A Q&A with Karen Marie Moning What inspired you to launch a new series? And what is the single greatest new twist in the Fever series that fans can expect to enjoy?
Inspiration is a kind word. I didnt have a choice. Its the story idea that came and wouldnt go away. I think the single greatest new twist in the Fever series is that Mac is a continuing heroine, on a critical mission, who gets caught in a dangerous love-lust triangle with two of the most seductive men Ive written to date. If you were casting the Fever series for television, who would be the ideal actress to play Mac. Why?
Thats a tough one. I dont watch much television and what I do see is after the DVDs have been released, so Im woefully out of date. If backed to a wall I'd say Mac is one part George from Dead Like Me, one part Sara Pezzini from Witchblade and one part sweet southern belle who's being forced to discover there's steel under all that magnolia, after all. You write vividly sexy scenes. You write thrilling suspense plots. Do you find any one part of crafting these novels more challenging than another?
I find them equally challenging. The suspense plots have to be tightly constructed and seamlessly interwoven through the five books of the Fever series, which makes for a lot to keep up with, what to reveal, what not to reveal, how and when. The sexy scenes are very intimate and I dont shy away from detail, which demands both total immersion and separation of self to write. There are some "sexy" scenes in this series that are far more disturbing than seductive and those are among the most difficult to write. I hope if I'm squirming, wanting to rescue Mac, so is my reader. Were you surprised at any point in the writing of Bloodfevermeaning did anything come up in the creative process that was not what you anticipated when you began Darkfever, the first novel in the series?
In Faefever, the third book of the series, Mac says: "Sometimes my dreams feel so real it's hard to believe they're just the subconscious's stroll across a whimsical map that has no true north. Sometimes it seems like Dreaming must be a land that really exists out there somewhere, at a concrete latitude and longitude, with its own rules, laws, treacherous terrains and dangerous inhabitants." (She later finds out The Dreaming does, indeed, exist.) I feel the same about the Fever world. Its so complete to me, so vividly and exactingly detailed that I think it must really exist out there somewhere. Since the story came to me in toto, there have been very few, minor surprises. If you could stand in a room with your heroesthe men from any of your novelsnot just the Fever novelswho would you most like to interview yourself? Why? What of the women?
Men: The Unseelie King. Hes rumored to be a million years old. I want to know if hes sorry.
Women: Queen Aoibheal. I want to know if shes really forgotten, or if shes just pretending. Describe your writing routine when composing the Fever novels.
The location varies but the schedule is the same. I write best in the morning when my subconscious is still simmering with images and metaphors from dreaming. I wrote Darkfeverin Georgia, and Bloodfever in Key West; all that sunshine was a nice counterpoint to the darkness of the story. I start early in the morning, usually around 4:30 or 5:00 and write until 11, break for a two-hour lunch and go back to it around 1. I use the afternoons to edit and work on other aspects of my business. Before I go to bed I block out the scene(s) I plan to write the next day so my subconscious can mull them over while I sleep. When you arent writing your novels, what are you doing for fun? And what kinds of books or which authors are your favorites?
Lately a lot of lying in the sunIm still in Key West and Im afraid Mac has rubbed off on me, or maybe its all the Jimmy Buffet they keep playing down here. Usually, however, Im not so sedentary. I love to work out, hike, bike, rollerblade, shop with my sisters, and travel with my husband and our cat, Moonshadow. I dont get nearly enough time to read. The most recent books I finished were the latest by Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, and an early Dan Simmons. And can you share a little sneak peek at whats coming after Bloodfever?
The darkest hour is before dawn. It isnt dawn yet.