“BLANK” Makes Me Happy – Yasmine Galenorn

Hello ladies and gentlemen! It’s time for another check in with one of our favorite authors to see what’s making them smile these days. Today we’re being joined by the New York Time Bestselling author of the Sisters of the Moon (Otherworld) Series, and the new Indigo Court Series, Yasmine Galenorn.

Even while Yasmine is entrenched in combination deadline / release day stress, she’s got a list of things that get her though. Her list includes spending time with her husband and close friends, her cats, watching movies, listening to music, trivia, dinosaurs and volcanoes. That’s quite a list!! Here are a few questions I asked her to get us started for the day…

1) You’ve made it very clear that you love your cats. They’ve all got distinct personalities and get up to nonsense as often as they can. What’s the strangest / funniest misadventure you’ve had with any of your cats. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve done for them?
 
Meerclar went skiing down the Yule tree one year, which is where I got the idea for Delilah’s misadventure. And all I could do was stand there and watch as she took a good quarter of the ornaments with her. Luckily, she was unharmed, but I was traumatized. LOL, she did leave the tree standing, however. What’s the most unusual thing we’ve done for them? I suppose the Kitty Birthday parties we occasionally throw? Maybe the fact that we bought Meerclar a stuffed penguin when she was longing for her own toy and I wouldn’t let her knead the stuffing out of my Gund bears? To us, nothing we do for our gurls is unusual—it’s all just love.
  
2) You also say you “delight in volcanoes and dinosaurs”, among other things. Both have a very primal, very “larger than life” kind of feeling. What is it about these two that first drew your interest. I think I remember you used to live in Hawai’i, were you able to visit many volcanoes? Have you seen many dinosaur exhibits?
 
 I think I’m enchanted by the vast, by the primal, by the things in this world humankind cannot tame. I love the sense that we do not own this world, we merely borrow it for our time here, and that at any moment Big Mama could wipe us off the face of the Earth and we would be gone. I love the sense of being part of a vast network of life, where we are merely one point along the chain.
 
Actually, it’s my husband who lived in Hawai’i. I would love to live on the Big Island—I love sitting on the edge of the lava down on the Chain of Craters road, watching it pour into the sea, watching creation in action. There’s something very…cosmic about it—a feeling like all my problems, all our lives, are just dust specks and really, nothing matters that much. It’s a very freeing feeling. And no, I’ve never had the luck to go visit an actual dinosaur exhibit. I would love to at some point. But it still wouldn’t be quite the same as having a real, live dinosaur of my very own. LOL
 
3) You’ve said you can relate to Camille the best of the three sisters from your Sisters of the Moon series, that she speaks the clearest. Which character do you have the hardest time relating to? Who gives you the most trouble expressing clearly?
 
Of the three sisters? Delilah. Though she’s becoming easier now that she’s growing less naïve and becoming a stronger woman. I could not relate to her relationship with Chase at all. He was so not my type, even though I like him, and it was hard for me not to want to shake her and say “Wake up and find someone who’s right for you!” And the same for him, too! As far as expressing clearly…in the Otherworld Series, I think I have the most trouble expressing Iris clearly—I know so much about her background but until the novella is out in June, I can’t let her secrets out and it frustrates me when people see her as a grandmother (it’s clearly stated she’s “milkmaid pretty” and still young enough to have children) or just as the Sisters’ maid. She’s far, far more than that, she’s powerful and strong and sexy. She’s just not as ‘out there’ with her sexuality as the Sisters are, and she’s got good reasons for reining in some of her powers—as you will see when Ice Shards comes out in the HEXED anthology.
 
 4) The word is that Menolly’s going to end up a little “in over her head” in Blood Wyne, and will need some help to keep the vampire world from tearing itself apart. Of course, this help will come with a substantial pricetag. How do you decide what a “reasonable” give and take will be, how much to put a character through without it being too much? I understand the story comes and you write what you see, but is there some kind of buffering you do on behalf of the characters?
 
No, I do no buffering. When something uncomfortable comes up that they have to deal with (and there are several such moments in BLOOD WYNE, not only for Menolly but for Camille as well), then I usually dance around it for a few days until I realize I have to just grit my teeth and write the truth of what the story is telling me. I don’t cushion things, I don’t mute the action in hopes of sparing either the characters or myself. It wouldn’t ring true and my readers would feel it and not believe the story then. There’s just this internal sensor of when enough is enough…it’s showing up more and more in the Indigo Court world, where—in a sense—life is harsher for the main characters and can be much more vicious.

