Monday, July 20, 2009

Q & A

Got questions? I may possibly have answers ;-)

Questions about either the Psy/Changeling or Guild Hunter series are okay. Though if you have questions about earlier books in the Psy/Changeling series, you might want to check out the Q & A thread from last year to see if I answered it there.

The floor's now open for questions... (and will remain so until the end of the week).

Edited to add: There will be *spoilers*, so if you haven't read Branded By Fire or Angels' Blood, swing back after you've had a chance to read them :-)

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... said...

Is the Guild Hunter Books Series going to be a series about Elena and Raphael as the predominate couple? Or will we be introduced to others?

Anonymous said...

I love your book. My question is about the color of Elena's wings. Did you make them black to be the yin to the yang of Raphaels' wing?

Meg

Nalini Singh said...

Is the Guild Hunter Books Series going to be a series about Elena and Raphael as the predominate couple? Or will we be introduced to others?

Honestly, Angels' Blood was meant to be a stand alone novel. One book. Yes, I know, what was I thinking??!

As a result, writing the books has been a journey of discovery for me, too. Book 2 is definitely about Elena and Raphael, and I think book 3 may be about them as well. However, after that, I can see other characters coming to the fore.

But don't quote me on that - as I said, this series has been surprising me since the very start. And I have to admit, I love the fact that we can explore Elena and Raphael's relationship over several books.

Of course, even in the books that focus on Elena and her Archangel, you will still get to see the development of the other characters.

Nalini Singh said...

I love your book. My question is about the color of Elena's wings. Did you make them black to be the yin to the yang of Raphaels' wing?

Thanks Meg :) When I write about characters, I see them very vividly in my mind. And in the same way Illium had his beautiful wings of blue and silver, when Elena woke, I saw her in those amazing wings of hers. It just felt right.

Lili said...

Hi Nalini, thanks for the Q & A session! I'll probably come back with more questions later, but I have some about the SnowDancers.
1) As I've read through the books, I found that I was pretty surprised by the large number of DarkRiver sentinels compared to the two SnowDancers lieutenants. In BbF, Riley and Indigo mentioned other lieutenants, did we meet them and I just missed it (other than Judd, of course)? Or if they're not there, where are they and will we have a chance to meet them?
2) My other question is about alpha succession for the wolves. The leopards are constantly saying that Kit has the smell of an alpha, so it seems that they're pretty much born into that role. Does it work the same for the wolves? Or do wolves use another method for appointing an alpha?
3) How extensive is the SnowDancer territory? It seems a lot bigger than I initially thought so I was just curious about how much bigger than DarkRiver's territory it is, or are they about the same?
4) And I'm just curious (and hope you're willing to tease us with this answer ;) ), will Max's book take place in New York or California?
Like I mentioned earlier, I will most likely return with more questions, but thanks again Nalini!

Kati said...

Dear Nalini - I missed you at RWA (and in fact, made an ass of myself looking for you at the Literacy Signing). I was all, "Soooo, Nalini Singh isn't here?? Because she should be sitting RIGHT HERE." Fortunately the two authors around you were really nice about it. But I was definitely pouty. You were MISSED!

So my question is, if a Changeling loses their true mate, are they able to find another mate who is a true mate as well? Or is one the limit?

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

When do you have time to eat and sleep?

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Hi Nalini!

Here are my questions:

1. Will the Changeling series end soon? I feel an ending coming real soon :(

2. How many books are in the Guild Hunter series?

3. What are you currently working one?

4. Will you come to NYC anytime soon? Please say yes.


Thanks Nalini. Continue the great job!

Mariana said...

Will Mercy have a baby during the arc of the Psy/Changeling stories?

Will the Bird changeling's have a bigger role?

Nalini Singh said...

1) As I've read through the books, I found that I was pretty surprised by the large number of DarkRiver sentinels compared to the two SnowDancers lieutenants. In BbF, Riley and Indigo mentioned other lieutenants, did we meet them and I just missed it (other than Judd, of course)? Or if they're not there, where are they and will we have a chance to meet them?

Because SnowDancer has such a massive amount of territory (basically all of California, except that which is under DarkRiver's control), their lieutenants are posted all over the state. They do come in to the den at times, but they don't usually stay long.

I haven't introduced them to date because they haven't had big parts to play in the stories (yet), and it would've meant an influx of new characters. In the future, their involvement in the stories may change, so you might get to meet some more of them.

2) My other question is about alpha succession for the wolves. The leopards are constantly saying that Kit has the smell of an alpha, so it seems that they're pretty much born into that role. Does it work the same for the wolves? Or do wolves use another method for appointing an alpha?

While Kit is a born alpha, he still has to earn his place. But alphas can also be created - as Riley says in Branded, dominance is fluid. It may be that someone who doesn't carry the scent, eventually ends up becoming alpha through his or her sheer strength/determination.

This works the same for the wolves.

3) How extensive is the SnowDancer territory? It seems a lot bigger than I initially thought so I was just curious about how much bigger than DarkRiver's territory it is, or are they about the same?

Answered above :) SD is much bigger in terms of territory and people. Which is one of the reasons why it's such a big deal that they find DR worthy allies.

4) And I'm just curious (and hope you're willing to tease us with this answer ;) ), will Max's book take place in New York or California?

I'm still writing this book, but at this stage, though there will be detours to other locations, it looks like the majority of the book will take place in San Francisco.

Nalini Singh said...

Kati, I'm so sorry I missed meeting you in person! It's nice to know I was missed :) I'm definitely hoping to be in Nashville next year, so hope you can make that one!

So my question is, if a Changeling loses their true mate, are they able to find another mate who is a true mate as well? Or is one the limit?

Tricksy question, but I've had my coffee this morning ;-) This question is the basis for a future book, so I'm going to make you wait for the answer.

Nalini Singh said...

When do you have time to eat and sleep?

Eat? Sleep? Does not compute.

Mariana said...

My apologies for my grammar. I really do know when to place the apostrophe ;)

Nalini Singh said...

1. Will the Changeling series end soon? I feel an ending coming real soon :(

The first arc is starting to come to an end, but the second arc is much more open-ended, so lots more stories to come.

Also, I love this world with a mad passion. As long as readers keep loving the books, I can see myself continuing to write them - though some of those future books may be "tangent" books as I think of them, where we get to explore parts of the world we might have been able to during the major story arcs.

2. How many books are in the Guild Hunter series?

At present, I'm contracted for 2 more after Archangel's Kiss so there'll be at least 4 (plus novellas!).

3. What are you currently working one?

Max's book, plus I've got a file open for Indigo's book where I jot down notes. Her book is going to make me crazy - I can tell already!

4. Will you come to NYC anytime soon? Please say yes.

I believe the RWA conference in 2011 is in NYC. I shall be there with bells on :-)

Nalini Singh said...

Will Mercy have a baby during the arc of the Psy/Changeling stories?

There's a scene that didn't make it into Branded where Faith forsees something very, very interesting *grin* in Mercy's future. So yes, I think it's a distinct possibility.

Will the Bird changeling's have a bigger role?

I think this may happen in the second story arc.

Kati said...

Tricksy question, but I've had my coffee this morning ;-) This question is the basis for a future book, so I'm going to make you wait for the answer.

*grumbling*

Stupid coffee....

Anonymous said...

Question that a lot of people are wondering......is Sienna going to be Hawke's mate? Will you be having scenes with Hawke and Sienna in the next book?

P.S. I soooo hope that Sienna is Hawke's mate!!!!!

Sam

Anonymous said...

Nalini Singh, I just want to say that I love this series.

Besides Sascha will see anyone else pregnant?(fingers crossed that Brenna is next)

Is Indigo's mate Hamiliton? is he someone that we know or we haven't met him yet?

The book that's due to come out in 2011 is it Hawkes'? The Ghost? Kaleb?

Last question, would you consider writing about (let's say that Kaleb turns out to be evil)a hero that's really a villian and have him find his HEA?

Anonymous said...

Will Walker be getting a book?
What about Drew, will he have a HEA with a Psy, Changling or Human?
Also, I am in the Hawke and Sienna camp, so please thow me a clue and put me out of my misery, will they be mates? If they are mates, is Hawke jealous of the Sienna and Kit 'friendship'.

Love all of your books!!!!

Stephanie

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Can you give us something about Kaleb that we don't know? Anything. *gets down on knees and begs*

kylie said...

Since I can't get you on any 'tricksy' questions about a certain wolf or female psy - how about a question about lifespan?

What are the average lifespans for
Psy/Changeling?

dancechica said...

1. Raphael's explanation as to why vampires get Made led me to believe that humans are kind of doing angels a favor by agreeing to get Made--or if not a favor, then entering into a mutually beneficial arrangement. Why, then, do the angels basically enslave them? And why do angels hide these truths? Is it so they're not viewed as monsters or so that they can maintain control?

2. Are we going to see more Psy heroes soon? *hopeful look*

3. Are there any tiger changeling packs? Do you think we might see some in the future? (I really like tigers).

Finally, I'll second Kati's comment that we missed you at the RWA signing! :-)

M. said...

Hi,
don't want to endanger myself with spoilers, but just dropped by to say: I absolutely LOVED Ms. Brooks' Sir Pup, so if you and the other MLH authors have similar canines I'll be delighted to read that anthology. (Not going to enter the contest because I won an ARC here earlier this year - don't want to be greedy.)

bittybye2000 said...

You've tackled the two dominant, predatory species getting together have you ever thought about doing a non-predatory and a predatory changeling couple?

Tina said...

Hi, Nalini! I really enjoyed Branded by Fire and can think of two questions I must have answers for.

1. You once mentioned that Mercy originally had another hero who didn't work out. Who is he? (I promise I will not laugh even as I know Mercy and Riley are meant for each other)

2. I know you won't tell us who Hawke's heroine is, but can you give us a hint about who she is? Color of her hair? How old she is?

Thanks, and I'm sure I'll think of more questions later.

Tina

Nalini Singh said...

Question that a lot of people are wondering......is Sienna going to be Hawke's mate?

I can neither confirm nor deny this. But all will be revealed soon...ish ;-)

Will you be having scenes with Hawke and Sienna in the next book?

I don't think there are any Hawke/Sienna scenes in the next book, but you might glimpse them in Max's book.

Nalini Singh said...

Nalini Singh, I just want to say that I love this series.

Thanks :)

Besides Sascha will see anyone else pregnant?

Yep.

Is Indigo's mate Hamiliton? is he someone that we know or we haven't met him yet?

It is someone you know quite well. (Let the speculation begin *grin*)

The book that's due to come out in 2011 is it Hawkes'? The Ghost? Kaleb?

I think a certain wolf is starting to snarl about it being time for his story.

Last question, would you consider writing about (let's say that Kaleb turns out to be evil)a hero that's really a villian and have him find his HEA?

I don't think I would write a true villain as a hero - because a hero has to have a conscience, and a heart buried in there somewhere. A reformed villain? That might work.

Nalini Singh said...

Will Walker be getting a book?

I'm not sure if it'll be a book or a novella, but I want so much to write his story.

What about Drew, will he have a HEA with a Psy, Changling or Human?

Yes. As to Psy, Changeling or Human...watch this space.

Also, I am in the Hawke and Sienna camp, so please thow me a clue and put me out of my misery, will they be mates? If they are mates, is Hawke jealous of the Sienna and Kit 'friendship'.

I have a feeling there will be lots of info in Indigo's book, and you'll get some in Max's book as well. The release is not that far away, really! *Nalini runs away very fast*

Love all of your books!!!!

Thank you!

Nalini Singh said...

Can you give us something about Kaleb that we don't know? Anything. *gets down on knees and begs*

The silver charm isn't the only one he has. And each charm means something very specific.

Nalini Singh said...

What are the average lifespans for
Psy/Changeling?


Since the books are set a bit into the future, with better medical care etc, I've extrapolated that they live to around 130 years of age, and that they have extraordinarily good health for almost the entirety of that time.

Bridget Locke said...

