PG Forte Interview
Over the last year, I have become acquainted with the stories written by PG Forte
and I have loved them all, but recently I read a series of hers that moved her from my "love" category to "have to have". She is an excellent author and a heck of a cool lady. Fallen Angel Reviews is so grateful she could take the time to speak with us. Thanks PG
Aw, thank you, Tara, that's so nice of you to say! I'm thrilled that you've enjoyed my books so much. And thank you for inviting me to talk to you.
I have to start with your Children of Night
series. It is one of the best series I have read in a while and one that stays on my mind long after I have finished reading it. Can you tell our readers a little bit about this series?
Absolutely-I love talking about this series. Originally, when I started writing Children of Night, I'd planned on it being kind of a cozy-paranormal-mystery series with a set of brother-and-sister twin vampires as the amateur detectives. In the Dark, the first book in the series, was supposed to introduce the twins, Marc and Julie (and their immediate family, so to speak) and give them their first mystery to solve-finding their missing sire, Conrad. However, it wasn't too long before Conrad began to dominate the story. Master vampires have a way of hogging the spotlight like that, even when they're absent for a good part of the book!
Investigating the interaction between the various vampires became more interesting to me than unrelated mysteries. And Conrad has this long, long history; I knew one book was never going to do that story justice. So, at that point, I decided to change the focus of the series. There are still some mysteries to be solved, but now the stories are more about the Fischer-Quintano vampires themselves.
The dynamic between the characters, especially Conrad and Damian, is amazing and nothing short of heartbreaking. How hard is it for you to write those gut wrenching scenes?
Oh, yeah. Conrad and Damian...what can I say? Some characters have a way of coming to life and taking over a book-or an entire series, for that matter. That's certainly been the case with those two. When I started In the Dark, I thought their love affair was in the past-just as Conrad and Georgia's relationship is. I think Damian's the one who had other ideas about that. He does like to get his way. LOL!
As for being hard to write-again, absolutely! There are a couple of scenes in this series that have definitely been the most difficult I've ever written. And I suspect there's worse yet to come. Eek! Which might also explain why they aren't as quick to write as I'd like them to be.
But, you know, these characters (and Conrad and Damian in particular) are really larger than life so...there's just a lot of angst and drama in their story.
What are some of your plans for the series?
Oh, boy...well, it keeps evolving on me, that's for sure. For an obsessive plotter, that's sheer torture. Basically, my plan (at this point anyway) is to continue exploring Conrad's past and the twins' future. The book I'm working on now is all about the twins' childhood. Obviously, this means more of Conrad and Damian's relationship, as well. However, unlike the first two books, the main love story in this book isn't Conrad's! Yeah...he's not too happy about that. ;)
Future books will explore Conrad's relationships with Georgia, Armand, and a few other characters that readers have yet to meet. We'll also learn more about the twins; why keeping their existence a secret has been such a priority for Conrad and Damian; and what's in store for their future.
Can you tell us about your Oberon
Ah, Oberon. It's my home away from home, you know. If I could live anywhere, it would be in Oberon. Too bad it exists only in my imagination! This is another case where I started off thinking I was going to write a cozy mystery series. You'd think I'd learn, wouldn't you?
When it comes to Oberon, I like to say I chose sex over violence as a way to explain what happened. I can't really say the same about Children of Night, 'cause those vamps are still pretty violent! But, as far as Oberon goes, although there are still mysteries to solve, the books are definitely more romantic suspense rather than pure mystery...once you get past the first book in which the hero and heroine don't come face to face until practically half-way through the book!
The town of Oberon is the setting for the series. It's a small, California coast community with a pronounced paranormal bent to it. The main characters include three women who were friends in high school, Scout, Marsha and Lucy, who reconnect with one another as adults. Each story in the series revolves either around one of these three women, their friends and/or a member of their immediate family. Since most of the characters socialize with each other, their stories tend to intertwine.
I've already told my daughter that if I ever lose my mind, she should expect that I'm going to believe I really do live in Oberon. She's agreed to play along!
You are part of the Nine Naughty Novelists. What is that group about?
Let me just say that the Nine Naughty Novelists are the greatest group of blog-mates ever. We started out as just a random group of authors with nothing in common other than we each had at least one book in the works at Samhain. Erin Nicholas was the mastermind behind it (I'd say "the genius behind it" instead, but you know it would just go to her head!). She'd discussed doing some joint promo with Kate Davies and Skylar Kade, then put out an open call for other authors interested in joining up with them.
We were just going to be the Naughty Novelists (after rejecting I don't know how many other names) but there ended up being nine of us: Erin Nicholas, Juniper Bell, Kate Davies, Kelly Jamieson, Kinsey Holley, Meg Benjamin, PG Forte, Skylar Kade and Sydney Somers. So we added the "Nine" to our name. We all have a fondness for alliteration.
