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During the BlogTour for “Shadows Strike” 
we had the chance to ask 
Dianne Duvall a few questions…
 

 

 
Shadows Strike
(Immortal Guardians #6)
by Dianne Duvall
 
Paperback/eBook, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Zebra
ISBN 1420129821
 

The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…

U.S.
law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future.
The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke,
some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be,
she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only
separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A
handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she
wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into
a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her
dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she
can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S.
military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil
like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to
survive…

 
 
First I would like to say “Thank you Dianne Duvall” ! – Thank you for giving readers of paranormal books a reason to love this genre again. There are so many books out there, that just seem to all copy the same general ideas. However, the Immortal Guardians are different. I know I wrote in my review on “Darkness Dawns” that I was annoyed by all this healthy food, but even back then I knew I would pick up the next book because I felt this series would be different.
 
And it took me quite a while… to be precise until Zach was sitting on that roof with my ever famous Lollipop, that I noticed what you did. You managed to sneak in all those other “Beings” that no one ever would have suspected to find in a Vampire novel. This was an amazing job and I cannot tell you how much I look forward to
reading many more of these novels. 
 
Which brings me to my questions (you have any idea how hard it is to just pick 5 – when I have like at least 10 for each book floating in my mind?)
 
 
 
 

 

 
1) Everybody loves a certain character in a series more than the others. At first I would have said my favorite is Bastien as I am
all in for the reformed bad boy – but I lost my heart to Zach on a rooftop…
If you could choose to BE or MEET one of your characters, whom would you choose to be/meet and why? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First, thank you for the wonderful introduction!  I’m so thrilled that you’re enjoying the series.  I admit, Bastien are Zach are amongst my favorite characters to write,
because I just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths next.  LOL. 
As for choosing one character I would like to meet . . . 
That’s a tough one.  It’s actually a draw
between Seth and Ami.  Both have seen and experienced sooooo many things.  I could pepper them with questions all day and still want to know more. 
 
 
 
 
2) The Immortal Guardians series is very complex in
details and often refers to events and characters from previous books. I felt
you do an amazing job as I never found any obvious mistakes, so I wonder …how
do you organize your writing ?

 

 
I don’t organize my writing as much as I probably should.  One thing I do, though, to keep events fresh in my mind is listen to the audiobooks periodically.  I know that may sound odd, but I never outline my books, so this helps me keep track of major plot points and the like.  I also tend to skim back through previous manuscripts anytime I’m a little fuzzy on details.  The hardest thing for me to keep track of is the names.  (One of these days I’m going
to make a list.)  In Shadows Strike, for example, I couldn’t remember if Alleck was spelled with one “l” or two, and had to go back through Night Unbound to find it. 
For the scenes in which the local Immortal Guardians and their Seconds gather together at David’s place to discuss strategy or the latest crisis, I make a diagram of the table and mark where each character sits to ensure I keep it straight.  I’ve even made drawings of the mercenary compounds so I would have a clearer picture in my head and keep those handy for future reference.
 
 
 
3) Please tell us a little bit about the fact that this series started as ‘vampire’ novels and developed into something so much more, which includes ‘aliens’/’angels’ and now even ‘ghosts’. Was this a conscious decision that you planned in the beginning or something that kind of evolved as the series progressed? And will we see more of those developments in future? 
 
 
 
 
 
This is something I planned from the beginning.  Both the alien and the ghost appeared in the first book (although Marcus was the only one who saw the ghost).  And I always intended to give each of them their own HEA. I didn’t realize just what a prominent role Ami would play in the
series, however, until the end of the third book.  That was a real game changer.  I also never intended to give any of the Others their own book.  But, again, PHANTOM SHADOWS (book 3) changed my mind when Zach perched on David’s rooftop and accepted the lollipops from Ami.
 
There will be similar developments in the future.  One that has
been floating around in my imagination for some time now may even be so big it could launch a spin-off series. 
J
 
 
4) Is there anything that you can tell us about the future of this series ? (This is the point to reassure your fans that there
will be at least another 10 books!) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOL!  I can tell you two things: 
 
1.  Seth’s book, which many readers have requested, is not far down the line now . . . and the big, climactic action scene in it will be a real jaw dropper. 
 
2.  It’s looking more and more like Seth’s book won’t end the series.  It will, however, conclude this particular story arc.  Then the series will move in a new direction.  
 
 
 
 
5) If you had the chance to influence the questions people ask you in interviews, what question is the most annoying and you would
love to never hear again?

What question would you really like to answer that you have not been asked yet, and what is your answer to that question?

 

 
I don’t think I’ve ever been asked a question in an interview that annoyed me.  I do see a question pop up on social media, though, that I always endeavor to avoid answering:  What five books would you want to have with
you if you were stranded on a deserted island. I have about 2,000 books on my keeper shelves.  There is no way I could narrow my favorites down to five. 

 
 
Hmm.  How about —
Question:  Michael Bay is a close, personal friend of mine and is interested in making your Immortal Guardians books into a series of films. Can I give him your number? 
Answer:  Absolutely!!!  You’re my new best friend!
 
LOL.  Seriously, interviewing is not my forte, so no questions are coming to mind.  And I’m always curious to see what questions someone will ask . . . particularly when they have to narrow it down to five.

Thanks so much for the interview!

Merken