Hi everybody! Here is another review for you guys, and this one has a special author interview!
First off, I loved “Deadly Curiosities”. There were a few times during the book where it was a bit boring because of the details involved with the possessed objects and cases, but after a while those details, I found, were quite interesting. I was never a history buff, so it took a little bit for me to get used to.
Here is the summary of “Deadly Curiosities”,, to give you all an idea of what the story is about:
“Welcome to Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670 – acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history.
Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up”.
I haven’t read a book in a long time due to real life hassles, and when I finally got down to reading this, I was not disappointed in the least. I was a little taken aback since it is written in first person, (something I usually don’t read) but I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by the obvious experience from the author,, Gail Z. Martin, has.
The book starts out a bit on the cool side, not too much activity going on. Slowly at first, then it starts accelerating in activity that leads up to the climax, which is nothing short of spectacular.
Now I’m not going to go into any specific details just in case there may be some of you who haven’t read the book.
It is set in Modern times, essentially present day, but with the idea of supernatural beings such as vampires, being on the scene.
And now without further ado, here is the interview I had with the author, Gail Z. Martin:
Q: I appreciate you taking the time for this interview! How did you come up with the title for the book? Did you have any inspiration for it?
A: “Deadly Curiosities” seemed to cover the whole concept of the book—“Curiosities” as in a “curiosity shop” (antique/collectibles store) and the fact that these curios are indeed dangerous and deadly. (I credit my husband with coming up with the name, since he suggested it!)
Q: The idea of a supernatural book is quite common. What were your inspirations for thinking of these ghouls that were attached to objects?
A: I wrote several of the Deadly Curiosities Adventures short stories while I was handling my dad’s estate after he passed away. He was a collector and hoarder, and having to go through all his stuff made me think long and hard about why we keep so many things we never use. We keep stuff because it’s got an emotional connection for us—and to me, that’s one step away from being haunted.
Q: Did you base any of the places in the book on actual towns/cities?
A: Deadly Curiosities is set in historic, haunted Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is one of the most popular tourist cities in the US and also one of the most haunted. Lots of ante-bellum architecture, plus a history of pirates, duels, shady dealings and ladies of the night, all covered up with propriety that hangs as heavy as the humidity. I take a few liberties with the places and historic events, but I try to keep the short stories and the books grounded in the city itself.
Q: I love the fact that Teag and Anthony are partners! Did you go through any adversity or objections from the publishers or readers about it?
A: Teag Logan, one of the major characters is romantically involved with Anthony, who is a lawyer in Charleston. At the moment, he’s the only one of the main characters in a relationship, since Sorren, who is a nearly 600 year-old vampire, is not involved with anyone and neither is Cassidy Kincaide, the main character. My publishers never said a word about it, but I didn’t really expect them to.
Q: Were the characters inspired from someone, like somebody you knew personally?
A: No. I people-watch a lot when I’m in busy places, which is where I get ideas for what characters may look or act like, but what’s the point of fiction if you are just changing names and describing people you know? I did draw from the kinds of professions, stores and activities that are very common in Charleston when I populated the book with Cassidy’s friends and colleagues. It was important for them to belong in the city and feel like they were part of the neighborhood.
Q: I usually like third person narrative, but the way you write in first person is great! Do you have a preference about the perspective you like to write in?
A: Thank you! I write my epic fantasy books (most recently, Reign of Ash from Orbit Books) in third-person. It just fits epic fantasy better because the scope is so large you need more than one point of view character. Urban fantasy has a tradition of being written in first-person, and it helps to keep the scope narrowed to what the main character knows, which adds to the suspense.
Q: Where can people find your books?
A: Deadly Curiosities is available everywhere books are sold, in both ebook and paperback.
I’ll be celebrating the launch of my new books the whole week of June 22-29 with more than 30 different guest blog posts, a Facebook launch party featuring prizes, guest authors and surprises, podcasts, three different excerpts, a Reddit give-away/AskMeAnything and a Goodreads party/give-away. Get all the details at http://www.DeadlyCuriosities.com, follow me on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms or on Twitter @GailZMartin!
And I’ll be signing Reign of Ash and Deadly Curiosities in major cities across the U.S. and in England, Wales and Scotland this summer—the full book tour schedule is on my website, so please stop by and say hello!
About the Author: Gail Z. Martin writes epic and urban fantasy, steampunk and short stories. She is the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle series and the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga series of epic fantasy books, as well as the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy world and coming in 2015, Iron and Blood, a Steampunk novel, co-written with Larry N. Martin. Gail is a frequently contributor to US and UK anthologies. She also writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures.
Find her at http://www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com. She leads monthly conversations on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin and posts free excerpts of her work on Wattpad http://wattpad.com/GailZMartin. An original novella set in the Deadly Curiosities universe, The Final Death, is available free on Wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/15334006-the-final-death
I hope you all enjoyed this interview, and to check out her stuff, as she is an amazing writer. Thanks!