Every year, Pheonix very kindly sends me over a transcript of the the Q&A session J.R. Ward does with her fans. And every year, I am not quite through the last book, so I have the whole “trying to read it without spoiling myself” thing going on – which I failed at this time. Yep, I saw things that I would’ve liked to have been a surprise, and I quickly stopped. So, if you have not as yet finished The Beast…
Look Away! Spoilers! Save Yourself!
Still Spoilers! You have been Warned!
Q: Who is the next book?
A: Xcor and Layla. The title will be “The Chosen.”
Q: Do the stories ever change on you as you’re writing them?
A: They’ve corkscrewed on me. I’ll think something is going to happen and then the way the story unfolds contradicts what I was expecting.
Q: Last year you told us that Murhder was making more of an appearance. When????
A: I will be in Nashville again, but I don’t know if it will be on a weekday. It will be around the release of The Angel’s Share. (Bourbon Kings series)
As for Murhder, I expected him to show up in this book. One of the problems is, when I start a book, I have no idea how far the story will go. We didn’t go far enough this time. I’d like to promise he’s in The Chosen, but I can’t.
Q: What is the next Legacy book about?
A: It will be about Axe. You haven’t met his heroine yet. But I’ve outlined and I’m going to be starting it soon.
Q: Will you write another Insider’s Guide?
A: I’m having trouble with my schedule right now. It’s so packed. But it is about time. We’ve had enough books, so there’s enough information. It’s just about finding time in my schedule to do it.
Q: In the next Bourbon Kings book, The Angel’s Share, do we find out who killed the old man?
A: Mmmm. Yes. Maybe. A little bit. Keep Reading.
Q: Will Jo Early transition in the next book?
A: Keep Reading…………
Q: Will the Scribe Virgin come back?
A: Can’t answer that.
Q: Is Markcus, the blood slave significant?
A: I would say everyone in the books is significant.
Q: Will Eddie and Adrian (The Fallen Angels) make an appearance. When?
A: Yes. Keep reading for when.
Q: Do you know who replaces the Scribe Virgin and do you know them?
A: Are you $%*$ing kidding me? It’s Lassiter.
Q: When Vishous makes the comment that he remembers Jane slumping in the crumpled Audi, when she died, that didn’t make sense because she didn’t die in a car accident. So why was the Audi crumpled?
A: Yeah, because Jane died from a gunshot wound in the car. (Checking the book) Okay, that’s an error in the book. It’s supposed to say ‘crumpled body’ instead of ‘crumpled Audi’. Sometimes, corrections don’t make it through the editing process and into the final copy of the book. I’ll fix it, promise!
Q: s’Ex is a boy? *
A: Yes, s’Ex is a boy. You’ll see more of him.
Q: Did you purposefully choose Lassiter to take over the SV? *
A: That would have been awesome, but the stories don’t work like that. But isn’t the irony great?
Q: If you could choose one Brother to be yours who would it be?
A: It’s like a box of chocolates: why choose only one? But there’s only one for me. Zsadist.
Q: Why wasn’t Boo in the book?
A: Because every time Boo is in the book, Lassiter puts on the Borat thong and sings, “What’s up pussycat?” I wasn’t putting that in the book.
Q: Is Axe related to Naasha?
A: Keep reading.
Q: Does Lassiter get someone?
A: Lassiter absolutely gets his own book. He’s too fabulous not to.
Q: Will see more of Devina?
A: Devina is definitely returning. And I think Devina and Lash are a couple made in hell. Sooooo…
Q: (The question was difficult to hear, so we tried to piece it together) There seems to be some discrepancy between what we know of Butch and Manny and their father and what we learned about Jo Early’s father.
A: Their father has a very convoluted storyline. There are secrets that Manny doesn’t know about himself or his mother. Manny’s age, and other things are not what Manny thinks he knows. Things have been hidden, and there’s a surprise about who they’re related to. Butch has a lot of healing to do over his sister who died, so there’s a lot of possibilities to his relationship with Jo. But it will take a while.
Q: Will the way Lyric was revived by Payne, twice, have a magical effect on Lyric?
A: Payne is losing the ability to revive and heal people. I suspect that the SV didn’t burden either of her kids with that role as a way of showing her love. But, no, I don’t expect it to have an effect on Lyric.
Q: Did the Creator tell Lassiter that this would be his destiny?
A: No, I feel that it was the SV’s role to choose her own successor.
Q: What was Vishous’ role in Lassiter’s life so that they ended up hating each other?
A: It’s very complex and convoluted. Vishous played a role in the loss of the love of Lassiter’s life. But it will take us a while to get to where we can learn the whole story.
Q: Does Lassiter have a name?
A: Yes, but I’m not telling you.
Q: How far in the future (of the stories) do you see? Do you see the young and their future?
A: I absolutely see LW and Nalla and the others. I would love to write Nalla’s book but it would have to step out of the timeline and go thirty or forty years in the future.
Q: Does Saxton get a Happily-Ever-After?
A: Keep reading.
Q: Is there a book for the SV?
A: No, she doesn’t get a book. And neither does Fritz.
Q: Is Marisol coming back?
Q: Is Marisol pregnant?
A: What? No! It would be a surprise to both of us if she is.
Q: When will they know that Lassiter has taken over for the SV?
A: Power has been transferred. He’s waiting for the worst possible time to reveal.
Q: In Dark Lover when Wrath agrees to take the throne, what was the favor he owes the SV? And will that transfer?
