A Moning Maniacs Website-ról. Karen Marie Moning válaszolt pár, a rajongók által feltett kérdésre az ICED-dal kapcsolatban.
"Here is the transcript from the live chat today with Karen. I've basically copied and pasted the question and her answer (or, non-answer – lol). The only edits I made was to a few misspellings (kept most of them) and tried to remove all names. Hopefully I got them all. Enjoy!
Transcript – Karen Marie Moning live chat from November 19, 2012.
Why do so many people hate Jo?? Didn't she end up working at Chesters to save Dani in the first place?? Comments?
KMM– She's not wool pulling. She's the girl next door trying to have her fair slice of life.
It wasn't mentioned much in the book and I am sure it is some kind of foreshadowing.. but the medusa/snake wraiths around Mac.. they kind of creeped me out.. I am sure we are going to see more of them.. right??
KMM– Oh yeah!
Question nr. 2: you mentioned that Christian will be a very important character. What do you mean by that? Is he going to stay Unseelie forever? Is he going to save the world?
KMM– Sigh. [Name removed] if I told you now I'd have to kill you
Does anyone else wonder if there is potentially a „family” connection to Ryo and Dani? Remember there's been nothing overtly sexual between them thus far… we can tell he cares for her for some reason but he never shows you „how” he cares for her. Christian has the thought that Ryo is waiting for Dani to grow up a bit BUT we also know that Ryo knew of Dani as a young child and watched her grow up once her existence came to his attention. It seems a little paternal in a way…
KMM – No family connection
We only saw Rainey Lane through Dani's eyes in ICED. She really got on my nerves in a Stepford Wives kind of way. Is something else going on there?
KMM– Of course! Transformation again. Rainey really is the quintessential southern belle. Think Mac without the SD inside. I love all my characters and am curious to see what they become.
I'm planning to go to dublin and i wanted to know why you chose this city for your fever series and what did u like most about it ?
KMM– Like New Orleans–everything!
How long does it usually take you to finish writing a book?
KMM–4 to 10 months. Shadowfever was 7.
Karen, thank you for all that you do for us. Really. The last two book launches in NOLA were an amazing gift on top of everything you do to make the experience s a KMM uso rewarding. To piggy back on what [NAME REMOVED] so aptly mentioned AND put something additional in your ear, can we have a book launch not for BURNED but FLAYED in MIAMI? Pretty please? That will let us rest and be in a muy caliente town. And then of course the final book in the planned series, the Mac/Barrons ones, in DUBLIN? A million thanks! Oh and pretty please with sugar on top?!!
KMM– Got to quash the Miami idea though. Just not one of my favorite cities. Probably because I live so near that I can go there whenever I want
Why did Aoibheal choose mates for Daegus, Drustan and Cian?
KMM– She didn't chose them, it was sychronicity.
everyone is in Ireland but while reading it, I didnt feel like any one had an Irish Accent. was I reading it wrong?
KMM– No. Stylistic choice [NAME REMOVED]. (Hi, gorgeous!!!) I had to decide whether to try to make it feel distinctly Irish or not. For accessibility I decided to keep it simple.
Is Christian Mackeltar going to take the place of V'lane in the next book as our sexy-by-death Fae but without the scheming?
KMM– Here's a bone: transformation. That's what fascinates me. As much as you currently struggle with what Christian is you will one day love him.
Will Lor have his own story??
KMM– I love Lor. Got stuff planned for him
Will Jo still be alive at the end of Dani's series?
KMM– LMAO! I've never had people ask me that when I could tell they were hoping I'd kill a character off. From where I'm standing, I think Jo is pretty much your average everyday person right now. Spent most of her life doing The Right Thing for everyone but herself. Researching, studying, helping, trying to be good. But bowing to the shoulds has begun to build up pressure. She wants her freedom. She wants to know if bad boys really do taste better. And now that she knows, who knows what she'll become….
I have two questions that can possibly be related to each other… Although the Barrons, Ryodan, and the others were cursed, was the curse just related to them never dyeing? Did they have their ‘super’ powers before they died? Although Dani is a sidhe-seer, her powers seem to be a bit more than your average sidhe-seer. In fact, they seem very similar to Barrons and the others. Is she somehow related to them?
KMM– Oh, Puh-lease. You really thinkg I'm going to answer all that? :)
Is Lor going to be taking on a teacher/big brother role to Dani (big brother as only one of the 9 can)?
KMM— Well he sure isn't going to be having sex with the 14-year old. Or even blowing her a kiss. Not even looking at her sideways. I probably end up lynched and in prison. Probably in that order. :) On a more serious note, Lor is very protective of her. He loves her youth, her innocence, her balls, her need for constant stimulation. He'd be watching over her even if Ryodan hadn't put him in that position.
