Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Interview with author Nancy Gideon

First off I would like to thank you Nancy for taking the time to answer a few questions about your writing and this series. I would also like to say what a huge fan I am of your Moonlight series.
            Thanks, Delia!  I’m thrilled to be here.  Bring on the questions!

Can you tell us a little about your current novel Prince of Shadows?
            Foremost, PRINCE OF SHADOWS is a bit of a game changer. It moves the action from New Orleans to Lake Tahoe to focus on the brutally dangerous Terriots who are struggling to strengthen their clan in preparation for war. Their threatening presence debuted in HUNTER OF SHADOWS and was upped in BETRAYED BY SHADOWS as they made an aggressive move against the New Orleans clan and especially the MacCreedy family.  Kendra Terriot has negotiated a truce for the lives of her MacCreedy cousins but those stakes have just been raised, forcing her to make a terrifying choice to secure their safety and her own. My hero and heroine are star-crossed lovers separated by a dark history and now caught in a dangerous arrangement to unite their clan while healing their hearts. 

Up till this point in the series Kendra Terriot has been described as someone needing protection, in your world of strong female characters. Will we see her come into her own in this novel?
            Oh, yeah.  Her comfort zone is pulled out from under her in the first page of Chapter One, forcing to her draw upon an inner strength that’s been dormant in order to survive. She’ll more than hold her own once she realizes what it is she truly wants.

For all of the fans of the Moonlight series can we expect to see more of Max and Charlotte in our future?
            I’d LOVE to do another Max and Charlotte book.  I took their story as far as I could with them being secondary characters and think it’s time for them to get some issues resolved on the front line.

Yay! I can't wait :)

Do you have any character that stands out as your favorite?
            I’ve enjoyed them all for various reasons – even Jimmy Legere and Rollo were fun to work with. Of course there wouldn’t be a series without Max.  It’s hard not to love him.  And I confess, I’m having a hard time letting Cale Terriot, my rowdy, tattooed, rock-and-roll prince go.  Oscar Babineau could have the makings of a hero in a few years, too. I try to write every character as if they deserved their own story.

Will we find any more information about the Chosen in the coming books?
            Oh, definitely. Especially when Max and CC hit center stage.

When you started this series did you have a particular path in mind or have the characters steered the way for you?
            The characters totally ran away with me – a first! I started Chapter 1 with the first scene in mind and the story just kept rolled.  I built the world and backstory as I went for the initial four Moonlight books. Now I have to pay attention to the previous groundwork for continuity. And that’s a lot of ground to cover.

Is there a certain amount of books planned for this series?
            With the way the world has expanded, I could go on forever . . . or as Last Action Hero says, until the grosses go down.

Are you working in any other series at this time?
            I’ve just started tinkering with a historically set YA paranormal series.  Getting to know the characters, researching, and doing some world building.

I've noticed that books 7 and 8 of the series are only available as e-books, what has caused this change? Will we be seeing print books moving forward?
            To jump on the digital bandwagon, Pocket revamped the Pocket Star program as e-exclusives offering lower prices than the print books and a quicker availability to readers. BETRAYED BY SHADOWS (Book 7) and PRINCE OF SHADOWS (Book 8) were purchased for that program.  I don’t know if they’ll be issued in any other format at this point.  I know that’s a disappointment to readers who like to collect an entire series as a set.

I am one of those readers who likes to own the whole set so I guess I will just have to keep my fingers crossed.

I'm sure you’re very busy. Do you ever find time to read yourself? If so do you have any favorite books or authors you'd like to share?
            I LOVE to read and, yes, regrettably I don’t have as much time as I’d like to catch up on all those great books out there.  While recouping from my knee replacement, I finally was able to do some damage on my Kindle app thoroughly enjoying Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (dystopian vampires. AWESOME!) and the latest from Suzanne Brown (suspense), Jennifer Greene (series romance), Victoria Craven (paranormal), Diane Burton (space sci-fi romance!), Tracy Brogan (chick lit), and J.D. Robb (futuristic). I’ve still got favorite Dean Koontz, and YAs by Gina Showalter and Kresley Cole in the wings.

Do you have any special process you go through when starting a new book?
            I have to know my characters.  Of course, I’ll discover all sorts of surprising things along the way but I need to have a firm grasp on who they are and what they want before putting them into a storyline and setting.  I like to weave character, setting and plot together, so I’ll just let them gel in my mind until I get that perfect opening scene. Once I start writing, I go all the way through to page end. I’m a firm believer in not revising and editing until you have a finished product.

Do you have any advice for starting writers?
            Write what you love to read. Believe in what you’re writing.  Get it done and send it in. Then start writing something new.

Where can readers look to find more information about your books?

            You can find more information about me, PRINCE OF SHADOWS and the “By Moonlight” series by visiting my website, http://nancygideon.com or

Happy Reading!

Thanks so much it has been a huge pleasure having you stop by ~ Delia

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