YA Urban Fantasy Author Parker Blue writes the Demon Underground Series, brought to you by Bell Bridge Books. The first book in the series, BITE ME was a #1 Bestseller in Young Adult in Fictionwise.com and on Amazon! Then of course, there's TRY ME and out just this month ... FANG ME!
Weird. Definitely weird. I stood outside the wrought-iron gates of the Alamo Heights mansion at a quarter to midnight and gawked. Sure, the dark spooky brick mansion housed the biggest vein of vampires in San Antonio--I knew that. But the fact that said creepy mansion was lit up by cheery red and green Christmas lights? Too surreal.
Okay, it was the season with Thanksgiving over and done with a week ago, but after all the mayhem and violence that had happened here, it seemed totally bizarre.
Fang snorted. YOU WERE PART OF MOST OF THAT MAYHEM AND VIOLENCE, he said on a private channel in my mind. Here I am Val Shapiro, the mighty Slayer, feared by vampires, demons and humans . . .yet somehow totally disrespected by my own dog.
SOMEONE HAS TO KEEP YOU FROM GETTING A FAT HEAD, Fang retorted. AND WHO BETTER THAN YOUR BEST FRIEND?
It was my turn to snort. Fat head, me? Fat chance.
Shade bumped my shoulder with his. "You okay?"
Ah, Shade, my new boyfriend. How did I get so lucky? The shadow demon and I tried to date like a normal couple, but our relationship wasn't exactly ordinary. I kept the shadow demon within Shade grounded in this reality so he didn't let the big bad demons through into our world, and he fed the lust demon within me.
Not like that. I was still untouched, cherry, a total "V". I'd just found out recently that giving that up would be a way bigger choice than I'd ever dreamed. Lose my virginity, lose my powers. Yep, those very things that made me the Slayer--enhanced senses, fast reflexes, and rapid healing--would be forever lost to me if I ever did the deed. So, I remained a frustrated slayer.
As Fang put it, sucks to be me.
Readers, don't know about you, but I couldn't but the book down at this point. Without further ado, let's learn about Parker as she answers the GLIAS crew's Get to Know You questions.
DONNELL: Hi, Parker. Thanks for joining us here today. Which of your characters would you most want to invite to dinner and why?
PARKER: Oh, definitely my part-hellhound, part terrier mix Fang. He's telepathic, snarktastic, and uber interesting. Plus, he satisfied with pizza or burgers. My kind of friend.
DONNELL: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
PARKER: Yes, I read them. Sometimes I even pay attention to them, if the reviewer made sense. Or if there's a trend. But it's just one person's opinion, positive or negative, so...not so much.
DONNELL: Have you ever written a character who wasn't meant to be a hero but he wouldn't go away?
PARKER: Oh, yeah--Shade, Val's latest squeeze. He was just supposed to be a walk-on but he was so fascinating, he wouldn't go away and is becoming a hero. When no one's touching him, all you can see are these whirling swirls of interdimensional energy occupying the outline of his body. But ground him by touching another living being, and you can see a total hottie. Val touches him a lot. Go figure.
DONNELL: What's in your refrigerator right now?
PARKER: Mostly healthy stuff Fang wouldn't like. And lots of Diet Coke.
DONNELL: What color would you make the sky if it weren't going to be blue anymore?
PARKER: Peach. It's a really flattering color for me. It would look great against the green trees, too.
DONNELL: What do you do to unwind and relax?
DONNELL: (Good to know ;) What dreams have you realized as a result of your writing?
PARKER: Uh...getting published.
DONNELL: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
PARKER: They tell me it's my voice. Plus, I'm not sure this is interesting exactly, but I have to write out the idea in longhand the night before. Then I write the first draft on the computer the next morning. I write until I finish the scene. Sometimes it's an hour or two...sometimes it takes all day. I can do revisions at any time of the day.
DONNELL: Dog or cat person?
DONNELL: (I've met his alter ego
PARKER: What a fantastic opportunity to do some real historical research!
DONNELL: What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were?
PARKER: Would you like to accept this six-figure contract?
DONNELL: (LOL). If you couldn't be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
PARKER: A world famous-jewelry artist.
DONNELL: What's the first thing you do when you finish a book?
PARKER: Celebrate! And sleep in.
DONNELL: If you could interview one person (and it doesn't have to be a writer) who would it be?
PARKER: Nathan Fillion! Can you arrange it?
PARKER BLUE: Are you tired of reading about vampires and demons yet?
Parker, thanks for joining us here today. I wish you the ultimate success with FANG ME, and your wonderful relationship with BELL BRIDGE BOOKS, http://bellbridgebooks.com/. GLIAS Blog Readers, leave a question or comment for Parker with your e-mail address, and you'll be registered in a drawing to win BITE ME, the book that started it all.
Readers, to learn more about Parker Blue, check out her web page at http://parkerblue.net/
Tune in tomorrow when GLIAS crew member Jillian Stone hosts Author Jill Sorenson.