New York Times best-selling novelist Nalini Singh visits Nelson ahead of book launch
New York Times international best-selling novelist Nalini Singh has given Nelsonians a sneak peak of her latest novel.
The Kiwi-raised writer has begun a "second series" to her mammoth Psy-Changeling 16-book collection and on Tuesday will release the first book in the new series, Silver Silence.
With plans to spend more time on home soil this year, Singh made a special appearance in Nelson to meet readers and offer a sneak peak into the latest chapter.
At Elma Turner Library on Saturday, fans listened to a small excerpt from the new book and delved into the mind of the famous writer, who last year churned out five books.
"Writing for me is a real passion, so I'm always working on something," Singh said.
It was a natural time to begin the series, she said, and Silver Silence was an easy entry point for new readers.
"We're getting to know a whole bunch of new characters so you're not going to be, sort of, feeling lost.
"Obviously, I hope after you read this book you will go back and read all the other ones.
"It was a really fun book to write. It was a book with a really warm heart."
The book holds strong to its "family" connections, a structure Singh said her novels could never go without.
Each book was its own creation and must stand on its own, she said.
But family comes in all shapes and sizes, from blood relations, friends and even colleagues, like the connections made in Singh's military scenes.
"I write quite big casts. They carry through ... so it becomes people you've read about for 10 years. You grow with them and you see their lives.
"I always find when I'm having trouble with a book it's because there is some connection missing there."
Singh hoped this next series could also be a "bestseller" but was still in disbelief, even now, to call herself a New York Times international bestseller.
"It was like a dream coming true and still I never take anything like that for granted."
Technology can be a challenge to writers but Singh said she had hope novelists would succeed beyond the pages – taking the Game of Thrones television extravaganza as an example.
"If someone was to make something like that of my books and do such a good job of it, of course it would be amazing."
Already looking ahead of her latest release Singh is due to have a second book release in September and is working on a contemporary novel as well.