Today I have an interview with sometimes #FridayFlasher, and soon-to-be best selling author, India Drummond. Her newest book, Ordinary Angels, is due out April 4th. I met India a year or two ago via her writing prompt challenges and the two of us have been more or less following each other ever since. Not the creepy stalker type of following, mind, just popping in on each other’s blogs now and then. India is one of the nicest people on the net, so if you get a chance you should get to know her and buy her book when it comes out.
Jon: Hi, India. How are you doing today?
India: Great! Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited about the book release–but a little scared too. I suppose every writer feels that way on release day. It’s a bit like waiting to go out on stage on opening night.
Jon: I can tell your excited about the pending release of, Ordinary Angels. What’s that release date again?
India: April 4th. I can’t wait!
Jon: Can you tell us a little about it? Share the “elevator pitch” with us if you would.
India: Ordinary Angels is a paranormal urban fantasy novel in which Zoe Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons.
Jon: Wow. That’s quite a pitch. If the cover alone is not enough to make someone pick up your book then the pitch ought to do the job nicely. Speaking of which, who did your cover? I think it’s beautiful.
India: Renee Rocco does most of the covers at Lyrical Press, including mine. It took a bit of getting used to. The woman on the cover isn’t exactly what I’d pictured for my main character, but it’s such a striking photo that I’ve come to love it.
Jon: The release date is drawing close. What are you finding the hardest to deal with while waiting for the big day to arrive?
India: Staying organised! I have been coordinating with reviewers and book bloggers, doing author spotlights, interviews, and trying to get the word out as best I can. It’s fun, but sometimes seems like a lot to juggle. I have spreadsheets and documents and calendars… I consider myself an organised person, but this has been a real challenge.
Jon: There must be some unexpected high spots as well. What kinds of pleasant surprises have you run into on this journey?
India: The amount of work required AFTER my publisher accepted my novel was a bit of a surprise. I’d made the novel as good as I could, written, rewritten and polished, so I had no idea there could possibly so much work left to do to really make the manuscript shine. But all of that effort seemed like no trouble at all when the first reviewer got back to me, saying how much she’d loved the book. I nearly cried! (Don’t tell anyone.)
Jon: OK, it will be our little secret — promise. What books and authors did you read when growing up that you feel made a lasting impression on you either personally or professionally?
India: I went to a very strict religious school growing up, and my reading was closely monitored and restricted. It really wasn’t until I got into my late teens that I discovered the wealth of stories that were out there. But I’ve done my best making up for lost time. I feel like every book I read changes me a little bit. I think that’s why I love the power of stories so much.
Jon: If you could meet one of your favorite authors, which one would you choose? What kind of things would you like to talk to him or her about?
India: One of the things I love about modern social networking is the accessibility of authors. There was one author whose work I had just devoured… I couldn’t get enough and read everything she’d had published. I found her on Twitter and felt like an utter fangirl. I was so nervous about approaching her! But she’s turned out to be so sweet and friendly, and now we chat occasionally on Facebook and Twitter. I think that’s such a powerful thing—realising that the people whose work we admire really are just like us.
Jon: So, what’s next with India Drummond? I know you are always writing. Are there any other projects lurking in the wings that you are free to talk about?
India: My second novel, Blood Faerie, will be out this summer. It’s an urban fantasy set here in Perth, Scotland. Here’s the blurb: Eilidh was cast out of the kingdom lands in the forests and forced to live on Perth’s city streets. She survived alone for years, but when a human is killed below the abandoned church where she lived, she recognised it as the work of one of her own kind. To stop the murders, she must tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.
Blood Faerie will be out June 1st, and a third book, Haywire Witch, will be released toward the end of the year. I’m writing as fast as I can! =)
Jon: Wow, you are incredibly busy. I’ll certainly be looking forward to those.
Well, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Is there anything else you’d like to add in closing?
India: I just want to thank you for having me on your blog today. One of the truly wonderful things about this writing journey has been making friends with great writers like yourself. I admire your writing so much, and I count it an honour to be here.
Jon: Good luck with the book launch. It’s a long flight, so I’ll be there with you in spirit only.
India: Thank you, Jon!
You can find out more about the life and times of India Drummond on her website, conveniently called India Drummond, where you can read the first chapter of her forthcoming book, Ordinary Angels. You can also find India on Facebook and Twitter. You can find out more about Ordinary Angels on Goodreads.
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Publication Date: April 4, 2011