I’d like to thank everyone here at Fresh Fiction for inviting me to join them
today to help celebrate the release of my fifth Paladin book, Darkness Unknown, from
Like most authors, every book I write is special to me in some way, but this
particular one is more so than most. For me, some stories are harder to bring
into focus than others. I usually see the opening scenes of a new book pretty
clearly, and I know where the story needs to end up. The middle of the book,
though, is often lost in fog, with my clear sight limited only as far as the
next page I’m about to write.
But from the moment I first “met” Jarvis Donahue in the second Paladin
book, it was as if I’d known him for years. By the time he’d spoken no more
than a handful of words, I knew that he liked classic rock, drove a muscle car
he’d restored himself, and would do anything for those who mattered to him. I
truly felt like his presence in the world of the Paladins was an extra special
gift from my muse.
When it came time to give Jarvis his own book, I could see the whole story laid
out before me. Sure, some of the details had to be thought through as I wrote
the almost four hundred pages of his story, but I knew who the heroine had to be
and how much they’d mean to each other. I also knew the dilemma Jarvis would
face he met Gwen—how to love her the way she deserved and yet do what his duty
demanded of him, which was to introduce her younger brother to world of the
And I also knew that however rocky the path would be from the first scene of the
book until they reached the last page, that their happily-ever-after would be
waiting for them.
I’ve learned to really cherish stories that almost tell themselves. They don’t
come along very often.
I adored Jarvis the minute he hit the page. (love the car ;) ) and am really glad he got his own book. (And DJ, you don't hear me saying that. Really you don't)
I'm a pantser too so yeah, I understand why you feel the way you do about Jarvis.
And I have to say, for anyone who hasn't read the Paladins yet, *sigh* what the heck are you waiting for??? (Nightsmusic /nm 12:25pm January 28, 2009)
Nightmusic--Thank you so much for stopping by. Yeah, Jarvis has been pretty special all along. And that car of his ... I'd love to go cruising through the Ozarks with him and some friends. I'm yelling "shotgun!" so I get the front seat with him. You know, just in case. (Alexis Morgan 1:40pm January 28, 2009)
Alright!!! So Jarvis is now parked on the shelf with the other lucky guys. I got to finish him today, and yes... yes... I am now wanting more b/c he's taken... I didn't know if I was going to like him when he first appeared in Blakes book. I gave him a chance, and yes... I liked him...
I agree with NM... what are you waiting for if you have not picked up any of these books!!! Thank you Alexis, not for just writing, but creating a world that we can feel such a part of. (Strohs Miller 3:01pm January 28, 2009)
I can still remember Jarvis from Dark Defender... and his name being Jarvis Jarvis. LOL! As much as I adore all the men in the Paladin universe - I think Blake and Barak are my two favorites... something about those two just touches me. Not saying Jarvis isn't a wonderful man - cause he is... so are Devlin and Cullen and DJ and Lonzo and Hunter and - well all the Paladins. Let me third what Strohs and NM said... If you haven't read the series - you are missing out! (Delilah Stephans 3:30pm January 28, 2009)
Alexis, It's so wonderful that you "put yourself out there" and talk to your readers. Thanks for being here! or, er, being available the way you are. It's one of the best-est things 'bout 'cha. I have Jarvis packed and ready to go. He will get my time tomorrow. I am SOOO excited! I love the world you have created in these books. The people and circumstances all fit together so well. It's easy to believe they exist. I can picture myself meeting them! We have conversations regularly. ;-) I know I've said it before, but thanks. These characters are not to be missed! (Caron Manley 3:45pm January 28, 2009)
I think I agree with Delilah that Barack was one of my faves (and so politically predictive too!) but what I've enjoyed most about the stories in the worldbuilding. I hadn't read anything quite like it, which always wins a happy sigh. Congrats on the newest release! And tell us what's next in your world. (Jessa Slade 3:48pm January 28, 2009)
Hey Alexis, thought I too would drop by.My book came today and I can't wait to get home and start it. I know it will be well worth the wait! Jarvis just may end up being my favorite :-) Thanks for creating such amazing characters..... (Kelley Birkmeyer 4:29pm January 28, 2009)
I want to thank everybody for stopping by to visit! Caron, you've shown great restraint in holding back on reading Jarvis's book until you leave on your trip. You have more will power than I do. And don't tell the other guys, but Trahern still does it for me. As far as what's next for me--I'll be writing a Nocturne Bite next--it's set in the same world as my vampire story and will come out around the same time. Then my plan is to write the next Talion book before returning to the Paladin world. I just turned in the sixth Paladin book, which is scheduled for release next March. My editor hasn't given me the go ahead yet on the next Paladin proposal, so I don't want to say whose book it will be yet. I should know soon, though. (Alexis Morgan 5:14pm January 28, 2009)
Hi Alexis, I haven't read any of the Paladin books yet, but that is going to change. I can't wait to read about all of the characters everyone is raving about. (Lisa White 7:49pm January 28, 2009)
Another new series to explore! I work in a small county library and it is hard keeping up with all my favorite authors. There are so many of you out there that are good. I enjoy finding new authors and introducing them to our patrons. I look forward to reading your Paladin books. (Patricia Barraclough 8:03pm January 28, 2009)
Lisa--thank you for stopping by--and I hope you find that you enjoy both my Paladins and my Talions.
Patricia--I love libraries and all that librarians do for all of us. I hope your patrons appreciate all your hard work for them.