Nalini, Nalini, Nalini. *ahem* You're evil. :) But also super-duper awesome for doing this Q&A.

Question: I know you probably won't answer this (jinxing myself), but when it comes to Sascha & Lucas's baby...will it be Psy, Changeling or both? Hmm...the possibilities are endless! :D

I have a question about Angels' Blood...at the end, when Raphael & Elena are falling to their presumed death...the first time I read that scene it didn't quite gel for me. Can you explain exactly what happened? I know Raphael was gravely hurt in the big battle and that Elena did something to help him and then...well, then they were falling.

I guess my main question is...how did that happen? Yes, this a bit confused, but I was a bit confused, so there! :D

Ladyhawke said...

I think a certain wolf is starting to snarl about it being time for his story.

Obviously...Hawke needs to snarl a little louder ;-p

Count me as a Hawke/Sienna fan...My question is this, tho...

Are we going to be spending more time with the wolves? As much as I love DR...I'm interested in how Hawke keeps his huge territory under his control.

Bridget Locke said...

I have to say I love how...feral Hawke came across in BbF. He just screams hardcore Alpha to me. *drools*

So, will you ever tell us why he resembles his wolf so closely? I'd really love to know the answer to that question, esp. since that seems to be unique amongst the Changelings.

Anonymous said...

Will Sienna's book be coming out in 2011?

Thanks Nalini!!!!!!

Nalini Singh said...

1. Raphael's explanation as to why vampires get Made led me to believe that humans are kind of doing angels a favor by agreeing to get Made--or if not a favor, then entering into a mutually beneficial arrangement. Why, then, do the angels basically enslave them?

Because they can. And it gives them "employees" who are tied to them for a hundred years.

Humans agree because they want immortality - and because new vampires are quite weak. Being under an angel's protection is no bad thing.

And why do angels hide these truths? Is it so they're not viewed as monsters or so that they can maintain control?

A bit of both. If humans knew the reason behind the Making, it would give those humans a lot of power when it came to the Contracts.

2. Are we going to see more Psy heroes soon? *hopeful look*

Not super soon, but I have some Psy heroes down as definites later on in the series.

3. Are there any tiger changeling packs? Do you think we might see some in the future? (I really like tigers).

It's quite funny you asked that because I'm editing the galleys of Blaze of Memory right now and I've realized that there's a teeny tiny mention of tiger changelings. So yes, they exist - I'd love to write about them too :)

Finally, I'll second Kati's comment that we missed you at the RWA signing! :-)

I felt so left out with all the reports on blogs and Twitter that I think I'll absolutely have to go next year!

Nalini Singh said...

Hi,
don't want to endanger myself with spoilers, but just dropped by to say: I absolutely LOVED Ms. Brooks' Sir Pup, so if you and the other MLH authors have similar canines I'll be delighted to read that anthology.


If you liked Sir Pup, I think you'll like Lucy ;-)

Nalini Singh said...

You've tackled the two dominant, predatory species getting together have you ever thought about doing a non-predatory and a predatory changeling couple?

I'm open to the idea, but the simple fact is that that would be an extremely rare pairing. Right now, I don't see any possibilities, but who knows - that might change in the future.

Nalini Singh said...

1. You once mentioned that Mercy originally had another hero who didn't work out. Who is he? (I promise I will not laugh even as I know Mercy and Riley are meant for each other)

No, I'm too embarrassed. Ask me if you ever see me drunk *g*

2. I know you won't tell us who Hawke's heroine is, but can you give us a hint about who she is? Color of her hair? How old she is?

She's female. *GRIN*

Ladyhawke said...

2. I know you won't tell us who Hawke's heroine is, but can you give us a hint about who she is? Color of her hair? How old she is?

She's female. *GRIN*


Well...that leaves out Drew!

Phew! *wipes brow*

:-)

Nalini Singh said...

Nalini, Nalini, Nalini. *ahem* You're evil. :)

Thanks *grin*

Question: I know you probably won't answer this (jinxing myself), but when it comes to Sascha & Lucas's baby...will it be Psy, Changeling or both? Hmm...the possibilities are endless! :D

Genetically, it's impossible for their child to be only one. He or she will shift, because one parent is a changeling (shifting is very much a dominant trait). And the child will also have Psy abilities, because of Sascha.

This is unusual now, but it wasn't in the past, pre-Silence. Remember, in StS, Lucas could sense when Sascha was using her abilities - that comes from his own Psy ancestors.

See, I answered!

I have a question about Angels' Blood...at the end, when Raphael & Elena are falling to their presumed death...the first time I read that scene it didn't quite gel for me. Can you explain exactly what happened? I know Raphael was gravely hurt in the big battle and that Elena did something to help him and then...well, then they were falling.

I guess my main question is...how did that happen? Yes, this a bit confused, but I was a bit confused, so there! :D


Raphael was badly injured by Uram, but at the critical moment, Elena shot Uram with her special gun, distracting and hurting him enough that Raphael was able to execute him.

But when he turned back to go to Elena, he realized one of Uram's final hits had taken out the part of the building where she was. He finds her on the ledge and takes her into his arms - because if he doesn't, she'll fall alone...and he could never let that happen. However, he can't rise with her - because of his own injuries.

Does that answer the question?

Nalini Singh said...

Are we going to be spending more time with the wolves? As much as I love DR...I'm interested in how Hawke keeps his huge territory under his control.

Yes - in Indigo's book.

p.s. I like your username - LH is one of my favorite movies.

Nalini Singh said...

So, will you ever tell us why he resembles his wolf so closely? I'd really love to know the answer to that question, esp. since that seems to be unique amongst the Changelings.

That'll probably be discussed in his book. :)

Nalini Singh said...

Will Sienna's book be coming out in 2011?

On this point, my lips, they are zipped.

p.s. All these tricky questions!

Nalini Singh said...

Well...that leaves out Drew!

Bwahaha! Drew's so gonna come after you for that.

Shannon said...

Ms. Singh,

I wanted to start by saying just how much of a fan I am of yours, and simply LOVE ALL of your books and short stories as I have read them all!

I must say that I am absolutely salivating for the Hawke story to be told like all other Psy/Changeling fans out there, and I will be keeping my fingers crossed for who his heroine will be.

Now to my questions:

1) Will Amara ever care for another person besides Ashaya?

2) I know you're not giving anything up, but I must ask although I think I know the answer. Have we met Hawke's heroine already in your previous books?

3) Will we see more about the Bear clan in Russia in upcoming books?

4) I know on your page that you were not going to write Kit's story for a while, but will he have one now that some time has passed?

5) When will see the second arc of the Psy/Changeling series?

6) Finally, will we ever see you for a book signing in the Boston area?

Thanks again for being such an exceptional author, and I can't wait to read your future books!

(Not sure if you answered any of these same questions before or not, and hope I am not having you repeat the answers-Apologies in advance if you have!)

Ladyhawke said...

p.s. I like your username - LH is one of my favorite movies.

It's one of mine too!

p.s. All these tricky questions!

Not tricky enough!

;-)

Anyways...I managed to get a friend of mine hooked on your Psy/Cha series (she's on CBI right now) and she's wondering if the series, as a whole, is an alternate universe type of deal, where the Psy and the Changelings have always been public, OR if it's not, at what point in our history did they go public?

Una said...

Nalini, thank you for the opportunity to ask questions and hopefully get you to "leak" info! =)

My first question, in the future books you listed, Ria's (Lucas's assistant) is coming up. Is this a typo because I thought she was already mated (her conversation with Tally in MtP), is that supposed to be Rina, Kit's sister?

Second, will you be updating the list of characters now that Mercy's book is out? It seems so many more names have been added to the ranks of both DR and SD, plus the added packs of the Rats and Birds and maybe adding the Psy if this isn't a huge spoiler to show.

Thirdly, I was completely intrigued by Ash and Janvier from Angel's Pawn. Will their, ahem, relationship ever come back into play as a novel or will they be revisited down the road?

Even though the next two Guild Hunters books are about Elena and Raphael, will there be other couples feature or a small plot line included? There are a couple vamps I'm thinking of that could use a little HEA...

Lastly, since we are forming factions, I am not in the Hawke/Sienna camp. However, no matter the outcome, I'm sure I will love it! I'll just be happy to see our Alpha wolf with his much deserved HEA! And I'm sure the path will be so worth it for whomever SHE is (now that we have that confirmed...hahaha).

Renee said...

My question is about the Guild Hunter series. Raphael said that the only difference between an angel and an archangel is age and experience, so about what age would an angel be able to turn into an archangel?

And the angel safe haven, the place where Elena was kept after Raphael healed, do all the angels in the world know about it? And if they do how is Raphael able to keep Elena presence a secret? And if all the angels don't know about it why don't they?

joyroett said...

I am firmly in the Hawke/Sienna camp and I'm not even asking the question. I'm willing with ALL my might that it's their book in 2011 (I can't believe you're making me wait that long *sob*).

Love both series! You rock!

Katherine said...

You said that Faith had a vision about Mercy but that it got cut...could you add the scene to the "extras" page? Please, please, pretty please?

Julia said...

Hey Nalini, since you answered many e-mails of my own, my question has nothing to do with the books. I am curious: how many e-mails do you answer each day? And honestly, why do you do it? I can imagine it is a lot to do. How do you manage to write books beside it?

Julia said...

I forgot to mention that i am really really thankful for your attention and quite happy, too:-)

WTKazknit said...

Yesss, I finally made it! (last time you had a Q&A, I MISSED IT grr)

1. This is not really a "I NEED THE FACTS MA'AM" question -- more of a personal opinion one.
I'm curious on how you're handling the ongoing, impatient, UNRELENTING pressure to put Hawke and Sienna together? LOL Seriously, this Q&A is going to end up 70% Hawke/Sienna petitioning. Does it make you nervous that, if, IF his mate is someone else, that fans are going to rip you a new one, so to speak? ;D

(I speak as an impartial observer, I don't care either way if it's Sienna, just as long as it works.)

2. I had a few questions about the ShadowNet, which I'm sure will probably be answered in Dev's book, but I wanna ask anyway. =D

As far as I understood it in MtP, Psy who were opposed to Silence cut off from the PsyNet en masse and rejoined together to form the ShadowNet. And generations later, came about the Forbidden.

Now Tally, being that she is a CERTAIN percentage of Psy (hehe), needed some sort of link to a Net to survive. But I don't remember anything explaining whether Noor and Jon needed that uplink, OR if they are already linked. Especially with Jonquil, I would THINK he'd be in more dire need of the link than Tally. Or is it because they're still young that they aren't showing the effects of mental decay yet?

Also, I was wondering if there are any FULL Psy left in the ShadowNet? I know you stated that a lot of them intermarried over the years, but surely there are at least a FEW Psy left who just never happened to intermarry? How would that work out?

The impression I have, is that the ShadowNet is not quite as.. Celebral? As the PsyNet. I see it more like how the changling "bonds" work. Is it like that? Or is there some form of 'pathing that goes on?


Anyway, a BIG thank you in advance if you're able to answer ANY of my questions without revealing your best kept secrets. =P

Nalini Singh said...

I wanted to start by saying just how much of a fan I am of yours, and simply LOVE ALL of your books and short stories as I have read them all!

Shannon, thank you for the lovely compliment :)

1) Will Amara ever care for another person besides Ashaya?

I'm going to copy and paste and answer I gave over on the forum in relation to Amara, which I think applies here as well:

Amara's character development is not something I'd want to predict at this stage - because unpredictability is the very nature of her character. That may sound strange coming from the writer, but I really feel you have to let characters develop naturally.

Amara will change (or not), only if that is what she wants. (And this includes whether or not she learns to care for others).

2) I know you're not giving anything up, but I must ask although I think I know the answer. Have we met Hawke's heroine already in your previous books?

How to answer? Hmm... -> You'll have to trust me on Hawke's heroine - it'll be who it's meant to be. :)

3) Will we see more about the Bear clan in Russia in upcoming books?

No, not in the books upcoming at the moment.

4) I know on your page that you were not going to write Kit's story for a while, but will he have one now that some time has passed?

