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Welcome, Allison! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Hey there! My name is Allison Pang and I write the Abby Sinclair UF series. I also love bacon and Hello Kitty.
OMG bacon is so awesome! LOL Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My latest release is called A Sliver of Shadow takes place about 6 months after the end of A Brush of Darkness. Abby has settled into her life as TouchStone to Moira, the Faery Protectorate of Portsmyth. Between learning the ropes of managing the day-to-day concerns of the local population of OtherFolk, living with a certain obnoxious panty-sniffing unicorn and babysitting Moira’s son, she somehow finds the time to train in the Dreaming with the succubus, Sonja as well as becomes the town’s go-to girl for OtherFolk advice.
Along the way she’s acquired a sexy bodyguard in the form of Moira’s brother, an elf with a tragic past and a penchant for burning the morning coffee.
Melanie, Brandon, Charlie and Robert are all back along for the ride…as well as Brystion, Abby’s former incubus lover.
When Moira is called away to the Faerie Court on business, a new Protectorate appears. When Abby and the gang refuse to give her what she wants, all hell breaks loose and it’s up to Abby to clean up the mess…
Man, that sounds awesome! Which character is your favorite and why?
I’m not sure I can really pick one as a favorite. They’ve all got little bits and pieces of me woven into them. Say instead that I like different characters at different times for different things. (Which is a bit of a mouthful, but there it is.) So I love Phin for being ridiculous and nasty and I love Ion for being a bit of an ass, but sticking to his own convictions, whatever they are. I adore Melanie for being a free spirit and Abby for staying true to herself. (And really I could go on and on here, but you get the point.)
Love it! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
The way it eventually unfolded. I’m more of a pantser than a plotter, and I struggled with this book initially – I’d already written about 40k of it before I sold A Brush of Darkness – and there were so many changes made to BoD that I had to scrap quite a bit of A Sliver of Shadow. It took me a while to rework it and wrap my head around the changes I’d made, but I’m rather happy the way things turned out the way they did.
That’s great! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Yes – A Trace of Moonlight is scheduled for an October 2012 release. (And the first book, A Brush of Darkness was out last year.)
What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
The ending – I know it will probably frustrate some people, but it’s such a huge thing for Abby (not spoiling) that to wrap it up nice and neatly would have done her character a major disservice. So I chose to end it where I did because I want to do justice to the consequences of her actions…in the next book.
Ooh, intriguing! What are you working on right now?
Revisions for A Trace of Moonlight. I’m also writing a more traditional fantasy story (a bit more epic than the Abby books, with a little SteamPunk mixed in.) as well as an online graphic novel based on fairy tales which should be going live in the spring. You can find out more about that at http://www.sadsausagedogs.com
OMG that’s cool! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Hmm. It got published. A Brush of Darkness was the first book I ever actually wrote with the intent to try for publication. The only other “book” I wrote wasn’t actually a book. It was an 80k story I’d written with a friend for fun, but we never ended up trying to do anything with it.
I love to hear about authors getting their first books published! (I did, too…) What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
Easiest – Dialogue, usually, particularly when I’m writing the snarky characters. (I sometimes have to rein it in a bit, actually.) But that and description are probably my strongest points.
Hardest – probably depends on my mood at that moment. When the muse is good, it’s all easy. When it’s not…every word is like pulling teeth.
Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Yes. I don’t put real people in my books, but I do pull facets of people I know and apply them to certain characters. (Not that I’d ever tell them that. LOL) Actual events…eh – I do put a lot of my own likes and dislikes into these books – a lot of the pop-culture references to games or music are often what I’m playing or listening to when I’m writing.
Very cool! Okay, no, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both !
Salty or sweet? Both! (aka BACON)
Bed or kitchen table? Every place has its proper moment. ;-)
Beach or mountains? Beach
Give or receive? Give
Thanks for coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?
Thanks for having me! :D
A Sliver of Shadow
Book 2 Abby Sinclair Series
By Allison Pang
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 eleven 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.
A Sliver of Shadow Excerpt:
“Who’s my little man?” The unicorn crooned at Benjamin and then winced when a hank of beard became the baby’s newest form of entertainment.
“Keep that up and you’ll be a baldy chin,” I retorted. “And I don’t recall asking your opinion. Not that that’s ever stopped you before. Talivar around?”
“Nope, burned the coffee again. Ran out to get more.” A snort escaped him. “He’s even worse at it then you are.”
“Probably something about being a prince and not having to actually cook for himself. At least he’s trying. More than I can say for you.” I stooped to search for my Crocs, pushing through dust bunnies and clumps of what suspiciously looked like unicorn droppings. “Christ, Phin, use the toilet or go outside or something.” I snatched my hand away.
“That’s not me. I think you’ve got mice.” His tone became wheedling.
“I’ll bet. Just clean it up.”
“With what? Gonna turn my tail into a broom?” The furred tuft in question flicked as if to make the point.
“I’m sure you’ll come up with something. Besides, aren’t unicorn horns proof against poison? Purifying water, that sort of thing? Surely something that can bring a dead man back to life can disinfect like Lysol?”
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Laura & Allison
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