"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Jacquelyn Frank lives in breathtaking Asheville North Carolina. A transplanted New Yorker, she enjoys life at home with her foster daughter, a number of foster kitties and her own fur family of seven cats. When she isn’t overrun with purrs and whiskers she enjoys reading and writing, fundraising for the Animal Compassion Network, and visiting the shelters to help socialize animals who are waiting to find new homes.
An Interview with Jacquelyn Frank
PNR: Welcome, I’m excited to have the opportunity to talk with you about your Nightwalkers series and your writing.
Jacquelyn F.: I’m excited to be here. Who doesn’t love to talk about their passions? Or themselves for that matter.
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Jacquelyn F.: I started to write at age 13 when I got hold of a typewriter, care of my stepmom. I think she was trying to occupy me. It worked. I haven’t stopped since. I have wanted to be published for a very long time. This is really a dream come true for me. It’s true what they say; love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.
PNR: Are you able to write as much as you would like? Could you tell us about your writing schedule? What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Jacquelyn F.: I am always weeping for time to write. The more popular I become the harder it is to find time to sit in my own mind and create…or so it seems. Real life interferes as well. And I don’t write such-and-such pages in a day. I am a compulsive personality. I will write nothing for ages then suddenly go nuts vomiting out pages for two weeks straight and TADA! A novel. If you are asking about my hobbies outside of writing, I’d say cross stitching, movies, reading, and definitely kicking around with my kid.
PNR: Most writers are avid readers, is this true for you? What titles would we see in your TBR pile?
Jacquelyn F.: I used to devour books. Time is short these days and my TBR is enormous! But authors I buy automatically are Kresley Cole, Suzanne Brockmann, Lori Foster, Julia Quinn…I love erotica and erotic romance. Erotic paranormal romance is the absolute best.
PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?
Jacquelyn F.: Emotions. The real deal. I have to laugh and cry with the characters or I forget the story the minute I put it down.
PNR: You have received numerous honors, including a nomination for the 2006 PEARL award for Best Debut Author, and a great deal of reader admiration for your writing. How does it feel to have such positive recognition for your work?
Jacquelyn F.: It sucks. Really, it blows. Hate it. I wish they’d stop. (Hehehe, ask a silly question…)
PNR: Congratulations, readers are excited about the September 2008 release of NOAH from Zebra; this is the fifth book in your Nightwalkers series. Could you tell us what inspired this dark fantasy series and a little about your vision for the project? What direction will the series be taking?
Jacquelyn F.: The Nightwalkers was born in my sleep. I dreamed the opening sequence to Jacob and it just spiraled out of control ever since. I dream further elements of the novels as I go along. The things I think up in my sleep are really rather freaky, I must say, but it makes for a rich minefield of ideas. My readers get a lot of insight into things I dream about. And yes, that includes the great sex.
I see the Nightwalker series spinning off into many different and constantly ongoing directions. This is a sentient culture. It will always be moving and growing and changing and there will always be stories to tell. The initial NIGHTWALKERS series ends with NOAH in September, but the Nightwalker saga will continue with the SHADOWDWELLERS series which begins in January with the first book entitled ECSTASY. My writing becomes more intense and even more exotic in this series. I am looking forward to seeing what people think of it.
PNR: You have been complimented on your phenomenal world building. Tell us about the challenges you face in world building with paranormal elements and making it work with the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your characters and the series? How much research is involved?
Jacquelyn F.: Very little research goes into my stories. I mostly write what I know, regionally, and most everything else is made up or comes out of my lifelong library of experience and knowledge. I am actually more comfortable writing about complex worlds and all their multiple rich layers than a straight contemporary and have been doing so since I was a dungeon master playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. My story arcs as I go. I don’t plot or plan things for the future, they just progress that way from book to book. I have a few ideas here and there, but I don’t plot out an entire series arc. My characters surprise me all the time and grow in their own ways in their own time. Sometimes I am just a passenger as much as my readers are!
PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?
Jacquelyn F.: Character driven all the way. My one true flaw is forgetting to move the plot along because I am so wrapped up in the emotions and relationships of the characters. I hate to say it, but plot is often an afterthought. I have to go back and change elements or add plot elements. I am still striving to balance the two sides better.
PNR: You write dark tortured heroes and the women who can heal them; could you tell us about the development of their relationships? Who has been your favorite to write?
Jacquelyn F.: Well, I don’t consider my men to be nearly as dark as some I have seen. I envy the ability some writers have to write a truly tortured hero. The darkest hero I have written is the lead male in Ecstasy and that entire story was a favorite, but the one following that is by far my best to date. And no I am not giving hints. I never give hints. I will just say that all the elements came together so easily I couldn’t type fast enough. But my favorite Nightwalker story has to be Noah’s story. It’s over 500 pages long because, I think, I felt so lovingly toward the development of the Demon King’s story. In this scenario Noah is only slightly tortured compared to the woman fate chooses for him.
PNR: How would you describe the sensuality level of your books; do you find it challenging to write love scenes?
Jacquelyn F.: Love scenes aren’t a challenge for me. They are what comes easiest to me in many respects. Passion and physical love and downright sweaty sex are such a big part of human interactions when it comes to intimacy. In the initial Nightwalker series I am always to the point and avoid ridiculous descriptors and euphemisms at all costs, but in the Shadowdwellers series I become even more erotic. Once you learn more about the ‘Dwellers, you’ll understand what I had to do and why.
PNR: There is something about a “Bad Boy” that makes our hearts race. Why do you feel that readers are attracted to that bad boy image of a hero, or anti hero as the case may be?
Jacquelyn F.: I don’t like them bad, personally, so I can’t really say. But I think it’s because heroism and honor shine with much sharper contrast when it’s set in a slightly tarnished frame. We all like the idea that someone will love us so much they would do anything to have us…even change their stripes, per se.
PNR: Your work so far has been in the dark fantasy genre; is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Jacquelyn F.: I’ve not been published in erotic romance and I have stories that would suit. I’d like to see that happen. Also, I am working on a sci-fi romance. It’s fun.
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Jacquelyn F.: I am focused on finishing out the SHADOWDWELLERS series which promises to be four books long. Beyond that, I don’t know. I have many other finished works outside of the realm of the Nightwalkers. I’d like to see them have their time in the sun.
PNR: Thank you, Jacquelyn, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?
Jacquelyn F.: www.jacquelynfrank.com is always full of information, has a message board and houses my blog as well. I try to be very hands on with my readers. Anyone can write me at email@example.com. It may take a little while, but I always answer my emails personally.
Thanks so much for having me.
Hugs and Kitties!
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September 2, 2008
The Nightwalkers: Book 5
The Nightwalkers have lived in the shadows of our world for centuries, gifted with abilities few humans can comprehend. For Noah, duty is all—until he meets the woman who is his destiny…
She Will Take Him Beyond His Wildest Dreams.
As Demon King, Noah is dedicated to protecting his kind from their human and Nightwalker enemies. Yet for six months he has struggled with vivid dreams that threaten his very sanity. Every night he’s tormented by images of a woman both achingly real and tantalizingly beyond his grasp. And his bone-deep need leaves him no choice but to force her to leave the life she’s known and enter a world beyond her imagining…
Every day, Kestra risks her life in perilous missions that veer just shy of the law, but she instinctively knows that the imposingly sensual figure before her is a danger unlike any she’s ever faced. Kestra has sworn never to trust or need another man, but Noah’s lightest touch scorches her with fevered desire, branding her as his mate, blinding them both to the terrifying truth. For within the ranks of their own people lies an adversary growing in number and power. And nothing and no one will be safe again…
Desire awakens at night…~~
The Nightwalkers: Book 4
The Nightwalkers: Book 3
The Nightwalkers: Book 2
The Nightwalkers: Book 1
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