A: Keep reading.
Q: Will Blay and JM be inducted into The Brotherhood?
A: Yes. I can’t say when. My question is, will they induct Payne first? And how will that work with her being a female and they do the ceremony buck-naked.
Q: What is the next Legacy book?
A: It is called Blood Vow. Axe’s heroine is the sister of the cousin who died in Blood Kiss.
Q: At the showdown at the old school, I was expecting all the fighters to be there, including the Shadows and Xhex and Payne.
A: Payne is doing something. I wasn’t seeing her, so she’s up to something but I don’t know what. Trez is depressed and isn’t doing well and needs to stabilize. I think he’s been off with the s’Hisbe trying to get his shit together. Xhex has been at the clubs.
Q: Was there anything significant to Vishous stumbling?
A: Yes, there is. If you noticed that Payne was also complaining about weakness, not related to the twins’ birth. So, there’s something happening.
Q: Will the name ‘The Brotherhood’ change one females are in?
A: No, I don’t think so. It’s traditional. But, it’s not up to me. Do you really think that the women who get in there care what it’s called?
Q: When John Matthew gets inducted, he already has the scar? (so does he need to get another one?)
A: They’ll punch him again. He will want that. That’s a lot of tradition and history behind the BDB. He won’t want to just rely on his birthmark.
Q: Will it come out that JM is Darius?
A: So many people ask that. But, you can’t have that out. It was a deal made and it doesn’t matter if the SV isn’t in charge. The core issue was that he bargained, so he gave a token of his faculties. You can’t rewrite the rules because the SV is gone. But it would change all the relationships. Tohr would go from being a father figure to his best friend.
Q: 90% of the Lessening Society has been taken out and the only way to end it is to take out the Omega. Have we met the person or weapon who can do that?
A: (choruses of Butch, Butch) What we don’t know is, what is Butch waiting for? That’s a Keep Reading.
Q: Assail talks about his no-good brother and sister. Have we, or will we, meet them?
A: We haven’t met them, but I don’t know if we will. I suspect they’re still in the Old Country. But I don’t know for sure.
Q: I just read Tohr’s book. I don’t care about spoilers. Will we ever get to know more about Darius’ backstory?
A: You will see some of that as you go further into the series. I would love to write a couple of books that go back and give us the Brotherhood’s history.
Q: Will Novo have her own book?
A: Yes, and she is definitely bisexual. I know who she ends up with but it’s not a female.
Q: Will Assail have his own book?
A: Assail will absolutely have his own book.
Q: Is Murhder Bitty’s uncle?
A: No, he isn’t. It be addressed before the end of the six months so that will be addressed in Blood Vow.
Q: Will Ehric and Evale share a mate?
A: No, I don’t think so. If one of them fell in love, they wouldn’t want to see his love being banged by his brother.
Q: Is there a way for Xcor to redeem himself with the Brothers.
A: There absolutely is, and he’s already done it. It’s in the books. Think about it.
Q: Will we see Ahgony, Phury’s son? (in future books)
A: Yes, we definitely will see more of Phury’s son.
Q: How do you shut it off? (The stories and characters)
A: You don’t.
Q: Do we find out what is in the coffins?
A: Yes, you will find out
Q: Is Murhder, Butch, Manny, and Jo’s dad?
A: *JR walks away.
Q: Are Butch and V ever going to get it on?
A: There are some things that should remain behind closed doors.
Q: Will Marissa and Butch have kids?
A: I haven’t seen it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
Q: Will Havers have a mate?
A: No, Havers will not have a mate. I can’t stand the fool. I wanna throat-punch him.
Q: Are there more babies coming?
A: I don’t know.
Q: From the Story of Son, will we see Michael come into The Brotherhood.
A: I don’t know about Michael, but I would like to think his daughter might.
Q: Could you give us a hint of where Assail’s story is going? How does Sola fit into his story?
A: Assail is having a bad week. He’s on his way to rehab. Sola has met a guy, but Assail doesn’t know it yet. Yes, Assail and Sola end up together, though.
Q: Will either JM or Xhex get revenge on the guy who raped JM when he was a pretrans?
A: I think he’s already met a bad end, but we’ll see.
Q: Phury was persecuted more than the others, who all had their own problems.
A: Because it’s the nature of addiction. You have to, at some point, say, “It’s sink or swim.” His problem is different than all of the others’ issues. Phury eventually got to that place where he asked for help, but when you compare it to Assail, who pulled his own ripcord, you have to realize, it’s not Phury that was different but the nature of his problem that was different.
Q: Assail seemed to have an immediate bond to the blood slave he rescued. Is that true?
A: 100% true.
Q: Is Vishous losing his power?
A: No, but I think when his mother opted out of the time-space continuum, I think there’s a power shift. And I want to be the first one to see Vishous realize that Lassiter has taken over for the SV. If there is one m***er f***er who you would not believe is in charge of everything, it would be Lassiter. No one’s going to take his word, so there’s going to have to be some kind of definitive proof.
Q: Will we learn more about Craig and Paradise in other books?
A: Yes, I think we’ll see more of them in other books.
Q: Is Throe’s sister dead?
A: I’ve never said one way or another. He has the ashes, but you’ve never seen them have you?
Q: Will we see some of the original Brothers in other Legacy books?
A: You will see some of the original Brothers in Blood Vow. There is an unaddressed issue about Bitty’s uncle. That has to be addressed before the end of the six months so that will be addressed in Blood Vow.