Friday, April 13, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Allison Pang

Please welcome Allison Pang to The Qwillery's as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Allison:  I’m not sure there’s any one thing that inspired me. I’ve always been a storyteller (mostly to myself). Writing just seemed like the next logical step, though I didn’t pursue publishing for a very long time.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Allison:  Time management. Finding the time to write and then sticking to it until it gets done. Which sounds bad, maybe – I enjoy writing very much, but I also work another job and have a family (like many other writers). Maybe it’s less about finding time and more about balancing the time that I have.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Allison:  Simply getting published is a pretty nice achievement, honestly.  :-)  Just knowing my stories are out there for reader’s enjoyment is enough for me.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Allison:  Ha – I don’t know? Can’t give away too much or all the mystery is gone. LOL

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Allison:  Well, A Sliver of Shadow was just released at the end of February. The third Abby Sinclair book, A Trace of Moonlight should be out on October 30 (I’m working on revisions for that right now, in fact!) I’ve also got an online graphic novel project that I’m doing over at – the first page goes up on April 30 for a storyline called Fox & Willow.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Allison:  Thanks for having me!

About the Abby Sinclair series

A Sliver of Shadow
Abby Sinclair 2
Pocket Books, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages


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 Brush of Darkness
Abby Sinclair 1
Pocket Books, January 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

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.

About Allison

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.

Allison's Links

Borrowing Heaven, Subletting Hell Blog
Word Whores Blog
Facebook Author Page
Allison on Twitter
Phineas the Unicorn on Twitter

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1), a Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2), and the winners choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry from The Qwillery. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!)

The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet

Phineas is a tiny unicorn with a HUGE personality. Guiding Abby through her predicaments, he has become a favorite. with a penchant for bacon and other unmentionable things, who can not love this tiny powerhouse?

Silver plate chain holds blue Swarovski crystals, a pewter unicorn charm .


The Touchstone Bracelet

Being a touchstone isn't easy as Abby and her friends can tell you...Here is my amulet to those links to the paranormal.

Silver plate chain holds a pewter acorn charm and a beautiful large oval pink tourmaline, with a small triskell charm highlighting.
Bracelet photos and descriptions courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite mythological creature(s)?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, April 20, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I really hope to win this one i want to discover this serie a lot!
    My favorite mythological creatures are unicorns, pegasus and griffon ^^;;

    thanks you a lot for this so great and generous giveaway.

    all the best

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  2. What a fantastic giveaway, thank you! Also, lovely to meet this author. I've never heard of her but will def dig into her books :)
    My favourite mythological creatures are a phoenix and a dragon. Powerful, beautiful and regal.

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  3. My favorite mythological creature is a unicorn. When I was little, my to favorite movies were Legend and The Last Unicorn. I would watch them over and over. Now that I have 2 little girls of my own I've introduced both movies to them and come to find find out, they're both kinda scary. I was a weird kid, lol.

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  4. Dragons. Hands (or wings/claws) down - they are just so full of magic and mystery and danger. But really, I love them all. I like gryphons, unicorns, name it and I like it.
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  5. I almost said ligers but we know those are real, bred for their skills in magic. Because I knew they would be popular I wanted to pick something other than dragons, even though those are pretty awesome, so I fell on leprechauns for their pot o' gold.

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  6. I think Dragons are my favorite mythological creatures! Although I could definitely go for a pot of gold, too, lol!

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  7. Dragon. Absolutely no doubt about that. Love all things dragon!!

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  8. Hi

    Great interview. I loved A Brush of Darkness and I am looking forward to reading A Sliver of Shadow.

    My favorite mythical creature would be of course the Unicorn :)

    Thanks for the chance

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  9. I love the Unicorns and Pegasus. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  10. This is definitely a series I'd like to read. Seems to have all of the elements of a good read - especially that all important one, humor.

    I really like Nymphs & Mermaids, Dragons and - I love a good unicorn. A unicorn that serves some purpose in a story besides just being a demonstration of fantasy.

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  11. My favorite is dragons!! Love them.

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  12. I don't have a favorite, but I've always been partial to centaurs, mermaids, and valkyrie.

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  13. I've always found mermaids really fascinating. It would be cool if they really did existed.

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  14. I love dragons!! They are my favorite mythological creature by far :D

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  15. Nice interview...thanks for introducing me to a 'new to me' author and series! This sounds like a REALLY good one! My favorite mythological creatures are shifters, fallen angels, vampires and demons. Thx too, for the VERY generous giveaway op! :)
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  16. My favorite mythological creatures are centaurs and dragons.

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  17. I always have a hard time spelling it but one of my favorite mythical creatures is a chimaera. I once read a story where there was on that was a secondary character; it was tiny and changed colors and could be bad or good ;) Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today and for this awesome giveaway opportunity.
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  18. Mine is the Phoenix!!
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  19. I dont have one favorite I love them all but my top faves are Mermaids,valkyrie,phoemix and dragons .Than k you for this fantastic giveaway .Have a great weekend.
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  20. Great interview, and a great looking series.

    I have too many favorites -- def. angels, Muses, Cerberus, and sprites. It varies daily. :)

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  21. Dragons are my favorite and always will be.
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  22. This week my favorite creatures would be the Fae! I love the fact there there are so many variations that can be used that the Fae NEVER get boring! Although, I did read 2 books from the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne this week, so I'm also really getting into the whole Norse and Irish pantheons as well!

    I've been hearing a lot of pretty fantastic things about Allison Pang's Abby Sinclair series, and am really looking forward to checking it out!

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  23. Definitely a unicorn! Allison's books are fantastic reads!

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  24. Mermaids and Dragons! I love dragons because they are just really so cool, and mermaids because I love all things about the sea.


  25. Great interview. I love it and love the book to...hehehe
    My favorite mythological creatures are pegasus and Dragon :)

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  26. My favorite question! My favorite mythological creature is Pegasus. Horses are the epitome of beauty, grace, and strength. The addition of wings to such a beautiful animal is an amazing image. And the Griffins, I can't imagine a most beautiful creature that take on the shape of a lion's body, as well as an eagle's head with wings.
    I love the wings.
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  27. I like dragons and unicorns.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  28. I would have to say Unicorns, I've always liked them. My dad says it's got something to do with the film Legend!
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  29. I love dragons but i also like the valkyries