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New characters?

A reader asks, "Are we getting any new ongoing characters in Silver Bullet? Also when is it out?"

Silver Bullet will be out at the end of February, so not long now!

Yes, there are some new ongoing characters. The main one is Iskinder. Way back in Lost Things when Lewis read Alma and Gil's marriage certificate, the witnesses were Mitch and someone named Iskinder Yonas Negasi. In Silver Bullet we'll meet Iskinder, aka Ras Iskinder of Ethiopia, Jerry's friend from Harvard who was part of the Lodge during the war. Iskinder has an important part to play in Silver Bullet, and he'll reappear in future books. Also, there will be a major recurring villain who will continue to pose a problem for the Lodge for several books to come. He's damn scary, if I do say so myself!


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Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it Iskinder who provided Alma and Gil's wedding rings? Were they all in the Lodge together at that point?
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
It was! Good remembering! Mitch found a chaplain, and Iskinder got a ring for Alma, the ring that Jerry won't let her pawn in Paris in Lost Things. They were in the Lodge together at that point. Gil had invited Mitch and ALma and Jerry had invited Iskinder, who was Jerry's old friend. Friend, not lover. Jerry and Iskinder have never been involved because Iskinder is very straight. But Iskinder has known about Jerry since their second year in college. He's one of the few people Jerry trusts completely. Which will be important in Silver Bullet!
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
can't wait!
Jan. 22nd, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
I think you'll enjoy it. And not too long now!
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Random question, if you don't mind-where did Mitch learn to dance?
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
Mitch learned to dance when he was at Trinity College, now Duke University. He figured out fast that girls like to dance, and dancing involves a lot of meeting girls and talking to girls and touching girls. All of which are highly desirable, so therefore dancing was a valuable skill! However, he also learned that he enjoyed it. Mitch is athletic, and after he stopped playing football on a team he didn't really have a sport that required teamwork and careful coordination. Swimming is nice, but he likes things that involve others, not solitary sports like running or swimming. Dancing requires at least two, and it's very much about teamwork and coordination. Also, since the war he's been somewhat limited in strenuous athletics because of the shrapnel he's still carrying. He couldn't lift weights safely, for example, and football is right out.

Mitch dances well, but mostly older things he learned years ago. He doesn't have a regular partner. He's useful at things like the American Legion dances because he's a single guy to dance with guys' wives who want to dance but who isn't going to make more of it than that.

However, he's certainly up for learning some new things! When Stasi suggests that they learn an Apache dance for the Christmas Eve party, he's game!
Jan. 24th, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
Maybe Stasi will be his regular partner! *glee*
Danse Apache looks...well, athletic, but also scary.
Jan. 26th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
She might be! :)

Scary! The Danse Apache is the dirty dancing of the period, the scandalous twerking that will get you thrown out of clubs! Which is why Stasi suggests it. She knows Mitch likes to be just a little bit bad. And dirty, indecent dancing that will shock everybody is right down his alley. I had so much fun writing the rehearsal scene and the final scene at the party. (Also Melissa tells me that the rehearsal scene is one of the hottest things I've ever written, for all that it's a dancing scene....)
Jan. 27th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm...now I kinda want to learn it! ;)
Jan. 27th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
I really love writing Mitch and Stasi's dancing scenes. In Silver Bullet it's the Danse Apache. In Wind Raker it's The Continental and in Oath Bound (which I've just started) it's the Viennese Waltz. I haven't decided yet what they'll do in Fire Season. I think Mitch is a bit old for the Lindy Hop! :D
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