A brief interview with our guest today, Virginia S. Nelson, writing as V.S. Nelson whose paranormal romance, Eternal Lovers, was just released. Eternal Lovers is book one in her Sekhmet’s Guardians series.
Interviewer: Virginia, thank you for being here.
V.S. Nelson: Thank you for having me. It is a joy to be here on Literary Lagniappe.
Interviewer: Did you know you would be writing a series when you started Eternal Lovers?
V.S. Nelson: Not at all. In fact when I started writing Eternal Lovers I started it primarily for my own sanity.
Interviewer: Care to elaborate?
V.S. Nelson: Sure, why not… I started writing Jennifer’s story to make the voices in my head stop. In stead it got worst and so a saga was born.
Interviewer: Do you still hear them?
V.S. Nelson: All the time.
Interviewer: Do the voices tell you what to write?
V.S. Nelson: Actually no. I still hear my characters but usually when I’m not writing and they are demanding I get back to work. I actually see the scenes I write in dreams or when I’m meditating The scenes appear to me much like one would when they watch a movie. Guess I should have been a screen writer.
Interviewer: I’ve heard you say more than once, that your series, Sekhmet’s Guardians, is a nighttime soap. What do you mean by that?
V.S. Nelson: Most romances, even paranormals center around one heroine and one hero… and mine do to, although I have plenty of secondary characters and action which fills up the void, reminding me a nighttime soap. In book one, Eternal Lovers, there are three other couples besides Jennifer and Gabriel whose stories unfold. Each of my characters follow through into book two and those new characters introduced in book two continue on to book three and so on.
Interviewer: Isn’t it hard to keep up with all those characters?
V.S. Nelson: Not really. They are forever reminding me who and what they are. In fact they have been known to fight for space in the books.
Interviewer: You talk as if they are real?
V.S. Nelson: In my mind they are as real as you and I.
Interviewer: I’ve heard you say you really don’t care for Jennifer, your heroine in book one. Can you tell us a little bit about why?
V.S. Nelson: In the beginning of book one, Eternal Lovers, Jennifer is somewhat shy, non-descript as she has learned in her twenty-four years to hide her unique abilities. She has no idea who she is or what she is capable of. It is only after she is confronted with the reality of who she is, she grows into her own and finds everything she has spent her entire life looking for. By book two, Jennifer is on her way to becoming the kick-ass heroine she was meant to be. Eternal Lovers in many ways is a book that reflects a women’s growth as she takes her rightful place in society. None of us are the same woman we were years ago. Experience teaches us much. When Jennifer discovers who she truly is, she finds the strength to reach out and grasps that which she has always held back from—true love and all that it encompasses.
Interviewer: What can you tell us about your heroes?
V.S. Nelson: Eternal Lovers introduces the reader to seven main heroes, known as the Ancients, who are warriors from a parallel world. They are here on Earth to protect the human race from an evil from their world. Not to worry, there are enough good looking strong men to go around– one for reader. Each warrior is different in their behavior, looks and history. Several beta-readers fell madly in love with Raphael who soon learned he was not the hero destined to be with Jennifer. He soon becomes the brother she never had is the hero for book two, Eternal Nights when he meets the woman of his dreams.
Interviewer: Your heroes are beginning to sound like they below to turtle ninja group or in an angelic lineup? What is with the arch-angel names? Raphael…Gabriel.
V.S. Nelson: You’re not the first to say that. Actually the names they were born with are presented in all the books but another story (historical) unfolds in book one which explains this. I would rather not spoil it for the readers and just say I didn’t choose their modern names as they were given to them during the Crusades by a monk at the Siege of Antioch.
Interviewer: So who is your favorite hero out of the Ancients?
V.S. Nelson: I really don’t want to answer that. They fight enough about other things – giving them another reason keep me awake at night is not on my agenda. .
Interviewer: We have time for one final question. Since you write a series do your books have to be read in order?
V.S. Nelson: Oh, heaven’s no. Each book is a stand-alone and they can be read in any order although I personally recommend they read them in order so nothing is left out.
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***V.S. Nelson is giving away one signed copy of the paperback book to one lucky reader and two swag gifts! Contest ends 11:59 p.m. 2/10/13***