Welcome YASMINE GALENORN to my blog with a giveaway!!!!
Yasmine Galenorn, fabulous writer of, well, a lot of great books, but most notably the Indigo Court Series and the Otherworld Series, has consented to guest today (no threats or arm twisting was involved–well, not much, anyhow). Please welcome her! (note that this should have been posted earlier today, but I’ve been pukey sick and therefore behind).
First, thanks Di, for having me on your blog—and yes, I’ll be having a giveaway at the end of it.
For those of you who don’t know me, here’s the official blurb: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes two urban fantasy series for Berkley: both the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon and the Indigo Court series. In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical books. Her books have hit the New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly bestseller lists numerous times. Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 30 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.
Now that we have that out of the way…
I’m a writer. Storyteller. Bard who works in print/ink/the written word. Dreamer of dreams, weaver of words, witch of the wild. I spin my dreams into stories into words into books. As arachnophobic as I am, I very much appreciate Arachne and Grandmother Spider—for they are the muses of story.
From the time I was three years old, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I remember the day—something, somehow triggered the realization that people made the books I was learning to read—they didn’t just magically appear out of thin air. And right then, I knew…absolutely knew…I would grow up and “make books.” And I never wavered from that decision.
For me, the process of writing a book is like following a trail of breadcrumbs through the forest. I get a glimpse of something—a character, a scene, and begin chasing it. I start at the beginning, and step by step, track the story and the characters through the labyrinth, through the dangers and illusions, through the snow and ice and driving rain.
Often I’m asked if I plot out my books. Here’s how it falls out for me: I know the basic elements of the overreaching story arcs that cross all the books in each series. I know the beginning, the highlights, and the very end of each book as I begin it. I write a 1-2 page synopsis and go from there.
The evolution of my books comes through the writing, hence—unlike some authors—I never write chapters out of sequence. Now and then, I’ll catch glimpses of things to come and I’ll jot down lines here or there, or notes on the synopsis, but I go crumb by crumb, following the trail the characters leave as they plunge into the deep dark forest.
I work in my subconscious for a number of things—subplots, especially. Sometimes I’ll write something and think, “What the hell is that all about?” and then, a chapter or three or five down the road, I’ll realize just what I was foreshadowing. My mind is constantly working—if not consciously, then on a subconscious level.
Not all writers work this way, mind you—but it works for me.
And now, a sneak peek from my next release, Shadow Rising—book 12 in the Otherworld Series. The series runs round robin through three sisters, half-human half-Fae, points-of-view. This book is from the youngest sister’s POV, a vampire.
We’re the D’Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy ex-operatives from the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Being half human, half-Fae means our powers go haywire at all the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch, with three gorgeous husbands. My sister Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. And me? I’m Menolly, a jian-tu turned vampire, and I’m dating a sexy werepuma and the godfather of vampires. Unfortunately, life is about to get very, very nasty…
Nerissa and I can’t decide on what we want to do for our promise ceremony and we’re bickering like an old married couple. My sisters and I head to Otherworld for a meeting with Queen Asteria, where we discover that Shadow Wing has dispatched Telazhar to reignite the Scorching Wars. And as soon as we return back home, we find Gulakah, the Lord of Ghosts, waging a battle to control the magical beings over Earthside. Caught between two terrible enemies in a battle spanning two worlds, we can only hope we’re in time to stop all-out annihilation.
“The fragrance of ylang- ylang and jasmine filled the room. Roman picked up the vial and opened it.
A strange smell filled the room, heady and intoxicating, making me lick my lips. I wanted to ask what it was but forced myself to remain silent. He carefully tipped it over the goblet and dropped
one . . . two . . . three drops of the coppery- colored liquid into the blood, then took the silver blade and stirred it. Corking the vial again, he put down the knife and picked up the goblet.
Turning to me, he dipped his thumb into the blood and pressed it against my forehead.
“I anoint you in the name of the First Mother.” Once again, he coated his thumb and this time he motioned for me to pull back the folds of the gown, exposing my chest. He pressed his thumb against my heart.
“I anoint you in the name of Blood Wyne, my sire and mother.” A third time, and this time he pressed his thumb against my lips.
“I anoint you in my name— Roman, Liege of the Vampire Nation, Son of the Crimson Veil.” He lifted the goblet to salute me, then drank half of it. Handing it to me, he nodded. “Drink.”
I swallowed the blood and it tasted like spice, like cinnamon and cloves and fire and copper. As it bathed my throat, the room began to spin; slowly but surely, I swallowed my fear with the crimson nectar.
And now, I’ll pick two winners from everyone who leaves me a question on Diana’s blog, and each person will receive a $10 online gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble.com or Amazon.com—their choice. Please leave your contact info in your comment so my assistant can contact you.
Thanks, Di, for hosting me!
Wondering how you came up with the halfling sister’s who fight evil? And how you came up with their different gifts?
The sisters just showed up in my mind while I was watching TV one night–my subconscious tends to mush stuff together and present me with an idea when it’s ready. LOL…I work a lot on a subconscious level.
what inspires you? ad how did you know you wanted and could be a writer? i love your books
I knew I wanted to be a writer from the time I was three years old. Everything inspires me–ideas are everywhere if you just look at things from a different perspective and ask, “What if…?”
It didn’t occur to me that I *could* be a writer until I was most of the way through college. I don’t know how I thought books and stories got written, but never did I think I was the one who could be creating.
knowing how you write bring much appreciation for what you do and what you put into it, but what do you do when writers block is suddenly upon you? ^_^ excited for your next book.
I don’t get writer’s block. I don’t have time for it, to be bluntly honest. If I do feel things bogging down, I know I’m off track so I look back for where the story was flowing freely and find out where I veered off track, and go from there. 🙂
First off, I absolutely LOVE your books, especially the Otherworld series.
You keep hinting in your books about Chase’s latent talents coming to the forefront – do you have any plans to write a book or a novelette with his story?
No, not really but you will see more of his life/powers unfold as the series go along. 🙂 But…I won’t say never re: short story or novella. 😉
Are any of your characters loosely based on people you know in real life? Are any of your books/series in the process of becoming movies????
The only character based on someone from real life is Maggie, and she’s based on a friend’s kitty who passed over the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago. 🙂
And no, there have been no offers of options for my work yet re: movies/TV.
What do you read that influences you and your writing?
Probably the most influential writers on my work have been Ray Bradbury (by far my favorite), Daphne du Maurier, Stephen King, Bram Stoker…I read a lot of genres and writers, but those–they influenced my work.
Influential TV shows: Twilight Zone, Buffy, a lot of old horror and SF flicks. Shows that were on like Strange Luck, Medium, Kolchak the Nightstalker…movies like Queen of the Damned, Heavenly Creatures, the Innocents, Indiana Jones…too many to count.
Oh! Also, how many projects do you work on at a time?
Well…here’s the answer: My Life as a Full Time Author
What do you like to read? (Or watch, maybe?)
(That is, read/watch for fun.)
I love to read many genres, many authors. Some of my faves: Tolkien, Richard Adams, Daphne du Maurier, Amy Tan, RAY BRADBURY!!!, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Diane Mott Davidson, JA Jance, Harry Harrison, Olivia Goldsmith, Joan D. Vinge, Tanith Lee, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McAffrey, and many more.
I am an avid TV/Movie buff…there are so many…um…lots. LOL
This seems like a very complex world you have created. I would think a reader would have to follow the series from the beginning not to get lost or confused with the sub-plots, variety of characters and the interaction of worlds. Is it possible to pick up a book in the middle of the series, read it, and have it be a satisfying experience if you haven’t read the previous books?
A number of readers have started later in the series and a lot of them write to me to tell me they raced back to buy the rest of it as soon as they finished the book–always gratifying to hear.
The Otherworld Series, even though it’s a lot further along than the Indigo Court Series, is easier to start in the middle of.
First, let me state that I just luv all of your book series (including the Berkeley Prime Crime Mysteries) and enjoy your blog too. I really enjoy the fact that the women you characterize are powerful individuals that do not conform to the strange “ideals” being promoted by the media today.
Since the Otherworld series is 12+ now (including the anthologies/e-books/novellas) and the new Indigo Court Series, isn’t it difficult to keep all the worlds separate?
Seems as if there are a lot of threads being woven in complicated patterns. Do you keep a journal to jot the individual story lines as ideas for future books come to mind?
I keep extensive research notebooks for every world. And no, it’s not difficult to keep the *worlds* separate, though sometimes I’m like, “Um…what BOOK did that happen in???” LOL
I have a couple questions (sorry if I am asking something already asked).
1. Is there a chance we will meet Blood Wyne at all?
2. Re Tara’s question: Would you really want your books made into movies/TV?
3. Are there firm plans in the works for a new series?
1. Yes, in shadow Rising
2. That depends on a lot of factors.
3. No comment. *grins*