Christine Warren, author of HARD BREAKER, chatted with Fresh Fiction about her
latest book, where she sees the series going, and whether or not she plans to
write more books in The Guardian series.
Fresh Fiction: Now that the major battle between the Guardians and the
demons has been fought, will you be continuing the story line and taking it a
The Guardians series was always intended to have a fixed start and end
point. I wanted to try something different after the Others and see if I could
carry a single story thread across multiple books. With my previous work,
stories were more loosely connected by characters. For me, the Guardians have
done what they set out to do, and now they get to enjoy their retirement with
Fresh Fiction: What was your inspiration for the Guardians and their
wardens? Is it based on any folklore?
Itís not really based on any one specific story or myth. I simply liked the
idea of an epic Good vs. Evil struggle and the idea of heroes who look scarier
than the things theyíre saving the world from. That was enough to get my
Fresh Fiction: Are you done writing your Others series? It has been five
years since you have written any, when can we expect more?
Well, as a matter of factÖ Iím not technically restarting the
Others series, but I am going back to that universe and expanding on it
a little. In 2018, Iíll be debuting a new series of shifter novels that connect
back to the Others, while introducing a new setting and characters. Iím excited
about it, and it feels good to be going back to my roots. Like revisiting old
Fresh Fiction: Why did you quit writing The Others series? The
way you branched it out and yet tied the characters together gave you lots of
room for growth.
I never actually thought of it as quitting, just taking a break. I wrote
more than a dozen books in the Others series and that was all I did for most of
ten years. I just needed a little change of pace to keep my creative juices
flowing. But obviously, my Others mean a lot to me. They gave me my start as a
writer, not to mention tons of giggles over the years. I couldnít abandon them
forever, which is what gave rise to my upcoming series.
Fresh Fiction: Are you planning to leave The Guardians series
open for a revisit, too?
Like I said, I donít intend to go back and write more about the Guardians.
Those guys (and girls!) deserve a break; they went through a lot. But I never
actually say ďnever.Ē Mostly in an attempt to keep those words from coming back
and biting me in the butt.
Fresh Fiction: Your books are full of strong female characters, do you
have an inspiration for that or is it your desire for women to read that in your
books and be inspired to find the strength in themselves? †
Wow, thatís one of the best compliments Iíve ever gotten. Thank you! I think
the answer is little bit of both. My parents raised me to believe I could do or
be anything I wanted to, and it wasnít until I was an adult that I realized how
different that experience was from the one my mother had growing up. She had to
deal with even more misogyny and oppression that Iíve ever had to contemplate,
so sheís definitely a role model for me. But mostly I think I write strong women
because I believe that women are strong. Weíre incredibly strong, more so than
weíll ever be credited with, and Iím just reflecting the truth that I see around
me every day.
Fresh Fiction: Where did the idea for gargoyle heroes come from? (You
have to admit it is a stretch to think of those rather gruesome statues turning
into gorgeous men.)
Okay, so when I was a kidÖ in junior high, maybe?... there was a cartoon on
television about gargoyles that came to life at night to protect and defend the
citizens of New York. I was obsessed with it. Frankly, Iíve always loved that
idea. To me, it harkens back to the classic Beauty & the Beast myth, where the
outer appearance of something terrifying can hide real goodness and nobility.
Whatís more romantic than that?
Fresh Fiction: On the subject of male gargoyle, how and why did you come
up with the idea to switch one of them to a she?
I hadnít planned on a female Guardian, to be honest. I think in my head I
was too obsessed with my mental pictures of big, fierce, yummy men! But as I was
writing the books, I realized I wanted to write a very special kind of heroine
who could physically kick ass but still be emotionally vulnerable. And I wanted
to write a hero who could deal with that, a man with the confidence not to be
intimidated by a woman who could take him in a fight. To me, thatís the sexiest
kind of confidence.
Fresh Fiction: What kind of research do you do for the locations in
The Guardians series
It varies. Some of it is based on places where Iíve spent time in the past,
like Vancouver, B.C. or Boston or London. Some of it is just places Iím
fascinated by, like Paris (still on my wish list) so I end up doing a lot of web
crawling and reading and watching films or looking at photos. With Ireland, it
was extrapolating my experiences in a different part of the country (Cork and
Kerry) to the area around Dublin. And having a native Irish pal didnít hurt
there. It all kind of goes into the melting pot in my head and eventually comes
out on paper. I donít make guarantees about my accuracy, but I do try my best to
catch a little snippet of what a place is like for my characters.
Fresh Fiction: Which character couple is your favorite of the
Thatís like asking me to pick my favorite pet! I canít do it! I love aspects
of all of them, and all of them carry little pieces of me in them. Filís
Lithuanian curses and Sparís reactions came straight from my grandmother and the
people who knew her. Kylie was like writing down the voices in my head
sometimes, and Dagís bafflement with her smart mouth was tons of fun. Wynn, too,
has a lot in common with me, and I admit to having a soft spot for Knox. And
like I said before, I love the dynamic between Ash and Drum, but every one of
those couples is super special to me. Iím going to miss them!
Since her early days of hiding the luridly covered
paperbacks under her pillows so her parents wouldn't catch
her reading past her bedtime, Christine Warren has suffered
an addiction to romance novels. Discovering Ellora's Cave
turned her into a positive junkie by introducing her to the
world of Romantica, but it also proved to be an inspiration
for the long-time writer. After penning everything from
poems to short stories to screenplays, she discovered her
real calling in erotic romance and happily penned her first
e-book about a sexy Russian vampire and a woman with too
Christine spends most of her time thinking about sex ó
which is really no different from what she's always done ó
but now she puts those thoughts into her computer screen
and hopes her audience enjoys reading them as much as she
enjoys writing them!
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