Darkest Power Trilogy Interview with Kelley Armstrong

Dear Reader,
The Darkest Powers has been one of my favorite series and I've given away many copies already. But now that the beginning trilogy for Kelley Armstrong's new addition to her Otherworld universe is complete, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to giveaway the set in celebration of the recent release of  book 3, The Reckoning. Check out the new website that now features the next trilogy Darkness Rising's first book, The Gathering.

An absolute MUST read is Kelley's latest online short story, Divided. It tells the story of what happened to Derek and Simon when they were separated from Chloe between books 1 & 2. It's told from Derek's perspective (woohoo!!) and it sheds some light on his feelings. So far there are 4 chapters posted and they are great! The picture below makes me think of Derek & co. on the run, but mostly of Derek.

If you've never read the series, here's the cliff's notes summary on the trilogy:
-My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl — someone normal. Now my life has changed and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. I'm a living science experiment — not only can I see ghosts, but I can raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you would want to have. Ever.

I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

IB Teen Talks with her hero, Kelley Armstrong:
 IBT When did Derek know that he had romantic feelings for Chloe? Was it when she first helped him through that first "almost change" at Lyle House, before? Please, inquiring minds NEED to know the details.

 KA Well, let’s just say that he had feelings for her long before he realized he did. He wouldn’t have actually acknowledged it, even to himself, until they were alone together in The Awakening.

 IBT Did he even dare hope for Chloe to return his feelings, or was he all about hoping for his brother to be happy no matter what?

 KA He expected she’d end up with Simon, and he was telling himself he was okay with that. Simon genuinely liked her, and Derek figured he didn’t have a shot, so better for them to be happy together.

 IBT In the Reckoning, when Chloe is taken to a cemetery for some "training", was Margaret already sowing the seeds of Chloe's demise? Or did she genuinely refuse to see Chloe's real power until it was literally right in front of her?

 KA A mix of both. She didn’t think Chloe was as powerful as she claimed—being able to raise the dead. But she was hoping Chloe would cause some trouble, to convince the others that the kids were dangerous and needed to be sent back. What happened, though, was bigger than she expected. She wouldn’t have risked exposure on that scale.

 IBT What are your key ingredients to a good story?

 KA I'm afraid you won't get any profound answers from me on this. To me, the most important components are the two major ones--plot and character. I want an interesting story that's fast-paced and has enough twists to keep it unpredictable. Even more importantly, though, it needs to have fully-formed characters. As a reader, if I don't care about the characters, then it doesn't matter how exciting the story is because I don't particularly care what happens to them!

 IBT Do you plan to ever reveal Derek's biological family, or are they ultimately not important to the story you have in mind?

 KA If the subject comes up—say, I have a story idea for an encounter with another Cain—then I’ll use it, but I lean toward option 2: ultimately, not critical to the story. In that way, Derek is like a certain werewolf in my adult series—his family is the family he has now, and he has little interest in his biological one.

 IBT Which of the character's voices came easiest to you?

 KA Probably Chloe--I gave her a few things in common with me so it'd be easy to write about her. We both love movies. We both like to write. We both stutter. The rest, though, is completely Chloe!

 IBT What is your favorite type of "hero"?

 KA I like my heroes with a little angst and internal conflict.

 IBT How do you keep all of your ideas organized? How do you decide which ones will make it on the pages of your novel?

 KA My process is constantly evolving. Being published means having a schedule, so it's become very important to learn what methods work best for me. I've discovered I work best from an outline. My finished novel never completely follows the outline though. Better ideas arise during the first draft and I follow them wherever they lead. The first draft is a very intense process for me, and during that time, I'm rarely without my notebook. When the first draft is done, I ease back into a more relaxed editing mode.

 IBT As an author how do you respond to those who think that censorship is a necessary evil?

 KA On an individual or family level, I have no problem it. Parents should know the content of books that their children are reading, and decide what they’re ready for and what they aren’t. Likewise, if an individual is bothered by content (such as profanity) he/she should be able to get that information for books and choose accordingly. If they censor their own reading or children’s reading on topics such as sexual orientation or religious values, that’s their choice. But they should not be able to force their choices on others by restricting the material available in libraries etc.

I live in a small town that doesn’t have a lot of diversity. If I decide I want to introduce my children to a concept such as homosexual parenting, and I want to do it through fiction, only to discover that my library has removed such material because other parents have decided my kids shouldn’t be exposed to it? Um, no. No one has the right to make that choice for my kids, no more than I have the right to make choices for theirs.

