➩ Q: Will Striker get his own book?
♥☞ A: Yes, when the time is right for him to be mated. 💋
➩ Q: Who is Striker’s mate?
♥☞ A: Time will tell.
➩ Q: Is Edee Striker’s mate?
♥☞ A: Time will tell. LOL
➩ Q: Is Vic (from Strategic Vulnerability, Act of Command, and Wolf’s Surrender) still alive and is he going to get his own story? ?
♥☞ A: I can’t answer this without giving away too much. I can say, you have not seen the last of Vic.
➩ Q: Will Mac and Car get their own stories?
♥☞ A: Yes, they will.
➩ Q: How do you decide when an operative gets their story?
♥☞ A: I NEVER force it. It has to happen for me organically so that it naturally unfolds for my muse. There are several who have stories written but that can’t release yet because other things need to happen within the overall series world before their story will “make sense” in the timeline. Also, I tend to write books out of order so often that book that is done and waiting for its turn needs tweaks to make it fit perfectly in its spot in the lineup.
I get my brain is a weird and scary place. I no longer try to control it. I just run with it…not against it LOL
➩ Q: Will Wheeler get his own story?
♥☞ A: Yes, he will.
➩ Q: Will Ace get his own story?
♥☞ A: Yes, he will.
➩ Q: What happened with Blue Butterfly? Will the character pop up in any more books?
♥☞ A: That character, like many, is developing over the course of the series world. More to come…
➩ Q: Will you ever write a story that shows us all the operatives who are mated with their families and updates (like a reunion book)?
♥☞ A: I have considered doing this for a holiday or something. Maybe a novella that isn’t centered on any one operative, but sort of a check in with many. Right now, time is the factor.
➩ Q: Will you ever write stories for the children of the ops?
♥☞ A: I won’t rule that out. 🙂
➩ Q: The books have been releasing for fifteen years now. Does that mean fifteen years has passed for the characters from book one to the most recent book?
♥☞ A: No. In the series world from book one until now it’s been (quick guess without my charts in front of me) about 1.5 years from when it takes place until Healing the Wolf (the current book at the time of this Q & A being done.
➩ Q: Is there another Immortal Ops® Team? Team II?
♥☞ A: I can’t give away too much but the short answer is yes.
➩ Q: Will we ever see anything more about Beowulf (Area of Influence)?
♥☞ A: Yes. You have not seen the last of him.
➩ Q: Will we ever get to read Stamatis’s story (from Midnight Echoes)?
♥☞ A: Yes. His story was actually written at the same time as Immortal Ops® book one. Yes, all those years ago. I made the decision to set his daughter’s book (Meena from Midnight Echoes) in front of his in releases because her book helped to introduce the spin-off of the Crimson Ops. But I will release Stamatis’s story at some point. The majority of the story takes place over twenty years ago.
➩ Q: Are there any more characters from the world that are established that you’ll write stories for?
♥☞ A: Yes. I’ve outlined one for Missy’s (Critical Intelligence) father, General Jack Newman. Since he’s obviously already mated when you meet him, the story would be how he came to that point. I have no timeline of when this might release or if it will release. If it sucks, I’ll never put it out LOL.
There are more too.
➩ Q: Are you going to write the Paranormal Regulators stories?
♥☞ A: Yes. Three are already written, Stamatis, Whitney, and Erik (Shane has one coming too along with more men). But I’ve not yet launched their spin-off. Currently, there are 5 series that are within the overall series world–the Paranormal Regulators and the private security detail (you meet them in The Dragon Shifter’s Duty) would take that to 7 series. Adding in Ops Team II would take that to 8. Not to mention there are two super-secret surprises that I’ve been working on for 15 years behind the scenes that would take it to 10 (okay one isn’t a huge surprise, it’s the gargoyles, but the other is hush-hush, for now).
I spend a lot of time on each book I write. I spend countless hours researching details to sprinkle in. And while I never want to beat the reader over the head and bore them to death with details, I want the world to feel as real and as fully developed as possible. I also like weaving fact with fiction so this takes research and time as well. This often means it takes me 3 months to write the full story (and let’s be honest the ops books each seem to be getting longer and longer the more I write lol), get it edited, formatted and all that stuff that deals with how the sausage is made. Three months is already HALF the time the full-lengths were taking me years ago. I don’t see any way to cut that in half again without sacrificing quality and more of my health. I won’t put out a sub-standard book just to fill a slot or have a release. That is grossly unfair to my reader base who have come to trust me and who spend their hard earned dollars on my books.
➩ Q: There are over 20 books in the series world so far? How many more do you plan to do and how many years will you keep releasing them?
♥☞ A: The sky is the limit. I set up the series world to be ongoing. And I work really, really, really hard to make each character and story be special and unique while still being a vital piece of the overall world puzzle. To me, each character is a living and breathing entity–they are real in my head. They have their own personalities, their own hang-ups and their own story waiting to be told. Do some of them overlap with other characters’ stories? Yes. Just like in real life.
If you’re the type of person who wants to wait to start a series until it’s all done, this probably isn’t the series for you as it will keep going so long as there are people out there who still want to read it. On the plus side, it means tons of books in it. <3
➩ Q: How do you keep the series and overall world fresh and from being boring and the same old same?
♥☞ A: I work really hard to infuse new life into the series world with every release. I never want a reader to think “I can just read that book later because it will be the same as XYZ”. I want the reader to see the next book coming out and think “there goes my day because I’m not budging until I read what happens next.”
And I LOVE to read non-fiction. I love history. I LOVE science. Basically, I love to learn new things and expand upon the knowledge I do have. This is always feeding my muse, making me think of new ways to sprinkle in a special flavor to each book or character arc. I have hundreds of reference books that surround me in my office (no joke, I’ve been collecting them for nearly 20 years and you’d think I was a dragon guarding treasure if you saw me with them) and I’m always signing up for new courses & classes, seminars, conferences, etc. I live close to the University of Mississippi so I have access to its resources as well. I’m always over at the campus bookstores buying texts and finding out what the latest info in multiple areas of study are. I interview people and reach out to experts in various areas when the need arises. I love documentaries and have been collecting them for 20 plus years as well. And I travel as much as possible to learn new areas and new things.
I take all of this and use it to breathe life into my stories (be it ops ones or other ones).
✎ ✎ My end goal is always to put out the best book I can. Thankfully, my reader base is super supportive. ✎ ✎
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Mandy M. Roth is a self-proclaimed Goonie, loves 80s music and movies and wishes leg warmers would come back into fashion. She also thinks the movie The Breakfast Club should be mandatory viewing for…okay, everyone. When she’s not dancing around her office to the sounds of the 80s, she’s busy writing sexy paranormal operatives. Mandy lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband and three boys. She has sold well over 1 million ebooks. Mandy has published with Harlequin, Random House/ Virgin Books, and has had a wildly successful indie career in addition to publishing with more than one small press.