Friday, July 25, 2008

Interview with Angie Fox

I’d like to welcome our guest today, Angie Fox. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.

I understand you have a new release out called The Accidental Demon Slayer. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?

The Accidental Demon Slayer is a funny paranormal romance 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.

The Accidental Demon Slayer is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

The book begins with the heroine gaining her powers, but there’s more to it than that. As the book progresses, the unlikely event that caused her change of fate is revealed.

What character did you like writing about the most, and why?

That’s tough. I think my first answer would have to be Pirate, the dog – just because he surprised me. 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.

Did you have to do a lot of research for the book?

Loads, actually. First off, the biker witches ride Harleys, and I’d never been on a motorcycle before. Second, I had to figure out how to get Pirate the dog onto a bike.

I went online and learned about the Biker Dogs Motorcycle Club, made up exclusively of Harley riders and their dogs. I ended up meeting some of them, along with a few other bikers along the way. These bikers were so great to me. They hoisted me onto the back of their Harleys (with dogs in tow). They took me to biker rallies (note to self: don’t wear pink). And they laughed at me when I tried to put my helmet on backwards (I still say I was distracted by the Pomeranian wearing a tiny pair of motorcycle glasses).

After a few outings with my new biker friends, I was able to make my geriatric biker witch characters a lot more realistic. And I took home some great pictures, too.

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

Actually, I have authors that help me escape. After running around all day, I love to relax with books by authors like Charlaine Harris, Elizabeth Peters and MaryJanice Davidson.

What do we have to look forward next?

Right now, I’m finishing up edits on the second book in the Accidental Demon Slayer series, called The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. In it, the straight-laced Lizzie decides she’s going to learn everything about her powers, and at the same time, write the proverbial book on demon slaying. And, as you might have guessed – things don’t quite go according to plan.

Truth be told, I’m dragging my feet a bit on this edit. I’m having a great time with The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers and it’s going to be hard to let it go. It’s like dishing up the last piece of double chocolate cake. I want to savor it, enjoy every bit, because it’ll be over before I know it.

Thanks, Angie!

To celebrate her book release, Angie Fox is offering an autographed copy of The Accidental Demon Slayer to one lucky commenter on today's blog. (Please make sure we have a way to contact you if you win.) She will be around all day today. I'm sure some of you have questions or comments for her, so please ask away...

Bio.

Angie Fox is the author of The Accidental Demon Slayer, which hits stores this week. Critics call it, "fresh, unique and larger than life," Angie simply calls it fun. That's because she gets a kick out of surprising herself, and her readers, with plenty of plot twists, magical moments and sizzling romance.

Visit Angie at http://www.angiefox.com/ for freebies galore and answers to burning questions like, What’s Your Biker Witch Name?

Buy links:
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Demon-Slayer-Angie-Fox/dp/0505527693/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203568652&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?r=1&ean=9780505527691

Borders
http://www.borders.com/online/store/SearchResults?keyword=the+accidental+demon+slayer&type=0&simple=1

Books-A-Million
http://www.booksamillion.com/ncom/books?id=4033762332569&isbn=0505527693

10 comments:

acdaisy95 said...

Hi Angie - Thanks for blogging here. I haven't read your books, but "Accidental Demon Slayer" sounds like a very funny and interesting read. I'm looking forward to it.

Angie Fox said...

Thanks - I'm having a ball with this book. :)

Jill James said...

Angie, love the title and the cover is to die for. Sounds like a cool book, it will be on my 'must get' list.

Kim Watters said...

Hi Angie,
Thanks for blogging with us today. This book looks like a great beach read. I can't wait to add it to my read pile. Have a great weekend.

Tina LaVon said...

Your book sounds hilarious.
Thanks for stopping by Much Cheaper Than Therapy.

Natalie Hatch said...

The book is a hoot, now I want the next one... waiting patiently is not my strong point Angie... I could be like a test reader, you can send it my way so I'll read it and go "hey there's my slime monster!!"

Angie Fox said...

You're going to break me on that slime monster thing, aren't you, Natalie?

See? This is how you can tell when a person has small children - they know all about persistence. ;)

Pat Cochran said...

What a wild set of characters! Now
I HAVE to get the book to find out
what happens to everyone!!

Pat Cochran

Natalie Hatch said...

Yes Mister3 is amazing with getting new Thomas toys from his father, it's become not just an art form but a Zen master at toy wrangling...
I just loved the green slime monster from Ghostbusters Angie, you know that slime was just stunning, it certainly could be used for some situations like when you needed glue in a hurry etc etc... persistance pays off...

Kim Watters said...

Congratulations to Jill James our winner of The Accidental Demon Slayer. Thanks for blogging with us.