Thursday, June 1, 2017

Interview with Urban Fantasy Authors C.N. Crawford and Alex Rivers (Bonus! Giveaway!)



The fae live among us. And one of them is a serial killer.


"I am seriously impressed with this book. It blends hunting for a serial killer in London with concerns about fighting terrorism in our modern world and it works!" 5 star review.
Please welcome authors C.N. Crawford and Alex Rivers! I contacted them after reading the first two books in their Dark Fae FBI series. I LOVED the books and wanted more. So I asked them if they would do an interview for my website...because I want to know ALL THE THINGS NOW about their new series.

Keep reading! There's a giveaway at the end.

Michelle: You co-wrote this series. How did you divvy up the writing? I know some co-authors alternate scenes or characters.

Alex: We outline the book together via messenger or chat. Then I write a first initial draft that contains the bare bones of most of the scenes. Then Christine goes through my draft, fills it up with color, changes some of the sections so they work better, and writes the missing scenes/chapters. Then we alternate, going over each other’s corrections of the book until we’re both happy with the final result

Michelle: How did you end up writing together? By design or by evolution? Do you ever have any *ahem* heated discussions about what direction to take in a scene? Ever flip a coin as a tiebreaker?

Alex: There’s a scene in Agent of Enchantment when Cassandra chases the killer into the land of the fae, and meets Roan there. It’s a pivotal scene, because her entire demeanor toward Roan changes in that scene. We had a lot of disagreements regarding their interactions there, and the scene was rewritten half a dozen times, but it ended up a scene we were both happy with, which was a sort of middle-ground between both approaches. We work out all differences by talking and convincing each other, because neither of us is really the type of person who can just write off a scene as “okay whatever, do what you like”

Christine: I don’t remember this at all but now that I learned we disagreed I am annoyed for no reason. Ultimately I really trust Alex’s opinion so that helps us get over disagreements.

How we ended up writing together is that we were already critique partners and had been for a few years, and I knew I could work with Alex because he is very focused and would get things done on time, and I like his writing and knew I could get along with him.

Michelle: How did you come up with Cassandra the heroine of your Dark Fae FBI series?

Christine: Alex was already writing FBI profiler books under another name (Mike Omer), and I’m a psychologist, so we thought it would be a good idea to combine all these things with urban fantasy. It was fun to include some aspects of my other field (i.e. she thinks a lot about nature and nurture arguments), and Alex brought a lot of his FBI research to the table.

Michelle: Cassandra's an FBI profiler, did you have a profile put together for her or any of the other characters? Or did you let the characters come organically?

Christine: We have profiles for the major characters, which usually include past traumas and an idea of what their flaws and defense mechanisms are. But they are different from reports I would write as a psychologist which would usually be IQ scores and a bunch of boring stuff about organizational skills.  

Alex: Several characters just sprouted spontaneously. Alvin, who is one of the most popular characters in the books was a spur of the moment idea by Christine, and some of the minor antagonists were things created in my twisted mind while I was walking the dogs.

Michelle:Every author has their own take on Fae mythology and I always love to see what people decide to make up, endlessly innovating the world of fantasy. What did you decide to write 'true to myth' and where did you take liberties?

Christine: We have sort of a mixture of characters from Irish, English, and Scottish mythology that are all blended together. It doesn’t take place in Ireland, but the Irish fae are just particularly cool. We borrowed from British Celtic gods to name a lot of the fae characters (but not all of them).

Michelle:The series takes place in London, and one of the most delightful aspects for me was the way historical events are attributed to the Fae. The great fire, the plague, the dancing plague etc... Did you know all this history before you wrote the series or was this something you sought out after you developed Cassandra? Also, I'm guessing from all the detail in the books that you've been to London, yes?

Christine: I lived in London for eight years and was obsessed with the history of the city. So for this book, we didn’t have to do any new research, but we were treading over the old neighborhoods that I miss so much.

Michelle:There are two men in Cassandra's life. Gabriel, the long suffering, but loyal police officer, and Roan, the dangerous but exciting Fae. We don't know who Cassandra will end up with, maybe neither of them, but who do YOU pick and why? Who do you think readers are rooting for? I'm with Gabriel. Roan's exciting, but at my age, I like a man who knows how to show up and be supportive. Lol

Christine: There is something really appealing to me about the fact that Gabriel has a clean house, and that he cooks for Cassandra. But it’s hard to resist a character with a dark and mysterious past like Roan. Also he is a sex fae. I mean, come on.

Alex: I like Gabriel better than Roan, because he has a nice smile, and is fun to talk to.

