Crystal and I both love New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s books – both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunters series. We were excited when she agreed to answer some questions for Everybody Needs a Little Romance.
I am in awe of Nalini’s writing; there aren’t many people that can tell a story like she can. Kiss of Snow received a 5 Flaming Heart review at ENLR, only 1 of 2 that I have given out. Crystal had the honor of reviewing Nalin’s newest book, Archangel’s Blade which was released on 9/6/11.
Nalini’s previous book, Kiss of Snow debuted on the NYT Bestseller list and was her first Hardback release. She currently lives in New Zealand. She can be found on Twitter (@nalinisingh) and her Facebook fan page, You can also visit her website at http://www.nalinisingh.com/ for more information.
Briefly describe how you got into writing.
I’ve always written, from when I was very young. Having fallen in love with romances in my teens, I completed and submitted my first full-length romance manuscript to a publisher the summer after I finished high school.
Though it was rejected, I continued to write and submit, developing my skills as a writer with each new book – writing is my passion, and something I can’t imagine not doing. Being able to do it full time is a dream come true.
Do you have a routine when you are writing? Do you have a set time you write, certain number of days a week, word count, etc?
I write pretty much every day, and I have daily goals that change depending on where I am in the writing process. For example, while writing the first draft, I usually try to write a certain number of words per day. During edits, that changes to the number of pages I want to edit each day.
When Kiss of Snow came out you did an extended tour in the United States, what was the hardest part of doing the tour? What was the best part?
The best part was getting to meet so many of my readers face to face – the energy in the room during the events was just brilliant.
The toughest part was the travel, as usually I only had one night in each city, but I did get to see parts of the country I hadn’t previously visited, so it balanced out.
I’ve heard a lot of author’s mention play lists they listen to while writing, do you listen to music while you are working or do you have to have the quiet?
I occasionally listen to music while I’m writing the first draft – whatever music strikes my fancy at the time. However, I like silence when I edit.
I’m a Twitter junkie and I’m bad about reading Twitter posts when I am supposed to be working. Do the social networking sites tempt you away from work when you are writing? Do you allow yourself time on them or do you have to stay away from them completely while working?
I enjoy social networking, but yes, it can be distracting. I turn off the Internet when I’m working, and only check messages at certain times of the day. This works really well for me, as then the social networking breaks don’t interfere with my writing time.
How has social media affected your career as a writer?
It’s had a hugely positive effect. I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped spread the word about my books. Since I’m based in New Zealand, and most of my readership is abroad, the Internet in general has allowed me a simple, cost-effective way to engage with my readers.Five items you have at your fingertips when you are writing – laptop – story bible(s) – previous books in the series – notepad and pen – whiteboard and markers Five fun facts about Nalini Singh, The Person – I speak Japanese – I’ve walked along the Great Wall of China – My favorite color is blue, though recently, I’ve found I have a lot of deep pink/raspberry in my wardrobe – I can’t resist buying Toblerone when I go through an airport – I have an eclectic collection of decaf teas (of which a cup is usually by my side while writing (important addition to List A))
Archangel’s Blade features the vampire Dmitri. We’ve known him as the dark, dangerous and deadly right hand of the Archangel Raphael, but in this book, we get to see into Dmitri’s past and learn about the brutal forces that shaped him.
Honor, the heroine, is a Guild Hunter who has survived a nightmare, and is now rebuilding her life. The last man she ever expects to be attracted to is the vampire other vampires fear.
Their story is dark, intense, and deeply romantic, and I hope readers will fall in love with it.
If anyone would like to read an excerpt, you can find two at: www.nalinisingh.com/blade.php