Welcome to this week's Coffee Chat!
Author Margo Bond Collins and I are discussing writing and a few things you might not know about her.
Before we get started with the questions, let's show readers your bio, Margo. May I pour you a cup of coffee?
MARGO: Perfect. I drink coffee with hazelnut-flavored creamer, practically by the gallon—I'm having something of a love affair with my Keurig.
Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.
And the extra fact you asked for: I have a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century British literature.
Connect with Margo:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
Be sure to add Fairy, Texas to your Goodreads bookshelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19502285-fairy-texas
MARGO: I write urban fantasy, paranormal mystery, and contemporary romance—and some of my books (like Fairy, Texas) are a blend of all of those genres! I've always loved fantasy, ever since I read The Lord of the Rings when I was nine. And when urban fantasy started becoming popular, I was in heaven. The first book-length project I started (but never finished) was all about elves in New Orleans. And it was really only a short step from urban fantasy to contemporary romance, since so much urban fantasy involves a contemporary setting and some amount of romance.
Ally: Writers tend to write wherever they can. Where is the strangest place you've written?
MARGO: I don't know if it's really a strange place, but I once spent an entire committee meeting writing a fight scene. I think committees bring out my inner fighter.
Ally: Do you have a daily or weekly writing goal? How long does it take you to complete a first draft?
MARGO: I usually finish a first draft in about 6 – 8 weeks. I write for at least an hour a day, and try to choose two or three days a week to write for at least two or three hours. But I don't have a ritual otherwise—I don't have enough time to bother with a ritual!
Ally: Do you choose your characters or do they choose you?
MARGO: It's a combination. Sometimes, I hear a character's voice in my head so strongly that I have to get their stories down on paper. Other times, I have to go hunting for characters and coax them into talking to me.
Ally: Here are a few get-to-know-you, quick answer questions:
- a. the last meal you cooked: Chicken tortilla soup
- b. your favorite accessory (scarves, jewelry, purses, etc.): Right now, it's a hot pink purse. And earrings. I have lots and lots of earrings.
- c. favorite song: This changes from day to day. I've been listening to the Veronica Mars movie soundtrack obsessively recently and am especially fond of ZZ Ward's "Criminal"
- d. an item on your bucket list: To see the Great Wall of China
- e. if you could go anywhere, where would that be? Everywhere. I travel as often as I can.
Laney Harris didn't want to live in Fairy, Texas. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that "boring" would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.
She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.
Buy Fairy, Texas
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Texas-Margo-Bond-Collins-ebook/dp/B00I7BTMJ4/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fairy-texas-margo-bond-collins/1118584512
Books a Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Fairy-Texas/Margo-Bond-Collins/9781495419805
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Fairy-Texas-Margo-Bond-Collins/9781495419805