New York Times Bestselling author of the "Demon Slayer" series author, Angie Fox has stopped by today to chat and give a copy of her latest release, "A TALE OF TWO DEMON SLAYERS" away. To enter please leave Angie a comment including email. The giveaway is open to ALL and will run until February 21, 2010. Happy Reading!
Author: Angie Fox
Publisher: Love Spell
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: January 26, 2010
Format: Mass-Market/ Paperback
In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.
Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it’s up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And, to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.
But it’s not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge—and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn’t have Grandma’s gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.
Read the first chapter.
Learn more about the Author of the Day.
Thanks so much!
CSM: Tell us more about yourself. Readers love learning new and interesting things about an author, and this would give you a chance to make them feel close.
Let’s see. Well, I’m a former advertising writer. I used to write about Coke, Mrs. Paul’s Fish and Bud Light beer. Now I write about biker witches, demon slayers and a talking dog. Ironically, how I approach my work really hasn’t changed much!
I also like to read a lot. Some of my favorite authors are Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher and Malcom Gladwell. When I was just starting out, I actually met Charlaine Harris at a writers conference and she critiqued the first few chapters of one of my early (unpublished) novels. It was a fantastic experience and helped me learn what I needed to know to write the books I do now.
I am also the owner of a chocolate poodle named Moxie who talks to me, only without words. She is a smart mouth.
CSM: Besides being a total book junkie I’m also a music junkie. When I’m writing I have a sound track playing either in my mind or in my cd player. What’s your sound track? What type of music is on it?
You know what? I think I’m one of the few writers who can’t write to music. I’ve tried. I’ve had writer friends make me sound tracks based on the series. Nada. I can’t focus unless it’s quiet.
CSM: How would readers find out more about you?
Well, I’m addicted to Facebook, so you can always visit me there. I’m also at www.angiefox.com.
CSM: When did you write your first book?
That’s a toughie. I used to write short stories back in high school, but nothing for publication. These stories centered around my friends doing silly things and were for our own amusement.
I wrote my first serious book about seven years ago. It took two years to complete and I still have it in a box in the basement. I pulled it out over the holidays when my critique partner and I agreed to “gift” each other with the first chapter of the first book we ever wrote. It’s actually a pretty fun read, but it’s all character and no structure – like getting a big plate of spaghetti dumped over your head.
CSM: Where and when do you write?
I write in the mornings when my kids are in preschool and my brain is fresh. On days I can’t do mornings, I do afternoons when they’re asleep. The short, joke answer I like to give to this question is that I write when my kids are unconscious, but that’s kind of the truth!
I’m a crazy busy mom who used to write during naptime to amuse myself. All the sudden the books sold, they hit the NY Times list and now I find what time I can. But the key for me is to write every day, so I can stay immersed in the story. Besides, it’s a lot of fun. And when things get crazy busy with the family, I need a little “me” time with my books.
CSM: What is your must-have book for writing?
I really love both The War of Art and also Stephen King’s book On Writing.
CSM: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Make the story big. I had an agent tell me that if I wanted to sell, my characters had to take bigger chances, have more to risk and lose. It’s easy to say, but a hard thing for a writer to do. It’s a vulnerable, risky place to be. I knew my first book was big enough when instead of ending my writing sessions thinking, “I hope that’s good enough to impress an editor.” I ended them thinking, “No. I didn’t not just write that. I did not just make my character defend herself with a toilet brush and a can of Purple Prairie Clover air freshener.”
CSM: What genre(s) do you write?
I write funny paranormal romances, think Katie MacAlister, Charlaine Harris, Dakota Cassidy.
CSM: Among that you’ve written which is your favorite book and why?
Oh wow. That’s like asking which one of my kids is my favorite. Can I pick my favorite writing moment? That had to be when I sat down to write The Accidental Demon Slayer. I had no notes about a sidekick for my heroine. But in the second chapter, when Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer and there are some very scary, very angry creatures on her tail, she takes comfort in her dog. As I was writing, I thought, ‘This is a sweet moment. Now how do I throw her off?’
I made the dog say something to her. Nothing big. After all, he’s only after the fettuccine from last week. And he knows exactly where Lizzie can find it (back of the fridge, to the left of the lettuce crisper, behind the mustard). It amused me, so I did it. Thanks to her unholy powers, Lizzie can now understand her smart-mouthed Jack Russell Terrier. I ended up having a ball with it. Pirate can say and do things that my heroine can’t. He’s such a kick to write.
CSM: Tell us more about your LOVE SPELL release “A Tale of Two Demon Slayers”
A Tale of Two Demon Slayers is a funny paranormal romp featuring ancient magic, a hot sexy griffin and a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who not only has to learn more about her powers, but she has to do it while vanquishing an evil slayer who has all of her strength and none of her self doubts. And the book takes place in the Grecian Islands, which I love because, er, it’s quite snowy and un-islandy in St. Louis right now.
Here’s the official book blurb:
Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it's up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And, to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.
But it's not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge--and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn't have Grandma's gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.
CSM: Any new projects, works in progress?
Sure. I just signed on to write two more demon slayer books, featuring Lizzie and the biker witches. I also have an anthology out called My Zombie Valentine.
CSM: I want to take this time to thank Angie Fox for stopping by and sharing with my readers and myself a little bit about yourself. This sure has been loads of fun. I hope you enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed having you.