I’ve gotten a lot of questions about various books in the Imp Series, and thought it might be fun to put together a sort of FAQ blog post. If I don’t cover something you’ve been dying to ask, please put it in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it without spoilers.
- Why isn’t there more explicit sex in the Imp Books? They seem pretty tame in this area compared with other urban/contemporary fantasy novels.
Don’t kill me, but in my first draft of the early books, there was FAR more sex, and the scenes were more explicit. Elven Blood, in particular, had quite a few explicit scenes between Sam and Wyatt that were toned down and/or removed. Sam is pretty crass, and between the violence and the huge amount of cursing she does, I felt explicit sex would just put the books over the top.
- Will there be audio editions? Editions in other languages?
Yes to audio! It does take me a while to coordinate with my narrator, so expect a delay of 3 months between ebook release and the audio.
A Demon Bound is now available in German and I do intend to have the rest of the series translated, although it’s slow going. I’m considering other translations in the future.
- Will there be more than 6 books in the Imp Series?
I had originally intended there to only be six books. That was the character development arc that I’d outlined when I came up with the series. I did manage to move some plot points around and now I’m thrilled that there will be 10 books in the Imp Series!
- What’s with Gabriel’s POV in Imp Forsaken? Why didn’t you write Gregory’s?
I struggled trying to decide whether to pull Gabriel’s story and put it out as a stand-alone novella. His character is so different from Sam’s and the pacing and tone of his story was a stark contrast from hers. I finally decided to include it in the book. The story line mirrored what Sam was going through, and those synergies would be lost if it was a stand-alone book, plus the ending would have been somewhat confusing without knowing what was going on in Aaru while Sam was in Hel.
I like to keep Gregory a bit of a mystery, having readers see him through others and their own eyes. There’s that short epilogue in A Demon Bound, but that’s all I’ll ever write from his point-of-view. Sorry guys, you’ll just need to use your imagination!
- Do I have to read the Imp World books?
No, although there is additional world-building in the books, and reading them will add to your enjoyment of Angel of Chaos when it comes out. Lots of little “ah-hah!” moments. The Imp World books aren’t going to be the same as Sam’s in terms of tone, though – there’s only one Imp!
No Man’s Land – There’s a dry, quirky humor in this dark fantasy, but not the crazy, flippant wit you get in Sam’s books. There’s also slow build toward a F/F romance. Kelly is not a light character at first. She’s had a horrible life – both as a human and as a vampire, and needs to learn to trust others, have faith that not everyone’s motives are selfish, and put friendship and love before her very real fears of safety and security.
Stolen Souls – There are some truly laugh-out-loud funny parts to this book. Nyalla doesn’t really understand the human world, so, like Sam, she makes lots of mistakes and hysterical observations. Unlike Sam, she’s kind and trusting right off the bat. You’ll find this one very quirky, and those who love Sam are going to be wondering throughout the book how our Imp will react when she returns home and sees what her “house/dog sitter” has done to her beloved earthly possessions.
Demons of Desire – Amber is a complicated character. She’s half succubus, half elf, but there’s still a part of herself that she considers human. That’s three people rattling around inside one body – and they all three want very different things. She’ll never find her strength unless she can get them all to work together as one Amber. Her books will be pretty steamy, and there is lots of sexual tension in this one. Goodness, I think I might like Irix (her Incubus “tutor”) almost as much as Gregory. Almost.
Angel of Chaos – Sam is back! The Ruling Council may be missing a few members, but they’re still holding her accountable for those missing 495 reports. Gregory has his hands full with ongoing rebellion in Aaru; Sam has her hands full with the elf/human issues in Hel; and they both must deal with a long-standing earthly problem that’s coming to a head. Lots of Sam causing chaos, Sam and Gregory, Sam and Wyatt, and more!
Three Wishes – Dar has been busting his long rat-tail helping Sam in Hel. He needs a vacation of his own, and what better place than Chicago? Fans of Sam will really love Three Wishes. Dar is snarky and loves playing practical jokes – especially on the angel protecting the city. Yes, there’s a romance in this one!
- Will there be a books featuring Leethu? Gabriel? Rafael/Happy?
Yes, yes, and yes! All in good time!
- You always say Sam is just a imp but you never really explain where in the demon hierarchy a imp is. Also what is Dar?
Hierarchy in Hel is calculated on an individual basis, but certain demon types tend to cluster around the same level. Imps are in the lower third – above the Low and above the sex demons. Imps can pack a significant punch power-wise, but they like to keep it hidden so they’re underestimated and gain an advantage in a fight – so they tend to be ranked lower than they probably should be. It’s one of the reason’s Sam was so irritated to be stuck with the Iblis sword – kind of hard to fly under the radar with a big target like that on her back!
As for Dar – well, you’ll just have to wait for Three Wishes (his story), which comes out late, fall to see!
Got more questions for the FAQ? Ask away!