers. It is a great privilege to be counted one myself. - Chris F.

I am from a very large family, and began writing at an early age. My sisters had to read all of my stories and sometimes we would use them as scripts for plays we put on for our parents. These days, I'm very involved in Martial Arts and hold a third degree black belt in a Korean system and other ranks in several other systems. I'm married to a wonderful man (and feel very lucky), and I have a large family of my own. I love the mountains and ocean, I'm basically an outdoor person. I love the weather changes and large storms.

The writing process: I write every day and have done so since I was old enough to pick up a pen. (I spent a lot of time getting in trouble at school for writing instead of doing the things I was supposed to do.) Once I create my characters, I try very hard to have them react to situations as they really would. Sometimes I have preconceived ideas of what I would like them to do, but they don't mind me, because it would be out of character for them. They take on a life of their own. Sometimes when I throw difficult situations at them in the hopes I'll get a certain reaction and they don't do what I want, I complain bitterly to my husband and he laughs at me. Still, it is important to me to have them be real, not perfect people, so they make mistakes we lesser mortals might make. Carpathian males need their lifemate to complete them, and after centuries of existing in a bleak empty world, they treasure that woman. They don't court the woman in the accepted manner; these people learn to compromise in order to live together, they have no other real choice. I always looked at strong characters that came together at the end of a book and wondered, would they really stay together, would they be happy? Carpathians learn quickly to allow one another mistakes. The settings change as the Carpathians must move around to hunt the vampires. I used many of the places I have been, including the mountains where I live. Places with volcanic backgrounds, unstable weather systems and plenty of wildlife. The heroines are strong women, some of them are young and unsure of themselves, but quickly develop their own sense of power, some are mature and already confident.

An Interview with Christine Feehan

PNR: Dark Prince literally flew off the shelves. The book won two P.E.A.R.L.s for best shape shifter and for best overall paranormal for 1999. You also won a P.E.A.R.L. for best new author. To what do you attribute the success of this story? How is it different from other "vampire" stories?

Chris F: To be very honest with you, I was shocked at winning these awards. Very happy, but shocked. I've been an avid reader all of my life and to be counted among some of the powerhouses in this genre, is really an honor. I hope that my success is due in part to my ability to draw a reader into the world of the Carpathians, the way they need a lifemate so much. The way they love that one person so completely. I hope it is the emotion I bring to these characters.

PNR: Some have suggested that Dark Desire was an even better read than Dark Prince. Many were surprised at the dark turn of events. What made you decide to turn the most carefree character in Dark Prince into the tormented hero of Dark Desire? Was this a difficult story for you to write? Will we be seeing more of Jacques and Shea in future Dark novels?

Chris F: I think I was as surprised as anyone else. I thought I would be writing Gregori's story next as he was very dominant in Dark Prince. It didn't happen that way; he didn't push forward at all, where Jacques did. Dark Desire was very difficult to write. I have to have the first chapter nearly perfect before I can begin to write the entire book. This is the first book in my entire life I had to start so many times. I wanted the reader to know what Jacques suffered; to understand why he was so fragmented and how strong Shea was to stay with him and see him through such an intensely dangerous and frightening experience. Shea is very important to the Carpathian race and this couple does return much later in the series.

PNR: Your next story is Dark Gold to be released in April. This is Aiden's story? Let's recap what we know about Aidan so far. He is one of the ancients, is fair for a Carpathian, he has a twin Julian, he lives in America, and has a human family. Is that correct? What will be the time frame of this story? Will the story be set in America? Will the heroine also be a human with psychic abilities? Will there be any mention of Raven and Mikhail's child in this story?

Chris F: Aidan is blond, has a twin, Julian, and he lives in America with a human family. The story takes place nearly twenty-three years after Jacques and Shea's story. It is set in San Francisco. The heroine, Alexandria, is human with psychic abilities and she has a young brother she loves very much and is responsible for. Shea and Raven didn't have any real ties to the human world, but it is very different with Alexandria. And yes, there is mention of Raven and Mikhail's child in this story.

PNR: The fourth story, Dark Magic, is the one everyone has been waiting for, the healer Gregori's story. Gregori is already walking the edge in Dark Desire. How much longer will he have to wait for his lifemate? If she is who we all anticipate she will be, will she be up to the task?

Chris F: Gregori appears briefly in Dark Gold and he is very close to turning. His lifemate is, indeed, Raven and Mikhail's daughter. Her name is Savannah and she is a mere fledgling, no comparison in knowledge to Gregori. But she is the daughter of the Prince and Raven, and in her own right, is very powerful. I don't think anyone will be disappointed in her if they remember she is young and they give her room to make a few mistakes.

