Mar 28, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Allison Pang plus giveaway

My ‘lucky number thirteen’ Authors After Dark Spotlight is *drumroll* Allison Pang!  I LOVE her Abby Sinclair series – it’s on my favorites list – and I am super excited to have her here today.  🙂

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

I attended last year’s AAD in Philly. 🙂

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

Just being able to hang out with the readers in a low-key environment.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

You know – there are really so many. I kind of like to think that cons are almost like mini-family reunions. You meet so many authors online or only at cons once or twice a year and it’s just great to hang out for a few days and get actual face time.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

I don’t think it sank it for a while. Not until I got my editorial letter and then it was more: “Shit just got real.”

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

Since I’ve only written two, I don’t think I’ve got one. Yet. I think there’s always a certain fondness that an author has for a first book, though. There are so many hopes and dreams pinned onto it that even though you go back later and see how much your writing has changed and grown, you never quite capture that exact feeling again.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Not really. Maybe when I first started writing actual “smut” scenes – I had a moment or two of naughty headiness, but that fades away after a while and soon I’m just focusing on the words like I would on any other scene.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

Again, I’ve only got Abby, but honestly, I love writing all my characters.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

That’s a harder question and I don’t know if I can really answer it. I just have too many.

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

Sure. Sometimes I think it’s just misinterpretation of what I was trying to do with a particular scene, but if I’m not conveying it correctly, then that’s on me and not on the reader. I tend to take strong reactions on a case by case basis though. If the majority of my readers are good with/understand my intent, then I chalk it up to an individual issue and see if there was maybe  way I could have written it differently.

If no one gets it? Then I clearly need to figure out where the disconnect is and try to make my words clearer.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

Always a reader. I was reading the newspaper at about age 5 and adult sci-fi/fantasy starting in about 3rd or 4thgrade. That being said, I much preferred the sci fi stuff to the more classical literature books I was required to read.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

Again – that’s a tough one. I read and reread so many. Plus that was about 20 years ago…I do seem to recall really enjoying the Mercedes Lackey Valdemar series quite a bit.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

It totally depends on my mood. Most of the time I adore Alien/Aliens, The Terminator, etc. But I also can never seem to turn off Dirty Dancing whenever it shows up on TV, so…there you go.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl, though that’s mostly by necessity these days.

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

I’m missing an entire set of adult bicuspids and I’ve had 18 teeth pulled. (10 babies, 8 permanents.) I have a very small mouth.

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Your Abby Sinclair series lives comfortably on my favorites list.  For those who have yet to read it *staring you guys down*, give us the gist of it.

Basically it’s about a mostly normal girl who’s had a bit of a tragedy in her recent past life, resulting in the death of her mother and the loss of her dancing career. When she ends up in Portsmyth, she discovers the OtherFolk beings living in and around the town, eventually becoming a TouchStone to one of the more powerful beings there. (A TouchStone is essentially a mortal anchor who allows OtherFolk to pass freely between worlds.)

Not that things are ever that simple, and when the Protectorate goes missing, it’s up to Abby to try to figure out what’s going on. Along the way she’s “helped” by a perverted little unicorn who takes up residence in her underwear drawer…and by Brystion, a sexy incubus who may be playing his own game for vastly different purposes.

The second book in your series that you all have to read *staring you down*, A Sliver of Shadow, came out last month.  Tell us about your second installment.

It picks up about six months after A Brush of Darkness leaves off. Abby is trying to settle into her life as TouchStone to the Protectorate (and part time baby-sitter for Moira’s half-angel/half-fae baby). She’s sharing her apartment with Phin and Talivar, her elvish body-guard, as well and for a little while things seem normal.

Until a false Protectorate shows up and tries to take over Portsmyth – which results in the closing of the CrossRoads by the Queen of Faery. And of course it’s Abby & Company to the rescue. 😉

Book three in the series, A Trace of Moonlight (love that title!) is currently in your editors’ hands and is scheduled for an October 2012 release!  (Fantastic news by the way)  What is Abby up to in that one?

Hard to talk about it too much without giving away spoilers, but needless to say the stakes are even higher than they were in the last few books. There are a lot of character changes coming, as well a pretty big showdown between Maurice and Abby. Although I’m planning on wrapping up this particular story arc, don’t expect *everything* to tie up nice and neatly.

You have a fun project underway!  You are working on a graphic novel that will be strictly online!  Tell us about that – it sounds really cool.

