Saturday, April 19, 2014

A to Z Challenge: Q is for "Q" from They All Fall Down by Angela Brown!

Q is the only character to get his own post during this challenge. And I have to thank him (and Angela Brown of course!) for coming through to help fill this spot. In Angela's novel They All Fall Down, Q is The Devourer and Master of Hell. Despite is rather intimidating titles, he has graciously agreed to a interview. You will soon find he's quite a character.

Enjoy!


Kelbian: Welcome to Diverse Pages, Q. You're making history with us today as the first character ever interviewed on the blog. I'm looking forward to getting to know you a little better.

Q: I do that a lot, you know, making history...oh and making deals. We can discuss the latter one if you're interested. *quirks eyebrow above shades*

Kelbian: Deals you say? Okay...let me get back to you on that one. First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? How old are you?

Q: I am some people's nightmare and the dream-come-true maker for those willing to pay a tiny price. I mean, really, what are you going to do with your soul when you die? I'm the one who can give it new purpose...give you new purpose.

As for my age, well, I don't have one. Let's just say I've been around for a very, very long time. And my origins are more heavenly than most would want to accept. Although, this latest mutation, transformation - whatever - belongs to the body of a priest from India.

Kelbian: What about your family? Can you tell us about them? Are you all close?

Q: I don't speak with my brothers and sisters much, not since I was banished from heaven. They aren't exactly interested in keeping up with their brother, the first fallen angel. But this host, this Father Quanon has a brother. Seems he didn't keep up with him either.

Kelbian: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Q: Aw, what a cute question. How about you tell me what you want to be? I can make it happen...for a small price. *smirk*

Kelbian: *laughs nervously* Well, I've kind of got that in the bag. But thanks for the offer. Tell me, what group did you hang out with in high school?

Q: High school wasn't something I did.

Kelbian: Interesting. Is there anything you're passionate about these days?

Q: Wait, are you asking me that because you also think I'm obsessed with Abby? Well, I'm not. I just want what was promised to me...by any means necessary.

Kelbian: Oh...kay. Something tells me I'm going to want to meet this Abby. You seem a bit high strung. Or maybe it's just me. In any case, what do you normally do to unwind and relax?

Q: I have Samaya, my highly favored Harvestor, for relaxing and undwinding and other such things.

Kelbian: Also interesting. Another person I'll have to add to my interview list. Might be a great way to find out how the people in your life see you. Tell me, is there a single scariest moment in your life? How did you deal with it?

Q: Scariest moment? I don't experience fear; I feed off of it.

Kelbian: I'll keep that in mind. If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Q: I apologize to no one.

Kelbian: What would we find in your closet? And I don't mean skeletons. If I opened the door, would everything fall on top of me? Or would it be neatly categorized and labeled?

Q: I keep things rather organized in hell, everything in its place. But you won't find a closet, although you may find some real skeletons.

Kelbian: *ha, ha* Okay, so what makes Q happy?

Q: Devouring souls filled with extraordinary amounts of fear.

Kelbian: I'll give you this, Q. You're an incredibly interesting and intimidating guy. In your opinion, what one word best describes you?

Q: Patient

Thanks for joining us, Q. I'm sure you've kept our readers thoroughly entertained!

Hey guys. Want more Q? I'll bet you do :) You can win a copy of They All Fall Down and Neverlove by entering our giveaway! Check it out in the left side bar and more about They All Fall Down below!




***Read Neverlove , where forbidden love blossomed and a seed of obsession was planted...***

Now...
Abby and Basil no longer cross in between life and death to protect lost souls...or steal them. But their former duties as Cleanser and Harvestor hover close, threatening the new path they've chosen.

In the shadows, Q, the new master of hell, embraces his role as the Devourer. With a crave that refuses to be denied, he sets a plan in motion to claim his deepest desires for the fall of mankind and the one woman constantly slipping from his grasp: Abby.

True love is put to the test and salvation is only possible if Abby and Basil choose the right path. Or the world could be destined for, “ashes, ashes, we all fall down.”

***This new adult paranormal romance contains sexual situations, a few swear words, and is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

Friday, April 18, 2014

A to Z Challenge: P is for Patricia McKissack!

Patricia McKissack (born August 9, 1944 Smyrna, Tennessee) is an American children's writer.[1] She is the author of three Dear America books: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North, and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She has also written a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Patricia currently lives in St. Louis. Her husband, Frederick McKissack, with whom she co-won the Regina Medal in 1998, died in April of 2013 at the age of 73; before marrying her and joining her in writing full time, he had an accomplished career as a U.S. Marine, a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had owned a contracting business in the St. Louis area.[2]

Patricia McKissack is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_C._McKissack)

Patricia is the author of several children's books. Check out her speculative fiction series The Clone Codes and my personal favorite The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural .


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A to Z Challenge: O is for Octavia E. Butler!


Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.




Kindred! I love this book. I discovered Octavia Butler during a writing class in college. This is the first book of hers I read. I loved it and it changed the way I thought about characters in speculative fiction. Octavia Butler was way ahead of her time, a wonderful writer with an amazing mind. Don't miss out on any of her stories!


 

 Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A to Z Challenge: N is for Nahoko Uehashi!




Nahoko Uehashi is the author of ten books in the Moribito series, which have sold more than a million copies and won many major literary awards in her native Japan. An associate professor at a Japanese university, she has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and studies indigenous peoples in Australia. She lives near Tokyo, Japan.

The first two books in the Moribito series were translated for English a few years ago. Check out them out below!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A to Z Challenge: M is for Marta Acosta!


Marta Acosta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a feral reader, roaming the stacks of the public library.

She received a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Spaces Magazine.

Marta lives with her husband, spawn, and their crazy dogs. An avid gardener, she likes independent films, funny novels, loud music and lively conversations.

She’s always happy to hear from readers, even the ones who point out typos.

Marta is the author of several MCoC books! The Dracula Series is her most popular. Check it out below!




Monday, April 14, 2014

A to Z Challenge: L is for Rae "L"ori!



Throughout her writing career, Rae has written comic book and film related articles which have appeared in online publications such as Comic Stack, Suite101, CinemaGap and Dark Moon Rising. As a result, her alma mater's English course chose one of her articles as an example for how to write an article. She also served as editor and contributing writer of her school newsletter. For her contributions to the newsletter and her leadership, she has won various Success & Leadership awards sponsored by her alma mater where she received her BA in Media Arts & Animation.

Her manuscript, Hotel Sunset, won an Honorable Mention award in the 73rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Writing as Rae Lindley, she has written books, novellas and short stories that run the genre gamut of science fiction, fantasy, short roman noir and paranormal romance and many more waiting to drip onto the page.

A fan of David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock, she also has a love for film, vampires and visual storytelling which she couples with the art of the written word to tell her stories. While penning her works, she loves to create artwork that explores her strong female characters and the men in their lives.

Rae is another Diverse Pages blogger with plenty of accomplishments under her belt. Check some of them out below!




If you haven't entered the A to Z Giveaway check it out now (in the left sidebar of the main site--cannot be viewed on some mobile devices). Enter for a chance to win one or more of several books featuring MCoC characters!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A to Z Challenge: K is for Kelley Armstrong!




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. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

Kelley is the author of the Darkness Rising series which features a wonderful MCoC. It's been tough to find main characters of color in speculative fiction that are Native or Indigenous persons. So if you ever have any suggestions please feel free to pass them on. We'd be very grateful and so would our readers!

Check out the Darkness Rising series below!