Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Q & A

I'm opening the floor for questions (both series). But, make sure you read the rules below before posting!

Rules

1. Before asking a question, check that it hasn't already been answered - either in the earlier comments on this post, on the website, or in either of the previous Q&A sessions.

2. No questions about Hawke, as I'm working on his book at present.

3. Please keep any "fine detail" questions to a minimum - ie. specific ages etc. It just takes me a little longer to answer these as I need to refer back to my notes.

4. If someone else asks a question and you know the answer, feel free to help me and answer! :-)

I'll keep this open through the weekend.

Ask away!


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Christina said...

Do you think Kaleb will get a book? (please?!)

I have a ton of questions, but I can't think of any of them! At least, none that I think you will answer, Nalini!

Nalini Singh said...

All I'll say is that you'll see a lot of Kaleb in "Bonds of Justice" - I'll leave you to make up your own mind about him. ;)

Cherry said...

If I remember correctly, Hawke's book is the end of the first arc. Do you know whose story will start arc 2?

Nalini Singh said...

I have a number of options plotted out, but first I want to see how this book develops.

You meet all the SnowDancer lieutenants in "Play of Passion", and a couple of them in particular are already speaking to me, so who knows...

orannia said...

Oh, great questions Christina * Cherry and YAH WRT Nalini's answers!

I had a question if I may please? In Blaze of Memory you mentioned a new leopard pack forming - I was just wondering if we would meet them at some point? (I'm curious as to how a pack forms and becomes cohesive.) Also...will we be meeting up with the winged changelings at any point...the new (the equivalent to an Alpha, but my mind has gone blank) wingleader sounded...interesting *grin*

Thank you Nalini. I do have another question (about Blaze of Memory) but I might email you if that is OK please?

Nalini Singh said...

Meeting the new leopard pack - that's a possibility, but for later on in the series. I don't want to bring in too much info at once.

As for the eagles, yes, you'll definitely see them again, as they have close ties with DR & SD.

Heather said...

who is Indigo's hero?????

I really want to know is Walker going to get a story? He is such a mystery.

Katiebabs/ KB said...

Ahem, so how lonely is Kaleb? Doesn't he need a woman to snuggle with to keep his psycho psy rage at bay? Perhaps a cute redhead should pop up to help him out?

Katiebabs/ KB said...

And will the rat shifters ever get any love?

Nalini Singh said...

who is Indigo's hero?????

November isn't too far away ;-) I'm teasing. You'll find out in the excerpt included in back of "Bonds of Justice." I'll also put it up on the website around the end of June.

I really want to know is Walker going to get a story? He is such a mystery.

I've started thinking about his story, so I don't think it's too far away. You get some hints / insights about him in books 9&10.

Ahem, so how lonely is Kaleb? Doesn't he need a woman to snuggle with to keep his psycho psy rage at bay? Perhaps a cute redhead should pop up to help him out?

:x <--zipped lips

And will the rat shifters ever get any love?

They'll continue to appear throughout the series, and we'll learn more about them. But they're super-secretive you know.

Just_Me37 said...

I was wondering if we are going to be getting updates on past couples in future novels? If so are you allowed to share on which couples are going to get more screen time? I know there will be updates on Sascha and Lucas but I'm really curious about Mercy and Riley. :)

khardeen said...

Will Guild Hunter follow the Psy-Changeling series and eventually branch out to other characters' stories?

Will Elena and Raphael have more books after Archangel's Consort?

When will we find out the details (gender, number if more than one) of Sascha's pregnancy?

Nalini Singh said...

I was wondering if we are going to be getting updates on past couples in future novels? If so are you allowed to share on which couples are going to get more screen time? I know there will be updates on Sascha and Lucas but I'm really curious about Mercy and Riley. :)

Yes! Vaughn and Faith appear in "Bonds of Justice" while you'll see Mercy & Riley in "Play of Passion". Brenna and Judd also get screen time in upcoming books.

Nalini Singh said...

Will Guild Hunter follow the Psy-Changeling series and eventually branch out to other characters' stories?

Not in terms of having a different couple in each book. However, another character(s) may become the main point of view character(s) in future books as the overall story continues.

Will Elena and Raphael have more books after Archangel's Consort?

This hasn't yet been decided. Since I only handed in the book a couple of weeks ago, I'm giving myself some "thinking" time.

When will we find out the details (gender, number if more than one) of Sascha's pregnancy?

There's some info in "Bonds of Justice" :)

Madhura said...

Thanks for doing this Nalini.

My questions:

- Who is Ghost? Okay, I am kidding. :D. But will we learn more about him (her) in the Max's book?
- Will we know who the Information Merchant was? Or is that something not as significant to the story?
- You have said in the past that Kit's story is a while away. But I am very interested to learn how someone becomes an Alpha and makes that break to lead/form his own pack. Will we have more background on this in the future?

Finally, its really tough for me to not ask anything about Hawke. But I hope this might be something you can answer. Is there an actor/model/anyone that you think strikes a close resemblance to how you see him?

TLL said...

Thanks Nalini for another Q&A!!!

So is there anything you can tell us about the plot/what to expect in Archangel's Consort? Or perhaps another potential snippet? :)

Nalini Singh said...

Who is Ghost? Okay, I am kidding. :D. But will we learn more about him (her) in the Max's book?

I don't think there's a lot of Ghost info in Max's book, but you will get some more in Hawke's book.

- Will we know who the Information Merchant was? Or is that something not as significant to the story?

I think his part in the story is done unless he left any other hidden information behind. Nothing to indicate that at this stage.

- You have said in the past that Kit's story is a while away. But I am very interested to learn how someone becomes an Alpha and makes that break to lead/form his own pack. Will we have more background on this in the future?

Yes. You'll get some information in Hawke's book. But yes, probably more in Kit's book, since it'll be a natural part of the storyline.

Finally, its really tough for me to not ask anything about Hawke. But I hope this might be something you can answer. Is there an actor/model/anyone that you think strikes a close resemblance to how you see him?

No - he's so distinctive looking. I have one image where the model's eyes are close to his, but that's about it.

Nalini Singh said...

So is there anything you can tell us about the plot/what to expect in Archangel's Consort? Or perhaps another potential snippet? :)

Hmm. Well, it's set in NY mostly, so Elena's Guild friends are back, plus you get to meet Sara's Zoe, as well as the Hummingbird. And, let's just say that Lijuan still has a part to play...but she's not the only monster out there.

Anonymous said...

It seems that Branded by Fire was set in early fall and Blaze of Memory was set in winter. What time of the year will Bonds of Justice and Play of Passion be set in?

Is Sienna still living with DR by the end of Blaze of Memory and the end of Bonds of Justice?

Nalini Singh said...

It seems that Branded by Fire was set in early fall and Blaze of Memory was set in winter. What time of the year will Bonds of Justice and Play of Passion be set in?

"Bonds of Justice" is set at the beginning of 2081 (in SF), while "Play of Passion" is set a little later, during spring (which is still cold in the mountains).

Is Sienna still living with DR by the end of Blaze of Memory and the end of Bonds of Justice?

Sienna goes back and forth between the packs - for Toby, and because she is a SD soldier.

Rianne said...

I like the parts with the children a lot (Ben and Marlee and Keenan and Noor) so I would like to know if I see more about them in the upcoming books.

Also I'm curious about Jon, particularly after reading Blaze of Memory and getting a hint of how he is not only a "bad boy" but also a very intelligent young man.

Furthermore I just want to say I really love both series and it surprised me a little ;-) Normally when I'm big into a series and the writer starts with a new one it just isn't right for me, so thank you for both series Nalini.

Cat R. said...

Ooh, a Q&A, but I have no interesting questions. One thing that's been bugging me, though, is car safety seats for kids. Weird, I know, but...

Keenan is in one in Hostage to Pleasure (so they exist), and in one the books it said that the leopard changelings (I think) start to shift when they're one-ish. Also, in Stroke of Enticement, it's mentioned that younger changelings can shift unexpectedly. Do you have any idea of how car safety seats would work, or is that just something the changelings, being so careful about their young, have worked out themselves but not told you?! And on a related note, do cell phones disintegrate like clothes do, or are changelings just not careful to have those with them when they might have to shift? I'm guessing the latter, but was curious.

And thank you for being such a fan-wonderful-tastic author, and for being so prolific, too! I can't believe a novel *and* a novella this summer, yum :)

farmwifetwo said...

As someone that has difficulty keeping track of details and timelines in long running series' - poor memory skills (I recall as I re-read but I don't really memorize), and a book a day reader - are you going to do a timeline/character recap on your homepage like Kay Hooper did. In her last newsletter she says she is going to continue her - in book - recaps as she did in the last one.

IMO this was greatly appreciated - that series is 15 or so books long and different characters in each with overlaps. Also, it saves on the IMO huge mistake that Julie Miller made in her last book and rewrote her own timeline. Having all of those books I went back and checked. She's gone from autobuy to "I'll think about it".

Cherry said...

When Sienna went to DR, did she ever cut and/or dye her hair?

Anonymous said...

Nalini , could you please tell me if we'll see more about Ashwini , I really enjoyed her character and I would love to see if she will have her prince charming :)

Gemma said...

will there be more elijah and hanna in archangels consrt?

MarnieColette said...

Ok my Ashwini question is taken but I still have more... but first wanted to say I truly enjoy the Guild Hunters world you have created. Thank you.

Okay what I really really want to know is will we learn the real fate of Calliane (Raphael's mom)?

Katiebabs/ KB said...

Which book have you found to be the hardest to write so far? I'm assuming Hawkes'...

Elaine said...

HI Nalini Love you series!

Just wanted to know if Andrew or Varik (sorry if i spelled his name wrong) are going to have a their own books?

Also will you open up with more characters from the SHINE school?

Thanks
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Ok a little confused about the GH series. Are you saying none of the seven will get a book of their own? I guess I thought you might do a spin off like J Frost with the Night Huntress secondary characters getting their own series of books but still focusing on Elena and Raphael???? I really enjoy this series but I soo wanted to see Dmitri and Bluebell getting their own book

anny said...

hello nalini,

i really absolutely love ur guild hunter series, love love love elena and raphel, how many books will be based on the 2 of them?? is the series a total of 4 books or is it a total of 4 books that are based on them 2, and there will be more on the seven... please tell me there will be more ... i absolutly adore the couple and their seven...

thanks for writing such great books!!!

Anonymous said...

Concerning the Guild series, are we going to learn more about Maya or Holly Chang in the future?

Ducky said...

Hi again Nalini!

I know I may have asked you before (and I haven't had time to read all the posts today and don't know if it was asked already) BUT, are the Psy/Changeling books going to be released in the audio format? I promise to make a big note to myself with your answer so I don't bug you with it again (just a little......LOT obsessed with your audio releases!!!) ALSO, I wanted to link the artwork page for Archangel's Kiss:

http://www.tantor.com/BookDetail.asp?Product=1716_ArchangelsKiss

NICE!!! I can't wait for June 28Th!!! Have a good rest of the week.