 IBT When writing your YA series, do you find that you censor yourself knowing that what you are writing is intended primarily for a younger audience?

 KA Slightly. My first narrator, Chloe, was very sheltered, never dated, just-turned-15. So, being true to that character, things like drugs, alcohol and sex aren’t issues in her life yet. Even her use of profanity would be minimal. The others teens, though, would swear. In that case, I made a conscious decision to minimize it (using “He cursed” etc instead) because it seemed that if everything else was so tame, and the narrator herself wouldn’t use profanity, there was no reason to take the book out of the hands of younger readers by adding it. With the next trilogy, it’s an older and more mature heroine, so there’s a step up in “content.” Not a huge leap, but a step. Again, that was true to the character.

 IBT I have to ask, if you could have dinner with any three people(living, imaginary, or dead), who would they be and why?

 KA I’m never good at these questions! Let’s see… I’ll do one of each. Living? Stephen King, because he’s my writing idol. Imaginary? Sherlock Holmes, because I think he’d make a great dinner companion. Dead? Oscar Wilde, because he’s not only one of my favourite writers but would also make a good dining companion. There. A very…interesting dinner party.

 IBT And finally, at the request of several of my teens here at the library we all
want to make a plea that one day Derek meets the Pack, we are all foaming at
the mouth for scenes with Clay and Derek! And we also hope that that Chloe
will get to meet Jamie Vegas. There, my teens and I have said our piece.

 KA It would be cool, but it’s not likely to happen anytime soon. I always say that the problem with having the two groups meet is that the adults would swoop in and solve all the kids’ problems…and I wouldn’t have a teen series anymore!

Thanks Kelley!!

Winners of this contest will receive:
  • The Darkest Powers Trilogy!
  • And the coolest necklace that made me think immediately of the one that Chloe wears in the series. I thought the changing color in the crystal mirrored the changing color of her necklace.
To Enter:
  • Post a comment on this post with contact information.
  • For One Extra Entry: Add contest to your blog, twitter, or other site.
  • For One Extra Entry: you an add yourself as a Follower of this blog! (Followers automatically get the extra entry.)
This contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.This contest is open to all, including international readers!


Lara said...

Ooh enter me please! While I wasn't the biggest fan of the last book, I did like the series overall =)


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Christa said...

Wow. Awesome. : ) Fun interview & great contest!
Please enter me.
ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com
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Sara said...

I'd love to win! I was lucky enough to hear Kelley speak a couple weeks ago at a Supernatural Summer tour stop, but there were 4 authors and none of them had much time to talk. So it was nice to be able to see a discussion on the novels!

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Dani. said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I want! :)

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Samantha LeAnne said...

Oh! Please please please! Enter me!
I borrowed the first one from a friend and loved it! But he moved before I could borrow the second one! I NEED to finish reading these!

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Samantha LeAnne

Tia said...

The series sounds really interesting!

I'm a follower.

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bookaholic said...

Please count me in!
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Mable L. said...

I've always been weary about reading this series but I would love to get it a try. Please enter me. Thanks for hosting!

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Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Ooo...I've really been wanting to read this series!

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EVA SB said...

Interesting interview. I liked what Kelley had to say about censorship.

I would love to read this series so please count me in.


KatieDoll said...

Gah, best contest ever! Enter me, please. :)

I'm already a follower and I added this to my sidebar- http://sophistikatied.blogspot.com/


EVA SB said...

I'm a follower

I tweeted

I posted to my sidebar


Riv Re said...

Really cool! I've heard a lot about these, and that necklace is sooo pretty.


Orchid said...

Ooh, Awesome contest! I've heard such great things about this series, yet I still haven't had a chance to read it. Count me in. :)

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Bere said...

How awesome! Thanks so much for the contest. I'm dying to read this trilogy. I've heard great things on this series. Please count me in!

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Thanks for the chance to win it =)


in which a girl reads said...

Ooh, awesome contest :)


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Sweet Lady Jess said...

Hello! The Darkest Powers series is one of my favorite series and I really appreciate this contest! Thank you!

+1 Tweet about the contest: http://twitter.com/SweetLadyJess/status/16362601447

+1 Following your great blog!

Thank you again!

-Jessica Tapia


Catie S (Book Bound) said...

I'm a huge fan of this series!


Bee said...

Wow. Love the interview!
I've coveted this series for so long. Please let me win!

I follow you.
I linked to my blog sidebar (www.talkmusebanter.blogspot.com)
I linked to my twitter (www.twitter.com/bee_muses)

Thanks :))

CrystalGB said...

I have been dying to read this series. Sounds amazing. I love the covers.
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Sab H. said...