He's still young. And it hasn't been that long in the Psy/Changeling world. Unlike Lucas, who had to grow up fast, Kit's got time to play yet.

5) When will see the second arc of the Psy/Changeling series?

It'll start with book #11 unless something changes during the writing of the next few books. The world has surprised me more than once, so I like to have flexibility, but that's how things stand at the moment.

6) Finally, will we ever see you for a book signing in the Boston area?

I come to conferences in the U.S., so if there's one near Boston, sure, I could definitely do a signing.

Nalini Singh said...

Anyways...I managed to get a friend of mine hooked on your Psy/Cha series (she's on CBI right now) and she's wondering if the series, as a whole, is an alternate universe type of deal, where the Psy and the Changelings have always been public, OR if it's not, at what point in our history did they go public?

Alternate universe. The world has always been a triumvirate.

Nalini Singh said...

My first question, in the future books you listed, Ria's (Lucas's assistant) is coming up. Is this a typo because I thought she was already mated (her conversation with Tally in MtP), is that supposed to be Rina, Kit's sister?

No, it's Ria. The novella is about how she met her mate, and is set in the past, so you'll get to see Lucas as a much younger alpha. :)

Second, will you be updating the list of characters now that Mercy's book is out? It seems so many more names have been added to the ranks of both DR and SD, plus the added packs of the Rats and Birds and maybe adding the Psy if this isn't a huge spoiler to show.

It's on my list, but it's difficult to figure how how to show everything in a way that isn't confusing. *scratching head* It might be better to have character lists for each book - but that'll take some to put together.

Thirdly, I was completely intrigued by Ash and Janvier from Angel's Pawn. Will their, ahem, relationship ever come back into play as a novel or will they be revisited down the road?

YES! I love them, love, love! :)

Even though the next two Guild Hunters books are about Elena and Raphael, will there be other couples feature or a small plot line included? There are a couple vamps I'm thinking of that could use a little HEA...

There will be continuing plotlines for other characters yes. Not so much in terms of couples in Archangel's Kiss, but that's because you get to meet the rest of Raphael's Seven. But in the next book, it might happen.

Lastly, since we are forming factions, I am not in the Hawke/Sienna camp. However, no matter the outcome, I'm sure I will love it! I'll just be happy to see our Alpha wolf with his much deserved HEA! And I'm sure the path will be so worth it for whomever SHE is (now that we have that confirmed...hahaha).

*grin*

Rianne said...

Hello Nalini,
I have lot's of questions, most of them were already asked somewhere in this Q and A. But one still stands. How do you get your ideas? Especially because the world of the Hunters and the world of the Psy/Changeling are so different.

And I also have a "comment", I really liked the way you let vampires come into this world. It was something completely different from books I've read thus far.

Nalini Singh said...

My question is about the Guild Hunter series. Raphael said that the only difference between an angel and an archangel is age and experience, so about what age would an angel be able to turn into an archangel?

Good question!

Answer - Raphael said this to Illium when they were talking about healing - and Illium is a very strong young angel. So it was said in a specific context and isn't true overall. Some angels will live thousands of years and never be strong, while others will become archangels very young. So there's no guidelines.

And the angel safe haven, the place where Elena was kept after Raphael healed, do all the angels in the world know about it? And if they do how is Raphael able to keep Elena presence a secret? And if all the angels don't know about it why don't they?

All will be revealed in Archangel's Kiss which begins pretty much right where Angels' Blood ends.

Nalini Singh said...

Love both series! You rock!

Thanks, Joy! :)

Nalini Singh said...

You said that Faith had a vision about Mercy but that it got cut...could you add the scene to the "extras" page? Please, please, pretty please?

I've actually decided that this would make a hilarious scene in a later book, so I'm saving it for now. If I don't use it, I'll put it on the site :)

Nalini Singh said...

I am curious: how many e-mails do you answer each day?

Many, many. I really haven't kept count, but I make it a point to answer a certain number each day, or it would build up very fast.

And honestly, why do you do it? I can imagine it is a lot to do.

Because I'm in New Zealand, I know I won't be able to meet readers through book signings etc, but being accessible on the Net is something I can definitely do. And I love hearing from readers, so it's really a fun part of my day replying to emails :)

How do you manage to write books beside it?

I will tell you a secret - I have a clone! *gasp*

parsa said...

hey Nalini...
just wanted to say that I think your books are beyond AWESOME!!!

I don't think i can wait sooooo long for Hawke's book.....*sniff sniff*...
he is my absolute favorite...
I am in the sienna-Hawke camp BTW... (hopefully not putting too much pressure on you)....*evil grin*

i wanted to ask, what do u mean by the second arc of the series?

keep rocking....
Parsa

Anonymous said...

I have fowled your Psy/Changeling series since the beginning, and the one thing that has frustrated me the most, (besides not knowing if Hawk will end up with Sienna or not), is how vague you are in describing the scientific and technological achievements and what change about historical events in this alternative world.

For example have people colonized the Moon or Mars?
How did they solve problems like pollution and the end of fossil fuel?
Are the Psy and the Changelings capable of leaving Earth, considering how dependent one is on the PsyNet and the other on the wild?
Were there racial and superstitious conflicts between the three species in ancient history?

Thank you.

Katharina said...

Dear Nalini,

You are one of the best urban fantasy narrators at present. I love your books, you have an amazing writing style, a great worldbuilding and fantastic characters.

Ok so here goes my question regarding Hawke and Sienna:
Why is he so determined not to give in to his desire? I mean Riley sees/feels that Hawke has a crush on Sienna, that she is the only one who can make Hawke really angry. And Riley says that he should go have some skin-to-skin contact with her etc.

Why does Hawke deny himself even that much? Having lost his MAYBE Mate he is not obliged to never ever touch a woman again?

That was my question, and I am almost sure, you won't answer it

:-(

But I will patiently wait until 2011.

Kathy

Anonymous said...

In branded by fire it's mentioned at least twice that if the ghost breaks silence that the psy net will break, why is that? Is the ghost holding the psy net together?

Also in BBF, we can see that Sienna is struggling with her control, will there be someone introduced that will be able to help train Sienna?

Do you have any plans for Vasic?

This elusive x designation , what is it? And does Sienna have this power?

What is it about Hawke that makes Sienna lose her conditioning? Is it her feelings for him?

Ashley said...

I am also firmly in the Hawke/Sienna camp and I get giddy at any mention of them lol but I know better so I won't ask anything about that. I do have other questions though, which may have been answered here or in the books, but its hard to keep track when I read so many lol

Are we ever going to see a psy/psy couple?

With Riley and Mercy's mating, will the two webs be connected in any way now? I was a tad confused on that part.

Is the actual bonding part of a mating unique for every couple? Or was Mercy's way of "gifting" it typical for two changelings?

On to angels and vamps, are we going to get more of Dmitri? Maybe his own book eventually? Please? lol

vivi said...

Thank you for releasing 2+ Psy/ Changeling books a year! I have 2 questions:

1) What is the hidden info on your website?

2) Will you write about how Lucas and Hawke met to discuss their alliance? I think it will be fun to read how to alphas compromise.

Anonymous said...

Hello Nalini,

First I wanted to say that I too absolutely love your books, and I automatically buy anything with your name on it, even when I don't actually have time to read it...lol. My questions is regarding the eyes of the cardinal Psy. You always say they look like stars on a night sky, but is this only where their irises and pupils would be, or do their eyes naturally have no whites? I can't figure this out no matter how many times I reread everything. Thanks, Roxanne.

Tina said...

You once mentioned that Mercy originally had another hero who didn't work out. Who is he? (I promise I will not laugh even as I know Mercy and Riley are meant for each other)

No, I'm too embarrassed. Ask me if you ever see me drunk *g*

Expect to see a bottle of wine in your home soon...

1. Just out of curiosity, what was Mercy and Riley's exact age during Branded by Fire?

2. When do you think the Psy/Changeling series might end? Around twenty books?

3. In BbF, I didn't really understand how big the changeling birds were in animal form. Are they just slightly bigger then the actual bird or human size?

4. Will we see Mercy and Riley in Blaze of Memory or any other future books?

Tina

Anonymous said...

Hi Nalini,
thank you for the Q&A!

My questions are:

Angels Blood:
1) I like Dmitri`s character.
- How do you develop a character?
- Has Dmitri the potential for his own story?

Psy/Changeling:
2) Will you write D`Arn`s und Sing-Liu`s story?

3) Indigo and Hamilton...- Is there room for gossip?

4) If the council decides about rehabilitation.
- How many votes are necessary to send people/families to rehabilitation?
- Whom is subordinate the responsibility for rehabilitation (e.g. a certain councillor)?

5) For whom is Sienna important?

6) Can you tell us a bit of Max`s heroine?

7) Sascha`s baby...
- Girl or boy?
- When is the birth?

8) Do you think Hawke needs a bit jealousy?


..Sorry for all this questions Nalini. But your book`s are very intoxicating!

~Eva

Sara H said...

Hi Nalini
First I would like to say that I absolutely love your psy-changeling series! It was why I was hesitant to start the Guid-Hunter series, because I thought it couldn't be as good. To my delight I can say I absolutely devoured the book, and can hardly wait for the next one!
Loved BdF, can't wait to see what is in the Empath book, very interesting - but quite a cliff-hanger that one.

My questions: can you say anything about Max's heroine yet?
-And will we hear more about the Moscow wolf pack in the upcoming books?
-Shoshanna has been pretty quiet in BbF, can we expect something more of her plotting in the future?

Thanks, Sara

... said...

I would like to say that Angel's Blood was truly a fantastic world. My sister and I both read it - our reaction was the same. WOW! The overall story and the development of characters just made this a keeper book.

I have one more question, which I don't see asked (pardon me if I missed it.)

When you are writing your stories do you see the whole picture or ARC that your character/story will take or does it come to you in pieces as you write?

Christina said...

It is someone you know quite well. (Let the speculation begin *grin*)
No, no more teasing! Ugh.

I think a certain wolf is starting to snarl about it being time for his story.
sounds like a lot of fans, too ^_^ I am a Hawke/Sienna fan (although I would be okay with Sienna/Kit--I have faith in your abilities to tell a wonderful story, Nalini), I just can't see anyone else for Hawke.



My questions (I will probably come back with more later):

1. Can we please, please see more of Clay and Tally? (Okay, not so much a question as a plea). I adore them, they're my favorite couple, and I think because of their history they have such a unique relationship already and I would love to see them more.

2. Something I was confused on when Sascha was talking to Sienna. Was it Sienna's powers, out of control, that caused the den to nearly collapse in Faith's book?

3. I am ecstatic to see Indigo on the list! I love the wolves and want them to get more 'screen' time. Can you tell us if Indigo's mate is psy/human/changeling?

bel_78 said...

Hi, Nalini!!

First, I want to tell you that I loooove your two series, and that you have my heartfelt thanks for writing them. You have a great gift, and yo make many people happy because you share it :)

Now, some questions!!

Is Sienna going to develop into a stronger person? From my point of view, even though she is powerful, she can´t control herself when she is in a world of emotion, and if she cannot learn to do so, she won´t be able to function, or to defend the people she loves.

Is Sienna´s friendship with Kit going to help her with that?

Is Judd going to enlist the help of somebody we don´t know yet, maybe the Ghost or Vasic, to help her control her powers?

Is "the boy" the traumatized young Psy woman mentions in B of M Jon? And is she Ashaya´s assistant?

And BTW, I´m in Sienna and Hawke´s camp, but only if she develops into a woman strong enough to stand up to him, as equals :)

Thanks ;) !!!!

Bel

PS: Sorry for the long questions, I know I´m too curious. I identify with the saying "Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought him back" :)

Renee said...

Hi I'm back with more questions, but this time it's about psy/changeling.

We learned how the Human Alliance tried to kill all the councillors except for Henry and Soshanna Scott? Was the attempt made on them separately and how did they stay alive?

