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Interview: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

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Before we get to the interview I want to thank Doll Believer for joining me in this special event. She is a huge Gena Showalter fan and I couldn’t have come up with such thoughtful and interesting questions as these. I was in the midst of reading Wicked Nights and much to nervous to come up with such insightful questions. I am also more of a contemporary romance fan and have only dipped my toes into paranormal romance, mostly vampire based novels and to be honest I avoid them like the plague with the exception of a select few. I was intrigued by the Angels of The Dark series and what it would be like existing in today’s world as an eons old warrior angel. I figured it would be dark, disturbing, and at times uncomfortable for the reader but laced with hope and light. It was what I wanted as a reader and I wasn’t disappointed. And I wasn’t disappointed with Believer and Gena’s conversation either! I want to also thank Ms. Showalter for visiting the Dolls today. Okay so on with the interview and don’t forget to check out my review of Wicked Nights! It’s all about the Angels today!

Love and Angel Kisses,

Doll Lil

PBD: There is a distinct difference in tone between The Lords of the Underworld and The Angels of the Dark. The Lords are immersed in the human world around them assimilating in ways that include all the latest trends. On the other hand, The Angels couldn’t be less concerned about the human realm. Their speech and physical demeanor are otherworldly and devoid of jocularity or colloquialisms. Do you find yourself approaching the writing process for each series differently? Was it strange?

Gena: I tried to keep the vast differences in the upbringing of the Lords and the upbringing of the Angels as I wrote. The Lords have lived among humans most of their lives and have been immersed in culture (whether they accepted it or not) and the Angels have concerned themselves only with the destruction of evil.

PBD: Your Angels are warriors and in the case of Zacharel – also a virgin. Did you enjoy adding that twist to this hero?

Gena: I did like that, yes! There’s something so wonderful about turning the tables and watching the male experience all of the firsts.

PBD: Wicked Nights has one of the most disturbing prologues I have ever read. Were you worried about starting the book and series off with such a tragic and bloody scene? How do you get into the right frame of mind to develop these types of scenes?

Gena: The prologue you read is actually a toned down version of what I originally wrote. Believe it or not, the first one was far more graphic and dark, dark, dark. But I wanted readers to see what Annabelle saw, even though it was so horrific. Or maybe because it was so horrific.

PBD: Annabelle is a rock! Despite years of abuse and horrific attacks – your heroine has not been broken. Why was this so important to you?

Gena: I have several family members who have these amazing cores of iron. When they become determined to do something, nothing will sway them. I saw that same quality in Annabelle, and knew her determination to survive, to never let the bad guy win, would see her through anything.

PBD: Wicked Nights is permeated with issues regarding faith and transformation. Did you intend to be so philosophical when you first conceived this series? How do you think your fans will react?

Gena: Actually, no. Just like with the prologue, the book you read isn’t the one I originally wrote. But after I turned the book in, I became very, very sick and spent two months in bed. It was an awful time, and I was in so much pain. I was told I would suffer that way the rest of my life. I had to unbury my own faith to walk out of that sickbed healed. Then the revisions for the book came in and I found myself desperate to take a very dark book and inject some light, and show that no matter the circumstances you can overcome.

Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27 and now, four years later, is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, with eleven more on the way in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in French, Italian and Korean. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless–and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation–or her ultimate damnation?

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  • Doll Suz says:

    Great interview and thanks for stopping by, Gena! I read Wicked Nights this week and enjoyed it. I have to admit that it took me a while to warm up to Zacharel, but I enjoyed watching him become more accessible and I really enjoyed watching him get the occasional comeuppance. I truly loved Annabelle, she was way beyond plucky and far exceeded anything I could have embraced in terms of inner strength while still being believable and imperfect. She was a truly awesome character!

    The evolution of the subtext in this book was an unexpected pleasure for me. I didn’t see it coming until quite late in the book and appreciated the plausibility of the bittersweet resolution. The marked lack of genre tropes was also a real pleasure.

    Thanks for the insight you’ve given us here, and it’s good to hear that you’re out of that sick bed. May your recovery be ongoing and permanent! :)

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  • Doll Lil says:

    An awesome interviewer and interviewee! ;) I found myself wanting to hear more questions and answers from this duo. Thanks again Gena for visiting the blog. It was such a great read and I couldn’t wait to tell people about it.

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  • Lisa Coder says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by with the Dolls! I am just now reading the first chapter and was hooked in the prologue. I don’t have any specific questions since I am just starting into the book, but so far so good!

    If there were one thing to understand, one secret that one of the characters haven’t revealed yet about themselves, what would that be?

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  • Carin W says:

    Gina thank you so much for the interview, Dolls thanks so much for having Gina! I have been so excited for this to come out! I NEED to read it asap!

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  • Mona Leigh says:

    Loved the interview. Now to get the series and read them all.

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  • Molly Frenzel says:

    Wow, great interview questions! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview. Thank you!

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