I’m so excited to have Allison Pang back on the blog today as part of her blog tour (courtesy of Bewitching Book Tours) for A Sliver of Shadow, the 2nd in her Abby Sinclair series! Allison was nice enough to answer a few of my questions, and Allison is also giving away 10 copies of A Sliver of Shadow tour-wide, so fill out the form at the bottom of the post (the form is the same on all tour sites, so you only need to enter once-US ONLY.) Don’t forget to visit all of the awesome blogs hosting this tour!
Please welcome Allison to the blog!
Allison, I thought poor Abby had lots going on in A Brush of Darkness, but she’s really got her hands full in A Sliver of Shadow! Was A Sliver more or less of a challenge to write than A Brush since you already had a good amount of world building in place?
Actually, it was harder than I originally thought it would be. Part of that was timing. I had about 40k of SoS written by the time I sold BoD…but I ended up having so many changes to BoD that I had to completely restructure SoS around those changes. (New characters, different endings, etc.) It’s hard to wrap your brain around when you’ve already got nearly half a book written…and then you have to discard a huge chunk of it to make it few the new world order.
Your talent for keeping so many plot threads going without confusing the reader is awesome! How do you do it?
Sheer luck, probably. I’m a panster, so I don’t outline very much. I have a vague idea of where I’m going, but a lot of the time I don’t connect the dots completely until I’m finished.
I loved the romance in Sliver, and I admit to being Team Talivar, however, I’ve gotta ask: Brystion, the ornery, yet sexy, incubus we all love takes a bit of a backseat in A Sliver of Shadow. Will he play a bigger role in the next book?
Very much so – he’s rather pivotal to the plot on several levels.
Phin, that nasty, rude, butt biting, panty wallowing little unicorn that we can’t help but love, actually shows a softer, more serious side in Sliver! Is this an isolated occurrence? Will he be back to his mostly ornery ways in the next book?
Yes and no. The next book definitely takes a pretty dark turn. The repercussions for things are steep and no one is going to get out of it unscathed. Phin will continue to be there to provide his usual snarky advice, but he’s got a few demons of his own.
Ok, enough trying to coax details about the next book out of you (maybe). Do you have a plan for a total number of books that you’d like to write in the series, or will you just see where Abby takes you?
At this point I’m not sure. The overall story arc should be wrapped up with this third book, but there are still plenty of threads that could be picked up and woven into a new series – if not with Abby, then certainly one of the other characters. Melanie, in particular, has a larger part to play in the third book and definitely has her own story to tell.
I have to take you back to when you first got the news that A Brush of Darkness would be published. How did you react to the news? Was there happy dancing? Squeeing? Cake?
I think I spent a lot of time just waiting for the rug to be yanked out from under me. Which probably doesn’t make much sense, but for a few weeks I wouldn’t allow myself to get too excited about it…just in case it didn’t pan out. After that, there was definitely cake. And bacon.
What do you love most about writing urban fantasy?
Being able to mix up the magic with the mundane. Urban fantasy allows me to take some of the everyday stuff and make it a bit absurd. (i.e. a unicorn who plays World of Warcraft.) Basically there’s no limits to what I can do with that, and it’s a lot of fun.
If you absolutely couldn’t write, what would you be doing?
Probably gaming myself into oblivion.
Is there any other news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us (teasers for the next book are, of course, always encouraged and welcome:-D) ?
Well, the third book of the series – A Trace of Moonlight – is scheduled to be out in October of 2012 (so not too long a wait, hopefully.) And yes, Ion will be back. And that’s all I’m saying about that. *ahem*
In the meantime, I’ve also started a collaborative graphic novel project (loosely based on fairy tales with a twist) with a fabulous artist and we’re hoping to go live with that in the spring. Visit SadSausageDogs.com for more information about that.
About A Sliver of Shadow:
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.
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