Please join us in welcoming author Allison Pang here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The second book in her Abby Sinclair urban fantasy series, A Sliver of Shadow, is already available. You can read an excerpt from the book here. Want to know our thoughts on the book? You can read Sheila’s review here. We are also featuring this series in our UF/PNR Reading Challenge 2012.
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.
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DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about A Sliver of Shadow?
Allison: It picks up about 6 months after A Brush of Darkness left off. Abby’s finally coming into her own a bit and settling down in her life as TouchStone to the Protectorate, with all the duties therin. When Moira is called away to Faerie and a strange elf shows up claiming to be the new Protectorate, the resulting upheaval forces the Queen of Faerie to close down the CrossRoads and it’s up to Abby and company to fix things.
DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in A Sliver of Shadow?
Allison: Abby Sinclair is back, along with the usual suspects – Brystion, Phin, Melanie, and a new friend in the form of Talivar, Moira’s older brother and Abby’s current body guard.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Allison: I can’t usually pick one, but I had a good time writing Talivar.
DFT: How much research went into creating this series?
Allison: Not much. Most of the fairy lore I already knew from all the reading I did as a kid. The rest I just make up as I go.
DFT: What is your favorite part about writing this series?
Allison: Going back and adding the snarky bits usually. Sometimes I put it in as I go, but often I do write it after the draft is finished and look for the best places to insert a little extra humor.
DFT: Do you have a long term plan or goal for this story universe?
Allison: At this point, I’m trying to wrap up this current story arc in the three books I’ve got. Anything after that depends on the publisher at this point, although I have discussed the possibility of doing a Melanie spin-off.
DFT: How do you maintain a story arc though the course of a series while still delivering a conflict and resolution in each book?
Allison: Luck? LOL. Some days I have no idea. I’m a panster for the most part so I just have a vague idea of where the story is going and how to get there and I just let it unfold as I go. Sometimes this requires some hefty revisions.
DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?
Allison: Nope. Laptop/computer and music and I’m all set.
Allison: Anything and everything. I can’t really define anything specific – if it was something that has touched me – a book, music, a movie, people-watching, real-life events, etc – then it’s in the realm of possibility as far as story potential.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Allison: Mostly fantasy/sci-fi. There are too many authors to name, but I admit a great fondness for Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart series.
DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?
Allison: There’s a s good possibility of a Melanie short story appearing in an upcoming anthology, although I don’t have solid details yet. Other than that, I’m heavy into revisions for A Trace of Moonlight. I’ll be contributing to a forthcoming issue of Womanthology: Space, published by IDW and my own pet graphic novel, Fox & Willow goes live on April 30 over at http:www.sadsausagedogs.com (Two pages will go up a week, and the story is loosely based on common fairy tales, entwined with the story of a girl and a cursed kitsune that she needs to free.)
DFT: What creature are you afraid of the most? Why?
Allison: I don’t know. I do have nightmares about sharks. (Which is why Abby does too. Go figure.)
DFT: What is your favorite faery tale? Why?
Allison: The Little Mermaid is the one that has always spoken to me the most, although I enjoy nearly all of them. And why? Because there’s a certain nobility in attempting to become more than you are, even if you sacrifice that which you hold most dear in order to obtain it.
DFT: Thanks Allison for stopping by!
Available February 28, 2012 from Pocket Books
About the Book:
Just when her new life as a TouchStone — a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds — seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed.
The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.
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