June 19, 2012

Writer Wrangler: Tiffany Allee

author of
from the series
Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency

Tiffany is here today to talk about her books, upcoming projects and other fun stuff.

Braine Talk Supe: Hi Tiffany! Welcome to Talk Supe and thank you for indulging our request.
Tiffany Allee: First of all, thank you so much for having me here. I love your blog.

BTS: So you have an interesting mix of supernatural characters on your novella series, can you share with us how banshees, incubus and succubus became your lead characters?
TA: Mythical creatures and old legends fascinate me. And the various species of main characters I've used in my novellas so far are a reflection of that fascination. When I started to plan the From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series, I found the idea of all these different creatures living alongside one another and humans intriguing. Not only do they have to figure out how to get along with humans, but also each other.

BTS: I really love those Salamanders! How did they get thrown in the mix?
TA: A couple of years ago, I toyed with a novel idea that involved elementals. Salamanders gained a reputation for being immune to (and perhaps the cause of) fires back when people were a bit suspicious of things that weren't easily explained. This related to the little buggers hiding under logs during forest fires, only to emerge (sometimes) unscathed after the fire ended. This fire elemental legend is what I based Costa on. He's more elemental, and less amphibian. haha

BTS: I noticed that Succubus Lost was tamer but more emotional than Banshee Charmer, is this a conscious decision to make the series less sexy?
TA: I don't think it was necessarily a conscious choice for the series, but it was a conscious choice about the characters and the situation they were in for this book. Marisol is in a constant state of worry throughout the story, and is very conscious of Costa's feelings about succubi. The emotional connection and trust was something I thought the characters really needed before getting close physically.

Marisol is also a very different character than Mac in that she's had to shoulder responsibility for more than herself for a long time. And let's face it, Aidan is far more easy going than Costa. It made sense for those characters to have less emotional baggage and be more willing to take a chance on each other a bit more easily than Marisol and Costa.

BTS: Do you have other projects aside from OWEA?
TA: I do! I have a couple of super secret novel-length projects I can't discuss yet (for more superstitious reasons than anything else, haha). I also have a novelette that was recently released called Once Prey, Twice Forsaken. It released a couple of weeks after Succubus Lost, but I actually wrote it and subbed it long before Banshee Charmer.
BTS: Wow this is exciting news! This novelette is a must-buy then and we are very excited about these secret novel-length projects!

BTS: When is book three coming out and can you tell us more about that?
TA: Book three is currently scheduled for September. Fans of the series will recognize the main characters. Astrid Holmes, the sensitive, is in both Banshee Charmer and Succubus Lost. Her love interest is Mason Sanderson. When we last saw him, he was an Internal Affairs officer in Banshee Charmer but he has moved on to join the OWEA.

BTS: How do you deal or remedy writer's block?
TA: I'm not a strong believer in writer's block, although I think all writers hit points where they have to think through where the story is going. The times that I have experienced something block-like, it was because I was trying to force the story in a direction that wasn't right.

By going back a scene or two, I can usually pinpoint what's bothering me and fix it. This usually requires deleting a good chunk of text, which is why I like to avoid that situation by planning my stories out pretty extensively before I get too far into them.

BTS: Yeah I have to agree with that, mine isn't exactly like your situation, as obviously I don't wrote books. But I sometimes get that with writing up reviews especially with books that drew out a lot of emotions from me. I sometimes get derailed if I should stick strictly with the book's context or make it more personal.

BTS: I love that the series has a law enforcement agency for a background, as a reader it means that the suspense and mystery would be non-stop. Did you consult actual law enforcement officers to help make the scenes and investigations in the books more realistic?
TA: To be honest, I haven't consulted actual law enforcement officers. Although, I would love the opportunity. I have studied quite a few books about law enforcement, done my share of Internet research, and watched a lot of cop shows. And while I do try to give it a police procedural flavor, I try not to get bogged down by making the police procedural side of things 100 percent realistic.

BTS: What are you currently reading right now?
TA: I'm currently reading What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. Just started it so I can't say for sure how much I'll like it yet, but I love the premise.

BTS: Favorite book or series aside from yours?
TA: Favorite series is the Downside series by Stacia Kane. Love it, love it, love it. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and imperfect heroines and heroes. The first book is Unholy Ghosts.

BTS: Yes I am in the middle of the series myself and imperfect is an understatement to describe Chess and Terrible. LOL

BTS: What book aside from yours can you recommend for readers ages 18-40?
TA: I recently read White Horse by Alex Adams and absolutely adored it. Wonderfully written and the dual stories really pull you in. Great book.

When Tiffany is not busy writing, she is spends her time working for Corporate America, on her downtime she daydreams about interesting ways to kill people -- for her books that is. So don't piss her off if I were you.

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