As a special treat for my paranormal romance/romance readers, I’ve got the lovely Sandra Hill on the blog today! Sandra was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and I have 3 copies of The Norse King’s Daughter up for grabs, courtesy of Avon Books, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!
Please welcome Sandra to the blog!
Sandra, you’ve written more than 30 novels (whew!), of which your Viking series is phenomenally popular, and the first book of your brand new Deadly Angels series just came out! The main character, while a Viking, is also a vampire angel (so awesome), which is a bit of a change of pace. What made you decide to dive into the world of vamps and angels?
Well, it’s nothing new for me to take my Vikings in new directions. Consider the time-traveling Navy SEALs. I’m not giving up on my historical, contemporary or time travel novels, but I wanted to try some new paranormal category. I thought about Viking vampires, but something in me resisted dark Dracula types. Mine had to have some saving graces. Thus, angels.
I write romantic humor, and one of the best humor devices is to place characters in circumstances in which they are not comfortable. A vain Viking having to sport fangs? A wild Viking being turned into an angel? The possibilities for humor are endless.
Did you do any particular research in regards to the world building for the Deadly Angels series?
I could write a doctoral thesis on all aspects of Vikings, but I needed to research angels, demons, the Seven Deadly Sins, the mysterious element of the number seven in the Bible, those kinds of things. But in the end, my demons and my vampire angels are purely my creation.
You worked as a journalist and feature writer for many years before becoming a fiction writer yourself. What made you decide to finally take the plunge and write your first novel?
I’ve always been an avid reader. Once when I read an early Jude Deveraux historical, it was so good that I said, “I wish I could write a book like that. Then years later, when I read a Constance O’Day-Flannery time travel book, the lightbulb went off in terms of humor possibilities and I said, “ I can write a book like that.”
I loved looking at the gorgeous pictures of your family on your website! How has having a large family influenced your writing?
I’m always getting ideas for humor from my husband and four sons, none of whom think I’m funny at all. Like the one son, when he was sixteen years old, and his girlfriend gave him a pair of boxers that said “No, no, no!” but in the dark said, “Yes, yes, yes!” I can’t tell you how many times my sons or husband have done something, then asked, “This is going to end up in one of your books, isn’t it?”
What are some of your favorite novels or writers?
Mary Balogh, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Trish Jensen, Beverly Lewis, Loretta Chase, Charlaine Harris, Deborah Smith, etc.
If you could read a book again for the first time, which one would it be?
GONE WITH THE WIND, the first romance novel I even read, at age twelve. I’m not sure I’d like it so well this time around. I think that’s why I resist rereading it.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
Nalingi Singh , Robyn Carr, and J.R. Ward.
I read that you love to collect antiques. What’s one of your favorite pieces?
Roseville pottery. And I have a passion for antique 19th century paintings. More than anything, I love a bargain.
It’s obvious that your readers are very important to you. What’s your favorite part of meeting readers and getting reader mail?
I love knowing that my books touch readers in some way, and, frankly, it was a revelation to me how much humor is needed and cherished in this stressful, turbulent world.
Do you have a fave tip on romancing a Viking Vampire Angel?
Just be in the right place at the right itme, then brace yourself. These are Vikings, at heart, and they do the pursuing. Expert lovers, they were reputed to be. Readers often ask me, “Where can I find me one of those Vikings?” My answer is “They are all around you. You just need to look closer.”
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about upcoming projects or events (or anything at all!)?
KISS OF PRIDE is the first book in my Deadly Angels series. It will be followed in December by KISS OF SURRENDER, where my vangel becomes a Navy SEAL. Then, next June, the vangels move to Louisiana, where my vangel meets the formidable Tante Lulu from my Cajun series. Plus, I’m working on a female pirate historical.
For more information on KISS OF PRIDE or any of my other books, check out my website or visit me on Facebook at Sandra Hill Author.
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About The Norse King’s Daughter:
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Princess Scorned!
Princess Drifa can certainly see why Sidroc Guntersson is a living legend— on battlefield and in bedchamber both. But the King of Stoneheim’s willful daughter pitches a royal fit when she learns of the true reason for the virile Viking’s passionate attentions. A third-born son with no hope of inheriting the family jarldom, scheming Sidroc must marry and is interested in Drifa only for her father’s land and money. The barbarian is lucky she just cracks him on his fool head with a pottery pitcher!
Five years later, Drifa needs Sidroc’s protection— in Byzantium, no less!—though revenge holds more appeal for this man she left for dead. ‘Tis a pity two such perfect enemies match each other so well, passion for passion. So much so that the bold Viking berserker is soon thinking marriage again . . . only this time it will be on his terms!