I've always loved fairy tales and, really, that's what paranormals are - grown up fairy tales. Today's paranormal romances take all of the adventure and otherworldliness of books like Harry Potter and add the clashing, dynamic excitement of an emerging romance. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a good love story?
As far as how The Accidental Demon Slayer began, I started with a kernel of an idea that amused me. What if a straight laced preschool teacher suddenly learns she's a demon slayer? And what if she has to learn about her powers while on the run from a fifth level demon? And wouldn't it be interesting if she's running with her long-lost Grandma's gang of geriatric biker witches?
I started writing and let the story evolve based on the characters and that central issue of what happens when a reluctant heroine is thrust into a series of extraordinary situations. And I knew the story was working when I couldn't wait to get back to the keyboard every day.
What authors and genres do you enjoy?
I’m one of those people who always have a book on hand. Right now, I’m addicted to the Southern Vampires series by Charlaine Harris. I like Jim Butcher's Dresden series about a modern-day wizard. I'd also recommend the Amelia Peabody mystery series by Elizabeth Peters. It follows a family of British Egyptologists in the late 1800's. The excavations are as interesting as the mysteries. I also enjoy single title books by authors like Philippa Gregory (loved The Virgin's Lover especially), Barbara Michaels (a favorite is Greygallows) and Agatha Christie (my favorite is They Came to Baghdad). And, yes, Dewey The Library Cat made me cry. In fact, I'm really glad I read it after I did this big signing right next to the Dewey display in Barnes & Noble because otherwise I would have been sniffling the whole time.
You have a third book, which just came out in January, as part of the Accidental Demon Slayer series, is this going to be the last in a trilogy or will there be more to follow? Can you give us any hints as to what it is about?
A Tale of Two Demon Slayers comes out at the end of January, which used to seem like a long time, but now it really doesn’t! A Tale takes place on the Greek island of Santorini, where Dimitri (one of the main characters in the books) has an estate. Think of it as kind of a gothic Pemberly. There, Lizzie and her grandma’s biker gang (who don’t really belong in Greece) learn more about Dimitri's family and a threat that could destroy them all. I had a ball writing because I was able to explore this amazing estate, Dimitri's griffin heritage and his family's juicy past. Oh and somehow (I didn't plan this), Pirate the talking dog gets his own pet. It's my editor's favorite part, I think.
Oh and to answer your series question, A Tale of Two Demon Slayers will be the third book in the series. There will be five books total. I’m currently writing the next one, tentatively titled The Last of the Demon Slayers.
What has been the most exciting thing/best moment you have had in regards to your writing career?
That's a tough one. The first thing that comes to mind is when my agent called to tell me The Accidental Demon Slayer had made the New York Times bestseller list. The phone rang on a Friday afternoon, as I was writing the climax of The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. I almost didn’t answer. After all, who would call in smack dab in the middle of a demon invasion?
Luckily, I picked up because Jessica had such great news - that my first book would be on the NY Times list the next day. I didn’t know what to think. Heck, I’d just wanted to sell enough books so that I could keep writing about biker witches, demon slayers and talking terriers. I had to ask my agent to please email me too, just to make sure I wasn’t phone-hallucinating.
Anyhow, I’m very thankful that it is all going so well and I really appreciate you having me on the blog today!
Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She worked in television news and then in advertising before beginning her career as an author. You can visit Angie on her website and blog.
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