Interview with Angela McCallister, Author of Bad Mouth and Giveaway!

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 (, my Twitter (, my Facebook (, my Pinterest (, or my Goodreads ( 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 ( 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.

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About the book:

After her ex-husband’s obsession with vampires, Valerie Craig is on a mission to stop transformations. Of all vampires, Kade Rollins is the worst of the worst, but when multiple murders plague Seattle, Val is forced to enlist his aid. Kade’s crude wit and seductive nature attract her like no other, but she can’t ignore his violence toward his human servants, no matter her yearning to forget.

She’s torn when she learns Kade may be behind the murders. Val’s worked hard to protect humans from vampires, but the truth surrounding the murders could ignite a bloody battle between their races, one humans are sure to lose. Someone is pulling strings to build a vampire army and spark the war—setting Kade up to kick it off. But if she trusts the vampire prince, she risks her job, her integrity, and her heart if he betrays her as all the men in her life have.

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.

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7 thoughts on “Interview with Angela McCallister, Author of Bad Mouth and Giveaway!

  • May 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    OMG!!! This book sounds AWESOME!! I love reading about Vampires!! And that cover is HOT!! I’m definitely adding this to my wish list on Amazon. I’m so looking forward to reading this one!! So many great books and so little time to read them all!! :))) Thank you so much for both of these AMAZING giveaways!!! ***crosses fingers***

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you, Lisa! And don’t I know it about the reading time! I’m a book a day kinda reader, so this working all day long is driving me batty. Have to admit, though, that I love, love, love all this talking books with other readers 🙂 My oldest daughter inherited my book a day habit, too, and I talk books with her for hours. Literally hours!

  • May 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    This sounds fantastic! Congrats to Angela on the new release and thanks for sharing 🙂

  • May 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

    OMG!! **jumping up & down* I am so excited that you replied!! YAY!! **doing cartwheels** I’m the same way with reading! I can read a book every other day 🙂 lol I also LOVE talking books too! Me and my sister will talk about what were reading and I really enjoy it. I don’t know what it is about it but it’s a lot of fun. Yeah! we will sit with each other and read and then look up at each other and be like, omg! did you know about this part….or No way! kinda of things. And it’s so awesome that she reads like I do and we tell each other about the new books we find and I love finding new books!! Oh yeah! And that makes my pile even higher lol …I am so happy *smiling BIG* that I did find you and I now know about your books and I can visit your blog/website now. So THANK YOU so much this amazing giveaway and I will be visiting you A LOT!! 🙂 Sorry about the length I just couldn’t stop talking lol!!

  • May 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    You’re welcome, Erin, and thank you so much for reading my interview!

    Lisa, you crack me up! And I’m the same way about books. I’m firstthe and foremostI a reader. As an RWA member, I meet sooo many of my fav authors, and I can’t help fan-girling, though I do my best to contain myself and pretend like I’m a professional, lol. All of my author-signed books came from author-friends or authors I talk to online, and that *still* blows me away. Most of us are extremely approachable and social with fans and fellow readers. I’m especially active on Twitter 😉

  • May 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    “Me, myself, and I”…The three things you need to write?? Love it!

  • May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Lol! Thanks, Catherine! Might not have answered like that before that drive, but rolling out 2/3 of a book in your head will certainly convince you not much more is needed 😉

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