Today I have invited Keri Arthur, author of the Riley Jenson, Guardian novels out to Shape Shifter Romance! The Guardian novels are an amazing Urban Fantasy series that combines my two favorite things: Shape Shifters and Vampires!
Hot, sinfully sexy, Riley is a kick ass heroine with a sharp tongue and quick wit. What I love best about these books (not to mention there is an entire series about them!!) is the fresh, liberated approach Keri took in incorporating the elements of the moon, passion, and action. These books are well plotted and keep you guessing. I only hope that Riley will find her happy ending! So, without further ado, here is Keri answering a few nosey questions I threw at her! She is sticking around, so here is your chance to chat her up!! Check out the bottom of the post for contest rules and what I’m giving away *grin*
AJ: How was the Riley Jenson series born? What inspired you to write it?
Keri: The basics of the Riley series actually formed during the writing of three of my ImaJinn books. Circle of Desire was the first werewolf story I wrote that had the elements that formed part of the basis of my werewolf mythology, and in Beneath a Rising Moon/Beneath a Darkening Moon, you’ll see the strengthening of this mythology–including the moon ceremony that Riley speaks about so much in her books. I’d been wanting a write a first person, kick-ass chick novel for a while (simply because I love first person novels and had always wanted to write them myself), and with the werewolf mythology in place, Riley came about.
AJ: The Riley Jenson series was originally contracted for five books. Now that you’ve gotten new contracts to add more, are you finding it difficult to continue with the series? Or does it feel like you are coming home?
Keri: It was originally contracted for three, and I really hadn’t thought much beyond that. But by the time I got to the third book, I realized Riley had a bigger story to tell, so I went to contract for more. I’m not finding it difficult to write, simply because by book five, I knew precisely where the series was going and how it was going to end. And it will end–with book nine. But I love writing Riley–she’s such a fun character to write (and torture. lol). I’ll be sad to lose her when I finish the last book.
AJ: Any hints at what is in store for Riley?
Keri: All the hints you need are in book 5–in what Dia predicts for Riley. 🙂 I guess I can say that things don’t go the way Riley plans but fate isn’t entirely mean to her.
AJ: Everyone has their favorites, which of your published works is your favorite and why?
Keri: Generally, whatever book I’m working on at the moment is my favorite, but Deadly Desire–Riley 7–is probably top of the list right now, because of what happens in it. But Dancing with the Devil, my very first book published with ImaJinn, holds a special place in my heart, simply because it was a book I worked on for nearly ten years, and it turned out to be the first book I had accepted.
AJ: How has your life changed since becoming a published author?
Keri: It’s actually become a lot less hectic, simply because I’ve been able to give up the day job. I was a chef and I used to work split shifts, so squeezing in writing time was always difficult. The problem now, of course, is having so much writing time that I tend to waste a lot of it.
AJ: What is your all time, hands down, favorite shape shifter novel?
Keri: God, that’s a hard one. I could name a fav vampire books easy enough–King’s Salem’s Lot or Lackey’s Children of the Night, but shifter novels are harder. I love Tara K Harpers Wolfwalker series, although they’re not really shifter novels. I’d probably have to go with Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (though I’m only part way through book 3). I did enjoy the first Kitty Novel book (by Carrie Vaughn) too.
AJ: Which do you prefer: urban fantasy or paranormal?
Keri: It depends on the mood I’m in, really. Sometimes I want nothing more than a good old fashioned romance story and paranormals suit this need. But other times I need a nitty-gritty action story, and urbans come to the fore here.
AJ: You have a short story coming out in the Hotter Than Hell that is coming out in June. Can you tell us what to expect and how it differs, if any, from the world you created in the Guardian novels?
Keri: My contribution is called To Die For, and its a very sexy urban fantasy romance featuring a werewolf hero, a wolf shifter heroine with an odd psychic talent, and a very nasty bad guy. It’s not really set in the same world as my Riley series, but it features most of the same world rules. And you can expect Riley size action, trouble and hotness. 🙂
For anyone interested in sinking their teeth into the Riley series, here are the books in order with links:
I’d like to thank Keri for coming out and answering my questions!! She has agreed to stick around so if you have any questions leave a comment and she will post back with her response! She’s in Australia so the times might be a bit wacky, but she’ll be here!
And, it wouldn’t be a guest author day if Shape Shifter Romance didn’t give something away!! I’ve got 10 small magnets to give away that have our Shape Shifter Logo on them! They are about half the size of a credit card 🙂
I’ll be choosing 10 commenters (at random) and announcing the winner next Tuesday!
Have a wonderful day everyone and I look forward to reading your comments!
((Hugs)) AJ Hampton