Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Interview/Giveaway: Angie Fox

Please help me welcome the talented Angie Fox.  She is celebrating the launch of her latest book, The Tale of Two Demon Slayers. 

1. For any new readers, could you tell us about your Demon Slayer series?
AF: Of course. The Accidental Demon Slayer books are funny paranormal romances about a straight-laced preschool teacher who runs smack dab into her fate when a demon shows up on her toilet bowl. Turns out, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. And just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer—and all hell is after her.

Of course, that’s not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you’ve never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And let’s just say he tries a little bit of seduction too.

2. Lizzie is an incredible kick-butt heroine with some equally kick-butt friends. What came first, the plot or the characters?
AF: That’s a good question. I had ideas for the characters and the plot and then let them feed each other. I usually know where a book is going, but I always leave room for the fun, because I figure that if a plot twist or character amuses me, my readers will probably have a good time with it too.

For example, 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 tickled 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.

3. What sort of adventures is Lizzie in store for in the third book, A Tale of Two Demon Slayers?
AF: Lots, actually. A Tale of Two Demon Slayers takes place in Greece and we learn all about griffon mythology and Lizzie’s true purpose as a demon slayer. It was a blast to write.

And let me also add say that you can pick up A Tale of Two Demon Slayers and know exactly what’s going on. I do that because it drives me crazy as a reader when I pick up a great sounding book and get all excited. And I’ve got the book home and I have my blanket and my drink and I’m all set to read and lo-and-behold, it’s book seven in a series and I have no idea what’s going on. It’s so disappointing. So I decided when I first became an author that I’d never do that. Each of my books is a complete story. Reading the series lets you hang out with the characters more and watch them grow, but investing in the entire series is not necessary to enjoy one of my books.

But back to A Tale of Two Demon Slayers: I knew Pirate the dog was going to have fun in this latest book, but I didn’t know how. Well it turns out he finds a dragon egg. The thing hatches and he decides he has a pet. I mean, how fun for a pet – to own a pet. Lizzie is not happy about that. She has enough going on and doesn’t think her dog needs to own a pet.

So she tells Pirate to find a new home for Flappy the dragon (Pirate named him, not Lizzie). So Lizzie is battling evil people and losing track of what Pirate is doing. He keeps promising to find a new home for the dragon, but instead Pirate is hiding the dragon, and loving the dragon and teaching him tricks. Every time Lizzie realizes the dragon is still there, it’s gotten bigger and bigger and, well, it’s just one more thing she can’t quite control.

4. What are your plans for this series? Will the adventure continue?
AF: Yes, I just signed on to write books four and five of the series, which will be the final two books. I always envisioned this as a five-part series, and I can’t believe we’re getting to the end so quickly!

5. What exactly is "roadkill magic" and where can I get some?
AF: Well, the biker witches have their own brand of magic. When you’re on the run from a demon, you don’t have time to grow herbs and mull over just what you’d like to put in your next Lose Your Keys spell. So the witches have to improvise and use what they find along the way. It is practical magic at its most practical.

6. A magical (and sexy) genie grants you 3 wishes. What do you wish for?
AF: Sexy you say? Hm. Well then:
Can he stay?
Does he do foot rubs?
And, finally, let’s see if he can whip my house into shape. We’ve been in our house seven years and I don’t think it’s ever been exactly how I’d like it.

7. You stumble onto a time machine. Do you get in? If so, do you visit the past or the future and what would you take with you?
AF: Yes, I’d jump right in. I’d love to visit Regency England (I do read way too many Regency romances). But I’d be smart enough to take my toothbrush, deodorant and a Jane Austen book (just in case I can get an autograph).

8. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
AF: Reading! Seriously, I read way too much. Favorite authors include Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Julia Quinn and Malcom Gladwell.

Angie, thank you for taking time to interview with us.  Congrats on the new book, I can't wait to see what happens to Lizzie. 

For more information about Angie, visit her website,  or she can be found frequently blogging at Something Wicked

Demon Slayer series:
1. The Accidental Demon Slayer (my review)
2. The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (my review)
3. A Tale of Two Demon Slayers (click here to purchase)

CONTEST TIME...
Angie has graciously offered a lucky reader a chance to win their very own copy of A Tale of Two Demon Slayers.  To enter, visit Angie's site and find out what SUPERNATURAL PET is right for you.  Leave your name and your pet in the comments section.  The contest will be open until February 12th. 

If your email is not available on your profile, please leave it in the comments.  If you are not comfortable leaving your email, you may send it to me at zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom.  Good luck.

52 comments:

Linda Henderson said...

My supernatural pet is Nostra the psychic cat. He can come and live with me anytime, he looks just like a cat I used to have.

seriousreader at live dot com

buddyt said...

The quiz says my pet is Nostra, the psychic cat.

I am allergic to cats hair although I love them. I hope he is very wily or eklse my eight dogs are going to keep him on his toes !


Carol


buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

E.J. Stevens said...

My supernatural pet is Nostra the psychic cat. Not sure what my corgi would think of that, lol.

e.j.stevens.author[at]gmail[dot]com

Stacy said...

My pet is Nostra the psychic cat also...cats are popular on this quiz!

booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

Angie Fox said...

Hi all - thanks to Elie for having me here. And what is it with Nostra today? That cat gets around. There are other pets available for adoption, I promise. Although you may not want Flappy the dragon. He'll hog the bed and eat all of the laces out of your shoes.

LunaMoth said...

Mine is frodo the talking dog! =)
that was fun

trancespiderx@gmail.com

SiNn said...