PNR: We know the stories will continue beyond Dark Magic, as Dark Challenge (Julian's story) is scheduled for a fall release. You might easily saved Gregori's story for last to keep readers interested, but chose not to. Obviously you've got more surprises in store for us. Can you give us any hints as to the direction the saga will take?

Chris F: I know some people think making Gregori's story the fourth story was a marketing strategy, but I write what comes to me. I wrote all four of these stories long before I chose to attempt to get them published. I thought Gregori would be book two because he was so strong, but it was Jacques who pushed forward, and then Aidan before Gregori did. Julian's story was surprising to me in that when Gregori first sent him to do a task, I thought the woman would be human, but she wasn't. She is Carpathian, an ancient in full power. Her gifts are of the light and Julian learns first what all the males will have to learn eventually. This book was difficult to write in that there is another strong male very much a part of the book and Julian and the male come in conflict often.

PNR: Both Dark Gold and Dark Magic take place in America, why did you choose this setting and will we be seeing a return to the Carpathian Mountains in future offerings?

Chris F: It is my hope that each story is different. I think settings help to achieve that. New people, new conflicts, and different problems crop up. Coming to the United States gives me the advantage of knowing most of the places the Carpathians travel very intimately. I am certain in future books, there will be a return to the Carpathian Mountains. It is their natural homeland.

PNR: How many books will there ultimately be in the Carpathian series, or do you see it as on going for now?

Chris F: At the moment I have nine completed, a tenth about half way through and four in rough draft form. I have no idea when I will run out of stories, but I will write them until I do, whether they are published or not, because I love them.

PNR: Chris as you know, the paranormalromance listers have bemoaned the demise of Silhouette's Shadows line for some time. We have seen a select few recently reissued. It has been suggested that the popularity of Dark Prince and Dark Desire had an influence on Dorchester's decision to launch a new gothic line. Why do YOU think the time is right to introduce gothic romance back into the market?

Chris F: I would love to take credit for the launching of the gothic line, but I have to tell the truth here. It was in the works some time ago, before Dark Prince or Dark Desire were actually published. Remember, to launch a line, books are acquired at least a year in advance. *Sigh* It would have been wonderful if that had been an influence. I absolutely love the idea of a Gothic line. I love dark and brooding and dangerous and of course, paranormal. I read Gothics for years. I didn't have much experience with modern Gothics with the exception of Anne Stuart. Awesome writer.

PNR: I understand that you yourself will be penning a tale for the gothic line to be released next spring. Will this be connected to the Dark saga or will this be something new?

Chris F: Dorchester has accepted my Gothic and it will be released in March 2001! This story is totally new and is not connected in any way with the 'Dark' series. I've had a wonderful time researching (with the help of Melanie Jackson who can write rings around me when she wants). I do plan to tie the two lines together using a descendent of the couple as a lifemate for one of my Carpathians.


Christine Feehan
Photo Credit: Cathy Escude

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Love Spell
April 2000
312 pages
ISBN: 0505523752

DARK GOLD - Was he a man…Or a miracle? Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything-even her life-to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their delivance…

And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fate. But was Aidan a miracle…or a monster? Alex's salvation…or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction-gave him the color, the light, the family he craved-would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?

Previous Dark Carpathian Titles:



Winner of
PEARL AWARD 1999

DARK PRINCE - Winner:
Best Shapeshifter


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Love Spell
August 1999
320 pages
ISBN: 0505523302


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Love Spell
December 1999
315 pages
ISBN: 050552354X


A Sneak Peak at Christine's upcoming
Dorchester Candleglow Gothic Romance


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Love Spell
March, 2001
390 pages
ISBN: 050552421X

It takes place in 16th century Italy, the heroine; Nicoletta is a healer, which can get you in a lot of trouble in that time period. The hero is the Don, Giovanni Scarletti. It seems the women in their family are murdered, throw themselves from towers or perish mysteriously. The palazzo is huge and very gothic, Poor Nicoletta is chosen by the Don to become his bride. She is forced to deal with all types of strange happenings and mysterious attempts on her life and the life of a little girl living there also. Very fun to write. Loved it! I have three more chapters to go and found the most wonderful girl to check all my Italian. She is amazing!

 

Featured in this Issue:

Interviews with:
DORCHESTER
Editor Christopher Keeslar
Author Christine Feehan

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