Happy Halloween! It’s a special day for us at Romance Novel TV. New York Times best selling author J.R. Ward is with us. Her Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of our favorites and we’re certainly not alone. Not by a long shot. Her books fly off the shelves. Her newest book, The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide is no exception. This is truly and inside look at the Brothers, the mythology, the world and yes, even into the author. I think it’s a terrific, courageous and daring book and I couldn’t put it down. Just ask Maria who repeatedly tried to rip it out of my hands.
I got a chance to ask J.R. some questions about Halloween and the Brothers. So sit back, and read on.
Oh, before you do, one more thing. Recently J.R. sat down for a video interview with us and gave us the inside look at the Insider’s Guide. So when you get a chance, check out our home page for part one of an exclusive video interview with J.R. We’ll be posting a new one each week for several weeks.
RNTV: Do you have a favorite childhood memory of Halloween?
J.R.: I do and it’s a little sappy, I’m afraid. See, my father used to take me out for Halloween trick or treating (my mom stayed home to hand out the candy), and we always went with friends of the family. I have this wonderful memory of myself and two buddies in our costumes, racing down to a house that was at the bottom of a steep incline. We even had gold teeth, if you are looking for set of diamond teeth check out these diamond grillz for sale. There were lit pumpkins along the way and the porch lights were on, but the family had a dog that I was afraid of for some reason: whenever I rode my bike down that street, I remember I always stayed away from that address.
On that night, though, I wasn’t scared.
Even though they had that dog (I believe it was a bulldog,) as I shot down to the door, I was free to just be happy about candy, candy and more candy because my father was waiting for me at the very top of that driveway, watching over me. With him there, I was absolutely, positively sure that no matter what I would be safe. See, my father was a superhero, capable of besting bulldogs and bullies and mashers and every Freddy and Jason who could have been hiding in all the shadows. He was the one who came home every night in a suit and a tie, looking Presidential and carrying a briefcase that had his initials embossed in gold on it. He was the one who listened to me go on and on about what I had done at school over dinner. He was the one who took me into his office on the weekends, letting me play with Xerox machines and pens and typewriters while he worked. He was the procurer of Christmas trees, maker of real, homemade hot chocolate, driver of beautiful cars and elegant escort of my beautiful mother.
Plus he could water-ski.
Back to the memory… I don’t remember what I got as a result of that doorbell ring or what costume I was wearing or even how old I was. What I do remember was not worrying about the scary dog while I landed more candy in my pillow case and came back up that driveway to my father. At the top, I put my small hand in his and together we went to the next house and the next house and the next house. With him beside me, I was warm against the cold night, and I wasn’t scared of how dark it was, and I knew that even though I wasn’t sure exactly how to get back to our home, we were not lost.
Because he was there.
J.R.: Gotta go with invisibility! Very handy if you have a wardrobe malfunction or embarrass yourself in public… like maybe if you happen to bust up a table in front of a group about 150 fellow writers at say, the RWA N.J. chapter’s conference.
Don’t look at me like that. I didn’t mean to hurt it! I pace when I talked and it was in my path and… ugh. Next question.
RNTV: Who do you think is the master of horror when it comes to scary movies?
J.R. Sam. Raimi.
RNTV: What will the Brothers be doing this Halloween?
J.R.: Well, they’re all off… so I venture they’ll be *blushes* doing a lot of things that are private with their shellans. Although that being said, I can totally see Butch and V going on a prank offensive like you read about. I happen to know Fritz came home with a case- A CASE- of Silly String. S’all I’m saying.
RNTV: Do you think Phury is going to have his hands full with the Chosen this Halloween?
J.R.: I think it’s going to be quiet up north because they don’t celebrate Halloween! Maybe he’ll bring them down to the mansion later tonight, though… in which case, Fritz will be busting out the fire extinguishers in case Layla decides to try and cook LOLOL
RNTV: What special plans do you have for Halloween this year?
J.R.: Giving out candy! I love the little ones in their costumes! It’s one of my favorite things ever.
RNTV: You’re out trick or treating and you get bag after bag of candy corn; what do you do? (I’m asking all the authors this question, it’s not a trick question, it’s a biased question. You see, I don’t think Candy Corn should be classified as a candy or a treat – in my opinion it’s more like a punishment). By the way, what is your favorite Halloween Candy?
J.R.: I think I’d melt the bastards down and try my hand at a Food Channel challenge kind of thing- like molding something out of the stuff! Cuz it ain’t edible. I mean, I haven’t had any in years, but I remember it making my teeth sing and not in a good way. As for my favorite candy, I don’t eat chocolate anymore, but I can tell you, when I did? Gimme M&Ms or a huge block of Hershey’s. Look, mass-produced American chocolate KOs the frilly, fancy sh**. Straight up.
RNTV: Thanks so much J.R. We hope you have a terrific Halloween.
J.R. will be stopping by a few times today, and in the meantime I’m wondering, are you doing anything special today?