I have a special surprise for you all today! The delightful Abra Ebner, author of the Knight Angels and Feather series is here to answer a few questions! Please give her a warm welcome and thank you so very much to Abra for allowing me this interview (and answering so promptly!) She talks about the bitter end of the vampire craze, her fabulous name and of course what we can expect in 2011 regarding her work.
Q: You have one of the coolest names. What’s the story behind it?
My mom named me after a character in the book East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I love the uniqueness, and I’ve only ever met one person with the same spelling, though she pronounced it differently. I think it’s serendipitous that my name came from a book. I just love it!
Q: How would you describe your Knight Angels series in 25 words or less?
Ha, that’s hard. I would say dramatic, character rich, and unexpected. There are a lot of paranormal books on the mainstream market these days, and it’s hard to write a book that’s unique. The many angles of Knight Angels makes it different.
Q: Do you have a favourite character of your own creation?
Probably Wes from Knight Angels. He’s a fun character to write. I like his fun personality and calm demeanor, plus it’s entertaining to describe and play with his Shape Shifter abilities.
Q: Which has been the most challenging book you’ve written so far?
Probably Knight Angels because of the constant shift in view points, it was hard to keep it all straight. I had to write a ‘normal’ novella last month just to get a breather. Second hardest would be the children’s book I’m working on. Writing it was a snap, it’s all the drawing that gets hard…
Q: YA Paranormal/Supernatural stories are all the rage at the moment. Are there any creatures or myths that you feel deserve more page time?
Characters as far a popularity, are changing rapidly in this genre. I believe the vampire wave is coming to a bitter end, and there’s certainly a wave of Fallen Angels going on right now. What’s hard as a writer is figuring out what that next great thing is going to be. I think there could be a shift to Pixie/Fae again, but it may be too soon. I think there is a time for ‘new’ paranormal characters coming up, a.k.a non-mainstream, imaginative characters we’ve never heard of before.
Q: How do you keep track of all your unwritten story ideas?
I always try to write an opening paragraph when an idea comes to mind. Maybe 80% of the time I don’t ever make it past that opening paragraph, but in the future, you never know. It all depends on social mood and if readers are ready for that specific story.
Q: What can we expect in the year 2011 from you?
Changes. I’m moving away from series books to more short, novella like books with strong, romantic undertones and twisted, tragic endings. Blame it on social mood, but it’s what I feel is resonating through the market. Along with that I have a lot of pregnant friends, ha ha. I’ll likely be making a lot more children’s books for both writing, and gift giving reasons.