Angela McCallister dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release BAD MOUTH. Check out what she had to say! Be sure to enter the giveaways, too!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Angela McCallister] Sometimes geeky, sometimes funny, sometimes serious. Loves family, good friends, good food, books, romance, and dark humor.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Bad Mouth?
[Angela McCallister] A human with a vampire grudge is forced to work with a human-hating vampire prince to solve a chain of vampire-on-human murders. Their attraction is shocking, but they won’t let that get in the way of their prejudice—until close proximity reveals what lies beneath their racial allegiances. The trouble is some of the murders were committed with Kade’s blessing, and if Val learns of it, there’d be more hell to pay than with just his life. She could tip the delicate balance between the vampire castes and bring on a war like none before. If race weren’t enough, his dark secrets ensure the growing connection between them is doomed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Angela McCallister] I listened to Bad Mouth by indie band Fugazi, a song I’d heard many times over, but one day it struck me the title would be great for a vampire story. I found out there were no books by that name so I had to write one, lol. As I always do, I began with the characters. What was the worst pairing possible? A human-hating vampire and a vampire-loathing human, of course. To complicate their relationship, he had to be involved in some bad stuff that validated her opinion of vampires. Kade had to have proof humans deserved his antipathy, thus he gets to deal with some bad humans. I compounded that with a very touchy situation within Kade’s two-caste vampire society, a quite insane pair of vampires (his parents) as the head of the society, an opportunistic gang of Slavers, and societal protocols that bind their decisions tighter than a gnat’s behind. Heh, the relationship may be the easy part in all of this.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Valerie?
[Angela McCallister] Determined. Courageous. Virtuous.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Kade had a theme song, what would it be?
[Angela McCallister] Unequivocally, it is Demons by Imagine Dragons. Every. Darn. Word. I can’t even pick a key phrase from the lyrics without posting most of the song. Google the lyrics, but I warn you, you’ll want to hear the song and then you’ll want to download it. It’s beautiful and tortured and very Kade.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Valerie is never without.
[Angela McCallister] Her pepper spray, lol. Her assistant, Alice, talks her into carrying a gun with her later for safety, but she’d adopted the pepper spray well before the book begins. Also a habit picked up from Alice
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Kade’s bedroom?
[Angela McCallister] A suit he’s actually worn. He’s a vampire prince, but you’d never know his riches because he’s eternally in a T-shirt and worn jeans. A condom because the only disease vampires succumb to is vesania (a kind of madness) and because pregnancy would have to be intentional in his particular case. Finally, food of any sort. Vampires may eat if they so choose, but not this prince of vampires.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Valerie’s greatest regret?
[Angela McCallister] Not being able to save her ex-husband from himself.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Angela McCallister] When I first started as a pre-teen, I read a lot of McCaffrey, Asimov, Heinlein, etc., but I got into a horror phase and devoured Clive Barker, Brian Lumley, Stephen King and the like and then a fantasy phase with Piers Anthony, Robert Jordan, Weis & Hickman. Now, I can’t get enough happy endings so when I re-caught the reading bug on deployment, my favs were Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Karen Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan. So I’m pretty sure this is why I went the paranormal route first, though that doesn’t mean I don’t have plans for some contemporaries. Guess I was destined to be as eclectic as my reading tastes, lol. Believe it or not, I even had a Louis L’Amour phase, and I’d still love to find a romance version of the Sacketts. Feel free to send suggestions PS—I’ve already devoured every American historical by Pamela Clare, lol.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Angela McCallister] Me, myself, and I. I once “wrote” two-thirds of a novel while driving cross-country from Pensacola to Point Mugu. I jotted it all down on my laptop each night once I got to my hotel.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Angela McCallister] Tiffany Reisz! I’m dying because she cliffhangered right off the end of The Prince and I neeeed that next book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Angela McCallister] Why, Dr. Seuss, of course I got obsessed with reading from the time I could actually do it, and it never ended. I honestly couldn’t say which of the books it was since it was so long ago, but it was definitely one of those vibrant, creative treasures.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Angela McCallister] Outside of writing, reading, and critting? Hmm. If I were to pick something outside of the literary world, I’d say gorging on my addiction to cheesy scifi/horror movies. Surely that must come from my taste in books in high school, lol.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Angela McCallister] Very easily and in many ways. Check out my website (http://www.angelamccallister.com), my Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/AngMcCallister), my Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AngelaMcCallisterAuthor), my Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/AngMcCallister), or my Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/AngelaMcCallister). I’m also on Linkdin and Google+, but forgive me. I barely know what to do with those *g* Come and visit the Chick Swagger Blog (http://chickswagger.com) where I blog with a very fun, feisty, and talented group of Chicks. I’m on Manic Readers, The Romance Studio, World Lit Café, and I have my author page on Amazon.
It’s been a great pleasure, Julie! Thanks so much for inviting me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
We have two giveaways today! First up, Angela is giving away one author-signed paranormal book bundle and one $50 Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift card.
And next, just fill out the widget below to enter for a chance to win a copy of Bad Mouth. Open Internationally!
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About the author:
Angela McCallister is a US Navy Sailor and author of Paranormal Romance repped by the fabulous Nalini Akolekar. Spoiled by the gorgeous weather of Southern California, she spends her days reading and writing whenever she’s lucky enough to be away from work. In fact, she’s never to be found without a book hidden somewhere on her person. Over the past two years, her writing has finaled in multiple RWA writing competitions, and her debut Paranormal Romance, BAD MOUTH, won MERWA’s 2012 Everything But The Kitchen Sink Competition.