(originally posted in 2010)
Morning, lovelies! I’m so very excited today! As you probably already know, Danann Frost Falls From Grace by Joanne Valiukas is my new all time favorite book. Joanne has managed to get the two leading characters, Seth and Danann, together for an interview here on my blog today! YAY!
This interview is just a bit different from others you may have seen, though. I let the fans on Joanne’s facebook fan page write most of the questions! Who better to ask than the die hards, right? hehehe…
So, without further ado, I give you Seth and Danann.
Theresa: Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy lives to chat with us today! Oh… and Danann, please pay no mind if I stare at Seth. It really is something I just can’t control. *blush*
(Danann just smiles and nods with a look of understanding on her face.)
Theresa: Alrighty, then. *clears throat* This first question is from Michelle to Seth
“How did you manage to hold yourself together for all those 200 years you and Danann were separated? How did you not turn evil? What is it that kept you going?”
Seth: It is in our very natures to be dark. Loneliness is the greatest debilitator but our instincts keep us going by making us cold. On the inside, I was so cold and dark that I was able to shut emotion away for the most part. It is not like pain and sadness but more like…the absence of happiness. I had obligations to my people once I became King and it was that sense of honour alone that kept me going. Without Danann, I would otherwise have sought the oblivion of true-death. As for evil…we are all evil in our own ways and I am a predator but a predator that had learned of love and felt the touch of tender gentleness. It was something that changed me for all time.
Theresa: Totally get that. That also explains why your people saw you as such a tough guy. *wink*
Michelle also had a question for you, Danann.
“You have seen and experienced so much of the changing world over the last 200 years, what fascinates you most? And what is your favourite lazy day activity with Seth?”
Danann: It is true, I have seen much over the last 200 years and the advancement of technologies. The thing that has fascinated me the most would have to be an interesting cinema concept that they have in Australia. As you know, when I was living in Melbourne, I often went to the movies with my friends, particularly with Vaira. They have what they call ‘Gold Class Cinema’ which is a full-sized cinema with around 24 Jason Recliners in it. There is a table in between each pair of recliners and they offer waiter service. These are the only seats in the movie and there is truly nothing like watching a movie with your chair reclined, sipping wine (and they even serve churros with chocolate!) and it is very decadent. You should all try it. The last time we were in Melbourne, I made Seth come with me and he was surprised at how brilliant it was. I heard him later telling Booth (you’ll see who he is in the sequel Danann Frost Embraces the Darkness) that he wanted to install such a cinema in the castle and that he was to ‘see it done’. You know how imperious Seth can be but I had to laugh.
Theresa: Sounds divine! If I ever get to Melbourne, I’ll have to check it out!
(Danann waves her hand in front of Theresa to bring her back from her daydream.)
Theresa: (red faced and stuttering) F-forgive me, Danann. I told you that I just couldn’t help myself. (Danann giggles.)
So, moving on… the next question is for Seth and is from Stephanie.
“If there was one thing that you could change in your immortal life, What would it be?…Apart from being mortal, that is!”
Seth: If there was one thing that I could change in my immortal life, it would not be to become mortal, because I never was mortal. I was born vampire. To me, that is like asking if you could change one thing about yourself, would it feel natural to become a cat. No…I’ve thought long and hard about this question because there are two things that I fundamentally believe: one is that you can’t change the past and two, is that you have to move forward with the times. This means that anything I wanted to change, I did so by making a choice. There is however, one change that could I go back and change it, I would do so and that would be to forever and always protect Danann. I failed her so many times and in so many ways…she didn’t deserve any of it.
Theresa: *swoon* Tall, dark, handsome, and completely loyal. *Sigh*….. they just don’t make them like you anymore, Seth.
Ok! Danann, Elita wants to know:
“What was your favorite Angel thing to do before you met Seth and fell from Grace?”
Danann: My favourite thing to do on this plane of existance when I was still an Angel is actually answered in the book. Although I cannot recall if it is in the first or second but I’ll tell you anyway because it won’t spoil anything. I used to love communing with nature and mans’ achievements. I would sit on the top of a mountain or the edge of a glacier and just absorb all the natural splendour. One of my favourite places was to sit atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris and look out over the city of lights. You should try it, it’s a great feeling.
Theresa: That would be amazing! So peaceful and serene…
Danann, this one is also for you. Sarah was wondering:
“Seeing Seth for the first time at Bulla, and realising you were in bed together must have freaked you out a little…what were the deeper thoughts for you at the time?”
