Amanda Bonilla, author of SHAEDES of GRAY and BLOOD BEFORESUNRISEis on the blog today, interviewing debut author Amanda Carlson, whose debut urban fantasy, FULL BLOODED, releases TODAY!
Thanks so much to Wicked Little Pixie for having me as a guest interviewer today! If you follow us on Twitter, you might know that Amanda Carlson and I sort of share a mutual admiration for each other. Amanda and I have found we have a lot in common. We’re both from snowy towns (yay?), we have teenage kids (ugh!), we both write urban fantasy (go tough girls!), and we both have a fear of spiders violating us in our sleep (shudders). So, when I was given the chance to interview my new hero—or should that be heroine?—I jumped at the chance! Welcome, Baby Butter Bean! I mean, Amanda!
AB So, how does it feel to have whelped your first book?
AC: LOL, it feels amazing! Who knew? All these years of hard work and the payoff is so incredibly awesome. Seeing a book with my name on it is surreal. So fun and fantastic!
AB Everyone knows I have big, fat girl crush on you. Would you say that Marcy has a big fat girl crush on Jessica McClain, your main character?
AC: HA! The girl crush is mutual, by the way, and yes, I’m sure Marcy has a closeted crush on Jess. But she would never admit it in a million years. Even if tortured. Marcy is awesome, so fun to write. She would put a witchy spell on me if she knew I’d told people her secret feelings for Jess.
AB You like popsicles, I love ice cream. Does this mean that technically we shouldn’t be friends? You know, like hippos hanging out with honey badgers?
AC: In the alternate universe I love to occupy, honey badges dig hippos like no other. Their love affair runs deep. You know, they make those orange popsicles with the ice cream centers. It’s a match made in heaven, much like Shaggy and Scooby. I’m making them my new favorite treat.
AB You’ve been to a lot of cons this year. What’s your favorite moment from this year’s convention circuit?
AC: I had a blast at Authors After Dark! It was so much fun to meet so many people who have supported me in the blogosphere. It’s an intimate con, so there’s a lot of face time to be had.New Orleansrocked, as did all the fun events. Best moment? Probably meeting Miss Kitty, a staff member who’d worked for the hotel for 41 years, who filled Kristen Painter and my ears full of voodoo stories. At the end she turned to me and proclaimed: “You’re going to have a ghost encounter.” Just like that. She had no idea we were both already scheduled to go on a ghost tour inSt. Augustinethis Feb. Coincidence? I think not. (Kristen Painter better bring some diapers, because I hear she’s not a fan of the incorporeal.)
AB We’re Skyping right now and I’m laughing so hard that I’m simultaneously crying and peeing my pants. Can you please tell everyone what it’s like to talk to me in person?
AC: You’re such a damn DELIGHT! With your pink hair and your cute smile. You laugh at all my jokes, which makes you perfect any way you slice it. Watching you crack up and wipe your eyes is awesome. Honestly, I couldn’t be more thankful we are around to keep each other sane. There are so many ups and downs in this industry. Having people who you can turn to is a necessity, and something I hadn’t thought much about before I became an author.
AB Your world building is fantabulous! It makes my lady parts tingle. What would you say is the most titillating part of writing a fantasy world?
AC: HAHAHA! Did you just whelp? The most titillating part for me is when something surprises me—something I never intended to happen and *voila* it does. When I was in the throws of writing HOT BLOODED, all this exciting stuff happened and each time Jess turned the corner I had no idea what was in store for her. It’s fantastic. That’s my favorite part by far.
AB There’s always a lot of hype surrounding a debut release. Do you feel like your own expectations for your publishing journey have been realistic?
AC: Actually it wasn’t until recently I started to think about sales. I’d been so busy focusing on getting my name out and making sure readers knew about the book. Now all of sudden what’s left are sales. It’s terrifying. I’m less stressed thanks to you. Hearing your insightful input and experiencing your journey by proxy has been a lifesaver. I think I do have realistic expectations. No one is an overnight success. We all work very hard at what we do. And I know it will take time for readers, especially not in the blogosphere, to find FULL BLOODED and feel like giving it a try. I’m fine with that. I’m just happy to have a job in this business!
AB If you could be any were-animal what would you be?
AC: A honey badger. Vicious and unafraid. Who doesn’t love a honey badger?
AB Did you go incognito to the bookstore this morning to see your newly whelped baby on the shelf? I’m sure without the hoodie and dark glasses you would have been mobbed by your adoring fans.
AC: Now that’s FUNNY!! No one cares who I am by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m totally packing my “autographed by” stickers in my purse with a few sharpies. I’m going in ARMED. So excited!!!
AB We know you love hot-blooded, fur-bearing MCs. And since I’ve got a little inside information (wink, wink) I’m wondering if you can give readers any hints about what you have planned for your cold-blooded cast members.
AC: My lips are sealed. No gimmies, no matter how cute you are or how much you beg.
AB We both have teens. Tell the truth: would you rather go one-on-one in a cage match with a werewolf or a sixteen-year-old.
AC: WEREWOLF ANY DAY!!! My teens are insane right now. My 16-year-old would rather burn dinner than ask for help.
AC: I had such a blast doing this, Amanda!! You are a rock star. Your questions were awesome and I had so much fun bantering with you. Next time, I get to ask the questions *evil cackle*
*Both Amanda and I wish Nat at WLP love and continued support as she grieves the loss of her mother. Thanks to Nat this interview happened. She thought it would be something her readers would enjoy and asked us to do it. Nat, thanks for the opportunity. We love you. XOXOXO*