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Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Contests, Interviews | 43 comments

Interview and giveaway from author Nalini Singh

Today we have the utmost pleasure of having an interview with author Nalini Singh.  She’s talking about her Psy/Changeling series and her latest release, Tangle of Need.

Make sure you keep reading after the interview to learn how you can enter to win a copy of Tangle of Need or if you’re new to the series, Slave to Sensation.

What sets your Psy/Changeling series apart from other shifter books in the paranormal romance genre?
The Psy with their phenomenal mental powers, such as telepathy and telekinesis, paired with their susceptibility to madness and their decision to condition emotion out of themselves, are the most obviously unique element of the series.

Also, the series features true shapeshifters – those who can shift into their other shape, whether it be a leopard or a wolf or a falcon, at will. They aren’t constrained by the moon for example, nor do they consider themselves torn in two. They are both and they love both parts of their nature.

Can you tell us about your latest release, Tangle of Need?
Tangle of Need features wolf changelings Riaz and Adria. Both are dominant wolves, but Riaz is a lieutenant, while Adria is a senior soldier.

Riaz has already found his mate – only to discover that she’s married and in love with another man. And Adria has just walked away from a toxic relationship. Neither one of them is looking for a relationship when their lives collide – but the heart plays by its own rules.

What 3 words would you use to describe Riaz? How about Adria?
Actually, I think I’d use the same three words for both of them: Strong, loyal, hurt.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing this book?
This book tore my heart out – Riaz and Adria’s story was emotionally intense, and I had to stay true to that intensity throughout, even when it might’ve been easier to lighten things up.

Will you be continuing the main story arc indefinitely, or do you envision wrapping it up at some point and starting a new one?
I knew the end point of the original arc when I wrote the first book, and I think that focus has helped keep the series strong. So yes, the arc will end when it’s time.

Will there be more books about the Forgotten?
It’s possible. They’re an important part of the world.

We live in the Bay Area and love that the majority of your books take place here. Why did you choose this area/NorCal in which to set the Psy/Changeling world?
It was a combination of chance, passion and logic!

I’d traveled through California, particularly the Bay area, the year before I began to write the first book in the Psy/Changeling series. When I began, I knew I needed a location that had cities and lakes, rivers and mountains, and, importantly, was part of a larger land mass – my changelings have big territories and need lots of room to roam.

California was the first place that came into my mind, and it was perfect. Perfect! And since I’d been there, walked the streets, I felt I could write it authentically.

Since then, I’ve been back a number of times, explored it in even more depth.

Kind of an odd question but how fast do the cars go? It takes a lot less time for them to get to Yosemite than it does us.
That’s a deliberate decision on my part. I figure (hope!) road/car safety will increase exponentially in the next three quarters of a century, so the majority of cars should be able to go at least twice the current maximum speed, with the high-speed models going even faster.

These cars are all equipped with computronic collision avoidance systems, and many of the main roads have automatic navigation, so human error is taken out of the equation. As you can see, I’ve spent some time thinking about this!

Do you think your Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter books can be enjoyed by the same readers?
Yes, absolutely. Some readers prefer one over the other, as they are two very different series, but the majority of my readers enjoy both. I always suggest people try the first book from both series.

Author Bio:

Nalini Singh is the author of the bestselling Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series.

Her books have been, or are about to be, translated into a number of different languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, French and Portuguese.

A keen traveler, she calls New Zealand home.

Follow Nalini:  Website  ||  Blog  ||  Facebook  ||  Twitter  ||  Newsletter


We are giving away a copy of Tangle of Need to one lucky winner.  If you’re new to the series, you have the option of receving a copy of Slave To Sensation (Psy/Changeling, book 1) instead.  This giveaway is open to anywhere the Book Depository ships and will end on June 12th.

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About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. Hi,

    i have not read this series yet and love to try because i love nalini’s book, i read other series of her book

    thank you 🙂

  2. I love this series because it is the perfect combination of action, intrigue and smoking hot romance. Somehow, Ms. Singh manages to keep the stories fresh each and every time. I’d love to win a copy of Tangle of Need to tide me over until Kaleb’s story 😉

  3. This is one of my favorite series! I’m always recomending it to everyone. It has action, intensity, and emotion. How can you go wrong with that! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Great interview! I have not yet read this series, but I read Lord of the Abyss by Nalini and LOVED it!!! I don’t know why I have waited so long to read another one of her books. Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂

  5. I haven’t read this series yet although I read the Angel Guild series… Would love to start…

  6. I just “discovered” this series about 6 months ago and am going through them slowly. I really enjoy Ms. Singh’s writing and I can’t wait to read more.

