If anyone asked me who my favorite Night Hawk character is, I wouldn’t hesitate to say David. He and I have been on this journey for a couple decades now. He was (perhaps still is) my hero, one developed for my personal edification during hard times in my teen and young adult life. I poured not only myself into him, but my hopes and ideals on what I consider the heart of a true hero. Yeah, it might sound rather sentimental, even a touch sappy, but it is the truth. Of all the characters I’ve ever written (in this series and other books) David has been with me through the most. This might sound strange to those who are not writers, but it’s a very real, and very personal side of the writing process. In fact, David’s been with me so long that he writes himself. In other words, no matter what I write, his thoughts, feelings and actions flow in a certain way – even if I originally intended something different.

This also goes for Darkracer, the other original character of Night Hawk. Even though David is, and will forever be, my favorite, Darkracer has a very special place in my heart. There’s no changing him – he is who he is. I’ve had suggestions given to me about him including changing his name and even as far as making him a robot (since this is science fiction) but there is no changing Darkracer, who I must admit can be rather stubborn at times.

Other favorites? Well, all the lead characters hold special places in my heart. I care about them as family (yeah, another sappy writer’s thing). Favorite alien species other than Candonian? Teshian. Favorite line from the book? Night Hawk’s tag line, “We can’t wait for the perfect time to live our lives. Otherwise we lose a great deal of what it means to live.” Favorite setting from the first book? The Piña Dorado, whose ballroom and mural hallway I literally dreamed up. And the Avenue – it just sounds like a lot of fun! (at least when it’s not under attack) Favorite technology? The Predator. That ship’s been in the series for almost as long as Night Hawk has existed. For me, she has become a character in herself. I can honestly say I love that ship far more than Mike ever could. Favorite scene? This is probably the hardest to answer. I really don’t have a true favorite. David’s recovery when he feels Darkracer’s comforting presence is special, as is Riechet departing for Valor Peak and the birth of the baby. On the action side, I admit I enjoy the aerial battles. However, I’ve found them to be some of the more difficult pieces to choreograph and write. Perhaps this is why I like them so much when they work out.

– Jolene Loraine



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