TQ: Welcome back to The Qwillery!
Allison: Thanks! It’s great to be back! :-)
TQ: What do you wish you'd known when the first Abby Sinclair novel, A Brush of Darkness, came out that you know now?
Allison: Ha ha – enjoy the moment for what it is because it only gets harder from here on out. :-)
TQ: Please tell us about your Abby Sinclair series.
Allison: When we first meet Abby in A Brush of Darkness, she’s a former prima ballerina, still recovering from a terrible car accident that took the life of her mother and left her body crippled. With her dreams of dancing shattered, she ends up in the town of Portsmyth and stumbles into the world of the OtherFolk. When she becomes the TouchStone to the Faery Protectorate, her fate is forever changed and she’s forced to come to grips with her past as well as take a more deliberate role in her own future.
In A Sliver of Shadow, we find Abby coming a bit more into her own, as well as finding out more about her own past and family history. (And how entwined her family really is with that of the OtherFolk.)
Along the way she’s assisted by friends in the form of a magical violinist, an incubus, an elven prince and a pervy little unicorn.
TQ: Without giving anything away what is/are your favorite scenes(s) in A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2)?
Allison: Hmmm. Tough one, but there’s a scene where Talivar and Brystion share a bottle of wine. Most of what happens is off screen, but I get a serious case of the giggles every time I think about what they’re probably discussing. (Maybe someday I’ll write it up as a quick one-shot.)
TQ: Which character has surprised you the most in the series so far?
Allison: Probably Brystion. He’s rather difficult for me to write and he plays his cards very close to his vest, but I find there’s quite a bit more to him as I pull those layers back.
TQ: Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?
Allison: Heh. They’re all a bit like me. Or at least they all have some facet of my personality, but the easy comparison is probably Abby. I tend to be somewhat snarky and grumpy like her at times, and I know what it’s like to have an injury that causes a fair amount of chronic pain. Also? I love bacon.
TQ: What appeals to you about writing urban fantasy? Are there any other genres in which you'd like to write?
Allison: I like that Urban Fantasy gives me the freedom to pretty much write whatever I want. I get to make the mundane more fun, but without the limitations of a PNR (i.e. the story doesn’t require an HEA, for example.) I would love to write more of a high fantasy as well (and I’ve started the beginnings of one – it’s a bit of a Steampunk/Fantasy mix right now.)
TQ: What's next?
Allison: Right now I’m working on the revisions for the third Abby Sinclair novel – A Trace of Moonlight – which is scheduled to be released in October of 2012. In the meantime, I’ve also started a collaborative graphic novel project with an artist friend of mine (loosely based on twisted fairy tales.) We hope to start releasing it online in the spring and you can read more about it at http://www.sadsausagedogs.com
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Allison: Thanks for having me!
About the Abby Sinclair series
A Sliver of ShadowAbby Sinclair 2
Pocket Books, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
WAR IS HELL. AND WAR WITH HELL IS NO FUN EITHER.
Just when her new life as a TouchStone—a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds—seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away . . . let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.
A Sliver of Shadow Excerpt:
“Who’s my little man?” The unicorn crooned at Benjamin and then winced when a hank of beard became the baby’s newest form of entertainment.
“Keep that up and you’ll be a baldy chin,” I retorted. “And I don’t recall asking your opinion. Not that that’s ever stopped you before. Talivar around?”
“Nope, burned the coffee again. Ran out to get more.” A snort escaped him. “He’s even worse at it then you are.”
“Probably something about being a prince and not having to actually cook for himself. At least he’s trying. More than I can say for you.” I stooped to search for my Crocs, pushing through dust bunnies and clumps of what suspiciously looked like unicorn droppings. “Christ, Phin, use the toilet or go outside or something.” I snatched my hand away.
“That’s not me. I think you’ve got mice.” His tone became wheedling.
“I’ll bet. Just clean it up.”
“With what? Gonna turn my tail into a broom?” The furred tuft in question flicked as if to make the point.
“I’m sure you’ll come up with something. Besides, aren’t unicorn horns proof against poison? Purifying water, that sort of thing? Surely something that can bring a dead man back to life can disinfect like Lysol?”
A Brush of DarknessAbby Sinclair 1
Pocket Books, January 25, 2011
Mass Market Paberback, 368 pages
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.
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