Aaahhhh!!! Looks like things are gonna get a little (ok, maybe a lot) ugly for Menolly with this newest installment of the Sisters of the Moon (Otherworld) Series. Each book focuses in turn on one of the three sisters, Camille, Delilah, or Menolly, as the story progresses. If you haven’t started reading this series, trust me… you’re missing some incredible action, amazing world building, touching, and sometimes hilarious family bonding, and some droolworthy sexy times! (Did I mention the yummilicious dragon shifter?) Run, do not walk, to your bookstore of choice and check out the first book in the series, Witchling.  Or if you’re all caught up, book 9, Blood Wyne, was released yesterday!!!

Yasmine has been kind enough to agree to answer some questions about her books, both the Sisters of the Moon Series, or her new Indigo Court Series, or anything on her list of things that make her happy! AND… she’s giving away a $10 Online Gift Certificate (the perfect gift if you haven’t gotten your copy of Blood Wyne yet… just saying) to one lucky commenter!! I also just happen to have an extra copy of Witchling to give to someone who hasn’t started the series yet.

Rules:

  • 1) Must be 18 or over, and say so in your comment.
  • 2) Must list your country.
  • 3) Must list your email address (for contact if you win).
  • 4) Must include why you want to / like to read Yasmine’s books.

The 4 things above are MUSTS if you want to enter the contests. You can also include your questions in your post, and Yasmine will answer them during her visits today, so check back :-). Careful, though, we all know that she likes to tease… so beware if your questions contain spoilers! (And remember not everyone posting will have read all the books.)

So… Yasmine will be by a few times today to answer questions. The rules to enter to win the gift certificate and the book are above. The winners will be chosen at midnight pacific time, notified by email, and will have one week to reply via email. Good luck everyone! Now… what do YOU want to know???

18 Comments

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  2. Comment by Dayse Dantas:

    I’m 21 on february 10th, so that’s over 18, right? I’m from Brazil, which means that no, I don’t have Yasmine’s books here and I wouldn’t mind buying one internationally, excpet that the shipping fees are like 3 times the price of the books ALSO I have to wait a BAZILLION years until the books get here. So that’s one of the reasons I want to win this SO BADLY. The other reason is that I haven’t read many quality supernatural YA novels lately. They all seem to be the same, and that turns me off a bit. But Yasmine seems to have some fresh content, which makes me eager (with my heart going ZING), so there.
    my email address is: daysedantas at hotmail dot com

  3. Comment by Lisa Richard:

    hello

    Lisa
    starfishthree@hotmail.com
    Victoria BC, Canada
    i’m 42 years young!!

    growing up i always craved anything and everything magic… but now that i am a grown up(sort of) i still craved that magic but in a more grown up way.. Yasmine Galenorn’s series have given that to me… i love the magic, the charaters, the plots and best of all i love the SEX that are weaved into each book…

    thank you Yasmine for writing and being you.

    Happy Imbolc

    Lisa

  4. Comment by Karen Wapinski:

    I am over 18
    Canada
    faefever25@hotmail.com

    Hi I absolutely LOVE all Yasmine’s books. For me, her characters are always realistic and interesting, I always end up falling in love with them in a sense and wishing they were real people because I’d love to have them as a friend. For example, Emerald in her Chintz N China books; who is perfectly juxtaposed between this witchy-woman crime solver and a harried single mother and buisnesswoman. All her books carry a real charm for me, and I can just completely lose myself in them.

    My question is whether your own shamanic practices influence the types of magick Camille uses throughout the series, or if it’s more heavily influenced by mythology or popular fiction?

  5. Comment by Kathy Crouch:

    I am over 18 years of age.
    My name is Kathy Crouch.
    My email is kathycrouch AT hotmail.com
    I have been a fan of Yasmine’s for quite a while.
    I love to read her books because the are dangerous and funny, but have heartfelt moments. I also love the darkly sensual side of the writing. Yasmine has an uncanny ability to make love scenes intimate and special. These sisters are a joy to read about and I love going on each new adventure with them.

  6. Comment by Caitlyn Modaff:

    Caitlyn Modaff
    female.shinigami@yahoo.com
    20 yrs old and NC, USA

    I love to read Yamine’s books because when I red them I feel like I am a part of their world and can lose myself in there. For a while I can be one of the three awesome sisters and do and experience things that I know I would never want to do or have happen to me in real life because I’m not as tough as they are. The characters are lovable, and amazing and make me so happy!
    Also just because Yasmine’s books are awesome. :’3 I just finished Blood Wyne and I can’t wait for the next books to come out!

  7. Comment by Yasmine Galenorn:

    Hi Dayse: Just remember, I don’t write YA–my series, both of them, have explicit sex and violence. 🙂 Hope you like it when you’re able to get hold of it.

