Angie Fox. The author that has some of the best looking covers in the biz. And some of the best stories inside those covers. I’d say that reading an Angie Fox novel is like eating really good chocolate but that comparison is even too cliche for me. So instead, I’ll just say that Angie Fox is one bad ass writer, and her stories are as sexy as they are delightful.
No surprise, Angie was on my short list of people who I wanted to interview. And she was awesome enough that she said yes!
Hey Angie! Thanks for taking the time out to participate in my interview series. So let’s talk about your query first. Your query is posted on your agent, Jessica Faust’s, blog to show why she liked it. Were you at all hesitant to put your query out there for all the world to see? I know that, to some authors, a query is a very private thing.
While it’s true that I never thought anyone but a few agents would see the query I wrote for The Accidental Demon Slayer, I was glad when Jessica asked for my okay to post it on her website. That query went to six agents and five of them made offers of representation. If it can help someone else write a query that will sell, I’m glad to put it out there.
How did you hear about your agent and what made you ultimately decide to send that query in the first place?
Believe it or not, I’d never even heard of Jessica’s BookEnds blog. But I’d heard great things about her at industry conferences. I’d also met a few of her authors and when I saw how happy they were to work with Jessica, I figured I’d like that chance to get to know her as well.
You’ve written three very sexy and fun books already, a novella and now you have another full length story on the way as well as two more novellas. Tell me a bit about your writing schedule. It must be hectic.
I’m doing what I love, so a lot of times it doesn’t feel like work. Of course there are days when the words aren’t coming and I think, “Oh no. Why did I tell them I could write this book?” But like with anything, you just need to push through those moments.
My writing schedule is a bit scattered right now since it is summertime and the kids are off school. But usually, I write in the mornings from about 9:00 until lunchtime. I don’t set word count or page goals, I just try to connect with the story and see where it takes me.
Humans? Hmm…wait. I know I have a few humans around here somewhere. The biker witches are human. Do they count? Seriously, though, I’m having too much fun with the paranormal right now. I like creating entire worlds where I get to make up the rules.
But you never know. I may write about humans some day. I’m a huge mystery reader and have always wanted to write a quirky mystery in the flavor of Rhys Bowen’s “Royal Spyness” books. Then again, I just signed on to write a brand new paranormal romance series. Well, I think it’s paranormal romance. It almost borders on urban fantasy. I’ll have to let the booksellers make the call on that one. I can’t give details yet until my publisher makes the announcement, but I can’t wait. It should go up on my website in about a week. This one is a LOT of fun.
I see on your fabulous website, angiefox.wordpress.com under the Meet Angie section, that you say you graduated with a degree in journalism. Do you think it’s important for a writer to have a degree in some kind of writing/communications field? Does that help them more with the publication process?
That’s a tough one. I think my journalism degree helped because journalism school taught me how to “write tight,” and not waste any words. You wouldn’t think that’s particularly important in an 80,000 word novel but it is. Every word has to be in there for a reason.
But do I think you need a degree in writing/communications to be a successful author? Absolutely not. The key ingredients are: a love of books, a dedication to telling the best story possible and lots of determination and drive to keep writing, writing, writing.
I wrote three books that didn’t sell before I wrote The Accidental Demon Slayer. Those three books were rejected by everybody in town, with everything from written notes saying things like, “your death scenes are too funny,” to “not for us” rubber stamped on my original query. But if I’d have quit after any one of those three books, I never would have hit the New York Times list.
As a published author, you must have tons of ideas in your head all the time. How do you determine which idea actually gets to be fleshed out and written as opposed to an idea you just put away in a mental drawer?
It’s hard because those new ideas are so sexy and tempting and you want to write them up immediately. I call them “first date” ideas because they’re like that first date when everything is perfect and they seem ideal and they’re so much easier (in your mind) than anything else you’re working on. I’ve seen writers get so entranced with each new idea that they never finish a book.
But you’re right – there are too many and a writer needs to choose. I count on my agent to help me. When I decided to write a new series in addition to the Accidental Demon Slayer books, I ran several ideas by Jessica. There was one where she went, “Yes! Yes! Do that one!” So I did. That’s the one that just sold.
I see you just went on tour. Can you tell us a bit about that?
It’s a blast to get out and sign books. I live with these characters in my head and in manuscript form for so long that I sometimes forget that there are other people out there who love them as much as I do. It’s neat to connect and talk about the books, the characters and writing itself.
On this last time out, I met a reader who I swear knows my books better than I do. She was incredibly sharp. So I asked her if she’d like to be a beta reader, which basically means she gets to read my books before I send them to my editor. She was excited and so was I.
Any plans to go on tour in January when the new book comes out?
Yes, we’ve talked to a few bookstores. I think a lot of it will depend on my deadlines for this new series and how that schedule shakes out. We shall see!
Finally, Angie, what can we expect next?
Well the new demon slayer book comes out on December 28, 2010. It’s called the Last of the Demon Slayers and it takes Lizzie and the gang on a cross-country road trip to save her fallen angel father. He’s one step from turning demonic, which is really bad since Lizzie is the last demon slayer and her job is to axe any and all demons. I like this one a lot because Lizzie also has to come face-to-face with her trust issues and decide once and for all if Dimitri is the man for her. Of course I had to complicate things by adding Max (the sexy as sin demon hunter) back into the mix.
Right now, I’m writing a novella for Were Wives of Vampire County, which is basically a supernatural take on desperate housewives. Kathy Love is in that one with me and I’m not sure who the third author is going to be. Were Wives releases in the fall of 2011.
Then I’m going to be writing a second novella for So I Married a Demon Slayer. That’s a fall anthology with Alexandra Ivy and another author (again, I’m not sure who our third will be). So I Married a Demon Slayer is a Halloween 2011 release.
Then I’ll be writing the first book of a brand new series. This is the one that I’ll be able to announce soon. I’m really excited about it. I’ve been wanting to write this one for awhile but we didn’t try to sell it to a publisher until I had time to write it. Can’t wait!
Thanks so much, Angie! Best of luck with everything!