Today’s post is an interview with one of my favorite authors, Jeaniene Frost! She is popular for her fantastic Cat & Bones series, as well as its spin-offs, and you already guessed, I loved every single book.
Read on to find out what Jeaniene has to say about our favorite couple, as well as some news regarding Vlad’s series, Night Prince, to be released in June 2012!
1- Hello Jeaniene! I'm so happy to have you on board =) Before we chat about Vlad, I'd like to know, what are your plans to keep Cat & Bones' relationship fresh and surprising now that they are in "married-couple mode"? Is there a tentative release date for Cat & Bones' book #7?
Thanks so much for having me on your site, Tynga! I don’t have a release date for Cat and Bones #7 yet. It will be out next year, that’s all I know for sure. As for keeping their relationship fresh, well, a lot is going to happen in these last couple books before their series ends. To no one’s surprise, those things won’t involve knitting or aromatherapy *wink*. I can’t be specific without spoilering, but I will say that the external hurdles will challenge their lives as well as their relationship.
2- I'm extremely excited that Vlad is getting his own series, I love the guy to death since I first met him, did you expect the fans to react this strongly to this character?
I am SO happy that readers have responded positively to Vlad! It was while writing Destined for an Early Grave that I realized I wanted to give him his own book – and this was before At Grave’s End hit the shelves so I had no idea how readers would react to him. Dracula has been re-imagined so many times before, after all. In fact, when I started writing about vampires, I swore that I’d never touch that character because he had been literally done to death. I can tell you the exact moment that my subconscious changed my mind for me. I was writing the scene in At Grave’s End where Bones, Cat, and the others were strategizing and Bones suddenly announced that “the bloody showhound” was there. I knew at once who he meant. With that, Vlad popped into my mind with most of his personality intact, and one of those personality traits was him loathing the moniker Dracula (not to mention his tension with Bones). To have a character so quickly rounded out in my mind has only happened a few times before, so while part of me cringed that I’d broken my self-imposed Dracula ban, I couldn’t bring myself to delete him from the book. Obviously, I’m glad about that decision now.
3- Correct me if I'm wrong, but you are under contract for two Night Prince books, would you like/do you have plans to write event more books about him?
You are correct, I have two Night Prince books under contract. I don’t know if there will be a third. I’m not intending there to be, but if I get to the end of the second book and realize that Vlad and Leila still have unfinished business, I may make their story a trilogy. I really wouldn’t anticipate it going beyond that. Carrying the same couple through several books is HARD, so unless I’d have stories banging away in my mind that I had to write about them – and readers liked the first two books enough for my publisher to warrant buying more – I see Vlad and Leila’s storyline wrapping up at a three books at most.
4- Are you planning more Night Huntress World books? Who would it be about? Ian maybe?
At the moment, I’m not thinking beyond the second Night Prince novel and the final Cat and Bones books. That’s about two years’ worth of writing right there. I get a lot of requests for an Ian novel, but with my schedule, I’m not ready yet, and more importantly, neither is he. Even if my schedule magically cleared or I could clone myself so I could write twice as fast, if I gave Ian his own story now, it would revolve around him doing nefarious deeds while sexing up various people. That’s not a story I’d want to write for many reasons. I do have hope for Ian, though, that he’ll eventually realize the emptiness of his current lifestyle. If that happens, then I’d be glad to showcase him in a book. I already know who the heroine of that book would be (and no, I’m not telling yet ) but until he’s ready, Ian will have to stay on the sidelines.
5- To keep with our Paranormal April Fools' theme, which of your characters would be the hardest to fool, and how would they react?
Mencheres might be the hardest to fool because of his occasional glimpses of the future combined with his ability to read minds. Plus, as he puts it, he’s “older than dirt” so there wouldn’t be many things a person could put over on him. For example, in This Side of the Grave, Cat and Vlad thought they were outsmarting Mencheres over something only to find out later that he was the one who’d set them up.
Thank you so much Jeaniene for taking the time to answer my questions! I can’t wait to read Once Burned!
I little dose of Vlad anyone?
She’s a mortal with dark powers...
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire...
He’s the Prince of Night...
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
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Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
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Frost lives in Florida with her husband, Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. She and Matthew are the proud parents of Gypsy, their very spoiled dog, who believes Frost's only purpose in life is to cater to her. Aside from writing, Frost enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking, and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.