The Kinness of Strangers
Posted by Anna Campbell Jun 6 2012, 12:02 am
by Anna Campbell
I was very excited last September to host Aussie romantic fantasy author M.J. Scott in the lair. SHADOW KIN, her debut, created a wonderful buzz and was nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Association Favorite book of 2011 award.
MJ was a wonderful guest and really enjoyed her visit to the Banditas. I’m thrilled to have her back today to talk about the second book in her Half-Light City series, BLOOD KIN.
Here’s the blurb:
In the Half-Light City, tensions are rising. The night hides many secrets. And when a holy knight meets a half-Fae spy, uncovering secrets might save their lives. Or change them forever.
You can find out more about M.J. and her books at her website: www.mjscott.net
MJ, welcome back to the lair! Congratulations on the success of SHADOW KIN, the first book of your Half-Light City series. Now the second book BLOOD KIN has just been released. Can you tell us about this story?
BLOOD KIN picks up not long after SHADOW KIN. It deals with some of the fallout from the things that happened in SHADOW KIN. The hero is Guy DuCaine, Simon’s brother who was popular with SHADOW KIN readers so I hope they enjoy his story.
Sounds fantastic, M.J. I’m sure people who read SHADOW KIN are champing at the bit to find out what happens next in the Half-Light City. What were the inspirations behind this book?
Honestly, it’s a tie between having fun with digging into the world some more and exploring some different aspects of it and what happens next in the story (I’m not a plotter so I need to write the story to find that out for myself) and finding out what sort of heroine would best mess with Guy’s head. He’s always been decidedly opinionated about how his life should be, so I wanted to see what it would take to shake him up a bit.
Where does the series go after SHADOW KIN? Is there any chance of the trilogy stretching out to more books?
The third book, IRON KIN, is with my editor now, and after that, I’m sworn to secrecy. : )
Your first book SHADOW KIN came out in September, 2011. What’s your first year as a published author been like? Any surprises?
It’s been both fun and nervewracking! There’s been a learning curve in terms of doing everything that a published author has to do besides write the books but there’s also been great fun moments like my book launch and lunching with my editor in New York. Not sure either the fun or the nerves around a new release are going anywhere any time soon.
You mention a feline overlord in your bio on your website. I’m sure your FO would love to be featured in the blog today. Can you tell us about your cat?
Actually I’ve recently increased my feline overlord (overlady?) quota back up to two.
I have a mad tortoiseshell girl who likes to chew cardboard boxes and sounds more like an alpaca than a cat. (She meeps). And she’s now been joined by a tiny grey and white fluffy girl who is VERY chatty, and possibly madder than the torti.
It’s nice to have two again even though I sometimes become a human skate ramp as they chase each other around! As a bonues, after sixteen years with a very loud, very stubborn Burmese, I get to giggle at them when they complain in their (relatively) quiet voices.
Love the cat photos, M.J. They’re handsome overlords! Do you have a question for the Banditas and Bandita Buddies, M.J.?
Life for me wouldn’t be the same without pets…how about everyone else? Are you dog people? Cat people? Other beasties? No beasties? Personally, I’m always fascinated by fictional pets (so far in my series the animals have mainly been horses—werewolves don’t count—but I did manage to sneak a glimpse of a pet into BLOOD KIN). Anyone got a favourite fictional critter?
Get commenting, people! It’s a super prize today. M.J. has very kindly offered TWO people their choice of either book 1 (SHADOW KIN) or book 2 (BLOOD KIN) from her Half-Light City series. Good luck!
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