February 24th, 2011

Storm Born

Musings on Eugenie

I know it's been sneaking onto shelves for the last week or so, but Tuesday was Iron Crowned's official U.S. release day. It should be trickling into other countries in the near future, depending on the publishers in those countries. Regardless of when you get it, I hope you enjoy it!

Whenever I talk about any Eugenie or Georgina book, I always get someone asking, "What's that? Is it the next Vampire Academy novel?" I'm always a little surprised, but maybe I shouldn't be. VA sales far outnumber the other series, so it's not surprising that a lot of VA fans haven't heard of the other things I write. So let's talk about Eugenie today.

Before I wrote VA, I sold two adult series--Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan. Descriptions of all my series and books are here on my website. Dark Swan was my second series, and I wrote it because I really wanted an action-star type of heroine. Georgina sees action (of all sorts), but most of her work is of the sleuthing nature. She doesn't get her hands dirty very often. I created Eugenie because I wanted a character who would be out there in the action. She's a "freelance shaman" and makes her living getting rid of anything Otherworldly that troubles our world, be it ghosts, fairies, or monsters.

There a few things I really love about Eugenie's series. One is the setting--or, should I say, settings. When she's in our world, she's in Tucson, which is one of my very favorite places to visit. When she's interacting with fey, she's in the Otherworld, which has taken on much more of a life of its own than I ever expected. When I was younger, I always thought I'd write epic fantasy because I wanted to create my own world and make its own rules. The Otherworld gives me this chance, and I love everything about designing it, from the elaborate fashion to the unique nature of each kingdom.

Eugenie's life is governed by a prophecy, which is something else I'm a fan of. I love prophecy stories in general. I know they can be overused in fiction, but the whole idea of someone "destined" to be or do something they don't want is fascinating to me. It's so interesting seeing how they go about their lives and try to fight it--and how often those very efforts only ended up bringing that fate closer.

The last thing I'll mention is that I like how Eugenie's romantic problems aren't supernatural. I mean, the guys are, but not the problems with the guys. Both Georgina and Rose have huge obstacles in the paths of their romances, which are tied into their natures. But Eugenie? She's not like Georgina, who can't touch the one she loves. And Eugenie's not like Rose, who has some societal issues at work. Eugenie can kiss and do a lot of other things with her guys (and does). There's no problem there. The problems are in the relationships themselves, and whether or not she can trust her men. Sometimes, especially after I've been writing "no-touch Georgina" stuff, Eugenie's romantic mishaps are kind of a relief.

Anyway, those are just a few of the things that come to mind about Eugenie. I love her for many more reasons, and I've really enjoyed reading all the commentary people have sent in about IC. Feel free to keep it coming--just be sure to mark SPOILERS or avoid them, if in doubt.

One more reminder--if you want a signed Iron Crowned (or any other signed book of mine) to ship out in University Bookstore's next shipment, place your order before Friday the 25th (Pacific time). They do ship internationally, for those who don't want to wait for their own country to publish IC. In Australia, I've heard that Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney and Rendezvous Books in Melbourne are selling US copies, so Aussies can buy them locally or online (with domestic shipping) through those stores. If I hear of other stores in other countries with them, I'll let you know about those too!