OH and @ Christina VERY COOL avatar!!!Those blue eyes on the cat really stand out:)

Tracy said...

Did Raphael's mom go crazy because she had to kill his father? Or did she go crazy due to her age?

How old is Sam, roughly?

What was the conflict that started the Archangel Wars about? AK just said it was about a woman...More details would be appreciated. =)

Eva said...

At first: Thank you for this Q&A Nalini (I collected my questions since the release of BbF; so I`m sorry).

* Will you introduce us one of the Forgotten with own strong shields; who don`t need biofeedback?

* Is there a possibility that you write a story about Tiara and Tag?

* Have Toby and Sienna the same biological father? Is he still alive?

* Is Sienna a attractive/beautiful psy girl? (So far you mentioned only her hair:-)). Do the boy`s / young men like her?

* Holly Chang is caught between human and immortality. Will you show us what this mean? I`m curious.

* If Zoe appears in the next book; will Slayer appear, too?

ajisainokimi_32491 said...

Hello there! I just wanted to ask if it's possible for Elena to still have kids? That would be nice. :]

Lynn said...

Lijuan ask Raphael if he "has danced as angels danced?" He thinks to himself that he has but not in the way she means. ( BTW I am looking forward to Elena and Raphael having that pleasure *big grin*). What did Raphael mean?

Lola said...

Hey will venom have any sort of main part in any of the rest of the Guild Hunter book. I don't know why but I find him so interesting :D

Btw keep coming with the hints of Guild Hunter 3 :) and more on bluebell!!

Lola said...

Hey will venom have any sort of main part in any of the rest of the Guild Hunter book. I don't know why but I find him so interesting :D

Btw keep coming with the hints of Guild Hunter 3 :) and more on bluebell!!

Sotheara said...

Nalini, first off, I want to tell you how much I love your writing. The Guild Hunter series is my favorite, and I cannot put those books down. I'm eagerly waiting for the third book. Next year can't come soon enough.

Questions:
1. What is Elena's middle name? I know it begins with a P.

2. Will we introduced to the angel that will become an archangel and be part of the Cadre? (Is it going to be one of the Seven?)

3. You mentioned earlier that we will get to meet Elena's sisters in the next book. Will we also get to meet Beth?

4. Please, please post more snippets from GH 3.

Barbarita V said...

So they are plans for Kit's own book?

Anonymous said...

How many hours a day do you spend writing?

Have you ever wished that you could change or add anything to your stories after they have been printed?

Thanks
Sam

Anonymous said...

How many books a year do you write? Any chance of writing two books a year for the Guild Hunter series????? PLEEEEAAASE!!!

RubyLoveTwixter said...

Man, oh man. I HAD SO MANY Hawke questions. *pouts* Okay, fine. I won't ask! But that also mean's NO CHOCOLATE BARS for you! *crosses arms*

Anywho, some questions. Will the Human Alliance play a bigger role throughout the series? How many sentinels does DarkRiver have? For, Whisper of Sin, is Emmett a sentinel? Will we see more of Mercy's hot brothers Sage, Bastien and Grey in upcoming novels? Whatever happened to sexy Hamiliton who once had a thing for Mercy but was left with Mercy giving him Indigo's number? He sounded way too too sexy to be just left alone. I'm sure I would've LOVED to settle down with him. *laughs* AND, how long do changeling pregancy last? Normal 9 months or longer or shorter?

I'm a BIG music fan. I even made a PLAYLIST for your books when I read. I'm just that crazy. Do you ever listen to music while you write...like for inspiration? Or ideas? Or do you do something else? You made a short story for Tamsyn and Nate, and now Emmett and Ria. Will you do one for D'Arn and his "little china doll" Sing Lui (hope I spelled that right)? Do you ever imagine your series being turned into a movie or a TV series? (Even though when I read it, I imagine it as a show. *hehehe*) Will you ever give us another excerpt of "Whisper of Sin"? I need me some more Nalini Singh fix! *gets on knees* *puppy dog eyes*

Okay, I have more questions...hmm...I'll leave you with these. I don't want to overwhelm you, BUT I SHOULD. No hawke questions. *frowns* BOO!

I still heart you though.

Nalini Singh said...

I like the parts with the children a lot (Ben and Marlee and Keenan and Noor) so I would like to know if I see more about them in the upcoming books.

Yep. Not all of them at once or at the same time, but they definitely make their presence known. Ben has already appeared in Hawke's book :)

Also I'm curious about Jon, particularly after reading Blaze of Memory and getting a hint of how he is not only a "bad boy" but also a very intelligent young man.

There's not too much of Jon in the upcoming books, but he'll appear more in future books - I have plans for him!

Furthermore I just want to say I really love both series and it surprised me a little ;-) Normally when I'm big into a series and the writer starts with a new one it just isn't right for me, so thank you for both series Nalini.

Thank you! :-)

Nalini Singh said...

Ooh, a Q&A, but I have no interesting questions. One thing that's been bugging me, though, is car safety seats for kids. Weird, I know, but...

I can honestly say no one has ever asked me this question before LOL! Yes, young changelings can be a handful. While the carseats are designed to hold them, what's really important is the dominance structure within a pack. Even at age one, changelings have an instinctive understanding of it, so if a parent tells them to stay put in a situation like that, they'll do their best to obey (I say their because they are babies after all).

The other thing is that they might well choose to travel in their animal forms, which are a lot more sturdy than the human one. In which case, other arrangements would be made for their safety.

As for cellphones etc, if they were on the body, even if they didn't disintegrate, they'd probably be damaged, so yes, changelings are careful with items like that.

Catherine said...

Suffice to say--LOVE all the books.

Are there any certain things you have to have/do/eat while you write? I've read that some authors have to have certain soda or snacks.

RubyLoveTwixter said...

For Cherry who asked if Sienna dyed her hair, yep. She did. In Branded by Fire, she dyes her hair to be temporary brunette. Her eyes are covered too.

Nalini Singh said...

are you going to do a timeline/character recap on your homepage like Kay Hooper did.

We are currently working on updated character lists, which should help. :)

While I have my own working timelines, so as to maintain continuity, I'm not planning on doing a timeline recap on the site.

When Sienna went to DR, did she ever cut and/or dye her hair?

No cutting, but she did dye it.

Nalini , could you please tell me if we'll see more about Ashwini , I really enjoyed her character and I would love to see if she will have her prince charming :)

I adore Ashwini and Janvier. I absolutely do plan to write more about them.

will there be more elijah and hanna in archangels consrt?

Yep. Not necessarily appearances, but you'll learn more about them.

Okay what I really really want to know is will we learn the real fate of Calliane (Raphael's mom)?

You'll definitely learn more about her.

Which book have you found to be the hardest to write so far? I'm assuming Hawkes'...

Each book has it's challenges - it's impossible to compare them. With Hawke's book, it helps that I've always had a strong vision of his story - I'm having a rocking time writing it :-)

Just wanted to know if Andrew or Varik (sorry if i spelled his name wrong) are going to have a their own books?

Andrew - yes. Vasic - depends on if he survives the events to come.

Also will you open up with more characters from the SHINE school?

There are a few Forgotten I'd like to write about, but again, it will depend on how everything fits into the storyline of the series.

Tarin said...

Hi Nalini,

I was wondering if we'll ever find out more about the last time Raphael saw Eris.

I also would like to know if we will be seeing more of the SnowDancer healer(I think), Lara.

Thanks

Nalini Singh said...

Ok a little confused about the GH series. Are you saying none of the seven will get a book of their own? I guess I thought you might do a spin off like J Frost with the Night Huntress secondary characters getting their own series of books but still focusing on Elena and Raphael???? I really enjoy this series but I soo wanted to see Dmitri and Bluebell getting their own book

Oh, they'll definitely get their own stories. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this series is structured a little differently, so for example, the focus might shift to Illium and his story, but everyone else would still be around. That's how I see things developing at this stage.

Not sure if I explained that clearly, but yes, the Seven will absolutely get their stories. :)

i really absolutely love ur guild hunter series, love love love elena and raphel, how many books will be based on the 2 of them?? is the series a total of 4 books or is it a total of 4 books that are based on them 2, and there will be more on the seven... please tell me there will be more ... i absolutly adore the couple and their seven...

See my answer to the previous question regarding the Seven :)

As for the 4th book, I'm still considering what direction it'll take.

I'm currently contracted up to book 4, but the series can definitely continue past that.

Nalini Singh said...

Concerning the Guild series, are we going to learn more about Maya or Holly Chang in the future?

You learn a little more about Holly in "Archangel's Consort."

Nothing more about Maya yet.

are the Psy/Changeling books going to be released in the audio format?

Not at this stage. But hopefully soon.

Did Raphael's mom go crazy because she had to kill his father? Or did she go crazy due to her age?

This is something you're going to discover through the series.

How old is Sam, roughly?

Not four! *grin* I'm going to leave that to you to imagine.

What was the conflict that started the Archangel Wars about? AK just said it was about a woman...More details would be appreciated. =)

I think this is going to come up in a future story, so I'm going to play my cards close to my chest for the moment. But basically, it's to do with power. Archangels are so powerful that it's inevitable power struggles will occur.

Anonymous said...

Hello Nalini!

Are we going to learn more about what happened with Isis and Raphael?

Anonymous said...

One more thing! Is Keir older or younger than Raphael?

Nalini Singh said...

* Will you introduce us one of the Forgotten with own strong shields; who don`t need biofeedback?

Aside from the kids? It depends on whether it fits the storyline.

* Is there a possibility that you write a story about Tiara and Tag?

I want to do a novella about them :) Just have to find the time!

* Have Toby and Sienna the same biological father? Is he still alive?

For this answer, you'll have to wait for a future book.

* Is Sienna a attractive/beautiful psy girl? (So far you mentioned only her hair:-)). Do the boy`s / young men like her?

Yes, she's very attractive, and smart. You know Kit likes her *grin*

* Holly Chang is caught between human and immortality. Will you show us what this mean? I`m curious.

Yes.

* If Zoe appears in the next book; will Slayer appear, too?

Yes!

Nalini Singh said...

Hello there! I just wanted to ask if it's possible for Elena to still have kids? That would be nice. :]

Yes, but there are no kids in her near future.

Lijuan ask Raphael if he "has danced as angels danced?" He thinks to himself that he has but not in the way she means. ( BTW I am looking forward to Elena and Raphael having that pleasure *big grin*). What did Raphael mean?

Archangel's Consort will reveal all.

Hey will venom have any sort of main part in any of the rest of the Guild Hunter book. I don't know why but I find him so interesting :D

Yes, I think so.

1. What is Elena's middle name? I know it begins with a P.

Good spotting. I've actually deliberately not shared it yet as it will come up in a future book.

2. Will we introduced to the angel that will become an archangel and be part of the Cadre? (Is it going to be one of the Seven?)

