Jun 7 2017 12:00pm

Exclusive: Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson Series Will End with Book 13!

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

All good things must come to an end, or so they tell us (grumble grumble), and so it is with mixed feelings that we report this afternoon that Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson will end with lucky Book 13. Yes, you read that right: Thirteenth Grave (official title still to come) will be Charley's last adventure (for now?). Whoa!

On the one hand, we're REALLY sad. but on the other? Well, we can't deny that we're INCREDIBLY PSYCHED to see what epic finale is in store for our favorite Grim Reaper, her sinfully sexy son-of-the-devil husband, and the whole gang! You just know it's going to be one wild ride...

Plus, on the bright side, we still have TWO books ahead, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave on October 31 (perfect release date or perfect release date?!) and Book 13, so we still have a LOT to look forward to! Our anticipation for the next installment is only growing stronger...

Bursting with questions for Darynda after this news? We thought that might be the case, so we're happy to tell you that she's here to answer a few of her most frequently asked reader questions as we head into the final stretch of the series!

How did you come up with Charley?

Darynda Jones: So, I’m lying in bed one morning, waiting for my turn in the shower, when Charley popped into my head in all her glory. I loved her from the get-go.

I will add that I was looking for her. I had just typed The End on my second complete manuscript, a YA titled Death and the Girl Next Door which later sold to my amazing editor along with the Charley books. So, I was craving another project. I knew I wanted it to be adult and paranormal. That was all I had.

And then Charley walked in.

How much of Charley's character do you draw from personal experience?

DJ: Not much, thank goodness. Her life is cra-cra. But I do think she has my outlook on life: rather carefree and easygoing with the occasional burst of fury over the injustices in the world.

Where do you draw your inspiration from for the steamy parts? Like, do you have a favorite author you read whom we could read? (Because if the amount & intensity of sex and passion that gets into your books is just the tip of the iceberg.... Damn! Wow!)

DJ: First off, thank you so much! For me, sex scenes are hard to write. If I’m not making your toes curl, I’m not doing my job. It’s so much more than “insert tab A into slot B.” I think it’s all in the vulnerability and the visceral responses. They are what make a sex scene steamy.  

I do have some favorite authors who write fantastic sex, and I learned a lot from studying them. I cut my teeth on Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. And one of my all-time favorite books is Lover Awakened by JR Ward. Zsadist is my book boyfriend. I kid you not, I came THIS close to tattooing a Z on my wrist.

When you started planning and writing book one of the Grim Reaper series did you know or believe you'd be writing book 13? How does it feel planning and writing the story now you are 12 books down?

DJ: I had no clue! I dreamed, of course. We all do that. But for that dream to become a reality…it’s quite surreal. I have the best job in the world.

Planning and writing the last two books have been bittersweet. I love writing these books so much, so the fact that it’s coming to an end is a little heartbreaking, but I want to go out with a bang. Like a HUGE one. I hope everyone loves reading them as much as I’ve loved writing them.

Will you be doing and novellas with the other characters?

DJ: I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I’d love to do a novella of how Uncle Bob and Cookie fell in love. Can you imagine their very first meeting? And I’d love to do one about Amber and Quentin. In The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, they have started a new business. I think delving more into that would be great fun.

Are there any side characters you wish you would have developed into a more significant character?

DJ: Actually, yes. In Fifth Grave Past the Light, I brought in a character named Nicolette Lemay, gave her an insanely cool gift, then never brought her back in again. We see her briefly in Twelfth Grave, but I wish I’d done more with her.

Are there any plans for a spinoff series featuring Beep as an adult (after the conclusion of Charley's storyline is completed of course)?

DJ: For me personally, yes. I really want to get to know her more. I want to see what challenges life has thrown at her as the daughter of two gods and how she deals with her gifts. Fingers crossed other want to see her all grown up, too!

If you do pen a spinoff, will Lorelei King be narrating the books?

DJ: If I have any say, abso-freaking-lutely. She is amazing.

From who (or what) did you get an inspiration to create Osh?

DJ: I’m sure there is a great answer to this, but I can’t remember. Like Charley, he just kind of popped into my head. He started out a bad guy, believe it or not, and I fell so in love with him, I wanted him in the story permanently. I simply adore him.

If it were offered, would you let someone do a TV series with the Charley Davidson books? Would it make a difference if you had a say so in how it was done?

DJ: It has been offered in the past with both CBS and Warner Bros Television. They each optioned it, but it never went into production. I would love for Charley to make it in pictures, but I wouldn’t really want any control. Writers rarely have any say in any aspect of adaptations of their work, and I’m great with that. I just want to write.

If Passionflix becomes a hit, and expands on the romance genre, would you allow them to turn the Charley Davidson series into a TV series?

DJ: I’m super excited about Passionflix. They are a ways out from doing anything paranormal, but how cool would that be?

Ever considered including recipes in the back of your books of some of the mentioned foods or your favorites dishes?

DJ: I have thought about it! We have some amazing food here in New Mexico. I remember the first time I found out not everyone puts red or green chile on everything. I was floored! Why wouldn’t you put red or green (equally delicious) chile on everything? I feel I need to educate the world on our strange ways.

Do you have any t-shirts with sayings like we see in your books?

DJ: I have a couple. My favorite one says, “I don’t always drink coffee…Oh, wait, yes I do.”

Are you an avid reader, and if so would you consider establishing a book club with your fans? Might be feasible and fun.

DJ: I am and would I ever! I love book clubs. I join them online and then never get around to reading the selection of the month for one reason or another. Then I feel guilty and quit showing up. How much I read totally depends on where I’m at in my writing schedule, but I also listen to a TON of audiobooks, mostly when I travel. Love love love.

Also, while my reading tastes are varied and eclectic, I’m not that into mainstream fiction and/or the typical book club selections. My favorites are historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, mystery with romance…pretty much romance, but see? I’m eclectic within the genre! :)


That's all we know for now about the upcoming finale of the Charley Davidson series, but stay tuned for more as we get it. In the meantime, tell us: How are you feeling, and what are your hopes for the last book?

Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post:

Eleventh Grave in the Moonlight
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

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Unearthing Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Darynda Jones Teases the Future of Reyes, Beep, Michael, and More!

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I'm so glad there's potential for an adult Beep's story still!
Jenny Q
2. Jenny Q
I need a Beep and Osh spinoff in my life! (Because, of course, I can still get my Charley and Reyes fix too :)
Jenny Q
3. ChanelC
I'm getting sad because it's ending but I'm also super excited for whatever Mrs. Jones has planned next! I have high hopes it'll be spectacular :D
Jenny Q
4. Kara Skinner
I hadn't heard of Darynda Jones before, but after this interview, I've got to check out this series! She's awesome, and I love that the sex scenes are more than insert tab A into slot B. :)
Jenny Q
5. Cathy Hollinger
Sorry to hear that the series is ending with #13 but good things end eventually. I absolutely love the Charlie series especially on audio. Your sense of humor is right on target- anytime I am listening to a book and laugh out loud I am hooked! I look forward to whatever stories you come up with next. Thanks so much for letting me into Charlie's world!
Jenny Q
6. Tanya Davis
I had a feeling the end was nigh. I hope it ends on a happy note and not one that will make me nuts! I would love to see Beep's world, and I would also love to see this series on TV. I can't get enough of Charlie, Reyes and the gang. I know I'm going to want more after book 13. Some characters you get attached to you never want to let them go. Also, it is a huge plus that Darynda will keep Lorelei King for any upcoming projects. That woman can narrate. She's amazing! Thanks for the interview, it was fun to see what Darynda had to say!
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