Please welcome Regan Summers back to the blog. I loved her first book, Don’t Bite the Messenger, and her new one, Running in the Dark, is out today!
Regan, I adored Don’t Bite the Messenger, and Running in the Dark is out this week! Will you tell us a bit about it? What is Sydney Kildare up to now?
Thank you so much, Kristin! I’m so pleased to be here.
RUNNING is out today, in fact. Sydney is, to paraphrase the Cheers intro song, learning that making her way in the world today’s taking everything she’s got. Dissatisfied with early retirement (from working as a courier for vampires) and pursued by a homicidal sucker, she’s accompanied Malcolm Kelly to Santiago, Chile.
They’re dating, sort of, while she maintains a low profile and Malcolm works as Master Bronson’s proxy in his southern territory. There are issues. Syd’s working for a small courier shop to pass the time. Adjusting to being at the bottom of the food chain, in a foreign country no less, is difficult for her. If you’ve ever been the new kid in school or tried to adapt to a strange city on your own, it’s like that. Except there are also a couple of very interesting figures from Malcolm’s past running around, making things uncomfortable. In addition, something’s turning Santiago’s vampires into mindless killers and, despite her best efforts at keeping her head down, Syd’s right in the middle of it.
Do you have particular plans as to how many you’d like to write in this series, or will you just see where Sydney takes you?
Oh, Syd’s got all kinds of ideas for where she’d like to go, and how fast (read: very fast). I can barely keep up. I’ve actually finished the first draft of a novel revolving around a side character introduced in RUNNING IN THE DARK (I’ll let you try to guess who), and I’m tentatively planning two more Syd and Mal books. These are not yet contracted so I can’t make any promises, but I’d like to write more.
Vamps are definitely the focus of your stories, but if you had to write about another supernatural creature, which one would it be?
I like contrast, seeing how creatures with conflicting ideologies, values or needs bounce off of each other, so it would probably be a couple of creatures. I’m developing a story now – it’s set in the old West – where overlapping cultures have distorted each other’s mythologies. It’s kind of like cowboy-priests versus spirits behaving badly. Very fun. Lots of research.
Read any good books lately?
Yes, thank goodness.
THE HIGH WINDOW by Raymond Chandler. One of my absolute favorite writers. I read him exclusively on paper and savor every line of dialogue, every strange encounter, and every brilliant description. GUNMETAL MAGIC by Ilona Andrews. This is a side novel that exists alongside the Kate Daniels series. It’s a fascinating urban fantasy world with surprising twists, great humor and emotional gut-punches. I like it very much.
What’s one of the scariest books you’ve ever read?
I used to babysit for a family that lived in the woods. There were no other houses within sight. They had these giant built-in bookcases. Dark wood, beautiful. They were also full of Stephen King. I’m not sure which book was the scariest, but reading those in a sleeping house while the winter wind scraped branches across the windows was the most heart-pounding reading experience I’ve ever had.
Also they had like six kids, all small and blond, and they were creepy as hell.
Halloween is coming up fast! Do you celebrate?
This entire year has gone by fast. The house is fully punkin’d out, and we’ll take the four year old trick-or-treating. Last year he was the Dread Pirate Roberts. This year he’s Spiderman (with a sword, because he’s still transitioning from the DPR).
What’s next for you? Is there any other news you’d like to share?
I’m working on the next Syd and Mal book. RUNNING IN THE DARK has a few dark moments. This one is heavy enough that I’m actually taking a break from writing it. In the interim, I’m working on a near-future science fiction story. I don’t want to say too much about it, in part because I’m not yet sure how it will go, but I will say that the world has become disconnected. And condominiumized.
The only piece of news I can share at the moment is that I’m contributing – as my other self, Hillary Jacques – to the urban fantasy anthology CARNIEPUNK, coming from Pocket next year. The line-up is Ah-Maze-Ing: Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Delilah Dawson, Kelly Gay, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole Peeler and Jaye Wells. It’s going to be crazy fun.
About Running In the Dark
After surviving a vampire turf war in Alaska, vampire courier Sydney Kildare is back behind the wheel and working under an assumed name in Chile. She doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t know the city and—worst of all—has to drive a crappy car.
What she does have is Malcolm Kelly, her sort-of boyfriend and manager of the city’s vampire population. But with Malcolm preoccupied by bloodsucker business—and a gorgeous vampiress from his past—Sydney feels more alone than ever.
But Sydney has more than her love life to worry about. She’s got vamps on her tail, mysterious deliveries that leave death in their wake, and old enemies targeting her to get to Malcolm. Turns out he’s got a history more deadly than she ever imagined, and she’ll have to use ever