I’m resuming my Espresso With series here…and today I want to introduce you to an author I’ve become friends with over the past year. She writes dark comedic urban fantasy and she has a new book coming out today! She’s been helping me navigate the wild waves of the indie world, and for that, I am grateful! 🙂 You can join the Urban Fantasy Fiends Facebook group that she, I, and a bunch of other authors have formed to find out about a lot of new releases.
So without further ado, I present–Espresso With Debra Dunbar
Y: What do you love most about what you write?
DD: I’ve always loved fantasy and the idea that there might be something more behind the very normal world we live in. With my novels, I get to bring all my wild imaginings out and share them with readers. A dragon claiming the British Museum as part of his treasure hoard? Mermaids and sirens in Lake Michigan? The most powerful angel in all of heaven falling in love with an imp from Hel? I get to make it all happen!
Y: Tell me the name of one of your characters, and what you loved and struggled with most while writing them?
DD: Sam. She’s the main character of my Imp Series, and she’s a bit of an anti-hero. She’s a demon, and an imp, and I didn’t want to do the usual “I’m a minion of hell and I hate it and want to do good” theme. She’s amoral, selfish, loves to sin and she’s forced by the fates, kicking and screaming the whole way, into becoming good. Well, a naughty sort of good!
The difficult part in writing a character that is a demon is making them likable. Sam is funny, and she’s good at laughing at herself when things don’t go as planned. She’s chaos incarnate, others (demons and angels) underestimate her and think she’s a fool, but the crazy stuff she does always seems to turn out right. I think when you’ve got an amoral character who is funny, doesn’t take herself too seriously, and deep down always cares about the underdog, it works.
Y: What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever received from a fan or bought for your writing?
DD: I love finding interesting swag for giveaways – things besides the usual magnets and bookmarks. Sometimes I end up keeping a few for myself. The red-sparkle devil-horn barrettes are a huge hit, and I’ve found myself mobbed at RT and RWA when attendees see me with my basket full. I also made chicken wands, which are a coveted magical item in my books. I’d spend evenings drawing symbols on dowel rods, to make the wands, then I’d send them out with 3 slingshot rubber chickens to launch from the them. My fan group will do just about anything for a chance to win a chicken wand!
Y: What do you want your readers to take away from your books?
DD: The Imp Series is really Urban Fantasy/ Dark Comedy. I want to make people laugh, to see the world in a twisted, crazy, fun way.
Y: Tell me something your readers don’t know about you.
DD: In my 30’s I won a belly-dance contest? Back in the 70’s my mom took belly dancing classes – it was kind of like taking Pilates or doing Zumba nowadays. She’d practice in the living room and I’d join her and learned the moves. Many years later, on impulse I entered a contest. The prize was free dance lessons at a local studio, so I was thrilled to win.
Y: What do you have coming out next, or what just came out?
DD: Exodus, Book 8 in my Imp Series! There will be ten books in the series, along with a few spin-off series and stand-alone novels, so there’s lots of fun to be had.
Y: Will you have espresso, mocha, cappuccino, latte, coffee, tea, or some other concoction?
DD: I love my coffee black and without sugar, but lately I’ve had to do the caffeine-free kind. Boo!
First Book Free:
After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels. A DEMON BOUND is her debut novel.
Debra lives in a little house in the woods with her three sons, and a Noah’s ark of four legged family members. She drives a gigantic diesel SUV, couldn’t carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is ‘Identify Roadkill’