This is possible, but not in Archangel's Consort. This angel is not one of the Seven.

3. You mentioned earlier that we will get to meet Elena's sisters in the next book. Will we also get to meet Beth?

Yep.

So they are plans for Kit's own book?

He's a little young yet.

Anonymous said...

Love both your series! Some questions:

1. Adan (the medic for the Arrows)... will he get his own story?
2. Is Faith's cousin (Sierra?) still alive?
3. I second the Eris question!
4. Are Sienna & Kit in a relationship?
5. Will we see Judd training William?
6. I know you probably can't answer this one, but what is Sienna's X power?
7. The disabled angel librarian (forgot her name) and one of the Seven, will we see their romance?

Thank you again!

PS Write faster! More! :)

Marie said...

WOW! so many of my questions were addressed, but I still have a few...

1. GH - Do each of the Seven have special gifts and will we see/learn about them?

2. GH - It seems like Raphael has 'danced' with another...Will we learn who? Will Elena?!?

3. Psy/Changeling - The Forgotten - Will we learn more about their gradient/scale levels? and the types?

Thanks for the opportunity!

Nalini Singh said...

How many hours a day do you spend writing?

It depends. I might keep going well into the night if, for example, a scene is just going really well. And closer to deadline, I can work over 12 hours/day. However, I'm trying to keep a more balanced schedule these days.

Have you ever wished that you could change or add anything to your stories after they have been printed?

Yep - usually typos or errors that have somehow gotten in.

How many books a year do you write? Any chance of writing two books a year for the Guild Hunter series????? PLEEEEAAASE!!!

I currently write 3 books plus a novella a year, and that's a fairly full schedule. At the moment, I'm sticking with one GH book a year.

Nalini Singh said...

Going off to write. Will be back in a while to answer some more questions.

Anonymous said...

Do you think that all the Guild books are going to occur during the present "time period"? Or do you think any will be set in the far off future?

Thanks a lot!! You're awesome. :)

Courtney said...

I love Q&As! Here are my questions:

I can't recall which book this happened, but it was revealed in, I believe, Sascha's POV that Toby's empathy was forced to show itself due to the conditions of the LaurenNet (I'm assuming it was the absence of E-Psy, hidden or not). Otherwise, it was so minor a part of his abilities that it wouldn't have expressed itself. How many Psy have a trace of empathy like that? Come to think of it, how many Psy have abilities in the E designation? Will the emotional baggage they have due to Silence, like Sascha had, effect their ability to help heal the Net when Silence eventually falls?

And speaking of the E designation, does it have sub-designations like the other designations do? Like how some Ms can heal, others can just diagnose and how some Tk-Psy can teleport and some carry the Cell mutation? What are some of the various things E-Psy can "specialize" in?

Thanks, Nalini!

kylie said...

Thanks for taking the time, Nalini! Love reading all the Q's & A's. I do have a general question: Will there be an excerpt of the next Psy/Chang in Indigo's book?

Anonymous said...

Did you name Raphael 'Raphael' because the meaning has to do with healing and that's his new power? Or is that just a coincidence?

Anna said...

First, I have to say love, love, love, ove the Psy/Changeling and GH series!

Now questions...
Will the signaficance of the book on empaths Sascha received from her mother come up in BoJ or Hawke's book?

Will a second manuscript on the reseach of the X Psy be discovered? I believe the 1st manuscript was never found after the author mysteriously died in the late 1900's.

Is Hummingbird Illium's mother?

Will all of the Seven, especially Dmitri, finally accept Elena and stop giving her a hard time?

Will Elena evolve and/or develop faster since she is Archangel Made?

Thank you! Have fun writing Hawke's story!

Cherry said...

Will Sascha's biological father ever make an appearance?

Will Lucas make more sentinels in the upcoming books?

Will Noor's power be explained more in detail?

And last but not least, can you make me a heroine in one of the books? I'll even feed you chocolate.

Ducky said...

Nalini, You are the GODDESS of answering Q&A. Holy moly! I got dizzy just trying to keep up! *bows to you*

Nalini Singh said...

Anywho, some questions. Will the Human Alliance play a bigger role throughout the series?

They do have a role to play so they'll be reappearing in the future.

How many sentinels does DarkRiver have?

You've met them all.

For, Whisper of Sin, is Emmett a sentinel?

He's a senior soldier.

Will we see more of Mercy's hot brothers Sage, Bastien and Grey in upcoming novels?

I love those demons, so I'm guessing yes, they will return *g*

Whatever happened to sexy Hamiliton who once had a thing for Mercy but was left with Mercy giving him Indigo's number?

I haven't forgotten Hamilton, but he's not part of the main storyline yet.

AND, how long do changeling pregancy last? Normal 9 months or longer or shorter?

Sascha's will be 9 months.

Do you ever listen to music while you write...like for inspiration? Or ideas? Or do you do something else?

I listen to all kinds of music, mostly during the first draft stage. I like having it in the background. But other days, it's all about working silence.

You made a short story for Tamsyn and Nate, and now Emmett and Ria. Will you do one for D'Arn and his "little china doll" Sing Lui (hope I spelled that right)?

Yes, they're on the list!

Do you ever imagine your series being turned into a movie or a TV series?

Sometimes :-)

Will you ever give us another excerpt of "Whisper of Sin"?

No - it's a novella, so I can't excerpt too much. Not long till the release however.

Pam Fredrick said...

HI Nalini!!! Thanks for doing this, and I love both series, but I do have a Psy question.

In Dev's book, when Ming was injured, Adan and Vasik (i think it was them) were discussing if now was the right time to overthrow Ming. The commentary said that Ming had gone to far, that he had sent Arrows to die not for the good of the Net - but because he wanted power. I also remember that Ming had said in a previous book, that only one Arrow had been lost (well, in a way that made recovery of his body possible). Anyway, long question shortened now ---

Is what happened to Judd (the death sentence, that really wasn't a death sentence for Judd, since he could have opt-ed out) the final straw that broke the Arrow's loyalty to Ming, or was it not his actions to one of the Arrows, but him instead using them to murder his business competetors what did it? Sorry I'm loving me some Arrows, and really want to see more of them!

Nalini Singh said...

Are there any certain things you have to have/do/eat while you write? I've read that some authors have to have certain soda or snacks.

Nope. I've written in tents, in deserts, in planes. It's the words that are important :)

I do like quiet when I'm editing, but I can work without it if necessary.

I was wondering if we'll ever find out more about the last time Raphael saw Eris.

Only if it fits the storyline. But you will slowly find out more about Neha and him both I think.

I also would like to know if we will be seeing more of the SnowDancer healer(I think), Lara.

Oh, yes :D

Are we going to learn more about what happened with Isis and Raphael?

Not in Archangel's Consort, but in a future book, as that event is linked to another character as well.

One more thing! Is Keir older or younger than Raphael?

Older

1. Adan (the medic for the Arrows)... will he get his own story?

Possibly in the second arc, but he's not down for a book at this stage. However, he does have a part of play in future books, so you'll see him again.

2. Is Faith's cousin (Sierra?) still alive?

Sahara's fate is currently unknown.

3. I second the Eris question!

See above.

4. Are Sienna & Kit in a relationship?

I'll leave you to make up your mind from what's on the page *g*

5. Will we see Judd training William?

I'd like to do this, but I have to balance out the needs of the story in each book. So I'll say a qualified yes.

6. I know you probably can't answer this one, but what is Sienna's X power?

Yep, can't answer. Not yet.

7. The disabled angel librarian (forgot her name) and one of the Seven, will we see their romance?

Yes, they have a story. It may come out through the books rather than in a single book.

Nalini Singh said...

1. GH - Do each of the Seven have special gifts and will we see/learn about them?

Yes, they all have their own strengths which will slowly be revealed as the stories continue.

2. GH - It seems like Raphael has 'danced' with another...Will we learn who? Will Elena?!?

Are you referring to a particular part of the book? In general, well, he's over a thousand years old, so he's had lovers before.

3. Psy/Changeling - The Forgotten - Will we learn more about their gradient/scale levels? and the types?

If it comes up in the storyline, yes. As I mentioned above, I have to be careful and make sure that the story balance is held - only adding what's necessary.

Do you think that all the Guild books are going to occur during the present "time period"? Or do you think any will be set in the far off future?

At this stage, they'll be the present.

How many Psy have a trace of empathy like that? Come to think of it, how many Psy have abilities in the E designation? Will the emotional baggage they have due to Silence, like Sascha had, effect their ability to help heal the Net when Silence eventually falls?

This is a really big part of an upcoming book, so I can't say too much about it. But what I will say is that E-Psy have never been rare.

And speaking of the E designation, does it have sub-designations like the other designations do? Like how some Ms can heal, others can just diagnose and how some Tk-Psy can teleport and some carry the Cell mutation? What are some of the various things E-Psy can "specialize" in?

Yes, they're not all the same. More info will be coming in another book that's not tooooo far away.

Will there be an excerpt of the next Psy/Chang in Indigo's book?

It's more likely to be a GH excerpt.

Did you name Raphael 'Raphael' because the meaning has to do with healing and that's his new power? Or is that just a coincidence?

Coincidence. :)

Will the signaficance of the book on empaths Sascha received from her mother come up in BoJ or Hawke's book?

Yes. Sascha & Nikita appear in "Bonds of Justice."

Will a second manuscript on the reseach of the X Psy be discovered? I believe the 1st manuscript was never found after the author mysteriously died in the late 1900's.

The E-Psy ms was the first one. The second was the one about X-Psy. There are people searching for it still.

Is Hummingbird Illium's mother?

Yes.

Will all of the Seven, especially Dmitri, finally accept Elena and stop giving her a hard time?

Trust is not an easy thing, especially for the Seven. It's a wait and see situation.

Will Elena evolve and/or develop faster since she is Archangel Made?

Since she's the first one Made that way in living memory, no one really has much idea. We'll be learning alongside her.

Nalini Singh said...

Will Sascha's biological father ever make an appearance?

Unlikely.

Will Lucas make more sentinels in the upcoming books?

It's highly possible. There are already two strong candidates.

Will Noor's power be explained more in detail?

It's an unexpected power, so it's taken everyone by surprise. We'll learn about it as they do.

And last but not least, can you make me a heroine in one of the books? I'll even feed you chocolate.

LOL!

Is what happened to Judd (the death sentence, that really wasn't a death sentence for Judd, since he could have opt-ed out) the final straw that broke the Arrow's loyalty to Ming, or was it not his actions to one of the Arrows, but him instead using them to murder his business competetors what did it?

It was an overall buildup. He betrayed the trust the Arrows put in him - and they've had enough.

Nalini Singh said...

I think I've answered all the questions posted so far - if I missed one, let me know.

Kyesha said...

I have so many questions rolling around in my head that I not sure I remember all of them, but here are the ones that I do:

Why did Elena's father kick her out, I know he doesn't like the fact that she's hunterborn but what happened to make him react so strongly as to throw her stuff on the lawn?

