Kelley Armstrong

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: July 26, 2011

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Spell Bound | Dutton | Urban Fantasy | July 26/11

Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she's powerless to help herself. At the conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would help a young girl. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.

And now, witch hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Spell Bound gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and others, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

Please tell us your latest news!

The Otherworld will end (or go on hiatus) with book 13. I've just sold a new adult series that has some supernatural elements, but is more mystery. I've also just sold a middle-grade fantasy trilogy, which I'm co-authoring with Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely, Graveminder)

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favourite author changes, but the one who was my favourite for the longest length of time is Stephen King. I've been reading him since high school. I've long admired him not only for his body of work, but as a working writer. He has a true passion for storytelling.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

I'm rarely without a cup of coffee (usually decaf). The drink may go cold as I get immersed in my work, but it's always there.

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Please describe your writing environment.

I do most of my writing in my office, which is comfortable, but not too comfortable. For me it has to be an efficient environment where I can work without distractions. So it's in the basement, where it's quiet and there isn't a window or anything else to drag my attention out of the story. If I'm editing or doing business work, I'm usually upstairs with my family, curled up in a recliner with my laptop.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

At this stage in my career, the most challenging aspect is finding a happy medium between satisfying reader expectations for "more of the same" and satisfying my own needs to try new things.

Do you like to mix genres?

I've always been a voracious reader and I have favourite novels in every genre. I think that's why I love writing cross-genre fiction like urban fantasy. I get to pick the aspects I love--action, mystery, romance, fantasy, horror--and put them all in one story.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

"The Gangs of Chicago" by Herbert Asbury. My new adult series is set in Chicago, so I've been immersing myself in books about it, even if they don't contain anything I'm likely to use ? This one is a sequel to "The Gangs of New York," which I read years ago. Really enjoying it.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

I was recommended to my agent by a writing instructor. The agent heard the words "werewolf novel" and wasn't interested, but agreed to take a look. I sent the novel. About a week later, she called and offered to represent me. Within a couple of months, I'd sold Bitten. That came after years of rejections and several unpublished novels.

What inspires your writing?

I'm inspired by the opportunity to tell my own stories. As a child, I started writing because I loved reading, and writing meant I could make up the stories I wanted to hear. Part of that still holds true today...although I'm no longer the only one reading them!

Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?

It's not really a trick so much as a philosophy. I don't believe there is a "one size fits all" promo solution or we'd all be doing it! I'd urge authors to find what they enjoy and do that, rather than taking everyone's advice on "what works" and spending a lot of money. Other than having a decent website (which is always worth the cost) nothing has been proven to absolutely increase your sales. So you do what you enjoy. Most of all, though, you work hard on the next novel. That's what will advance your career far more than any promotional efforts.

Thanks for reading! For more info on my books--and lots of extras--check out my website.

Kelley Armstrong