Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance
Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA with her children, a houseful of cats, and assorted other strays.
So far, fall has been beautiful. How is your fall going?
Busy! Between the kids in school and a couple books and a few short stories in different stages of revision, it's pretty intense. I won't be taking any days off until the first of the year.
You must get this a lot, but is Lilith Saintcrow your real name? It's pretty kick-ass. :)
Yes, that really is my real name, on my driver's license and Social Security card, even. It is not a nom de plume or de guerre.
I'm a huge fan of your books. Your next Kismet novel, "Heaven’s Spite" is due for release in November 2010. Can you tell us a little of what to expect for this book?
There's not much I can say without giving away the whole surprise. I can say that this is where we start seeing what Perry, Jill's hellbreed nemesis, has been planning and setting up all this while. It's tremendous fun to set that up over the course of previous books and then light the fuse and see how it all plays out.
How many more books are planned for the Jill Kismet series?
Just one more past Heaven's Spite. It's titled Angel Town, and that's one of the things keeping me busy this fall/winter.
Jill Kismet is a kick-ass character. Where did your inspiration for her character come from?
Jill is a "what if?" character. I was tired of paranormal and urban fantasy heroes and heroines that have adversarial relationships with regular law enforcement. I thought, you know, if law enforcement had any clue that there were things like vampires or demons out there, they'd be more than happy to work with someone who could deal effectively with them. So Jill Kismet sauntered onstage while I was thinking about this, and she started explaining about her world. I was tremendously excited.
I was a huge fan of your Dante Valentine series, and really miss the characters. Will we ever see them again? Even in a short story or spin-off series?
Probably not. Dante and Japh's story is finished now. If I ever did return to that world, it would be to tell the story of Gabe and Eddie's daughter, Lia, and the demonic Tithe. But I have no plans to. Dante was a very hard character for me to write, she was also very difficult to say goodbye to, and I don't know if I'll ever be ready to even have her as a secondary character again.
Are you planning on starting any new series?
Yes! I have a sorceress and a logician in an alternate Dickensian-steampunk London series that I'm planning on turning my attention to next, and we're working out what comes next for me in YA.
I know your a busy gal, but are you currently reading any books or series you really enjoy?
I've been reading a lot of military history, mostly because I'm not using it for research and it's a way to get my brain to wind down after a day's work. In particular, I've been reading a lot of David Glantz's work on Stalingrad and the Eastern Front in WWII. My tiny book club just finished Forster's A Room With A View, which was interesting and enjoyable, and we're planning on his Maurice next. I'm also reading a biography of Emily Dickinson, Lives Like Loaded Guns, which is quite interesting. The book I've probably enjoyed most lately is Bram Stoker's Dracula, edited by Elizabeth Miller; it's really more about Stoker himself and the different reactions to Dracula, from his time to today.
What is your writing process like?
It changes from day to day. It's like running--some days are easy, some days are not so easy. The important thing is the commitment to sitting down and writing every damn day. Getting and keeping the habit of keeping your bum in the chair and your hands on the keyboard is the most critical thing I can think of, for a writer. The rest is all learn-as-you-go.
What are you plans for this Halloween?
(Only answer this if you will be done by Halloween :) Thanks!)
Here's a few quickies:
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs are companions. Cats are entertainment. I like both.
Zombies or Werewolves?
Werewolves to hunt the zombies, please.
Vampires or Demons?
Hmmm. Two great tastes. Not sure if they're great together.
Christmas or Halloween?
Halloween. It's the only holiday I really decorate for.
Night or Day?
I've been nocturnal most of my life. Right now I can't be, because of my kids' school schedules. Being up during the day never feels normal for me; my entire body clock protests it.
Television shows or Movies?
Movies. We have an old TV/DVD that doesn't even have a digital tuner; we can't watch shows. Which is the way I like it. I haven't watched television shows in years, and have no plans to start again. Unless they're on Netflix, and maybe not even then...