Hello everyone! We are having a special visitor on The Delighted Reader blog today. I am so excited to introduce her and her fabulous books to our readers or maybe it’s a reunion for the many who already enjoy her dishy Dark Protectors. My first introduction was in the Writerspace newsletter when Fated debuted. I was intrigued by this new paranormal world and then imagine my pleasure when I entered a contest a short time later and won an autographed copy of the second book, Claimed. I’ve only read three of the books so far, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the Dark Protectors series. As an Authors After Dark featured author, Rebecca Zanetti was so kind as to say ‘yes’ to my request for a visit. And without further ado-
Howdy Rebecca! Thank you for dropping by to visit us.
You bet! Thank you so much for having me over today – I loved the questions!
Just to help everyone get to know you, would you please share something about yourself that we can’t find in your book cover bio?
Hmmm. Well, I’m married to a sexy Italian, and we have two kids, two dogs, and a cat who runs the show. In the summer I like to waterski, and in the winter I snowmobile…when I’m not writing. I’m usually writing, however.
Do you have any special writer rituals? What comfort food do you reach for when you get in a jam and a plot or character won’t cooperate?
I’m a bit odd in that I need to have thick, comfy socks on my feet when I write. I also have a music playlist for every book, and usually have either coffee or tea next to me as I write. Sometimes wine. As for comfort food? Definitely mac and cheese. It’s my favorite!
When you go on vacation, are you a ‘get away from it all’ or ‘let’s find some amusement’ type? What was the most fun vacation you have ever taken?
I’m a ‘get away from it all’ type of vacationer. My entire family (parents, sisters and their families) takes a vacation every few years together, and last time we went to Hawaii. Our kids were all old enough to play in the surf and pool, and we all had a blast. I also take a Vegas trip every year with my mom and sisters, and we always enjoy the bonding time.
For Authors After Dark in Savannah, what are you most looking forward to?
Great question! First, I’m really excited to meet the fans who are making such a great effort to attend the conference. There’s nothing like talking about characters with people who like the characters! Also, I’m excited to meet up with some of my writer buddies. Then, I’m really looking forward to seeing Savannah, since I’ve never been there. I’ve heard it’s beautiful!
Okay, as much as I enjoy quizzing Rebecca about herself, I really want to know the deets on her books. Rebecca, please share how the Dark Protectors series came to be.
Well, I wanted to write a story about a U.S. Marshal protecting a woman and her daughter, and instead, the hero kept turning into a vampire. If you’ve read FATED and met Talen, you know if he wanted to be a vampire, the guy was going to be a vampire. The entire series unfolded from a scene where he’s sitting in a private plane with the heroine.
You have put together a rather elaborate world of paranormals, characters and plots that are ongoing and getting more complex with each new release. Did you/do you plot it out ahead or is it just coming to you as you go? How do you keep track of everything? Spreadsheets? LOL!
Oh, this is a wonderful question. To be honest…I plot it out as I go and am often surprised by the twists and turns. Once in a while I write myself into a corner that I have to figure a way out of, but that’s a good challenge for a writer, I think. And I very often have to grab and earlier book to make sure I have somebody’s eye color correct in a later book! A spreadsheet is a great idea…
Now you’ve written more than half dozen books and novellas in the series, who is your favorite character? Yes I do realize I’m asking a parent to choose a favorite out of her children. We won’t tell them, promise.
I totally know this is a cop out…but whoever I’m writing about at the time is my favorite character. Honest. What will be interesting is what I’ll think after the series is finished…can you ask me this question next year at this time? LOL! J
Toughest character to write? Or Toughest scene?
Hmmm. The toughest character to write will be Janie Kayrs in the last book. It’s difficult to end a series, and readers have been invested in her since book 1, so it has to be good. Really good. And…she’s all grown up now, but people have seen her as a child, so I need to show that she’s all grown up and ready for love. Though, I have to admit, I can’t wait to dig into that story. There are tough scenes in every book – in SHADOWED, which is Jase’s story, there’s a scene between Jase and the King that was tough to write but ended really well and with them both fine.
I love the fact that there are ‘evil’ vampires, the Kurjans, and there are ‘monster’ shifters, the werewolves, to balance out their ‘good’ counterparts. Now the weres are just piteous creatures that are mindless and need to be put down for everyone’s safety, but with the Kurjans I have always been curious. Are there some good ones out there who just don’t get scene time?
I love this question because it comes down to the fundamental question of whether or not evil is a choice or is inherent in people/beings/species…I think that the Kurjans could choose to be good, and you can see that as a reader in the opportunities that have presented themselves to Kalin. There have been many instances where he could choose to be good or be evil, and he has chosen his own path. So, I think there’s hope for the Kurjans. Maybe. J
One really unique piece in this series is that a main player is a child, Janie. Intrigue surrounds her and I love her personality. She’s a scene stealer. I love those little scenes where she visits with her friend and her would-be enemy in her dreams. There are also prophesies from both camps surrounding her. Do we get her adult story at some point?
Yes. Janie’s story will be out spring of next year. We don’t have a name yet, but we should have that soon. I’m excited to write that one!
There are five novels and two novellas with a six novel coming out this year. Can you tell us how many more stories we can expect for the series?
The entire series will span ten stories: seven full novels and three novellas. Five books are out, and one novella is out. The rest of the series goes like this: Twisted (novella that releases in June), Shadowed (Jase’s story that releases in October), Tamed (novella in early 2014), and then the final book, Janie’s story, which will release in springish of 2014.
The Montana series is a fun, sexy series about cowboys in a new wild west. The heroes are all Alpha, just like the Dark Protectors, so fans are crossing the genres, and it’s been great to get those positive reviews and emails. Against the Wall is the first book and it features a sexy cowboy who’s also a lawyer, and it’s his job to stop a golf course development in his county. Guess who the golf course designer is? Yep. The heroine. J The second book, Under the Covers, features his brother, the sheriff, and a woman on the run. That book will be released on May 27th.
What else is on the horizon for you? Any future projects you wish to share about?
Yes! Thanks for asking! I have a new series releasing on July 2nd about a band of brothers who were created in test tubes and trained as soldiers by a black ops military group. The brothers escaped and are now positioned to go after the group…while finding adventure and love on the way. Forgotten Sins is the first book, and it will be out soon.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Rebecca! Have fun in August at Authors After Dark!
Thank you so much for having me over!
The questions were wonderful and so in depth! I just finished a blog tour for Against the Wall and have a mug and notebook to give away if anyone would like one. How about we randomly choose a commenter here? Just leave a quick comment about anything. How is your spring going? Any big summer plans?
Giveaway ends June 10, 2013 @ 11:59 PM EDT.
BIO: USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day–or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.
Please visit Rebecca at: http://www.rebeccazanetti.com/
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