Please join us in welcoming author Stella Cameron here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her new Chimney Rock paranormal romance series, Darkness Bound, was released in March. You can read an excerpt from the book here. We are also featuring this series in our UF/PNR Reading Challenge 2012.
Stella Cameron is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Court of Angels Series, the Bayou Books and many others. There are fourteen million copies of her books in circulation worldwide. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington State.
Stella: Werehounds are dying out. They exist in small teams or even as loners, mostly in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Darkness Bound is the desperate story of a team that has worked in Afghanistan in contract special operations. Their driving desire is to return to being accepted from humans, which they once were. They need human allies. Since all female werehounds have died out in childbirth, the werehounds seek to mate with humans, to keep their kind going, but to draw it every closer to human roots.
DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Darkness Bound?
Stella: Niles is the alpha werehound, his honorable personality is a rock around his neck when confronted with the forces of evil, and there are many. Werewolves, vampires and a mix of peaceful and malignant fae must all be dealt with and Niles will not discard his principles.
Widowed for two years, Leigh returns to Whidbey Island and Two Chimneys Cottage where she spent happy times with her husband. She is a determined, if sad woman determined to make herself fully alive again.
DFT: If you could describe your main characters with only 3 words, what would they be?
Stella: Niles: Passionate, honorable, powerful.
Leigh: Determined, loving, compassionate.
DFT: What initially gave you the idea for your series?
Stella: This has always been a difficult (if not hated) question for me. I don’t know! I’ve never fully understood where a particular story comes from. I could have seen or smelled or felt something, or remembered a sensation from long ago, and the process began. It’s only when characters twine with situations that story starts to flow.
DFT: What is your favorite part about writing this series?
Stella: I’m looking toward the third book now so the feelings are fresh. Shooting through the forest, hearing sounds only the character hears, the action, the atmosphere, and the sense of the love story developing, I love writing all of this.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Darkness Bound?
Stella: A scene when Niles explains to Leigh what love means to him. He thinks of the eternal feelings, no ending to the one partner or beginning of the other–a touching of heart and soul.
DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?
Stella: I still scribble on big yellow pads only to discover I can’t read what I’ve written anyway. My office is “the cockpit” where I try to control my story vehicle. Tea to the left, the previous night’s heap of paper scraps with notes on them to the right. Check the trail from the door to the chair for potential obstacles I might trip over if I get up in a sudden burst of enthusiasm:)Door shut, music on, dog in basket, cat on chair–it’s a great ritual!
DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?
Stella: This question needs hours of response. Reading all my life and telling stories for as long as I can remember are sewn into my seams. When I read a really wonderful piece, I’m in heaven–floating. Earlier influences were Pat Conroy, John Irving, Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver–we don’t have the time or space to scratch the surface. Today I am constantly thrilled by the stream of good books that come our way, from new authors and not-no-new authors. Ours is an endless art.
The one little book that taught me discipline was ON BECOMING A WRITER by Dorothea Brande (hope that’s the right spelling). Written in 1937, when I found this volume I knew I had a blueprint in my hand. I’ve followed the instructions for schedule and attitude ever since.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Stella: I’m a mystery addict. Mystery exists in just about every genre and I come from the “I’ll read anything once,” group.
DFT: Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
Stella: As I think my way into the third Chimney Rock book I’m planning a bridge book between the first two.
DFT: What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Stella: The vision of the elegant, cold vampire is magnetic. I am very attracted to fae characters and their magical connections.
DFT: What questions are you never asked in an interview but wish you were?
Stella: Eek, I’m thinking, Kristie. Perhaps simply, “Why do you write?” My answer would be, “Because I can’t help myself!”
DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
Available March 1, 2012 from Forever/Hachette Book Group
About this Book:
WHEN NIGHT FALLS
After her husband’s tragic death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet the tiny town of Chimney Rock is not as peaceful as it seems. Women have been disappearing, and Leigh can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched . . . especially at night. Soon, she’s experiencing visions she can’t explain and fighting her attraction to a handsome stranger who seems to know her most intimate desires.
PASSION TRANSFORMS THEM
As the leader of the Team, a pack of werehounds forced to hide their very existence, former special ops soldier Niles Latimer is desperate to prove a man’s heart beats beneath his predator’s body. And Leigh-the mysterious beauty possessing powers she doesn’t yet understand-may be the one woman who can help him. But Niles isn’t the only one who recognizes Leigh’s true identity. Something evil is waiting in the woods-and the hunt has begun . . .
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