Danann: Of course seeing Seth after 200 years freaked me out, not only that but I woke to find myself in bed and…intimate with him. I know that you’ll say that I should have been expecting it but truly…I wasn’t; certainly not after so very long. My only thought was of escape, I couldn’t handle the fear and the welling of emotion. Everything was so overwhelming I just wanted it to stop and there was only one way that I knew for that to happen. Truthfully though, I don’t think that I really thought about what I was doing, I think it was survival instinct or something.
(Theresa thinks to herself… “No way in hell would I run if I woke up to Seth in my bed!” yowsa!)
Theresa: um, yeah… I bet that was hard to deal with, Danann. *rolls eyes*
Next up, Katrina has a question for both of you:
“Seth and danann, your favourite book you read together ? movie and best night out?”
Seth: Our favourite book to read together is Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. Danann will tell you otherwise, she will probably say….anything by Anne Bishop, the Black Jewels books but the truth is…Where the wild things are.
Danann: Don’t tell them that, I’ll look like a simpleton.
Seth: My Goddess, they would not dare think such a thing, you are the most beautiful, intelligent, witty creature that ever existed.
(Danann gives him a dirty look and turns back to Theresa) We love to watch movies and we both like actions and comedies. I also like disaster movies like 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow.
Seth: I like vampire movies. They are so ludicrously funny. I took Danann to see a play based on Dracula; I laughed so hard that Danann made us leave. She said it wasn’t supposed to be funny, it was supposed be tragic and that I was upsetting the other patrons.
Danann: Well you were. It was a nice night out though. Afterwards we went for a stroll down by the beach. I wanted to wait for the warm pink of the sun to begin lighting the sky but Seth said it was too dangerous, so he dragged me home.
Theresa: LOL… you two are adorable when you argue. Seth, Katrina has a question for just you:
“How did you feel the first moment you saw Danann after 200 years at the nightclub? what would be the other first question you would ask, besides why did you leave me? how did you contain yourself?”
Seth: It was very difficult containing the burning anger and resentment within me. For someone who had been cold for 200 years, my emotions were suddenly raging hot. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from Danann though she was with someone else. My instincts actually demanded that I murder my rival, take Danann and go; worrying about any fall-out later but some tiny sense of sanity calmed me enough to know that that was not the way. I didn’t exactly care why she left and never came back by then, she was to be mine and that was really the only thought in my head. Mia drove me nuts with all her inane chatter and when she started with the ‘Banriona’ business…(he chuckles) let’s just say that Mia’s bubbleheadedness forced me to be the sensible one.
Theresa: Ohh… I adore Mia! What’s not to love? You must give her a hug for me when you see her next!
Seth, another question for you. This time from Amanda.
“How blind could you have been. I mean seriously, your mother and sister? Bitches! How could you not have seen?”
Seth: I feel very stupid and regretful over this one. All I can say in my defense is that it never occurred to me that they would do this to me. I now understand that they thought they were harming Danann but really, they were harming me and it never occurred to me that they would try to destroy me like that. I always knew that they were selfish but I did not know that they had so much poison in them. I can never apologise to Danann enough (he winks) but I shall enjoy making it up to her, if I get the chance. (Seth has a very hopeful look on his face.)
Theresa: Ack! Sexiness oozing from every pore… *sigh*
Seth & Danann, Stephanie has an interesting question for the both of you:
“I would love it if you two got together and had a baby is that a possibility?”
Seth: Well, I am very hopeful that this is a permenant relationship, I have every intention of making it so. The only problem is, my fate is in the hands of Danann and the Goddess author, Joanne Valiukas. I have made it very clear to her what my desires are but I also know that she, just like Danann are very single minded and determined when they get an idea in their heads. I’ll just have to keep sweet-talking them. (He grins).
As for having children, I cannot…I am an undead vampire and to tell you that I am dead, dead, dead but can somehow produce live sperm…I don’t think so. That would be ridiculous.
Theresa: I have no doubt that your sweet talking methods are very effective, Seth. *giggle* The rest of the questions are from me. :)
Danann, You spent 200 years thinking that Seth no longer wanted you. Did the thought ever cross your mind that maybe you had misunderstood what he meant when he told you to leave that day??? Your love was so strong, I think I would’ve at least came back and asked him what the hell he meant.
