Debut Print Book: Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
Angie Fox was the winner of the Dear Author offering for the Brenda Novak auction. She won an interview and an ad space for the month. Thanks to Ms. Fox for contributing to medical research of diabetes. On to the Interview:
Name of upcoming release: Immortally Yours
Release date: 08/28/2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s
2 sentence summary: Galen of Delphi is a tough-as-nails wounded warrior, and Dr. Petra Robichaud is the doctor who saves him (in more ways than one). Set in a paranormal MASH unit, Immortally Yours is the first in Angie Fox’s wry, irreverent Monster MASH series.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Characters: Petra is one of the strongest heroines I’ve ever written. She’s stubborn, independent and used to being on her own. She’s also dealing with her own personal tragedy. Petra is a thoracic surgeon who has been drafted out of her practice in New Orleans and into the middle of this great paranormal war. Enlistments run until the end of the conflict, which for her will be a life sentence. Still, she manages to keep her dry sense of humor and she’s even created a new family, of sorts, among her colleagues at the MASH 3063rd.
The only thing she’s not prepared to deal with, it seems, is the hero, who bursts onto the scene first as a critical patient on her operating table and then as the only man who knows her secret ability. He discovers it while she’s saving his life. Unfortunately, her secret ability is forbidden by the gods and could get her killed – or worse. She’s survived so far by keeping her head down and now Galen is threatening that.
But he isn’t interested in hiding. Galen is a hardened special ops soldier, who has risked everything time and time again. He’s focused on his duty and determined to bring an end to the war. Petra and her ability will give him a means to do it. He’s not just an alpha, though. He’s very charismatic. And either by charm or by force, Galen will bring her onto his side. He needs to convince Petra that a) she can make a difference and b) she needs to trust him enough to risk eternal damnation. I mean really, it’s hard to talk a girl into that. But Galen isn’t one to give up. And like they say, all’s fair in love and war.
What makes this story different: Immortally Yours takes place in and around a paranormal MASH unit. Also, one of the great surprises as I wrote the book was the emergence of the Paranormal News Network, or PNN. It made sense. After all, during war, you have war correspondents. PNN is the paranormal version of CNN. And while PNN offers a steadying presence in the book, the news reporting often borders on the sensational.
Just for fun, I set up the “official” PNN website to be like The Onion, only paranormal. It allows me to have fun, while giving readers a taste of the series and immersing them in the world of PNN. Check out PNN at www.PNN-Network.com.
Why you wrote this book: I wanted to do something different. Plus, one of the challenges – and the great joys – of writing Immortally Yours 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 these injured heroes 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.
How would you best describe the type of books you publish? I write quirky, character-driven paranormals
What’s your writing process? For me, the easy part is coming up with the idea. I have plenty of ideas. The hard part is getting an idea on paper and making it look like the one in my head (or at least close to what I’m envisioning). Like when I came up with the idea for the paranormal M*A*S*H unit in Immortally Yours, I knew exactly the kind of dramatic, yet offbeat and character-driven flavor I wanted. It was just a matter of coming up with the setting and the characters to make that come to life.
Before I even began to write, I mapped out the entire MASH camp, from the operating tent to the minefield (which is really the junk yard, only it’s so rigged with practical jokes that they call it “the minefield.”). Then it was a matter of adding to that world once the characters arrived and started coming up with their own ideas.
Your next published book. Immortally Embraced, coming February 26, 2013
The last book you read that you loved. Blood of the Rose by Kate Pearce
The last book you read for research. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
The romance book character you most identify with. Hmm…this isn’t strictly romance, but I’d have to say Stephanie Plum – because what girl hasn’t at one time or another wanted to clip an ex-boyfriend with her car?
You can check out more about Angie Fox and her books at http://www.angiefox.com