Friday, January 22, 2010

Interview/Giveaway with Angie Fox

Today I'm excited to have Angie Fox here. She is the author of the Demon Slayers series. This was fun interview, plus we got some cool items to giveaway!

Hi Angie, Welcome to Anna's Book Blog! I'm glad to have you here. To start off can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

Well, I write the New York Times bestselling Accidental Demon Slayer series, which are a bunch of offbeat books about a preschool teacher who finds out she’s a demon slayer and then has to go out and save the world (while figuring out her powers along the way).

As far as me personally, I’m an advertising writer turned novelist and I just love writing. When a story grabs hold of me, it’s a kick to grab my laptop and see where the story leads me.

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers is your newest release, Can you tell us a little about it and the series?

The Accidental Demon Slayer books are funny paranormal romances 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.

How did you come up with the idea for your Demon Slayer Series? Did any real life people inspire any of the characters?

It started as 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 on the run from a fifth level demon? Ohhh and wouldn’t it be fun if she’s running with her long-lost Grandma’s gang of geriatric biker witches?

I started writing and let the storyline 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 series was working when I couldn’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day.

As far as real life inspiration? I have to tell you the biker witches are based on my mom’s crazy sisters. You never know what’s going to happen when my five aunts get together and I wanted to capture that feeling in a book.

Do you have to do a lot of research for your books?

Loads, actually. First off, the biker witches ride Harley's, 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 Harley's (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.

What character do 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 series, I had no notes about a sidekick for my heroine. But in the first book, 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. And he’s evolving too. Like in my latest book, A Tale of Two Demon Slayers, Pirate gets a pet. This upsets Lizzie greatly, because in her opinion “A pet can’t have a pet.” But you’ll find that Pirate the dog can be rather persuasive.

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers is the 3rd book in the series and you've been contracted for 4 and 5. Do you see a conclusion to this series, or do you view it as an open ended series?

Well when I planned out the series, I outlined five books. It’s the exact number Lizzie and the gang need in order to make a complete journey of discovery. Personally, as a reader, I think some series tend to go on too long. I want each book to have an impact, so I’m going to end the series at five. Besides, as an author, I have so many more ideas for new series that will be just as fun and exciting. I promise.

When you’re not writing what kind of books do you like to read?

I read everything – mysteries, biographies, women’s fiction, historicals, but my favorite is paranormal/urban fantasy.

Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads?

I’m one of those people who always has a book in her purse. Right now, I’m addicted to the Sookie Stackhouse series. I loved Undead and Unworthy (although Undead and Unwed will always be my favorite). I read Katie MacAlister, Phillipa Gregory, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Peters, Laurell K Hamilton, JR Ward. I just discovered Malcom Gladwell’s books (yes, I’ve been buried under a rock). I’m blowing through those right now. I also have Dakota Cassidy, the latest Michelle Rowen and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series on my ever-growing TBR shelf. And I just read another really great cozy mystery by Rhys Bowen.

You have another release out this month called My Zombie Valentine. Can you tell us a bit about your contribution to this anthology?

First off, I have to tell you that when my editor called and said they wanted me for My Zombie Valentine, I just had to laugh. And then I thought about it – don’t zombies deserve love too?

My story for the anthology is called Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo. The heroine of the story, Amiele Fanchon D’Honore Baptiste (Amie for short) is a lonely New Orleans voodoo mamba. Amie lives in the modern city and is tired of party boys and guys who can’t commit. She needs a gentleman in her life. So she weaves a spell to call the “perfect man for her.” But she should have been more specific because the perfect man for her died in 1811.

Dante Montenegro is a Spanish gentlemen who has been haunting St. Louis Cemetery Number One, waiting for his true love to call him back to life. He’s thrilled when Amie’s spell works and emerges the cemetery, very sexy (if slightly dirty). When her hot zombie shows up at her door, Amie is determined to put him back into the ground. Dante is determined to make her fall for him.

It’s really very sweet - in a zombie sort of way.

Young Adult books seem to be the hot thing these days. Alot of Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Authors are dipping into this genre with new series. Is this something you've thought about doing?

Probably not, just because I have so many ideas for adult urban fantasy. But I do like to read the young adult books, just to see all of the fun new things authors are writing.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book?

A quiet place, Diet Coke and a dog on my lap.

To learn more about Angie's Demon Slayers series check out her website.

Thanks to Angie there are 3 very cool prizes to giveaway to 3 lucky winners. This one is open to everyone. To enter leave a comment along with your email address. The winners will be announced on January 31st.
What are the prizes you say....

  • Copy of A Tale of Two Demon Slayers
  • Copy of My Zombie Valentine (anthology)
  • A Kiss My Asphalt t-shirt


  1. These three books all sound awesome! Please enter me.


  2. Those are some lovely prizes! :D

    Hehe yes Pirate was so fun to read about, and I can't wait to see him get a pet of his own, lol

    That zombie story sounds cool too

  3. Please enter me!

    jennsicurella at verizon dot net

  4. Thanks for having me, Anna! It's always fun to talk about biker witches, zombies and talking dogs. ;)

  5. I just ordered one of her books! I can't wait to read it! I would love that T-shirt, especially since my hubby works on the roads! LOL

    Amy J

  6. O I would love to win one of those 2 books! I love Angie Fox's Books!

    I so want that anthology though! A Zombie story set in New Orleans! So going to read that!


