¡Hola a tod@s!
El mes pasado tuve la oportunidad de poder entrevistar a Adrian Phoenix, autora norteamericana, para la revista RománTica'S en la nueva sección de Cazatalentos que yo llevo. Sin embargo, hay muchos otros lectores que no son hispanohablantes que a lo mejor quieren leer la entrevista, o simplemente queréis leer la original en inglés. ¡Aquí os la dejo! ¡Espero que la disfrutéis!
Para leer la entrevista en Español pincha aquí.
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Hey, Adrian. First of all, thank you for being with us today, I'm so glad you could make it!
Thank you so much for having me. It was a pleasure meeting you in New Orleans at AAD!
To begin with, since no one in Spain knows your novels. Could you explain us a little bit what are your novels about? Why have you chosen Urban-Fantasy?
I would love to. To answer your last question first, I don’t choose a particular genre to write. I write the story and it is whatever it turns out to be. In other words, the characters and the world in which they live determines the genre. I always start with a character and build from there.
The Maker’s Song series (A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, Etched in Bone, and coming in 2013 On Midnight Wings) is about vampires and fallen angels and government conspiracies and takes place mainly in New Orleans; it is also about Dante and Heather and their struggle to keep alive while uncovering the dark and torturous secrets of Dante’s past, and fighting to free him from that past.
The Hoodoo series (Black Dust Mambo, Black Heart Loa, and coming in 2013 Black Moon Mojo) is about hoodoo apprentice Kallie and her family and friends down in the bayous of Louisiana. She deals with murder and mystery and magic, while trying to piece together the puzzle of a past she nearly didn’t survive. This series, while dark, also has a lot of humor.
That really sounds interesting! To write The Maker's Song series, what did you get your inspiration from? Why vampires?
Thank you! I got my inspiration from New Orleans and the music of Nine Inch Nails, the Downward Spiral album in particular. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to write a story about vampires, I wanted to write Dante’s story and he just happened to be vampire.
A lot of readers and publishers now are very tired of vampires because they think the genre has already told everything about them. I know that’s not true. What do you think the readers will love in your book that is different than other vampire books already published here?
I’m with you, I don’t think the vampire genre will ever truly be exhausted. Every write has their own take and their own mythology and create very different worlds. I think readers will love the characters, along with their interactions, and the dark and lush New Orleans setting they live in. Dante is so much more than a “normal” vampire, he’s the frontman for an industrial rock band, Inferno, and is tough and defiant, yet loyal and loving to those he cares about, willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. He is a rare born vampire, a True Blood, and much, much more, so his experiences are much different from turned vampires. Heather is a mortal FBI agent, compassionate and strong, who looks beyond the surface. The story also has Lucien, a fallen angel, and Von, a nomad (pagan gypsy-styled biker clans), who is also a bard/warrior/historian for the vampire race. The story is told from multiple points of view and is fast-paced.
Now, let’s talk about Dante… That sexy and gorgeous man who has already stolen my heart, for real. What makes Dante special for you? Did you create him before or after creating Heather?
*whispers* I’ll let Dante know. *winks* Dante is pretty special to me too. I created him first, and then the story started falling into place. Heather was second and she’s very dear to my heart too.
The relationship between those two, Heather and Dante. How could you describe it? What will we find in the books?
Their relationship is special, I think. It’s built on honesty and trust and a deep passion for one another. Yes, Heather gets jealous once in a while, she is human, after all, but it never touches her love for Dante. They were made for one another. I think they are soul mates.
If you had to choose one of your characters in The Maker’s Song series or in the Hoodoo series, to be the one that you find the hardest to write about, who would it be? Why?
That’s a tough question! I really don’t have trouble writing about any of the characters. Belladonna in the Hoodoo series is so funny, she’s a blast to write; and even the twisted Elroy Jordan in A Rush of Wings was fun to write.
In this other series you have, the Hoodoo one, we can’t really know in the back cover if there’s going to be a male hero to fall in love with. Do you think Kallie will trap out hearts in the same way Dante and Heather did in The Maker’s Song series? Why?
Kallie has a very strong interest in the nomad Layne Valin in the Hoodoo books. He’s also a Vessel, one whose body can house the spirits of the dead. There’s quite a bit of heat between them. *winks* I think Kallie will capture your heart in a different way; she’s fiercely loyal to friends and family, hot-tempered, and the teasing banter between her and her best friend Belladonna is something readers here have loved.
Alright, and just one last question. Now that you have all Spanish readers in front of you, would you like to send them a special message? *Whispering* I know we love that kind of things… ha, ha, ha.
I’d love to! Gracias for taking the time to get to know a little bit about me and my books. I truly appreciate it. I hope you’ll give the books a try. Below are links to chapters from the first book in each series and links to social networks where you can contact me. I’m absolutely thrilled to be meeting my first Spanish audience and I hope to hear from you.
You can read a chapter from the first book in The Maker’s Song series. Here’s the first chapter of A Rush of Wings.
Here’s the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo. (Hoodoo Book 1)
Thank you so much again, Adrian. And I hope we can see you in our bookstores shelves soon! It’s been so nice meeting you. *Hugs*