Q&A with Kristen Painter + GIVEAWAY of the Crescent City Series
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You may recall my descriptions of magical unique fae, the never-ending party atmosphere of New Orleans, and other wondrous things in my reviews for House of the Rising Sun and City of Eternal Night, the first two books of the Crescent City series. Now with the third book Garden of Dreams and Desires just released and all lined up on my to-read list, I’m pleased to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at Crescent City with an interview with the author!
Please join me in welcoming Kristen Painter to the blog, and I hope you enjoy the Q&A.
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Hi Kristen, welcome to The BiblioSanctum!
Kristen: Thanks! Glad to be here.
Thanks for joining us today, and congrats on the release of Crescent City book three, Garden of Dreams and Desires. I’m really enjoying the series so far, so I would really love to ask you a few questions about it. To start off, how would you describe it to readers?
Kristen: A fae-focused urban fantasy series set in a slightly futuristic New Orleans. With kissing. And death.
Actually, when I first picked up the first book House of the Rising Sun I had no idea it was a spin-off from your House of Comarré series, but I really liked how I was able to jump right in! I’ve always wondered how the two series relate to each other. Can you talk a bit about that, and what made you choose Augustine as your protagonist for Crescent City?
Kristen: The two series are set in the same world and there are some crossover characters. But the two series can definitely be read separately.
The reason I choose Augustine as my new protag is simple – he wouldn’t stop talking to me. He was just one of those secondary characters that leapt off the page and I wanted to give him the spotlight. And find him a nice girl to settle down with.
The characters go through a lot over the course of this series. Augustine went from carefree partygoer to becoming Guardian, and Harlow started off sheltered and naïve but quickly learned some pretty tough lessons. What were some of the challenges writing your two protagonists?
Kristen: Augustine wasn’t a challenge – I could have written more books with him. But Harlow, in the beginning, was tough. She was difficult and prickly and unlikeable, something beta readers really stuck on, so I had to dial her back.
What made you choose New Orleans as the setting for this series?
Kristen: I love the city and have spent a lot of time there. It’s a place that always feels layered and rich and mysterious. I knew some day I’d explore it in a series, so it was just a matter of time.
The story takes place in the future too, so your world has advanced technology mixed with old Fae magic. What was the driving force behind this idea?
Kristen: I wanted to show that despite some change, the world wasn’t that different. More in turmoil, maybe, but that tech advances hadn’t really made life that much better. In fact, in some ways, the divides between the haves and the have nots have only increased.
What do you love about writing Urban Fantasy?
Kristen: Anything is possible. Anything. It’s a fabulously wide arena.
Did you always want to be a writer? Which books or authors have influenced you the most?
Kristen: Not always. I originally wanted to be a chemist (don’t ask) then a chef. But I have always written and read voraciously. I don’t think I can pinpoint one book or one author as a main influence, there have been too many, but I can say that comics, which I have also always loved, have definitely shaped my writer’s brain.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to relax or have fun?
Kristen: What is this not writing that you speak of? Seriously, I write a lot. But I also love to read, cook, play mindless computer games and watch good tv and movies. Napping is way up there too. Naps are totally underrated.
I’ve heard that Crescent City was meant to be a trilogy, but do you think you might revisit some of these characters again in more spin-offs or stories set in this universe? Any projects you’re working on currently or in the near future, either writing or non-writing related?
Kristen: It wasn’t meant to be a trilogy, actually, but my publisher wasn’t interested in more, so that’s where it stopped. (I had two more planned.) I don’t know if I’ll go back to this world. Really depends what my readers want and what my time allows.
Future projects include a brand new paranormal romance series I’ll be launching this summer! I’m super excited about it. It’s set in a very fun world with very fun characters and writing it has been a blast. Once that’s up and running, I may dip my toe back into UF.
Non-writing related projects include keeping my husband from adopting a seventh cat. It’s an ongoing struggle.
Really appreciate your time, Kristen! Thank you again for doing this Q&A with me!
Kristen: Thanks for having me, it’s been fun!
*** For more information about Kristen Painter and her books, please visit her website at http://kristenpainter.com! ***
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CRESCENT CITY SERIES GIVEAWAY
Are you ready for this? Orbit Books has very generously offered The BiblioSanctum an opportunity to host a major giveaway for the entire Crescent City series — all three books (House of the Rising Sun, City of Eternal Night, and Garden of Dreams & Desires) — to one lucky winner. With apologies to international readers, this giveaway is open to US/Canada only due to publisher copyright reasons. To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name and valid Mailing Address using the subject line “CRESCENT CITY” by 11:59pm Eastern time on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Only one entry per household, please. The winner will be randomly selected when the giveaway ends and then be notified by email. All information will only be used for the purposes of contacting the winner and sending them their prize. Once the giveaway ends all entry emails will be deleted.
So what are you waiting for? Enter to win! Good luck!