I had a great time chatting with Angie Fox. She’s super fun and full of great ideas. As the author of the the popular Biker Witches series (check out my review on the first of that series here: http://www.womenofbadassery.com/accidental-demon-slayer/) and the Monster MASH series, she’s had her hands in a lot of urban fantasy. Urban fantasy is the perfect vehicle for badass heroines, so I couldn’t wait to pick Angie’s brain a little bit.
Zen: What makes you pick up a book to read?
Angie Fox: I read a lot, so when I pick up a book, I’m looking for something new and different, whether that is a unique storyline (like the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters), a quirky author voice (like MaryJanice Davidson’s), or something to brighten my day (anything by Lynsay Sands or Kerrelyn Sparks).
Zen: What makes you stop reading and give up on a book?
Angie Fox: If I feel like I’ve read it before—although sometimes I actually have. I’m terrible about buying books that are already on my shelves. I’ll read the first chapter and think, “This sounds familiar. I must have read the excerpt.” I read the second chapter with growing suspicion. By the third chapter, I know I’ve just bought a book I’ve already read. I need to keep better track on Goodreads, or keep a diary, or something. Ebooks have solved my problem somewhat, although I still read about half print books, so not always.
Zen: What kind of characters keep you reading?
Angie Fox: I like characters who are flawed, who are keenly aware that they are not perfect, but they’re out there trying anyway.
Zen: What do you like best about writing books?
Angie Fox: For me, it’s an escape. I get to create a completely different world, and whether I’m populating it with biker witches (like in The Accidental Demon Slayer books) or ghost hunters (like in my upcoming new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries), I know I’m going to have a good time.
Oh, and by the way, The Accidental Demon Slayer is free right now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo.
Zen: How is writing a strong woman different than writing a strong man?
Angie Fox: You know, I was just talking about this with some author friends and we all came to the conclusion that there shouldn’t be any difference, really. It’s just that some readers are surprised at strong women because they are the exception to the rule.
And then it drives us all crazy when an author or a movie writer feels the need to surround a strong women with a bunch of weak women in order to…I don’t know what. Balance that? Whatever the reason, it’s wrong.
But I’m keeping the faith because the more we write strong women characters and the more we as readers expect that from our authors, the status quo will change and strong female characters will be the norm.
Zen: Who are your favorite badass women in movies?
Angie Fox: Jane Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone
Clarice Sterling in Silence of the Lambs
Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich