I'm super excited today to have a interview with one of my all time favorite authors. I've actually lost her first book a few times when I've lent it out and it's not come back. Of course I had to replace it so now I don't lend out books =D
Mandy - Where did you get the idea for the novel?Allison - It’s a continuation of the story arc from the previous two books – so I just sort ran with it from there. The overall idea was inspired by the True Thomas poem, Thomas the Rhymer.
Mandy - Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
Allison - I came up with it from a list of titles my publisher and I put together.
Mandy - Which came first, the title or the novel?
Allison - The novel. Titles are easily changed.
Mandy - Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Allison - Getting on a panel at NYCC
Mandy - What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
Allison - The Shattered Darkby Sandy Williams
Mandy - What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
Allison - The first book I ever wrote was the first book I published. (A Brush of Darkness)
Mandy - What is your writing process?
Allison - Panster – I just make it up as I go.
Mandy - Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Allison - Jacqueline Carey, Kate Elliott, Lynn Flewelling, Robin Hobb, Charles de Lint (honestly, there’s a pretty large list…)
Mandy - At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
Allison - Depends. Some people just want a name. Some people want a note. If I know them, I try to personalize it a bit. Otherwise, I just make up something silly.
Mandy - What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Allison - I used to have an 80 gallon salt water reef tank.
Mandy - How do you react to a bad review?
Allison - Privately? Honesty, I don’t usually spend much time on reviews. People like what they like – it’s not up to me to react a certain way or not. Reviews are for readers, not authors.
Mandy - How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Allison - Went out for a nice dinner with the family. =)
Thank you very much for being here today Allison it's been a pleasure.
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.
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