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Interview with Tiffany Allee, author of the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - February 14, 2013

Please welcome Tiffany Allee to The Qwillery as part of the Lycan Unleashed Blog Tour!

Interview with Tiffany Allee, author of  the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - February 14, 2013

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Tiffany:  Thank you so much for having me here!

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Tiffany:  Apparently, I make faces when editing. I also make little action motions. This is why I only reread and edit when I’m not in the same room as my husband. No need to give him more fodder—he makes fun of me enough as it is. :)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Tiffany:  I am a pretty heavy-duty plotter most of the time. But, every book is different, and while I’m able to plot many stories down to the scene and change very little when writing, with others I have to be more flexible. I always try to be a plotter as much as possible. It definitely cuts down on the rewriting.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Tiffany:  Generally, the most challenging part for me is the first draft, specifically the first few chapters of the first draft when I’m figuring out the voices and the feel of the characters. I absolutely love editing and revising, so those parts come a little easier for me.

TQ:  Describe Lycan Unleashed in 140 characters or less.

Tiffany:  Let’s pretend tweeting is like a math problem. ;-)

Sexy lycan + sensitive in danger + dead vampire = mystery + romance.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Lycan Unleashed?

Tiffany:  Astrid and Mason have been side characters in previous books. And Astrid has been in all of the books thus far. I wanted to explore their very unique set of problems in a way that allowed them some healing through finding each other.

They’re very different people, and I found that fun to write about. Astrid is quiet, polite, and lacking in offensive powers. But she does have one of the most useful abilities a detective can have, and she’s no push over. As a lycan, Mason is strong physically. But he isn’t exactly a people person, and he has a lot of guilt to overcome. I think they have a fun dynamic.

TQ:   What sort of research did you do for Lycan Unleashed?

Tiffany:  In writing the series as a whole I’ve done quite a bit of research, particularly for the police procedural aspects. I’ve used books and online resources to look up everything from police procedures to how long it takes bodies to start to smell (gross, I know). I also do a lot of research on legendary creatures, so I can twist them around for this world.

For Lycan Unleashed, I specifically researched old coins to find one to use for the model of the coin in the story.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Tiffany:  For Lycan Unleashed, I think that getting Mason’s voice and vibe in was the most difficult, since we remain in Astrid’s point of view. Conveying how he feels and his characteristics can be a bit more difficult since we never peek into his thoughts directly.

That being said, I don’t think Astrid was exactly easy to write. This series has been a challenge for me as a writer since all of the books are written in first person point of view, but each character has to sound and feel very unique. This was tough because they’re all female police officers in very similar units, all solving mysteries and finding love. Luckily, they are all very different from each other in a lot of ways, so I think their uniqueness comes across.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Lycan Unleashed?

Tiffany:  One of my favorite scenes is when Astrid is describing how her powers work to Mason. The way she sees the world was a lot of fun to write, and it gets pretty steamy toward the end. ;-)

TQ:  What's next?

Tiffany:  Next, I have a novel coming out from Entangled Publishing’s Covet imprint. It is a light paranormal romance about a vampire who is dragged by his human neighbor to her sister’s cruise ship wedding. Hijinks ensue. The book is called Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, and will be out this spring.

The fourth installment in the From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency is scheduled for this summer, and will feature Claude Desmarais, Astrid’s vampire partner, as the hero.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tiffany:  Thank you!

From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency

Lycan Unleashed
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 3
Ever After (Entangled Publishing), January 2013
eBook, 162 pages

Interview with Tiffany Allee, author of  the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - February 14, 2013
Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed—not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.

Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.

Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.

Succubus Lost
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 2
Ever After (Entangled Publishing), May 2012
eBook, 211 pages

Interview with Tiffany Allee, author of  the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - February 14, 2013
Someone is kidnapping and incinerating otherworlders beyond recognition, and detective Marisol Whitman, a succubus, races to find the murderer before he claims another victim. But her pursuit is derailed when her responsible younger sister vanishes. Marisol suspects foul play and enlists support from an unlikely source: an agent from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, Valerio Costa.

When the trail pointing to everyone from vampires to witches dries up, Agent Costa admits to knowing more than he’s shared. Marisol’s sister’s kidnapper harnesses more magic than she can imagine—and they’re running out of time. To find her sister before her powers are drained and twisted beyond recognition, Marisol must connect the dots between cases and put her trust in Costa, a salamander who may burn her before she can solve either case.

Banshee Charmer
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 1
Ever After (Entangled Publishing), January 2012
eBook, 159 pages

Interview with Tiffany Allee, author of  the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - February 14, 2013
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…

About Tiffany

Interview with Tiffany Allee, author of  the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - February 14, 2013
CPA-turned-romance-author Tiffany Allee used to battle spreadsheets in Corporate America, and now concentrates on her characters’ battles to find love. Raised in small-town Colorado, Tiffany currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver. She is happily married to a secret romantic who tolerates her crazy mutterings.