Who was Isis, was she another Archangel or just another angel who happened to be more powerful than Raphael?

Since Sara is the Guild Director and has access to all files pertaining to Slater Patalis(sp?) including the cover-up, why doesn't she know that he attacked Elena's family?

You've mentioned Elena's father, mother, siblings, and a grandfather who died does she have any other relatives on either side of the family tree.

In AK Raphael said that he moved Elena to the Refuge after he recovered, where was she prior to that?

That's all I can think of for now, but I'll probably come up with more later. Thank you for such a great Q&A

Anonymous said...

I just thought of another question! Will we find out what exactly happened to Michaela's baby? Meaning, how he/she died?

Anonymous said...

Noor said she and Judd are alike, are we going to find out what she meant by that?

And also, Nikita said she knew that Sascha had some E-designation before birth, but didn't abort her, is it possible that Sascha will also know what designation her child will take before birth.

And my last question is if Sascha and Lucas should die (*knocking on wood*) and thier child needs biofeedback, how will they get it since Sascha gets hers through the mating bond and isn't hooked into the web directly.

Twimom227 said...

WOW! I'm a big fan of BOTH series, but these questions are blowing me out of the water. I don't even know who some of these characters are (and I've read all your books at least 2 times!) I guess I just don't pick up on all the details. I don't have any questions at this time, but I wanted to thank you for taking the time to do this! You've always been so helpful answering my questions when I email you. THANKS!!

Nalini Singh said...

Why did Elena's father kick her out, I know he doesn't like the fact that she's hunterborn but what happened to make him react so strongly as to throw her stuff on the lawn?

You learn a lot about Elena and Jeffrey's relationship in Archangel's Consort. Needless to say, it's a complex one, shadowed with secrets.

Who was Isis, was she another Archangel or just another angel who happened to be more powerful than Raphael?

I think I mentioned Isis above - basically, you'll find out all about her in a book that focuses on one of the other characters.

She was more powerful than Raphael at the time of the incident mentioned.

Since Sara is the Guild Director and has access to all files pertaining to Slater Patalis(sp?) including the cover-up, why doesn't she know that he attacked Elena's family?

Sara has no reason to dig into the files of Slater's victims, as Slater is (meant to be) long dead. She's more interested in the cover-up - esp when she discusses it with Elena in AB - since it's a more political issue.

You've mentioned Elena's father, mother, siblings, and a grandfather who died does she have any other relatives on either side of the family tree.

Yes, very interesting relatives. We'll talk after you've read Archangel's Consort. ;)

In AK Raphael said that he moved Elena to the Refuge after he recovered, where was she prior to that?

In a safe place known only to him and his Seven (and Keir.) Basically, only those he absolutely trusts.

Nalini Singh said...

Will we find out what exactly happened to Michaela's baby? Meaning, how he/she died?

I'm not sure - Michaela doesn't have a huge role in Archangel's Consort. Maybe when she reappears, we'll find out more.

Noor said she and Judd are alike, are we going to find out what she meant by that?

She was comparing what Judd can do with his abilities (ie. what he did for Andrew), to what she can do, her "weaving."

And also, Nikita said she knew that Sascha had some E-designation before birth, but didn't abort her, is it possible that Sascha will also know what designation her child will take before birth.

Psy know because they have tests. Sascha might decide not to have those tests - however, she might simply "know" because she's emotionally linked to her child.

And my last question is if Sascha and Lucas should die (*knocking on wood*) and thier child needs biofeedback, how will they get it since Sascha gets hers through the mating bond and isn't hooked into the web directly.

This is something they'll be making provision for after the baby's birth. The child will likely be blood-bonded to all of the sentinels, so he or she always has a safety net.

Edited to add: We won't know the needs of the child or how the Web reacts until he or she is born, as the baby is both Psy & Changeling.

Veronka said...

Hello Nalini!
Thank you for your wonderful books!! And Thanx a lot for this Q&A!!

Just one question: as I´m currently pregnant myself:
What happens to the changeling baby when its mother shifts?? Or are they not allowed to (can´t imagine that) Does the baby change also???
Greetings from Veronika (and baby kicking inside ;) )

Anonymous said...

Nalini, just to make sure that I am getting this right regarding the questions and answers that you answered below, Sienna and Kit are in a relationship, right? When you said you will leave it to us to make up our minds according to what is on the page, did you mean this Q&A page? Thanks.

Q&A that you already answered:
* Is Sienna a attractive/beautiful psy girl? (So far you mentioned only her hair:-)). Do the boy`s / young men like her?

Yes, she's very attractive, and smart. You know Kit likes her *grin*

4. Are Sienna & Kit in a relationship?

I'll leave you to make up your mind from what's on the page *g*


Sam

Mane said...

Hi Nalini,

I just wanted to know if the Arrows will be important to future development? As their choice to not follow Ming without thought anymore and their "independence".

not even a whole month to wait yiiipiiii ...
good luck with Hawke!

Gemma said...

do we get to see more of aodhan in the next book than we did in ak and do we get to find out why he dosent like to be touched?

Gemma said...

will we get to see more of kier in archangels consort

vi said...

I know it will be exhausting, but have you or your publisher thought about a tour through the U.S.?

MarnieColette said...

Just wondering who we need to talk to about GH getting another 7 books contracted... you know us loyal fans are not oppose to bribery we just need to know who to bribe! :)

firewoman55 said...

Greetings, Nalini! Another's question has left me with a question. Someone asked, "In AK when Lijuan asked Raphael if he "has danced as angels danced?" He thinks to himself that he has but not in the way she means." I assumed Lijuan meant what Raphael has always seemed to mean when he tells Elena to learn to fly quickly. I interpreted Rapheal's though, "not in the way she means" to refer to when he danced with his mother in the sky in his attempt to kill her because she was mad. Am I incorrect? If so, where did I go off-track?

Thanks for writing both of these series - can't wait for Hawkes' book and AC - wow, 9 more months for that one!

Jan G.

Anonymous said...

I second Jan G.'s question! :) I always thought that Raphael was talking about something that happened with Isis when he made that comment to Lijuan...

And also, someone asked, "I just wanted to ask if it's possible for Elena to still have kids?"

To which you responded,"Yes, but there are no kids in her near future." So does that mean that they probably won't have kids in this series at all since it's focusing more on the present? Or that it might occur in book 8 or something to that extent....

BTW, thank you for continuing my sweet anticipation torture via this Q&A!

TLL said...

OH, I thought of another question! (this is so much fun)

Is the boy whom Dahariel abused going to be in AC? Are will he most likely be in Jason's future book (if he gets one, which he better, ha)?

Also, can Raphael get any hotter? ;-)

RubyLoveTwixter said...

What's the difference between a senior soldier and a sentinel? Top 5 favorite movies? Why is it so rare for changelings to get pregnant? Have you ever been to New York City? Will we meet more E-Psy? Will you be making a character page on your website of all your characters? Like with descriptions, age and stuff like that?

Thanks Nalini! =]

Hilary said...

I've just started rereading the psy/changeling series(I figure if I start now, everything will be fresh in my mind by the time Bonds of Justice).
I'm in the middle of the first book and was wondering if the wildcat changeling (Zara?) makes any more appearances in the later books, or if she just went home when DarkRiver no longer needed an architect.

One of the things that interest me greatly are the nonpredatory changelings. Will they make more of an appearance in later books?

You said that Nate's parents weren't mated. So it is possible for changelings to fall in love, get married, have children all without being mated, but are there changeling couples like that who stay happy together? What if (I'm a sucker for melodrama, LOL) one of those people actually met the person who could have been their mate? What would win?

Last question is for the case of my dangerously overfilled bookshelf: is there any way you could get all of your psy/changeling sort stories and novellas together and publish them in one anthology?

Nalini Singh said...

What happens to the changeling baby when its mother shifts?? Or are they not allowed to (can´t imagine that) Does the baby change also???

I've never seen the changelings as were-creatures. Their shapeshifting isn't something that happens to them because of the moon, for example. It's simply part of who they are. As such, the shift would have no effect on the pregnancy--because they're born to shift.

Nalini, just to make sure that I am getting this right regarding the questions and answers that you answered below, Sienna and Kit are in a relationship, right? When you said you will leave it to us to make up our minds according to what is on the page, did you mean this Q&A page? Thanks.

No, I meant what was on the page in the books. I could answer the question, but I think it's so much more interesting to figure out what's happening from reading the books.

So as far as Kit and Sienna are concerned, whether they are or aren't in a relationship is up to you to decide.

I just wanted to know if the Arrows will be important to future development? As their choice to not follow Ming without thought anymore and their "independence".

Yes, they have a strong role to play.

do we get to see more of aodhan in the next book than we did in ak and do we get to find out why he dosent like to be touched?

Yes, you do see him, and you get a glimpse of why he is the way he is - but not the full story yet.

Anonymous said...

Hi nalini,

just wanted to say I love your GH books. The concept of absolute power is so intriguing. You bring out all the facets of it brilliantly!

I'm a huge fan! please keep writing about the GH world....but of course Raphael and Elena should always be in it!!

Nalini Singh said...

will we get to see more of kier in archangels consort

No, Keir doesn't appear in Archangel's Consort.

I know it will be exhausting, but have you or your publisher thought about a tour through the U.S.?

Not at this stage. I will be in Denver & Orlando this year however for conferences.

Just wondering who we need to talk to about GH getting another 7 books contracted... you know us loyal fans are not oppose to bribery we just need to know who to bribe! :)

Lol!!

Greetings, Nalini! Another's question has left me with a question. Someone asked, "In AK when Lijuan asked Raphael if he "has danced as angels danced?" He thinks to himself that he has but not in the way she means." I assumed Lijuan meant what Raphael has always seemed to mean when he tells Elena to learn to fly quickly. I interpreted Rapheal's though, "not in the way she means" to refer to when he danced with his mother in the sky in his attempt to kill her because she was mad. Am I incorrect? If so, where did I go off-track?

I think two lines of questioning might've become entangled.

But yes, your interpretation is correct if we're thinking of the same scene. (If you have a page number for me, I can make sure).

I took the previous question as referring to the kind of dancing Lijuan is asking about.

I second Jan G.'s question! :) I always thought that Raphael was talking about something that happened with Isis when he made that comment to Lijuan...

See above!

So does that mean that they probably won't have kids in this series at all since it's focusing more on the present? Or that it might occur in book 8 or something to that extent....

You know, I never like to say never, because characters can spring surprises on me. But Elena's definitely not thinking of kids at the moment - you have to remember that while the books release a year apart, the timeline in the books is actually quite close (well, apart from the coma!), so she hasn't had much time to get used to her new life yet.

Is the boy whom Dahariel abused going to be in AC? Are will he most likely be in Jason's future book (if he gets one, which he better, ha)?

