To celebrate the recent release of the fourth book in the Charlie Madigan series, Shadows Before the Sun, I’m happy to have the amazing Kelly Gay on the blog, for an interview!
To start, could you give us a quick primer on Charlie Madigan and her world?
Charlie is a thirty-one year old single mother to a preteen daughter. She lives with her daughter, a revenant occupying the body of her ex-husband, and a rescued hellhound named Brim in Atlanta. Charlie and her partner Hank, a siren, are law enforcement officers, policing the criminal element in and around Underground Atlanta, the largest off-worlder neighborhood in the city. Years earlier, heaven and hell (and the beings in them) came out of the closet, many immigrating to our world. All of our myths of gods, demons, angels, and mythical creatures come from these two worlds (called Elysia and Charbydon), and the beings within them having used our planet in the past as a battle ground, neutral ground, and subsequently a place to settle.
THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES ends very dramatically, with Hank being taken back to Elysia and Charlie saving Bryn. From the looks of the prologue of SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN, you're starting us off with your usual suck-you-in opening. What else do you have in store for readers in this novel?
Alessandra, the oracle, makes a big appearance in the book. We’ll see what the heavenly world of Elysia is like, what’s been happening to Hank in the siren city of Fiallan, and how Charlie deals with the creature known as Sachath (aka Death). There are some pretty big battles, and some terrible things that made me tear up when writing. The books ended up being more emotional than I thought, more gut wrenching and surprising. I guess when it comes down to it, I’d say this is really Hank and Charlie’s book.
Rex is one of my favourite characters in the series and he's had quite the story arc in the first three novels. What do you have in store for him? Will we see him exploring his jinn heritage? Is he still a Revenant if he's the only soul in the body?
Thank you! I love Rex. Technically now that Will is gone, Rex isn’t really a revenant, since he won’t be jumping bodies anytime soon. He’s now a permanent fixture in not only body, but in Charlie and Em’s lives as well. They couldn’t kick him out if they tried! Rex makes an appearance in this installment, but not as big a one as Rex fans probably hoped. But I’m not done with him yet! He’s just too fun to write about. In Shadows you’ll see how he’s been handling all the jinn traits that have been manifesting – in typical Rex style, LOL.
Charlie's wielding a pretty serious sword on the cover of SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN instead of her usual gun. Can you give us any non-spoilery hints about that?
The sword on the cover relates to the First Ones. And that’s all I can say. :)
Which characters in the series are your favourite to write?
I’ve always enjoyed writing Charlie and Emma. But getting inside of Rex’s head is one of my favorite things. But my favorite character to write about in this book was Hank. I wrote several scenes from his point of view, which is a first for the series, and I fell in love with him all over again. He’s still that mix of powerful siren/confident male and devilish charm, but now he’s so much more. Can’t spoil it, but *sigh*.
Is there anything you can tell us about the future of the series? Will there be more Charlie Madigan books? (I really hope so!)
I hope so too! We’re discussing that now. I have so much more left in me with these characters. I feel very invested in all of them. And I’d love to write some stories featuring others besides Charlie.
Do you have any memories of summer camp that you'd care to share?
Never went to summer camp. Weird, that.
What qualifies as a scary campfire story in Charlie Madigan's world? (I'm assuming the usual bump-in-the-night is a bit different.)
Hmm. Probably something along the lines of the evil Circe, a few moon snakes, and the shadow of death. *shivers*
Thanks you so much for your participation <3
You’re very welcome. Thanks for having me!
More about Shadows Before the Sun:
The electrifying sequel to the acclaimed urban fantasies The Better Part of Darkness, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, and The Hour of Dust and Ashes!
After filling out mountains of paperwork, Detective Charlie Madigan sets out for a death-defying trip into heavenly Elysia to rescue her partner Hank and bring the siren home. Of course, she doesn’t expect to leave behind an all out siren revolution or return home to find that jinn crime boss, Grigori Tennin, has begun a massive search for the divine being, Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death and awakens Ahkneri from her long sleep. And when Vengeance rises, Atlanta will never be the same.
Kelly is offering one (1) lucky winner a copy of Shadows Before the Sun!
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Ends Wednesday, August 5th, 2012
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More books by Kelly:
“I'm just your average bookworm who likes to spend an embarrassing amount of time in make-believe places.
I've had many jobs from construction (I can drive a backhoe, tar and shingle a roof, and frame out a house) to waiting on tables, threading film through a projector, managing horse farms, and selling men's underwear (a talent, I tell you!).
In the writing world, I'm a 2010 double RITA finalist, a three-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, and a recipient of an NC Arts Council Fellowship grant in Literature.”