Please enter me!

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marian said...

great contest!!! i would love to win!!!


Sarah said...

Thanks for the interview! I agree completely with the author on censorship. It's really annoying when there are people who thinks books should be banned because of the content, when it is completely up to the reader's discretion.

And I've never tried out this series before, so count me in!

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Thanks for the contest!! :D
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elaing8 said...

Great giveaway

I am a follower

tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/16431811562


throuthehaze said...

I LOVE this series!


throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Okapi said...

Amazing, AMAZING interview with very thoughtful answers!
I'm a follower of your blog.
Tweeted: http://twitter.com/faellie_lupe/status/16435047075
Thanks so much!

Beth (Maybe-Tomorrow.net) said...

What a great interview! I'm a HUGE fan of Kelley's and I'm planning a WoTO month in July!

This was a great interview! And like you and the teens at your library I'm sooo desperate for Chole & Derek to meet Clay & Jaime!

I asked her when she came by for a reading last year and she said the same thing *fingers crossed* something will come up in future books!


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mariska said...

* Make me The Lucky one ! Pick ME !

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Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

Aw, sweet! Thank you for making it international! :)

+ 1 I am a follower! (under deltree192).

+1 deltree192@live.com.au

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Emma :)

Margay said...

This is great! I'd love to win this for my daughter, whose birthday is Wednesday.

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Amie said...

Me please!

amiequestionmark at gmail.com

I would love love love to win :D

mavel said...

I just loved the whole series, and the idea of Derek meeting Clay is so interesting.
And I'd love to enter the contset

Cass said...

+1 sidebar link @ http://wordsonpaperya.blogspot.com/

+1 follower

and +1 for just leaving the comment

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Anonymous said...


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Suzan said...

Great interview! Loved the questions, they are just the sort of qeustions I would have asked about Derek's feelings and about meeting the pack (really really want that to happen in the future!!) I love the question about his family as well because while it's clear in the book that he loves his dad and his brother and would never wanna leave or replace them I do wonder if he ever thinks about his mom and what he feels about her.

Anonymous said...

TY! I needed another Darkest Powers fix! I <3 contests

Anonymous said...

Wow. Great interview.


María said...

Hi there! What an awsome contest! Please count me in!

-Tweeted it here http://twitter.com/mjcostarica

Thank you so much!
María José Vargas

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this set! I have read the first but not the second so this would be a great opportunity to get them in!

Please enter me!


mavel said...

I already posted a comment, but I forgot to put my contact information XD. So i'll leave them now



Tynga said...

Please count me in =)
I love this series and what a lovely necklace!
+1 I am a blog follower

Dawn S said...

I love Kelley! Great interview. Please enter me


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Shy said...

Please include me!

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Mel said...

Awesome interview! It really helps me understand Kelley and the books better!!!

Sylvia said...

I've only read The Summoning and I loved it! I can't wait to read the next two books:) Thanks for this contest!
+1 I follow:D


tetewa said...

I'm a follower, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Darlyn said...

I already put the series on my TBR wishlist like forever!Please sign me in ;p

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Anonymous said...

my daughter would LOVE to have just a 1/4 of your books you have gott :))))

im a follower

i love kelley amrstrong


Michelle W. said...

:) I'm soo obssessed with this series. x] No Joke. :) It's the best.
Anyway. Please enter me! :)

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-Sorry. Idunno how to follow. ><
Thankk you for this wonderful opportunity! :)


Ladytink_534 said...

This is one of the coolest series ever. I think I liked it even better than the Women of the Otherworld series if you don't include Bitten.

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Tore said...

I am a follower. Please enter me in contest because I am very interested in reading this series. Thank you. Tore923@aol.com

Tammy said...

Enter me please :D

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anny said...

kool interview... i love her women of the otherworld series, havent read this series yet, cant wait to read it!!! thanks for the awesome interview!!! & i'd love to win the books :P

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Mary said...

Enter me Please!!!


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Harmony B. said...

+2 for twittering:

+1 for being a follower (number 400!)

Enter me!


Anonymous said...

Ohhhh!!! That does remind me of chloes neckless. Count me in!!! kai.lan@live.com.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh!!! That does remind me of chloes neckless. Count me in!!! kai.lan@live.com.

Anonymous said...

+1 for being a follower
I actually listened to the audio version xD I was tired.

buddyt said...

I enjoyed the interview.

I haven't read any of the series so this is a really great opportunity to get all three !

Thanks for the giveaway.
I am a Follower.

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Grace said...

+1 posted comment!
+1 I'm a follower!
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Dovile said...