Michelle: Who are your favorite secondary characters? The leads, Cassandra and Roan, are fab but who did you become a fan of as the story developed? I myself enjoy Alvin and his trinkets that never quite work as expected.

Christine: I think Scarlett is my favorite. And she might get her own series some day.

Alex: I like Alvin best. He makes me laugh.

Michelle:.How many books do you have planned for this series? The first two are out now, when is the third coming out?

Christine: There are four planned for this series.

Michelle: Tell me all the things about your other series please.

Alex: I write crime thrillers under the name Mike Omer. I currently have 3 books in the Glenmore Park Mystery series which revolves around the detective squad in the town Glenmore Park.

Christine: I have two other urban fantasy series: Vampire’s Mage, which is about a demon-hunter who ends up on the side of the demons, and includes a romance with a shadowy demi-god. And my husband writes the first draft of a series called Demons of Fire and Night, about a girl with no memory who learns she’s a hellhound and gets swept away into a world of the demons.

Giveaway! Comment on this post with your answer to the question below for a chance to win a copy of the first two books in the Dark Fae FBI series and a $5 Amazon giftcard.

QUESTION: The portal to Fairy is open...do you go through or not? Who dares to take the risk? (It was a pretty dangerous place for Cassandra. FYI.)

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86 comments:

  1. I would like to think I would go through the portal :)

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  2. Life is always a risk. To live is to take risks and to explore. I would definitely go through. My curiosity always seems to get the better of me.

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  3. Wow! A great interview! You both may have a new stalker ;) lol ... I just added both books to my TBR list & see more intriguing ones to check out later! ... Yes, I believe I would step through ;)

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  4. Umm yes of course I would go lol! I've dreamed of the Fae my whole life!

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  5. Definitely go through, I like to think I'm brave enough for any challenge and know my strengths and weaknesses.

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  6. Great interview! The covers for this series look great and the books sound interesting! I don't think I would go to the portal, sounds pretty dangerous to me.

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  7. I.m honestly not sure if I would go through? I doubt it, only because I'm not as daring as I use to be when I was younger. Loved the interview and covers and looking forward to going through the Portal by reading about it. ;)

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  8. Through bunch of wussssys!!!!

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  9. I would definitely go! It would be cool to go on my own adventure even if there is danger!!

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  10. I would definitely go through as I love adventures

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  11. I would take the chance and go through the portal. You only live once! Im very adventurous and would love to see what would be in store for me ahead! ;)

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  12. I would though very hesitantly since faerie can be deadly. :-)

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  13. I would like to think yes, but probably not. I'm a chicken, even though I pretend not to be.

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  14. I would go! Without taking risks, one never reaches the heights.

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  15. I would go through because it would bother me with what if later on in life

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  16. Awesome review and I probably would go through-would love an adventure.

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  17. No way! I'm more of an armchair adventurer.

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  18. My adventurous mind would like to say yes but my cautionary side is screaming NO!Who should I listen too?....I feel like I might chicken out on it sadly, the only way I would go is if I went with someone else hahah ��

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  19. For sure I would go through the portal, sometimes you have to take chances!

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  20. I would go through. I'd love to meet the Fae

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  21. Yes I would definitely go through. My mind would be saying go you only live once. πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜„

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  22. Hell yeah I would go in! Who doesnt want that excitement?! :)

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  23. Yes, however, I don't want to go alone. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I suspect that I would not go through the portal.

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  25. I'm not sure if I would go through. I'd like to think I would.

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  26. I would have to go through the portal. Curriosity may have killed the cat.. but.. we only have one life that we know of.. they have 9.. so try the portal!

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  27. I would go through the portal!!!!

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  28. Of course, go through it! What an adventure! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I wouldn't go because it sounds too dangerous but would always wonder what I missed because it sounds really interesting.

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  30. Nah. Boll@cks to that. I'd let one of you nutters go first! ;-)

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  31. I am not brave, so I would probably not go thrpugh. However, being a total klutz, I would be in thereand losycbefore I knew it.

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  32. I would brave it and go through!!

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  33. I think that I would as I have always been fascinated with the fae and this would be an awesome opportunity to learn more

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  34. Oh I'd go through in a NY second and i'd be holding my daughters han and skipping right through humming that Cranberries song "all my life. . .🎢"My mothers family is from irland and scottland. So we'll fit right in. Just send me the golden tickets and we are there!

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  35. Absolutely I would go through the portal to Fairy. Hopefully I would find a HEA!
    Thanks for shating this series Michelle.
    (((HUGS)))
    PAMELA ALTMAN TALLEY

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  36. Absolutely I would go through the portal to Fairy. Hopefully I would find a HEA!
    Thanks for shating this series Michelle.
    (((HUGS)))
    PAMELA ALTMAN TALLEY

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  37. I would go through. Life is an adventure in itself and it would be an even greater adventure in the face world.

