Have you read any of Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalker series? If so, I'm sure you are as addicted as we are. Here Jacquelyn tells us all about why she wrote about a race that exists amongst the shadows. . .
There have always been people who live on the fringes of society, but what if there were entire species living on the fringe of human existence? We tell the tales of vampires and other things that go bump in the night, but imagine if there were entire cultures living alternate lives and life cycles to day-worshiping humans. This is part of the premise of my Nightwalkers series. Demons, Vampires, Lycanthropes and more, each its on race, its own society, living outside of human discovery. (For the most part. Apparently we’ve crossed paths enough to create our monstrous perceptions of them.) The series starts with the Demon race and slowly blossoms out into others, both known and unknown. They are complex cultures with histories they champion and histories they regret just as we do. When their existence begins to bleed into ours, it makes for some very intriguing discoveries about how very similar we all can be at our core…and how sometimes fate has plans for us we have absolutely no control over.
Writing Jacob, the first book in the series, began with a dream. The opening sequence where a Demon is stalking humans, leaping light post to light post was the dream that started it all, word for word, as you will read it. Then I had another dream…then another. Each book begins with something my brain formulated while I slept. The series flew out of my imagination so quickly; I could barely type fast enough. There was very little in the way of edits as well. The way you read it is pretty much the way I delivered it to my editor, and it’s pretty much the way I typed it first time through. The hardest one for me was perhaps Gideon. It was far more cerebral than the others. It’s no easy trick writing a hero over a thousand years old.
Book six, Adam, was never meant to be. Or so I thought. I think it was more a combination of being a little burned out on the books, a personal feeling that series shouldn’t go on forever, and me having other ideas and worlds scratching in my brain to come out. But when I finally came back to Adam it was like coming home to old friends. I had missed them all so much. I’ve changed a great deal as a writer since I wrote the series initially. I wonder how people will view book six in comparison to the original five. I look forward to finding out and to bringing this part of the series to conclusion!
There are 6 books in the Nightwalker series all published by Piatkus. Click here to find out more.
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