BLACK ARTS, the newest book in the Jane Yellowrock UF series (one of my all time faves), will be out on January 7th, and not only did Faith answer a few questions about Jane, but we’ve got a copy of BLACK ARTS up for grabs for one lucky winner!
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Why hasn’t Jane gotten with Bruiser?
I honestly don’t know. Rick and Bruiser and Leo. Her Beast likes most of the predatory men in her life. To make it worse, Beast assures Jane that, “Big-cats do not mate for life.” Jane is a healthy, unrepressed female, who respects her body and her souls, so she will eventually pick at least one guy. And there is a huge hint who that person will be in BLACK ARTS. Just sayin’.
What about Rick LaFleur is attractive to Jane?
Rick understands Jane, especially now that he’s got a cat (of sorts) of his own. Rick fights crime and understands the fact that Jane does so, as well, even if she is going about it via a different route. They have a lot in common, especially now. But BLACK ARTS changes a lot of that…
Why does Jane have so much guilt and angst?
Some humans carry a lot of guilt about things they did earlier in life. All the unkind acts, unkind words, unkind attacks. Jane’s guilt goes a lot deeper into a buried memory that was revealed in DEATH’S RIVAL. All I can say is that it surprised the heck outta me! But since then, Jane has been dealing with the guilt and learning to bury it forever, as the dead thing it really is. She has been changing and growing and finding strength in who she is, who she was bred to be—a War Woman of the Cherokee. We’ll see a lot more of that in BLACK ARTS.
Jane is a skinwalker, and of Cherokee heritage. How much research into Indian culture and mythos did you do?
I am still researching! There are many different Cherokee tales of the dark beings in life, from the liver-eater to the stone-finger, from Skinwalkers to witches. Most of the worst dark creatures of Cherokee lore are depicted as evil beings who kill and eat humans.
However, the oldest, pre-Christian, pre-white man Cherokee stories tell of skinwalkers being the protectors and warriors, and that is who and what I wanted Jane to be. I started with the good stories and built my world and character around them, with evil stories as warnings of her possible future.
Important for me and my readers to remember – the Cherokee did not have a central mythos, but rather a clan-based mythos, meaning that every story had many clan versions, each slightly different from the others. I wanted Jane to have access to the Panther clan and the Blue Holly clan legends and stories, but The Speakers of The People who are now left are so few and far between that much of the lore is already lost. So when I couldn’t find a Speaker from each clan, I studied all the different mythos I could find and cobbled one together that seemed to keep the important elements in it.
About BLACK ARTS:
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost….
When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.
Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.
2.) Giveaway is for 1 copy of BLACK ARTS by Faith Hunter to 1 winner
3.) Giveaway is open to US residents or those with a US address for mailing (no PO Boxes)
4.) You must enter on or before 12/31/13
5.) Giveaway books courtesy of Roc
6.) Please see my Giveaway Policy.