Message From The Author
BORN TO BE BAD
SHERRILYN KENYON TAKES HER WINNER'S ATTITUDE INTO HARDCOVER
By Colleen Cusick
Sherrilyn Kenyon, bestselling author of the paranormal Dark-Hunter series, has a meteoric career that's about to reach new heights with the publication of her first hardcover. We caught
up with her to discuss career milestones, her BAD series and other writing adventures.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FEELINGS
ON PUBLISHING YOUR FIRST HARDCOVER? IS IT A PERSONAL MILESTONE?
I'm rather nervous and at the same time extremely excited. I had no idea that it would be a hardback until after I had finished it and the publisher called to tell me the news. It was a shock. But I would be lying if I said it didn't thrill me to no end that they thought enough of the book to publish it in hardcover.
But what I'm happiest about is that Simon and Schuster is
keeping the price down for readers. I know exactly how dear
every penny is, so that was a big relief to me.
WILL INCREASING NUMBERS OF YOUR BOOKS BE PUBLISHED IN HARDCOVER, OR DO YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN A PAPERBACK PRESENCE?
I definitely want to maintain a paperback presence. I've spent most of my life poor as a church mouse, and there have been many times in my life when I couldn't afford a new book by anyone (even me). I have almost no copies of my out-of-print back-list because I couldn't afford the $4.99 price tag. SandS was kind enough to agree to bring the paperbacks out a quick six months after the publication of the hardcover. But in the end, the format of my books isn't up to me. That's a marketing decision that's always made without an author's input.
ARE YOU THINKING YOU COULD MAKE THE NEW YORK TIMES HARDCOVER LIST WITH THIS BOOK? HOW DID IT FEEL THE FIRST TIME YOU MADE THE LIST?
The first time I hit the print list it didn't make me happy
at all. In fact, it hurt deep down inside in a way I didn't think anything could. All my life, I'd dreamed of making that list.
No kidding. I told my mother when I was only 8 that I wanted
to be a New York Times author, and I spent my entire life working toward that goal, no matter the obstacle. When I started
my career over for the second time and started listing, my
mother, being her precious, surly self, swore she wouldn't buy another book, even though she was a voracious reader, until they put her baby on that list. So I would cheat and buy her her favorite authors.
I hit the list three days after she died. I sat alone and cried
for hours because I couldn't tell her that it was OK to buy all her favorite authors again. I'd looked forward to making that phone call to her for years and I was never able to. Life is never what we plan, and I've learned to just roll with it. Yes, I would love to hit that list in hardcover, with any book for any series, but that's up to the Lord above and my readers. List or no list, I'm just grateful that I'm able to share my worlds with other people.
WHAT DO YOU GET PERSONALLY OR
PROFESSIONALLY OUT OF WRITING THE BAD SERIES THAT'S DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU GET OUT OF THE DARK-HUNTERS SERIES?
I get to play in a different world and setting and with different people. As my mother always said, variety is the spice of life, and I love variety. After I finish a Dark-Hunter novel or any of my other series, I need a little time away from it to let the next story stew in my brain. While I wait for that idea to take shape, I start working on another book with a new set of people. I think it helps to keep all the different series fresh for me and for the reader.
DESCRIBE BAD ATTITUDE FOR ME. WHO ARE YOUR HERO AND HEROINE? WHAT'S NEW AND EXCITING ABOUT IT?
For one thing, the series is based here in my hometown, Nashville, which is a lot of fun. I get to show the world that
there's a lot more here than just country music.
The hero is Steele, an ex-Army sniper who ran amok of
protocol when he took a potshot at his commanding officer
(this actually did happen to my father-in-law when he was in
the Army). The heroine is an agent involved in a counterterrorism case where they need to locate and neutralize an assassin before the assassin kills a European official.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR FANS WILL MOST ENJOY ABOUT THIS BOOK?
I think my fans will enjoy the humor of it. It's more like
suspense-light. They're on the run, but they're having fun
with it and they meet a lot of interesting people along the way.
One of my favorites is Jack and his dog Cletus, who are loosely
based on an old family friend who died many years ago. He
was an Army buddy of my father's and it's my own tribute
to him and my father and some of their more offbeat ideas.
WHEN DO YOU START YOUR MINI-TOUR? WHICH
LOCATIONS WILL YOU BE VISITING AND WHAT SORTS
OF EVENTS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR IT?
The events are still a bit nebulous. So far it looks like the
New York City area, Washington, D.C. and Orlando. I'm not sure yet, though. The best way to keep tabs on me is to check my website under "appearances" or to sign up for one of my online newsletters. I send out an e-mail at the beginning of every month to let readers know where I'll be and what I'm up to.
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