Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on Author Gena Showalter. Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal and contemporary romance novels, as well as young adult, fantasy and soon, non-fiction. When she isn’t hard at work on her next novel, she’s playing with her menagerie of rescue animals, telling her husband and kids about every cute thing done by said rescue animals, or bingeing favorite TV shows.
Our first question for you, Gina, is, Where can people find your work?
Hopefully bookstores everywhere.
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
I post often on social media!
For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from your newest release?
This is one of the most difficult questions to answer LOL It all depends on what you, the reader, likes. I hope I have something for everyone! I like to write a variety of tales: dark with moments of humor, light with moments of darkness, series, standalones, paranormals, contemporaries, young adult novels, funny, heartbreaking, quirky. My males tend to be alphas, and my females tend to be warriors. I always utilize snark. But. Having said all that, if I had to pick one book for new readers to sample, I’d suggested The Darkest King. I poured my heart and soul into that book.
Readers can expect a strong alpha male with an equally strong female, snark, battles, mythology, and a whole lot of steam!
What was the inspiration for The Darkest King? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to finished book?
From the very beginning, my inspiration for The Darkest King was the hero himself, William the Ever Randy. He’d appeared in other books and always stole the show. I wanted to create my absolute best story for him. This brutal prince of hell with a warped sense of humor deserved the best. Just ask him! Here’s a bio he wrote about himself:
“Vote sexiest male alive for always, William the Ever Randy—aka the Panty Melter—is best known for killing his enemies in wildly inventive ways, frontstabbing his friends, getting cursed by a scornful witch, and sleeping with anyone breathing. When he isn’t deep-conditioning his glorious mane of hair, he’s drinking too much whiskey and reminding the world why he’s the best—at everything.”
I took his bio and blew up his entire world with a feisty killer unicorn shifter—the only woman on the planet who can break his curse: if ever he falls in love, the object of his fascination will kill him.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
The Glass Queen hits bookstores July 28th!
Once Upon a Time meets Game of Thrones in book two of Gena Showalter’s magical, romantic dark fantasy series, in which the fairy tales we know and love are prophecies of the future. Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil, where villains may be heroes and heroes may be villains, it all depends on who you ask.
Ashleigh Ansklelisa may be called the Glass Princess due to her weak heart, but Saxon, king of the Avian, knows she is the most dangerous creature in all of Enchantia, in this Cinderella retelling that sweeps readers into a magical land filled with treacherous enemies, unexpected allies, forbidden love, and dangerous magic! Can destined lovers find their way to each other, or will evil win the day? Everything changes at the stroke of midnight as one determined princess fights for her legacy, her love, and the crown that is her destiny.
Gena, thank you so much for spending the time out of your busy day to answer our questions!