Monday, August 8, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Christina Henry

UFI welcomes Christina Henry Author of Black Wings and Black Night. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?

When I am sick or feeling bad, I like to watch “Jaws”. Seriously. It’s like comfort food to me.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I have a five-year-old, so downtime is kind of a distant memory, but I occasionally have time to read a book or watch a movie.

I’ll read just about anything. My favorite movies are ones where monsters eat people up – “Night of the Living Dead”, “The Host”, “Alien”, “The Thing”, things like that.

What is your Favorite part of writing?

Working in my pajamas!

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?

I usually make up a playlist for each book. Over time that playlist will come to epitomize the emotional feeling of the book to me.

Other than that, I just try to write as much as I can in the time that I have. Sometimes I write by hand in a notebook and sometimes I work directly on my laptop.

If I’m writing in the notebook that usually means I’m out somewhere with my son. I wrote over 100 pages of BLACK HOWL by hand over several days while he played at various parks around the city.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Genres?

I love, love, love Jim Butcher. I think he is such a brave writer. He takes incredible risks with his character Harry Dresden. And he’s really got the balance of humor and suspense down.

I’m also a big fan of Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Joe Hill, Simon Green and Charlaine Harris.

How would you pitch the Madeline Black series to someone who has not heard of them before?

Madeline Black is an Agent of death, which is basically a crummy unpaid job that you inherit when another Agent in your bloodline dies. Agents escort souls after death and give them the choice of entering the Door (no one knows what’s behind it) or staying on earth as a ghost. Maddy’s mother died under mysterious circumstances when she was young and her father was missing her whole life, so she was raised by a very mouthy gargoyle. In BLACK WINGS, Maddy discovers that deaths are occurring outside the natural order – that is, not predicted by the seers that give Agents their soul-escorting assignments. While investigating the causes of these deaths she discovers a very unexpected supernatural heritage.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that Madeline Black series is set in?

I wanted the world to cleave pretty closely to the real world, but with paranormal elements thrown in. It’s set in Chicago, my hometown of the last eleven years, and it looks pretty much like the real Chicago, except that freaky supernatural things keep happening under the radar. Ordinary people don’t know about Agents of death or talking gargoyles, so keeping monsters out of the path of innocents and out of the headlines can get pretty tricky for Maddy.

Do you have a favorite scene in Black Night?

Usually any scene with Beezle is a favorite. He’s so easy to write.

Beezle is one of my favorite characters. Where did the Idea of him come from?

I wanted Maddy to have someone to talk to. I think there is a risk when writing first person of spending too much time in the head of your protagonist. I wanted Maddy to have someone who was pretty much always available (unlike a friend who would have a job and life of their own) and someone who could help leaven the tension with a little humor.

Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?

Beezle is easily my favorite. J.B. can definitely be a challenge because his relationship with Maddy is so prickly.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?

I’ve got some other ideas but I won’t be working on them anytime soon. I’m under contract for six books in the Black Wings series, so there’s nothing but Maddy for a while!

Thank you so much for having me here today!


Author Bio: CHRISTINA HENRY is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Find Christina and her books
Black Night
Madeline Black #2
July 26, 2011
Madeline Black is an Agent of death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. Of course, not everyone is happy to see her...

If obstinate dead people were all that Maddy had to worry about, life would be much easier. But the best-laid plans of Agents and fallen angels often go awry. Deaths are occurring contrary to the natural order, Maddy's being stalked by foes inside and outside of her family, and her two loves-her bodyguard, Gabriel, and her doughnut-loving gargoyle, Beezle-have disappeared. But because Maddy is Lucifer's granddaughter, things are expected of her, things like delicate diplomatic missions to other realms.


 Black Wings
Madeline Black #1
February 24, 2011
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

Winner will receive
- One copy of Black Night
*Provided by ACE

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Giveaway Ends 8/15/2011 at 10pm EST
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  1. I really liked the interview. I think it is interesting you write a playlist to set the tone for each book. I would love to read these books, they sound really good.

  2. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  3. I loooovedd Black Wings and really cannot wait to read Black Night!

    Christina, what was your inspiration for becoming an author?

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity!


  4. Glad to hear there's 4 more books after Black night. I've had a couple of favorite series end recently and news of only 2 more in another so glad one will be around a while longer.

  5. I wish I could work in PJ too! But the hospital has a dressing code... LOL

    Thanks for the interview and the opportunity!

  6. These books have been on my wishlist for a while. I love the premise and cannot wait to read them. I just have one comment "Jaws?" really :) I grew up a beach girl and right across the water from where the movie was filmed and refused to watch it for years and then one day broke down under peer pressure - I will never be able to swim in my ocean again LOL Thank you for the lovely interview today and for the generous giveaway opportunity.


  7. Hi, Christina! I was wondering if you could share a few songs from any of your book writing playlists?


  8. I always love a good sidekick, and Beezle sounds like a great one. I'm looking forward to starting this series, I have both books on my wish list.

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  9. HI! I was wondering if you could work with anyone on a book, now or in the past, who would it be?


  10. I have "Black Night" and would love to read "Black Wings". I think it's really interesting you watch "Jaws" whenever you feel sick. My version of comfort food is re-reading my favourite books, the sad parts makes me feel better lol.


  11. It sounds like a good series so I'll look out for it on my next bookstore visit. Interesting that one of your favorite series is also set in Chicago. When you did your worldbuilding, did you change anything about Chicago (other that its inhabitants)?
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  12. Great interview! This series is on my wishlist. I can't wait to read the scenes with Beezle in them.

  13. Hi Christina, whats your favorite daylight activity?

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  14. Ooh, this series sounds like fun! They are definitely going on my to-read list. :)
    Thank you for the chance!


  15. Christina,
    If you love The Night of the Living Dead and you like to laugh, I highly recommend that you watch Return of the Night of The Living Dead.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  16. just curious do you have a plan for how many books will be in that series.
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