Yup! The project is  entitled Fox & Willow, in which the main characters (Willow, and her fox) are looking for a way to break the curse they’re under. Along the way they have several  adventures, each loosely based on a traditional fairy tale. F&W is the result of a collaboration between myself and artist Irma ‘Aimo’ Ahmed, and you can read more about us and see some preliminary artwork over at

Thank you so much Allison for answering my questions!   I already sent you my copy of A Brush of Darkness to sign but I’ll track you down at AAD to have you sign A Sliver of Shadow in person.   😉

I look forward to it!

Giveaway time!  I think Allison’s giveaway is just great.  You can chose to win either book one in Allison’s awesome series, A Brush of Darkness, or book two, A Sliver of Shadow!  Just leave a comment below letting us know which one you would choose before Sunday April 1st 2012 11:59EST.  Giveaway open internationally! Good luck everyone! 

Here’s where you can find Allison –

  1. Since i haven’t started this serie yet ( but i really want to) i would like to win book 1 if this is open to international too

    thanks you a lot

    all the best

  2. Northwoman says:

    Another great giveaway! Julie, you are helping us to read so many new things. I’d sadly have to start with book one. I’m reading about a book a day but the list of things I want to read is VERY long right now. Thanks for all these interviews and great books to read.

  3. Awesome interview! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough rocks!! lol

    I’d love to win a copy of A Brush of Darkness…Abby Sinclair sounds like an awesome, kick-butt heroine! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

  4. Hi Julie & Allison!
    Please do NOT enter me in the giveaway as I have both books.

    Thank you for the excellent interview. Great news on the online graphic novel & ouch! on the teeth.

    All the best,

  5. I’d really like to win A Brush with Darkness. Love books that have a tough, kick-butt heroine.

  6. Thanks a lot Julie and Allison!
    Once again, this serie was on my TBR list but now, I have to own it as soon as possible!!! so I enter the contest for the first insstallement,A Brush of Darkness, and I order the second immediatly! I hope to be lucky!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!!!

  7. ive read (and loved) book 1… would really like the chance to get the second one!
    holy crap about the teeth!! (oddly enough i had a nightmare about losing a tooth last night too… hmm)

  8. I would love a copy of A Brush with Darkness! Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

  9. I love when Alison says that a misinterpretation is on her and not the reader. How insightful and gracious. I own A Brush of Darkness and hope to read it soon.

  10. I love these books, Abby Sinclair series is one of my new favorite series. I have the ebooks but I would love to win the first book to bring it with me to NOLA to have it sign. See you in NOLA!

  11. Allison Pang is one of the authors I’m so excited to meet this August. I think she’s doing some great new things in the genre.
    That being said I would love to win a copy of a Sliver of Shadow. I haven’t read it yet and I’m dying to.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Another lover of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar! Though I came late to the series but read all the 20+ books! Have you ever listend to the Filk (music) she has for it? I love it. Will admit right here I’m a huge fan of Vanyel, Tamra, the Hawkbrothers (okay I think they are sexy) and the shin’a’in.

    I have A Brush of Darkness in my TBR pile. Been trying to move it up but people have been demanding me to read this book and that book

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  13. Hi! Since I’ve read book 1 I’d really like to win book 2, A Sliver of Shadow. Thank you!

  14. I’d take a sliver of shadow 🙂

    And best horny unicorn ever! Haha, what a little freak

  15. I’d take A Sliver of Shadow.
    Love Brystion’s picture btw! 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. I already own a Brush of Darkness, so I would love to win a Sliver of Shadows!

  17. I have book one so I would love book 2! Thanks for the giveaway! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  18. I would love Brush of Darkness..

  19. I would like book one so that I could start the series.

  20. I enjoyed the interview. I’d choose A Sliver of Shadow.

  21. Thanks for the interview ladies, I really enjoyed reading it. The series sounds very good, I want to read about that tiny unicorn!
    If I win, I’d like the first one please.

  22. Yuppee, an international giveaway! Thank you for this. I would love to get book 2 as I have book 1 in my TBR pile.

  23. A new series! I’d love to read A Brush of Darkness.

  24. Oh great interview! I think I would love to have the second one, it was a really great book but I didn’t have a real copy for me.

  25. Chrissy DM says:

    Having read A Brush of Darkness I would love to continue with this series and win A Sliver of Shadow- it sounds great! Thanks for the chance!

  26. Book 1 because I haven’t read this series yet. It looks great!

  27. Mary Ann Woods says:

    I would love A Brush of Darknessl. Thanks so much for the chance to win and reat it!

  28. I’m new to this series so I would love A Brush of Darkness. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  29. I have not read this series yet but it sounds awesome, so I would love book 1. Thanks.

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