"Ms. Showalter takes readers on an engaging adventure where demons thrive on death and destruction, and hope burns eternal." Darque Reviews
"Showalter pulls readers in, gives them a ride to remember, and plenty to think about... a dazzling author..." In the Library Reviews
I had the opportunity to meet New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter recently and I'm happy to have a Q&A and book giveaway here. Gena will give a copy of one of her books to someone who leaves a comment -- the winner to be chosen at random. The contest ends on Friday evening.
Gena is amazingly prolific, and has written 13 novels, including the Lords of the Underworld series and the Alien Huntress series. (I know, I feel like a total slacker.) The Underworld series follows six immortal warriors, each tormented by a curse, who must save the world from destruction.
Her most recent novel is the third of this series, The Darkest Pleasure. You can read an excerpt of this novel -- as well as Gena's other books -- on her website. You can also read the prequel to the series as an ebook.
MARTA: Congratulations on the latest novel in your Lords of the Underworld series! Please tell us a little about The Darkest Pleasure.
GENA: Thank you so much. The Darkest Pleasure features Reyes, an immortal warrior possessed by the demon of Pain and forbidden to know pleasure. Poor guy has fallen in love with a mortal woman the gods want dead – a woman his best friend, the demon of Wrath, has been ordered to kill.
MARTA: What are the challenges that face a nice girl from Oklahoma when she's writing about male demons' torments in Hungary?
GENA: At times it was emotionally draining because I had to tap into so much darkness and agony, and I really do love these men. Hurting them hurt me. But I just tried to remind myself that the more I put them through, the happier they would be at the end of their book and the more they would appreciate the joy that is known as woman : - )
MARTA: What or who influenced or inspired your writing?
GENA: First romance I ever read was Silver Angel by Johanna Linsdey, and I was hooked. I had to read more. And the more I read, the more my own stories began dancing around in my head.
MARTA: What's next for this series?
GENA: I just finished writing The Darkest Whisper (May 09). This is Sabin’s story, the keeper of Doubt. His heroine, Gwendolyn, is someone I didn’t see coming. She just appeared in a dream one night and I knew I had to introduce her to Sabin. I’m so glad I did! Their story. . . I shiver every time I think of it!
MARTA: You write in different genres, from straight romance to teen fantasy. Do you have a favorite? Is there something you'd like to write, but it's completely nuts?
GENA: I’m all over the place!
Website - Blog - Lords of the Underworld
MARTA: Okay, Richard Armitage's people call your people and want to make a movie out of one of your books, and you're like, "OMG, Richard Armitage!" Which character and which book would be the best for him and why? You could also use Gerard Butler for this question.
GENA: I watch so little TV I had to google the name (sorry!) I think Gerard Butler was in "300", though, yes? If so, I could see him as Maddox from The Darkest Night.
Don't forget to leave a comment, if you'd like to be entered in the contest for one of Gena's books. The winner will be chosen at random, and the entry deadline is Friday evening.
To find out more about Gena and her books, here's author Jill Monroe's hysterical interview with Gena.