Your ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

Regal and inquisitive, the phoenix is one of the oldest and most exotic birds. Let her sit on your shoulder and you'll both be a hit around town.


mortalsinn@yahoo.com

Bethie said...

It turns out my ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix! And here I thought my labradoodle was just fine. Sound like a fun book. Please count me in.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Elie said...

I have had my talking dog for a few weeks now. He is a bit sassy and has a thing for Girl Scout Cookies.

WickedLilPixie said...

Your ideal pet is Frodo, the talking dog!

Lol yep, I'd love a talking dog!

Angie Fox said...

Me too. Right now, I just have one that eats paper towels and likes to wind around my feet when I'm walking.

fredamans said...

My ideal pet is Frodo, the talking dog!

freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

Elie said...

Angie's Genie from the interview is giving foot rubs! Relaxxxxingggg!

jeanette8042 said...

My ideal pet is Frodo the talking dog!

CallMeKayla said...

SWEET! I got Zippy the 3 headed dragon! I love Dragons!!! Hahaha

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

throuthehaze said...

I got Nostra the psychic cat!

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Mine is Frodo the talking dog! I have 3 cats so was suprised...LOL
Great fun, Thanks for great giveaway and hope I win,,

Great interview and I will be adding this book to my long list, gosh, I need a part time job. Any one know where I can find work?.LOL

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

StephTheBookworm said...

I also got Nostra the Psychic cat. She looks very cute in the picture!

stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sandy Jay said...

My pet is Frodo the talking dog. I've always wanted a talking dog! And he takes such a cute picture.

Please enter us in the drawing.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

Kathy Martin said...

Great interview! I have books 1 & 2 on my Kindle but haven't had a chace to read them yet. I would love book three.

My supernatural pet is Frodo the talking dog. Just my kind of animal!

Jessy said...

My pet is Frodo, the talking dog! Which couldn't be more true. If my dog could talk to me I would be super ecstatic.

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

KC said...

My pet is Nostra, the psychic cat! I love kitties! hehe.

kristin.close@gmail.com

elaing8 said...

great interview.

My ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

Regal and inquisitive, the phoenix is one of the oldest and most exotic birds. Let her sit on your shoulder and you'll both be a hit around town.

elaing8(at)netscape(dot0net

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

Great interview Elie ! :)

Jen said...

Your ideal pet is Nostra, the psychic cat!

Great interview! I would love a chance to win. :)

echs2007@gmail.com

Anna ♥ said...

Wonderful interview!

LOL, I got Nostra, the psychic cat. Funny thing is, I have a cat. I guess I really am a cat person. XD

Anna ♥
goodgonegirl@gmail.com

mariska said...

My supernatural pet is Nostra the psychic cat.

Well, i love cats. i'm sure i'm gonna love Nostra :)

uniquas at ymail dot com

Angie Fox said...

You all are cracking me up. Thanks for playing. :)

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Your ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

Regal and inquisitive, the phoenix is one of the oldest and most exotic birds. Let her sit on your shoulder and you'll both be a hit around town.



WhOoO lala!!! My first supernatural pet ever... this one is for the history books!!=) lol!!

How fun!!

Marian said...

Wow, Frodo is in demand! I got him too. :)

Marian

mdperera at hotmail dot com

Llehn said...

Guess I need to get a kitty litter because I'm getting Nostra, the psychic cat.

Congrats on the release Angie!

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Daelith said...

My ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix.

Thank you!

cheleoocatyahoodotcom

Spav said...

My pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

Marianna said...

My pet is Zippy! Seems like he'll need a lot of maintenance!

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

Stephanie said...

My special pet is Nostra the psychic cat which is really weird as I don't even like cats.

icewoman96 at gmail dot com

Emily said...

My pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

I got Noostra the psychic cat... but I'm not sure my demon dog would approve LOL....

Please enter me in the giveaway.

dsandyboy said...

I adore cats so my choice is Nostra, the psychic cat.

dsandyboy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My pet would be Smoky, the phoenix. Sounds very posh.

walkerd@primus.ca

Anonymous said...

my pet is Frodo, the talking dog!

i would love to have a talking dog!

kedged@hotmail.com

Lindsay's Photographys said...

My pet is Nostra the psychic cat

-Lindsay

lindsay15photo@gmail.com

Ladytink_534 said...

My supernatural pet is Nostra, the psychic cat! Sounds good to me!

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

5peasinapod said...

Nostra the psychic cat

Heather

5peasinapod at sbcglobal dot net

Sue A. said...

Your ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

And I thought I was a cat person!

Patsy said...

My ideal pychic pet is NOSTRA. She would have a wonderful home with me.
mom1248atattdotnet

Barbara E. said...

Loved the interview. I've been hearing about Angie's books for a while now, and I'd love to read the series.

My ideal pet is Nostra, the psychic cat - which fits right in with my household of two other cats.

dor said...

Great interview and giveaway.

My ideal pet is Smoky, the phoenix!

Couldn't have picked it better myself.

dorcontest at gmail dot com
Doreen

vslavetopassionv said...

I got Zippy the three headed dragon. :)

~smooches~
Jase
vslavetopassionv@aol.com

KMichelleC87 said...

The pet I got was Smoky the phoenix.

Thanks for the contest.

kmichellec87@yahoo.com

Anne said...

Hmmm, Frodo the talking dog.

acm05@juno.com

Wanda said...

Frodo, the talking dog!!
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Diana Dang said...

Mine is Frodo, talking dog!

faked_sugartone at hotmail

 
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