Hi Everyone! I have a special treat for you today: After having a blast with Owl and the Japanese Circus and chatting with author Kristi Charish last time, I simply *had* to get my hands on the sequel - and chat with Kristi again, of course ;)Published October 5th 2015 by Pocket StarThe wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...
Owl and the City of Angels recently released (exactly 2 weeks ago in fact) but I'd had it on my wishlist/tbr shelf since before it had a title or a cover. Due to real life time-constraints, I didn't finish reading it before it came out but so far, I'm really enjoying being reunited with Owl and the rest of her crew! Anyhoo, today I have the privilege of welcoming Kristi to the blog again to chat. So without further ado, I'll toss it over to her:
Micheline was kind enough to have me back on Lunar Rainbows! Since Owl came out in January lots of things have been happening. My second urban fantasy series, Kincaid Strange, was picked up by Random House Canada and the first book, The Voodoo Killings, will be coming out May 10th. As far as Owl goes, I just signed on for two more books, Owl and the Electric Samurai and Owl and the Tiger Thieves, and audible picked up the rights for all four and has signed on Christy Carlson Romano (Kim Possible) as the voice of Owl – which is amazing. Hectic and busy equals awesome.
So for today’s post? I’m taking a request from Micheline. Two topics she’s asked me to talk about are the inspiration for the series and what’s in store for Owl in City of Angels. Enjoy!
80s action/adventure movies often top my list of writing inspiration and for good reason. I grew up watching Indiana Jones movies and the like and those have had a big influence on my writing. I wish more fun Indiana Jones type adventures were made- it’s become it’s own genre.
But there were also the Jim Henson fantasy movies (Labyrinth, and Dark Crystal), copious piles of comic books, old pulp sci-fi novels and two beat up copies of James Clavell’s Tai Pan and King Rat – both of which I read no less than five times during high school.
And then there’s my science background that serves as odd inspiration – I tend to think about my plots like science experiments, the characters the subjects and environments the setting.
The action/adventure movies I grew up watching are absolutely a major influence on the stories I write, but of course they aren’t the whole picture- things are never that simple. They’re just a part of the things my brain filters through as it comes up with stories to tell.
What’s in store for Owl in City of Angels?
This one is hard to talk about without giving something away so I’ll start with Owl herself. Alix Hiboux, one archaeology grad turned antiquities thief, is more complicated than she lets on. She’s loyal, clever, cares about her friends and would do anything for her cat, Captain. She’s also impulsive, abrasive, and often chooses to shoot her mouth off when she probably shouldn’t. But that’s been cultivated by her recent experience being thrown under the proverbial bus by the International Archaeology Association. Everyone reacts differently to traumatic events, and having your entire life ripped out from under you by the people you trust is traumatic. The typical heroes path when faced with adversary is to take the high road, but that doesn’t mean the path fits every hero. Owl isn’t ready for anyone’s highroad- she still needs to work out her anger and frustration and, at the moment, that involves stealing everything she can right out from under the IAA’s noses- the people responsible for pulling her life out from under her in the first place. Part of Owl’s journey in City of Angels is coming to terms with her past and accepting changes that can’t be undone. Somewhere in there she’s taking a good look at her own faults too but there’s only so much change and growth a character like Owl will stomach in the course of a book ;-)
…She also learns that her impulse to flee and mouth off to the nearest supernatural is not in her best interest…
And mummies. There are lessons to learn about mummies ;-)
More on Kristi Charish:
Kristi CharishKristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment in the Owl series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Oct 5th 2015, and the third and fourth installments, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI, and OWL AND THE TIGER THIEVES, will be released in 2016 and 2017. THE VOODOO KILLINGS, book 1 in her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, is out May 10th, 2016.Kristi is also the Canadian co-hosting half of the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast and has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
Miss Kristi was also kind enough to offer up a giveaway of a set of her Owl books, both Owl #1 and Owl #2 to one (1) lucky winner! The contest is open to U.S. and Canada only - sorry International followers!
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*Cheaters WILL have ALL of their entries deleted - I'll be checking every entry*