Hey Christina, so good to have you visiting Manic Readers again!
Thanks for having me back!
For those who haven’t met Maddy yet, could you please give them a quick run down about her and the BLACK series?
BLACK WINGS Review
Madeline Black is an Agent of death, which means that she ferries the souls of the dead to a place called the Door. The souls pass through the Door to…someplace, but Maddy’s not allowed to know what that someplace is. The Agency is a giant bureaucracy, and everyone is on a need-to-know basis. Agents, despite their important job, are pretty much cubicle workers in the hierarchy and they don’t need to know what’s behind the Door.
In the first book, BLACK WINGS, Maddy discovers that she’s the daughter of a fallen angel, and that changes her life forever.
What about Maddy’s latest adventure, BLACK HOWL?
Ghosts are popping up all over Chicago, and these ghosts have not had their deaths foreseen by the Agency. That means that they are outside of the natural order, and something big and bad is lurking around.
As an added complication, Maddy’s friend Wade (the alpha of the werewolf pack from BLACK NIGHT) has been kidnapped and Jude’s asked Maddy to help find him. Oh, and Lucifer has been hanging around trying to trap Maddy into becoming the heir to his kingdom, which Maddy is definitely not interested in.
Maddy has become quite popular, Congrats! Has this changed your life for the better any?
The best thing about it is that I’ve been able to continue writing professionally. I love being a writer and if the books are successful then it means I can keep doing what I love!
For the worst?
No. Seriously, this is the best job ever!
Do you have a finite number of books in your head for Maddie and crew?
Right now there will be at least six books. I think there is space to write more, but I’m not sure how many more after that.
Have you experienced the dreaded “writer’s block” yet? If so, how did you whip it into submission?
I’ve never gotten writer’s block. I’ve had some days where I’ve been writing and it’s not as easy as other days, but I always have something to say. I work out a lot of writing issues when I’m running in the morning, so I usually have some idea of where I’m going to start when I sit down to write for the day.
Many authors are branching out into YA, do you have any aspirations in that direction? Any other genre you might like to try?
I think it takes serious talent to write good YA, and I don’t have that ability. The best authors write books that are age-appropriate without talking down to their core audience. I have loved many recent YA books, though, like the Percy Jackson series, the Series of Unfortunate Events, and of course, Harry Potter.
I’d love to try my hand at writing a mystery someday – maybe a mystery with paranormal elements.
What’s your favorite way to unwind?
I like to read, run, bake and go to Costco. Sometimes I like to just go to Costco and walk around and look at all the new stuff.
Any hints on what Maddy might be up to after BLACK HOWL?
There are some major changes coming for Maddy and her world. I like it when there are consequences in a series, the feeling that something irrevocable can happen at any time.
Been up to anything interesting since our last visit?
My life is fairly unglamorous. My five-year-old keeps me on my toes!
Christina, thanks heaps for stopping by to chat. I’ve had a large time visiting with you again!
Always happy to visit with you, Ivy!
Christina’s publisher, ACE, is giving away a copy of BLACK HOWL to one lucky person. Only meaningful comments or questions to Christina need apply. Contest will run until midnight est March 14th. Winner to be announced shortly thereafter.