Book Tour & Giveaway: A Sliver of Shadow author Allison Pang on saucy unicorns and relating to OtherFolk
Welcome Allison Pang, author of A Sliver of Shadow!
One of the things I enjoy most about writing Urban Fantasy is the ability to write both the fantastical and the mundane and mix them all up. In the Abby Sinclair series, many of the characters are mythological in nature and have their own lives and issues outside of the story. I tend to poke fun at a lot of tropes in my books – mostly tongue-in-cheek pop culture stuff (i.e. references to sparkly vampires, etc.), but I also tend to run snippets of additional plots that don’t always come blatantly to the surface.
So, while, yes – I do have a dirty little pervert of a unicorn running around biting people on the ass as a form of comedic relief, I also have more serious moments as well. Charlie and Robert, for example – they may be mostly secondary characters at this point – but behind the scenes for all three books they’re dealing with Charlie’s infertility issues, Robert’s infidelity and what happens to a child born within that situation. Robert certainly doesn’t act very heroic within his own life and there are probably readers who wonder why Charlie chooses to stay with him, but I’m pretty sure most of us have run across people in that sort of situation…or even *been* in that situation.
And no, things don’t always work out happily ever after. Real life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to and I feel like glossing things over really does a disservice to both the readers and the characters. It’s not a major plot point as far as Abby’s story goes, but I do feel like it adds some overall depth to the world as a whole.
Plus it makes the OtherFolk much more relatable. Often in fantasy stories, the mythological beings seem to have problems and issues that are so far removed from the everyday that it’s hard to be able to connect to them. Giving an elven prince mommy issues or a making a magic violinist a secret cutter might seem a little beyond the pale at first glance, but it drives home the point that magic does not make things perfect. There certainly isn’t a spell that can fix everything, anyway.
Plus, even though I have an overall “defeat the villain” story arc happening, things don’t stop happening just because you’re in the middle of trying to save the world. If anything, it just hammers home the point that life goes on.
That being said, I do try to keep much of what’s going on with the secondary characters fairly subtle. The main focus is on Abby, since this is her story, but I also like to keep the background as three-dimensional as possible.
About the author…
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.
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