*Where did you get the inspiration for Hunter Kiss series?
I had a deadline! And deadlines are great inspiration. I was in bed one night and a documentary on the Yakuza aired. I looked at all the amazing body tattoos, thought, “What if they could just…peel off the skin and come alive?” And that was the root of the series. * How many books are planned for the series? Any hints for what's next?
Labyrinth of Stars will likely be the last full-length novel in the Hunter Kiss series. Are there still stories that need to be told? Absolutely. This isn’t the end of Maxine, Grant, and the boys. Their adventure is only just beginning. But as a writer, it’s time to step back and approach the series from a fresh perspective.
*If your books were to be made into a movie, who would be your top picks for the cast?
Oh, my. I’d say that Maggie Q would be a great Maxine. As for Grant, definitely Viggo Mortensen. Though I’d love to hear from readers. Who do you think should play Maxine and Grant?
*Could you tell us a little about the ups and downs you have experienced in publishing?
Finishing the writing of a novel, coming up with an idea, those moments when the words flow fast and hard – viewing cover art for the first time, getting revision notes back, seeing my book in print – there are so many joyous moments that it’s hard to contemplate the difficulties. But they’re there, of course. Deadlines can cause stress, along with poor sales, writer’s block – but that’s just part of the job. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
*What are some of your favorite books in the paranormal genre?
I don’t know where to start. I guess it’s easier to give my favorite authors: Eve Silver, Lynn Viehl, Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Seanan McGuire, and many more.
*If you could tell readers one thing about yourself or your books, what would that be?
I have a weakness for images of cats on the internet. Also, I love writing about trust, love, courage, friendship, family, weaving all these things into a narrative that embraces characters who are outsiders, isolated, and gives them a place to call home.
*What is the craziest or at least most interesting thing you have ever done?
Quitting the practice of law to write full time? Plenty of people would call that crazy.
*Finish this statement: "You'll like the Hunter's Kiss series if...
…you enjoy reading about ferocious demons who cuddle with teddy bears, and who are the best, most loyal family a warrior woman could ever ask for.
I was born in Philadelphia, spent my formative years in Seattle, and then attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin for my undergraduate studies, majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with a minor in Biomedical Ethics. I went to law school at the University of Wisconsin. For more than 16 years I studied and traveled throughout Asia, working briefly at the US Embassy in Beijing, China — and in 2004 I gave up practicing law to become a full-time writer. I divide my time between the American Midwest, Boston, and Beijing, China.
Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.
After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil—the devil that lives inside her—risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human.
But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world.