Interview with author Kristen Callihan
Earlier this year I picked up a copy of Firelight by Kristen Callihan and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the second book Moonglow, which is released today, even more so I’m thrilled to have Kristen here with us today to talk about her wonderful characters and her Darkest London series.
For more about Moonglow, check out my review here.
For those who are new to your books, what is the Darkest London series about?
The Darkest London series revolves around London in the 1880’s, a London in which there are beasties that ordinary humans are unaware of. Each book is both a love story and a mystery/adventure, but the idea is that, with each story, we delve deep into this other world and learn more about those who strive to keep humans ignorant of supernatural beings, as well as those who would like the world to know all about it.
In what genre would you place your series?
Most people would call it historical paranormal, but I like to call it a gaslamp fantasy romance because it has those Victorian gothic elements, combined with paranormal and a touch of horror.
Can you tell us about your new release, Moonglow?
Moonglow is Daisy and Ian’s story. I like to call it my werewolf in London story, as there is a mad werewolf stalking Daisy and it is up to Ian to save her. But in truth, the real story is about learning to accept yourself and let past pains go. Both Ian and Daisy have had a pretty rough past, and both strive to ignore their true nature. In turn, each of them teaches the other to love themselves again.
How have your characters and the world they inhabit changed since the end of book one?
Firelight was the intro to this alternate world. Because Archer was the true mystery, I did not focus too deeply on this sub-London. In Moonglow, the characters, and the reader, get to learn more and sink deeper.
How is Daisy different from her sisters Miranda and Poppy?
Daisy is the peacekeeper. She does this with humor and sly remarks. And while she hides a lot of inner pain, I think she is probably the most resilient when it comes to happiness. She wants to be happy. Daisy is also the most overtly sensual of the sisters. She makes no bones about loving men and enjoying sex.
What 3 words would you use to describe Ian?
Hmm… Charming, loyal, and brave –though he wouldn’t see it as that! Lol.
Was it love at first sight for these two?
Most certainly not. Ian views Daisy as a pain in his arse, albeit a tempting one. Daisy thinks of Ian as a pest –a handsome pest.
What role, if any, will Daisy and Ian play in future books?
You’ll have to wait and see!
Where do you see your series going next?
Up next is Winterblaze, which is Poppy and Winston’s story. To say more would give away spoilers for Moonglow, but those who read it might have a good idea how Winterblaze will start.
About the author:
Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80’s, which means she’s worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband, and a dog — the fish can fend for themselves.