Saturday, March 19, 2016

Savvy Saturday: An Interview with Paula Kennedy and the Characters of Her New Book

Welcome back to Savvy Saturday! Today we have Paula Kennedy, author of the Angels of the Night series, teacher, mother, and avid reader. Hello Paula!

Paula: Hey! It’s great to be here.

So Paula, who are these two pouting gentlemen behind you?

Paula: I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get them in the same room. Seating them together might not be such a good idea.

Let me introduce Darcy Wallace and Max Wilson from the Angels of the Night series. If you’ve read the first two books you’ll know they really don’t like each other. Unfortunately that’s extended beyond their roles in the story. Hopefully things will stay civil.

Darcy Wallace: Not likely.

Max Wilson: Screw you, Wallace! Right here, right now. Let’s go.

Paula: Guys! Relax. Sorry about that. Like I said, they’re really struggling to get along.

Welcome! So, guys, I’ve heard there is going to be a new book. What can you tell me about it?

Paula: Do one of you guys want to start?

Darcy: (lifts hand) Sure. Deception is the third installment in the Angels of the Night series and picks up where the second leaves off. We discover pretty early on Max Wilson has been kidnapped by a group of female vampires. (grins) Can’t say I was disappointed we didn’t see him at all at the beginning of the book.

Max: (folds arms) I’ll second that sentiment. It was nice to not have to look at your ugly mug.

Darcy: (laughs) Once it’s discovered Max is missing, the Masons refuse to send scouts to find him.

Max: (cuts in) That’s because their member numbers took a huge hit in the battle with Morana. They can’t spare the bodies. You can read about this battle in the second book, Divinity if you’re curious.

(smooths his hair and pops his collar) Allison is devastated I’m missing though.

Darcy: (crosses his arms) She wasn’t that upset.

Max: (punches Darcy in the arm) Sure she was. Allison was so upset, in fact, she went to Jonas Osbourne for help.

Darcy: And if you’ve read the first two books, you’ll know how dangerous Jonas is. Allison goes to Jonas for help finding this dick head, (gestures to Max) and Jonas ends up stealing her away to his manor house where he locks her in the basement. It’s left up to me and Robert to bring her back. The whole thing is pretty intense. I don’t want to say much more.

Max: Well they do end up finding me but something happens that evens up the odds between Wallace and me.

Darcy: Shut up. You can’t give too much away.

Max: Screw you. I’ll say what I want.

Paula: I think we better move on!

Any hints about the bad guys this time around?

Max: Darcy, of course. Any of the triplets could easily fall into the ‘bad guy’ category.

Darcy: (shoves Max) Why is this guy even here? (smooths his shirt) Jonas is around for a large portion of the book and we see someone return from the first book, Discovery. I think most readers would agree this mysterious person falls into the ‘bad guy’ role. I can’t say much more than that. You’ll just have to read it to find out. (winks)

Are there any surprises in the book?

Max: My character makes a complete transformation at the end of the book. I really can’t get into it. But I will say, it evens up the odds between Wallace and me.

Paula: There is a huge change at the end of the book. It was tough to write, I won’t lie. I think we should leave it as a surprise though.

What is Allison going to do next?

Max: Her taste in men is going to improve. A lot!

Darcy: (shakes head) Don’t believe anything this guy says. Allison stays with me. End of story.

Max: We’ll see.

Darcy: (eyes glinting) I guess we will, yeah.

Who can we trust in this next episode, and who should we watch out for?

Darcy: I’m not sure we can answer that without giving too much away. My best advice is to be wary of everyone.

Max: For once, the man has good advice.

Paula: Good job guys. We made it through without a fight! Thanks for having us. We’d love to come back another time.

Angels of the Night: Deception

This third installment in the Angels of the Night series picks up where the second leaves off and we discover Max Wilson has been kidnapped by a group of female vampires. The Masons refuse to send scouts to find him, their numbers having been greatly sapped in the battle with Morana, and Allison is devastated. Determined to bring him back, Allison believes an ancient vampire, Jonas Osbourne, can help and, despite protests from her guardian Thomas, meets with him alone. To her horror, Jonas incapacitates Thomas and steals her away to his manor house where he locks her in the basement. Trapped, Allison is at the complete mercy of Jonas’ desires. Her only hope of escape is her vampire boyfriend Darcy, but will his love be enough to bring her back from the brink of insanity? Can he find her before she forever succumbs to Jonas’ cravings? Find out if some angels deserve to die.

Author Bio

When Paula is not spending time with her children, she’s buried in her endless ‘to be read’ pile of books or frantically baking muffins with the freezer full of bananas her husband threatens to throw away. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Paula has an Honor Bachelor degree in Psychology from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. A teacher by day, Paula loves to inspire her students to be extraordinary and work hard for what they are passionate about.

Paula is represented by the amazing Susan Miller at Donaghy Literary.

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