Hello, everyone!! I hope you guys have had an amazing weekend so far. :) This is Elizabeth's final stop at The Gal for her current book tour and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Make sure you continue to the bottom to check out the giveaway :)
If you haven't heard of Raising Chaos, here's a little bit more about it (and you can check out my review here).
Title: Raising Chaos
Series: Earthbound Angels
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Release date: 2.3.2014
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When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge.
The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging
in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and
getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam
learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to
wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best
friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.
Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers
immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which
pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has
seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its
location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues
and race her to its ancient resting place.
His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a
persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent
on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is
just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without
Hi, Elizabeth. Welcome to The Gal in the Blue Mask. How are you today?
I'm doing pretty well. I'm excited to be here today. I appreciate you being three early stops on the Raising Chaos tour, which is shaping up to be fantastic!
I'm glad to have you!! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
As you know, I moonlight as an urban fantasy author, but in my "real" life, I work as a data analyst writing code and responding to requests for information. I drive a purple Smart Car and live in Baltimore with two cats.
What kind of books do you absolutely love to read?
These days I read a lot of young adult paranormal romance. The release of the Vampire Academy movie was super exciting to me (though also horribly disappointing). Of course, I like the bloodlines books better anyway, because I've always been Team Adrian. Some other favorites include Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices, Tammy Blackwell's Timber Wolves, and anything by L.J. Smith.
What is the first book you remember reading?
Wow, so I think the first book I ever read was when I was about three. It was about a grey tabby kitten named Nicky, and he was looking for something, possibly his mother. The book had flip up pictures, though now I only remember the rock had a snake underneath. Apparently I started reading it on my own, and my mother thought I had just memorized it. But then she pointed out words to me in other books, and I recognized them.
Favorite book of all time? - other than yours, of course :)
If I'm going classics - the kinds of books you're supposed to say are your favorites - then I have to pick Emma or Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. (Which makes me remember I had a dream last night where Sense & Sensibility was a spinoff of Pride & Prejudice.) But my actual favorite books are the Secret Circle trilogy by L.J. Smith. There is no explanation for how much I love them. I have also read the first three Black Jewels books by Anne Bishop enough times to qualify them as favorites.
What are you reading now?
I've got a few things going right now, keeping in mind that I'm writing this interview a few weeks before it will actually go live. I've had Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series going in the car for the last few months. My book club is reading Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, which I had a hard time getting into before but am willing to give another go. I'm also reading Warm Bodies, because I loved the movie so much, even though it's kind of the ultimate case of Stockholm syndrome. I'm working on the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and I'm supposed to start Foretold by Rinda Elliott next week.
What kind of things do you do when you're not writing?
These days I've mostly been baking, which my coworkers alternately love and hate me for. I also read a lot, as you can tell from the above. And I play tabletop role playing games with my friends like the giant geek that I am. But, hey, being an author sometimes gets me invited as a guest to gaming conventions.
What made you decide to begin writing in the first place?
Making up stories in my head has always been something that I've done. I made up new plots for my favorite television shows in the days before there was fanfic, and in high school, I started making up my own stuff and even wrote a (really, really bad) novel. I always planned to write down the stories someday but didn't get around to it for years. I did NaNoWriMo one year but got daunted by how much editing my crappy first draft needed and put it aside. Then I was going through a bout of insomnia and had all this spare time on my hands, so I decided to use it to finally write one of my books. And then I decided it was actually pretty good, and I should do something with it.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
I actually mostly write from my bed at the moment, which, yes, I know all the sleep doctors say you aren't supposed to do. But I go through phases where I write at my table, or at coffee shops. It actually depends on what computer I'm using at the moment and what setup it best lends itself to.
Where do the ideas for your books (i.e. characters, settings, storyline) come from?
I got the idea for Oracle of Philadelphia from watching the television show Supernatural. At the end of season 2, one of the characters sells his soul to a demon, and I spent the whole summer wondering what would happen to him. So I came up with the idea of Carrie, an immortal Oracle living in a crappy diner (because in Supernatural, an all-powerful Oracle would totally live in a crappy diner). This then blossomed into the pilot of Oracle.
I had originally planned Oracle as a stand-alone novel, but somewhere in the story development process, I decided that Carrie needed to have fellow immortal friends. I added the angel Gabriel and the demon Bedlam and they, particularly Bedlam, grew lives of their own. So I decided that each of them needed a book as well. I decided to do Bedlam first (for super-secret reasons that I may reveal when they would not be spoilers), and thus Raising Chaos was born. I incorporated the Spear of Destiny because it had always been fascinating to me, and I had several iterations in my head of what Bedlam's quest for it would look like. I also added two other storylines to Chaos, one because I thought it was important for readers to know what Carrie was doing during Bedlam's quest, and one because people liked Mephistopheles so much in Oracle that I wanted to give him a back story.
Which of your characters do you think is the most like you?
I added Siren, the angel of honesty, to my choir of angels as a joke side character, an exaggerated version of me if I were an angel. People can't lie in her presence, and she's an amazing singer. Okay, so it's just that I don't ever lie if I can help it, and I'm only a decent singer. I'm also way more conflict-avoidant than she is, but when I describe the snarky angel of truth who is determined to do what is right no matter what anyone else thinks, my friends get what I am going for. I even gave her my name - her real name is Zabethiel. As I supposed was inevitable, I got really interested in the character and ended up incorporating her into the storyline. Enough so that she gets partial narration in Chaos, and she's become my favorite character.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I've been working on a project in a new series that may or may not ever see the light of day. I've wanted to write a supernatural detective story since the early days of urban fantasy, and I've ended up with a young woman in this 1950s style fictional world trying to solve the queen's murder. But I promise I'm also working on book 3 in the Earthbound Angels series - Gabriel needs a book! - and I keep coming up with ideas for more and more new books there. So hopefully you'll be seeing more about Carrie, Gabriel, Bedlam, Siren, and all their assorted cohorts for a long time to come.
Where can we find you?
My web site and blog, where you can read about my latest baking experiments and the YA books I've been reading, can be found at www.elizabethrcorrigan.com. (There is an "r" in the middle of that. Leaving out the "r" will take you to the site of a professional trainer in Cardiff, who is most definitely not me.) My twitter feed is @ercorrigan, and if you message @bedlamftw, Bedlam will respond. You can find me on Facebook here, and you can see the Oracle of Philadelphia dream cast on my Pinterest page: www.pinterest.com/ercorrigan. I'm still looking for a Lucifer and an Azrael, if anyone has any ideas.
This new book idea sounds great and, the whole time I was reading both of your books, I kept thinking how great your characters were and how much I wish I knew more about them, so I'm glad there's a possibility for way more books in the first place!! I checked out your Pinterest page a few days ago and, I COMPLETELY agree with your choice for Beelzebub - I actually pictured him in my head while I was reading the story, then laughed when I saw you were too. :)
Well, Elizabeth - make sure you stop by again sometime. I have learned a lot about you - we have a lot in common!! :)