If Ryodan is the one who 'fucks with everyone's mind', who or what will it take to fuck with his?
KMM– Me. :)
Since you wouldn't answer my first, lol, here's another… All of the Barrons-type men have scars on them except for Barrons. Does this have something to do with their ‘curse’? Did something happen to them to make it so Barrons made a deal to save them? And, if so, will this come back to haunt him/them?
KMM– It's not that plebian, the origin story of the Nine.
soo.. i duno about anyone else.. but i was devasted and really mad about this Ryodan and Joe.. is there something else going on there.. please tell me Ryodan is just using his time with her until Dani grows up!
KMM– Ok, that's it. I wrote her too good. :) Crimeny. You were SUPPOSED to be irritated by this. Just not quite so bent out of shape. It's intended to make you feel all those things: Ew, Jo doesn't deserve him, Ew, what about Dani, Ew, what about Ryodan anyway because we really can't get a „romantic” feel for him in this book (because you're not supposed to yet.) ICED is book 6 in the series but book 1 in this trilogy. This is the foundation where I lay out the characters, establish their flaws, point you toward the hero's journey. Can't be a journey if everybody's already at the end of Perfect Street.
Karen, I love your books you are by far my favorite Author, however will Dani be older quickly in the 2nd book?
KMM– She does get older in the second book… If you're trying to force the story to be a straight up romance, it's going to be weird for you. You have to suspend that need and read the story for what it is. I believe that–in the end–what I'm writing will prove an even better love story than Mac & Barrons. With all the hot sexy stuff. Keep the faith… Remember the risks I took with you in the Fever Series. You're facing new risks. Same writer, same ultimate goal: to tell you a kick ass good story with an amazing romance at the core of it. But you guys who are struggling have GOT to lose your fecking preconceptions. Stop labeling. Stop trying to force things into assumption boxes. I thought Barrons taught you something LOL!
So if Christian is there to replace an Unseelie royalty, who replaced the Seelie? And are they usually human hybrids? :D *hoping you'll answer*
KMM– The royal balance must always be kept in the dark and light courts.
What are those things following Mac and why? Do they sense the book?
In the fever series the guys aren't 'allowed' to have girlfriends, right? I mean, that's a pact they made amongst themselves. Now, Kasteo's was killed? He must be vengefull seeing Ryo and Jer with girls of their own? :o
KMM– Ryodan doesn't have a girlfriend and they all know it. The reason you all don't like Jo is because we see what's really going on. Sometimes I think I wrote her TOO well :)
Don't take this the wrong way but I HATE YOU!.. How can you just leave us twisting in the wind at the end of every book (Secreately love it…) but I have to buy your books in hard back because I am not waiting for paper back lol…. My Question is how long are we going to twist before your next book?
KMM– Thanks! Hopefully not too long. I'm working on it:)
The MacKeltars are all about their clan. Why aren't they helping Christian try to reverse the change?
KMM– Because Christian isn't cooperating. There's a lot that goes on behind scenes that you haven't seen yet. ICED was actually a pretty long book. I can't put everything in right away. Or I'd have to just keep writing. And writing. And 1000 pages and five GRRM years later you'd get a book. haha.
Hi Karen!!! I've been a huge fan since the first Highlander book so my question is this: since there are so many alpha men in your books, which would you say is the most dominant? If they formed a group, who be the leader?
KMM– I'll let you guys answer this one. I love seeing in your head like this!
Why are the nine ok with Dani knowing about them..fangs,not being able to die,etc. But Ryodan said they would kill Jo if she knew?
KMM– Great question!
Who bottled up the Crimson Hag? can Dani's sword kill her?
KMM– The Crimson Hag has lurked in my mind for years with her knitting needle appendages. It was so good to finally write her out. Fewer nightmares :) The UK bottled her. Great question about Dani's sword.
When Dani was chained up at Chesters and she talked to Mac,was it really Ryodan getting into her head?
My question is on an inconsistency in Iced. In the Fever series, Cruce was the only Unseelie prince with wings. In Iced, not only is Christian growing wings, the other princes have wings too. What changed?
KMM– They always had them. Cruce has an enormous wingspan. The others don't come close. Yet. Cruce doesn't come close to the UK. yet. ;)
Do Ryo and Dani end up together? Is he her Barron's?
KMM– Oh, for feck's sake!
Are both books (SDs) going to go head to head at some point?
Cruce and his book vs Mac and hers?
KMM– Oh, duh–Sinsar Dubh's! I thought you meant like Shadowfever and ICED LOL! Or maybe the Boora Boora books:)
Where does Dancer go when he disappears for days? and is there anything 'special' about the bracelet he gave Dani?
KMM– Excellent question! No, the bracelet doesn't work like the Nine's cuffs.
But does it work in any way then?
