Off the Shelf
INTERVIEW: Paulette Crain
By Marcus Pan
You are working on a prequel for
Delore's Confession. What centuries in the history of the DeLore and/or
Winthrop families are you planning on covering?
As you know from reading a portion of the prequel, I began
at the beginning of creation so to speak. I will then solve the mystery of the
elusive Jack The Ripper, 1888, then move forward and into the 20th century. You
will learn more about Jenny and her interaction with the Winthrops as well as a
closer look at Stefan, Christopher, Sophia, Andrew, Nicholas and Louisa.
Is there a name for this next novel and how far along is
it to print? Can you provide an estimated time of completion?
My next novel, the one I'm presently working on, is a
psychological thriller. I hope to have it out by the first of next year.
By the late 1800s according to the epilogue, Leopold and
wife still reside at Nine Thorton Square in London. At the time that DC took
place, are they still living there now?
Yes, Leopold and Madeline are most definitely residing at
Nine Thornton Square. The Chamber at Nine Thornton Square is far more powerful
than DeLore House.
Would you consider Ashley Winthrop a mirror image of
yourself or otherwise created from your own character? Ashley, like you, spends
time between New Orleans and California. She is also in the antique/restoration
business, as you once were. Are these similarities coincidental or something
Ashley Winthrop is not a mirror image of myself. I was
living in Los Gatos, CA when I wrote DeLore's Confession and had no earthly
idea I would EVER be spending my time between New Orleans and Tiburon. However,
there are similarities between Ashley's inner being and myself.
The male lineage of the two families, Winthrop and
DeLore. Are they truly immortal (assuming they do not stray into love), or does
their power eventually wane?
The Evil Legacy is ever powerful and eternal. The only hope
for release (death) is by the hand of another of the same ilk or by one's own
hand. The ONLY exception is the seed of righteousness as was conveyed in the
character of Jenny. Though Jenny lived to be 103, her purity and righteousness
released her. She then, through Ashley, was able to release her dearest love,
Tryn/Christoper. Jenny was the first Winthrop to have that seed. I will go into
that in a more complex way as I progress with the prequel.
Maurice is an interesting character. The only thing we
know for sure is that he has been with Mr. DeLore for a long time. In addition,
there was a young Maurice that showed up at Nine Thorton Square and who
enamored, at least for a time, Leopold Winthrop himself. Is this one and the
Maurice? By all means he is one and the same. I've enjoyed
toying with the character of Maurice. There is much that I can do with him.
How did you come about creating the starting lineage of
the families with Greco-Roman deities? It was utterly unexpected and I was
surprised to find that to be the case.
Greco-Roman. What comes to mind when I think of these
deities? Mystical, eternal, powerful, handsome, beautiful, seductive, exotic
and erotic. I needed these characteristics in order to produce my family of
evils. And Zeus being the God of Gods, he would be the one to create this
family. Though it was not his intention to create evil, he was later compelled
to do so. As for Atlantis, I have always been intrigued by that mythical (???)
The Jaguar walking stick and ring
are there still
only two of these originally made by Zeus - one for Trynathian, one for
Poseidon? Or were there others made as time wore on? If there are still only
two, then Michael Winthrop has the DeLore set
but who has the Winthrop
The original Jaguar walking sticks and rings are at Nine
Thornton Square. There are many others and all were and still are reproduced at
If it won't spoil the unexpectedness of the story, can
you provide more information on who the woman was who came for
Tryn/Christopher? The only thing I could assume is that it was a phantom of
Jenny, because she is the only one who nearly brought Christopher through to
nearly causing his downfall a century ago. If the males are
predominant throughout the DeLore and Winthrop families, why a female to come
and claim Tryn?
Jenny would never in any form conduct herself as THAT woman
did. Oh no, you could never guess who that person really is. At least I hope
you couldn't. :=) Don't ever assume that the males are predominant in these two
families. They are simply different. Remember, the women do not succumb to love
as the men. They simply do not receive love from their men.
Your feelings on comparisons between your Winthrop/DeLore
creations and vampires?
Vampires are the undead. They are less realistic than my
creation. I feel that my family is much more complex than the vampire. The only
similarity is immortality and the baggage that goes along with it.
DeLore's Confession is what most people would consider a
medium-sized novel. Why did it take eight years from fruition to
It did not take eight years to write DC. It took six months
and many rewrites. The book was so long that my editors had me cut out a large
chunk. It was ten years ago that I first set out to write a novel. The past ten
years is a book in itself. My first agent was Linda Chester, Wally Lamb's
agent. A long story.
Assuming there are future novels inside of you that have
yet to come out (disregarding for a moment the previously discussed prequel),
are there any other fiction genres you would be interested in writing
As I previously said, my next novel is a psychological
thriller. Gothic mystery and thrillers are my cup of tea.