Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Her newest title, Loving Lucianna, will be available in October 2014.
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And now about my character, Nadia from The Order of Curse-Bound Knights:
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Nadia, and she is fictional. I picture her as looking like Phoebe Tonkin from The Vampire Diaries/The Originals.
(Check out my boards on Pinterst to see pics of what I think Nadia looks like.)
2) When and where is the story set?
This story travels through the eras staring in medieval times and moving all the way up to modern times. I’m not sure of many books that do that. If you know of other books that travel through different eras like that, post them in the comments for me, because I’m curious!
3) What should we know about him/her?
Nadia was a side character in the Fateful Trilogy. This book is her and Max’s (the knight) story: how they met, fell in love, and became vampires.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
She loves unconditionally, but her best friend, Celeste, whom she remains loyal to despite Celeste’s evil tendencies, gets her into dangerous situations where she is exposed to the Black Plague, and is then turned into a vampire to save her life.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Nadia wants to find true love. She is intrigued by Max when her father assigns him to guard her, but she is tempted by other men who turn out to be rogues, and Max ends up having to save her from them.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
This book is titled The Order of Curse-Bound Knights, and it is with my editor currently. Sign up for my mailing list to be the first to know of its release.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
I hope to release it very soon, though I don’t have a release date just yet.
PS: I was supposed to tag a few more authors, but none of the ones I contacted have gotten back to me. I will update this as soon as they do. :)