We hope your 2013 is coming along swimmingly (and we don't mean the weather)! We do imagine, however, that you might need something to cheer away the January blues . . . we sure did!
Therefore, imagine the excitement in the Piatkus offices when we received the below from one of our favourite and most prolific authors, Jayne Ann Krentz!
Her thoughts and imaginings on Dream Eyes (cave diving! EEK!) will make the rain outside seem pretty comfy . . .
Happy New Year!
For me, the start of a new year means the publication of a new book. This time it’s Dream Eyes, Book 2 in my Dark Legacy series. I’m really excited about this one. I will admit that, over time, I often forget the details of various scenes that I have written. I’m usually more obsessed with the book I’m working on at any given moment than one I wrote months or even a couple of years earlier.
But Dream Eyes is different. I can assure you that I will never forget writing the first chapter. It features the hero, Judson Coppersmith, swimming for his life in an uncharted underwater cave. He’s getting low on air and just when he thinks things can’t get much worse, his flashlight dies.
I’ll be honest, writing this scene gave me chills. I’m claustrophobic so being trapped in a cave is high on my list of worst nightmares – getting trapped in an underwater cave with a failing flashlight and very little air left in the tank definitely ranks as #1 on my list of situations best avoided. Hard to believe that there are people who actually do this kind of cave diving as a sport. Really, what are they thinking?
And then there’s my heroine, Gwen Frazier, who goes through life seeing ghosts in mirrors, windows, pools and other reflective surface at the scenes of violent death. Imagine walking into a house to have tea with a friend and seeing a specter in the hall mirror. Talk about an excellent way to ruin a day. It doesn’t matter if there will be cake.
Maybe the more interesting question is, what makes a writer who would never step foot in a cave and who has never seen a ghost even consider doing such scenes? What makes her think that a hero like Judson and a heroine like Gwen were made for each other? And what makes readers want to read such stories?
Ah, the magic of fiction. We need it, don’t we?
Oh, one more thing about Dream Eyes: There’s a cat in the book.
I wish you all the best in the New Year!
Dream Eyes is out NOW from Piatkus Fiction. Be sure to visit Jayne Ann Krentz online and check out her other books and series (she also writes futuristic/paranormal stories as Jayne Castle and historical under the name Amanda Quick). If you haven't entered her world yet, there is a lot to explore!
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