A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
She spends her days in
Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.
Book Three Abby Sinclair series
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date of Publication: October 30, 2012
Number of pages: 400
Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe …these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.
Abby’s pact with a demon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She might have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy.
Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I tend to write in the evenings, after the kids are in bed. Usually between the hours of 10 PM to 1 AM, depending on how tired I am and what I have going on the next day. (I work full time at a day job, so it’s all about fitting it in where I can.)
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Sometimes just sitting down and getting the words out. I may be in love with a book or a story, but it’s amazing how difficult it can be to transfer what I’m envisioning in my head to the page. Especially when there are so many amusing distractions. (I’m a gamer on top of everything else, and sometimes it’s really hard to NOT allow that temptation to override my writing times. Sometimes I fail miserably, but I’ve found that often if I just give in and play for an evening instead of writing, I can get the game out of my system for a while and go back to focusing on the writing.)
Does your significant other read your stuff?
Yes. But he’s not involved in the creative process. He only gets to read them after they’re done and published. (Not that he doesn’t give me his opinion on them. LOL)
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Of course – but they tend to change from book to book. A lot of it depends on timing and not everyone is available all the time. And not everyone is what I need at a given time. So when I’m just starting out with a project, the last thing I want is a full on critique. (I can get easily derailed at that point and that’s no good.) At that point, I just want an acknowledgement I’m heading in the right direction. After I’ve got a working draft, then I send it to critique partners to make it into something better.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m almost always a panster. I’ve tried doing the plotting thing and it just doesn’t work for me – I start to lose interest in the story and that’s not a good thing. So it’s better for me to have a basic idea of where I’m heading and just write it off the cuff. Yes, sometimes I do write myself into a corner, but not often and I usually recognize it pretty quick, so it’s not too hard to back up and head down a different path. I will say with this new project I’m working on - I do have a rough outline in place – it’s a new thing for me, but I’m trying to make it work. (And I definitely outline out my webcomic – but that’s a collab project with an artist – and we absolutely need to be on the same page, so to speak.)
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Almost all the time. I tend to work better with headphones one in general – I think just being able to shut out outside distractions helps me to focus. As far as type of music? It doesn’t matter. It’s nearly all just background noise once I get in the “zone.” (Though sometimes whatever I’m listening to at the moment actually gets written into the Abby books – with a few small exceptions, if I mention a song by name, that’s what was on the iPod when I was writing that scene.)
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I wing it, mostly. I just scratch out some notes in a notebook or in Word. Sometimes I organize them using virtual index cards, but that’s about it. I don’t keep any sort of character or worldbuilding bible either. It’s all just sorta stuck in my head. If I run into a roadblock, I go to pen and paper. I’ve noticed I can brainstorm better when I’m physically doodling. I also tend to take a lot of showers. Hot water seems to soothe my brain into cooperating.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
Differently now than when I first started out. For my first book it was hard not to take things personally. I never reacted to a poor review online, but I could get pretty depressed about it. I truly do believe reviews are for readers, however. It’s not up to me to police that and I wouldn’t want to. These days, I actually try not to read reviews that often, and especially not when I’m not working on a project. (Again, nothing can derail me faster when I’m writing then to read about how much I suck.) When I do look at a review, I will attempt to qualify it a bit – a well thought out review, even negative, is far more useful to me than a snarky comment that’s attempting to be clever. If it still bothers me after more than 15 minutes, I’ll hash it out with a friend – otherwise I keep on going.
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