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Update: 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.
PNR: When we last spoke in April 2000, your Dark series had already gained major recognition. DARK PRINCE won a number of readers choice awards, and you had four novels released in under a year. Less than three years after the debut of DARK PRINCE, you have published eight books and three novellas, gained hundreds of fans, had one of your books make a cameo appearance in a movie, won ten P.E.A.R.L awards, and been a RITA finalist. Your head must be spinning. How does it feel to be nominated for RITA? Sub-genre fans were certainly thrilled with the number of paranormals that were nominated for the award last year.
Christine F: As paranormal is my personal favorite to read, it was such an honor to be nominated, especiallywith the other authors. I love Karen Marie Monings and Maggie Shaynes books. I think Susan Grant blasted onto the scene with her Star King and carved quite a niche for herself. To be included with authors such as these is a tremendous feeling.
PNR: Your most recent Dark novels introduced readers to two individual groups of lost Carpathians. The first is a small singing troupe who, as children, became separated from their families in the aftermath of the great massacre that destroyed so many of their kind. DARK CHALLENGE (the book that was in "Kate and Leopold") and DARK LEGEND relate to them. Where did these children go and how did they survive?
Christine F: The children ended up off the coast of Africa and they survived mainly through the sheer will of the oldest boy, Darius, a member of the family often referred to as the dark one That particular line has tremendous honor and will power and he fought for the children, provided for them. They formed a tight knit group and stuck together. Later they became troubadours, nomads, avoiding the Carpathian Mts as the only members of their kind they met had turned vampire.
PNR: Were they aware that others of their kind had survived? How are they rediscovered?
Christine F: They were only aware of others as evil ones, and they avoided contact. They are rediscovered when Gregori (the princes second) sends Julian out to protect a singer on a hitlist of fanaticals. Gregori knows Julian is seeking to end his immortal life and gives him a task to keep him occupied, knowing Julians honor would prevent him from doing anything but carrying out the job of securing the womans safety. The woman is one of the lost children. (DARK CHALLENGE).
PNR: Nature vs. Nurture is always an interesting question. Two of these band members are younger siblings of Gregori, the Dark One. Are there behavioral similarities between them in spite of their long separation?
Christine F: Darius seemed very similar but more earthy and raw. Gregori has an elegance to him where Darius just waded in. They both are extremely protective and hold loyalty and honor above everything else.
members of the second group are what we will call the elders
for the sake of distinction. These had been contemporaries of the
previous Prince, the father of Mikhail and Jacques. As I understand
it, this prince had a talent for precognition? Why did he send his
warriors forth into the world, with the
Christine F: He knew the war would come and that the number of their women was already dwindling. He knew the many males were joining the ranks of the vampire. He sent them out to protect the world. He knew other things as well but Im not going into that! LOL
PNR: These hunters would be considerably older than the Carpathians we previously had considered to be ancient. What has kept them going all these centuries while others, far younger, have turned? In general, what makes all of your Carpathian heroes so strong?
Christine F: The Carpathians dont know the answer as to why some survive and others answer the call of power. Personality differences just as in humans, personal weaknesses, nobody knows why one brother holds out and another gives in. It is one of the reasons their lives can be so sad.
PNR: Will we be seeing more of these two groups of Carpathians? Will we ever see Grigori reunited with his siblings?
Christine F: In DARK MELODY, Gregori meets Darius and the rest of the troubadours as they all come together in the hopes of healing Dayans lifemate. Jacques and Shea make a brief appearance also. And yes, you will be seeing more of both groups of Carpathians.
PNR: Your next DARK tale will be on the shelves in May. Who will be featured in DARK GUARDIAN? What is their scenario?
Christine F: Lucian, Gabriels brother will be the hero in Dark Guardian. He finds his lifemate, a policewoman with a traumatic past and a killer stalking her friends and family.
