I’m really pleased to introduce you to Mary Abshire, whose latest release is LOVE CONQUERS ALL EVIL. Mary was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions, and share excerpts from the book with us:
Devon Ellington: LOVE CONQUERS ALL EVIL is the fourth novel in your series. What inspired the series? Can they be read out of order, or do they have to be read in order?
Mary Abshire: Well, I suppose inspiration came from books I read. I wanted a strong, yet very conflicted female as my protagonist. I love vampires, but I didn’t want to write solely about them. So I thought about what I could write that would be different. I hadn’t read any books about half-demons with special abilities. Good start, I thought. The whole good vs. evil topic is one of my favorites. So as I considered how to incorporate good vs. evil in my books and what kind of special trait to give my protagonist, I came up with the idea she could send souls to hell. She thinks she’s destined to go there because of her demon blood, and it will take someone special to convince her otherwise.
Can they be read out of order? Yes. I’ve had a few reviewers read them out of order and said they were fine. I try to write them as stand alones, or at least mention parts so the reader doesn’t feel as if they’ve totally missed something.
DE: I love that Alaska has “no vampires.” What made you choose that direction? Does that make things easier or harder for Drake?
MA: I chose Alaska because 1. They are on the run; and 2. It was the least likely place vampires would look for her. Vamps don’t like the cold because, well, they are cold. Naturally, Drake has a difficult time with the climate, but he has his honey to warm up to.
DE: How do you find your “life by day” feeds into your writing life? Do you get inspiration from working frustrations that you then play with and expand into paranormal, or do you use the writing as a complete escape?
MA: Writing is a complete escape for me. I work for the government and it’s pretty stressful. I did use part of my job responsibilities from a previous position and incorporate them into Jessie’s job, or rather, the human job she had in Indianapolis.
DE: Do you have a regular writing process/schedule to stay on track that you’re willing to share with us?
MA: The last month has been very different for me. Previously, I did have a routine schedule. I’d write in the evenings and on the weekends. Lately, I haven’t had time to write much. I’m hoping my schedule will return to nights and weekends in November. As for the process, I make up chapters in my head as the story develops. I always have the basic plot. Then slowly, I work out the details.
DE: What is your favorite thing about the writing life? The most frustrating?
MA: My favorite thing about writing is writing. I love to just write and get the ideas out of my head and flowing into words on the screen. I have so many ideas. What’s frustrating is the lack of time to write, and the editing process. Yes, I’m grateful when it’s over because the books are always better. But the editing process is usually down to the wire and trying to decide what to do that is best can be frustrating. Should this be cut? Do I need to rewrite this scene or chapter? Do I add to improve clarity? Do I change this in three places within the book? Always things to think about. But edits are necessary and do improve the quality of the book. It’s good to have an editor’s insight.
Thanks, Mary! And now, an excerpt from LOVE CONQUOERS ALL EVIL:
“So now that I’m here, what will you have me do?” I asked.
“That is a good question. What shall I do with you?”
I glanced over my shoulder at him. In Jeremy’s image, I could look at him and
not feel any emotion. When he appeared as Drake, my heart ached.
“I could keep you here as my personal slave, which intrigues me, or I could
send you back,” he said.
My lower lip quivered. Both options made me want to vomit. Bottom line, I’d
never see Drake again. I didn’t care what happened to me anymore. Stripped of hope
and the man I loved, nothing could cheer me up.
“I admit, you are a valuable asset to me in the living world. However, the longer
I stare at your beautiful body, the more I want to keep you for myself.”
“I don’t care what you do with me. Just decide,” I said, staring at the tranquil
sea. Decide and let me move on.
He chuckled. “Jessie, you are one of my favorites. I can sense the fight still
within you. I like that.”
A dark shadow loomed from above, drawing my attention away from the
conversation. Shielding my eyes from the bright sun, I glanced up and found a massive
pair of wings in the sky. I peered closer. The wings connected to a man’s body. Holy
The winged man dropped like a cannonball from the sky to the beach. He
smacked the ground hard, creating a tremor that made my teeth chatter. The glasses on
the counter shook, spilling tea over the rim of one of them.
“What the . . . .” I said softly.
“Indeed,” the devil said. He passed me and headed for the winged man.
I ran to catch up, staying off to the side of the devil. My feet slipped in the sand
and I flung out my arms, trying to keep from falling. A few feet ahead, the man kneeled
on one knee with his head down. His large brown wings contracted toward his body.
Where on Earth, er—hell, did such a creature come from?
The winged man slowly lifted his head and rose. He had short, blond hair shining
in the sun. Muscles graced his bare arms and chest. A pair of tight pants covered his
lower extremities and legs. I marveled at his large size. Even without his wings spread,
he was a robust creature, and well over six feet in height. Something else I noticed
about him. He had a soft sheen around him, a glow that magnified his beauty.
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By day, Mary is a government employee. At night, she’s a Paranormal
Romance and Urban Fantasy Author. She lives in Indianapolis with her
loving husband, witty daughter, and ridiculous cat.
Her interest in dark, mysterious, and dangerous creatures started in her
youth. Sci-fi and horror shows were her favorite. During her teenage years,
she read every Anne Rice book available, had a plethora of pen-pals she
wrote to, and enjoyed 80’s new wave music. In her early twenties, she
dabbled with writing, but never pursued it as a career. Fifteen years later,
she decided to write again. After writing a few full-length novels, she came
to the realization that she couldn’t stop. What started as an interest grew
into love, and is now an addiction.
She is a Pro Member of the RWA, a member of ESPAN (Electronic Small
Press Authors’ Network), Savvy, and the Paranormal Romance Guild. She
enjoys reading, writing, and chatting with others who have similar passions.
On occasion, you can find her at a trance club.
Love Conquers All Evil is the fourth novel in the Soul Catcher series.
Mary’s urban fantasy novel, The Awakening, is scheduled for release
January 2012 from Lyrical Press.
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