Regardless that the series will end next year with the thirteenth installment, Armstrong's still sticking to her talent. SPELL BOUND is a solid part of the series, one that breaks a lot of the molds already created by authors trying the same feat. Specifically, when authors revisit all their former characters and shove them into the mix, it comes out, most cases, as a blended convoluted mess. This is something Kelley Armstrong didn't do.
Once I realized that her game was truly amped up, it made the disappearance of the series just devastating. I needed to know WHY was Otherworld fading, and WHAT would I have from Armstrong to tide me over. Would an Otherworld "novel of the year" might sneak up in a decade or so. Kelley answers these questions and many more, in our latest The Authors Speak interview.
TAS: Now, most authors who start to dabble into the "crossovers" tend to water their prose down and lose a little steam. This one didn't feel like that at all. In fact, quite the contrary, it felt very organic. What process - and execution of tedium - did you utilize to insure that this didn't happen to your babies?
TAS: I wasn't sure I'd like Savannah Levine as much as I do. I think it was the young edge, the under-experienced detective, though I'm not sure. Much to my surprise, you've really dipped Savannah in the fire to see who she truly is. In fact, at the beginning of this book, she's rendered powerless. Correct me if I'm wrong, but is this the first time one of your supernaturals has not had their supernatural talent? And, follow-up, did you find that this helped in your writing - by adding true fear and paranoia - or challenged your style?
TAS: We're building to quite the grand finale. Frankly, I'm excited to see what the final Otherworld book will look like. I'm sure fans are in an uproar by the series closing out. What prompted you to sit back and say it was time to bring it to a close?
TAS: You know (or at least I hope you know) that I'm a bit of a fanboy of yours. Since BITTEN, I've been ravenous about the next Kelley Armstrong - pun intended. Where will your focus go when Otherworld comes to a close? Will it be your YA series or Nadia Stafford?
TAS: Thirteen is unlucky for some, but fairly appropriate to the supernatural Otherworld. What can readers expect of your next book - the epic conclusion that will leave a stamp of these characters on the readers brain?
TAS: It's an unfair question - I'll start off by saying that from the get-go - but, if you absolutely had to choose your favorite protagonist from this series, who would it be? (Discarding the fact, of course, that there are no absolutes!) Who do you relate to the most?
TAS: On the genre front, I'm a sucker for urban fiction. Naturally, others are too! It seems that for every Kelley Armstrong or Jim Butcher or Marjorie Liu, there is a veritable sea of copycats that can best be described as lackluster. You're sort of taking this series out of the arena by closing it. Looking from the (sort of) outside, do you see this subgenre oversaturated and collapsing? Or is it thriving?
TAS: Now to the bad news...Borders. It seems with the closing of the Borders franchise, we're headed towards a more electronic future. While you don't write about the future, so much, you do scribe about the unknown. Look into your crystal ball, Kelley, and tell me where you think writers, book lovers, and all those who put them together are headed?
TAS: In closing, and just maybe for a glimmer of hope, will we ever see the occasional pop-up book from Otherworld? You know, it would be like the Jesse Stone movie of the week from CBS or some such.
KA: Actually, yes, and that’s part of the reason I’m okay with ending it now, rather than waiting until I’ve run out of steam. Because I still love working with these characters, I can foresee future short stories with them, and even a future novel or two, when I have an idea I can’t ignore.
TAS: What are you looking forward to most this summer?