Hello, nocturnal librarians!
Today I'm proud to welcome author Kristen Painter to The Nocturnal Library. A month or so ago, Kristen's new urban fantasy series, Crescent City, completely blew me away. I gave House of the Rising Sun 5 stars, which I don't do often. Now Kristen has a new series, co-written with another urban fantasy author, Amanda Stevens, and the fourth novella, Dead Man's Hand, was published today.
Enjoy Kristen's post and don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
The Reaper/Vampire Hybrid Hero
by Kristen Painter
When I set out to write Dead Man’s Hand, I already knew who my hero was because I’d set him up in Queen of Hearts, my first Sin City Collectors novella. But I didn’t really get to know Ares until he took center stage. Sure, I know what he was – a wraith, which is a half reaper, half vampire hybrid—but who was he? What made him tick? Did he like being a wraith?
As the story unfolded, I found out. Because his touch kills, he keeps to himself by choice, never wanting to accidentally take the life of an innocent. What I didn’t suspect was how lonely that choice made him. It also caused him to build a wall around himself. If he didn’t let anyone in, he couldn’t hurt them and couldn’t get hurt by them. Although as you’ll find out in the story, there was a time when he took down that wall for someone. It didn’t end well, which only adds to his gruff exterior.
Q. Does he like being a wraith?
A. I’d have to say not a hundred percent of the time. By the end of the story, he’s much more okay with it.
Q. Was he born a wraith?
A. Yep. He doesn’t know his parents. In my background for him (which didn’t make it into the book), he was abandoned to an orphanage for supernatural children.
Q. Are wraiths rare?
A. Somewhat. He’s not the only one of his kind, but there isn’t exactly a convention every year either. He’s fairly special.
Thank you, Kristen, and a huge thank you to Feri from Le Non Design for the banner above. Please visit her at http://www.le-non.com.
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