Lexi: A few years ago, our guest said she believed vampires in stories would always be around, like zombies. And boy are we glad she was right, and is still writing them! Welcome back, Dianne Duvall!!
Thank you, Lexi! I’m very happy to be here. Thanks so much for helping me celebrate!
Lexi: I’m still hopping up and down with excitement from having read the blurb for your next Immortal Guardians series release, AWAKEN THE DARKNESS! I can’t wait to pick up Stanislav and Susan’s story! She digs him up, he has no memory, a little mystery and some excellent romance. How much fun was it to write the scene of Susan digging up Stanislav?
It was sooooo much fun. LOL. Poor Susan. She couldn’t understand why she was digging this huge hole or why she didn’t get the heck out of Dodge when she found what she thought was a body. I loved her reaction when she realized Stanislav was alive. Really every minute these two spent together thoroughly entertained me.
Lexi: Vampires will never be dead. Did we mention how much we love that you were right about that? And here we are with book eight of your series. Is there comfort, or a sense of returning to an old lover, when you step into writing an Immortal Guardian’s book?
Absolutely. One of the things I love to hear most from readers is that my Immortal Guardians feel like family to them, because it’s the same for me. They live in my head all the time… and sometimes do the funniest, craziest stuff up there. So when I sit down to write a new story, I’m always excited to see where it will take me. And, of course, I love to see my immortals fall in love. The friendship. The flirting. The laughter. The teasing. The passion. All of it. I must admit, though, that it was particularly comforting to write AWAKEN THE DARKNESS. Much like Yuri’s story, I’ve wanted to write Stanislav’s ever since I finished NIGHT UNBOUND. But I had to wait for the right time.
Lexi: The blurb of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS is irresistible, and so is the cover. It’s so artful and the characters are strong and complement each other. Did you agonize over finding a match for Susan and Stanislav?
I’m so glad you like the cover! I love having total control over the artwork now that I’ve gone indie. But it’s always hard—agonizingly so as you suggested—to find a match for the heroes and heroines. As soon as I begin writing a story, images of the hero and heroine form in my head. For the cover of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS, I not only wanted models who resembled those mental images, I wanted models who could also demonstrate the strong personalities Stanislav and Susan possess and their ability to kick ass. That was quite a task.
Lexi: You know we have to ask…because as soon as we hit the end of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS we’re going to be begging for the next one. So, do you have plans for book nine?
Yes. I’ve already begun writing Immortal Guardians Book 9, which will feature Seth—the leader of the Immortal Guardians—as the hero. I’m going to be very nervous when I release that one, because it is by far the most requested book in the series. Even The Gifted Ones readers request it, because he appears in that series, too. So… yeah. I’m going to be nervous as release week approaches. But I’m already having a lot of fun writing it.
Lexi: We are so glad to have you on the blog again, Dianne. Congratulations on the release of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS. We are so happy for you and happy to have another excellent vampire romance!
Thank you, Lexi! I always love visiting with you. I hope you’ll enjoy Stanislav and Susan’s story.
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