She writes about ass-kicking heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Her work includes the suspense-driven From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series which revolves around a group of paranormal cops solving crimes and finding love, and Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, a lighthearted paranormal romance (Entangled Publishing).

Tiffany has an MBA in accounting and nearly a decade of experience in corporate finance. All super useful stuff for a writer who spends far too much time trying to figure out fun ways to keep her characters apart, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books—of course!).

Tiffany is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win her or his choice of a copy of either Banshee Charmer or Succubus Lost  plus a signed bookmark featuring the series from Entangled Publishing.

How:   Answer The Qwillery's Question: 

You work for the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. What is your job?

Please remember - if you don't answer the questions your entry will not be counted.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

So many winnners!!

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - Ended January 21, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  If you worked for a secret governmental agency dealing with the supernatural, what would your job be?

rissatoo who said:

Fab interview! (And great review, too!) I really can hardly wait to read The Rook.

Now, as far as the question, my first inclination is to say something wild, like I'd be a handler - someone who interacts and directs with the 'agents'.. But if I'm honest, I'd probably be in some very mundane section, like accounting - and very likely a very small cog in the machine. :p

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold (5 copies) - Ended January 24, 2012 - Read the interview here. UK/US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which books or movies are you looking forward to in 2012?

1)  Lexi who said:

Can't wait to read about this city! Your book sounds great! A fun interview to read!

I am waiting to see the Huntsman, even though I am not a fan of the girl from Twilight I am a sucker for anything fairy tale.

2)  Stephanie who said:

I'm looking forward to A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.

3)  Barbara E. who said:

In books, I'm looking forward to Allison Pang's A Sliver of Shadow, Stacey Jay's Blood on the Bayou, Ann Aguirre's Devil's Punch, and Kevin Hearne's Tricked. In movies, I'm looking forward to The Avengers, Underworld: Awakening, John Carter, Men In Black III and Dark Shadows.

4)  kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews who said:

Definitely looking forward to Avengers, Brave and Raven. Also Gunmetal Magic and Sacrificial Magic in books.

5)  ML who said:

I'm looking forward to the new Underworld movie (guilty pleasure), One for the Money and Hunger Games. I think the book I'm most looking forward to is Iced by Karen Marie Moning.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Haunted Warrior by Allie Mackay (signed) - Ended January 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Kilts or jeans? Which should your Highlander be wearing?

kansassweet43 who said:

Well I would have to say both, a kilt and jeans. The kilt just for me (you know so I can run my hands here and there), and some tight fittin jeans, well what can you say about those. Some guys just look fine in a pair of jeans. :)

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Choice of signed ARC of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard 1) or The Seduction of Phaeton Black (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 1) by Jillian Stone - Ended January 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which Sherlock is your favorite?

Vivien who said:

I love the new Robert Downey version. Too funny!

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Deliver Me from Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1) by Tes Hilaire - Ended January 27, 2012 - Read the guest post here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite flawed alpha males or females?

traci16 who said:

First of all, your story sounds really intriguing. I think one of the most flawed characters I have read about was Louis in Interview with the Vampire. He just cant reconcile who and what he has become with what he has lost......

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 1) ecopy by Tiffany Allee - Ended January 30, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which paranormal being or beings do you think is/are most misunderstood?

bn100 who said:

I think demons are the most understood.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss - Ended January 31, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:   Which unresolved love story or stories would you like to see have a happy ending(s)?

Linda McDonald who said:

I would say Salander and Blomquist in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series. At the end of the series you really don't know where they seems to me like they are just friends, but I'd like to think that maybe they have a happier romantic ending. The books are not romances, but I am curious as to what the author (who sadly is deceased) felt about the ending to their story and if he thinks they were together or not.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter 1) by Katie Reus - Ended February 1, 2012 - Read the interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite type of paranormal being? (shifter, vampire, etc.)

Victoria who said:

I'd have to go with my first love Vampires though Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter's demons run a close second.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Firelight (Darkest London 1) by Kristen Callihan - Ended February 3, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  What is/are your favorite fairytale(s)?

LadyVampire2u who said:

Congrats on your upcoming release of Firelight! My favorite fairy tales are Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. I know that is a bunch but I love my fairy tales. Beauty and the beast is my top favorite though. :)

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars 1) by Claire Ashgrove - Ended February 4, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which historical person(s) would you like to have dinner with?

Leah Weller who said:

Claire, the book sounds right up my alley! History is a passion of mine also. I added this to the list of books to look for that seems to be rapidly growing, but I added a check beside it being as I felt drawn to it. I love finding new to me authors :)

If I could have dinner with someone from the past, who would it be? That's a hard question for me and I couldn't narrow it down to just one so I'm adding two. William the Conqueror and King Henry the ll. Gotta love those Plantagenents! I would have many questions for both but the most important one would be to ask what was the one thing that happened in their life that was THE defining moment that made them who they were.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, February 12, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.
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