The Secret McQueen series is about a half-vampire/half-werewolf bounty hunter who has a terribly complicated love life complete with a royal werewolf love triangle, and a sexy, sarcastic vampire. There’s a lot of blood, butt-kicking and smooches.
SWR: Secret is half-vampire and half-werewolf. This is something that really intrigued me. You also created a very plausible origin story for her and how that lineage came about. Where did you come up with the idea of making her a vampire/werewolf?
I wanted to do something really different, and at the time I started working on the Secret series, Underworld hadn’t yet been released and I’d never heard of the Riley Jensen series. I loved the idea of someone who had no “human” side to wrestle with. She’s vamp/were but not human, so her quest to find that humanity within herself really appealed to me. Plus, she isn’t all-powerful, she has the weaknesses of both breeds.
There are so many rules that I’ve mentioned casually that come back to kick me in the butt. For one, Secret’s metabolism means she processes alcohol FAST, so she gets drunk like a teenager with a bottle of Arbor Mist. The hierarchy of both werewolf and vampire society can be a huge pain to work with. Worldbuilding is incredibly important to me and any UF series. I get to work within modern New York, which helps, but then I need to keep my own laws and rules orderly within that.
SWR: This upcoming release, Keeping Secret, is book four. Do you already know the arc for the series and how many books it will take to complete it?
Yes. Book 8 will be the final book for Secret McQueen and I know exactly how the series ends down to the final series of scenes.
SWR: What would be your dream cast for Secret McQueen: The Movie (or HBO series)?
This one changes a lot, and I’ve been challenging my fans to pitch their favorites on my Facebook page. Right now the cast is: Sarah Carter for Secret, she’s pretty unknown unless people are big Falling Skies fans, but I saw her in the dreadfully cheesy DOA: Dead or Alive and she has a fight scene with a katana and I was like YES! Chris Pine for Lucas; Joe Manganiello for Desmond; Matt Bomer for Holden. I have the minor cast sorted out too, because I have character flashcards, but those are the big ones.
SWR: Many authors have a playlist when writing. Do you have a playlist that helped you write this latest Secret McQueen release?
Absolutely. Florence and the Machine is huge for me, HUGE. I listen to them a lot while writing. But there’s a Foo Fighters song called “I Should Have Known” that was big for one of the climactic scenes at the end, and I listened to Adele’s “Someone Like You” on a loop for one of the really emotional scenes in the latter half (people will know which one when they get there).
The most recent “must read” recommendation for me is Ruthie Knox’s About Last Night. It’s a contemporary romance, so not for all paranormal fans, but I love, love, loved it so much. I even gifted a few copies out I liked it that much.
My big genre influences were early Laurell K. Hamilton; Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris. Harris is such a big hero of mine because she showed me that a paranormal heroine could also be real, and that appealed to me so much. Sookie always worries about her job and her bills, not just vampires and werewolves, and I love that about her.
SWR: What are some of your upcoming projects?
Right now I’m working on Grave Secret which is Secret McQueen #5. I’m also working on a contemporary baseball romance I’m very excited about, and a few other fun things.
SWR: I am a big fan of Game of Thrones where every family has a motto – the Starks have “Winter is coming” and the Lannisters have “Hear me roar!” What is the Sierra Dean motto?
“When in doubt, make them kiss.”
SWR: And, finally, for fun, how about a Secret McQueen haiku? Or, you can just tell me to f@#! off.
Oh my… I used to text my best friend Jessica in haikus, but it’s been awhile, I might be a bit rusty. Let’s give it a try.
Vampires and werewolves
Monsters with blood, teeth and fur.
Secret will kick ass.
Yea… so I’m no poet obviously!
And there you have it…the Secret McQueen haiku.
Sierra, thanks for stopping by the blog!
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About the Author
Sierra Dean is a reformed historian. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and is allowed annual exit visas in order to continue her quest of steadily conquering the world one city at a time. Making the best of the cold Canadian winters, Sierra indulges in her less global interests: drinking too much tea and writing urban fantasy.
Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of the supernatural coexisting with the mundane. As an adult, however, the idea evolved from the notion of fairies in flower beds, to imagining that the rugged-looking guy at the garage might secretly be a werewolf. She has used her overactive imagination to create her own version of the world, where vampire, werewolves, fairies, gods and monsters all walk among us, and she’ll continue to travel as much as possible until she finds it for real.