Please join us in welcoming Angie Fox to Manic Readers. Angie is the New York Times bestselling author who writes about biker witches, demon slayers and things that go bump in the night.
How did you get started writing paranormal romances?
I’ve always loved a good fairy tale and, really, that’s what paranormal are – grown up fairy tales. Today’s paranormal romances take all of the adventure and otherworldliness of books like Harry Potter and add the clashing, dynamic excitement of an emerging romance. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good love story?
As far as how the Accidental Demon Slayer series began, I started with 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 while on the run from a fifth level demon? And wouldn’t it be interesting if she’s running with her long-lost Grandma’s gang of geriatric biker witches?
I started writing and let the story 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 story was working when I couldn’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I don’t have a formal process. Rather, I figure that if it amuses me, my readers will probably be amused too. A lot of what I write evolves on the page. Like 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 tickled 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.
Word has it you learned to ride a Harley for research. Tell us about your experience.
I’ve had a ball with research for my Accidental Demon Slayer books. The biker witches ride Harleys, and I’d never been on a motorcycle before. Plus, 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.
In A Tale Of Two Demon Slayers someone makes a clone of the main character in the book, a bad version of her, how did this come about?
Well, little did Lizzie know that the magic that her sexy griffin boyfriend used to find her in the first book has left her vulnerable. Sure it all worked out in The Accidental Demon Slayer, but while she was off fighting she-demons in The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, the bad guys were stealing that precious bit of her magic.
It’s tough being a demon slayer, right? So in this third book, Lizzie has to find and eliminate her evil twin – before it kills her.
Oh and I know I’m making it sound like all the books are connected – and they are. But as a reader, I always like a complete story, so I write my books in a way that they can each stand on their own. You can pick up any one of them and know what is going on and have a complete story.
The beauty of the series, though, is that I can keep adding onto the world. And when you have a world populated by biker witches, demon slayers and a talking Jack Russell Terrier – there are a lot of places to go.
4. What has been the most exciting moment in your writing career?
That’s a tough one. The first thing that comes to mind is when my agent called to tell me The Accidental Demon Slayer had made the New York Times bestseller list. The phone rang on a Friday afternoon, as I was writing the climax of The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. I almost didn’t answer. After all, who would call in smack dab in the middle of a demon invasion?
Luckily, I picked up because Jessica had such great news – that my first book would be on the New York Times list the next day. I didn’t know what to think. Heck, I’d just wanted to sell enough books so that I could keep writing about biker witches, demon slayers and talking terriers. I had to ask my agent to please email me too, just to make sure I wasn’t phone-hallucinating.
You have two books coming out in January. A Tale Of Two Demon Slayers and a story in the anthology My Zombie Valentine. What made you want to do a zombie romance?
First of all, the title cracked me up. 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?
Let me tell you right off the bat that my zombie is hot. It’s more of a time travel story. This is a hero who died in the late 1800’s and has been haunting the cemetery, waiting for true love to call him back to life. Now my heroine is a lonely New Orleans voodoo mamba. She 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 forgot to be specific and mention that her man needed to be alive.
Her love calls this 1800’s era bad boy back and he emerges from St. Louis Cemetery Number One, very sexy (if slightly dirty). When her hot zombie shows up at her door, our voodoo mamba is determined to put him back into the ground. He’s determined to make her fall for him. It’s really very sweet – in a zombie sort of way.
Walk us through your typical writing day.
You mean after I get my massage and ogle a few pool boys? Actually, if that’s what my life was like, I doubt I’d get any writing done. As it stands, my writing days are brief, but productive. As soon as my two small kids go down for their afternoon naps, I whip out the laptop. I write in the same place – this green couch in our living room and I always have a Diet Coke on hand.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
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