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  38. Probably, I've always been too curious for my own good.

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  39. I would go through! I love to live life and this would be living it to the fullest and in the edge! Just my style!
    I loved the interview looking forward to reading this series! Thanks Michelle for sharing this , I am always looking for something new to add to my author list !

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  40. Honestly, I would go just because gotta live life to the fullest and you only live once. Plus my name isCassandra and from one to another I'd say go for it.

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  41. I'd go through, I love everything mystical and the temptation would be too great not to.

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  42. I would go through without any hesitation
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  43. You both work so well together and I'm looking fwd to more. I would Definitely go threw Because in today's world there so much danger & fighting around every corner of the world so why not go to a place that's the same except there's magic you get to be part of. I'd find someone who was able to turn me into a far with the strongest most bad ass power where I was untouchable. After this happens I go out find all the "things" that go bump in the night and kick some ass and make things better. Oh yeah I'd become the queen farie and marry the sexiest set of Alfa twins. Bahahaha

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  44. I would go through the portal. I like to take risks and going to Fairy would be an interesting place to be, with the magic, mystery and possible romance

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  45. I would love to go through it without question! I love learning about new places.

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  46. Of course I'd go through! How exciting a whole new world!

    But...when is book 3 coming???

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  47. I just ordered both books. sounds like an exciting ride..thank you

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  48. I would be tempted to go through but my family needs me so I probably wouldn't. Thank you

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  49. Honestly, younger I would have gone through, but with kiddos, I wouldn't risk it, other than to read about it! Unless my kids where on the otherside, then watch out!

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  50. I am the curious type so I would go through the portal
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  51. I would go. It would definitely be an adventure!

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  52. Probably not go through because I'm a wimp. I love adventures on paper, nice, clean, sanitary paper! LOL. No old leaf toilet paper for me. Or condition that require more than a recliner and my Kindle. 😁

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  53. I would, I wouldn't be able to resist!

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  54. Absolutely fantastic interview, it has intrigued me so of course I now HAVE to read both books, and Alex's books under his other pen name are also going on my TBR! As to the portal, YES provided as I go through the "magic" gives me the use of my legs again AND it is permanent (In my dreams anyway lol).

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  55. I'm gonna have to start carrying some anti-fae weaponry in my purse if portals are going to be popping up out of nowhere. I guess I'd go through, though--now where's that piece of iron I had lying around somewhere? Oh, and maybe some salt...what else? I'm gonna need more books...hint, hint��

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    1. And you're our winner! Woo! Please email me at MichelleFoxwrites@gmail.com to claim your prize!

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    2. I am curious, I think I'd go through just to see what is on the other side

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  56. My curiosity can tend to get the better of me. I'd probably go through.

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  57. I would definitely go through...no guts, no glory!!!

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  58. I have a crazy dare devil streak so yeah I would go
    Susan

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  60. I would run through the portal, I live for adventure!!!
    Victor

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  61. I'm pretty sure I would go through the portal because I'm crazy like that:)

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  62. I would go through it if I'm looking for someone or something, but not just to be curious

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  63. I would like to go through, but I would drag someone else along with me. Maybe they would think twice about causing us trouble if there is two of us. But yeah, I'm curious.

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  64. I am more a strategist than a fighter. If I was alone I would not go through. Now, if I had someone that could handle danger heck yea.

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  65. I would love to think I would go through, but I'd definitely recruit some people to go with me and have my back!

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  66. I'd be through that portal so fast! What if it closed? Once in a lifetime opportunity!

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  67. I would go through the portal of course. Just as I would go with the Doctor on the TARDIS! Thanks for the opportunity. πŸ’ž

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  68. I would go through the portal of course. Just as I would go with the Doctor on the TARDIS! Thanks for the opportunity. πŸ’ž

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  69. I would definitely go through it😊
    What's life without a little adventure ❤️

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  70. I'd go through if I could bring a friend, too much of a wuss to do it solo. ;)

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  71. Go through. "if God opens a door!?"

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  72. I would go through, if I didn't have kids.

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  73. I would go through it ! I can't help myself !

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  74. Sorry to be the chicken, but I have enough trouble with this realm; I am absolutely sure I'd be toast in a new one.

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  75. I would only go through if I had a magical friendly escort. I would not survive on my own! Thank you for the chance

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  76. Take a chance go, go, goooooooo through

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  77. I'm the curious type so I'd like to think that I would go through the portal.

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  78. CONTEST CLOSED. No entries accepted after this point. K was our winner!

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