Jennifer: Welcome, Gail! Please tell readers about your new book, Vendetta.
Gail: Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here. Vendetta is set in modern-day Charleston, South Carolina. My main character, Cassidy Kincaide, can tell the history/magic of an object by touching it. She’s part of a secret Alliance of mortals and immortals that protect the world by getting dangerous magical items out of the wrong hands, and fighting off big-time supernatural threats.
Jennifer: This is the second book in your Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series. Can you tell us a little about the series?
Gail: The series is actually bigger than the two novels. There are 18 short stories (so far) and novellas on Kindle/Kobo/Nook that happen before, around and after the novels. You don’t have to read the novels to enjoy the short fiction (or vice versa), but together they make a very complete visit to my world!
Cassidy is the most recent member in her family to inherit Trifles and Folly, an antique store in historic, haunted Charleston that is over 350 years old. Her assistant store manager, Teag Logan, has Weaver magic, meaning he can weave spells into cloth and weave data streams into information, making him one heck of a hacker. Sorren is her business partner, and he is a nearly 600 year-old vampire who founded Trifles and Folly with Cassidy’s ancestor way back in the 1600s. There are also a lot of recurring characters, like Lucinda, who is a Voodoo mambo; Mrs. Teller, who is a root woman; Chuck, a supernatural special-ops guy; Ryan, an urban explorer; and Kell, who runs a ghost hunting group. Plus plenty more—but that gives you an idea!
Jennifer: What appeals to you about the urban fantasy genre?
Gail: I really enjoy the idea of magic right under our noses. And I’ve always been intrigued by people who explore abandoned buildings and off-limits places, wondering what might be lurking there. It’s also interesting to think about people just like us confronting big bad supernatural nasties and having to save the world.
Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Deadly Curiosities series?
Gail: I was in Charleston for a business trip and fell in love with the city. It has so many beautiful buildings, so much atmosphere, and so many haunted places. I couldn’t believe no one had set an urban fantasy series there yet, so I planted my flag and decided to write my own!
Jennifer: What are some of your favorite fantasy books/authors and why?
Gail: Lately, I’ve been reading accounts by ghost hunters and urban explorers! I’ve got books by you and Faith Hunter and Illona Andrews in my to-be-read pile. Two series I’ve recently enjoyed have been the Harry Dresden novels by Jim Butcher and the Nightside series by Simon R. Green. I am so far behind on my reading!
Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?
Gail: I ‘wrote’ my first story when I was around five, but I had to get my grandma to write it down because I couldn’t spell. It was about a vampire. Go figure. I realized that people actually could become writers and write real books when I was about 14, and decided at that point that I was going to be one. It took a while!
Jennifer: What’s next for you? What are you working on?
Gail: I have a new epic fantasy novel, Shadow and Flame, coming out in March, and a collection of the first 11 of my Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures short stories coming in June. I just signed a contract for a new epically epic fantasy series that I can’t say more about yet, but I’m working on that book as well. Plus we bring out a new novella or short story every month in one of our four ongoing short fiction series, and I’m committed to stories for at least eight anthologies this year as well. Always something going on!
MORE ABOUT GAIL:
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Dec. 2015, Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin.
She is also author of Ice Forged, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen); The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) and the urban fantasy novel Deadly Curiosities. Gail writes three ebook series: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, The Deadly Curiosities Adventures and The Blaine McFadden Adventures. The Storm and Fury Adventures, set in the Iron & Blood world, are co-authored with Larry N. Martin.
Her work has appeared in over 20 US/UK anthologies. Newest anthologies include: The Big Bad 2, Athena’s Daughters, Heroes, Space, Contact Light, With Great Power, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, Shadowed Path, Realms of Imagination, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens.
Find her at www.AscendantKingdoms.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com, on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin and free excerpts on Wattpad http://wattpad.com/GailZMartin.
Gail has generously offered up two print copies of Deadly Curiosities, the first book in her series, for giveaway. The giveaway is open to those 18 and older, worldwide. To enter, use the form below.