This week, our Authors After dark feature focuses on Adrian Phoenix
Name: Adrian Phoenix
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Oregon with three kitties and love to write, read, watch movies, and hike. I visit New Orleans every chance I get. I’m intrigued by the paranormal and love shows like Ghost Adventures and the Dead Files. I’d totally dig going on a paranormal investigation one day.
Describe your writing style using just one sentence.
Dark and lyrical and full of heart; it’s all about the characters.
Complete this sentence: I write urban fantasy (or paranormal fantasy) because that’s just how it works out. I start out with characters in a story, then I figure out the genre. Right now the type of stories I’m writing happen to be urban fantasy. Fantasy gives you the freedom to create your own societies, your own worlds, and urban (paranormal) allows you to play with things beyond the normal ken. Win-win (or fun-fun)!
For readers who have never read your work before, what book would you suggest they read first?
For those of you who love dark and gritty stories set in N’awlins featuring fallen angels, vampires, dark government conspiracies, and sexy characters with heartbreaking pasts, I’d recommend starting with book one of The Maker’s Song series, A Rush of Wings. It’s a fast-paced, keep-you-up-all-night read, plus it was listed as #7 on BN.com’s Best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade (2000-2009).
For readers who like a bit of humor with their paranormal fantasy (along with murder, mystery, and magic) and stories set in the Louisiana bayous, I’d recommend starting with book one of the Hoodoo series, Black Dust Mambo. Not only will you find sexy nomads, hoodoo, Voodoo, and dark, revenge-driven murder and mystery, you’ll get intense family loyalty and friendship. Oh. And a contest featuring some very yummy guys in wet boxers.
The Maker’s Song series: A Rush of Wings (#1), In the Blood (#2), Beneath the Skin (#3), Etched in Bone (#4)—also listed as number 6 on BN.com’s Best Paranormal Fantasy Releases of 2011, and (coming early 2013), On Midnight Wings (#5). The Hoodoo series: Black Dust Mambo (#1), Black Heart Loa (#2)—also received an honorable mention on BN.com’s Best Paranormal Fantasy Releases of 2011), and (coming in 2013), Black Moon Mojo. Plus, there’s the critically acclaimed stand-alone short story set in the Hoodoo world, “Caught Forever Between.”
Tell us about your upcoming work.
I’m working on the third Hoodoo book, a few short stories set in The Maker’s Song world, and a third series about a pair of brothers who aren’t entirely human fighting against the forces of darkness—forces that are a part of their heritage called, Sons of Darkness. It’s like Sons of Anarchy meets Supernatural.
I’ve always wanted to—it’s my first, and having it in my fave city, how could I resist? Why should your readers attend? To have a blast with your favorite authors in a city steeped in music, history, and the paranormal. What more could you want?
A personal note from Adrian to her readers.
Just want to say that I’m looking forward to meeting y’all—those who are new to my books and my devoted readers—and saying thank you. For loving the books, for caring about the characters, and for being there, eagerly waiting for the next one. Love ya all!
Adrian Phoenix is giving away one of her books -- signed, of course! -- to two our readers this week!
This contest is open internationally.
Contest ends midnight Tuesday, July 3, 2012.