Para-RT13 with Kelley Armstrong

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Introduce Yourself to our readers
I’m the author of the "Otherworld" urban fantasy series and "Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising" young adult paranormal series, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series.  I grew up in Southwestern Ontario, where I still live with my family.  I’m a former computer programmer, but I have escaped my corporate cubicle and hope never to return.

Tell us a little about your books?
I wrapped up my Otherworld series this past summer and I’m launching a new one called Cainsville this summer. The first book is Omens, and we’re calling it modern gothic—it’s heavy on the mystery and suspense with light supernatural aspects.
The last book in my Darkness Rising YA series comes out this April and May will see the release of my first middle-grade (and first co-written) book, with Loki’s Wolves, which is a contemporary fantasy adventure based on Norse mythology.
For info on any of my books (and sample chapters) see the Book page on my website:

Is this your first RT convention?
No. I believe it’s my 5th.

What are you most looking forward to at RT?
Meeting readers and hanging out with other authors. This is a solitary career, and any chance to do either of those is welcome. RT lets me do both.

If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?
I’m a big fan of advance planning, and with something the size of RT, I believe it’s really useful to look through the schedule ahead of time and plot out what you want to do, so you don’t miss anything. Don’t overschedule though. Leave lots of downtime to relax and socialize. 

Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc.
I’m co-captain of the massive YA track, so this year, that’s where I’ll be found—on panels, moderating panels, herding authors etc. My semi-complete schedule is here:  I’m also at the mega-signing (in YA alley) and at the Teen Day party. I’ll make special note of the Avon Red Slipper Lounge on my schedule, because newbies often don’t know what that is. It’s a party with food, drink and plenty of HarperCollins authors giving away (and signing) dozens of free books.

If we see you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
Ha! I doubt you’ll see me in the bar, but if you do, I’ll probably have something unique from the cocktail menu—whatever they have that I’ve never tried.

Since this event is for paranormal authors, can you tell us more about the paranormal in your book?
My primary “type” is werewolves, but I also write about witches, demons, angels, sorcerers, ghosts, necromancers…even the occasional vampire. My second YA trilogy (Darkness Rising) features less-known supernatural types like benandanti.

What's your favorite paranormal and why?
The romantic side of me would say werewolf because I'd love to explore life from a completely different point of view--as a wolf.  The practical side of me, though, would say witch, because I'd get the power of magic without the side effects and "challenges" of being a werewolf.

Tell us a little about your newest book?
I’ll tell you about my summer release, because it’s the first in a series and a better place to start than my recent books, which are all “last in the series”! The logline for Omens would be “Privileged young woman discovers she’s adopted…and the child of convicted serial killers.” 

What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
I've always been fascinated by stories with a paranormal angle, right from watching Scooby-Doo as a child.  Although I don't read much in my own genre these days, I love to write in it because it has such a capacity for creativity--the eternal "what if?" of storytelling.  I can take all those legends I studied as a child and teenager, and put my own slant on them.

How are you traveling to RT? Where are you coming from? Any interesting hiccups?
I’m coming from Ontario. It’s an easy flight over to Chicago and down. The only potential snags happen at the border, but they’re rare.

What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?
The advantage to being co-captain is that I already know who’s at my table. RT chose the authors, but I have the layout. I’ll be sitting with Rachel Caine, Richelle Mead, Veronica Roth, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. Being an “A” surname, I’ll likely get the end seat, with Rachel as my neighbour, just like last year 

Who are you bunking with?
No one! I’m definitely a “need my own room” kind of person.

Why do you attend conventions?
They’re a rare chance to get out and meet lots of readers and lots of authors (and authors who are readers!) all in one place.

Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person?
Oh, it’s planned. Very well planned. Otherwise, I attend my events and I hang out with friends and then I hear about all the great panels I missed.

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

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Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

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  1. Love Kelley's books and really looking forward to Omens! One of these days I am going to save up and attend one of these conventions to hopefully meet her! I'm so jealous of everyone over there that get's the chance to attend these conventions and meet all the authors I love!

  2. Thanks for the nice interview, I wish you all lots of un. I have been collecting your books for a while now, and soon I will start reading them all :)

  3. Nice interview!! Loooooove Kelley's books!! SO looking forward to seeing her again!

  4. I love reading interviews because I get to know my favorite authors better. I love this interview and I love her books. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  5. Thanks for the fun interview!

  6. I love reading Kelley Armstrong's books.

  7. I'm hanging my head in shame since I have yet to read any of Kelly's books but they sound terrific. Omen will probably be the first I pick up since there is only one (so far) I couldn't imagine finding out I'm adopted and the daughter of serial killer. Kinda reminds me of I Hunt Killers. Which I really liked.

  8. I'm only on Stolen. I am so behind.

  9. Nice interview. As much as I'm sad to see the series I've loved so much end I am excited about Omens. Thank you.

  10. Oh I been loving werewolves as well, those are one of my favorite type of paranormal if not the first.

  11. I'm excited to read the new series, starting with Omen. It sounds like such a great read.

  12. Thank you for the chance!!


  13. One of my favorite authors- love her books! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. I think Kelley Armstrong writes faster than I can read.


  15. I love Kelley Armstrong's books - and I am so happy she has 2 series I can share with my 11 year old daughter.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  16. I have Kelly's Other series on my audio TBL through my library. I hope to start the series before the end of the year. I keep hearing great things about it.


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