Howdy Tes! Welcome to The Delighted Reader! We are so thrilled to have you stop by for a visit to tell us about yourself and your book series featuring your delicious Paladin Angels.
Thank you! I’m so glad to be here.
Since this is your first visit, please share a little of your background with our readers particularly how you became a writer.
Well, as some of you may or may not know, I am the author of the Paladin Warriors series, which currently has two books in the series (Deliver Me from Darkness and Deliver Me from Temptation) and Prince of Shadows that will be released in December. As far as how I became a writer, I have to say that I believe there is a bit of the writer in all of us, it’s the author part that takes real determination! I remember being a girl of about twelve dreaming of becoming an author. I figured the poems and short stories I’d written thus far wasn’t going to get me there though and started my first middle grade adventure about a cat who got lost from his people and went on an amazing journey through the forest where he met up with all kinds of adventure and intrigue. It was a great little story, but boy was the craft horrible! And the amount of time, effort, and angst of pouring your heart out onto the page? Let’s just say it took me awhile before I took on that challenge again… like, I don’t know, about fifteen years? J
Do you have a special place that is just yours where you go to write? And if so, what does it look like?
I need to mix up my writing space. I do have a dining room turned office with a desk, which I use primarily for the more business side of writing. Sometimes I even write there too, but just as often I am typing away from the chair by my bedroom window or out on the porch or even curled up on the couch. So much of it depends on my mood and whether I’m writing fresh, editing, or revising. No matter what though, I tend to have my music going!
When you write, do you rely on music and/or certain snacks or drinks to stimulate your muse?
Yes 😉 I’m definitely a music person. It really helps get me in the right mood for different scenes. I even have different playlists for writing action, high-tension, or the oh-la-la scenes, and then a whole different set for more background/world build stuff.
What is something fun you do when you’re not working?
I am a project person. I love to take on big projects and go nuts with them until they are done. For example, my latest project was putting in a stone patio behind my house. I thought it would be an inexpensive, weekend project (this is where you all can laugh), turns out that almost two ton of stone and all the extras is far from inexpensive and much more of a workout than I expected. That and the week of rain didn’t help. Talk about putting a damper on my mojo!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
That’s easy :-). The best thing about being a writer is letting your imagination go and really brining your world and characters to life.
Now, let’s talk about your books. For those unfamiliar, please give an overview of the world in your books.
The Paladin Warriors series is based around a group of warriors who are descendent from volunteer angels who answered His call to take up arms against the fallen Lucifer’s horde of evil minions. Those original angels had to give up their wings and take on the imperfections of the human body and fallibility of the soul in order to take up those weapons, but luckily they retained some of their special gifts, which they passed on to their descendants, giving them a leg up in their skirmishes with all the baddy creatures out there.
I absolutely loved the character of Roland you created for ‘Deliver Me From Darkness’. He is a wonderful tortured hero sort. Could you share something about him that didn’t end up in the books?
Sure! If you read the books you may or may not have picked up on the fact that Roland, like Logan, had a rather rocky relationship with his father. Roland always felt like he was trying to live up to an unobtainable image of the perfect son. It’s a bit of a preconception amongst the Paladin that the strength of one’s projective thought is a good measure of their other abilities. Roland’s inability to confer over distance or with anyone who didn’t have incredibly strong projective thought became a real point of contention between him and his father. He became one of those fathers who was constantly pushing his son to be better, and was unrelenting in his training and demands for perfection. The difference between Roland and Logan is that Roland stopped trying to please his father long ago, assuming that his deficiency was so great that his father couldn’t love him. In truth his father loved him with all his heart, but didn’t know how to show it other than to try and help Roland prove his worth despite his “handicap.” I think, perhaps, they could have eventually worked their differences out, but then tragedy struck on the night Roland was turned. Needless to say, it’s a long and complex bit of backstory about one of our heroes, one that would take a lot more time than this interview to explain fully!
You have a knack for writing ‘rock/hard place’ scenarios for your Paladins and it certainly is a tension-maker for me, but I’ll forgive you since you didn’t make me wait for Logan’s story. I’m crossing my fingers that the third book covers the other story line that intrigued me. I am curious where your stories come from. Are you one who just lets them come to you or do you plot them out? Did you see the whole series’ story arc from start to finish or just bits and pieces? How many books do you foresee for the series?
I am both a punster and a plotter. I typically have a general story arc that I’m following, with little bits and pieces of it already formed in full Technicolor. After that it’s a lot of pantsing. I know I have to get from point A to B but oftentimes it isn’t until I’m writing that the way of getting there fully appears before me. As far as the whole story arc, I have a general idea of where the series is going, and typically have the next two or three books well laid out in my head, but I also don’t want to limit myself too much because honestly, I think there are a ton of stories I could tell between the now and the actual end of the series!