Not in Archangel's Consort, but yes, you may see him later on.

Also, can Raphael get any hotter? ;-)

You never know...;)

Nalini Singh said...

What's the difference between a senior soldier and a sentinel?

After the alpha, the sentinels are the pack's first line of defence and the alpha's top advisors. Senior soldiers are the next line of defense. Think of it as ever widening rings moving out from the alpha at the center.

Top 5 movies

Skipping this one as it'll take me too much time to whittle down my choices!

Why is it so rare for changelings to get pregnant?

It's simply part of who they are, just like shifting is part of who they are.

Have you ever been to New York City?

Yes.

Will we meet more E-Psy?

Yes.

Will you be making a character page on your website of all your characters? Like with descriptions, age and stuff like that?

We're still deciding on how much info will be on there.

I'm in the middle of the first book and was wondering if the wildcat changeling (Zara?) makes any more appearances in the later books, or if she just went home when DarkRiver no longer needed an architect.

Zara pops in and out - and will be in Bonds of Justice.

One of the things that interest me greatly are the nonpredatory changelings. Will they make more of an appearance in later books?

If it fits the overarching storyline. (There's so many tangents I could explore in this series, and maybe will later on.)

You said that Nate's parents weren't mated. So it is possible for changelings to fall in love, get married, have children all without being mated, but are there changeling couples like that who stay happy together? What if (I'm a sucker for melodrama, LOL) one of those people actually met the person who could have been their mate? What would win?

Yes to your first question - they can have loving, committed relationships without the mating bond.

As to the second, I think it would depend on the circumstances. If you were deeply in love, would you even be open to feeling the mating bond? It's an interesting question to think about.

Last question is for the case of my dangerously overfilled bookshelf: is there any way you could get all of your psy/changeling sort stories and novellas together and publish them in one anthology?

That's more a decision for the publisher. Nothing like that on the cards yet.

Katiebabs/ KB said...

As I write, I find myself sometimes have problems with reaching my word count I set for myself for me stories.

Have you ever had an issue or worry about not reaching the total word count for one of your books? How do you get pass that?

Anonymous said...

Will you have any of your major characters in the Psy-Changeling series fall in love without having a mating bond?

Thanks
Sam

RubyLoveTwixter said...

Will you have another male Psy falling in love with a changeling? Perhaps, human too? I ask this because Judd & Brenna are probably (in my opinion) the most sexiest couple in your series. Like WOWIE. It'd be great to see more of that male Psy-ness versus touch-y female changeling. (or human) =]

Favorite season? Favorite actor/actress? One person whom you'd love to meet?

If you could.......who would you rather want to mate with? Human, Psy or Changeling? =] *grins*

Anonymous said...

Now that Lijuan no longer has a physical form and there is no archangel to take her place does that mean that her territory will be split up among the other eight again?

And when an Angel becomes and Archangel how do they get territory? Do the other Archangels give up a piece of their territory or does the new Archangel have to fight for a piece of land?

Anonymous said...

So are angel wings usually neutral colors, with the exception of Bluebell's and Ellie's black/multi-colored wings?

Anonymous said...

Are Indigo and Sienna friends or does Indigo still treat Sienna like a juvenile?

Thanx Lily

Anonymous said...

Are Indigo and Sienna friend or does Indigo still treat her as a juvenile?

Lily

cjay007 said...

Hi Nalini, I enjoy your books very much. I've got a question about a scene from “STROKE OF ENTICEMENT”. When Annie is injured as a child, a male psy child appears and frees her from the wreckage. Do we find out more about this psy child and who he grows up to be? (I thought it might have been Kaleb but not sure) Thank you.

Nalini Singh said...

As I write, I find myself sometimes have problems with reaching my word count I set for myself for me stories.

Have you ever had an issue or worry about not reaching the total word count for one of your books? How do you get pass that?


I tend to have the opposite problem, as I generally write longer. However, I find that a problem with not being able to meet a wordcount usually has to do with the core story & the characterization.

I would go back and really look at both those things, esp the characters as I'm a very character-based writer, and listen to what they were telling me. Maybe, for example, the story is simply not going in the right direction - I once wrote a hundred pages, realized that, and restarted from scratch - and wrote like nobody's business.

Sometimes, though it is a tough choice, it's better for the story to go back and begin afresh. With my example, those 100 pages weren't wasted - I learned so much about the characters, and their true story.

Will you have any of your major characters in the Psy-Changeling series fall in love without having a mating bond?

In a way. ;-)

Will you have another male Psy falling in love with a changeling? Perhaps, human too?

There some Psy heroes waiting in the wings, but I haven't met the majority of their heroines yet, so I can't answer this one at the moment.

Favorite season? Favorite actor/actress? One person whom you'd love to meet?

I'm sticking to the book questions for this Q&A, but I'll answer the first one for fun - I think summer, because I love warm/hot weather. But then the blossoms are so pretty in spring, and the colors in autumn, and the crisp beauty of winter...(you see why we should stick to book questions *g*)

If you could.......who would you rather want to mate with? Human, Psy or Changeling? =] *grins*

Impossible to choose!

Nalini Singh said...

Now that Lijuan no longer has a physical form and there is no archangel to take her place does that mean that her territory will be split up among the other eight again?

Oh no - Lijuan is still very much in control of her territory. Her "evolution" hasn't eliminated her taste for power.

And when an Angel becomes and Archangel how do they get territory? Do the other Archangels give up a piece of their territory or does the new Archangel have to fight for a piece of land?

It depends on the situation. For example, with only nine, while they have split Uram's territory, each piece on its own is probably not worth them going to war over.

And it isn't necessarily only an individual decision either. The Cadre as a whole could lean on a holdout or holdouts if the majority agrees to make the transfer peacefully - archangels like to rule, and they wouldn't much enjoy ruling over the rubble left by war.

Overall, it's a complex issue - because their society is complex. I'll be exploring more of this in a future book.

So are angel wings usually neutral colors, with the exception of Bluebell's and Ellie's black/multi-colored wings?

No, not necessarily. Bluebell's and Elena's are unique, but there is a wide palate. For example, Aodhan's wings might not be colorful as such, but they're very much not neutral. Then there was angel who worked for Lijuan - he had distinctive wings. And wait till you meet the Hummingbird!

Are Indigo and Sienna friends or does Indigo still treat Sienna like a juvenile?

Indigo is someone Sienna goes to for advice, so there's a deep bond and a lot of trust there.

Indigo doesn't treat Sienna as a juvenile any longer - however, she is still a lieutenant, and Sienna is a young soldier, so that factors into their relationship as well.

Nalini Singh said...

I've got a question about a scene from “STROKE OF ENTICEMENT”. When Annie is injured as a child, a male psy child appears and frees her from the wreckage. Do we find out more about this psy child and who he grows up to be?

Yes, in a future book. :)

anny said...

hi nalini,

A quick question, do an angel turn archangels automatically, or does it have to go through to the cadre of nine to decide who the next archangel is??

thanks :)

Anonymous said...

We have been soooo good about not asking questions about Hawke. Do you think you should reward us and throw us a bone, just a little one, anything? ;)

P.S. I'm wishing my life away, I'm wishing for July 2011.

abelna said...

HI Nalini, from Canada.

I was wondering if Sacha's baby will be born before the end of the first arc?
Also Next year Hawke's book is coming but is there another Psy/Cha book coming as well for 2011?
Do you know if Hawke's book is due to release in July or November of next year?
About silence will we see the collapse of it before the first arc is over or will that be the theme for the 2 arc?
About the ghost will we find out who it is before the 2 arc?
Thank you so much for answering questions and your books are Amazing and they keep getting better.

Anonymous said...

will we ever get some psy/psy lovin'? since we did get a changling/changling book...

also will we see tandum abilities again?

and...are angels reproductive cycles different than humans? i would assume so, since they live so long, i just wondered how elena would react to differences in her body, and i imagine the angels put a lot of research into that area, since it must gall them that they can't reproduce on demand, like other species...also, is and angel/human cross breed occured before?

Lisa said...

Hi Nalini! Thanks for doing this.. so many good questions already!

Riley and Mercy are one of my fav couples so far and just wondering if there are kids in their near future?

Anonymous said...

Will we get to see more of Dorian and Shaya? Will they have other children beside Keenan? Has Keenan started refering to Dorian as dad or daddy yet? Does he see Dorian as his father or father figure? They along with Faith and Vaughn are my favorite couple so the more we see them the better?

Anonymous said...

Why so private on who Hawke's will end up mated to? Do you have an estimated date of release for his book?

Anonymous said...

I know you commented that you'll leave it up to the readers to decide if Sienna and Kit were a couple, that being said does Kit and Sienna play a major role in Hawke's book?

Anonymous said...

In BOM, Keenean and Noor displayed some powerful abilities. Do we get to see more of them in future books and are they each others HEA? Will they get their own book?

Calliope said...

I am absitively, posolutely in love with your Guild Hunter series!

(1) Did Raphael actually give Elena his mansion and Montgomery?

(2) Will Elena have to, um, begin a collection of underling vamps and angels herself?

(3) Do the other archangels have Sevens?

(4) Does the GH world have holidays? What are they?

(5) Now that Raphael has Ellie, does that mean he won't be going Quiet again?

(6) Does the Seven (minus Illium) ever get over wanting Elena dead? Does Elena find any more friends among the Seven?

(7) Will Ashwini and Janvier appear in ANGEL'S CONSORT?

Posey said...

This was wonderful. I just finished reading through all of it.

My two favorite answers...

Sienna -- YAY she didn't cut her hair. *sigh* I love this character. Love. Her.

Elijah and Hanna -- I'm so happy we'll get to learn more about them, even if there aren't many appearances.

Anonymous said...

Love, Love your books...
Will Sienna have a HEA? I feel so sorry for her, I want here happy.

Sam

Anonymous said...

Are we going to learn more about what's in the black leather notebook (and other safe-deposit box items) that Elena finds in AB?

Is the P. in Elena's name Parker, like her dad's?

Gemma said...

how does an angel bacome an archangel and of all the archangels elijah and raphael are the only archangels that seem to get along as real friends will this be developed more in AC

Nalini Singh said...

A quick question, do an angel turn archangels automatically, or does it have to go through to the cadre of nine to decide who the next archangel is??

No, the Cadre of Ten doesn't decide. It depends on an angel's natural power.

We have been soooo good about not asking questions about Hawke. Do you think you should reward us and throw us a bone, just a little one, anything? ;)

Not yet. I'm very focused on the book at the moment and I want to keep all that energy flowing into the story.

I was wondering if Sacha's baby will be born before the end of the first arc?

Yes, and it will happen on the page.

Also Next year Hawke's book is coming but is there another Psy/Cha book coming as well for 2011?

There should be with the current schedule.

Do you know if Hawke's book is due to release in July or November of next year?

I haven't got a confirmed date, but it's likely to be July. I'll likely be able to confirm later on in the year.

