Crazy/Awkward Interview – Kathleen Collins (@kathy_collins)
Today Kathleen Collins stopped by for a crazy/awkward interview. There’s also a giveaway to celebrate her Realm Walker Urban Fantasy series. Check out the blurbs:
An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…
As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets.
Most people don’t know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don’t know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don’t know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can’t reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.
Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.
Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.
She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.
Book Description: Keep your distance. Don’t look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.
Michael D’Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he’s given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.
Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn’t eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.
But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.
Crazy/Awkward Tour Interview with Kathleen Collins
Q: You’re declared monarch of a small population of creatures that have recently gained sentience, what creature is it? Bonus: what is your first act as monarch.
A: I like the idea of sentient trees and my first act as monarch would be to declare squirrels an enemy of the state
Q: Prohibition round two starts tomorrow and it prohibits your favorite product. Name that product and what you’ll do to get your fix.
A: Mentha Supreme Lip Shine from Bath and Body works. I would pay exorbitant amounts of money to stockpile all the remaining tubes.
Q: Describe your perfect minion.
A: Cute, mostly obedient, and loving. I actually have two. (I call my children minions. The best part is they answer to it.)
Q: How do you feel about robot drivers?
A: Um…no. Our ever increasing dependence on technology for things we should really be doing ourselves terrifies me.
Q: Name your favorite condiment. Bonus points for odd uses for said condiment.
A: Ketchup. But mustard is the one I use in odd ways. I eat it on pieces of cheese and in my chili.
Q: What keeps the darkness at bay?
A: My family.
Q: Fill in the blank: When I was little I wanted to be a ________ when I grew up.
A: Mother and a wife.
Q: Fill in the blank: The one thing you’d never want to have dropped down your trousers is ___________.
A: Anything alive.
Q: Fill in the blank: The only good _____________ is a _______________ ______________.
A: The only good spider is a squished spider.
Q: Fill in the blank: The _______ made me do it.
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About the Author:
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.
She is currently hard at work on her next book.