Let's give a warm therapeutic welcome to Angie Fox, who's stopped by today to talk about her newest release Immortally Yours. Welcome Angie.
Thanks everyone. I’ve been looking at all of the great writing advice being offered up on Much Cheaper Than Therapy and it struck me that another thing that’s important for writers (one thing that we always seem to resist) is stepping outside the comfort zone.
It’s tough for me personally because there are so many things that can trip me up and twist me around while writing a book. Adding another element to the mix doesn’t always seem like the wise thing to do! But, it’s exactly what we need to do in order to keep our readers guessing and coming back for more.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re not allowed moments of panic during our enlightenment. For example, I sold a new series about a group of paranormal MASH doctors during a great supernatural war. I was all excited because Immortally Yours is a departure from the books I’ve written before. It has more of an edge.
And then…panic. I remember calling my critique partner about a week after I’d sold the book and asking her, “What did I just do? I told them I could write a book about an immortal war. I write funny. How am I supposed to pull this off?”
Once she calmed me down, and talked me into a bit of therapeutic chocolate (thank you, Kristin), I realized that the underlying drama of war could serve to bring the oddball personalities in the MASH camp together. These doctors and nurses don’t have much, but they do manage to find ways to save their sanity and create the kind of relationships that offer a port in the storm.
It forced me to grow as a writer, to push the story to places I’d never gone before. Yes, it was scary, but it was really cool too.
And then an entirely new element emerged. You see, there’s PNN (The Paranormal News Network) that covers the war. It’s the supernatural version of CNN. I loved writing PNN because it let me explore my own love/hate relationship with sensationalistic 24-hour news.
In fact, I had so much fun that I’ve developed www.PNN-Network.com It’s the official website for PNN, and I set it up to be a bit like a paranormal version of The Onion. I figure it gives readers a taste of the series. And okay, the real reason I did it is because I had a blast coming up with my own take on paranormal news.
So if you’d like to win your very own copy of Immortally Yours, visit www.PNN-Network.com, then come on back here and tell us the headline of your favorite article.
The link is:
No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she’s the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx,vegetarian werewolf, and otherparanormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally). But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table—half dead and totally to-die-for—Petra’s afraid she’ll lose her patient and her heart…
NOTHING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN LOVE
Commander Galen of Delphi is one gorgeous but stubborn demi-god. When his spirit tries to slip out of his fatally wounded body, Dr. Petra has to slip it back in—unwittingly revealing her ability to see ghosts. Now that Galen knows her secret, he’s convinced she’s part of an ancient prophecy. If the oracles are right, Petra could lead Galen’s army to peace. And if he seduces her on the way to hell and back? Heaven knows—all’s fair in love and war…
Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer urban fantasy series. She is also writing a series about a group of paranormal M*A*S*H surgeons. The first book in the Monster MASH trilogy, Immortally Yours, is out now. The second book, Immortally Embraced, releases in February 2013.
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