Rebecca Zanetti, Dark Protectors Series
Thank you for coming to speak with us today about your awesome Dark Protectors series.
First, I have to tell you how much I love you and I hate you! I had the pleasure of meeting you at the RWA 2011 conference in NYC last summer. That morning, Cynthia Eden had posted some information on your book Fated which sounded so great and I had planned to pick up a copy, and when I saw you sitting at your table at the conference, I had to come over and get my own signed copy. When I started it the next morning, I was hooked on this series by page 2. But—I do hate you because not only don’t you give me all the answers that I want by the end of the story (or you add more questions – ugh!!) , AND you are such a TEASE!!! Not only are we still waiting for Tempted (3/27) and Hunted (4/24) to be released, but you are already posting snippets for your next book to be released Consumed (6/1) which is Katie and Jordan’s story. (I want it, I want it, I want it!!!) Okay–got that out of my system.
Thanks so much for your kind words as well as having me here today! I have to admit, I do love sending out those teasers about future books. Have I told you about book 5 – Kane’s book? Well, he’s in search of a demon destroyer (gifted human who can counter-act the creepy mind games of the demons), and finds one at an eco-ranch. Kane is logical and strong…his mate is one with the earth and wings it. She’s also a pacifist and truly doesn’t know her powers. Yet.
(Want it, want it..)
Let’s talk about you first. Have you always had a desire to write or did you catch the writing bug somewhere along the way?
I’ve always wanted to write and have had more than my share of imaginary friends who often had to leave to save the world. But they always came back to visit once in a while. I also wanted to be a lawyer…and teach at a college. Right now I’m doing all three, but something’s going to have to give soon.
What kind of trouble do you like to get into when you are not writing?
Who, me? Trouble? No way. Well, now that you mentioned it, I did just return from a weekend in Vegas with 20 other women. We flew down there to celebrate my friend’s birthday. There was one trip to the hospital, one to the underground holding room in the casino to fetch a troublemaker, two jackpots, too many glasses of wine, and several bare male hineys at the Thunder Down Under show. I don’t know how many times I had to say, “I’m not licensed to practice law in Nevada. Stop getting into trouble.”
Just in case there is someone reading who hasn’t tried your series (Really?? Why not??), can you tell us a little about the Dark Protectors and the world of the Realm?
You crack me up! The five Kayrs brothers are the vampire leaders of the Realm, and the series concentrates on them and their friends. Vampires are born and not made in my series – they’re just genetically different. No human can just turn into a vamp. The bad guys (Kurjans) have created a virus that appears to attack vampire mates (who are usually human) —which really ticks the good guys off. Oh, and, vampires are male only.
In your first book Fated, which starts us with story of Talen and Cara, one of the characters in that story is Cara’s daughter, Janie, who is only 4. Little Janie seems to be very pivotal in this series, can you talk to us a little about Janie?
I’ve been a little surprised, and very pleased, with reader response to Janie. One of the goofy rules you hear is not to include kids in an adult romance…but I did. Janie is a human psychic and is very powerful. All of the different species in the Realm have prophesies about her. In Fated, she’s four years old, and she has seen Talen as well as the bad guys coming for her. To be honest, the entire series is really Janie’s story, and it’ll end with her book.
By the time I finished Fated, I could have written you a list of whose story I wanted to read, but I would have had trouble deciding which story I wanted next. Your next book, Claimed, was the story of the King, Dage, and Cara’s sister, Emma. Why did you choose them for your next book?
Dage was just so powerful and hot I had to write his story next. He’s the king, has sacrificed a lot for his people, and has been searching for his mate for centuries. He deserved some love. Of course, Emma doesn’t exactly make it easy on him.
Hunted features vampire brother Connlan and his mate, Moira, who is a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter of the house of witches, which makes her a potentially powerful witch. After all the vampires and shifters, did you have fun with the idea of adding the witches?
Oh yeah, I had a ball with adding witches. I’m logical once in a while (being a lawyer sometimes lends itself to logic), so I had some fun trying to figure out how magic could work. I used quantum physics and string theory to explain how objects could change, thus creating magic. Don’t worry, I don’t go into too much detail about physics.
Hunted also introduces us to some interesting new characters. Can we look forward to seeing more of them in future books, most particularly Moira’s sister, Brenna?
Well now, aren’t you looking ahead? Okay. I’ll let the secret out here. Brenna will be Jase’s mate. Jase is the youngest Kayrs brother – the fun-loving, goofy one…until he gets kidnapped and tortured by demons for a couple years. He comes back a bit dark…and Brenna is the only one who can save him. (Jase is kidnapped and tortured by Demons!!! Ooohh My God!!! Love you/Hate you! Love you/Hate you! Want! Want! Want!)
In Hunted, one of your characters gets beaten pretty badly (not telling…), is it hard as a writer to put your characters through that?
Should I say yes? I feel like I should say yes here. But, not really. The character (thanks for not telling) is a major tough guy…and his surviving the beating and taking out the bad guy shows his strength-both physically and mentally. And…he’s still injured in the final scene but pushes onward to save his love. Sigh.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. I look forward to continuing my love/hate relationship with your novels until the final showdown when I will dance with joy to finally have all my answers and cry myself to sleep since there will be no more books. Please feel free to e-mail me privately if you need to bounce any future book ideas off someone. I would be happy to help!
You are so sweet! Thank you so much for having me here today. I’d love to give away an ARC of Hunted to a commenter here today. Just say hi or answer this question: What do you like about a paranormal hero?
Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.
This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.
Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis. While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, a member of the Pi Phi Sorority and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president.
After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year. She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that. All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap. But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer. She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college. Now she writes about vampires.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day. Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning award throughout the writing industry for her work. She is currently working on the Dark Protector’s Series published by Kensington Brava.
See more at RebeccaZanetti.com