A big welcome to Pippa DaCosta who is here to answer a few questions and celebrate the release of City of Fae, (published on May 7, 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark).
All Things Urban Fantasy: Do you think if fae existed in the world they’d be superstars?
Pippa DaCosta: The fae in City of Fae lure people close to them by way of their sparkling personalities, their perfect beauty, and finally, their hypnotic touch. We can’t help but love them, and even though we know they’re bad for our health, we idolize them—we want to be them. This makes them perfect celebrities. It’s how they hunt. I think they would be superstars. At least some of them. But like all celebrities, there’s much more to them than what we see on the surface.
ATUF: Are you afraid of spiders? Were the spider scenes hard to write, since they’re so creepy?
Pippa: I am afraid of spiders, which made researching their behavior for City of Fae a pretty horrific experience. I spent a lot of time squirming and cringing. They communicate by tapping, and most have terrible eyesight, and rely on touch. It makes my skin crawl just typing this. My fear definitely helped understand Alina (the main character’s) situation and I hope that translated onto the page. Although she’s a lot braver than me! In the situations she finds herself in, I’d have frozen, and probably died. I’d make a terrible heroine.
ATUF: Did you have anybody famous in mind when you were creating the character of Reign?
Pippa: Well, no, although I listened to Fall Out Boy ‘Centuries’ on repeat while writing City of Fae (the lead singer’s voice is how I’d imagine Reign sounding on stage). Fans have told me Reign reminds them of an early Lestat, which I find delicious. He does have that brat prince feel about him. He’s a complex character, and certainly not immediately likeable, although we later learn he has his reasons for being an asshat.
ATUF: Have you read any good urban fantasy recently? Or any good new adult?
Pippa: I gorge myself on UF. My favorites have to be Kate Daniels series and the Night Huntress series, but Harry Dresden is right up there too. Oh, and the Mercy Thompson series! So many yummy books to read and definitely not enough time to read them all. I’ve just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, which is an upper YA fantasy that will definitely appeal to new adult readers, and is absolutely scrumptious.
ATUF: When creating the underground world of the fae did you get inspiration from any other books or movies?
Pippa: The idea came from fae lore itself. In many folktales, the fae dwell underground in fairy mounds. When I first considered how I could make the fae in City of Fae different, I decided to take them out of the countryside and put them in the city, but I didn’t want to lose their mythical roots. And then, while visiting London, I asked myself what it would be like if creatures lived just below our feet. So many people, going about their daily lives, never knowing something hungry lay in wait.
ATUF: What are you working on next?
Pippa: Gosh, I have so much happening right now. At this very moment I’m editing my sexy sci-fi series, Girl From Above, and I’m about to start work on a completely new fantasy project. I also have an existing five book urban fantasy series (the Veil Series) that I’d like to further expand on.
ATUF: Will you return to the world you’ve created in CITY OF FAE?
Pippa: Definitely. City of Fae scratches the surface of what the London Fae have to offer. There’s so much still to explore. Alina has a long way to go to truly discover herself, and Reign, well…let’s just say he likes to keep his secrets close.
Born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa’s family moved to the South West of England where she grew up amongst the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Gypsy angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the Mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border.
City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta
Available on May 7, 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.
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