Danann: What you say is true but you have to understand my mindset at the time. Uriel had just torn me to pieces and tried to steal my soul. I Fell From Grace and crashed to earth believing that Seth would make it all better but he told me to go and never come back. Rebirthing makes you crazy for weeks afterward anyway and if that time had passed I probably would have gone back but I had been brutalised and beaten to near death. If I had been human I probably would have died. By the time I could move with a modicum of pain, months and months had passed and I had convinced myself of the truth that Seth did not want me. It is in the nature of the human to make these kinds of judgements and for the first time, I had become to some degree, human.
Theresa: I can see where you’re coming from, to a degree. I guess I’m just such a softy that I would have reacted differently.
(Theresa turns her attention to Seth, her eyes sparkling with awe for the man sitting just feet away)
Seth, When you discovered that Danann’s lock of hair was missing from your room, didn’t you have some kind of inkling that there was foul play happening there? After all, not everyone had access to your room.
Seth: It seems crazy now but at the time, I assumed that if a maid had not cleared it away and was afraid to confess the truth of it, that perhaps Danann herself, had removed it. It was a desolate time for me.
Theresa: Understandable. Love makes us think and do come crazy things. *smiles*
(Theresa turns to Danann with a look of disgust on her face)
Danann… Oh, Danann. Girl, you are one stubborn vixen sometimes! I’d still like to slap you for a few things you did, but since you eventually took Seth back, I’ll forgive you. Ever think maybe you were just a tad too hard on the guy that calls you “My Goddess”?? *swoon*
Danann: It wasn’t my fault! The great creator, Joanne Valiukas creates women with minds of their own. Women who don’t take crap from men and stand up for themselves. She made me real and flawed and brave (her words) and gentle and brazen and gutsy and stubborn and opinionated and all the things that she believes a woman should be with a very important character trait…always take responsibility for the things that you say and do and that is exactly the kind of woman I have tried to be. Besides…Seth doesn’t really mind. It is in his nature to chase me afterall (she gives Seth a cheeky, sidelong glance and smile), he is a predator. (Seth nods vigorously.)
Theresa: One more question for each of you, and then I’ll let you get back to your bliss.
Danann, You choose to give up one of the highest positions in heaven for your love. Any regrets?
Danann: It is hard to regret what you never knew or ever felt after you have experienced love; the kind of love that Seth and I were sharing. Looking back, do I have any regrets? Only time will tell. Guess we’ll all find out in the sequel.
Theresa: Geez, Joanne must have vowed you both to secrecy about that sequel. Must have a talk with her. *laughs*
Last by not least… Seth: Is there anyone anywhere JUST LIKE YOU?? If so, what will it take for you to introduce me?? *batting eyelashes* hehehe…
Seth: (Seth laughs) Thanks for the compliment Theresa but that is a question better asked of the Great Goddess Joanne Valiukas. She told me that she made me one of a kind, although she has told Danann that she has a few other ‘Bad boys with hearts of gold’ coming along to share with you. Maybe one of them might catch your fancy. For me…I’m hoping that I’m already taken… permanently but if I come across Soren, Morgan or Dash and I get the chance, of course I’ll introduce you.
Theresa: (Theresa does a little dance in her seat) That would be amazing, Seth! If I can’t have you, I’m going to have to settle for another. Only problem is that they might have some trouble living up to my expectations now. *blushes*
Thank you both so much for chatting with me today! Danann, please excuse my jealous mouth… I just don’t know when to shut up sometimes. LOL Seth, I’ll be waiting for that introduction. *grin*
Danann: Thank you Theresa for this lovely opportunity to chat, both Seth and I are very keen to see for ourselves what is next and what Joanne has in store for us. I have my own ideas (and hopes) but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Seth: I’ve tried bribing. I have my own publishing house but Joanne says that the right publisher will come along at the right time, I can only hope that she is right because I have big plans and those plans include Danann.
(Danann laughs) Ah, but do my plans include you? (She collapses in a fit of laughter as Seth lifts her onto his knees and holds her tightly.)
*If you haven’t checked out Joanne’s book yet, you must! I’m telling you, you will not regret it. The first 100 pages or so can be read on her website: http://www.joannevaliukas.com and the book can also be purchased from there. Pssst… the ebook is only $2.99!!!
ABOUT THERESA (a.k.a. Fade Into Fantasy): As a part time book store employee, editing intern, and the mastermind behind BLB Book Tours, Theresa is able to surround herself with her favorite things, BOOKS. When she isn’t working, learning, or attending her sons’ sporting events, she’s lost between the pages of a paranormal novel. Her hope is to someday earn a living editing books, but until then she’s happy to help spread the word about the fabulous books and authors she encounters along the way.