PNR: DARK FIRE, DARK LEGEND, and DARK GUARDIAN have beautiful people covers (head shots) illustrated by John Ennis. Your first five novels which have been in continual print, with multiple print runs, are now sporting new Ennis covers as well. These are non-people covers in which the text dominates the majority of the page. They say that when the authors name is bigger than the title, that is an indication that the author has made it. Ive also noticed that many of the books featured in Best Seller sections tend to sport this more sophisticated type of cover design. Doyou think these new covers are a reflection of the success of the series? The diversity of its readership?
Christine F: I have a tremendous amount of male readers and fantasy readers along with romance readers. I think the covers were designed with those readers in mind and to more depict the contents between the covers. I hope that I am considered successful by my publishing house and I know they, along with me, were excited about the new covers.
PNR: A broad fanbase is usually a good indication <g>. You have also written gothic romance. Gothics tend to be dark by nature as well. Do you consider dark romance your niche, or do you see yourself expanding into other areas?
Christine F: I wrote mainly contemporary action/suspense romance for years before I branched off into the paranormal. So I have many stories in my head and already written of that genre. I love to write and I tend to put down the strongest story whether it is marketable or not. I just keep those for myself. The stories I enjoy the most usually have some paranormal element and I will say I love dark and dangerous, and often my contemporaries reflect that.
PNR: Can you tell us a bit about your works in progress? What is next for Christine Feehan?
Christine F: My next release is Lair of the Lion, a September release for Leisure. This is a Beauty and the Beast story set in 16th century Italy!
DARK MELODY, Dayans story is scheduled for release in 2003 and Dark Destiny the female vampire hunter is scheduled for release in 2004!
I have a wonderful anthology coming out with Berkley next year introducing sisters who have magical powers. They come together in a small coastal town populated with wonderful secondary people.
completed a full length novel about a group of Special Forces men
involved in a psychic experiment that goes wrong. The story is action
I am presently working on Byrons story, titled DARK SYMPHONY. It is set in modern day Italy at the Scarletti Palazzo. Antoinetta, heiress to the Scarletti fortune is a blind concert pianist and composer. Someone is after her fortune!
Last, but not least, I have scheduled a shapeshifter novel and another dark anthology! Im excited about all of these books and hope my readers are too!
Featured in this Issue:
DARK LEGEND - He woke deep within the ground, and the first sensation he felt was hunger. An overwhelming hunger for blood that demanded satisfaction. But as he hunted the dark streets of Paris for prey, a voice called to him, soothing, calming, giving him the strength to control his craving.
Francesca Del Ponce was a healer, a woman who radiated goodness as powerfully as the sun did light. But surely his obsession with her would turn him as his twin brother had turned, leaving the world with two monsters instead of one.
Though he knew she would be like hot silk in his arms, though he knew the taste of her would be addictive, he feared for her life and his soul if he took her. Then with one mind-shattering vow she gave herself - "I offer freely, without reservation, I offer my life for yours as is my right" - and with a firestorm of long-forgotten feelings, he glimpsed salvation.
More "Dark" Carpathian Titles:
Jaxon Montgomery is a woman hunted. Trained by the Special Forces, honed by a traumatic childhood, she is a policewoman with an undisputed reputation. She meets her match when she is set up to be murdered by an enemy. Hunted on all sides, she can only turn to the mysterious stranger who seems more dangerous than any other she has ever known.
ran with the wolves
He was the Dark Guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of bleak, soulless existence, had he suddenly come to crave petite, curvy, colorful lady cop Jaxon Montgomery, who foolishly made it her lifes work to protect others from harm?
Fiercely daring, Jaxx would sacrifice anything to shield others - particularly since a deadly menace dogged her every footstep, threatening all who got close to her. And strangely seductive, piercingly erotic, this stranger claiming her was no exception. He was powerfully, perilously mesmerizing-oddly gentle yet clearly a born predator. He had vowed to possess her, to guard her for all time. Yet with his every thirsty kiss, was he drawing Jaxon more deeply into danger and his dark mysterious desires?
"After The Music"
Introducing the Leopard Series
WHERE DO YOUR FANTASIES TAKE YOU?
Under the blazing heat of the Borneo sun ...
... a beautiful nautralist's dreams come true - to live among the feral jungle creatures. But an untamed, irrisistable beast of another sort forces her to explore her own wild side.