Now just something off the wall, but fun to know your characters better. Tell us where both Roland and Logan would take their gals for a big date and tell us a domestic chore that these couples enjoy sharing when they have a free Saturday at home.
I have to say neither of the couples have a tendency towards going on big dates. The one thing Roland and Karissa sometimes indulge in is a good late-night movie. Karissa likes it just as well when they stay in and red-box it though. It certainly makes snacks easier, and she really enjoys the ability to back up the movie to watch those parts they miss. And with how sexy her mate is? Well they do miss a lot. Logan’s idea of a big date would be an afternoon in a museum followed by a dinner at the best restaurant in town. Jessica would take the museum (her mates knowledge of artifacts is fascinating) but she could do without the formal dinner. She’d much rather stay home on their free Saturday and make dinner together. Turns out her man’s a real whiz in the kitchen and Jessica, with her old cop hours, has had her share of take-out and microwave dinners. Logan’s just fine with staying in too. He’s been enjoying teaching Jessica the finer points of gourmet cooking, especially when his mate turns out to be so imaginative with how to use some of the more decadent ingredients…like that freshly whipped heavy cream. Oh…yeah. 😉
Can you give us a sneak peek into ‘Prince of Shadows’? Maybe a teaser line that you like?
I’d love to! I’ll give you more than a line though…this is right after Valin has finally tracked down Gabriella. He knows she’s his mate, but she’s not so sure what the racing of her heart means…other than that she thirsts for his blood, something she knows she can never indulge in.
“Are you feeding enough?” he demanded. She flashed her fangs, letting her eyes drift to his throat. “Every chance I get.” “Really?” He grabbed his shirt, stretching the neckline and exposing his throat. “Then go ahead, cookie.” She hissed, fear skittering in her eyes as she clamped her jaw tight and turned her head away, though not before Valin saw the flare of red in the black pupils. Fuck, yeah she was hungry. Hell he could practically taste her need the air was so heavy with the pheromones she was putting off. And what do you know, that was his second brain rising to attention. He tried telling it that it was simply a vampire’s nature to equate feeding with sex, but the damn thing didn’t give a shit. All it knew was that they’d been reunited with their mate, and that, holy hallelujah, their mate no longer lived in a body that could be considered jail-bate. Far from it. “Gabby…” He reached for her, wanting to soothe her obvious agitation, but she skirted away dodging behind the metal desk butted against the wall in front of the cot, clenching the edge of it as if it were a life-line…or like she might grab it up and toss it at him. “I don’t feed from humans…or Paladin.” She quickly tagged on as if she expected him to toss out that argument. “Where are you getting your blood from then?” “None of your business.” “Gabby, everything with you is my business,” he told her, rather proud of how he managed to keep the agitation out of his voice. Didn’t she feel it too? Or, fuck, was he the only one suffering here with the need to claim his mate? She looked at him straight on, her dark pupils that couldn’t decide between black or crimson narrowed. “In your dreams.” “Exactly.” He smiled, taking a step toward the desk.
Anything else you would like to share? A current or future project you are working on?
Actually, I do have a couple projects I’m working on. This summer I’m going to be releasing two of my favorite Young Adult stories. One is a fun paranormal YA, called Fifteen Forever, that takes on a new twist of the Pandora legend. And the other is a dark, gritty dystopian called Life Bites, it’s kind of a mash-up of Buffy meets the Walking Dead. Right now they’re both going through copy-edits and should be getting covers soon. In the meantime I have a collection of shorts that I’m putting out there as a precursor to Life Bites to give everyone a little taste of that world. Keep your eyes posted on my website and facebook page for more info!
As an Authors After Dark Author, what are you most looking forward to in Savannah this August? Do you have anything touristy that you plan on doing while there?
The sultry Savannah nights, of course! As far as touristy stuff, I honestly haven’t thought that far in advance. I’ll probably figure that out, oh, say the weekend before I go? I’ll make of it a real project! 😉
Again, thank you for dropping by The Delighted Reader, Tes!
Thank you for having me! I hope to meet a lot of you at Authors After Dark. Even if you won’t be there, be sure to send me a line, I love hearing from readers, both old and new 🙂
Prince of Shadows
Paladin Warriors, book #3
It’s forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark…
Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.
But maybe he was never all that Light to begin with
When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watches Gabriella’s need for vengeance threaten to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
While growing up Tes Hilaire always wanted to see a ghost. Or meet an angel. Or dine with a vampire. Despite her vivid imagination, none of these things ever happened… yet. In the meantime, she writes about them from her home in North Carolina where she lives with her hero, her cats, a son and two daughters–one of whom claims to actually have seen a ghost (Tes is very jealous). She hates lima beans, loves spaghetti, and still believes in the impossible.