Interview with Dana Cameron, Author of Seven Kinds of Hell

Please welcome Dana Cameron to the virtual offices today! Dana is celebrating the release of her new urban fantasy novel, Seven Kinds of Hell.  This is the first book in her new Fangborn series.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Dana Cameron] I’m a writer and recovering archaeologist; a history and science geek, I’ve been lucky enough to have adventures and spin them into fiction.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Seven Kinds of Hell?

[Dana Cameron] Zoe Miller’s an archaeologist and she’s been on the run from her father’s family, who are reputed to be killers. Her own tendency to violence—and the occasional glimpse of fangs in the mirror—has her worried about her sanity. But when her cousin is kidnapped, Zoe is forced to renew family ties and come to grips with her powers: She’s a werewolf and Fangborn, part of a family of vampires, werewolves, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. Zoe must her use all of her supernatural abilities against her enemies—human and Fangborn—who seek an artifact of world-ending power.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Dana Cameron] The idea of the Fangborn first came to me writing a short story, “The Night Things Changed,” for Charlaine Harris’ and Toni L.P. Kelner’s Wolfsbane and Mistletoe anthology. In that story, I discovered the Fangborn—vampires, werewolves, and oracles—were secret superheroes, dedicated to fighting evil and protecting humanity. With that in mind, I turned a lot of the traditional conventions about supernatural creatures around, and started work on a Fangborn novel. Zoe entered the picture as the protagonist in an archaeological thriller I was working on at the same time; it was only when I realized that both books were halves of just one book that it all came together.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Zoe?

[Dana Cameron] Smart, curious, loyal.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Zoe had a theme song, what would it be?

[Dana Cameron] When I was writing the archaeological thriller, it was “Help I’m Alive,” by Metric. When that book became an archaeological thriller with Fangborn, Zoe’s theme song became “Artificial Nocturne,” also by Metric.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Zoe is never without.

[Dana Cameron] Her backpack.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Zoe’s bedroom?

[Dana Cameron] She’s always been broke, so I’m going to go with designer clothes, a jewelry box, really nice shoes.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Dana Cameron] The right song. The glimpse of an actor in a role I’ve never seen before. An art museum. A good walk. My husband saying, “I dare you.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Dana Cameron] My playlists, a keyboard, and a closed door.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Dana Cameron] I’ve read a lot of great stuff lately, but what came first to me was The Name of the Wind. Patrick Rothfuss really took my breath away with that book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Dana Cameron] I remember reading very early, but the book that said “That! That’s what I need in my life!” was either Nancy Drew and the Secret at Shadow Ranch or Little Women.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Dana Cameron] I love to travel, and try different food and drink wherever I go. I looooove museums. I like going for walks. I’ve also been known to binge re-watch great TV series, like “Battlestar Galactica” or “Sherlock.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Dana Cameron] I love hearing from readers! They can reach me via my website (www.danacameron.com), Facebook, Twitter (@danacmrn), and GoodReads. I also blog with the Femmes Fatales (www.femmesfatales.typepad.com/).

Thank you so much, Julie!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

About the author:

Whether writing noir, historical fiction, urban fantasy, thriller, or traditional mystery, Dana Cameron draws from her expertise in archaeology. Her fiction (including several Fangborn stories) has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards and earned an Edgar Award nomination. The first of three novels set in the Fangborn ‘verse, Seven Kinds of Hell, will be released March 12, 2013 by 47North. Dana lives in Massachusetts, USA with her husband and benevolent feline overlords.