My next question is about Lucas, in StS he said that his(grandmother??great-grandmother??) was a psy, what was her designation and gradient level and was she still alive when silence was implemented?

Oh, and one last question before I forget. Since SnowDanceer controls all of California besides what DarkRiver does, why haven't they tried to take DarkRiver's territory as its own before the alliance. And if they have tried why did they fail?

Alright I think that's all for now, but I probably be back with more before this is all over. *grin*

Una said...

Thank you for so graciously answering my earlier questions. I have more that haven't been asked yet.

1. Sascha mentioned in HtP that her abilities were changing. Now in BbF she received the book on Empaths that gave us a little teaser that implies that Empath's gifts are not always "good" that they could be used or have a negative connotation/use. Is this true, did Amara's introduction to the Web of Stars cause Sascha's gift to mutate? Or will this be discussed/brought forth in later books?

2. I must thank you, I really did enjoy the little teaser of seeing Kit and Sienna together. =) Can't WAIT to see where that goes.

3. Sascha mentions in BbF that the SD web cannot see the DR web and vice versa because a web can only have one alpha. Will the webs ever become one? Will the two pack alliance become in essence one pack?

4. Who is Hamilton? When did we meet him and when was it "teasered" that he is Indigo's mate or interest? Or is this just hopeful speculation that we fans love to indulge in? I just reread the whole series and I cannot place him and it is driving me nuts! (By the way, THANK YOU for adding Indigo to the upcoming list, I LOVE her!!!)

Again, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nalini!

I just love, LOVE both series. Ok, so here goes with my questions (thanks in advance for answering!)

1. Why is the Lauren net separate from SD's net? Sascha's explained that DR and SD's nets are side by side because the 2 alphas won't submit to either. Judd is a lieutenant now so doesn't that mean he accepted Hawke as his alpha, in a way? Unless, it's because Sienna's the "alpha" of the Lauren net.

2. Can you tell us more about Kaleb's tatoo? I know I said before that I think he's evil not good but I'm firmly on the fence again!

3. I'm confused about Elena's wing color. I thought her wings had every color of the rainbow, starting from black all the way to white towards the tips, which are edged with gold to echo Raphael's?

Thanks again! ~mimi

Christina said...

Una, I'm just as lost as you regarding Hamilton.

Hilary said...

First of all, I have to say that I love the Psy/Changeling books, I just started them like a week and a half ago and went through them as fast as I could.

1) The first changelings we are introduced to in the books aren't really native to the area. Is there any chance that in future books we would see changelings that are native to the environment, such as cougars or coyotes?

2) I think in the first book, you mentioned that Nate was lining up his replacement. Are we going to see that in later books?

3) In the event of a half-human/half-Psy child, would the child link to the ShadowNet like the Forgotten, or would they link to the PsyNet (That is, if the Psy parent was still in the Net)?

4) In Branded by Fire, the falcons came as a shock to me. Were they mentioned in previous books? Will we see more of them in the future?

5) Nonpredatotry changelings interest me. Will we see more of them? Related to that, is dominance linked to predatory changeling groups only, or can a nonpredatory changeling be dominant. I'm asking this because in the wild, it takes an entire wolf pack to bring down a bull moose, and even then the wolves could be hurt. If there was a moose changeling, would the predators treat him with sue respect?

Anonymous said...

*spoiler alert*

Una and Christina, Hamilton is the leopard Mercy had a fling with (mentioned towards end of Dorian's book) and who came back in BbF to check if he and Mercy are suited but Mercy was already with Riley (Hamilton was the first to smell Riley's scent on her) so she pointed him towards Indigo's direction :) Hence the speculation about the two. Even though I'm not so sure now that Nalini said we know Indigo's hero QUITE WELL and I don't think we know all that much about Hamilton...

Hope you don't mind me answering this Nalini! ~mimi

bel_78 said...
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bel_78 said...

mmmm... What if Indigo´s mate ends up being Drew, who discovers just that because he is jealous when Indigo has a fling with Hamilton???

7:19 AM

Anonymous said...

That's what I've been thinking to, Indigo and Drew. I can't think of any other male that we know REALLY well, well other than Hawke but he's already taken of course.

And my question is...I've read that there is a list of upcoming books, where is that list? Oh, and could you spare a little info on Max's heroin, Pretty please?

Christina said...

Thanks Mimi!
I liked his appearance in BBF, it just takes me usually 2 read throughs to remember all the new character names.

I did think it would be interesting to see him and Indigo, but if it is someone we know well, I am at a loss...

bel_78 said...

You can find the schedule for new books here: http://www.nalinisingh.com/news.html

Anonymous said...

Walker could be a possible mate for Indigo, actually I would love to see these two paired up because Walker has so much potential because we know that he feels and deals with emotion better than other pays b/c he dealt with not fully conditioned children

kismet said...

I loved, absoluetely love Branded by Fire. I liked very much the books set among the leopards, but I clearly prefear the ones set in the Den.
(Judd, Riley...mmmm)
i have 3 questions:
1. will Sienna learn to use her powers from Alice Elridge's studies?
2. when will we read drew'story? (because Drew MUST have a story.i loved his dialogue with Mercy in BbF)
3. I'm not sure i like the Drew-Indigo couple. but we still don't know much about Indigo.

Courtney said...

I love these Q&A things! They rock. So do you, which I think I told you a few times when we met at RAW last September. That was such fun. :)

Here's a few questions I think you'll answer:

How have Judd's relationships with his brothers-in-law and his family changed since he broke Silence? He's probably my favorite character in the entire series and I'd love to know more about how he emotionally engages with people other than Brenna. We know how well he emotionally engages with her. LOL

Sascha will be a fantastic mother, won't she? With how much she adores the twins, she's obviously a natural. And I love how Lucas is totally mother-henning her. Men are so adorably helpless when their other halves are pregnant.

Also, will Tamsyn be providing Sascha's prenatal care and seeing her through delivery? Are pack healers usually versed in that kind of care?

About the Angel-verse, I adore the members of Raphael's Seven we have met so far and I'm looking forward to meeting the rest in the next book. How is the heirarchy among them determined? Dmitri appeared to be top dog over the angels while Raphael was healing. Is it the length of time they've been with Raphael, what they ahve done for him, or a combination of the two?

Thanks, Nalini!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading the Q&A session off and on all day at work. Loving it so far! When I have a little more time, I will log on again and ask some questions. But for now....

I have a new theory. It appears as if the first story arc will be complete with Hawke's book (new arc starts with book 11, right?). For that to happen, I'm assuming that the entire Psy leadership/PsyNet has a major overhaul. We learned earlier that the Ghost has a major influence on the PsyNet. I'm guessing that when the Ghost leaves the PsyNet, this will be the trigger for the beginning of the end.

So......what if the reason the Ghost leaves the PsyNet is because he is Indigo's mate (we know the Ghost really well....sort of)? If that happens, maybe it will set up the scenario for Hawke and Sienna. Sienna may have to take more of a leadership role in helping the escaping Psy (because she is so powerful, etc.). Anyway, I haven't thought through everything yet. Just thought I would share.

Zoe

Princess Bumblebee said...

OK, I have not read all the posts yet, but could not contain myself. I've done so all day and believe me, it has NOT been fun.
I know there is tremendous buzz on this blog today, but OMG!, I wanna read Hawke and Sienna (don't tell me those two aren't getting together or I'm gonna just die right now!!!!) their story! LOL. Yes, and Hawke is definately drool worthy.
OK, going off to weep right now cause I have to ait 2 whole years (imagining shaking Nalini) before it comes out!
*sob*
Love your work, Nalini! Keep it up!

Nalini Singh said...

Wow, so many questions! *flexing fingers*

I'm answering in blocks and trying to ensure I get each and every one that comes in, but if I miss one, please repost or alert me that I've missed it.

Nalini Singh said...

1. I'm curious on how you're handling the ongoing, impatient, UNRELENTING pressure to put Hawke and Sienna together? LOL Seriously, this Q&A is going to end up 70% Hawke/Sienna petitioning. Does it make you nervous that, if, IF his mate is someone else, that fans are going to rip you a new one, so to speak? ;D

I may have to book a ticket to a secret island in the middle of nowhere *big grin*

More seriously - I've been a writer long enough now to realize that I have to rely on my gut, my writing instincts. There is absolutely no way to please everyone, no matter what - and trying to do that would only weaken the stories. So I have to trust myself and hope readers will come along for the ride. :)

As to Hawke and Sienna specifically - I have known exactly what was going to happen there since book one, so it's not a case of having to make a decision now, and that I think is the key.

2.
As far as I understood it in MtP, Psy who were opposed to Silence cut off from the PsyNet en masse and rejoined together to form the ShadowNet. And generations later, came about the Forbidden.

Now Tally, being that she is a CERTAIN percentage of Psy (hehe), needed some sort of link to a Net to survive. But I don't remember anything explaining whether Noor and Jon needed that uplink, OR if they are already linked. Especially with Jonquil, I would THINK he'd be in more dire need of the link than Tally. Or is it because they're still young that they aren't showing the effects of mental decay yet?


Because the Forgotten are so genetically mixed, there is no way to know who will need the connection and who won't. In most cases, people who do will link automatically, but as they realized in MtP, there are people like Tally who might slip through.

Neither Jon, or Noor, appear to need the link, in spite of the fact that genetically, they're more Psy than Talin. Something else in their genetic structure has negated the need. (However, Jon knows to keep an eye out for anything that indicates he might have developed the need for a link, and everyone watches out for Noor).

Also, I was wondering if there are any FULL Psy left in the ShadowNet? I know you stated that a lot of them intermarried over the years, but surely there are at least a FEW Psy left who just never happened to intermarry? How would that work out?

Yes, there are some much older Forgotten, who were children when their parents defected. And there might be a few who never intermarried, but in spite of that, their minds are no longer like those of the Psy in the Net - because of Silence (and certain other things discussed in BLAZE OF MEMORY), the Psy in the Net have become razor sharp in terms of their minds, their abilities.

Conversely, the Psy in the ShadowNet have been open to other influences - even without intermarriage, they've been in contact with humans and changelings, and their minds have been shaped by far different experiences. So psychically, the two populations are quite distinct.

The impression I have, is that the ShadowNet is not quite as.. Celebral? As the PsyNet. I see it more like how the changling "bonds" work. Is it like that? Or is there some form of 'pathing that goes on?

It's like you're in my mind, reading series secrets! (o0) Yes, the ShadowNet is a much different place than the PsyNet. You'll be surfing it in November :)

Nalini Singh said...

How do you get your ideas? Especially because the world of the Hunters and the world of the Psy/Changeling are so different.

This is such a tough question to answer! In both cases, it began with certain images that I saw in my mind. For example, with Angels' Blood, I saw an archangel high up in a tower in New York, and I was completely hooked - who was he? Why was he there? And that's how the story began.

I suppose part of it is being open to ideas and running with those ideas no matter where they take me!

And I also have a "comment", I really liked the way you let vampires come into this world. It was something completely different from books I've read thus far.

Thank you :)

Nalini Singh said...

i wanted to ask, what do u mean by the second arc of the series?

When I first began this series, I had an end point in mind. But I very soon realized that that end-point would open up another whole set of questions / possibilities.

So the second arc will explore the consequences of the events at the end of the first arc.

Nalini Singh said...

I have fowled your Psy/Changeling series since the beginning, and the one thing that has frustrated me the most, (besides not knowing if Hawk will end up with Sienna or not), is how vague you are in describing the scientific and technological achievements and what change about historical events in this alternative world.

Worldbuilding is really important to me, and I've certainly considered a lot of things in terms of the technology etc. However, for me, the core of these stories (and the heart of the series) are the relationships - and they must be the focus.

Going too deep into the technology or historical events, would dramatically shift that focus, taking up a lot of time on the page. I guess again, it comes back to showing the world as the characters see it - if they have a brush with an aspect of technology or a historical fact, then it's mentioned.

Nalini Singh said...

You are one of the best urban fantasy narrators at present. I love your books, you have an amazing writing style, a great worldbuilding and fantastic characters.

Hi Kathy - first, thank you for that wonderful comment!

Second - alas, yes, your questions are too detailed for me to answer without revealing all sorts of things. So, a little more patience :-)

Nalini Singh said...

In branded by fire it's mentioned at least twice that if the ghost breaks silence that the psy net will break, why is that? Is the ghost holding the psy net together?

The Ghost is a key. His actions will impact on millions - which is why he's so very important.

Also in BBF, we can see that Sienna is struggling with her control, will there be someone introduced that will be able to help train Sienna?

The real question is - is there anyone who can help train here? That's something that will be discussed in a future book.

Do you have any plans for Vasic?

Yes.

This elusive x designation , what is it? And does Sienna have this power?

As to the what - you'll have to wait and see. As to Sienna - yes.

What is it about Hawke that makes Sienna lose her conditioning? Is it her feelings for him?

Yes.

Nalini Singh said...

Are we ever going to see a psy/psy couple?

Yes (and they're AWESOME!). Ahem. Not that I'm excited or anything. ;)

With Riley and Mercy's mating, will the two webs be connected in any way now? I was a tad confused on that part.

They're basically side by side now on the psychic plane with Mercy and Riley acting as the connection. So while they're not open to each other, they're linked.

Is the actual bonding part of a mating unique for every couple? Or was Mercy's way of "gifting" it typical for two changelings?

No, it's unique for each couple. For example, with Nate and Tammy, it was a much different experience (novella in AN ENCHANTED SEASON).

On to angels and vamps, are we going to get more of Dmitri? Maybe his own book eventually? Please? lol

Yes, I think so. I'd really like to spend more time with him. You get to see lots of him in ARCHANGEL'S KISS as well.

Nalini Singh said...

1) What is the hidden info on your website?

Check out the release schedule on the News page :)

2) Will you write about how Lucas and Hawke met to discuss their alliance? I think it will be fun to read how to alphas compromise.

Maybe one day as a short story - but it depends on time!

Nalini Singh said...

You always say they look like stars on a night sky, but is this only where their irises and pupils would be, or do their eyes naturally have no whites? I can't figure this out no matter how many times I reread everything.

Hi Roxanne - I like to leave this up to each reader to visualize. But for me personally, the night sky covers their whole eye.

Nalini Singh said...

1. Just out of curiosity, what was Mercy and Riley's exact age during Branded by Fire?

Off the top of my head, I believe Mercy was almost 29, while Riley was near 33.

2. When do you think the Psy/Changeling series might end? Around twenty books?

It will never end *GRIN* I'm just kidding.I'll keep on writing as long as I can find wonderful stories to tell in the world.

I think I mentioned above that even when the main story arcs are completed, there are some "tangent" books I'd like to write. So hopefully, you all will want to read those as well!

3. In BbF, I didn't really understand how big the changeling birds were in animal form. Are they just slightly bigger then the actual bird or human size?

They're a lot bigger than natural birds, but not quite human size. So with birds, it's very obvious if they're changeling.

4. Will we see Mercy and Riley in Blaze of Memory or any other future books?

Mercy has a cameo in BLAZE OF MEMORY. And I'm sure they'll appear in future books - esp Indigo's. (I just wrote a scene with Mercy and Indigo for Indigo's book.)

Nalini Singh said...

Angels Blood:
1) I like Dmitri`s character.
- How do you develop a character?
- Has Dmitri the potential for his own story?


In my mind, the characters are real people, so they are 3-dimensional, with good and bad points. I learn who they are through their interactions with others, through their actions, everything they do.

Yes, Dmitri could head up a book - but he'd need the right story.

Psy/Changeling:
2) Will you write D`Arn`s und Sing-Liu`s story?


Another person reading my mind! I'm halfway through writing their novella, but I can only work on it around other projects, so it might take a little while to complete.

3) Indigo and Hamilton...- Is there room for gossip?

There is always room for gossip. Especially among changeling packs *g*

4) If the council decides about rehabilitation.
- How many votes are necessary to send people/families to rehabilitation?
- Whom is subordinate the responsibility for rehabilitation (e.g. a certain councillor)?


It depends on the situation and the individual. With mass rehabilitations, the whole Council would have to decide. However, with individuals, certain Councilors may make the decision on their own.

5) For whom is Sienna important?

Many, many people ;)

6) Can you tell us a bit of Max`s heroine?

She is a J-Psy. Js are telepaths who work in the Justice system, and they're a little...different.

7) Sascha`s baby...
- Girl or boy?
- When is the birth?


Gender isn't yet known. But the birth will happen on the page - I'm thinking in Indigo's book (but I need to work out the timeline). :)

8) Do you think Hawke needs a bit jealousy?

Hmm...what do you think?? *g*

Darcy Jo said...

Ooo yay, I love Q&A time, because everyone has such great questions that I would never think to ask!

My questions are:

Will we have a human heroine in the Psy/Changeling series any time soon?
&
Will Illium have his own book? Because I love him!

Thanks for indulging us!

Bridget Locke said...

Wow! Great questions everyone!

Thanks for clarifying my question, Nalini. I think it was just such an intense moment in Angels' Blood that my mind skipped that part.

Speaking of, will Venom get his own story somewhere along the line? I don't know why, but he really caught my interest, esp. when he flashed his eyes at Elena. There's something sexy/evil about that man. I'd love to know more of his story. :)

Nalini Singh said...

My questions: can you say anything about Max's heroine yet?

Just answered above :)

-And will we hear more about the Moscow wolf pack in the upcoming books?

This is a possibility, but not in the very near future.

-Shoshanna has been pretty quiet in BbF, can we expect something more of her plotting in the future?

Oh, yes ;-)

Nalini Singh said...

I would like to say that Angel's Blood was truly a fantastic world. My sister and I both read it - our reaction was the same. WOW! The overall story and the development of characters just made this a keeper book.

That's so awesome to hear! :)

When you are writing your stories do you see the whole picture or ARC that your character/story will take or does it come to you in pieces as you write?

I'm not really a plotter, so I start the book and see where it takes me. However, I do usually have an idea of where I'm going, even if I don't know exactly how I'll get there *g*

Nalini Singh said...

1. Can we please, please see more of Clay and Tally? (Okay, not so much a question as a plea). I adore them, they're my favorite couple, and I think because of their history they have such a unique relationship already and I would love to see them more.

Your wish will be answered in Max's book :)

2. Something I was confused on when Sascha was talking to Sienna. Was it Sienna's powers, out of control, that caused the den to nearly collapse in Faith's book?

No, that was a simple accident/structural issue.

3. I am ecstatic to see Indigo on the list! I love the wolves and want them to get more 'screen' time. Can you tell us if Indigo's mate is psy/human/changeling?

Changeling.

Nalini Singh said...

Is Sienna going to develop into a stronger person? From my point of view, even though she is powerful, she can´t control herself when she is in a world of emotion, and if she cannot learn to do so, she won´t be able to function, or to defend the people she loves.

She's growing up, and learning. But re her abilities - that's something that's a big issue, and will be explored in future books.

Is Sienna´s friendship with Kit going to help her with that?

Wait and see ;)

Is Judd going to enlist the help of somebody we don´t know yet, maybe the Ghost or Vasic, to help her control her powers?

This is a possibility, yes.

Is "the boy" the traumatized young Psy woman mentions in B of M Jon? And is she Ashaya´s assistant?

You'll find out in November LOL

Ann said...

Hi Nalini,

I really love your books and cannot wait for the next Psy and Guild Hunter books.

I was wondering if you have ever written a book where you didn't like where your muse took you? If so, how do you try and work with it?

Thanks.

Nalini Singh said...

We learned how the Human Alliance tried to kill all the councillors except for Henry and Soshanna Scott? Was the attempt made on them separately and how did they stay alive?

It was timed to happen pretty much all at the same time (though with separate teams), so that the Councilors couldn't warn each other.

The plots failed for various reasons - you saw why with Nikita, Anthony and Kaleb, and Ming's escape was discussed. The other attempts too place "offstage", but because of the problems within the Alliance, the plans didn't go as smoothly as they should have - hence the lack of success.

My next question is about Lucas, in StS he said that his(grandmother??great-grandmother??) was a psy, what was her designation and gradient level and was she still alive when silence was implemented?

Wow, hard question. I don't think I ever noted this down, but I'll have a look through my files and see if there's a mention.

Oh, and one last question before I forget. Since SnowDanceer controls all of California besides what DarkRiver does, why haven't they tried to take DarkRiver's territory as its own before the alliance. And if they have tried why did they fail?

This is mentioned a little bit in Ria's novella, as that's set around the time that DarkRiver is really rising to power. Basically, SD was already holding as much as they could control when DR came on the scene.

Nalini Singh said...

1. Sascha mentioned in HtP that her abilities were changing. Now in BbF she received the book on Empaths that gave us a little teaser that implies that Empath's gifts are not always "good" that they could be used or have a negative connotation/use. Is this true, did Amara's introduction to the Web of Stars cause Sascha's gift to mutate? Or will this be discussed/brought forth in later books?

First up, no - this isn't connected to Amara at all.

There are other aspects to Sascha's abilities that she is only learning about through the book. Whether they are negative or not depends on the individual - and yep, you'll get more discussion/explanation of this in BLAZE OF MEMORY.

2. I must thank you, I really did enjoy the little teaser of seeing Kit and Sienna together. =) Can't WAIT to see where that goes.

*grin*

3. Sascha mentions in BbF that the SD web cannot see the DR web and vice versa because a web can only have one alpha. Will the webs ever become one? Will the two pack alliance become in essence one pack?

No, I can't see this happening. A pack needs a hierarchy - you could never have two alphas at the top. They could, however, become very, very closely allied.

4. Who is Hamilton? When did we meet him and when was it "teasered" that he is Indigo's mate or interest? Or is this just hopeful speculation that we fans love to indulge in? I just reread the whole series and I cannot place him and it is driving me nuts! (By the way, THANK YOU for adding Indigo to the upcoming list, I LOVE her!!!)

Mercy gives Hamilton Indigo's number on page 237 of BRANDED BY FIRE :)

Nalini Singh said...

1. Why is the Lauren net separate from SD's net? Sascha's explained that DR and SD's nets are side by side because the 2 alphas won't submit to either. Judd is a lieutenant now so doesn't that mean he accepted Hawke as his alpha, in a way? Unless, it's because Sienna's the "alpha" of the Lauren net.

This is a question that will most definitely be answered in an upcoming book. There is a reason behind it - and hopefully, the logic will make sense to everyone when you hear it (and not just to me! *g*)

2. Can you tell us more about Kaleb's tatoo? I know I said before that I think he's evil not good but I'm firmly on the fence again!

It's not actually a tattoo. It's a mark made by other means.

3. I'm confused about Elena's wing color. I thought her wings had every color of the rainbow, starting from black all the way to white towards the tips, which are edged with gold to echo Raphael's?

No, they're black, edging into midnight blue, into some softer colors like violet (the colors of maybe a winter dawn) for a little bit, before being white gold at the very tips.

(So no greens/ deep oranges etc.)

I'm actually looking forward to see how the Art Dept shows this on the cover of ARCHANGEL'S KISS!

Nalini Singh said...

First of all, I have to say that I love the Psy/Changeling books, I just started them like a week and a half ago and went through them as fast as I could.

I'm so glad you're enjoying them, Hilary!

1) The first changelings we are introduced to in the books aren't really native to the area. Is there any chance that in future books we would see changelings that are native to the environment, such as cougars or coyotes?

I would absolutely love to write about other changeling species (including the bird changelings). Doing so would likely involve a separate story arc, so that I could really focus on them. It's an idea I have simmering away at the back of my mind for some time in the future.

2) I think in the first book, you mentioned that Nate was lining up his replacement. Are we going to see that in later books?

Possible. Right now, Jamie and Desiree are both in the running for sentinel status.

3) In the event of a half-human/half-Psy child, would the child link to the ShadowNet like the Forgotten, or would they link to the PsyNet (That is, if the Psy parent was still in the Net)?

It would depend on the parent. ie. which Net is the Psy parent linked to?

4) In Branded by Fire, the falcons came as a shock to me. Were they mentioned in previous books? Will we see more of them in the future?

Hmm, *Nalini digs through archives of brain*. I am fairly certain that I did mention birds somewhere in the series previously - however, occasionally, I do things like that, but the scene doesn't make it in, so I could be mistaken.

BRANDED is definitely the first book where they've really appeared, so it's their "official" introduction.

5) Nonpredatotry changelings interest me. Will we see more of them? Related to that, is dominance linked to predatory changeling groups only, or can a nonpredatory changeling be dominant. I'm asking this because in the wild, it takes an entire wolf pack to bring down a bull moose, and even then the wolves could be hurt. If there was a moose changeling, would the predators treat him with sue respect?

It depends on whether their story intersects with that of DR and SD. (I have to be careful in terms of spreading out the world too far.)

In terms of dominance, non-predatories are likely to echo the dominance structure (though it is probably not as strong), because strength - physical or mental - is important in any group, including within humans.

And yes, if the cats or wolves meet a strong individual of a non-predatory species, who earns their respect, that respect will be given. For example, Teijan is part of a much weaker group, but he's most definitely begun to gain the respect of the others.

Nalini Singh said...

*spoiler alert*

Una and Christina, Hamilton is the leopard Mercy had a fling with (mentioned towards end of Dorian's book) and who came back in BbF to check if he and Mercy are suited but Mercy was already with Riley (Hamilton was the first to smell Riley's scent on her) so she pointed him towards Indigo's direction :) Hence the speculation about the two. Even though I'm not so sure now that Nalini said we know Indigo's hero QUITE WELL and I don't think we know all that much about Hamilton...

Hope you don't mind me answering this Nalini! ~mimi


I absolutely don't mind! Thanks, Mimi. :-)

Nalini Singh said...

I've read that there is a list of upcoming books, where is that list?

News page of the website.

Oh, and could you spare a little info on Max's heroin, Pretty please?

Answered a few questions above :)

Nalini Singh said...

1. will Sienna learn to use her powers from Alice Elridge's studies?

As of now, the manuscript still hasn't been found.

2. when will we read drew'story? (because Drew MUST have a story.i loved his dialogue with Mercy in BbF)

I adore Drew. He will have a story, never fear :)

Nalini Singh said...

I love these Q&A things! They rock. So do you, which I think I told you a few times when we met at RAW last September. That was such fun. :)

I wish I could go this year!

How have Judd's relationships with his brothers-in-law and his family changed since he broke Silence? He's probably my favorite character in the entire series and I'd love to know more about how he emotionally engages with people other than Brenna. We know how well he emotionally engages with her. LOL

Well, Riley doesn't threaten to kill him as often. LOL Judd has become much better at connecting to people - he's never going to be a chatterbox (can you even imagine that?!), but he understands emotional undercurrents so much more now.

And I think he, Drew and Riley are secretly becoming good friends (though none of them will admit it yet).

You'll get to see Judd in BLAZE OF MEMORY - and see a little bit of him interacting with someone else :)

Sascha will be a fantastic mother, won't she? With how much she adores the twins, she's obviously a natural. And I love how Lucas is totally mother-henning her. Men are so adorably helpless when their other halves are pregnant.

Yes, I think she'll be a wonderful mother, too. She has her doubts, but those are natural, given her upbringing.

Sascha wants everyone to know Lucas is driving her certifiable. But she still loves him to pieces.

Also, will Tamsyn be providing Sascha's prenatal care and seeing her through delivery? Are pack healers usually versed in that kind of care?

Yes, absolutely. But they may be bringing in outside help as well - because Sascha is Psy, so there might be things Tammy isn't aware of.

About the Angel-verse, I adore the members of Raphael's Seven we have met so far and I'm looking forward to meeting the rest in the next book. How is the heirarchy among them determined? Dmitri appeared to be top dog over the angels while Raphael was healing. Is it the length of time they've been with Raphael, what they ahve done for him, or a combination of the two?

It's pretty much a natural process. Dmitri has been with Raphael the longest, and is incredibly strong, so that makes him the natural leader. (Also, some of them don't necessarily want to lead.)

Nalini Singh said...

Zoe, glad you're enjoying the Q&A! (Can't say anything about the speculation yet :))

Nalini Singh said...

LOL Princess Bumblebee!

Nalini Singh said...

Will we have a human heroine in the Psy/Changeling series any time soon?

There isn't one coming up in the near future, but later on, it's a possibility.

Will Illium have his own book? Because I love him!

Not just yet, but you'll see lots and lots of him in ARCHANGEL'S KISS.

Nalini Singh said...

Speaking of, will Venom get his own story somewhere along the line? I don't know why, but he really caught my interest, esp. when he flashed his eyes at Elena. There's something sexy/evil about that man. I'd love to know more of his story. :)

Venom, Venom, Venom...maybe. He's being pretty inscrutable at the moment. (Also, he is very, very bad in ARCHANGEL'S KISS ;)).

Nalini Singh said...

I was wondering if you have ever written a book where you didn't like where your muse took you? If so, how do you try and work with it?

Usually, if there are problems with a book, it's because I need to look more carefully at the characters or the world.

For example - I have written over a hundred pages, then restarted on a book once I realized what it was that was "off."

So I deal with it by writing my way to the answer!

Anonymous said...

SD has ten lieutenants and DR has five sentinels, how do they pick this number, and are there ever more then the five and ten or less?

Anonymous said...

I just thought of another question. Since Elena is Raphael's "mate" what is her position, so to speak, among the hierarchy of the people who work/are loyal/are owned by Raphael?

How does the seven feel about Elena now that she's an angel and Raphael is determined to keep her.
-R

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Q&A, Nalini!

I'm loving all your books, but CbI remains my favorite Psy/Changeling book so far, and I'm desperate for another Psy hero. I just read your comment that there are no books featuring Psy heroes planned for the near future, so this is more of a plea than a question: could anything make you reconsider that? I don't know how long I can wait to learn more about Vasic...

kismet said...

sorry, I just remembered another question..
I know, I'm greedy.
in VoH , someone (Faith or Vaughn) ipotized that the mating bond between them was not fully functional because of the Psy-Net connection.
so, how come that Judd have not one, not two, but 3 links?(lauren-net, alpha bonds, and mating bond?)
i tought about it for hours and couldn't find a satisfactory answer.

why Judd can't see the Hawke's "web of star"? he should be connected to it.
if you can't answer to this, tell me if it is because of something in Hawke.
please...

Noyba said...

Hi Nalini,
I just love your stories and I was wondering if you are planning on coming to Australia any time soon???
Thanks.
Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nalini,
Just have to say that I love both your series. I couldn't put them down until I finished then and even then it was hard. =) I remember you mentioning the probability of new Psy abilities in one of your older posts. I was wondering if there will be a Psy with the null ability. Basically, they can prevent other Psy's from using their abilities. Thanks in advance. =)

WTKazknit said...

Just had another thought -- Sienna is much more powerful than Judd, isn't she? She's cardinal.

So I wonder... Has she killed/harmed anyone before? I mean, Judd is not as strong and HE still ended up killing another by accident. Plus, it seems Sienna has less control over her ability.

Or was she able to mostly control it before, due to being near completing Silence when she defected?

Anonymous said...

Are you planning any books around snake shapeshifters.

Tannun said...

Thanks for taking the time to do this Naline. I love both series and these blogs help me enjoy the experience just a bit more.

You, Roben Owens, and Jayne Castle are the only three ladies I'd consider writing Urban Future novels, any chance the three of you would co-write a series or do an anthology?

You've used cities, states, and countries to 'parellel' your psy books with the real world, I wonder if the governments parellel also. Did Barak Obama just win the presidency? And if he did is he human? Is there government as we recognize it, or just Psy council and Pack rule? It certainly seems like each group considers themselves autonomous.

Any chance you'd do a fan match up request book? Have the fans suggest chars to match up, a basic plot line, and vote on the suggestions to choose the winning couple / plot line.

Hawke's mate died, someone asked if changelings could have more than one mate, Hawke is going to get a mate, You answered! ;)

Who is your favorite author, the one that turned you into a basket case when you met her/him at a conference?

Any chance the ghost and Sasha's mother will get a romance? I'd love to see her break silence!

The empath book that Sasha was given seems to have some of the answers to the X designation. Someone needs to come train Sierra, I hope it's an older female and she becomes Hawke's mate. Sorry, I want Sierra with Kit! :)

Tannun said...

Oh and one last question sorry, forgot to include it!

Are there any psy cardinal's not born into the psy net, and can a psy/changling child be a cardinal?

karima said...

I loved Angel's Blood and now I am impatiently waiting for Angel's Kiss. I haven't read any of the changeling books but I am planning to soon.
Can we expect a "war" between Raphael and Lijuan?
Will Ellie still be a hunter in Angel form?
When is Angel's Kiss coming out :-)?
Thank you for sharing the beauty and passion of the stories with us!!!
Karima

Christina said...

Can we please, please see more of Clay and Tally? (Okay, not so much a question as a plea). I adore them, they're my favorite couple, and I think because of their history they have such a unique relationship already and I would love to see them more.

Your wish will be answered in Max's book :)


*breaks into happy dance* Yes! That just completely made my day, Nalini!

Lindlee said...

Wow! I'm really loving this Q&A. Such great questions and such great answers! I really love the Psy/Changling series and can't wait until November.

1. My first questions is regarding the mating bonds b/w Psy and changling in the past. In BbF, Sascha says that "a connection across networks is theoretically impossible." So before Silence did a Psy have to drop out of the PsyNet in order to mate with a changling? Or were they able to stay in the PsyNet b/c back then emtion was a part of the network? And if they did have to drop out, wouldn't this be part of their history and be on record? I can understand Sascha not knowing about the past but wouldn't the Council be aware of this history? But in one of the books (I can't remember which one of the top of my head)the Council is mystified on how Sascha is able to survive outside the PsyNet. Anyway, I didn't mean to write so much but this particular issue has been going 'round and 'round my brain since I read BbF.

2. I also had a question about the little boy who saved Annie's life in Stroke of Enticement. He "popped" in and moved the wreckage off her. Will we ever find out his identity? I've just always had this image of Annie meeting him again and I thought it would be so neat if he was someone we already know (Judd or Kaleb or...I don't know who else).

vivi said...

Is Hawke his first, last or middle name?

Una said...

4. Who is Hamilton? When did we meet him and when was it "teasered" that he is Indigo's mate or interest? Or is this just hopeful speculation that we fans love to indulge in? I just reread the whole series and I cannot place him and it is driving me nuts!

Mercy gives Hamilton Indigo's number on page 237 of BRANDED BY FIRE :)


Ah, the one book I haven't read twice yet, no wonder. Now I have reread it!!

Just a strange thought - could a half-changling/half-psy be of cardinal strength psy and still have the ability to shift? I'm pondering Sascha and Lucas's baby and other possibilities.

Thank you again!! This is always so much fun!!

Ying said...

Hi Ms. Singh! I love, love, love your books! The two worlds you created (Psy/Changeling + Guild Hunter) are simply wonderful and so detailed that I can actually see it clearly in my head. =)

A question about Raphael. After reading Angel's Blood, my friend and I were gushing over how hawt and dangerous Raphael is. Then, my friend asked me, how did Raphael wear a t-shirt if he has wings?...I never thought about that while reading the book because I'd always imagined Raphael topless. xD So, the question is, are there special clothing made for angels?

Anonymous said...

I also love your world, but I have a few questions:
-will there be a war between Psy/Human/changelings?
-Is Drew Indigos hero (sorry, my best friend forced me to ask you about that:-))?
-Is the ghost a member of the council?
-Did Hawke lost also his parents?
-Did the Psy killed Hawkes mate?
-Do we know (or will get to know) the father of Toby and Sienna (and will he maybe help her dealing with her abilitys)?

Thank you very much for this Q&A session!

