1. Are you still excited about writing the Otherworld sisters' stories?
I still love writing Otherworld, though it’s more complicated than it used to be. I’ve often joked that OW is my “Pern”…but it’s true, really. The world just keeps expanding in my mind, and apparently, my writing. ~laughs~ I have many ideas I’d like to implement in the future and I can see quite a ways ahead in each sister’s path/destiny. If my readers keep buying the books, I’m happy to keep writing them.
2. Do you see the sisters being heavily involved in the Otherworld war?
They’re on the outskirts. It affects them, it hits them in the gut, but they can’t be over there fighting when they have to stay here to watch out for what Shadow Wing is pulling next. They’re very torn, because they love their homeworld, but they also realize that sometimes, you have to go where you’re most needed and best able to help. And right now, that’s Earthside.
3. How do you come up with all the unique names in this series?
Most of my characters name themselves, so um…the names are just there. Some are based on the origins of certain words. And others, I go for the ‘feel’ of the name—the sound of it and how I think it would sound for…say…the Svartan race, or the Elfin race.
4. You have an enormous cast of characters. Is it hard to remember who everyone is and where they are?
I keep notes on that—for some scenes, I’ll make a list of who is there. ~grins~ I’ve been caught more than once by my editor including someone who wasn’t around, or I’ll sometimes realize I left someone in the middle of a fight doing nothing. Luckily, I manage to fix these mistakes before they hit print!
5. How important is music to your writing?
Very. Each book has a playlist, and each series seems to have a theme song. Each major character has certain songs that I associate with them. I don’t always listen to music while I write, but a good share of the time, yes, I do.
6. You're ending the Indigo Court series. Will you miss the people you've created there?
Yes, but it’s time to close the doors on it. The Indigo Court Series was always designed to be a closed story arc. I knew there would be either five or six books, and it happened to be five. While I love that world dearly and feel it’s some of my best writing so far, it was harder to write—much like following bread crumbs through a forest. But I love the sparkling frozen world Cicely lives in, and yes, I will miss it.
7. Might we see an Indigo Court/Otherworld crossover?
No, that really can’t happen. The worlds are different—they aren’t in the same altaverse.
8. With your new, parallel Otherworld series, will the sisters make guest appearances?
You may just see them from time to time. ~winks~ And you get a glimpse of Shimmer in Autumn Whispers and mentions of them in Crimson Veil. You’ll certainly see old standbys like The Supe Urban Café (and Marion), and the Supe Community Action Council and maybe the Seattle Vampire Nexus (and possibly Erin) in the Fly by Night Series. The FBN Series takes place in Seattle in the same time frame as the Otherworld Series, so the world will be familiar. You will definitely see more dragons and vampires, considering the two main characters are from those races.
9. Will you have a single protagonist in the new series, a la Cecily, or an ensemble, like the sisters?
While the main character will be Shimmer, a dragon shifter exiled Earthside, and the books will be from her POV, Alex—her boss (a vampire who’s more like Crocodile Dundee than he is Dracula)—will be prominent and they are basically paired up in a lot of the cases. Their crew of friends will be a little more off the wall than the sisters’ crew. The Fly By Night series will be more oriented toward standalone books within the overall series. Alex and Shimmer aren’t really aware of the demonic war that’s going on, and their focus is quite different. Although I think Shimmer’s love life, or attempts at one, will be a lot of fun for the readers to follow along. The heat level will be about the same as Otherworld, so don’t expect a change in that in this series (yes explicit sex and violence).
10. Do you miss writing non-fiction?
No, I don’t. I never set out to write nonfiction, and while I’m proud of what I wrote in that venue, it wasn’t my original goal. Someday I might like to write a book on writing, but what writer doesn’t want to do that?