TQ: Welcome to The Qwillery.
Lindsey: Thanks for having me!
TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Lindsey: Music. Always. If I don't have a playlist for a book, I flounder. Sometimes it doesn't even have to do with the tone of the book I'm working on, just that it's unique to that particular project. I'm currently wrapping up a few odds and ends on BLOOD WARRIOR, out on July 30, so I have its playlist on. When I go back to writing HUNTED WARRIOR, due to be released next summer, I'll switch over to that one. Oh, and headphones. If I can hear the keys when I'm typing, my music isn't loud enough!
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Lindsey: I used to pants almost exclusively. Working on "The Dragon Kings," which is a very closely connected series of stand-alones, meant plotting became inevitable. I had to make sure readers could pick up with any book, but I also needed to thread certain themes through all of them in a believable and unintrusive way.
TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Lindsey: The initial draft. Definitely. I heard once that the first draft is simply telling yourself a story--not anyone else. Just yourself. But I get paralyzed by expectations and the sheer number of possibilities a book can take on. Which choice? Will it be the right one? I tend to get past this when I sit down and write in significant bursts. I write so quickly that way that I don't have time to second guess myself.
TQ: Describe Silent Warrior, The Dragon Kings digital prequel, in 140 characters or less.
Lindsey: A fast-talking killer evades cartel loansharks in Hong Kong slums with a mysterious woman who hasn't spoken in 5 years--until she meets him. (140!)
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Silent Warrior?
Lindsey: When they commit to one another. It's one of the best scenes I've ever written.
TQ: Tell us something about the first 2 books in the series, Caged Warrior (The Dragon Kings 1) and Blood Warrior (The Dragon Kings 2), that is in not in either book description.
Lindsey: CAGED WARRIOR contains a very unusual amnesia subplot, and the hero of BLOOD WARRIOR was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands--ancient castle and everything!
TQ: What inspired you to write The Dragon Kings series?
Lindsey: It all happened so fast that I have only the vaguest idea. Other aspects of my career include writing historical and contemporary romance. Paranormal? Really? I didn't know I had it in me. But the phrase came first: The Dragon Kings. Then came a line from a song called "Pearl's Dream" by Bat for Lashes: "And when the battle was done, I was promised my son." CAGED WARRIOR exploded from there.
TQ: What sort of research did you do for the series?
Lindsey: Other than making sure my worldbuilding was consistent, my research involved places and mythology. The setting for "SILENT WARRIOR" is Hong Kong, in a particular area of the city. That was the most challenging. Then, regarding mythology, each of the Five Clans is loosely based on myths from around the world. I researched Egyptian gods and goddesses because the hero and heroine are from Clan Sath, modeled after Egypt's most influential dynasties.
TQ: In the series so far, who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?
Lindsey: Leto from CAGED WARRIOR was by far the easiest. He's a blunt instrument. A Cage warrior, born and raised. His progression from practically brainwashed to free to live and love was clear as crystal in my mind. I knew how he looked, how he acted, what he wanted from a partner--but had never dared to imagine. Hark, the hero of "SILENT WARRIOR," was a blast. He's a down-and-dirty thief with a jester's smile. I don't know where I tapped into his mile-a-minute chatter, but he was a little more difficult to bring around to the seriousness involved in making a happy ending commitment.
TQ: What's next?
Lindsey: HUNTED WARRIOR, the third novel in "The Dragon Kings" series, will be released in summer of 2014. It features two very distinctive characters from CAGED WARRIOR: the semi-elected leader of the Dragon Kings who hides a wicked temper and a bloody past, and an untrustworthy, ethereal soothsayer who escaped from one of the human cartels.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Lindsey: It was my pleasure. Thanks again!
About The Dragon Kings
Dragon Kings ePrequel
Pocket Star, April 22, 2013
eBook, 80 pages
An exciting, emotionally charged prequel to the Dragon Kings trilogy featuring warriors fighting for their lives in violent cage matches to guarantee their clans’ survival—available exclusively as an eBook!
A silent woman ashamed of her criminal background becomes a Cage warrior to seek redemption. An unrepentant fortune hunter will do anything to escape his mounting debts. Although rivals on the streets of Hong Kong, they find common ground when seeking their clan’s stolen idol, but for vastly different reasons. Neither one suspects that love will begin when he becomes the first man in five years to hear her speak.
The Dragon Kings 1
Pocket Books, June 25, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
The first installment in this fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series features demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and a proud race on the brink of extinction.
Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation—which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.
Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.
The Dragon Kings 2
Pocket Books, July 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
The second in a fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series featuring demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and the choices made by a proud race on the brink of extinction.
As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. Now disillusioned, he seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile.
Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. However, she grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. On the run and hiding among the poor, she witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed. Those who follow her call for peace have nicknamed her “the Sun.”
Bent on revenge, and without knowledge of Kavya’s noble intentions, Tallis kidnaps her on the eve of her groundbreaking announcement. The two watch in horror as her twin brutally smashes the tentative truce…and hunts the sister whose death would make him invincible.
Kavya is the Sun—revered, untouched, and bound by a lonely destiny that promises a deadly showdown against the last of her family. Tallis is the Heretic—despised and exiled because of actions that seem random, heartless, and contrary to the safety of the clans he protects. She’s not a goddess, and he’s not a natural born killer. A desperate trek from the Himalayan foothills to the Scottish Highlands reveals two secluded souls hidden by bloody reputations. Will their trust be strong enough to avert an all-out war that could destroy them, and their kind, forever?
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