About silence will we see the collapse of it before the first arc is over or will that be the theme for the 2 arc?

I'm going to have to skip this one totally for the moment to avoid spoilers.

About the ghost will we find out who it is before the 2 arc?

Hmm, it's possible, but it's more likely to happen in the second arc I think.

will we ever get some psy/psy lovin'? since we did get a changling/changling book...

Yes.

also will we see tandum abilities again?

This is dependent on the storyline. They're relatively rare though, so keep that in mind, too.

and...are angels reproductive cycles different than humans? i would assume so, since they live so long, i just wondered how elena would react to differences in her body, and i imagine the angels put a lot of research into that area, since it must gall them that they can't reproduce on demand, like other species

I think this general topic is something we'll find out more about if/when Elena gets curious about it.

...also, is and angel/human cross breed occured before?

No.

(Elena isn't one in case you were thinking of her - she's no longer human).

Riley and Mercy are one of my fav couples so far and just wondering if there are kids in their near future?

Yes. It's going to be...interesting :D

Will we get to see more of Dorian and Shaya?

Yes.

Will they have other children beside Keenan?

Not soon, but perhaps later on.

Has Keenan started refering to Dorian as dad or daddy yet? Does he see Dorian as his father or father figure?

Yes, he considers Dorian his Dad. They're very close.

They along with Faith and Vaughn are my favorite couple so the more we see them the better?

You see Faith & Vaughn in "Bonds of Justice".

Nalini Singh said...

Why so private on who Hawke's will end up mated to? Do you have an estimated date of release for his book?

Answered above.

I know you commented that you'll leave it up to the readers to decide if Sienna and Kit were a couple, that being said does Kit and Sienna play a major role in Hawke's book?

No Hawke questions, guys.

Nalini Singh said...

In BOM, Keenean and Noor displayed some powerful abilities. Do we get to see more of them in future books and are they each others HEA? Will they get their own book?

They're babies! Way too premature to consider any HEA ideas. But yes, you will see them more through the stories.

(1) Did Raphael actually give Elena his mansion and Montgomery?

LOL! Wait and see ;)

(2) Will Elena have to, um, begin a collection of underling vamps and angels herself?

No.

(3) Do the other archangels have Sevens?

No.

(4) Does the GH world have holidays? What are they?

Hmm, that's a good question. Let me think about it.

(5) Now that Raphael has Ellie, does that mean he won't be going Quiet again?

This is talked about in Archangel's Consort.

(6) Does the Seven (minus Illium) ever get over wanting Elena dead? Does Elena find any more friends among the Seven?

I can't give that away! Let's just say it's a developing relationship.

(7) Will Ashwini and Janvier appear in ANGEL'S CONSORT?

Ashwini does. Janvier is mentioned.

Will Sienna have a HEA? I feel so sorry for her, I want here happy.

It depends on whether she can overcome the challenges in her path - and there are some significant ones.

Are we going to learn more about what's in the black leather notebook (and other safe-deposit box items) that Elena finds in AB?

Yes.

Is the P. in Elena's name Parker, like her dad's?

See my answer above.

how does an angel bacome an archangel

Answered above.

and of all the archangels elijah and raphael are the only archangels that seem to get along as real friends will this be developed more in AC

You will get to see them both in Archangel's Consort, and yes, their relationship will continue to develop.

Anonymous said...

Do angels get "married"?

Calliope said...

About Jessamy:: Her wing is deformed. If wings grow back though, why can't it be (ok, harsh, but still) cut off and grown back normal?

Why wouldn't it?

Hilary said...

Is Nate's replacement as sentinel going to be explored in the second arc?

Are warm-blooded animals the only types of changelings? Are there reptiles? Amphibians?

Madhura said...

Nalini, a couple more from me:

- Desi, Rina and Jamie: Will we get their stories in the second arc?
- I really like that your stories are not all black and white. For instance, we start the series viewing Silence as wrong but that is getting more ambiguous as we read more. Did you have the entire story arc for the series mapped out when you started?
- So far, it seems like all the councilors except Kaleb, Nikita and Anthony have blood on their hands, in one way or the other. For an emotionless race, the Psys seem to be very engrossed with their race's domination. You know, is this quest for dominance all business or is there a deeper need in them which is based on emotions?
- Why have we not met as many of the SnowDancer sentinels as the DarkRiver ones, esp. since their's is a larger territory?

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Reema said...

I must say first that I absolutely love your books. Tally and Clay's story is one of my all time favorites. Will be seeing more of Tally and Clay in the future?

I have always wondered why Elena does not stick up for herself or cut her father out of her life. Will we be seeing Elena confront her father in the next book and/or make peace with herself about their relationship? Thanks!

Cherry said...

@Madhura:

Why have we not met as many of the SnowDancer sentinels as the DarkRiver ones, esp. since their's is a larger territory?

Nalini introduces the remainder of the SnowDancer lieutenants in Indigo's book, if I recall correctly.

Rach said...

Hi Nalini,
loveeeeeeeeeeee your books. My question is. Often the changlings have had relationships before they find their mates... and conviently they are then single to meet thier life mate. Do you intend to write a book where a changling will be in a relationship and then their mate comes along too?????

Anonymous said...

What are the names of Elena's two half-sisters? And do they feel the same way towards Elena that Beth does?

Anonymous said...

I know you don't remember specific ages, but what age group would Elena's half-sisters be in. Children? Teenagers? Adults?

Anonymous said...

Who is Lara's (Snow Dancer Healer) mate?

Sam

Nalini Singh said...

Do angels get "married"?

Not as such.

About Jessamy:: Her wing is deformed. If wings grow back though, why can't it be (ok, harsh, but still) cut off and grown back normal?

Why wouldn't it?


We haven't yet learned too much about Jessamy, but at this stage, I would say that it's probably a genetic fault of some kind. So even if they cut it off, it would grow back the same. We'll find out more later on in the series.

Is Nate's replacement as sentinel going to be explored in the second arc?

I know Nate thinks he's looking for a replacement, but really, do you think Luc is going to allow that? *g* Nate is too important, has too much experience to be replaced. It's more likely he'll remain a sentinel, though his duties may shift.

But yes, you will see new sentinels later on.

Are warm-blooded animals the only types of changelings? Are there reptiles? Amphibians?

No, there are others. I'm trying to recall which book you get to hear about some of them - I think it's going to be in Hawke's book.

Desi, Rina and Jamie: Will we get their stories in the second arc?

Possibly - though they're not scheduled for books yet.

I really like that your stories are not all black and white. For instance, we start the series viewing Silence as wrong but that is getting more ambiguous as we read more. Did you have the entire story arc for the series mapped out when you started?

I had the overall picture in my mind, yes, and I think that's really helped keep the series coherent.

However, I fleshed out the details as I wrote, and there have been surprises along the way. I guess you could say I had the skeleton structure to start with.

You know, is this quest for dominance all business or is there a deeper need in them which is based on emotions?

I think that's something each reader has to decide based on the books. It's not something that has a simple answer.

Why have we not met as many of the SnowDancer sentinels as the DarkRiver ones, esp. since their's is a larger territory?

Cherry is right - this happens in Play of Passion.

The reason is that each book only has the cast that is necessary. If I tried to intro all of the SD lieutenants at the start of the series, it would've been an overload. It's more natural to do it now, when we're in the SD den, and one of the protagonists is a lieutenant.

Anonymous said...

Is a "consort" the same thing as a "mate"? Or does it involve more?

And thanks for answering all these questions!!

Nalini Singh said...

Will be seeing more of Tally and Clay in the future?

Clay appears in "Bonds of Justice". You'll see them both again later on, too, I'm sure.

But (and this is a general comment that applies to all of the characters), as I mentioned in another answer, I have to make sure that everyone who appears is necessary to the story of that particular book. So sometimes you might see Dorian and Shaya, other times, it could be Judd and Brenna.

I have always wondered why Elena does not stick up for herself or cut her father out of her life. Will we be seeing Elena confront her father in the next book and/or make peace with herself about their relationship?

It's not always that easy - part of her is still the girl who remembers a father who loved her once upon a time. Their's is a complicated relationship. And yes, you'll see it explored a lot more in Archangel's Consort.

Do you intend to write a book where a changling will be in a relationship and then their mate comes along too?????

No, I don't this so, though there is a complex situation that you'll hear about in "Play of Passion."

What are the names of Elena's two half-sisters? And do they feel the same way towards Elena that Beth does?

Amethyst & Evelyn. Their feelings are explored in Archangel's Consort.

I know you don't remember specific ages, but what age group would Elena's half-sisters be in. Children? Teenagers? Adults?

From memory, Amethyst is thirteen, and Evelyn is ten.

Nalini Singh said...

Is a "consort" the same thing as a "mate"? Or does it involve more?

This is specifically discussed in the third book, so I'm afraid I'm going to make you wait.

Anonymous said...

Nalini, what about Lara, who is her mate? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Does Raphael have any hobbies?

Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Singh!

I absolutely love your books. I have read them in english and german! I am so happy to hear, that you are actually writing Hawkes book. I won't ask about him, altough I'm really curious. I just wanted to say, that my friends and I LOVE your series! And we are waiting for the hopefully HOT Hawke book! But it have to be hot, because Hawke himself is a hottie!!!

We love you!

Lisa and friends

Anonymous said...

Hey Nalini. Greets from germany!
My question: Will Brenna and Judd ever get a baby? I think Judd will be a good father.

Thanks, Riverbabe

Eva said...

* Will Ming see his lost expected protégé again? Do you plan more of his appearance?

* How high is the possibility that Indigo`s mate will get a bit jealousy? Is her book even hotter than Mercy`s?

* Bonds of Justice - Is it a bit thrillig/scary?

Calliope said...

How many languages can Elena speak? With all that travelling on hunts she must've picked up some...

Sarah said...

Will we hear more about Samuel Rain in the future Psy/Changeling books? He fought so hard not to give in to the compulsion programmed into his brain. I really want to know if he recovers and if he'll show up in the books to come.

RubyLoveTwixter said...

I know mates and wife/husband are very differen't from each other. Mates is a forever kind of thing. And I assume the ceremony is also differen't. Im curious, what happens during a mating ceremony? Like what do they do?

Anonymous said...

Hi Nalini, greetings from Austria!

I have two questions:

1) Will Vasic appear in Bonds of Justice?

2) About Anchors: You said that anchors are born and very unstable. Is being an anchor a specific talent with a designation? Anchors seem to be very important for the Net. Would it be possible for an anchor to leave the Net? Would it be different for him/her than it would be for non-anchor Psy?
This question you probably won't answer but I still have to ask : Were Anchors always this unstable?
Are Anchors unstable because of the condition of the Net or is the Net unstable because of the Anchors?

