Allison Here: I’m on my way back from New Zealand today and am thrilled that New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox has filled in as our guest. Angie is one of the nicest, funniest, inspiring writers I’ve met. I hope you enjoy this impromptu interview about her series! As Angie says about herself: she writes high-octane mystery/romances about biker witches, demon slayers and things that go bump in the night. Yep, that about sums it up!
AB: You write mystery/romances with a paranormal twist. Tell us about your latest series.
Sure. The Monster MASH series takes place in a paranormal M*A*S*H camp and in the dusty, desert battlefields of Limbo. The gods are at war. If the armies are evenly matched, they’ll kill each other, which is bad enough. If one side gets the upper hand, it triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, disasters of biblical proportions on Earth.
There’s no end in sight, until a special ops commander discovers a paranormal M*A*S*H surgeon with a one-of-a-kind power that can turn the tide. Then it’s a race against time as armies collide and the gods – seeing the threat to their dominion over life and death – broker a deal that could send every mortal straight to hell.
AB: Did any particular event inspire the plot?
It wasn’t an event, as much as a desire to step out on a ledge and write something different. I loved the idea of a race against time in order to thwart the gods. And if I wanted to play amateur psychologist, I’d say this book is my statement against the seemingly insurmountable forces that seek to control our own daily lives. It’s about people who stand up, despite the odds, and take that control back. Plus, these books are simply fun to write. It was a great challenge to construct a new world that is starker than ours, yet holds many of the same challenges.
One of the challenges – and the great joys – of writing the MASH series was balancing the humor with the stark tragedy of war. Petra and her colleagues at the MASH 3063rd have been drafted until the end of the war, which is bad for Petra but even worse for people like her vampire roommate, Marius. They’re living in this quirky, ad-hock camp, trying to make the best of it while they work long hours in the OR, putting soldiers back together – knowing that they’re probably going to see them again and again – if they’re lucky.
The underlying tragedy brings the oddball personalities in the camp together. They develop ways to keep their sanity and to create the kind of relationships that offer a port in the storm. That’s where a lot of the humor comes from.
This is a trilogy and all of the books are out now. Immortally Yours is the first. That one was nominated for an RWA RITA award. The second book is Immortally Embraced. The third and final book, Immortally Ever After, releases today.
AB: And now for some fun stuff! I asked Angie some quick questions so we can get to know her better 🙂
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia
Favorite flower: Hydrangeas
Favorite book by an author dead for more than 100 years: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite movie of the year: Star Trek into Darkness
Book you faked reading: Wuthering Heights (Don’t tell my sophomore English teacher)
Guilty pleasure — television: Castle
Angie has graciously agreed to give away a signed copy of either Immortally Yours, Immortally Embraced, or Immortally Ever After! Winner’s choice! How cool is that? All you have to do is say hi to Angie! Or tell us your favorite humorous author. Or ask her a question. Any question … lol. She can refuse to answer. But she probably won’t! As for me … I’m traveling all day and won’t be visiting the blog until tomorrow, so behave ya’ll! By the way, the photo at the top of the graves? I took that on one of my New Zealand walks. I thought it fit with Angie’s blog!