We're pretty evenly divided between paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotic romance...I'd call them "teams" but Meg would kill me; it seems that and "feather boa" are fighting words.
I've read almost everything that all of the others have published (it's a lot, I'm still working my way through some of the backlists) and I've loved every one. These women rock as authors! We also write series stories together- hilarious parodies of common romance tropes. We had no idea we could be so funny together, but somehow or other, the chemistry just worked!
We spent three months voting over names, icons, taglines, blogging platforms-pretty much anything that it's possible to vote on. It was incessant. There are those of us who are still slightly traumatized by it, in fact. ;) Recently, there was some discussion of changing things-and more voting-but I think that's been shelved, for the moment, as it left some of us curled up in fetal position, whimpering piteously. Okay, that might just have been me. Just kidding. Kinda.
Anyway...we blog together, we hang out on twitter, we talk to each other just about every day in our private yahoo group. We've critiqued each others' stories, commiserated with each other, celebrated with each other, given each other pep-talks-in short, we've become really good friends. Oh, and when seven of us met up at the RT convention in Los Angeles this year, we had a total blast!
Tell me about some of your favorite reads. What tickles your fancy or inspires you?
I like to read the same types of book I like to write, so it's no surprise that my shelves are filled with sexy paranormals and contemporaries, some light romantic suspense and, especially lately, a lot of really angsty M/Ms. I love books that can transport me to another time or place, that can make me laugh or cry (or both-both is good) and that feature characters I can't help but fall in love with.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Mud baths, lavender ice cream, and tricking my dog into chasing the light from a laser pointer around and around….and around. It just doesn't get old. Dogs are so easy. LOL!
Is there anything about you that readers would be surprised to learn?
Besides how mean I am to my dog? Or that I have a dog at all? I've always been a cat person, so that surprises me, sometimes as well. But other than that…hmm…let's see. I'm not originally from California. I'm not a blonde- you'd be surprised how much I get asked that! I probably have more tattoos than most people realize. And my favorite shoes are sandals. Hmm…no, on second thought that last one's probably not gonna surprise anyone. ;)
How did you come to decide to include the m/m genre in your romance collection?
Oh, that was 100% Damian's fault. He totally seduced me. Once he showed up in my head, I knew I had to tell his story, so…really there wasn't any other choice. Now, it's my favorite genre to read and while I still have only completed a couple of M/M stories at this point (I'm working on two others right now) I've really enjoyed writing them. I'm sure there will be more.
Which character do you hold particularly close to your heart?
I really do love them all, you know and it really is a little like trying to choose between your children. But, as you may have already figured out, Conrad and Damian are currently holding center stage.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Besides Oberon, you mean? :) That's a hard one. I've been lucky enough to do quite a bit of traveling (not as much as my husband would like, but he's insatiable) and I've only been to a very few places that I wouldn't want to go back to. I guess, at this point, I'd have to say the Great Wall of China. Because it's someplace I haven't been to yet and because it seems to be one place that hasn't really changed much even though it's been around for so long. I'm a sucker for history, in case you didn't know.
Can you tell us about a particularly amazing experience in your life?
Well, here's one that's book related. When I was in college, I read a book called Rolling Thunder. It was required reading for one of my classes and it really made an impact on me. I used to re-read it…oh, every few years or so. There was one part of it, though, that really used to bug me, and that was when the author visited his sister and brother-in-law in Berkeley. Even though he told us everything about all the other people he met or visited during the course of the book, he never referred to his sister or brother-in-law by name, or mentioned anything about them other than the town where they lived. They were this weird void in the middle of the book. Used to drive me nuts.
Fast forward quite a few years. We've just moved to Berkeley and are looking for a place to live. We find the perfect apartment (the downstairs floor of a great, old Victorian era house) and are meeting with our prospective landlords- a very nice older couple. My husband mentions that we recently finished filming two documentaries that focus on Native Americans and our soon to be landlord says, "Oh, you should meet my brother-in-law. He's involved with Native American studies as well. In fact, he wrote a book, Rolling Thunder. Perhaps you've heard of it?" Needless to say, we took the apartment. ;)
Do you have a website or e-mail where readers can learn more about you and your books?
I actually have two websites. My primary website and one just for the Oberon series. I'm also on Facebook (authorpgforte) and Twitter (@PGForte) or I can always be reached by email.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! I cannot say enough how much I have enjoyed your books and I hope many others discover these amazing stories of yours. I wish you all the luck in the world and for an excellent muse who will keep the books coming. Thanks!
Thank you so much again.
Interviewed by: Tara