Hello everyone, please help me welcome urban fantasy/paranormal romance author, BR Kingsolver. BR is here over the weekend sharing an interview about Succubus Rising, Book 3 in her Telepathic Clans Saga. Before we get started, BR please share a little about yourself:
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master's in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.
I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I've skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I've hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven't done enough of it. I've seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I'd like to see Banff.
I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I'm currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.
Okay BR, let’s get started…
Please tell us how the idea came to you for The Telepathic Clans Saga. Please include all the fun details.
I read Richelle Meade’s succubus books and loved them. I thought a main character who was a sexual woman was great. I went on a binge, reading Nina Harper and Jill Myles. But it bothered me that for a woman to be wantonly sexual, she had to be a minion of the devil. I started thinking of other explanations for the succubus myth, and came across the history of Celtic Goddess worship, the basis for modern Wicca.
I’ve also always been fascinated by the concept of telepathy and paranormal mental powers. I combined the two ideas and the world behind my books developed from there.
I love your combination of beings and abilitiesJ
What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Brenna and Rebecca?
Both of my main characters were abandoned as children. They knew they were different, that they could read minds. They were smarter than most of the people they knew. They developed strength of character and the will to survive a world they didn’t understand. When they were discovered by the hidden telepathic society they were born to, they became fiercely loyal.
What’s Brenna and Rebecca’s jobs? What do they do for a living?
Brenna went to university to become a scientist and Rebecca wanted to be a librarian. Brenna ends up inheriting a vast fortune. She owns businesses and works as a lobbyist in Washington. Rebecca becomes a Protector, a soldier in the Clan’s army. She is Brenna’s bodyguard.
Give us some insight into Brenna. What’s a bit of her back story?
Brenna was orphaned and lost to her family when her parents were killed in a plane crash. She was bounced around foster homes. She knew she was a telepath, and her parents were telepaths, but didn’t know where to find her parents’ families. She won scholarships and went to university and earned a PhD in neuroscience, trying to understand why she was so different than normal people.
Can you tell us about the abilities of Brenna and Rebecca? How do they help OR hinder?
Brenna is the most powerful telepath in history. She’s still very young and has yet to grow into her power. She also has a bit of a temper and is often too soft hearted. Brenna is a succubus. This creates a problem because she drains energy from men when she has sex with them. They recover, but it doesn’t make for good relationships.
Rebecca is also a strong telepath, but not as strong as Brenna. She looks to Brenna for leadership, but also knows she needs to protect her.
Between the two of them, they can do almost anything. But they’re young and often unsure of themselves. What they most want is to find love. In both cases, they find it in men who are weaker in power, but strong in ways that really count.
Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?
I set my first book in Baltimore, which is where I live, and in West Virginia, which is the closest place that can still hold a huge private estate where paranormals could hide from the world. The other major setting is Washington, which is close to Baltimore and I know it quite well. The travels the girls take are to places that fit the stories and characters that fill out the books.
Is Succubus Rising included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?
The Telepathic Clans Saga is the name of the series. The first book was The Succubus Gift and the second book was Succubus Unleashed. The fourth book will end this story, though I will write other books set in this world.
Can you share anything about the evil / magic /mystery / paranormal or fantasy beings in the story? What’s unique about them?
Unfortunately, there isn’t anything unique about them. The world is the one we live in. Telepaths are a hidden society. My villains are the people, both telepaths and normals, who do evil things to others. The O’Donnell Clan, which is Brenna and Rebecca’s clan, is opposed by clans that believe telepaths should subjugate normal humans and rule them. The other evil characters are those who are kidnapping and trafficking telepathic girls and women, especially succubi. Unfortunately, such trafficking is a $40 billion dollar business in our real world.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing a paranormal mystery set in the same world but with a different main character. A few of the characters from my previous book make appearances. One of the things I’m trying with this book is it’s written in first person, whereas my other books are written in third person.
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Getting to know BR Kingsolver…
2 Things you do to relax: 1) Read 2) Take a hike in the mountains
Favorite sport to watch: Football
Cat or Dog: Both – The cat and the basset hound get along very well
Favorite places to write: Almost anywhere, but mostly sitting on my couch
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: Australia
Breakfast drink: Coffee during the week, tea on weekends
Favorite season ~ why: Winter ~ because I can go skiing
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing): For the past five years, I’ve been renovating a 100 year old row house near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
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Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)
Word Count: 87,000
The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.
Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.
When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.
Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.
The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.
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BR, thank you for sharing so much about your story-stars and your story, loved it. Compelling post! Succubus Rising, sounds like an excellent urban fantasy/paranormal romance read, in fact, the whole series intrigues me ;) Congratulations, and I wish you many more successes :)
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Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,