“Dellatude” and Burnett

Rachel at Fiktshun interviewed me last October 26th when Unspoken came out.  I thought you’d like to read what I had to say

Unspoken_revised (1)1. In 25 words or less, what can readers expect from Unspoken?

A wild ride of action, suspense, and love that’ll tug at your heart strings. A story of forgiveness and unlikely friendships that’ll make you laugh.

2. What has been your favorite part about writing the Shadow Falls: After Dark series/Della Tsang’s stories?

It’s Della.  Her sassiness, her spunk, her spark.  Okay, you know we all have a little smarta$$ inside of us.  And when I write her, I get to bring out my inner Della and let it party.  My husband calls it “Dellatude.” She’s loyal, she’ll always have your back, but she’s not the girlfriend, you ask, “Do these jeans make my butt look big?”  Because that girl tells the truth, even when a white lie would have been appreciated. Writing her has been . .. as my grandmother would say, “a hoot and half.”

3. Across both Shadow Falls series, who has been your favorite character to write (and why are they a favorite)? And who has been your most challenging character (and what were the challenges)?

Okay, I admit it.  I love Burnett.  He’s a grumpy, macho, sexy vampire.  He drives Della crazy by being so over protective.  But let me tell you, if he wasn’t in love with Holiday, I’d steal him.  His character has slowly evolved in all the books.  As a matter of fact, in Fierce, a novella included in Almost Midnight, [that came] out Feb. 2nd, you’ll discover a little more about his past and the reason he is the way he is.  Now Fierce isn’t Burnett’s story, but rather a story of another character that was a challenge to write.  But Fredericka Lakota demanded her own story.  She bugged me until I finally just cratered.  She wasn’t even a likely candidate, or even a likable character.  She was Kylie’s nemesis —someone everyone wanted to root against.  Yet, even archenemies have stories.  Some of them, like Fredericka, even deserve to be redeemed.  I never thought I’d find myself rooting for her, but boy howdy, when I learned her story, she got under my skin and into my heart.

4. If you had to pick one scene, or one moment, from Unspoken that was your favorite, what would it be?

That would be when Della and her father finally have their “talk.”  There have been times when writing this series that I seriously considered killing Della’s dad.  He was so hurtful to Della and it broke her heart and mine.  But she loved that man wouldn’t let me whack him.

5. Della and Chase have a rather… shall we say… complicated relationship. What do you think the biggest obstacles are for them to have a happily ever after? And, as the author, are you rooting for them or are you maybe rooting for the other boy in Della’s life?

Chase came into Della’s life under false pretenses—for good reason, but no one likes to be lied to.And Della, well, I don’t know if my readers have noticed, but she’s not exactly quick to forgive.  If Chase isgoingto win her back, he’s gotta put up with some crap.  And Della knows how to dish that out in big scoopfuls.  Now as for who I’m rooting for…Whoever Della chooses.And I’m not saying more!  LOL.But I can tell you this, in the Shadow Falls series, Della loves two guys—both are wonderful, caring and deserving of her love.  One of them is a better choice for her.  It’s not an easy choice.  But in good fiction and in life, choosing the right path, and the right person, is never easy.

6. Throughout both series, Della has had some great lines. What are your top three favorites? And has there been anything she said that made you shake your head and say, “Oh no!”?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be writing dialogue and think… Della, you can’t say that!  But she’d say it, so I was required to write it.

* From Reborn—Della defending that women can do anything guys can do to Burnett: “I will respect the authority, when the authority respects me!  And that includes my breasts!”  However, in Unspoken, she’s really tired of having to defend this issue and she puts it in another more direct way.  “Oh, please,” Della said.“Excuse me while I go and grow a penis so the sausage-and-meatball-toting gender will stop thinking I need a man to protect me.”

*  From Unspoken –Della telling a crouching man holding his boys.  “Sorry,” Della said.  “I think I’m allergic to perverts.  I get involuntary knee jerks.”

*  From Unspoken—Della’s dialogue to Miranda and Kylie when they walk in on a heated conversation between Della and Chase.  “I’m going to bed.  I don’t want to commiserate.  I don’t want a diet soda.  I don’t want to explain why it feels like the awkward fairy just came down here and pissed all over the room.”

7. I understand that Unspoken is the final full-length book in this series. Are there any plans for another spin-off series about one of the other Shadow Falls characters? Or are there plans for any new novellas?

