Premier Paranormal Romance author Sherrilyn Kenyon has had so much success
with her Dark-
series. DRAGONBANE, which hits bookshelves on August 4th, marks
return to this complex world. Annie Tegelan, Fresh Fictionâ€™s Into the
columnist chats with her about tortured heroes, writing advice and her
series, Deadmanâ€™s Cross.
Annie: You possess the astonishing ability to create such epic worlds
stories. DRAGONBANE is just one book in the span of many others
in the same
universe. How on earth do you manage to keep track of all the details?
Sherrilyn: I have no idea, except to say if you went through my house
the trail of â€śSherri droppings,â€ť youâ€™d realize that I keep track of very
My mind is so cluttered and consumed by my worlds that I tend to forget
where Iâ€™ve put
my keys, shoes, and most days, my mind. I guess itâ€™s the same part of the
stores where we keep data on our families and friends. Since I think of my
people as real, they inhabit the same part of my mind and I donâ€™t
from my blood family and friends. So just as I remember that my youngest
and loves broccoli or that my oldest speaks Japanese and is an Imperial Rome
which Japanese manga and anime my middle son reads and watches, I can
Acheron prefers chocolate ice cream not that Tory won him over or that Styxx
stay up late at night and stare at the stars.
Annie: Some readers consider your heroes as some of the most tortured
genre. Can you tell us a bit more about Maxis Drago? Do you think heâ€™s the
tortured hero youâ€™ve written?
Sherrilyn: I donâ€™t believe in qualifying pain. Everyone has a hard
fight and we are all warriors in life. And I donâ€™t believe in trivializing
pain by saying someone else has had it harder or easier than someone else.
know the â€śtruthâ€ť until youâ€™ve seen inside that personâ€™s heart. What is
to the world in an effort to protect a shattered dignity may not be the
truth of a
battered soul. When a three year-old drops his or her cookie, that can be
for the child, even though it seems â€śsillyâ€ť to an adult. Pain is pain,
cause, and it is real and deserves understanding and empathy. Maxâ€™s past is
and he deals with things differently than other heroes, thatâ€™s really the
description of it. He wasnâ€™t born human; he was born a dragon so heâ€™s
lacking a human
upbringing. That alone means he views the world and human behavior very
from other types of characters.
He and Illarion are two of the originators of the Were-Hunter drakos and
thatâ€™s all I
can really say without spoilers. Through them, you see how the Were-Hunters
created and why Savitar set up the Omegrion.
Annie: Youâ€™ve mentioned before that youâ€™ve been a storyteller all
But if you werenâ€™t writing, what would you likely find yourself doing?
Sherrilyn: A hired assassin. Oh wait, youâ€™re serious. Iâ€™d go back to
historian or archaeologist, which is just another way of telling other
Annie: Inspired by the fact that your son was writing his own book
year, what inspirational words or advice would you give to aspiring writers
up to you, your books and the success youâ€™ve had?
Sherrilyn: Donâ€™t look up to me. No one wants my career. You want one
lot easier and smoother. I wouldnâ€™t wish my career on my worst enemy. The
yes. The journey, NEVER. That being said, follow your dream. Write from your
donâ€™t pay attention to anyoneâ€™s career but your own. Remember the only
matters is yours. Never let anyone tell you how to write your stories,
characters. Believe in them and theyâ€™ll never steer you wrong.
Annie: Excellent advice! One last question before you go â€“ Whatâ€™s
Sherrilyn Kenyon? I hear you have a new series on the horizon!
Sherrilyn: Itâ€™s not a â€śnewâ€ť series. Itâ€™s a trilogy from inside the
world of Dark-
called Deadmanâ€™s Cross and is about Thorn and his Hellchasers.
Set on the
High Seas during the Golden Age of Piracy, itâ€™s about Captain Devyl Bane and
crewmen of the damned who are called Deadmen. And itâ€™s where Deadmen tell
. . . and save their souls and humanity along the way.
Aside from that, Iâ€™ve heard from the producer that they are shooting to
the first movie this coming February. So hopefully weâ€™ll have more news on
very soon! Iâ€™m really excited!
Annie: So exciting! I cannot wait to see the movie! Thanks so much
with me today, Sherrilyn!
#1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon lives a
extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a
pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation
when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), sheâ€™s
chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary
more than seventeen million copies of her books in print, in over thirty
she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.
Kenyon is an international phenomenon and the leading pioneer of the current
paranormal craze (her first paranormal novel was published in 1994â€”obviously
was just a small child). Sheâ€™s the author of several series including: The
Hunters, The League, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon and the
Nevermore and Chronicles of Nick. Her Lords of Avalon novels have been
Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now manga published by St. Martins and
by the talented Dabel Brothers.
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Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is
antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it's hard to blend in
modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.
Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy
everything from him and left him forever secluded.
But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws
together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes
a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest
And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames, in DRAGONBANE, the
explosive Dark-Hunter novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author
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