  7. great giveaway.please count me in

  8. Hi :)
    Thank you for the interview with Angie Fox & thanks to Angie for sharing here. I hadn't known about the anthology before, and the authors are great and Angie's story is interesting. I'm looking forward to it now. I need my Diet Coke too!
    All the best,
    RKCharron AT

  9. I've got a Diet Coke right here! You should have seen the look on my t-shirt guy's face when I told him I wanted Kiss My Asphalt across the front in this biker font. In silver ink. He was like, "People who read books are going to be wearing these?"

  10. Awesome interview and the books look and sound fabulous!

    lilazncutie1215 @

  11. Great interview. What great prizes. Count me in please.


  12. Great interview! These books sound interesting :)

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  13. I love funny books and these sound great! Definitely adding to my wish list!

  14. Angie,

    It was my pleasure. It was a fun interview to put together. Thanks again for stopping by! :)

  15. Books sound like lots of fun, off to Chapters to see which ones I can get -- you know free shipping if you spend $39 -- I can do it : )

    Please enter me

  16. Congrats on the releases. I would love to be included.

    I just picked up My Zombie Valentine and cant wait to get started. And Pirate is by far one of the best dog characers, he makes me laugh.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  17. Hi, Angie! Congrats on a great series! I have written ad copy for both newspaper and radio, and I loved the creative freedom allowed by some of my accounts. When you sit down to write, do you already have the copy written in your head, or does it flow once you begin?

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  18. I have read the other books in this series and can't wait to read this one!

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  19. Great give away, please enter me.


  20. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  21. I have the first two book sin your series sitting in my ever-growing TBR pile. I swear I'll get to them soon because they sound great. :)

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  22. I enjoyed the interview and would love to read your books.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  23. Hey Anna! Great contest and great interview!
    Please enter me!

  24. What a great interview and giveaway! The zombie story sounds real interesting. Please enter me.


  25. I just bought MY ZOMBIE VALENTINE, and the "demon slayer" books are on my "wish list"!

    Thanks for the interview and the contest! :)

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

  26. These books sound great and the covers are so wickedly--literallly--fun. Whoever came up with the t-shirt saying also deserves a pat on the back. That's too funny.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  27. Great interview and contest. the books sound awesome.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  28. diet coke is awesome! great interview :)

    all three prizes sound awesome but i'd love to read my zombie valentine or win the shirt (but only because i haven't read the 1st book in the ADS series yet).

    bookmakeupreview AT gmail DOT com

  29. enjoyed the interview, thanks. all of the books sound great. Love zombies in New Orleans, may have seen some there last time i visited.


  30. I haven't read any the books. pretty please count me in, so i will get the chance to read her book when i win : )

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  31. Enjoy her reads, count me in!

  32. Great interviuw!
    Ward is one of my favourite authors too :)

    Please count me in!

  33. Wonderful interview and giveaway! I haven't read any of Angie Fox's books yet, so I'm really excited about the chance to win.




    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Great interview, very informative.

  35. Please count me in.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  36. such a fun pack book giveaway. would love a chance to read these. thanks.
    vvb32 at

  37. these sound great thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  38. Thanks for the interview.
    I would love to be entered.

  39. Please count me in! Thank you.


  40. Great interview! Sounds like an interesting read. Please count me in!

    Anna ♥

  41. the 3 books sound wonderful-please sign me up

    tiramisu392 (at)

  42. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. Please enter me.

    eswright18 at

  43. Would love to read these.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

  44. I use to read a lot, but then life got busy! would love something entertaining to keep my brain busy!

    retsbar2go AT gmail DOT com

  45. These books sound great and all are on my TBR list. Thank you for the great contest and please enter me.

    jbbird [at] duo-county [dot] com

  46. Anna, thanks for the fun time with the always entertaining Angie Fox.
    Okay let me get this straight Biker Witches as Demon Slayers, oh that is right remember now they are the ones on my bookshelf with cute little Pirate dog on the front!!! -:))))) Would love to win the Anthology or the T-Shirt as have bks 1&2.

    jackie b central texas

  47. I love it! This series sounds great! I can't wait to read it! Love the grandma biker idea! ha!


  48. Hi Angie!
    oh, I really need to start reading your books - they are already on my wishlist, but I need time... *sigh*
    thanks for your post :)
    greetings, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  49. HI Angie!

    Loved your books. Count me in on the giveaway.



  50. These books sound really good, I definitely want read them!

  51. Cool contest, I would love to win!

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

  52. I am not sure if I really like zombie books or not.

    My experience of zombies comes mostly from Horror movies and some of them are terrible.

    Still they seem to be very popular at the moment although if this is just a passing fad or a real lasting thing is not clear.

    Nevertheless, maybe I sould read on of the better authors and see what I am missing, so please enter me.



    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  53. The book sounds great. Count me in!


  54. You have to read Angie's books if you haven't yet. They are fab-u-lous...lots of action...humor...and some romance too. :) Plus, a talking dog. how can you not love that. :)

    Please enter me for the shirt & the anthology. I already have a Tale of 2 Demon Slayers.


  55. What a great giveaway. Please enter me. Thanks for the chance.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  56. I'd love to enter! Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  57. I've been wanting to read Angie's books, but I haven't had a chance to pick any of them up yet. I enjoyed the interview, now I want to read the Demon Slayers series even more.




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