Christina said...

I also had a question about the little boy who saved Annie's life in Stroke of Enticement. He "popped" in and moved the wreckage off her. Will we ever find out his identity? I've just always had this image of Annie meeting him again and I thought it would be so neat if he was someone we already know (Judd or Kaleb or...I don't know who else).
Maybe Vasic? We know he can pop in and out. Kaleb also came to mind.

Just speculating, of course ^_^ if only I could see into Nalini's head!

Anonymous said...

I have been intrigued by Sienna and her abilities since meeting her in StS. Will we get to know more about the X- designation before Siennas book? Is the X- power somehow linked with the E- power since Mrs. Elrigde researched the X- Psy after researching the E- Psy? Is Sienna vital for the future of the Psy-Net- she already showed some skills in StS to help Sascha and , as I understood it, the Lauren-Net was her idea. Has her power also positive effects?

I just want to add that I love your books and the fantastic world you created.

Teriannesis said...

Nalini count me in as a pro Haeke and Sienna on the Hawke/sienna question
My Question is does Anthony know that Faith is in contact with the Netmind? If he does know can Faith convince the Netmind to try and help him? Does Anthony know why Faith's sister was targetted?

Missy said...

Thanks for answering all these questions...you are awesome Nalini!!

I loved BBF, Mercy and Riley were so good together!! Were there any scenes, besides the one with Faith, that did not make the cut for the book? I was hoping to get a bit of interaction between Mercy and Dorian since they are such close friends. I am really curious how everyone reacted to Dorian being able to finally shift.

Thanks again for taking the time to answer all these questions. I cannot wait for the upcoming books!!

Nalini Singh said...

SD has ten lieutenants and DR has five sentinels, how do they pick this number, and are there ever more then the five and ten or less?

They try and keep it around that level, give or take a 2-3, because that's the number that keeps the pack hierarchy strong, but neither SD, nor DR, will ever elevate someone to sentinel or lieutenant level simply to make up numbers. That individual has to be ready.

But the converse also applies. So for example, right now, both Jamie and Desiree look likely to make sentinel in DR - Lucas doesn't only have to choose one if both are suitable.

Nalini Singh said...

I just thought of another question. Since Elena is Raphael's "mate" what is her position, so to speak, among the hierarchy of the people who work/are loyal/are owned by Raphael?

How does the seven feel about Elena now that she's an angel and Raphael is determined to keep her.


This is a big part of ARCHANGEL'S KISS, so you'll have to wait till Feb for the answers :)

Nalini Singh said...

I just read your comment that there are no books featuring Psy heroes planned for the near future, so this is more of a plea than a question: could anything make you reconsider that? I don't know how long I can wait to learn more about Vasic...

When I say near future, I mean the next 3 books. After that, Psy heroes might well make an appearance ;)

Nalini Singh said...

so, how come that Judd have not one, not two, but 3 links?(lauren-net, alpha bonds, and mating bond?)
i tought about it for hours and couldn't find a satisfactory answer.

why Judd can't see the Hawke's "web of star"? he should be connected to it.
if you can't answer to this, tell me if it is because of something in Hawke.
please...


Hi Kismet - the answer to both is interconnected, and I kind of answered it in an earlier post (scroll up and you should find it), but for the true answer, you'll have to wait a few more books (not many!).

Nalini Singh said...

I just love your stories and I was wondering if you are planning on coming to Australia any time soon???

Hi Nobya :) I will likely be there next year for a short trip. And I am going to try to make the 2010 readers con. Which area are you in?

Nalini Singh said...

Just have to say that I love both your series. I couldn't put them down until I finished then and even then it was hard. =) I remember you mentioning the probability of new Psy abilities in one of your older posts. I was wondering if there will be a Psy with the null ability. Basically, they can prevent other Psy's from using their abilities. Thanks in advance. =)

Dudes, you have to stop doing that. The reading of my mind is making me paranoid. LOL. Yes, something like that is in the works, but it looks like it'll be connected to another power, not a separate power in its own right.

Nalini Singh said...

Just had another thought -- Sienna is much more powerful than Judd, isn't she? She's cardinal.

So I wonder... Has she killed/harmed anyone before? I mean, Judd is not as strong and HE still ended up killing another by accident. Plus, it seems Sienna has less control over her ability.

Or was she able to mostly control it before, due to being near completing Silence when she defected?


Her history will be revealed in her book, but she was luckier in some respects than Judd - because she had Judd, a trained Arrow, as an uncle. He was helping her gain control from a very young age. Of course, total control is impossible with that much power as a child.

Nalini Singh said...

Are you planning any books around snake shapeshifters.

Full books? No. They might however be mentioned again depending on the stories.

Anonymous said...

Sienna mentioned that Ming had wanted her to be apart of the Arrows as his protege, so I wanted to know if she had to go through all the same things that Judd did when he was first brought to the arrows with the electrodes and breaking her bones and other things like this.

Nalini Singh said...

You, Roben Owens, and Jayne Castle are the only three ladies I'd consider writing Urban Future novels, any chance the three of you would co-write a series or do an anthology?

I admire both ladies, so I'm always open to the idea of an antho. But there's nothing in the works.

You've used cities, states, and countries to 'parellel' your psy books with the real world, I wonder if the governments parellel also. Did Barak Obama just win the presidency? And if he did is he human? Is there government as we recognize it, or just Psy council and Pack rule? It certainly seems like each group considers themselves autonomous.

The parallels aren't total - because as you say, the government structure is very different. Yes, there is a government, and it's mostly Psy controlled. But changelings take care of their own territories, and are left pretty much on their own.

Any chance you'd do a fan match up request book? Have the fans suggest chars to match up, a basic plot line, and vote on the suggestions to choose the winning couple / plot line.

Alas, no. The characters would kill me. (They have their own minds made up about exactly who they're going to be with!).

(Also, legally, I don't think this is possible.)

Hawke's mate died, someone asked if changelings could have more than one mate, Hawke is going to get a mate, You answered! ;)

I did answer ;)

Who is your favorite author, the one that turned you into a basket case when you met her/him at a conference?

I think I scared Jayne Ann Krentz when we met I was so uber-excited. Same with JD Robb. And of course, Christine Feehan! I was so happy to be able to chat to her last year. All of them were fantastic, so nice!

Any chance the ghost and Sasha's mother will get a romance? I'd love to see her break silence!

Their paths are different, but there are lots of developments afoot.

The empath book that Sasha was given seems to have some of the answers to the X designation. Someone needs to come train Sierra, I hope it's an older female and she becomes Hawke's mate. Sorry, I want Sierra with Kit! :)

I think we need graphics for each camp LOL!

Nalini Singh said...

Are there any psy cardinal's not born into the psy net, and can a psy/changling child be a cardinal?

True cardinals with cardinal eyes are only born in the PsyNet. A Psy/Changeling child has an extremely low chance of being a cardinal because they would only be half Psy. But sometimes genetics do do weird things - especially if the other parent has some recessive Psy genes.

Nalini Singh said...

Hi Karima - glad you're enjoying the Guild Hunter series!

Can we expect a "war" between Raphael and Lijuan?

All will be revealed soon..

Will Ellie still be a hunter in Angel form?

Elena and Raphael are in "discussions" over this. Stay tuned.

When is Angel's Kiss coming out :-)?

February. And it's been retitled, ARCHANGEL'S KISS.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, Nalini. Loving the Q & A!
By the way, wanted to say you are one of the best paranormal writers out there! Seriously, I read one of your books and have to clear a whole day so I can read it non-stop.
I love that Vasic gets his own story. He seemed so mysterious in Dorian and Ashaya's story, I have been intrigued ever since! Yay!
Also, love the cover and title of 'Must Love Hellhounds". I think it would make an awesoem t-shirt!
And, I'm surprised no one mentioned them, really surprised, but what about the Brazilian and absolutely hawt leopards that Mercy's ever-loving grandmother (wish my granny would send me a couple of hot mens)sent? Are we gonna see more of them?
And, is it ok to fantasize about Hawke until we get his book? Ok, until forever? lol
Keep up the good work! Waiting with batted breath for next novel!
tick-tock tick-tock

Anonymous said...

Hi Nalini - love, love, love your books. You and Karen Moning are my favorite authors!!!!

Will you throw a bone our way, and hint at Hawke's mate. (pleeeaasse) We promise not tell.

On your previous Q&A you said that you would not 'pull a switch and bait' on us (not sure if those are the words that you used.) So, it seems that Sienna is Hawke's mate. Right......(oh God I hope so.)


Sam

Una said...

The empath book that Sasha was given seems to have some of the answers to the X designation. Someone needs to come train Sierra, I hope it's an older female and she becomes Hawke's mate. Sorry, I want Sierra with Kit! :)

I think we need graphics for each camp LOL!


Oh Nalini, you really shouldn't give us any more ideas! =)

Thank you for answering the question regarding a changling/psy child being cardinal.

Will there ever be a psy introduced to us with the psy-psy designation. I have so many thoughts/theories running in my head regarding a character like that, especially one that is part changling. Oh, and I promise, I am not trying to read your mind... I don't want any big spoilers! =)

Anonymous said...

My question is: Will we get to see Judd and Sienna interacting more? How does Judd feel about Sienna's feeling for Hawke? Is he more of a protective "big" brother figure to her and feels that Hawke needs to stay away from her?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Q&A, I love everyone's questions. Count me in as another Hawke and Sienna fan! I loved the scene with little Ben in BbF. Makes me look forward to more scenes of Hawke as a daddy.:-) I wish he snarled earlier for his story!:-) But I'm looking forward Max and Indigo as well.

I know you already have two great series, but there are any plans for another series or a return to straight contemps for Harlequin?

Anonymous said...

Count me in as a 100% Hawke and Sienna fan. So, has Hawke told you to tell us what you know about his mate??? (grin)!!!

Anonymous said...

nalini

love your books - i'm in the hawke and sienna camp too - hope you are not getting tired for all the hawke and sienna questions ;-)

can't wait for hawke's book.

stephanie

Sandra said...

How old is Judd and Brenna? Will we be seeing Judd and Brenna in the upcoming books? Caressed by Ice and Branded by Fire are my favorite books. I love hearing more about the Wolves. Please don't let Sienna end up with Kit, she needs Hawke and I hope she gives him a run for his money. I hope Sienna is his true mate and that he is wrong about losing his true mate.

Thanks Ms. Singh for the Q&A.

orannia said...

I just want to say thank you to everyone for some fantastic question and a huge thank you to Nalini for some interesting (if cryptic - LOL) answers :)

Am rapt we will be getting more Tally & Clay in Blaze of Memory - I love them! Fingers crossed for a Kaleb appearance (am very intrigued by the charms...need to re-read his scenes ASAP)....and for a Dmitri appearance in Archangel's Kiss.

*off to think of some questions*

Anonymous said...

Hi, Nalini

I know you won't tell us who you had originally chosen to be Mercy's mate, but could you at least say if it was a cat/rat/wolf, human or psy?
And during what point in the series that you realized you'd chosen the wrong mate for Mercy?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to ask, is there any chance Magical Christmas Cat will be released in mass market paperback as well?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I love this Q&A and your books as well. I wanted to know if we can expect a bigger expert from Archangel's Kiss then what was in the back of Angel's Blood, Feb seems years away right now.

Nalini Singh said...

1. So before Silence did a Psy have to drop out of the PsyNet in order to mate with a changling? Or were they able to stay in the PsyNet b/c back then emtion was a part of the network? And if they did have to drop out, wouldn't this be part of their history and be on record? I can understand Sascha not knowing about the past but wouldn't the Council be aware of this history? But in one of the books (I can't remember which one of the top of my head)the Council is mystified on how Sascha is able to survive outside the PsyNet. Anyway, I didn't mean to write so much but this particular issue has been going 'round and 'round my brain since I read BbF.

Excellent question! Some of this will be talked about in BLAZE OF MEMORY, so I'll just give a very basic answer now - as you saw in BBF, things aren't always black and white with the nets, so the connections aren't necessarily predictable.