I hope I got it right...If my spelling or my grammar is strange, please be gentle, english is not my mother tounge.

emilyyy said...

i am very curious, i have recently been looking at information about piercings and have a related question about your books (:
There is a master piercer called Elayne Angel, who has tatooed angel wings amazingly similar - if not exact- to those pictured on the UK cover of Angels blood. This got me to wondering if there is any relation between the two. Same angel wings tatoo? Elayne - Elena? Angel - Angels Blood? If it is the case that they are both related, i think that it is wonderful how you have linked the two together!

Lindlee said...

Hi, Nalini! Thanks so much for doing this Q&A. They are always so much fun. Everybody comes up with such interesting comments and questions.

I was wondering about the break between the end of the first arc of the Psy/Changling series and the beginning of the second arc. Do you know yet how you'll make a distiction between the two? Will there be a time jump or something similar?

This question I may have to wait until AC to get the answer to but...Elena's father in AK seemed to assume that she was a vampire and he had a major problem with that. Will his atitude change once he learns that she is actually an angel? Or for him, is turning into anything not human bad?

Also, we know that Beth has been trying for years to become a vampire. Does her father not have a problem with this? Or are all his issues reserved for Elena? (I hope I'm remembering everything correctly. It's been awhile since I've reread AB.)

Lynn said...

What exactly happened between Elena and Raphael when she accused him of trying to make her want him? Was Elena "channeling" his emotions as well as her own because their my minds connected? Thanks, The GH books are some of my very favorites.

Anonymous said...

Since Elena is only a nickname, I wanted to know if Beth is her real name or is it short for something else?

Anonymous said...

Don't really have a question, but couldn't stop myself from gloating a bit. Was looking for the cover of Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs and I came accross the blurb for Play of Passion. It's got the hero's name in it. :) So giddy right now.

Auraya

pheonix2411 said...

we know that venom dimitri nassir and galen dont really like elena and illium loves her but what do jason and aohdan think of her

pheonix2411 said...

we know that gelen nassir dimitri and venom dont like elena and illium loves her but what do jason and aohdan think of her

Christina said...

Hi Nalini!
Another question: there are dominant women, like Mercy and Indigo, but so far we have only seen dominant men. Are there more beta men in the packs? Not that I am asking for a story, I'm just curious if they exist and how they fit into the structure of the pact, what they do.

Christina said...

@Hilary
Are warm-blooded animals the only types of changelings? Are there reptiles? Amphibians?
Clay mentions in his book that he met a snake changeling once and goes on to describe her a bit. It is in Mine to Possess.

@ Reema Clay and Tally are my favorite couple too! So glad to see someone else likes them too!

Calliope said...

How do you pronounce "Aodhan"?

Lola said...

Hey
I was wondering will we learn more about jason's parents in any of the up-coming books in the Guild Hunter Series?

Also well their be another novella on Deacon, Sara and Zoe?

Courtney said...

More questions! Hope you don't mind. :)

How do your titles come about? Some authors do their own, some get ideas from a variety of places, some take suggestions from their editors and such. How about you?

I admire your dedication to keep non-essential stuff out of the books. Too often, authors succumb to pressure to add in scenes with favorite former characters that don't relate to the book's core and books get cluttered. Is it ever tempting, though, to do that, like when something is particularly funny or touching?

And, because those scenes, if they get written at all, seem to usually end up on the Free Reads page, do you foresee any additions to that part of the website in the near future?

This is kind of a funny question, but...do any feline shifter parents have to put up scratching posts in the house for their cubs? I'm sure that the goal is for the cubs to scratch on trees and stuff, where they're supposed to, but babies and toddlers are still learning and I wonder if furniture is ever in danger from a crabby leopard toddler's claws.

And speaking of changeling babies, and since you said that pregnant changelings can shift (which makes complete sense they way you explained it), does the fetus shift as well? If a female changeling were to give birth in animal form, would her baby also be in animal form?

Also, because I have to ask a Kaleb question, what do you think of him as a man? I've always considered him to be very sexy and dangerous, that irrisistable combination that makes women everywhere melt into a puddle of hormones. Which of the heroes in the Psy-Changeling series make you melt?

Nalini Singh said...

Nalini, what about Lara, who is her mate?

Lara isn't yet mated. Inspite of her position in the pack, she is quite young.

Does Raphael have any hobbies?

Let's just say he enjoys watching Elena pursue hers (look out for the scene in Archangel's Consort).

I just wanted to say, that my friends and I LOVE your series! And we are waiting for the hopefully HOT Hawke book! But it have to be hot, because Hawke himself is a hottie!!!

Thank you! :)

My question: Will Brenna and Judd ever get a baby? I think Judd will be a good father.

Not soon. They are both relatively young, and have come through a lot, so I think it's good for them to spend time growing into their mating. :)

* Will Ming see his lost expected protégé again? Do you plan more of his appearance?

Undecided as yet. But yes, Ming is around.

* How high is the possibility that Indigo`s mate will get a bit jealousy? Is her book even hotter than Mercy`s?

There may be a possibility ;) This book is hot, but it's also very playful (hence the title) and has it's own unique energy. I think you'll love the interplay between Indigo and her hero.

* Bonds of Justice - Is it a bit thrillig/scary?

Yes, there are parts like that. But it doesn't dominate the book - Max's and Sophia's relationship is at the core, and it's an intensely emotional one.

How many languages can Elena speak? With all that travelling on hunts she must've picked up some...

She has passable fluency in a number - I'm not quite sure of all of them yet, as they haven't come up, but I'm fairly certain her Spanish is quite good, and the French of course, because of her background.

Will we hear more about Samuel Rain in the future Psy/Changeling books? He fought so hard not to give in to the compulsion programmed into his brain. I really want to know if he recovers and if he'll show up in the books to come.

I have always meant to return to Samuel - I think this will happen in the second arc.

pheonix said...

what does raphael mean in ab when hes says angels need to refuel

Anonymous said...

In angel's blood Raphael said the only way to kill an archangel was for another archangel to kill them. But when Elena shot him would he have died if Dimitri hadn't gotten him to the healers?

Anonymous said...

It's said that old vampires have power, but what is the power for, what sort of abilities do vampires posess?

Nalini Singh said...

I know mates and wife/husband are very differen't from each other. Mates is a forever kind of thing. And I assume the ceremony is also differen't. Im curious, what happens during a mating ceremony? Like what do they do?

Basically, it's a celebration of the bond, and the shape it takes depends on each couple. You get a glimpse of one in "Whisper of Sin".

1) Will Vasic appear in Bonds of Justice?

Hmm, thinking back... No, I'm fairly certain he's not in Bonds of Justice. (I'm three books ahead now, so I have to be careful which book I'm thinking about!)

2) About Anchors: You said that anchors are born and very unstable. Is being an anchor a specific talent with a designation? Anchors seem to be very important for the Net. Would it be possible for an anchor to leave the Net? Would it be different for him/her than it would be for non-anchor Psy?
This question you probably won't answer but I still have to ask : Were Anchors always this unstable?
Are Anchors unstable because of the condition of the Net or is the Net unstable because of the Anchors?


This is a complex set of questions, but as it happens, you will get a lot of insight into anchors in Bonds of Justice - and I think it will answer many of your questions.

There is a master piercer called Elayne Angel, who has tatooed angel wings amazingly similar - if not exact- to those pictured on the UK cover of Angels blood. This got me to wondering if there is any relation between the two. Same angel wings tatoo? Elayne - Elena? Angel - Angels Blood? If it is the case that they are both related, i think that it is wonderful how you have linked the two together!

No, not related. The UK edition only released this year, and I wrote Angels' Blood several years back. So pure coincidence.

In terms of the cover itself, I don't know the source for the image used so I can't point you to it.

p.s. I just Googled Ms. Angel and her artwork is beautiful.

I was wondering about the break between the end of the first arc of the Psy/Changling series and the beginning of the second arc. Do you know yet how you'll make a distiction between the two? Will there be a time jump or something similar?

It'll be very clear when it happens.

This question I may have to wait until AC to get the answer to but...Elena's father in AK seemed to assume that she was a vampire and he had a major problem with that. Will his atitude change once he learns that she is actually an angel? Or for him, is turning into anything not human bad?

Yep, you'll have to wait till Archangel's Consort.

Also, we know that Beth has been trying for years to become a vampire. Does her father not have a problem with this? Or are all his issues reserved for Elena? (I hope I'm remembering everything correctly. It's been awhile since I've reread AB.)

Harrison is a special case, remember, because of Jeffrey's business relationship with Harry's family. And since Beth is married to Harrison...

Anonymous said...

Do you have plans on a book for Lara?

Thanks

Nalini Singh said...

What exactly happened between Elena and Raphael when she accused him of trying to make her want him? Was Elena "channeling" his emotions as well as her own because their my minds connected?

Their minds connected, and their desire fed into each other. Neither was in control.

Since Elena is only a nickname, I wanted to know if Beth is her real name or is it short for something else?

It's short for something else.

Don't really have a question, but couldn't stop myself from gloating a bit. Was looking for the cover of Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs and I came accross the blurb for Play of Passion. It's got the hero's name in it. :)

Shhh... *grin*

we know that venom dimitri nassir and galen dont really like elena and illium loves her but what do jason and aohdan think of her

Archangel's Consort has a lot of Jason and Aodhan, so you'll get to decide first-hand.

Another question: there are dominant women, like Mercy and Indigo, but so far we have only seen dominant men. Are there more beta men in the packs? Not that I am asking for a story, I'm just curious if they exist and how they fit into the structure of the pact, what they do.

There are men and women at all levels of the hierarchy. What they do depends on their skills - ie. there are techs and medics who aren't necessarily dominant, but who work in important roles. They are as integral to a healthy pack as at the dominants - it's all about balance.

How do you pronounce "Aodhan"?

From what I know, there are a number of ways to pronounce it - including E-dhan & Aidan, but I prefer to say it how it's written - so A-o-dhan.

I was wondering will we learn more about jason's parents in any of the up-coming books in the Guild Hunter Series?

Yes.

Also well their be another novella on Deacon, Sara and Zoe?

No, but I might do a short story sometime.

Nalini Singh said...

How do your titles come about? Some authors do their own, some get ideas from a variety of places, some take suggestions from their editors and such. How about you?

Some of them I come up with on my own, while other times, I'll bounce ideas around with my editor and my agent. And last night, I had a meeting with my own personal "brain trust" *grin* where we were brainstorming ideas for Hawke's title (no title yet - still working on it). So there's no one set way.

I admire your dedication to keep non-essential stuff out of the books. Too often, authors succumb to pressure to add in scenes with favorite former characters that don't relate to the book's core and books get cluttered. Is it ever tempting, though, to do that, like when something is particularly funny or touching?

Absolutely! This is the reason for at least one deleted scene on the website - I don't stop myself writing the scenes because I enjoy them so much, but then I take the scene(s) out and share them separately.

And, because those scenes, if they get written at all, seem to usually end up on the Free Reads page, do you foresee any additions to that part of the website in the near future?

