TQ: Welcome back to The Qwillery!
Hannah: Thanks so much for having me back - I'm happy to be here!
TQ: Please tell us about Under Attack, the second novel in your Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles.
Hannah: Well, Alex Grace returns with a request for Sophie -- help him find the mystical Vessel of Souls so that he can be returned to grace. The task doesn't seem too hard until Sophie is faced with a team of seriously bad fallen angels hell-bent on taking her out. Throw in a mysterious stranger with a sexy British accent and an ankle-biting chihuahua named ChaCha, and the action never stops!
TQ: Which character has surprised you the most in the series?
Hannah: I think Vlad. Vlad always surprises me! He was supposed to make his appearance in book 2, only, but we all know that didn't happen. He's a typical teenager through and through -- if I ignore him and focus on the other characters, he ends up doing something ridiculous or jail-worthy. Typical... ;)
TQ: If you worked at the Underworld Detection Agency, what would you be doing?
Hannah: Hiding under my desk. Haha... Actually, I'd want to be in the Vampire or Fallen Angel Division. Both of those sport hot clients! Anything but the Hobgoblin or Zombie processing areas -- I think I'd have trouble with the slobber and falling body parts.
TQ: Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?
Hannah: That's a tough question! Since Under Wraps was my first book, it was the first time a lot of my friends and family had read my writing. I constantly got "you are Sophie!" but I don't think so! Sure, we have some similarities, but overall, there is a little bit of me in each one of the characters. Except maybe Steve -- I hope! Sophie and I are probably the most similar, but I like to think I have a little bit of Nina's fashion sense, some of Vlad's dry humor, and maybe Alex's street smarts, too!
TQ: If you weren't an author what would you like to do?
Hannah: I would like to be a forensic pathologist, an FBI agent, or a kept woman. FYI: I'd be horrible at all of those. Bodies don't get to me but maggots do, I giggle every time I lie ("are you a spy?" "No..." giggle, giggle) and I'm ruthlessly independent and eternally restless. But a girl can dream, can't she?
TQ: What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book came out that you know now?
Hannah: Not to dwell on bad reviews. I don't have a problem if people don't like my work; it's not for everyone. But some reviewers can be downright hateful! Writers have to have thick skins right from the beginning, but we're people, too.
TQ: Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to urban fantasy?
Hannah: Yes! I was laid up for the last seven weeks with a post-op shoulder and I started writing a teen thriller that I'm really jazzed about, so fans should see that in a year or so. I love writing Young Adult and there are some traditional/cozy mysteries in the near future, too!
TQ: What's next?
Hannah: Well... book three will be out in March, 2012, and Sophie and Nina are faced with a slew of murders -- and a handsome new man with eyes for Nina.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Hannah: Thanks so much for having me -- I always have a great time here!
About The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles
Under AttackThe Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2
Kensington, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
She’s one of the Underworld Detection Agency’s best. But her job is really starting to bite …
Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon…
Under WrapsThe Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
Kensington, March 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?Call the Underworld Detection Agency.
As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…
Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…
Hannah Schwartz is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco bay area. In addition to short fiction, Schwartz is the author of the romantic novel Rebound Guy and co-authored the self-help book Crisis Queens: Guide to Your Quarterlife. She shares an apartment with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats, and has created a little dance to go along with the thundering tick of her biological clock.
As an avid reader and writer of chick-lit, finding chicklit.org was a natural (and a godsend!), discovered by wiling one too many hours away on the company clock.
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