Interview with fantasy author Debra Dunbar

Today is an interview with fantasy author Debra Dunbar about her novel Elven Blood.

Debra
will be awarding an e-book copy of A Demon Bound (book 1 in the Imp Series) to
a randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and a grand prize of a Kindle Fire
with an Elven Blood book cover skin to one randomly drawn commenter during the
tour (US ONLY). To be entered for a chance to win any of the prizes, leave an e-mail address with a comment below. And to increase your chances of winning something, visit other tour stops and leave more comments.

Welcome, Debra. Please tell us about your
current release.
Elven Blood is the third novel in my Imp series. Samantha
Martin is an imp, a lesser demon from Hel. She has been living under the radar,
posing as a human for the last 40 years, but now that she’s bound to an angel
and is the Iblis (a rather meaningless title that signifies the leader of the
demons) her life is. . .complicated. In Elven
Blood
, she’s found herself buried in angelic bureaucracy, saddled with a
succubus houseguest, and fighting off a never-ending slew of demon hit-men.
When an
elven lord offers to take care of the bounty on her head in return for tracking
down and killing a demon half-breed, Sam thinks she’s found the solution to her
most pressing problem. But as Sam searches for this “abomination,” she begins
to have second thoughts.
Yep. An
imp with moral misgivings. What is
the world coming to!
What inspired you to write this book?
The
series as a whole came from my children. As they grow, I see my sons developing
empathy for others, and I wondered how much of “good” is a socially learned
response. Maybe a demon could become good if she lived long enough with humans,
if she had to modify her behavior to blend in. Maybe acting good would result
in a true moral shift.



For
this particular book, I was inspired by close friends who struggled with
fertility issues. How far is an individual willing to go to conceive a child? Would
they be able to violate their cultural taboos? What if they knew they’d never
be able to raise the child themselves, that they’d need to hide it away with
foster parents for its own protection?



It all
sounds so dark and philosophical, but the books are really humorous. I love
writing comedy, and promise I don’t beat readers over the head with my moral
compass!



Excerpt:

I heaved the decapitated demon head through the gate to Hel
and turned to look at the guardian.  The
way her shoulders slumped and she kicked at the floor, gave me the impression
she was not happy to be supervising.    
“Third one this week,” I told her, as if she didn’t know.
I had a bounty on my head, but the demons Haagenti was
sending after me were the dregs of the hierarchy, desperate beings looking to
get lucky and boost their fame by taking me down.  Idiots. 
I kept killing them and tossing their heads through the gate that
connected the realm of the humans with Hel.  
I wasn’t sure if the powerful demon, Haagenti, was more pissed at the
fact that I’d shielded my foster brother, Dar, from his wrath this fall, or
that I’d kept the Iblis sword instead of turning it over to him. 
Not that I really wanted the thing.  I was stuck with it, and all the paperwork
and responsibility that seemed to come with holding the empty title of leader
of the demons.  Iblis.  Ha-Satan. 
The Devil.  No one had held that
title since our split with the angels two and a half million years ago.  Why had this sword, this artifact that came
with the title, chosen me?  I was nothing
but an imp.  I wasn’t qualified to be the
Iblis.

What exciting story are you working on next?
In
addition to the next book in the IMP series, I’m writing a novel that I joke is
a zombie-cop thriller. In Dead Shift,
t
he heroine is a Baltimore City
police officer. She’s dead. And once she realizes it, she needs to find her
killer or possibly be trapped forever inside a decaying body.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Birth? It
sure felt that way!
I wrote
my first story at six in one of those black and white composition notebooks. My
teacher liked it so much she nominated me for a county award. I still remember
feeling overwhelmed at the presentation ceremony with adult strangers asking me
about my “book.” All throughout my childhood, I was either reading or writing. Or
watching Scooby Doo.
After
college, I did some freelance writing, but eventually took a different fork in
the road and went into corporate life. Roads tend to circle back though, and
here I am.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your
work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time
to write?
I still
have the corporate job. My day is really flexible, so I squeeze in writing when
I can. Even though the bulk of my word count comes in the evenings or on
weekends, I’m always jotting down notes and scene ideas during the day. It’s
all very disorganized, but it works for me.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Hubby
says I make weird faces when I write. I can’t help it – I’m imagining the scene
in my head, hearing the dialogue, and I think in a way I’m acting out what’s
going on. I must be a terrible actress though, because my family says it’s
hysterical!
As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
A dog. Seriously.
Furry, four legs, cold wet nose. A dog. I’m still disappointed that didn’t work
out for me.
Anything additional you want to share with
the readers?
I think
there is a bit of imp inside every one of us. I hope that as people read Elven Blood,
they discover their own imp and let her out to play.



10 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author Debra Dunbar

  1. Unknown says:

    Thanks for having me as your guest, Lisa!

    MomJane – it actually has a lot of humor, although there's plenty of action!

  2. Merry says:

    I LOVE your books, Deb! They are so much fun. I can't wait to start on Elven Blood. It's up next on my e-reader! Good luck with your tour!

  3. gecko-artist says:

    I think that is why I like the series so much – because there is a little Imp in all of us. Mine, of course, runs by in my head, screaming and laughing, while wearing a gold tu-tu.

  4. Unknown says:

    LOL – I like the idea of a gold tutu. Everyone should own at least one in the color of their choice.

  5. Andra Lyn says:

    Thanks for the interview! I love the sounds of Dead Shift! Glad to have found you as a "new-to-me" author!!

    andralynn7 At gmail.com

  6. Emily says:

    I loved your inspirations Debra. It was nice getting to learn about you, thanks for the interview!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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