    Lisa, Kathy and Caitlyn: So glad you love the books!

    Karen: To answer your question, I use some of my shamanic practices, but they’re heavily disguised and exacerbated, and a lot from mythology, and then a lot that I just create myself for Camille’s magic.

    Yasmine

  8. Comment by Kim Gay:

    Kim Gay
    34
    Kimgay31@yahoo.com
    Ashton, WV USA

    The reason why I like Yasmine’s OW series? I really enjoy the way each book switches between the sisters. Camile is my fav though. I love how confident she is and how at ease she is with her sexuality. Also how her connection with her Goddess whisperes through her every day life. Mixing beliefs here but I love how she sees her Goddess as not just a “Sunday morning” duty but a true part of her and her life.

  9. Comment by Silverstein:

    Yes, I’m over eighteen.
    I’m in the US.
    dragoon.Silverstein@gmail.com

    Yasmine has been an author on my watch list for a long time, but due to money constraints, life issues, and other things, I’ve just never gotten to the point of reading her series work. I follow her on Twitter, read her blog, and track her releases, and I STILL haven’t read any of her fiction. (I have one of her nonfiction books.) I’d really love to finally get started on a series I’m apparently missing out on.

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  11. Comment by Lauren Stealey:

    I’m 19, 20 in May
    USA
    lmstealey@yahoo.com

    I love Yasmine’s books for a lot of reasons, I really like how she includes not just one type of mythology or ideology but bringing together multiple things to make the books what they are. I also like the different perspectives, I think it brings more to the story line than just hearing from one of the sisters would have, I personally really enjoy really enjoy getting to rotate through time in the D’Artigo girl’s minds and entirely different worlds. I love how much can change by just going to a different character perspective. Also I fell like every books just sucks you in and you don’t want to put it down. I’m hoping to be able to get Blood Wyne in the next few days…. I am so excited…. Even if this book is going to be hard on everyone.

    Thank you for continuing to listen to the girls, and write about them, I know I look forward to reading more.

  12. Comment by Calliope:

    I’m 22. In Canada. vaderfangirl@gmail.com

    I love the series because of the characters: I just love all the variation. I have never read another book with characters like Camille or Menolly and that uniqueness just drew me in.

    Question:: that guy from the guild that Trillian gets the dwarf disguise amulets from in ETCHED IN SILVER – will he ever be popping up again?

  13. Comment by Alyssa Schaible:

    Definitely over 18, DOB 12/30/75
    USA
    emaleiluv AT yahoo DOT com

    Yasmine, you have an amazing gift. Your stories, both OW and now Indigo Court, are like my personal crack. They contain life-like characters and a world that is so vivid, complex and realistic. There are twists and turns and you never hold back, which I love. I hope that this series continues on for a while.

    Thank you so much for creating these words full of interesting characters for me to escape to.

  14. Comment by Danielle Gorman:

    I have not read any of Yasmine’s books but they look awesome. They look so interesting and definitely something that I would want to read.

    I am 28 and will be 29 in September.

    iqb99@yahoo.com
    Florida, USA

  15. Comment by Yasmine Galenorn:

    Kim, Lauren, Alyssa: So glad you love the books!

    Calliope: No, it’s not likely he’ll be back. I never say never, but doubt if he’ll make another appearance.

    Danielle, Silverstein: I hope that when you do try my books you enjoy them as much as the others!

    Yasmine

  16. Comment by Donna/BLHmistress:

    Definitely over 18- will be 43 this year(did I just admit that)
    USA
    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

    I haven’t read any of Yasmine’s books yet , but I have wanted to for awhile especially OW series – they are my type of read and I am so eager to get addicted to another series- after all I am series junkie lol plus I have heard many wonderful things about her books.

  17. Comment by Amber:

    Amber Shepard
    age 31
    Greenwood, IN USA
    mrsshepard3@ymail.com

    I love Yasmine’s other world series because it gives me a place to excape into! I have ADHD and it’s very frustrating how much goes on in my mind and how fast it moves. The only thing that has ever made me focus and relax are books. So, I am beyond grateful to authors that capture my attention! Yasmine what you share is a great gift to me and I will always appreciate your work! I want to ask….what do you do to treat yourself after working so hard? Do you ever give yourself downtime and vacation?

  18. Comment by Kate Douglas:

    Almost missed this! (Thank you, Twitter…) I just wanted to say I am SO GLAD to see your comment about Chase and Delilah–that was a relationship going nowhere and there were times I wanted to wring that kittycat’s neck! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who worried about those two–and I love the way the last story dealt with the changes. Looking forward to the new book.

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