Kresley Cole: Welcome to my beloved Gena
Showalter, an amazingly gifted writer who is also very brave for allowing me to
talk about inspiration, Ms. Showalter. For me, it can come from anywhere—weird
weather, a hectic day of errands, even a music video! What was your inspiration
for The Darkest Craving?
Gena Showalter: Desperation.
No, seriously. It’s true. I’d just written the The Darkest Seduction, the Lords of the Underworld book published
just before this one, where I’d left Kane—Craving’s hero—in the bowels of hell
with his hands and feet hanging on by tendons. (You know, just your run-of-the-mill
torture. No biggie.) I had to come up with a way to get him out.
KC: I just have to come out and say
it: Your hero Kane is a character that makes me purr. A lot. What do you think
makes him so sexy?
GS: He’s never had it easy, and because the demon of
Disaster lives inside him, things have only gotten worse for him throughout the
Lords of the Underworld series. Knowing Disaster would hurt—and kill—a love
interest, he hasn’t allowed himself to date in centuries. He’s had to rely on
one-night stands to get him by (boo hoo Kane, boo hoo). But that isn’t going to
be enough with Josephina. He can’t get her out of his mind. He wants more. Craves
more. She obsesses him. But there’s a problem that might prove bigger than the
But that doesn’t really touch on his personal sexy,
does it? Okay, how about this. He will do anything—and I mean anything—to
protect Josephina. Return to hell, even though he would rather be hacked into
tiny pieces while still alive? Fine. When a male is willing to go to such
lengths for his woman…yeah, I’m sold. (And easy. But, uh, I kinda feel like I
should clarify that—I’m book hero
KC: Uh-huh. Aren’t we all? (sigh) Why
do you think the heroine, Josephina, is a good fit for him?
GS: She grew up in the world of the Fae, where
the Lords of the Underworld are like rock stars. In the beginning, she has a
hard time not asking Kane for an autograph
(though she’s a bigger fan of Paris and Torin, much to Kane’s chagrin). She’s
an intriguing mix of sassy modern and old-world charm, but, like Kane, she
knows the horrors of disaster and she’s determined to change both their paths,
whatever the cost to herself. That’s my kind of girl!
KC: Mine too! Especially since she’s
a fangirl of Torin, my book hero. (One
day, Torin, I will have you in my greedy little mitts. One day.) Ahem.
Apologies. So on the subject of tortured heroes that I adore, I’m wondering…do
you enjoy torturing your characters? You really let Kane have it in this one.
GS: As if you have any room to talk,
my dear. (I remember what you did to my man, the utterly delicious MacRieve…and my book guy on the side, Lothaire.) But okay, fine. Hello, my
name is Gena, and I enjoy torturing my characters. What? It’s fun. And yes,
maybe Kane got more than usual, what with demon minions mauling him and
buildings crumbling as he walks past. He had it coming. Dare I say, he was
begging for it?
KC: You do dare (and he was)! So for
my latest book, MacRieve, I find
myself going back and rereading the jogging/waterfall scene. Do you have a
scene in this book that you love to revisit?
ultimate seduction of Josephina. Even thinking about it, I shiver. There he
was, caught in the middle of an ancient prophecy, fiercely desiring a woman he
thinks he can never have, as his demon goes certifiably cray-cray (as you like
to say), but he can’t deny his craving…his obsession…any longer. He takes what’s
KC: Shivering right there with you!
Okay, so tell me, if you could go back and change one thing about The Darkest Craving, what would it be?
GS: Add a little more torturing? No?
Well, I would add a scene where William—one of my favorite characters,
considering he’s irreverent, smart-mouthed and enjoys flaying his enemies
alive…and stabbing his friends—gets it on with a girl named Gina Walters!
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