  7. I love the Psi/Changling books because they contain action, romance and a unique and interesting world.

    feinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  8. I really can’t wait to read this book. I love the Psy/Changeling series, and Nalini Singh is definitely one of my favorite authors.


  9. I like the variety of characters and situations. You have the two changeling groups and the good and bad psys.

  10. Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

    I’d love to read this series b/c I love Nalini’s Guild Hunters. I was able to pick up pretty much most of the Psych Changeling series from Borders before they closed, I just got to get reading 🙂

  11. I have heard such great things about this series. I really can’t wait to dive into them and get lost. I also love the way the author felt so much about her characters it tore her heart out! I wanna read!!

  12. I love this series because Nalini knows hows to blend more than one plot and the finish product is always great

  13. I love both Nalini’s series but of course this was her first one so I fell in love with this one first!!!
    Why? Because it’s great; it has shifters and you can’t go wrong with them; they have an HEA always; their men are gorgeous; and there’s always a suspense that keeps you guessing!!!
    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  14. I have heard so much about it and always wanted to read it sounds so good! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  15. I haven’t read it yet. But she is one author that I have always wanted to read.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  16. I love the inventiveness and sensuality of Nalini’s writing. She is able to impact sensuality and capture the characters perfectly with her words!

  17. I havn’t started the Psy/Changeling series yet 🙁 But me and my friend plan to start it in about a week (I need to buy it first). I’ve started Nalini Singh’s Guild-Hunter series and I just love her writing so I’ve no doubt I’ll love this series just as well.

  18. Great interview. I’m going to put this series onmy tbt list.

  19. I love the relationships–romantic, platonic, familial. I always enjoy the pack scenes and seeing these characters interact with each other.

  20. I love both series very much. Of course the series are especially well written, with great storylines, but it is the awesome strong characters that make these books some of my most beloved.

  21. The concept of Psy fascinates me. It lead me to write my book a certain way, with a protagonist who was trained to have no emotion.

  22. I haven’t read the series yet or any of Nalini Sing’s books. I want to read her books because she is a Kiwi (a New Zealander) and I’m a New Zealander, too.

  23. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good.

  24. I haven’t read her books yet. I really liked her description of her shapeshifters.

  25. Nalini is one of my favorite authors. She has an amazing talent with her series, both that I gollow religiously. I love the Psy-Changling series for the depth of the characters and the rawness of their emotions. The stories are very engaging. sdylion(at)gmail9dot)com

  26. The whole concept of Psy/Changeling is mind blowing. It’s unique & fascinating.


  27. this is one of my first PNR book. i really like how she describe the whole world, the psy and the changeling, and their unique abilities

  28. I have only read 1 book in the Psy/Changeling series and it was out of order. It was Hawke’s book. Loved it so now I’m hooked.I love the Alpha male shifters and really get into their characters.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  29. I love this series…I can’t wait for the next book. I enjoyed this interview and look forward to the rest of the seriesl. Thanks for the giveaway…would love to win this book.

  30. I haven’t read this series yet but would love to. The description of the characters definitely caught my attention. Paranormal stories are my favorite.

  31. This series is the perfect combination of action, romance, mystery, paranormal, and a variety of situations. It’s fantastic.


  32. I love the shifter storylines and the sexy couples with their sensual romance stories.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  33. This is one of my favorite series. It has the perfect combination of action, romance, mystery and the hot shifters are just the icing on the cake!

  34. I’ve never read this series before but it’s on my TBR list! I’ve heard so many great things about this series, it makes me want to read it right now!

  35. I havent read this series but I realy realy want to I am a paranormal addict I cannot get enough and Shifters are my being of choice .I love love love shifters .Thanks for this chance to win.Have an amazing weekend .

  36. This series has it all. Sexy alphas smart heroines and great action and not the same ole story everytime

  37. This series has it all. Sexy alphas smart heroines and great action and not the same ole story everytime

  38. I adore the slow disintegration of the Psy’s barriers (so I guess you can figure out which installments are my favorites!)

    Samantha R.

  39. I´ve been meaning to start this series for a while now, i think it´s amazing with the possibilities of the mind and throw in some Alpha males, and i´m there! =)
    Would love to win the first one,

    best wishes, Linda xo

  40. I’ve not read any of Nalini’s books but I’ve seen lots of great reviews/posts on her books & I’d love to win a copy to start me off.

  41. This is a wonderful series. I just finished Branded by Fire and loved every minute of Mercy and Riley’s romance. My favorite aspect of the series is trying to work out who the Ghost is.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. have not had the fortune to purchase any of Nalini’s books at all but I love the reviews of her books