In terms of knowledge - past Councils may well have erased this info - they wanted the PsyNet to remain an absolutely closed system, with no knowledge of a possible alternative. What better way to do this than by destroying the knowledge? Then, there's no chance of it ever leaking into the Net.

2. I also had a question about the little boy who saved Annie's life in Stroke of Enticement. He "popped" in and moved the wreckage off her. Will we ever find out his identity? I've just always had this image of Annie meeting him again and I thought it would be so neat if he was someone we already know (Judd or Kaleb or...I don't know who else).

Yep, you'll find out his identity. :)

Nalini Singh said...

Is Hawke his first, last or middle name?

I think it's his first name, but Hawke likes to mess with people with this. We're going to have to wait for his heroine to get the truth out of him.

Nalini Singh said...

Just a strange thought - could a half-changling/half-psy be of cardinal strength psy and still have the ability to shift? I'm pondering Sascha and Lucas's baby and other possibilities.

Who knows what will happen???

Nalini Singh said...

So, the question is, are there special clothing made for angels?

LOL, I have gotten this question so many times. This is one case of the world being so vivid in my head that I didn't put something down on paper *g*

You get a full explanation of this in ARCHANGEL'S KISS, but yes, there is special clothing for angels. Their shirts are made with wing slots, that flow around their wings, and are then closed at the bottom. (Raphael's are a little different, but then, he's got power to spare).

Nalini Singh said...

-will there be a war between Psy/Human/changelings?

It depends on the decisions people make in the upcoming books.

-Is Drew Indigos hero (sorry, my best friend forced me to ask you about that:-))?

I'm keeping mum about Indigo's hero at the moment. More to come after I actually start writing her book. Right now, I'm focused on Max. (And to be honest, I'm half afraid Indigo will pull a Mercy and tell me I'm wrong!).

-Is the ghost a member of the council?

The Ghost...is a ghost.

-Did Hawke lost also his parents?

Yes.

-Did the Psy killed Hawkes mate?

You'll find out in Hawke's book. (Yes, I know I'm mean, but I need to save things for his book!)

-Do we know (or will get to know) the father of Toby and Sienna (and will he maybe help her dealing with her abilitys)?

I'm not sure about this yet.

Nalini Singh said...

I have been intrigued by Sienna and her abilities since meeting her in StS. Will we get to know more about the X- designation before Siennas book? Is the X- power somehow linked with the E- power since Mrs. Elrigde researched the X- Psy after researching the E- Psy? Is Sienna vital for the future of the Psy-Net- she already showed some skills in StS to help Sascha and , as I understood it, the Lauren-Net was her idea. Has her power also positive effects?

I can only give a very general answer to this - yes, you'll find out lots more about the X designation at the appropriate time.

And Sienna is very powerful.

Nalini Singh said...

My Question is does Anthony know that Faith is in contact with the Netmind? If he does know can Faith convince the Netmind to try and help him? Does Anthony know why Faith's sister was targetted?

I'm not certain if Anthony knows - we haven't spent much time with Faith and Anthony recently, so it may be that she has shared that info off-stage.

With the NetMind, everyone has to be careful, because as it's mentioned in one of the books, it's also under the control of the Council (esp Kaleb), so there's no way to know if info will be (innocently) passed on.

In VISIONS it was speculated that Marine was targeted because of something she knew. This is likely to be the case.

Nalini Singh said...

Were there any scenes, besides the one with Faith, that did not make the cut for the book?

Yes. There is one particular one that'll likely end up on the site involving the women of DarkRiver.

I was hoping to get a bit of interaction between Mercy and Dorian since they are such close friends. I am really curious how everyone reacted to Dorian being able to finally shift.

I have a scene about this in Max's book. Hopefully it'll make it into the final draft.

Nalini Singh said...

Sienna mentioned that Ming had wanted her to be apart of the Arrows as his protege, so I wanted to know if she had to go through all the same things that Judd did when he was first brought to the arrows with the electrodes and breaking her bones and other things like this.

No, because she wasn't picked to be an Arrow. As Ming's protegee, she'd have received different training - she would've been required to play a very different role. That doesn't mean her training wasn't as harsh, just tailored to her abilities and the use Ming wanted to put them to.

Nalini Singh said...

And, I'm surprised no one mentioned them, really surprised, but what about the Brazilian and absolutely hawt leopards that Mercy's ever-loving grandmother (wish my granny would send me a couple of hot mens)sent? Are we gonna see more of them?

These two make me grin - they're so much trouble. *g*

I would like to eventually do a couple or three books set in their pack, so we could see how a different pack, with an alpha like Isabella functions, but that will probably be a way down the road.

And, is it ok to fantasize about Hawke until we get his book? Ok, until forever? lol

You're only increasing the size of his ego ;)

Nalini Singh said...

Will you throw a bone our way, and hint at Hawke's mate. (pleeeaasse) We promise not tell.

Noooooo, I can't tell. Not even if you offer me bribes of hot men with chocolate.

On your previous Q&A you said that you would not 'pull a switch and bait' on us (not sure if those are the words that you used.) So, it seems that Sienna is Hawke's mate. Right......(oh God I hope so.)

Trust me, is all I'll say.

Nalini Singh said...

Will there ever be a psy introduced to us with the psy-psy designation.

Una, did you mean Ps-Psy?

Nalini Singh said...

Will we get to see Judd and Sienna interacting more? How does Judd feel about Sienna's feeling for Hawke? Is he more of a protective "big" brother figure to her and feels that Hawke needs to stay away from her?

I am most certain that you'll see Judd a whole lot in Sienna's book. He's definitely more of a big brother to her than an uncle. (Though he has been known to pull rank when necessary).

Nalini Singh said...

I know you already have two great series, but there are any plans for another series or a return to straight contemps for Harlequin?

I think my head would explode if I started writing another series LOL So I'm trying to resist the temptation. But I do have some ideas tucked away that I may well leash on unsuspecting readers at some stage.

I will probably do some stand-alones in time. But then again, I thought ANGELS' BLOOD was a stand-alone *hmm*

No plans for contemps at the moment, though I do have a siiicrit story that I play with now and then ;)

Nalini Singh said...

So, has Hawke told you to tell us what you know about his mate??? (grin)!!!

Not worth my life to tell (o0)

Nalini Singh said...

love your books - i'm in the hawke and sienna camp too - hope you are not getting tired for all the hawke and sienna questions ;-)

LOL, no.

But man, imagine if I said I wasn't going to write Hawke's book until 2020??!

Nalini Singh said...

How old is Judd and Brenna? Will we be seeing Judd and Brenna in the upcoming books?

These ages are from CBI, so add (roughly) a year and a half to get their current ages - Brenna (21), Judd (26 going on 27).

Judd is in BLAZE OF MEMORY. And you'll very likely see them in Indigo's book.

Nalini Singh said...

I know you won't tell us who you had originally chosen to be Mercy's mate, but could you at least say if it was a cat/rat/wolf, human or psy?
And during what point in the series that you realized you'd chosen the wrong mate for Mercy?


You twisted my arm - it was a changeling. That's all I'm revealing.

I realized pretty quick that I had the wrong person. I usually have the first chapter of my books drafted a little bit in advance, and when I started Mercy's, I knew there was no spark. Then Riley made himself known and boom!

Nalini Singh said...

Sorry, I forgot to ask, is there any chance Magical Christmas Cat will be released in mass market paperback as well?

Yes, I think so. Berkley usually does re-release trade anthologies as mass markets.

Nalini Singh said...

I wanted to know if we can expect a bigger expert from Archangel's Kiss then what was in the back of Angel's Blood, Feb seems years away right now.

There'll be a full chapter in back of BLAZE OF MEMORY :)

Claire said...

Hi Nalini! I devoured BBF and am almost salivating for anything new (hence why I'm checking this Q&A almost hourly ;))

Anyways, I picked up a copy of Gena Showalter's "The Darkest Night" and while reading the dedication, I caught a glimpse of my favourite author's name (A Hint...it was yours!) Along with Kresley Cole, you had that book dedicated to you! Which kinda made my day, no doubt and made the book that much more enjoyable! :D

So my question is, are you in contact with a lot of authors like that? Is there like a secret society of Fantastic Paranormal Romance Authors who get together (or email at least) for talk of fiction and chocolate?

Another question is directed about the Psy/Changeling world. You mentioned earlier that the first arc will end in about three(?) books, but will characters from the first arc still show up in the second arc...and the third...and the fourth...and the tenth?

Wishful thinking on my part...
please let it be true.

I am loving the series Nalini! Thanks so so much!!!

Ladyhawke said...

You're only increasing the size of his ego ;)

With the way most of us (me included) are salivating over him in this thread...I don't think it could get much bigger ;)

Are we going to get to see more of Vaughn and Faith in later books? Vaughn especially...we haven't checked in on him in a while.

And I just remembered something from CBI...(I think)...will we ever find out what the weird twisting thread is around Walker's Psy thread that was hinted at?

How old are Judd, Walker, and Brenna? Random question, I know...but I was wondering.

Ladyhawke said...

About Angel's Blood...are we going to find out more about how the Archangel's have the world divided up?

And by Elena making Raphael "a little more human"...does it make him mortal-ish? Any clues on how that will impact the Seven? You said a bit earlier, that not every one of the Seven wants to rule...would that be implying that there are members of the Seven that do? If so, why haven't they tried...and with Raphael's involvement with Elena, will it give whomever impetus to try? Or does the "little more human" nullify b/c Elena's an angel now?

Renee said...

This Q&A is so amazing I find myself checking back several times a day just to see what else has been asked.

Anyway my question is about Psy interbreeding with humans and changelings. Part of the job of Shine is to find descendants of the forgotten who need to like and didn't know how to.

My question is before silence when psy mingled with the other races how would a child who was mostly human but needed bio-feedback, would they have been able to link with the psy-net or would it have rejected the link because the net was too purely psy?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you have an anthology coming out this year? I've noticed you have two Psy/Changling books and a novella a year, did that change this year? I know Ria's story is next year so I was just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for answering my questions. I'm so loving this Q&A! I just finished re-reading CBI and it got me wondering about Father Perez. Will we learn more about him? And about Walker too. I must say, I would love it if he can have his own book. What can you tell us about his odd star with the twisting motion at the center.

Also, reading your answers above, you said that the Ghost is a ghost, does that mean he's someone people think is dead?

Anonymous said...

oops, forgot to say it's me, mimi, asking questions re Father Perez and Walker above.

Thanks again!

Pam P said...

Nalini, thank you for answering that question about null abilities, I'd been wondering about that, too, in relation to a certain character, and other upcoming things. I'm not so sure about Hawk and Sienna anymore, having been wondering about the one true mate thing, having a theory about that - but then not sure about that either, lol. You sure keep us guessing and guessing.

I can't wait to read Dev's book and hope to learn more about the Forgotten.

Is there a possibility of a Forgotten or The Ghost being a Hero/Heroine?

Also, I'm glad we'll be seeing more of Ash and Janvier.

Pam P said...

Is there a possibility of a Forgotten or The Ghost being a Hero/Heroine? (Editing, meant to say a Forgotten other than Dev).

Noyba said...

I just love your stories and I was wondering if you are planning on coming to Australia any time soon???

Hi Nobya :) I will likely be there next year for a short trip. And I am going to try to make the 2010 readers con. Which area are you in?

I'm on the NSW north coast, half way between Brisbane and Sydney?

Pam P said...

Is there the possibility of a book having two separate romances for two major characters?

Anonymous said...

will there be same-sexual pairs in the future?

Rianne said...

This Q and A is fantastic. I've been off line a couple of days and just read all the new questions and answers.

I was very, very pleasantly surprised (the understatement of the year hihi) that there will come an end to one story arc and there will probably start a next (I'm writing this after reading a lot of comments, so I'm not exactly sure anymore how it was written down). I really like it. I don't mind long series, but there have to be some endings in it, otherwise I go a little bit crazy. So thank you very much Nalini for that info!

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