Well, I told you about Fierce and Fredericka’s story.  Right now, I’m working on Miranda’s book. The readers have already gotten into Miranda’s head in Spellbinder.  Throughout the series they have watched Miranda come into her powers and overcome a lot of issues.  In this last book, Miranda’s newfound powers will be tested.  And she’ll have to make a decision between Perry and Shawn.   And because this is the last book about Shadow Falls, all my characters will graduate.

8. When ending a series what is the thing you miss most about it, what is the hardest thing for you to say goodbye to?

Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes.  I’ve been with these characters for over five years.   They have made me cry, laugh and inspired me.  Yes, inspired me to change and to grow.  I know that sounds crazy, because I wrote them.  But when you write a character, you give them the best of you and then you can learn from how they handle the crisis that you also toss their way.

So tell me, who is your favorite Shadow Falls character and why? Who haven’t I written about that you would like to see me write a book or novella about?


15 thoughts on ““Dellatude” and Burnett

  1. Oh man, I don’t know if I can choose a favorite character, I love them all so much! I really resonated with Kylie during her series but of course I love Della’s sassiness and Miranda’s charm. Holiday is up there with one of my favorites because I would really like to have her and the relationship she has with Kylie in my real life. So bottom line is, it’s too hard to choose. But as far as a novella, I would love to see a Lucas novella! I love Lucas and I think it would be amazing to see things from his perspective, especially his feelings for Kylie, I feel like he just loves her so much that it would be fantastic to read. I can’t believe Shadow Falls is really going to end:(

  2. I would literally kill to read a book from Lucas’ p.o.v. I’ve said it a million times before, but I would love to read about the whole Monique thing and Kylie going to the chameleon compound and coming back from his perspective. He is my favorite character for multiple reasons, the main one being that he never stopped fighting for Kylie and that was amazing. Sure he made mistakes but he did everything in his power to make up for them, and it would be nice to “get inside his head” for a novel or novella.

  3. I have been waiting for Miranda’s story forever! I also think it would be nice to get a story for both of the discarded guys so far. Kylie’s other guy and Della’s other guy the ones that didn’t get the girl. Heck after Miranda’s book you can make it three novella in one and call it The Others. Also I wanna know what her sister is up to.

  4. My favorite is definitely Della because of how rough she is on the outside but loving on the inside. She has a lot of depth to her. I want a story about Perry’s background!

  5. Hi cc I won you recent contest for the copy of the book Almost Midnight and it has not come yet. I was wondering when I would be getting the book. Please let me know. Thank you

  6. Della because she is just so badass. I like that she’s strong and wants to stand by herself when in reality she needs someone else.

    I would love to see a book with Kylie and Lucas’s child or Della and Chase’s or even one about Hannah Rose.

  7. NO! This series can’t be ending ): It’s made me so happy and inspired me so much through high school (I’m also graduating this year, but unfortunately not from Shadow Falls haha)- but I know it will stay with me forever! ^_^

    Anyways, although I know we do get to see a bit of Burnett’s story in Fierce, I would love to know his full story in a novella. Or- even better- maybe just a novella focusing on his life as it is currently that shows his full self and past-times 🙂 He’s also one of my favorite characters by far- but they are all so amazing, even Fredericka.

  8. Hi!
    Unfortunately your “contact” subpage is not working 🙁

    I wanted to send you small review of “Unspoken”.

    Here it is:

    “Delia’s spin-off are breath-taking series. It includes everything that Young Adults seek.
    There is romance. It is even harder because of some kind of twisted threesome as it could look like.
    There is friendship. Which probably evaluated from series with Kylie as main character. But in this spin-off we can see, that Diet Cola can do magic. And friends of course!
    Finally, we have supernatural characters, from shapeshifters to vampires (and they AT LAST do not shine!). You would say, that is common in Young Adult books. I agree. But C. C. Hunter made some of them see ghosts and behave like medium. What is more interesting, there are no only werewolves. Supernaturals can shift themselves in many different animals – birds, insects etc.
    And all of the above dressed in perfectly smooth style from Christie Craig.
    What more do we need? Time to read!”

    On my blog it is in polish, so I wrote more acceptable version for you.

    Will there be a book about Burnett and Holiday?
    Excuse me my ignorance if there is already mentioned in other books from Shadow Falls.

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