KMM—[NAME REMOVED], you clever girl…:)
Can we please celebrate the launch of the final book in Dublin, where it all began?
KMM– Actually I would seriously consider it [NAME REMOVED]. It would be pretty much perfect.
I'm very excited about this chat as you are my all time favorite author!! What inspired you to write Iced?
KMM– I had a crazy 14 year old stuck in my head and it was either write her out or be stuck listening to her for the rest of my life. I figured better you than me.:)
Hi Karen, I am a huge fan of all your books they are a joy to read. I live in Dublin so you can understand how much the fever series relates, I am so frustrated to read all the comments on Iced when I am not able to buy it anywhere. Please, please tell me what the release date is for us poor dublin fans I have been anticpating this book for so long xxxxx
KMM– Thank you [NAME REMOVED]! I didn't realize it wasn't available there. You can order it from Bookstore 1 Sarasota and they'll ship it over. How about ebook or audio?
This might be too spoilerish… But will Dani's HEA (was it even said she gets one?) at the end of her books be a romantic HEA or more about her finding her place in the world and love (but not in aromantic way)? Am I making any sense here? LOL
*crosses fingers a romantic HEA won't be with Ryo*
KMM—[NAME REMOVED] I couldn't be more aware of your feelings about Dani and Ryodan. :) I plan to give Dani the perfect HEA for her.
…were you expecting such a strong, and in some cases negative, response from the age of Dani in Iced?
KMM– Linkin Park says the problem with finding a successful formula is „once you got the theory of how the thing works, everybody want the next thing to be just like the first.” Some readers seemed to try to force ICED to be a Romance with a capital R –acting as if Dani & Ryodan or Dani & Christian were supposed to be the next Mac & Barrons. I can see how that would confuse them.
Where does Dancer go when he disappears for days?
HHH!!! Are Jo and Ryodan a permanent couple?!?
KMM– Do you guys really need to ask that? Where's the faith? Do you think I don't know you need another epic hot duo? Trust me to get you there. I think a lot of folks expected that ICED would somehow trump Shadowfever which was the climax in a slow, intense four-book buildup. I just started the buildup over again. ICED is more like Darkfever where you aren't sure you like the characters yet…remember how many of you thought Mac was TSTL and Barrons too old?.. Many people had strong reactions to ICED. I expected you to. I'm trying with 100% of my writing ability to ultimately deliver something that TOPS your emotional reaction to the Fever Series. I won't get there without risk.
Is Dani related to Ryodan?? Or is this too much of a spoiler?
will mac forgive dani?
KMM– Would you?
What advice can you give aspiring writers?
KMM– Keep your butt in the chair. Read a lot. Write a lot. Then read some more. It's the best teacher.
I really loved that ICED is an adult novel with a young adult as a protagonist. Among many YA female protagonists it seems they are always in conflict with their changing environment. What was new and wonderful about ICED was that after the wall came down Dani FLOURISHED and it seems everyone around her struggled to put her in a certain box. As Dani matures what do you think will be the greatest test to her willfulness that we all love?
KMM– There's a reason Ryodan says "One day, kid you'll be willing to mortgage your fucking soul for somebody."…And thank you!!!
The comment that Kat made about Dancer, that he has something very dark in him is making me wonder.
what i really would like to know: will there ever be a story from Barrons view, or anything about the Nine. Where they come from? what they experienced through the decades or centuries? Who is the mother of Barrons son who finally found rest with K'Vruck's help?
I posted this somewhere else but I don't think it is in the right spot. In the previous books of the fever series, you foreshadowed heavily. Is it safe to assume that you will continue to do so in Dani's trilogy?
KMM– I already am… Some folks through the ending of the HFK was anti-climactic. Remember the classic horror movies? The bad guys always dies and gets back up. TWICE.
Alright this has been killing me to ask but did RYO tattoo Dani? After she wakes up in the basement she keeps talking about how the back of her skull/neck burns and she mentions that a few times after. Then when he used that spell to make her eat a candy bar she says the same thing. I think she is but DID HE?
KMM– I would think anytime a person spent time unconscious around one of the Nine and woke up with the back of their skull sore they'd probably want to check it. But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.
I am curious what is so dark about Dancer? At the end at the abbey. Ket doesn't feel Ryo at all, but feels the others.
KMM– You should be
I would like to know more about Dani's 'other' – does Dani have dissociative identity disorder brought on by her early childhood trauma or is this something else, maybe linked to her powers – like the 9 beast form without a manifestation? also, about the wings, it seemed like other princes had wings, and we know Christian grew some, but I thought in the fever series it mentioned only Cruce had wings? Thanks!! (LOVED ICED so so much! much more than I thought I would lol)
KMM– When the body endures more than it can the mind fractures or finds a coping mechanism. Dani doesn't fracture. Never. Going. To. Happen. In some ways, the girl's a bit of monster. Who still keeps smiling and trying in spite of it all. Remember how in the Fever books I said 'it's our actions that define us'?
another question„ how the hell did Christian know about K'vruck and Barron's son?!
