Interview & Contest: Allison Pang

Today, Allison Pang’s Blog Tour makes a stop at Romancing the Book and we’re happy to present an interview between our reviewer, April, and Abby Sinclair, the star of Allison’s newest release, A Sliver of Shadow.

April: Hello Abby, it is wonderful to meet you! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today! Could you please tell our lovely readers about yourself?

Abby: There’s not much to tell, really. I’m probably fairly average as people go. I’ve had my share of issues, but I just try to be myself, no matter what situation I’m thrust into. I don’t always make the wisest of choices, but I do try to be a good person.

I also like bacon.

April: Abby, you are a Touchstone for some pretty powerful people. Could you tell us a bit about that?
Abby: As jobs go, it’s pretty stressful at times. I’m always worried that I’m going to mess something up or accidentally offend someone. Things are bit better now than they were. I’m getting a bit more on-the-job training with Moira, so I’m less likely to constantly shove my foot in my mouth.

Being a TouchStone varies from Contract to Contract. Many of them are short term, so there’s not much to them. Moira is the Fae Protectorate to Portsmyth, so I’m actually committed to be her TouchStone for the next several years. In some ways, I’ve become her mortal liaison between OtherFolk and mortals.

Sometimes that includes paperwork…and sometimes that includes babysitting. Every day is different.

April: How did you first become involved in being a Touchstone and is it something you would encourage others to become?

Abby: I stumbled into it. I had a one night stand with a vampire and accidentally made a Contract that wasn’t overly to my benefit. Lucky for me it was short term and there wasn’t any lasting damage done, but it opened the door for other opportunities – although I pretty much fell into the Contract with Moira.

I was looking for a place to live and saw the sign for an apartment for rent about a used bookstore. I went in to inquire and was pretty much offered the job immediately. Not knowing any better, I took it. (Although at that point in my life, I was rather fatalistic at times. I probably just wanted something different.)

Would I encourage others to do it? *shrugs* I’m not one to interfere. Just read the fine print of your Contract and make sure you really understand what you’re being asked to do…and that you’re fairly compensated for it. OtherFolk don’t generally lie directly, but they are wonderful at twisting things to their own advantage.

April: Brystion is pretty hot and steamy! Can you tell readers a bit about him?

Abby: Hmm. You know on Facebook there’s that relationship status that says “It’s complicated”? Yeah, that’s about right. Brystion *is* hot and steamy…and a bit of an ass. Honestly, I don’t always understand him or his motivations, though he does seem to want what’s best for me. I just wish he’d actually consult me on that part.

I’m a big girl – I can make my own decisions, after all. Since he’s an incubus, certain parts of his nature involve sex – I’m rather aware of that, on a fairly molecular basis. Of course, it probably doesn’t help matters much that he’s sort of taken residence in my Dreaming Heart.

Otherwise, I’m not going to kiss and tell.

April: Having a unicorn as a pet – a perverted one at that – can’t be overly fun or, er, comfortable, am I right? Tell us what that is truly like and what kind of animal you would prefer as a pet.

Abby: Well, it’s not boring. So that’s something.

Phin isn’t so bad once you get past the pervy old man exterior. He’s actually rather sweet at times, though I wouldn’t go so far as to tell him that. There’s a lot more to him than just the surface, and he’s been around for a long time – he’s got insight into my life situation and understands it in a way that most people can’t.

I’d be okay with a cat as a pet, but Phin can fend for himself in ways that an animal never could. Given my circumstances, I’m better off with the unicorn. Even if he is always trying to roll around in my underwear.

April: Abby, can you describe a typical day in your life?

Abby: It varies. Aside from my rather new-found live-in babysitting duties, most of my day is either working at the used bookstore (The Pit). Sometimes that’s mixed up with OtherFolk responsibilities – Court with Moira, for example, or advice via Dear Abby letters.

If I’m feeling up to it, I head to the Hallows bar to hang out with my friends, though I’m a bit of an introvert sometimes, so often I just chill out at home. Being a TouchStone does take up a fair amount of energy, so I tend to want to just relax when I can.

Most nights I open the Midnight Marketplace for an hour – it’s basically an OtherFolk shop, full of oddies. IT’s also run by Moira, but the brunt of saleswork falls to me. It’s probably my favorite part of the job.

April: Now, how about an ideal day? What would you love to do if you could do anything or go anywhere your heart desires?

Abby: I don’t know. I’m not sure there is an ideal day. I’d like to be physically whole again. I’d like my mother back. That’s about it.

April: You meet a lot of different types of peoples and “creatures” known as “Others”. What types of “Others” are your favorites?

Abby: The ones who don’t treat me like I’m a piece of dogcrap on their shoe. A lot of them are racist and snobs and they hate the fact they often require mortals to get around. Tends to put a chip on their shoulder.

As long as they treat me decent, I’m happy.

April: Again, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today, Abby. It has been delightful! Is there anything that you would like to tell our readers out there – both those who have yet to read your story and those who already have?

Abby: Don’t take me too seriously. I don’t. 😉

Also, watch your backside. Phin bites. Hard.

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A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.

She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.

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