Inventing Shadow Riders

I clearly recall the day I came up with the idea for my Shadow Riders. I have two Black Russian Terriers who are somewhere between 130 – 140 pounds each. People often comment that they look a lot like big, black bears. So, you can imagine my surprise when one day, they became very difficult to locate in the yard.

I stood up on the porch looking down into the dog yard. It’s large with lots of trees that line the fence. My dogs, Drago and Vladimir, were playing in the late afternoon sun, chasing each other and enjoying the day. It’s a joy to watch them when they play and I was in no hurry to call them back in.


As they ran around the yard they drifted over to the line of trees near the fence. Each tree threw a shadow across the yard, nearly leaning into one another on the ground. The shadows seemed to be stretching out toward each other. The dogs entered the first line of shadows and for a moment I lost sight of them. I was shielding my eyes with my hand, squinting against the dying sun and suddenly, they just weren’t there anymore.

Then Drago rushed in between the shadows, closely followed by Vladimir. They entered the next line of shadows and again, I could hardly see them at all. In my mind it was as though the shadows stretched to accommodate a path for them and they entered one, jumped to the next, disappearing along the way, but still moving forward.

My vivid imagination wondered what it might be like to travel from one shadow to the next. Why would someone do it? What would be the purpose? What if…an assassin had this ability? What would the assassin do and why? The thought took hold in a way that I had to do something about it. So, I began to imagine a family of assassins who looked to bring justice where it had not previously been served. Not a mob family, not really, but they might disguise themselves that way to hide what they really are; Shadow Riders.


My Shadow Riders series was born and today, June 4, 2019 my fourth book in the series, Shadow Warrior, will be released. I have so many ideas for the Shadow Riders and hope to keep writing about them for as long as readers enjoy their stories.
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Published on June 04, 2019 15:13 Tags: christine-feehan, shadow-riders, shadow-series, shadow-warrior
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message 1: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Selby Love the books keep up the good work always looking for the next new one to come out.

message 2: by Lisa Rae (new)

Lisa Rae Love how you came up with the idea for Shadow Riders! Love your vivid imagination! I probably won't be able to start reading the new book until next month *sad face* but really looking forward to it!

message 3: by Janice (new)

Janice I find it interesting the various Italians in the gothics, and several series. Any Italian ancestry?

message 4: by Bev (new)

Bev Smith That is so cool to think of that

message 5: by Judy (new)

Judy Saul Great books. Love them.

message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Darington I love reading your books, hopefully you can write a lot more books, you are my favorite author and your stories seem to have a life of their own. Which truly creates the most vivid picture's in the mind. I love it, i can almost picture myself in them and how i used to be compared to how i am today. Thank you for them, you are truly a great person, one i wish i knew personally.

message 7: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Awesome books ,I just got the 4th in today. Cannot wait for Emmanuelle's book. Thx for some awesome reading.

message 8: by Carol L (new)

Carol L Cridge Another wonderful series I will start backwards --- I love that it never matters how I choose a book in a series! With every book, it seems something in them touches my heart, reaches out, and I can relate. Brings each adventure closer to my heart. Thank you for so many hours of wonderful reading.

message 9: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Haggerty Thank you fo sharing! I soooo wanted to ask you this at BCLC19 but we were there to talk about Torpedo Ink. I love all your series. And again thank you for making them available on audio.

message 10: by Doris (new)

Doris I have always wondered how you came up with ideas for your books. This is amazing. Keep writing and I'll keep reading. 💖💖

message 11: by Christine (new)

Christine Pisano I have just finished your latest shadow rider book and I love this series cant wait for the next one just wondering who will be the hero and heroine in your next shadow rider book secretly looking forward to Emma's and Val's story. Keep up the writing I enjoy all your series and always finish the books the day they are released.

message 12: by Karen (new)

Karen Dale I love the Shadow books and am eagerly looking forward to the next one. Hope we don’t have to wait too long.

message 13: by Janice (new)

Janice I, too, can hardly wait to read about Emme and Val.

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