KMM– How does the tooth fairy know to come get your tooth? … Point being the behind the scenes stuff is behind the scenes for reasons: either I'm going to use it in the future or its irrelevant.
Ms Moning, are you going to incorporate more of the MacKeltars and Adam into the next several books??? Adam after all was the Blackest Elf, and the love of his eternity was a realtive of sorts to Mac and Dani…
KMM– Sometimes there's simply no way to include all the players i would include without the story beginning to feel…contrived or farcical. If I do anything with them it might be a prequel to the Fever Series, the time in between…a Keltar Christmas or something.
I am wondering if Aoibheal (sp?) will come back? I didn't know what happened to her, just that she was gone.
KMM– There's still story there with the Unseelie king.
Any hints as to what is going to happen with Dani's hand (the one that killed the Hunter)?
KMM– No. Not even a single one
How did Christian know about the Silver by BB&B?
KMM– There's that damn tooth fairy again… Ooops, just realized if you didn't see my earlier comment you'll think I'm nuts. There are things that occur behind the scenes that are either terribly relevant and a big secret therefore not going to be revealed, or totally irrelevant. This falls into one of those categories. :)
whats in store for fade and lor?
KMM– Dude! All kinds of fascinating stuff. They do love the women but it's not going to be easy for any of the Nine.
Will you please describe Ryo just a little more?
KMM– Honey, not even for you
Hello, Karen! Thank you for your hard work and new book!
Please tell me, what was the big shadow in the «Bloodfever», which copied the movement Mac? Is it the secret of new books?
Why Mac is not to hurry to make peace with Danny? What is she busy now? Has she a good time with Barrons?
I love very much Mac and Barrons! How many of them will be in the «Burned» and «Flayed»?
Did Barrons loved the mother of his son? I hope not!
KMM– Mac and Barrons have their hands full right now, that's why you're not seeing them. Besides, Dani is a superhero. She believes in saving the world. Barrons believes in saving Mac and himself. Mac believes in spending as much time in bed with Barrons as possible. :) In between their current quandary. Like the strange Unseelie that are following Mac around. Remember, she has a secret. There's not just ONE Sinsar Dubh in Ireland now. One is ICED. The other is walking around. Pretty in pink and machine guns, LOL.
Hi Karen!!! :D I need to know something, You say Barrons and Ryordan are diferent, I mean, before they were cursed too? like two diferent species? and, About Iced, Dani will reconcile with Mac? or in the other books?
KMM– Barrons and Ryodan and the rest of the men that comprise the Nine are the same…uh…species? Whatever. Same origin… Mac had all the love in the world but had no spine. Her story was about finding strength. Dani has all the strength in the world but has never known love. Her story is about discovering it.
Love love love your books. I have re-read them so many times. Is Christian the same one from the highlander series who decends from Nell and Sylvan? The same christian who has a twin sister?
KMM– Thanks and yes!
Can you PLEASSSSSE give a tentative date for the next book? Your have started it right? Of course you have, stupid comment.
KMM– LMFAO! Yes, I've started it. No release date yet sorry..
I was wondering why Christian can never return to the Highlands?
KMM– Cause he's being a dickhead right now!
How did you channel a 14 year old girl? The sarcasm was so spot on! Hilarious and I loved it!
KMM– Dude. Was one. :) Thank!
will we ever find out what the three problems were that Ryo had with dani drinking Christians Blood?
It seems that Mac's mom is not aware of Dani's part in Alina's death. Does Mac suspect that Dani was somehow coerced?
KMM– Mac knows Ro.
Karen! I am having Cruce withdrawals. Have mercy. LOL ;)
KMM– Careful. You're top on his list to Crucify
I know that you still have two books coming, BTW, did these also come to you as one, complete story, sorry jumped thoughts there. Do you know what your next series will be about? Like the rest of Barrons men? Lor is a lot of fun.
KMM– Lor, Lor, Lor. God I love that male
Will any of Mad Morry’s prophecies come into play during Dani’s books?
KMM– Nice question. I like them obscure :) Possibly!
Have you had time to read all of our crazy theories we have going on the message boards on your page? We're nuts about this story!
KMM– I try to stay out of your mazes. LOL. They're labyrinthine.
KMM–One last note about Ryodan: He will eclipse Barrons. Blot him right out of your soul's sky. That's the challenge I've set for myself as a writer. (God, I hate it when I do this to myself.) It won't happen in the first book, or the second. But it will happen. And the gauntlet is flung…"