Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jane Godman author of the Otherworld Challenger.
Hello and Welcome Jane!
What inspired the Otherworld series?
I’m fascinated by the ancient Celtic idea of an ‘otherworld’ that is situated, not in some distant, unknown region of planetary space, but here on our own earth just out of sight and within our grasp…if we really believe in it and want it enough.
Frequently, in Celtic faerie-lore, Otherworld was a subterranean world entered through caverns, hills, or mountains, and inhabited by many races and orders of beings, such as demons, shades, faeries, and gods. This magical world was divided into districts or kingdoms each with its own ruler, just like the world of mortals.
At other times, the Otherworld was located in the middle of the Western Ocean, as though it were the ‘double’ of the lost Atlantis. Faerie women came from that mid-Atlantic world in magic boats like spirit boats, to charm away mortal men. They also took King Arthur to their magical isle of Avalon when he was wounded unto death. And the Arthurian legends and Avalon are another important part of the Otherworld series.
I believe the truth is simpler and yet more complex than any of these theories. Otherworld exists everywhere. It is right here, alongside our mortal realm, just out of sight but easily within reach. All we need is a belief in its existence and a strong enough desire to go there.
The Otherworld in my Harlequin Nocturne series is a beautiful place inhabited by many races, including faeries, vampires, lycanthropes, phantoms and gods. Unfortunately, the constant battles between these warring dynasties threaten to spill over into the mortal realm. This means that humans need protection from this on-going warfare, even though we remain blissfully unaware of it.
What was your favorite scene to write in Otherworld Challenger? Why?
The tension between the hero, Jethro, and the heroine, Vashti, were my favorite parts of the book. They really don’t like each other at first. So writing the point at which the attraction starts to build was fun.
Vashti turned her head and he was caught in the headlamp stare of those incredible eyes. Lighter and bluer than the sky above her head, they had a feline tilt below slightly slanting brows. The give-away sidhe ring of fire around her irises blazed bright, making the blue even clearer. Damn. He had a feeling those eyes were going to give him all kinds of problems.
“I’m not a child in the schoolyard, tagging along behind you because I want to.” Her voice was haughty. “I’m observing you because it’s my duty.”
He grinned. “Perhaps you’d like to observe me while I eat a burger?”
Her expression was thoughtful. Then she nodded. “I’m hungry, too.”
They made their way down to the boat’s restaurant. “Is it true what they say about faeries?” Jethro paused as he studied the self-service menu. “If we eat together, will I belong to you forever?”
For the first time since he’d met her, Vashti smiled. It was an expression filled with genuine amusement and a hint of mischief. And it lit up the beige plastic and dull chrome environment like a flare launched into the midnight sky beyond the portholes. “Only if I want you.”
Jethro returned the smile. He had no choice. It was irresistible. “I guess I’m safe?”
And in that instant, in that bland environment smelling of fries and cheap coffee with dispirited travelers milling around them, Jethro felt something shift ever so slightly. It was a tiny glimmer of something other than animosity.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?
My advice to Jethro and Vashti would have been to be open-minded about each other. They both went into this challenge with a set of pre-conceived ideas about the other one and they were both such strong-willed characters that it made it hard for them to adjust their thinking. Luckily the attraction between them was so strong it overcame everything else!
What do you do when you are not writing?
Think about writing! Seriously, I am usually always writing. But when I do manage to snatch some time away from my laptop, I love reading and spending time with my family, especially my new grandson.
What’s your favorite hobby?
I love traveling, particularly to European cities that are steeped in history. Venice, Vienna and Dubrovnik are among my favorites. I also love Spain, It’s my favorite country and my second home.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way wither growing up or as an adult?
I was hugely influenced by Georgette Heyer. She was, and still is, my favorite author. Her way with words and her wit are unique. I discovered her books when I was ten and I still re-read her books several times a year. They are like old friends.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I rarely read traditional books now, because I prefer to use my e-reader, but I still have bookshelves full of them in my house. I can’t bear to get rid of them. Many of them hold memories of when they were given to me as presents, who the giver was, where I read them etc. Throwing them away, or giving them would just feel wrong.
Last, what is next for you?
I have a lot going on right now! In September 2016, my third Otherworld title for Harlequin Nocturne, Otherworld Challenger, releases. Then Immortal Billionaire is out in November 2016. 2017 sees the release of my Arctic Brotherhood series for SMP Swerve. Watch out for my Arctic werewolves, they are hot! The Unforgettable Wolf, book four in the Otherworld series is out in March 2017. Oh, and I have a new series, The Sons of Stillwater, with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, in 2017. So, yes. I’ve been busy!
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
The Otherworld Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Date of Publication: September 1st 2016
Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 80 000
Cover Artist: Harlequin
KING OF THE OTHERWORLD
The race is on to find the true heir to the faerie crown before the evil king Moncoya returns from exile. Mercenary necromancer Jethro de Loix will find the challenger to Moncoya’s crown…for a price. One million mortal dollars. Outraged at Jethro’s audacity, Princess Vashti, Moncoya’s daughter, arranges to accompany him on his mission.
Jethro doesn’t want company, especially not from Moncoya’s belligerent, pampered daughter. But as their journey pits them against evil forces, their animosity soon gives way to an overwhelming physical attraction. When the trail ends on the legendary Isle of Avalon, can the pair face down the evil sorceress Morgan le Fay to claim a future they’d long denied themselves?
Jane Godman writes in a variety of genre. Many of her stories are heavily tinged with the supernatural and elements of horror, with haunted characters tormented by dark secrets.
Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. Her Otherworld Series is set in a mystical land inhabited by many races, including faeries, vampires, lycanthropes, phantoms and gods. Unfortunately, the constant battles between these warring dynasties threaten to spill over into the mortal realm.
Jane’s series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Sons of Stillwater, will be coming soon.
Jane also writes steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing and her Georgian Rebel Series features compelling heroes who fight hard for the cause they believe in and harder for the women they love.
In 2017, Jane has a new paranormal romance series coming from SMP Swerve. Watch out for her hot Arctic werewolves!
Jane lives in Cheshire, England, is married to a lovely man and is mum to two grown up children.
10 signed copies Otherworld Challenger