Interviews and Guest Posts
A. J. talks about paranormal stories in the South with RT Book Reviews:
Rolling In The Deep (South): Why Southern-Set Paranormal Tales Are Hot
"The South is celebrated for its distinctive culture, but like any region with history and personality, you can't write about its good side without also grappling with its bone-deep problems."
Conversation between A. J. Larrieu and Amber Belldene on Paranormal Unbound:
What makes a heroine kick-ass? Feminism in Paranormal Romance.
"But when I sat down to think about my favorite feminist paranormal heroines, the first two I came up with were Nicole Peeler's Jane True and Marta Acosta's Milagro De Los Santos. Neither qualifies as a traditional butt-kicking heroine—Jane refers to herself as 'built for comfort'—but they both resist being defined by the men in their lives. I think that's what makes a heroine feminist: she has an independent sense of self."
Interview on The Firebirds:
A.J. talks about growing up in hurricane country, strong female characters,
and who wears the pants.
"My Google search history is a terrifying place. Over the years, I've looked up various kinds of weaponry, injectable CNS depressants, surgical sutures, how to fake your own death, and whether a body will fit in the trunk of a '69 Camaro. In case you're curious, a body will, in fact, fit in the trunk of a '69 Camaro. The Internet knows everything."
Guest Post on the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood:
Fear, Rage and Death: Why I Write Paranormal Romance
"Every book I write is my way of dealing with something slippery and intangible, some fear or hope or longing. I write paranormal fiction because when I'm trying to understand the sometimes ugly and frightening world, it helps to put a face on the fear and make it tame. It's hard to fight something you can't see, so a good paranormal romance or urban fantasy takes that fear, that anger, that taboo desire and gives it a beating (or perhaps unbeating) heart."
Guest Post on Pens Fatales:
Zeitgeist: Staying Connected
"It's a disturbing talent of mine to link everything back to writing—sort of a self-centered six-degrees-of-separation—but this one's easy. What are stories, if not ways for us to connect with each other? My nephew tells me complicated, made-up stories about the adventures of his tiny toy cars. Having dinner with a couple of new friends, my husband and I told old stories we've heard a hundred times, taking a different kind of comfortable pleasure in hearing them again. (Like the one about him almost getting hit by a train: funny now, not funny at the time.) Stories aren't just a nice way to connect, they're the only way to connect."
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