Why, yes :D

This is kind of a funny question, but...do any feline shifter parents have to put up scratching posts in the house for their cubs? I'm sure that the goal is for the cubs to scratch on trees and stuff, where they're supposed to, but babies and toddlers are still learning and I wonder if furniture is ever in danger from a crabby leopard toddler's claws.

Have you seen the floors in Tammy's house? Scratches all over! So yes, I'm sure more than one parent has considered a scratching post - though I'm not sure how well they'd work to be honest.

And speaking of changeling babies, and since you said that pregnant changelings can shift (which makes complete sense they way you explained it), does the fetus shift as well? If a female changeling were to give birth in animal form, would her baby also be in animal form?

Changelings give birth in human form - the expectant mother would spontaneously shift into human form if she was in animal form and it was time to give birth. Babies don't change until they're about a year old.

As for the fetus, I've thought about that, and decided that since changelings are shifters, the fetus must somehow automatically adapt when the mother changes.

Also, because I have to ask a Kaleb question, what do you think of him as a man? I've always considered him to be very sexy and dangerous, that irrisistable combination that makes women everywhere melt into a puddle of hormones. Which of the heroes in the Psy-Changeling series make you melt?

Someone actually asked me a similiar question in person last night, and my answer was the same - each time I'm writing a book, the characters in that book have my complete and utter attention. There's no way for me to choose!

Nalini Singh said...

what does raphael mean in ab when hes says angels need to refuel

He's talking about energy.

In angel's blood Raphael said the only way to kill an archangel was for another archangel to kill them. But when Elena shot him would he have died if Dimitri hadn't gotten him to the healers?

No, I don't think so. The fact of how Elena was able to injure him that badly is something that's further explored in Archangel's Consort, because it should've been impossible.

It's said that old vampires have power, but what is the power for, what sort of abilities do vampires posess?

The abilities are dependent on the vampire in question - eg. with Venom and his ability to entrance.

Nalini Singh said...

Do you have plans on a book for Lara?

Yes.

Anonymous said...

A few psy/changeling questions occur to me...

1. Will we ever find out specifically why Faith's sister Marine was killed, or is that not particularly relevant?

2. I can't find any place that specifically mentions Nikita having that metallic Psy smell. Is that a deliberate omission to keep us guessing about her motives, or did I just miss it in the books?

3. You said Faith's cousin Sahara's fate is currently unknown. Will we ever meet Faith's brother, Tanique, the Ps-Psy, or Juniper, the young foreseer still in NightStar? Or are they too far out on a tangent to apply to the main story?

4. Will we find out about Marlee's and Toby's abilities in this arc or the next one?

5. Has anyone in DarkRiver ever made any kind of “official” recognition of the fact that Jon and Sasha are related? I know it's a very distant blood relationship, but since neither of them have blood kin they're particularly close to (at the moment, at least), does Jon know or care that he's related to Sasha?

6. Will we ever get to see Nikita's reaction to the fact that her (at least one) grandchild has fur? Please??

7. You might have answered this before and I missed it. Is the mark on Kaleb's arm something he was born with or was it put there? Notice I don't ask who put it there or why. I know there's more coming about that later, but I can't tell if you intended me to be confused at this point or if it just happened that way.

8. Will Anthony ever get a story, maybe in the second arc? He certainly deserves one!

9. How, exactly, do data crystals work? I'm far from a techno-geek, but this question does arise every time I see Judd with a data crystal.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

based on someones comment earlier, i was able to find the play of passion blurb...

read at your own risk!

MWHAHAHAHAAHAHaaaa!

oh, im so looking forward to it!!!! :)

http://booksellers.penguin.com/static/pdf/berkley-nov10.pdf

page 12!

Anonymous said...

Has a hunter ever decided to leave the Guild and request to be made? And if so, have any of them tried to escape and have to be hunted by hunters?

Will we see Vivek again in or outside the cellars again?

What sort of business is Jeffery in exactly?

In AK Jeffery was fighting with someone so that Elena could go and see her sisters in the morgue, I think it was an Aunt, was it Jeffery's sister or Maguriete's?

Oh and last question for now, why did Slater leave Ellie alive and who found her after he had left?

Anonymous said...

What is "laz" of "laz-fire"?
Some kind of abbreviation??

Anonymous said...

Elena says that all her father's business contacts are not all legal, what are some of the illeagal ones?

How long was the guild hunter strike going on while Elena was in her coma? And was it global or just national? Oh and did alot of vampires really escape or did their angels' just work overtime to keep them in line?


What constitutes an escape attempt for a vampire, like do they have check-in times with their angel's and if they don't show up they get hunted?

Also I wanted to know how Harrison tried to escape and how and where did Ellie catch him? Oh and what was his punishment?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering my question about anchors, now my wish for time machine taking me to july is even bigger *g*

I came up with another question: Will there be any scenes featuring Walker in Bonds of Justice or Play of Passion? What's his position in the den? In the Net he was working as a teacher, but since he's more or less Silent, is he allowed to teach the pups in the den?
I hope you can tell when we get to find out more about him.

liz said...

thanks for the Q&A nalini
Knowing that Judd can actually move thecells in his body, are there any other psy who have a similar ability which allows them to actually change how they look physically?
Will we be meeting any other psy abilities (like the evolved ones the forgotten have) in the upcoming books?

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Singh,
first I would like to say how much I enjoy your books. My question is: Are priests of the second reformation church allowed to marry? I am asking because I would like to know more about Father Perez, he is really interesting.
Greetings from Germany

Cherry said...

One last question. This has been bothering me for a while. In Caressed by Ice, while Brenna, Jude, Riley, and Drew were at Nate's house, Riley made the comment to Brenna that Drew and Jude were exactly alike. How so? I could never make the connection.

Anonymous said...

I would REALLY REALLY love to know do we get see that amazing Psy Vasic more in the books? maybe he could get his own book...? (just asking,but so thrilled about him)

Anonymous said...

First of all,I'd like to say, no, to applaud for being such a writer! I fell in love with the Guild Hunter series at first, let me say, DAMN they are perfect. I can not really agree with the others,I do not want to change the main couple! Elena is the best heroine EVER.EVER. But idea of getting more of her Blue friend fascinates me,yes. Sometimes... I wish Elena would love him too :D kidding!
My question: is the Bluebell in love with Elena? would he love to be with her instead of her being with Raphael? I'm always wondering about that possibility of darkness...

Lynn said...

Why did Elena's transformation take a whole year and why was her mind silent to Raphael that long?

Anonymous said...

by the way,I have never ever read something so amazing about angels. There wolves,leopards,tigers,vampires... but angels? angels like in the Guild Hunter series? no! I would be one of those who are always like starstrucked,amazed by them even they are so NOT innocent :)

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could tell us anything more about the Transmutation Psys. I've been wondering about those for a while now. They've only been mentioned in the first book so far.
Thanks =)

Louise said...

Hi Nalini!!
Thanks for doing this Q&A

So, have you ever thought about doing a soundtrack for the books?

Sherri L. said...

Hey Nalini, I love your books and I'm basically a newbie so bare with me. I was reading some of the questions and I figured I'd try one. I read in MTP where tally was dreaming and it seemed like she was dreaming about the web of stars and if so how is that possibe when she didn't know about it yet? Does she have abilities that she as yet doesn't know about and if so will we find out in future books? Thanks

Me said...

to Sherri L:
That was Sasha who was dreaming about the new element of the Web if you mean at the scene in the end.

Nalini Singh said...

based on someones comment earlier, i was able to find the play of passion blurb...

read at your own risk!

MWHAHAHAHAAHAHaaaa!


Lol!!

If you've resisted the tempation so far, be strong! I think the first chapter has got a fun sense of anticipation to it as you wait to find out who it is :)

It's Sunday morning here - I'll be back later today to answer the remaining questions before closing the comments, so if you have any more, get them in now.

Anonymous said...

At what age do angel's have to start purging the toxin into humans? Like when will Sam have to do this, if he hasn't already?

How exactly is an vampire made, how do angel's transfer the toxin?

I thought that to kill an archangel thier heart had to be ripped out and replaced with angelfire? If so how did Raphael's father die in a regular fire? Or was the whole place set ablaze with angelfire?

Calliope said...

Is the Quiet an angel thing, archangel thing or a Raphael thing?

Kayla said...

how old were elena and beth when their sisters were killed?

How many year after their deaths did jeffery get remarried?

Anonymous said...

@ Kayla
I believe Elena was 10 and Beth was 5. It was mentioned in Archangel's Kiss

Calliope said...

So, to clarify, angels/archangels only do amber. They never do gold?

Do Elijah and Hanna wear amber?

Do all women wear their, er, status jewellery as earrings and the men as rings or is this just a Raphael/Elena thing?

Do any other jewels/metals carry meaning?

Does being Raphael's consort afford Elena any specific perks/responsibilities?

Anonymous said...

You said Lara's book is planned...is it in the first arc?

Thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions!!!

Missy G

Anonymous said...

Does the psy council know how sascha and faith are surviving after dropping out of the net or do they just suspect that darkriver and snowdancer are hiding enough psy among them to create another shadow net?

Anonymous said...

In angels consort will elena's "condition" become public knowledge or will it remain a secret from the public?
And will this effect both humans and vampires perceptions of Angels, knowing that for whatever reason it is possible to become one?

Katherine said...

This is something that I have been wondering about for a while:

I noticed that in the Blaze of Memory letters, the Psy Gradiant was never mentioned. Is that because it wasn't there? Or because it wasn't that big a deal?

Also, does the 1.0 gradiant telepathy requirement make it significantly harder for someone like Ashaya to conceive and successfully carry a child to term?

Calliope said...

How long will it take for Elena to be "set" in her immortality?

Which characters, in a perfect world, would get their own books?

Is Elena wealthier than her father?

Is it expected for Elena to evolve and develop abilities as a normal angel would? Do all angels do that?

Previous question made me wonder, what sort of hobbies does Elena have?

Calliope said...

The Web of Stars is based on Lucas' connection to his sentinels. So, if something happens to Lucas, does the Web fall and all those Psy connected to it flounder?

Hypothetically, what would that Web be like if Sascha weren't a part of it?

If Sascha were to, for some reason in this hypothetical vein, be comatose, would her abilities continue to work within the Web independent from her?

maritza said...

Ok I hope this message isn't too late. I'm in the states and don't really know what the time changes are other than its SUNDAY in Australia.
Ok so here I go.
First,
Sasha's mother Nikita, seems to be....changing... getting softer? I know in Sasha's book Luc said Nikita smelled metalic....
Have the changes in the net created changes in Nikita?

I second the Anthony question. For some reason I see him with Nikita. Don't ask me why I just do.
I know that you said Raphael "REFUELING" ment to reenergize, but why and how, or will we learn more about this in future books?

I wonder... will Raphael meet face to face with Parker? And if so will we see it in AC?

Anonymous said...

Who is Faith's half brother from Anthony's reproduction contract??

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