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As part of the Edge of Oblivion Blog Tour, I’m excited to welcome JT Geissinger to SWR! JT is the author of the Night Prowler series – one that’s been on my TBR list for a while. A shifter series based on Egyptian mythology? Very interested. Please welcome JT to the blog and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
SWR: For those readers who haven’t yet read the Night Prowler books, can you briefly describe the series and what they can expect?
The series centers around the Ikati, an ancient race of shape-shifters who originated in the darkest heart of Africa and spawned the cat worship culture in Egypt centuries ago. They’ve been hunted by humans—at one point they were driven out of Egypt when their leader, Cleopatra, died—and have survived by hiding in small colonies around the world.
SWR: What can longtime fans of the first book look forward to in Edge of Oblivion, the latest installment in the series?
Edge of Oblivion is Morgan’s story, and it was so much fun to write. Morgan is a fiery, outspoken rebel who makes a terrible mistake in book one, Shadow’s Edge. In book two, she’s given a chance to redeem herself…but not without a price. She has two weeks to find the Ikati’s ancient enemy, or she’ll forfeit her life. In charge of carrying out her sentence is Xander, sexy, hardened assassin, but he finds her a little more than he bargained for.
SWR: The dreaded question: can you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write this series?
A stray cat, believe it or not! One day this beautiful, slinky black cat wandered into my life and she has this ability to appear and disappear at will. It’s a little unnerving. She was the impetus for the idea of shape-shifting panthers, then I got hooked when I began research into the cat worship cultures of ancient Egypt.
SWR: The shifter world in your series is based on Egyptian mythology. What specifically drew you to that world and what kind of research did you do for your world-building?
For one thing, ancient Egyptians believed in monogamy and female rulers were quite common. For that time and place, both those things were very rare. I’ve always been fascinated with mummies and pyramids and that particular time in history, so it was easy for me to get sucked into the research. There is a wealth of information available online, but I also visited the Vatican museums on a recent trip to Rome and was amazed at the amount of Egyptian art and mythology the church—and the city—has absorbed.
SWR: Who would be in your dream cast for Night Prowler the movie or HBO series?
I’d want all gorgeous, compelling nobodies. I picture Morgan as an Angelina Jolie type, but younger, and Xander as a blend of The Rock and this beautiful, random male model I found online, all tan skin and flexing muscles and fierce glowering. (Sigh.)
SWR: What’s your favorite line/quote from Edge of Oblivion?
She had let a monster into the most precious part of her, had reminded him what it was to feel passion and pleasure and tenderness, had given him a glimpse of things he didn’t deserve: Happiness. Hope.
SWR: What’s the last book you read that you would recommend?
I loved The Dogstars by Peter Heller. It’s a post-apocalyptic story in the vein of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but it’s much more hopeful. It’s beautifully written and the characters are so well drawn they’re real. For romance, I can recommend On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. Hot and beautiful.
SWR: I read on your site something about a Scottish werewolf and a vampire that works at a blood bank. That sounds promising. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming projects?
Well, I just signed a contract to continue the Night Prowler series with Montlake Romance for another four books, so that’s coming! But yes, I’ve always been drawn to vamps and werewolves, and I have an angel/demon book already written that I’m editing. I’d also love to write contemporary romance; there’s so many stories to tell!
SWR: I’m 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 J.T. Geissinger motto?
Snarky motto: “It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.”
Heartfelt motto: “Love is the only religion.”
SWR: And, finally, since this will post on Halloween can you tell us:
- Favorite scary film? Blair Witch Project. I’ve NEVER watched another scary movie after I saw that.
- Favorite horror story? Amytiville Horror.
- Best Halloween moment? I won a costume contest when I went dressed as Princess Di after the crash. (It wasn’t my idea.)
- Trick or treat? Treat. Chocolate, please!
Thanks so much for the interview, J.T.!