Immortal Guardians number 5! Hello vampires and paranormal romance and welcome Dianne Duvall!
Thank you, Lexi! I’m thrilled to be here! AND I have exciting news to share. I just found out that NIGHT UNBOUND hit the USA TODAY Bestseller list! Thanks so much, everyone who picked up a copy and helped it get there!
Lexi: Book five! What an accomplishment, congrats on the release! When you started out with Darkness Dawns did you know you would bring the series this far?
I did. From the very first, I envisioned the Immortal Guardians’ overall series arc as a snowball rolling downhill. Bastien, the villain of DARKNESS DAWNS (and later the hero of PHANTOM SHADOWS), started the ball rolling when he raised an army of psychotic vampires, intending to destroy the Immortal Guardians, and enlisted the aid of Dr. Montrose Keegan. Dr. Keegan then kept the ball rolling in NIGHT REIGNS with his own quest for vengeance by drawing mercenaries into the mix. The enemies rising up against the Immortal Guardians have grown larger and larger ever since, the dangers they pose increasing exponentially. And, as some of my Immortal Guardians continue to point out, it can all be traced back to Bastien.
What I DIDN’T know when I wrote DARKNESS DAWNS, however, was whom each book would feature as hero and heroine or how some of those characters would change. I usually don’t know who the hero and heroine of the next book will be until I’m nearly finished with my current manuscript. And a few characters have really surprised me, including Zach, the hero of NIGHT UNBOUND.
Lexi: Your Immortal Guardians series brings your own twist on vampires, which is great by the way. And in Night Unbound you bring us the female guardian, Lisette. Has Lisette been patiently waiting for you to tell us her story?
Lisette never actually expected to find a HEA of her own. She was too beset by guilt over accidentally transforming her brothers. Then Richart and Étienne both found love and . . . Lisette captured and chained up Zach. I think her fascination with him began even before that little interrogation, though. And, when Zach saved her life shortly thereafter, Lisette not only wanted to seek a HEA after with him, she insisted that her story be told next. ☺
Lexi: I love when a series flips the sexes of the beings or group that is featured so I can’t wait to check out Lisette’s story! Oh and her hunky outcast - Zach. Oh those loner bad boys and us women who can’t deny them. What is it about this solitary male that pulled you under his spell enough for you to give him Lisette?
I blame Ami and her lollipops. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, Ami is a character who was introduced in DARKNESS DAWNS when the two eldest Immortal Guardians rescued her from a facility in which she had been tortured for several months. She recovered eventually, beneath the Immortal Guardians’ care, and went on to become the fiercest mortal fighter in the series. But she still suffers some vulnerabilities ingrained in her by her brutal past. Which brings me to Zach. When I introduced Zach—a very powerful, winged immortal who has lived thousands of years—I intended for him to remain a sort of shadowy background figure throughout the series, sometimes seeming more foe than friend to the Immortal Guardians. Then Ami sought Zach out, after he suffered torture of his own, and offered him solace . . . along with two lollipops. Zach’s reaction fired my imagination and drove me to tell his story.
Lexi: Word in the publishing world is that paranormal is on the way out and everyone is looking for contemporary. What’s your take on that theory?
This is actually my first time hearing it, but I’m not concerned. Paranormal romances routinely hit the bestseller lists, which—to me, at least—seems to indicate that interest hasn’t dwindled. And paranormal romance authors are constantly finding ways to make the genre new again. So I know I certainly will never tire of it myself. ☺
Lexi: I know this reader will always be hooked on paranormal and I am excited for your release of Night Unbound!! Thanks for stopping by to talk with us about it Dianne! And please, keep bringing us paranormal romance!
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