Ros Baxter is our special guest today. Ros is visiting the virtual offices to chat about Fish Out of Water, her latest release from Escape Publishing. Fish Out of Water blends mystery, crime fiction, and urban fantasy in one hard to put down story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ros Baxter] Author of fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. Mother of four lovely, noisy children. Omnivorous reader. Insane multi-tasker. Imposter Syndrome sufferer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Fish Out of Water?
[Ros Baxter] Fish Out of Water is hip crime fiction meets urban fantasy – Stephanie Plum meets Splash – and available from Escape Publishing on 1 April.
My heroine, Rania, is part small-town cop. Part deep-sea mermaid. And she’s got a sinking feeling that she’s about to get wet. For the first time in 13 years.
Rania has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that’s a serious liability for a mermaid, a solider-of-fortune ex who’s hooked on her Mom’s brownies, a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower, and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street.
Oh, and one other thing. She’s scheduled to die on her thirtieth birthday – in three weeks – unless she can ‘change the course of destiny and save the world entire’. But where to start? With her bad boy ex? With the smokin’ hot coldblooded swimmer who seems to know more than he’s giving up? Or with a ten thousand year old prophesy about the End of Days?
If she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegirian priest off her case, work out who the hell’s trying to kill her and stop sleeping with the fishes, Rania might be able to unravel the prophesy, the mystery of the missing choirgirls and the secrets hidden in her Mom’s past.
And maybe even save her own skin while she’s at it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Ros Baxter] I’ve always harboured a secret fascination for mermaids (blame seeing “Splash” at the tender age of ten!), love triangles, and things which are not as they seem. My mermaid Rania has all that in spades – she hasn’t been home to the deep ocean for thirteen years because of a terrifying visit to a clairvoyant; she lives incognito in a small frontier town working as a cop; and she’s torn between land and sea. She’s also torn between two men who represent those worlds – her solider-of-fortune ex and a sexy, wolfish merman with secrets of his own.
Most of all I wanted to create a heroine who was totally different from me. Someone tough and cool. Rania packs heat, dates the wrong men and can beat anyone in an arm wrestle. But she also has an over-developed sense of responsibility. She’s trying desperately to keep everyone around her safe, while the clock’s ticking on her own life.
I loved intertwining romance, Norse legend, gumshoe mystery and modern pop culture to create this quirky, layered tale. I hope readers love it too.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rania?
[Ros Baxter] Tough, vulnerable, BUSY!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Rania had a theme song, what would it be?
[Ros Baxter] It’s got to be “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Hey, she’s been told she’s only got three weeks to live!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Rania is never without.
[Ros Baxter] On land, her glock and her beautiful Chevy Corvette Stingray, Ariel. In the sea, her BFF the Princess Lecanora.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Rania’s bedroom?
[Ros Baxter] An Air Supply CD. A girly dress. Fish and chips.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Ros Baxter] My mother – she taught us all to love words and books.
My kids – they tell the best stories of all.
The wordsmiths who shaped my world as a child and teenager – Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Nirvana.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Ros Baxter] Some paper or a keyboard. A place. A few minutes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Ros Baxter] Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Ros Baxter] Argh so hard, so many. It would have been something kind of lowbrow, because I remember my Mum being called up to the school for a “please explain” about my home reading list. As I recall, the offending title was “A Passion for Treason”. I was nine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Ros Baxter] Sleep. But it doesn’t happen often.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Ros Baxter] email: firstname.lastname@example.org
web site: www.rosbaxterink.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the author:
Ros writes fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. She digs feisty heroines, good friends, quirky families, heroes to make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time.
Ros also runs a successful business consulting to government and the private sector. She teaches professional writing skills and has authored a writing guide, Clarity.
Ros lives in Brisbane’s North with her husband Blair, four small but very opinionated children, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs.