All her life, a faint memory of her parents and fire has glowed at the back of Rachel Quinn’s mind. With her parents long dead, there is no one to clarify what it means.
When a gorgeous winged man rescues her from a pack of werewolves, something flares to life inside Rachel. Suddenly she can see the paranormal world around her, a world unseen by mortals. And far more complicated.
When Phoenix’s massive orange-and-red wings erupt from his back, he knows his Challenge-an age-old battle against his Demonos counterpart-is upon him. Heeding Rachel’s cry for help adds a layer of complexity never seen in any previous Challenge.
Rachel, they discover, isn’t entirely human. Like Phoenix, she commands fire. Fire calls to fire, and soon they are succumbing to a fierce attraction. As the Challenge bears down on them, though, Phoenix must discover what the Demonos has in store for mankind. If he doesn’t succeed, the entire world will be swallowed up in darkness-and Rachel along with it.
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Please welcome Clair Davon to the hot seat, where she has graciously answered a number of questions for you:
- Tell us a little about yourself and your writing goals.
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent the bulk of my formative years in Brookline, which is right outside the city. Boston is a great city, with its colleges, art and architecture and it was great to grow up there. We lived right off Beacon Street so every Patriot’s day we just walked down to watch the runners go by on their way to the end of the marathon. I could take the “T” anywhere in the city, and did, from a very young age. I loved Boston and still think of it fondly but in the end it was just…too…darned…cold.
I’ve always been passionate about writing but I let some early rejections stop me. Then the weight of the stories I wanted to tell in my head finally overwhelmed the critical side of me and I started back up again. Technically I got a late start, at least in trying to do it seriously, but I’ve always told stories.
- Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little bit about it. What’s your favorite aspect or part of the story? Do you have a favorite character? Who/Why?
Fire Danger is the first of five books about four immortal (but not invulnerable) Elementals who periodically have to fight their Demonos counterparts to save the human race. If they win then humans are safe. If they do not then the Demonos are allowed to wreak havoc (the last time it happened World War II was the Demonos’ prize for the Elementals’ failure). They don’t know when, or why, Challenge happens but when it does they have to be ready.
Fire Danger takes place in San Francisco with the fire Elemental, Phoenix, encountering a rare woman who can hear the Elemental. She can call to him when she’s in danger, but she appears to be human. It doesn’t take him long to realize that she only half human, and for the first time in a long time a woman is affecting him.
For her part Rachel has been outcast and unloved for most of her life. She is part Ifrit, a mysterious, secretive clan of fire Djinns, and isn’t aware that she survived an accident that killed her parents. As for favorite character, what’s not to love about a gorgeous, aloof, thousand year old winged Elemental called Phoenix?
- Are you a planner or a pantser? How much do you know about your story before you start writing? How often does your plan change? Why does this work best for you?
I’m definitely more of a pantser but I think most writers are a little of both. I do plan out my series, and I love world building. I’m still finding out things about the Elementals world. There are so many possibilities, not just with the Elementals but all the paranormal creatures and beings that live, unseen, in this world. Even after the five books are done, I’ll still visit the Elemental world.
- Do deadlines motivate you or block you? How do you deal with them?
Deadlines are definitely motivators, and I basically just focus and get it done. One of my new goals in life is not to procrastinate, however, and I always aim to beat the deadline.
- Do you schedule a certain amount of time for writing each day/week, or do you just work it in when you can? Would you like to change this, or does your current method work well for you?
I write every day. I live in Los Angeles and I get up earlier than the rooster to take care of my animals, do an energetic walk, and sit down to write. I have more than an hour’s drive to work, so I’ve got plenty of thinking/plotting time.
- What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Why?
The Elementals’ Challenge series was such a sweeping concept that it took a while for me to put it together but it was always in the back of my mind. I have to make sure that all the interactions that overlap from book to book are one hundred percent consistent.
- How do you develop a story idea? Do you always use the same method? Specifically, which do you develop first in your story building, the characters or the plot?
My story ideas come from many places. They can come from dreams. They can come from TV shows. They can come just out of the blue while doing something else. I don’t use the same method at all. Inspiration is one of those random things for me. I could be walking and be struck with an idea.
For the most part since I’m more a pantser than a plotter it is my characters that come first. I’ll have an idea outline in my head (first chapter/last chapter) but it’s the characters who drive the story.
- What are your favorite genres when it comes to your own pleasure reading? Do you prefer to read ebooks or print?
I read a lot, but and some of my favorites are Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series; Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels and The Others; Anne McCaffrey, Dragonriders of Pern, Stephen King’s Dark Tower and Christine Feehan. Those are just a few, but as you can see, I gravitate to paranormal, fantasy and dark writing.
About The Author
Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. From the time she was a pre-teen, she wrote stories, most of them romances. She used to write stories with her friends, with each of them choosing a famous person or a character from their favorite TV series, and model the novels around that. One of her earliest stories, unfortunately lost to time, centered around the 1970s series Starsky and Hutch (she was partial to Starsky).Although she read primarily fantasy and science fiction as a teenager, it didn’t take long for Claire to discover Harlequin romances and their happily-ever-after endings.
Claire has many irons in the fire, including short stories across a multitude of genres to go along with her romances, from contemporary to paranormal. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Claire now lives in Los Angeles. In addition to writing she has an office job she loves, does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.
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