Blogoversary Day 23: Phoebe Matthews

Jen: We are excited to have Phoebe Matthews as our guest this week. Phoebe, will you please share a short bio with us?

Phoebe: I live in the Seattle area, with mountains in one direction and salt water in the other. My career moved from writing astrology magazine articles to writing novels, with a few detours. Now I concentrate on urban fantasy because that’s what I love to read. My first urban fantasy series is Mudflat, a neighborhood in Seattle made up of average income people who have inherited magic.

Jen: Tell us about Vampire Career and where is can be purchased.

Phoebe: Vampire Career takes place on the Olympic Peninsula where, as everyone knows, vampires roam. The heroine is a sickly girl condemned to an early death unless she can find a vampire to save her, and so off she goes, with no clear idea of what life as a vampire entails. The book is available in print and hardcover from Amazon or Barnes&Noble, and in print from the publisher.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Phoebe: I grew up in a home of writers. My parents owned a small town newspaper, and I was on the staff of the high school paper. My first fantasy book was Cast Down the Stars, pure fantasy set in an imaginary world and published by Holt Rinehart Winston.

Jen: Do you struggle with deadlines? How do you deal with the pressure?

Phoebe: For me writing isn’t work, it is an escape. Dealing with deadlines isn’t a problem. Shutting down the computer and doing chores is much more difficult, I mean, honestly, wouldn’t anyone rather be in storyland than pushing the vacuum?

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Phoebe: Love is what makes life lovely and so even though my urban fantasies are filled with suspense and action, there is always a love story.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Phoebe: I’ve written contemporary, Regency and YA romances as well as adventure, and I am doing a novella trilogy that is historic. Usually the story idea comes first and then I decide on the genre. A genre I will probably not try? Hmm, pure science fiction, I guess. I like reading it but I don’t have the knowledge to write it.

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Phoebe: I try to pick names that reflect the personality of the character. Also, names should be easy to spell and pronounce so the reader can concentrate on the story and not have to keep trying to figure out how to pronounce Djinbarralell. Names like that don’t show up in most romances, but they do show up in fantasy or paranormal stories and can be distracting.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Phoebe: I love Rachel Caine and Lilith Saintcrow. Last week I read the third book in the Demon’s Lexicon series by Sarah Brennan. Fabulous!

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?

Phoebe: Oh, when the publisher put together the description for Vampire Career he called it offbeat, and I had to laugh. I hadn’t thought about it, but yes, the series is offbeat.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Phoebe: I am already involved in so many projects, let’s see, I am working on the sixth Mudflat book and have completed the first draft of the second Turning Vampire book, and am polishing up the third Sunspinner book for next autumn.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

My website has reviews and first chapters of my current books, shows available backlist books, usually contains a short story, and also there is a blog page.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Phoebe: Feedback, I always love feedback, love to hear what readers would like. One reader wrote that she wanted to know more about Dominic, a minor character in Vampire Career, and she’s right, he needs to return, probably in the fourth book of the series.

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