We are very happ to welcome not only author Christina Henry here today, she also brought Madeline “Maddy” Black and Beezle the Gargoyle along. All three are here to celebrate the upcoming release of Black Wings (official release day is next Tuesday, that’s November 30th) and to tell us a bit about their lives. Be sure to stay tuned till the end of the post, there might or might not be a giveaway.
BLI: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Christina: Well, I like to run when I’m not writing. It helps me think and also allows me to eat dessert every day. I also love to read whatever I can get my hands on (although I don’t have as much time to read as I used to). And I like to watch Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel – they make science fun.
Maddy: I’m an Agent of Death, which is basically a suck job that you inherit from your parent or your closest blood relative when they die. My mom died when I was 14 and I’ve been doing this ever since. I escort souls after they’re dead to a place called the Door, where they get some kind of choice – don’t ask me what it is, I’m not allowed to know.
The rest of the time I try to keep my gargoyle, Beezle, from annoying me to death or eating all of the emergency chocolate.
BLI: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Christina: Definitely a pantser! I have a general idea of where I want each book to go but mostly I make it up as I go along. This can be good – because sometimes I surprise myself with something great for the story – or bad, because sometimes I write myself into a corner and end up having to toss a bunch of writing that’s not going anywhere.
BLI: Who of you two has the most influence about how the story will develop?
Christina: Well, I am the author here…
Maddy: But I’m the one telling the story.
Beezle: I think it’s pretty clear that I’m running everything.
Christina: That’s probably true.
Maddy: He’ll sit on us if we don’t listen to him.
Beezle: I heard that!
BLI: We noticed on your website that you seem to have a special love for zombies. How did that develop and what do you think is the appeal of zombies besides them eating brains?
Christina: I first started loving zombies after seeing George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”, which is just a masterpiece of filmmaking. It’s so masterful and so bleak, and he does amazing things with a limited budget.
I think there is something really powerful about the inexorability of zombies – they may be slow, they may be shambling, they may be rotting at the joints, but there are millions of them and one of them is going to get you eventually. It gives a storyteller so many opportunities to show human nature in all its beauty and ugliness.
BLI: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Christina: The size of your TBR pile! A Book Lover always buys more than she has time to read. I definitely qualify!
Maddy: I don’t know. I never have time to read. I’m too busy being chased by monsters!
BLI: What does being an agent of death mean? How did you get that job and what is it like to do something scary like that?
Maddy: Being an Agent of Death means you’re responsible for the transition a soul makes from life to death. It’s not scary most of the time but it can be sad.
BLI: What does a normal day in your life look like?
Maddy: Get up in the morning, see how many soul pickups I have for that day, do the pickups, go to the Agency office and file paperwork about the pickups, have an argument with my supervisor J.B. about the inefficiency of my pickups (he doesn’t like it when souls choose to stay on Earth and become ghosts)…are you seeing a trend here? Mostly my life was pretty boring before Gabriel came into it.
BLI: What can we expect of Black Wings?
Christina: I think that you can expect a story that is dark but also funny. I really like the juxtaposition of horror and humor. It’s also a genesis story – I’m a comic book fan – so you will see Maddy develop into a strong heroine and come more fully into her powers.
BLI: Tina which 4 characteristics should a perfect heroine have in your opinion? Maddy are you recognizing yourself in this description?
Christina: Intelligence, vulnerability, humor and a great sidekick.
Maddy: I’m not sure about the great sidekick part…
Beezle: I can hear you, you know!
BLI: Maddy, what was your first impression when you met Gabriel?
Maddy: I was thinking I’d never seen a more beautiful human being! Of course, it turns out he’s not human at all, but beautiful still applies.
BLI: Christina, while Maddy isn’t paying attention could you tell us who your favorite character is? And why?
Christina: I think it has to be Beezle, because whenever he’s around he makes things easy for me. He has great dialogue and he always help lighten the mood.
BLI: Will there be more books in this series? What is next on your schedule?
Christina: There will be more books in the series – at least two more, right now. In the next book Maddy’s world opens up even more and you start to see some of the other magical creatures that inhabit it. Things start to get pretty interesting between Maddy and her various love interests, as well.
BLI: Now on to the mean questions. We apologize in advance:
If you would have to read only one author for the rest of your life: who’s books would that be?
Christina: I’d have to say Stephen King. He’s one of my favorite writers, he writes long books and he has a huge catalog, so I would definitely be kept busy!
BLI: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your story?
Christina: I think that the characters are interesting and complicated, and the world of the Agency and the Fallen is a lot of fun to read – it was definitely a lot of fun to write. Plus, Beezle! To read him is to love him
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.