“Here, Kitty Kitty” is an anthology of six paranormal romance short stories featuring exotic cat shapeshifters. The anthology is slated for release October 6th, 2013. All profits from this anthology will go to charity to benefit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana. Each week leading up to the release I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of the authors who have contributed to this project.
Here Kitty, Kitty
Author Spotlight: Dariel Raye
Featured Feline: Black Panther
Story: Divine Passage
Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.
1. What inspired you to write about black panther shifters?
I’ve always been fascinated by the black panther because of its ferocious beauty and its ability to survive in the United States within an extremely limited habitat.
2. Why is paranormal romance a favorite genre of yours?
I could talk about this all day, but paranormal and fantasy allow my imagination to take flight, and the possibility of lightening someone’s load for a time, welcoming them into a world to share with me is a wonderful gift. I enjoy planting my characters right smack in the middle of reality and giving them the opportunity to right the wrongs that make most of us feel powerless.
3. Is this your first collaboration with other authors? And how did you like it?
My first collaboration with other authors was in 2008 through The Wild Rose Press. I met some great authors back then, and I’m excited about working on this project and getting to know each member of our “Here, Kitty Kitty” team as well. It feels good to use my passion to help such majestic, intelligent creatures.
4. Tell us about your works in progress.
My most pressing work in progress is “Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish.” I’m planning to release it the beginning of December if all goes well. I’m also working on a new Nephilim series, “Children of Cain.” Don’t have an approximate release time for that one yet, but some time next year.
Dariel loves books, animals, and all things paranormal. Dariel has written articles for The News Item of Mobile, and Black Health Magazine of Atlanta. A classically trained pianist and vocalist with a degree in piano and vocal performance and a master’s in counseling psychology, she completed studies for a Ph.D. with the exception of her dissertation, and finally stopped due to kidney failure/dialysis. She is presently writing a shifter romance series, “Dark Sentinels,” and two Nephilim series, “The Alerians” and “Children of Cain.” Lives with two large dogs and a passel of black cats. To learn more about Dariel and her books, visit her blog.