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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Author Interview + Giveaway: Christina Henry

Today I'd like to welcome back Christina Henry, author of the Madeline Black Urban Fantasy series from Ace. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, and can't wait for the third, Black Howl, which comes out next Tuesday (02/28).

Sara: How would you describe Black Howl, for readers who haven’t heard of it before?

Christina: Maddy's life is getting really complicated in this book. Ghosts of the dead are popping up all over Chicago, and their deaths haven't been foreseen by the Agency, which means they're outside the natural order. And if deaths are occurring outside the natural order then that means something big and bad is hanging around.

Plus, Wade, the alpha of the werewolf pack that befriended Maddy in Black Night, has been kidnapped and Maddy's got to find him. On top of everything else, Gabriel is her thrall now, so if you thought their relationship was difficult before you haven't seen anything yet.

Sara: Do you have a favorite character to write? Is there a character that’s a bit harder than the rest to write?

Christina: Beezle is my favorite character to write. He gets the best lines and he gets to eat all the junk food, which is pretty much my dream job (after writing, of course).

Nathaniel is probably the most difficult character for me to write, because nothing about him is simple.

Sara: Will we meet any new characters in Black Howl?

Christina: Yes, there are a few new characters, but not too many. If there are too many characters it gets hard to write. I don’t know how some writers do it. I’m always impressed by these giant books that have a cast of thousands.

Sara: Last time, you said you were working on book four. How many books are planned for the series?

Christina: Right now there are at least six books planned for the series.

Sara: If Beezle could work team up with any Urban Fantasy sidekick, who would you want him to work with?

Christina: Bob from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. They could wreak havoc on the streets of Chicago!

Sara: Tell us a little about your writing process. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Christina: A pantser! I’ve now written four books and every one of them turned out differently than I’d thought they would. I write chronologically, so I just kind of let things unfold as I go.

Sara: What are you currently reading?

Christina: Bill Bryson’s At Home. It’s full of amazing facts. I want to read whole sections of it to anyone who will listen.

Thank you so much for having me here, Sara!

Thanks to Ace, I have one (1) print copy of Black Howl to giveaway to a lucky commenter. Just answer the following question: Which Urban Fantasy sidekick would you, the reader, want Beezle to team up with?

Giveaway Rules:
1. Must include a valid e-mail address.
2. Open to US and Canada only.
3. Giveaway ends Saturday March 3rd.
4. Winners will be chosen via

Title: Black Howl
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Madeline Black #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 02/28/12
Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago's dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black's exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems too. Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-fiance Nathaniel is out of the picture -- or so she thinks...


  1. ACK! I really want this book. I'm really sorry but when put under pressure to answer the question, I've got nothing. My mind is a blank! Hopefully you'll still count me in. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  2. I think it would be interesting to see Beezle and Sparky (from Laura Bickle's Embers/Lantern) interact. I forsee Sparky licking (and ruining) the microwave and leaving Beezle without a way to make popcorn.

  3. I'll probably spell it wrong, but definitely Gighul from the Sabina Kane series.


  4. I think Beezle should team up with Allison Pang's Phineas. What could be better than a sarcastic little gargoyle and a horny miniature unicorn?

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  5. I think Jim from Katie MacAlisters Dragon series.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  6. Ooh I think he and Jenks from Kim Harrison's Hollows series would get along famously!


  7. what about Pirate from Angie fox's demon slayer series.
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  8. I think I am with Barbara E. on this one... Phin all the way!!! Love that little guy - I mean unicorn:)


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