Good morning! Well, I’ve had my latte for the day! Two shots of espresso a day simply wasn’t giving me the energy I needed to get through all the work I’m doing. But, I’m proud to say that I’m holding to three shots a day and no more. Currently, I’m editing through IRON BONES and should have it to my editor this week. YAY—this means it will be out on time. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed writing this book. Each new Wild Hunt book has brought me more joy than the last.
I’m so looking forward to diving into A SHADOW OF CROWS, which is next up on my list and which I plan for early autumn this year. The world of the Wild Hunt is practically writing itself. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a lot of work, trust me—my hands are feeling it and thank gods for Dragon voice software. But, I’m so deeply invested in this world and the characters now, that I can’t wait to see what comes next. There will be a second arc of four more Wild Hunt books coming in the latter half of 2019. Now, I’m going to answer a few reader questions.
Q: I was wondering in the Otherworld series, Hannah mentions she has daughters she had to send out into the world. Is there any chance for a reunion for her before the series ends? Also any chance of getting a otherworld story set like 25 or 30 years in the future?
A: No and probably not. First: I’m not about to try to wrap up every character’s story. Since Hanna is staying over Earthside, and her daughters are in the Northlands so there’s little chance she’ll find them. Some stories never do have closure. And second: I have no plans for a future-set novella right now. That may change, but if it does, we’ll notify the group and I’ll post on my site/blog.
Q: If you could do a cross-over book which two series would you choose?
A: I wouldn’t–I’m really not interested in trying to mash any of my worlds up. None of them mesh together and they all have differing mythologies and makeups. A mashup/crossover wouldn’t be true to either world.
Q: Would Yasmine ever consider a special Silver Stag Halloween short novel? Or maybe a Christmas (Yule?) Indigo court short novel? I just loved holiday themed books to read and I enjoy reading them around that holiday.
A: Maybe…(though for most of my series, it would be Yule-themed, since my characters really don’t celebrate Christmas). Either idea isn’t out of the question but right now, my writing schedule is full the max, so I can’t plan one right now. You’ll hear about it on my blog/site if I do.
Q: Are there spin-off series planned to follow the Otherworld characters?
A: Nope. I won’t say ‘never’…but right now, definitely not.
Q: What was the plan originally for Delilah and Chase? Did Yasmine originally intend to get them together knowing they would eventually break up? Or did she get them together and later realize they weren’t suited for each other as their characters grew?
A: I had no idea what would happen between them when they first got together, but they sure didn’t get along in my head, not as lovers, and I quickly realized it wasn’t going to work out. They really were NOT suited for each other.
Q: When you are creating a new character do you find yourself using someone you know as a touch stone? One last question out of sheer fan girl admiration…how in the hell do you manage to make all your other worlds and creatures like Kusevo so vivid to a readers imagination? Sometimes I wish there were pictures! lol Thank you for answering my questions!!
A: No, I really don’t, because the characters grow organically. I don’t sit down and think, “I want to create a character so I’ll make her this and that and a bit of this…” They grow in my thoughts, and on the paper as I write them. As to how do I make all my worlds so vivid? You need to use all your senses when you write: visual, sound, touch, taste, smell, and ‘how the energy feels’…you have to be able to immerse yourself in the world so deeply that you can feel it around you.
More Reader Questions next week!