Awesome giveaway! Enter me please too!

+1 already your follower

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Alexandra said...

I love these books :)
Enter me plz.


Anonymous said...

Loved the series as a whole!! Very amazing interview too... got several of my questions answered. Please enter me in the contest!


Yan said...

I absolutely love this series! (And that necklace as well!)

Already a follower :)


Erika Lynn said...

Gorgeous necklace and I have heard such good things about this series. count me in
i am a follower


latishajean said...

Please enter me nice giveaway thank you been wanting to read these.
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Jessica said...

Oh wow. Awesome contest. That necklace is wicked awesome! Where did you find that? I might have to buy one if I don't win.

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PeechieKeen said...

Please enter me! I am also a follower!


Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

I've always wanted to read these!

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Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

I've always wanted to read these!

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Roby said...

This is really generous. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


k_sunshine1977 said...

oh, i want these! awesome writer....

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

My sister would love this!

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Giada M said...

Thank you so much for this interesting post and awesome contest! ^O^ This series is on my wishlist and this is a great chance!

I'm an old blog follower.

Giada M.

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perla said...

Dear Jessica,
Thanks for following the blog! The necklace is from one of my favorite stores online called Mod Cloth
-just in case-

RagDollVampGirl said...

Enter Me Please!


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Thank You


mountie9 said...

I have heard so many wonderful things about Kelley's books, and she also donated 2 signed books to a raffle I am doing, but I have never actually read any of her books. It's official I'm off to the book store tonight to buy a couple of her books.
Please put me down for a chance to win
I'm a new follower +1
I also tweeted about it +1
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Mel said...

I would love a chance to win these. I have really been wanting to read them.


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Thank you!

Jeremy West said...

Enter me!
I'm a follower.
I also tweeted: http://twitter.com/JeremyWest/status/16959224554

Total entries: 3
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

LoonyMoonyy said...

I have become so obbessed with this series, it would be great to own them.
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Tina said...

Enter me please!

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Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...
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Caitlin said...

I really love this series and that lecknace is so pretty!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

+1 i'm a follower :)


Julie! said...

LOve this!! <3


~The Book Pixie said...

I've been wanting to read this series for quite some time now. I would love to win these books plus that necklace is gorgeous! :D

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Airis said...

I've just known your blog because of this contest. I'd love to read these books =D And cool interview!


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Aik said...

I'd love to win the books! I've always wanted to read them! And the necklace is so cool!

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JenM said...

Great interview and I loved Kelley's views on censorship as I agree with her 100%. Please enter me. I've read the first book and I'm dying to read the rest.

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Anonymous said...

I love the series and I would Love to win! I might be the Biggest fan of the books! Mayarules2@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I love the series and I would Love to win! I might be the Biggest fan of the books! Mayarules2@comcast.net

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Lasha said...

This is such a cool contest, I would love to win the series and that gorgeous necklace! thanks so much!!!


The Itzel Library said...

Great Contest!!

Enter me please!

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Haku said...

enter me please: simply_haku@hotmail.com

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oO Mariana Oo said...

Awesome! please count me in :)

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

I LOVE Kelley Armstrong! Her Women of the Otherworld series is my favourite UF series, but so far I ahven't had the chance to read her YA series, but I've heard amazing things about it!

Please enter me, I would love to finally read them!

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Thank you! :-)

Anonymous said...

Great interview! Awesome contest! Enter me please!!! I really love this series. Derek is probably my favorite character

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/DforDarla/status/17342013556

& I follow!

Thanks again for the interview & giveaway!

- Darla


Anonymous said...

I love this series so far...I haven't read The Reckoning yet. Great interview too. Enter me please!

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Sandy! said...

Hi!! thanks for this contest!! and for the INTERNATIONAL part!! =D


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Nathan said...
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Nathan said...

thanxs for the contest and for that it's international ^^ wiiiiiiiiiii

enter me please

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+1 for tweet

sorry, in the last post I wrote uncorrectly my mail gg ^^

"Lucy & Hikari " said...

thanxs for the contest and for that it's international ^^
enter me please

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The Lovely Reader said...

I loved the first book and haven't had the chance to read the others! Please enter me, thanks for the contest!

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heatwave16 said...

I've been wanting to jump into this series. Great giveaway!!!

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PeechieKeen said...

Great contest!


Jasmine1485 said...

I haven't read this series before but it sounds perfect for me! I love paranormal novels and I'd love to win these.

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Jasmine said...

PLEASE let me enter I LOVE THE BOOKS :)

is their ganna be a fourth book??