I'll say yes, but with the stipulation that this only really affects the paperbacks on my shelves.
- Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman: Because even as a preteen, I loved her feisty and feminine voice.
- The Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy by Nora Roberts: Because I feel Roberts was at her best in this era, and the storytelling woven with the mythology as well as the progression of time combines into a series I always want to start reading again the moment it's over.
- Harry Potter books 1-3: Because Harry Potter.
Have you ever gone someplace or done something exclusively as research fora story? Where/what?
Oh yes. Probably my most fish-out-of-water experience was going through gun training and practice while doing research for an assassin character of mine. Turns out I'm not a bad shot. :)
What was the best piece of writing advice you've gotten?
I can't say I've sought it out, but the best advice I've seen, and that's proven true for me, is that you really do need to write every day. Even just a single line will keep that part of your mind engaged. If you lose touch with it, getting back into the swing of writing can become one of the hardest things in the world.
James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.