Iím so thrilled to be here today, talking about my first book as Tessa Adams, Dark Embers. The first
novel in the Dragonís Heat series, Dark Embers tells the
story of Dylan MacLeod and Phoebe Quillum. Heís King of the Dragonstar clan,
desperately searching for a way to save his people and sheís a human biochemist
with a dark past who is frantically looking for funding for her own research
into curing Lupus.
To introduce you to DARK
EMBERS, and the world Iíve created for these modern day dragons, I thought
Iíd interview Phoebe, so you can see this strange world through her eyes.
1. Phoebe, if you had to use three words to describe what its like being in
love with a dragon, what words would you use? Fascinating, Dangerous, and
Sexyóof course, those words could apply to Dylan himself, as well ;)
2. Whatís the hardest thing about being part of Dylanís world? At
first, the hardest thing was simply accepting that shapeshifters exist. Iím a
scientist and Iíve spent my whole life dealing only with facts, so when Dylan
showed up at my lab, I had a hard time buying into what he was selling. Of
course, when he insisted on a blood test I had a hard time arguing Ö Now,
however, the most difficult part of being in Dylanís world is accepting the fact
that his life is in danger every dayóif not from blatant attacks from his enemy
(weíve had a few of those) but also from this virus that is ripping through his
clan and killing so many of the Dragonstars. Iím working with Quinn Maguire, the
clan healer, to find a cure or a vaccine to combat it, but so far itís proved
3. The deserts of New Mexico are a far cry from a research lab at
Harvardóhave you had a difficult time adjusting? I think it was a lot harder
getting used to the fact that my lover can grow scales, wings and claws, not to
mention breathe fire, than it was to adjust to New Mexico, LOL. But, yes, moving
from my two-bedroom apartment in Cambridge into a desert cave in the middle of
New Mexico has definitely taken some adjustments. Thank God my honey is pretty
much a portable water heater Ö
4. Youíve had a pretty difficult time yourself, before hooking up with
Dylan. Do you want to tell us a little bit about your past I donít, really.
The past is done and I firmly believe it should stay buried. But if youíre going
to insist, I guess Iíll just say that all the things that happened to me as a
teenager led me to become a doctor and a researcher, which in turn led me to
Dylan. So while I wouldnít want to relive them (thatís an understatement) I
canít regret that they helped make me a woman strong enough to handle the King
of a dragon clan.
5. Above, you used three words that could be applied to Dylan, but if you
had more space to describe him, what would you say about him? Dylan is Ö
the best. He really is. Iíve never met a man who cared more for the people he
was responsible for, a man who would do anything to save the people in his clan.
His life hasnít exactly been easy, you know. He lost his parents and older
brother, which in turn led him to have to assume the crown when heíd never
anticipated it. Add in the fact that this virus has hit the clan so hard, and
Dylan has had a rough few decades. And yet, heís an incredible King. Kind, fair,
smart and absolutely determined to steer his people through thisóI admire him
more than I can ever say. Add in the fact that heís tall, dark and sexy as hell
Ö whatís not to love?
6. Last questionóthis book has some surprises in store for its readers. How
do you feel about those surprises? Oh, wow. You donít ask the easy questions, do
you? I feel Ö shocked, more than surprised, not to mention completely
discombobulated (donít you love that word?) But I think, in the end, they turn
out to be good surprises. I mean, where else can you find--
Oh, I think thatís enough, Phoebe. We donít want to spoil the end for any
readers out there. Oh, right. Of course. Sorry, Tessa.
That pretty much wraps up my interview with Phoebe, but if youíd like to see
more of her, thereís an excerpt up at my website and a pretty cool contest going on over at my
blog. Stop by
and learn more about Phoebe and Dylan and the Dragonstars. And since weíre
talking paranormals, I thought Iíd askówhatís your favorite kind of paranormal
hero/heroine? Shifters, witches, immortal guardians, vampires, fairies Ö the
list goes on and on. Iím obviously partial to dragons, but Iím also a big fan of
cat and wolf shifters and witches.
10 comments posted.
What a great interview. You've showed me a way to make my characters more vibrant.
(Alyson Widen 11:27am July 3, 2010)
No rasl favorites. However, the are a few I am not fond of like zombies and demons. It depends on the story and the character development whether or not I like a particular character.
(Patricia Barraclough 5:38pm July 3, 2010)
I like shifters, Fae, and witches. I also like when an author uses more that one kind of paranormal being within the same story.
(Carol Cobun 2:49pm July 4, 2010)