First called to publication in 2002 with Silhouette Desire with DESERT WARRIOR, Fijian-born, New Zealand bred, best-selling author, Nalini Singh continues to rock the paranormal romance world with her success.
With her work hitting the USA Today bestseller list, the New York Times short list, and with multiple awards for her books, Nalini’s joins the ranks of other highly successful paranormal romance authors such as Sherriyn Kenyon, Angela Knight and Christine Feehan.
Nalini has been writing as long as she can remember and can’t imagine doing anything else. This is great news for her fans and the romance genre in general!
Today she joins me to share her thoughts on a variety of topics.
Hi, Nalini, it's great to have you here! Thanks for chatting with us today!
Author name &/or Given Name: Nalini Singh
Published genre/s: Paranormal Romance / Short contemporary romance
Favourite childhood toy: A doll whose hair I "shampooed" and whose face I made up with blue eyeshadow. She was quite the fashionista!
Greatest Vice: Chocolate
Hmm, mine too!
Book you’re reading now: I just finished The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Sep 2010) - it was fantastic. I've now started the first book of Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series and I'm really enjoying it.
Ahh, Maya Banks is a "new to me" author and I love her work (Sweet series) - it pushes a few comfort boundaries but I really enjoyed her writing.
Most intriguing place you’ve visited: The Forbidden City in China - I was so compelled by the beauty and history of it that I returned to it in Archangel's Kiss.
Another region that made an impression on me in a different sense was the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between South and North Korea. I'd never before stood in a country literally divided in half, with soldiers on the border.
And one more, from New Zealand - the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. It's amazing - the glow worms make it seem like you're under the stars deep inside a cave. It's one of my favorite places to recommend to visitors.
I second the Waitomo Caves. I took the boat ride through the caves just after they'd flooded. The water level blocked the exit, so we got to go all the way back to where we started the tour, twice the amazing view for one entry fee - good value and spectacular!
A place you’ve yet to visit: Morocco - it's on my list!
Author/s in your genre who you enjoy reading: Jayne Castle, Patricia Briggs, Meljean Brook, Ilona Andrews, Christine Feehan, Anne Bishop...and more!
Who or what influenced you to write in the genre/s you’re now published in? It just fit.
Ohh, I like that! You "just knew". How awesome!
When developing a story who tends to appear first in your mind, the hero or heroine, and why? It really depends on the individual storyline. Since I write series, I'll often have known one of the characters for a while--but by the time I begin a book, I usually know both intimately.
Writing Milestone/s: The first sale, and then my other 'first' sale in the paranormal romance sub-genre! Hitting the NYT and USA Today Bestseller lists was also a huge, huge deal.
And last, but not least ... actually, it's a very important fact we all need to know ... right now... no delay ...
What's your latest release? Bonds of Justice - out July 6th (it's awesome, trust me *grin*). Excerpt available here.
Only 4 more sleeps, folks, then you can find out what happens in the next installment of the Psy/Changeling world!
Thanks for joining me on the blog, Nalini, it's been fun having you here!
And for those of you (local or international readers) who leave a comment by Sunday, 4th July (Aussie date), you go into a random draw for an autographed copy of Archangel's Kiss.
EXTRA FACT: Angels' Blood, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory and Must Love Hellhounds all recently won PEARL Awards. Congratulations!
Next in the Psy/Changeling series, Play of Passion, will be released in November 2010.
If you're one of the few who haven't discovered Nalini, you can find out more about her and her books on her website.