Alison Pang – “A Trace of Moonlight”
Boo! Trick or Treat?
What costume are you wearing?
*shifty eyes* I’m actually going to be traveling on Halloween this year – I’ll be enroute to World Fantasy Con, so I’ll be dressed up as a grumpy airplane passenger. L
What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?
I definitely remember still trick-or-treating in high school. Favorite candy is Butterfingers.
How do you feel about “fun-sized?”
Eh – dangerous things because they’re so small and it’s easy to make excuses about eating a bunch of them without realizing just how much you’re eating.
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?
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.
How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?
I do almost all my writing in the evening since I work full time and I have kids. Writing time is between 10PM and 1 AM. I don’t have any creepy rituals, alas.
What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
Just its overall history – it’s gone through so many iterations, and even though it’s clearly very commercial these days, there’s a sort of primal reality to it that I don’t think you get from some of the other holidays. (Plus genuine spooky factor!)
Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)
Yes and no. I like hearing them, but ghosts really tend to freak me out, so I sorta avoid the stories if I can.
What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?
Hmmm. I don’t know? Usually I like the ones in the Fall and Winter best, simply because I enjoy eating and hanging out with the family. I get nesty and that’s fun.
So, what do you write? And why?
Urban fantasy is what I’m published in, thought I’m working on more of a high fantasy/steampunk thing at the moment. I’m really excited about that. Why? I like anything fantasy. I read to escape and I write to escape, so I’ve got no desire to write anything contemporary.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Just sitting down and writing, honestly? Most of the time the story’s all up in my head, nice and tight. Sometimes it’s just a real effort to get on the page…and of course it never is exactly the same.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
Just write as much as you can. Workshops and books are great tools, but the only thing that’s really going to help you improve is if you write. End of story.
What else are you working on right now?
I’ve got an online graphic novel over at http://www.sadsausagedogs.com – it’s called Fox & Willow, and it’s about a runaway princess and a cursed fox spirit, with each chapter loosely based on a fairytale. It’s free, so go check it out!
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?
Thanks for coming! (Please post giveaway and prize here if available.)
I’m giving away reader’s choice of any of my three books – A Brush of Darkness, A Sliver of Shadow or A Trace of Moonlight