The awesome Vicki Pettersson (I can say that ’cause I’ve met her, and she’s one of the nicest ladies in the biz) just wrapped up the Celestial Blues series with The Given, and she stopped by to answer a few of my questions about what’s next, and more!
Welcome back to the blog! Will you tell us about the new, and final, installment of your Celestial Blues series, The Given?
The Given is the book that finally answers the longstanding question that has been driving this series from the very beginning: who killed my PI-turned-angel, Griffin Shaw, back in 1960.
Additionally, though torn apart by events at the end of The Lost, Grif is once more compelled to work with Kit Craig – my intrepid, modern-day girl reporter – in order to find a woman who will lead them through fifty years of entanglements in efforts to discover the truth.
Is it bittersweet for you to close out this series? Do you plan on more stories in this world.
I don’t have plans for any more stories in this series. Grif and Kit stopped talking to me the moment I wrote ‘The End.’ And while it was sad and strange not to hear their voices in my head after years of hearing them almost daily, I ended the trilogy in the exact way I intended to do so at the start. So there is satisfaction in that, and my hope is that the reader feels this, too.
What did you enjoy most about writing Griffin and Kit’s story?
The interplay between the two of them, their chemistry, was so much fun to play with. They started out loosely based on Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy – that witty repartee, that battle of the wills and sexes, the push/pull of the male and female when going toe-to-toe with an equal, and of dueling with someone who gets under your skin in just the right way. I loved watching how bemused Grif was by this mouth, and cheery, modern-day woman. I loved how he could make her melt with just a look.
It’s easy to assume that the main characters are an author’s favorites to write, but what other characters from the series did you especially enjoy writing about?
There was an old mobster, Tony, from The Taken whom I really enjoyed, and Grif’s angelic nemesis in that book was scary to me, in just the right way. I actually really enjoy writing my villains. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I love creating antagonists who will truly test my beloved heroes.
What would you like to see readers take away from the series, and from The Given?
My intent is only to entertain, and never be didactic, but I truly believe that no matter what you go through, true love is what saves us all. Following Grif and Kit, watching how they clung to each other despite their trials, and what they let go of for each others’ sake, was a good reminder of that for me.
It’s been a while since we caught up…have you read any good books lately? Is there anything you’re looking forward to this year?
I am all over the map right now. Completely ADD when it comes to my reading time, and I usually have 3-5 books going at the same time. I can’t regulate it – the rest of my life is too structured – so I grab anything I feel like at the moment. So I’ll go from Brandon Sanderson to Dean Koontz to Chris Patone to Taylor Stevens to Blake Crouch to Kresley Cole – it’s ridiculous. What I’m dying to get my hands on is the next Megan Abbott, The Fever. She’s one of my instant auto-buys. I’m also desperate to watch the Outlander series on tv. I’ve been a fan of that for years and have subscribed to Starz just for that.
How have you been spending your free time (when you can find it)?
I don’t know what free time is, really. It’s all just life and I enjoy it – from the work to the workouts (okay, maybe not them so much) to the soccer/track/swim/tennis lessons the little people in my life are involved in just now. However, I did recently take a trip to the beach with about twelve of my girlfriends (it was a revolving door, so I can’t say how many of them were there at any given time) and that was hugely restorative. I have great friends. Some of them even read my books!
What’s next for you?
Kevin J. Anderson asked me to contribute a piece to a charity anthology he’s putting together, so I’m working on that right now and it’ll be out in August, long before anything else I have in the hopper. It’s a fantasy story, and harkens back to my bread-and-butter: strong female character kicks ass because there’s no one else around to do it. Other than that, I’ve written a straight thriller that is just now finding a home. I hope to be able to say more about it soon, but the premise is much the same. I just love to write women who refuse to be written off.
About THE GIVEN:
The dramatic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson’s critically acclaimed Celestial Blues series—an inventive blend of paranormal romance, noir mystery, and urban fantasy—involving a fallen angel and a flesh-and-blood rockabilly reporter.
After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw, no matter the cost. Yet his obsession comes at a price. Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, the woman who made life worth living again, and dedicate himself to finding one he no longer knows.
Yet when Grif is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realm who’d rather see him dead than unearth the well-buried secrets of his past. If he’s to survive his second go-round on the Surface, Grif will have to convince Kit to reunite with him professionally, and help uncover decades of police corruption, risking both their lives . . . and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love.