This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?
Think on THAT a while…
Welcome, Angie Fox! You’ve just released Beverly Hills Demon Slayer. Tell us a little bit about your story.
Beverly Hills Demon Slayer is about a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has run off with her Grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right? I’m having so much fun with this series and this book is just the latest. All of the books are stand-alones and can be read in any order. In Beverly Hills Demon Slayer, an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills and Lizzie the demon slayer quickly realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. So she goes in undercover with the biker witches and things don’t quite go according to plan.
Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?
My books are usually shelved in paranormal romance because I have a full romantic story in every book, and of course – a happy ending. I don’t do cliffhangers. Each book is a complete story on its own.
I love the genre because it’s an exciting, romantic, fun way to escape into another world.
Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels? If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?
Yes. Lots of beasties. My favorite has to be Lizzie’s pet dog, Pirate. It’s funny because I never planned to write him. But in the second chapter of The Accidental Demon Slayer (which is free right now on Amazon by the way), when Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer and all hell is after her, she takes comfort in her dog. As I was writing, I thought, “This is a sweet moment. Now how do I throw her off?” Simple. 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 my heroine 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, my heroine can now understand her smart-mouthed Jack Russell Terrier. A lot of readers tell me Pirate is their favorite character.
Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!
This is a series and I have at least three more books planned. Book 7, Night of the Living Demon Slayer, comes out early 2015.
What else are you working on?
I have a trilogy that just released called the Monster MASH series, about a paranormal MASH unit in the middle of a great immortal war. Two of the books in that series have been nominated for RITA awards (in 2013 and in 2014). I’m also working on a series about a ghost hunter. Spooky!
Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?
Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?
I’m a plantser. I like to know where the plot is headed and, of course, why the characters do what they do. But I also like to leave it open for my characters to surprise me and tell their own stories. I go with what excites me, because if I’m entertained and can’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day, I know I’m writing a story my readers will get wrapped up in as well.
How long does it typically take for you to write a novel? Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?
It depends on the book. The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers took me the longest, probably because The Accidental Demon Slayer hit the mass market paperback New York Times bestseller list while I was writing and that freaked me out. Suddenly, I thought I had to write a New York Times bestseller-worthy book (whatever that means) and it totally locked me up.
The least amount of time I took to write a book was three months for My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding. I’d been dying to write it and it just poured out onto the page. Editing usually takes a week or so. I write very tight first drafts. I don’t even start a new chapter until the chapter before is polished to the hilt.
So I’ll write a draft, put it away for a month in order to get some distance, then I’ll read it over and edit before goes to my editor. After the editor finished, by that point I’ve had some distance and I’ll play with the manuscript for another week or two before sending it out for copyediting. The short answer is that I’d rather have it right than fast.
Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?
Yes. Read a lot. That part is also a lot of fun. J
Can you give us a taste of what to expect?
A New York Times bestselling series!
All that glitters is not gold…
Demon slayer Lizzie Brown isn’t exactly a diamonds and champagne type of girl. But when an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills, she realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. There’s a demon involved…and Lizzie’s not on the guest list.
She goes in undercover, along with her sexy Greek shape-shifter husband, her biker witch buddies, and a dog that is way too fond of free appetizers and the red carpet lifestyle. Between dodging detection and uncovering ancient secrets, Lizzie has her hands full. And when the demon manages to hook his claws into Lizzie’s eternal soul, she’s afraid she may be stepping out for her final event.
Where can we find you and your books online?
Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. Her characters are fun and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, going up stairs when it’s dark behind her, and don’t even get her started on those scary puppets from 60’s-era holiday specials.
She writes Accidental Demon Slayer series, are about a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has to run off with her grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right? She also writes a darker, sexier series about a paranormal M*A*S*H unit stuck in the middle of an immortal war. The first book in that trilogy, Immorally Yours, was a RITA finalist in 2013. The third book in that trilogy, Immortally Ever After, was a RITA finalist in 2014.
Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. During that time, she also skipped class for an entire week so she could read Anne Rice’s vampire series from cover to cover.
Angie makes her home in St. Louis, Missouri with a college football-addicted husband, two kids, and a dog named Moxie.