Welcome, Boone! Can you tell us about To Catch Her Death and what inspired the book?
To Catch Her Death is about a widow, mother of three, who accidentally becomes a reaper. And let me tell you, she's not thrilled about it. Especially when she finds out she has to reap people who died in stupid way. She's being grieving since her husband's death so physically she's a little, okay, a lot, out of shape. While she has tries to find her reaper mojo she has to keep it all a secret from everybody except her best friend.
I wanted to write a funny series with an older character, she's 35. Lisa is somebody I can identify with since she's a mom. I think there are a lot of women who will be able to relate to her everyday life. I also wanted to set the book in Alaska because I've lived here for twenty years and there are so many funny stories I've experienced. When I planned the series I did it with the idea of also writing Lisa's daughter's story. It runs tandem with hers. I wanted a series I could read with my kids--a little something for everybody. You'll be able to read only the adult books or only the young adult books, but you can also read them in order and they'll all connect.
Why is the Grim Reaper your favorite paranormal character?
I think having knowledge of the afterlife is intriguing. To be able to help people cross would be a great ability or hell, depending on your view point. My character, Lisa, has both reactions. I'm not sure what how I would handle it, but the possibilities are endless.
Do you have any special Halloween traditions?
Well, I have kids so definitely trick or treating. And we decorate to the hilt. Halloween is my favorite holiday. When I'm not busy with writing projects or appearances, we like to have a Halloween party. Who doesn't love dressing up?
I am endlessly fascinated by life in Alaska. What are some of your favorite/not so favorite things about living there?
The state is gorgeous. I have traveled all over and haven't found an ugly place yet. The landscapes are breathtaking, but can also be dangerous. Alaska s the type of place that you have to go out and get involved in to enjoy. I also love all the sunlight we have in the summer. Though I forget to go to bed in the summer.
The only thing I don't love is how long the winters are. By March I'm ready for warmth an green again. I think I need a winter home in Hawaii.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, they are my constant companion. Oreo, my rescue Springador, never leaves my side. He even accompanies me into the bathroom. I've tried to explain that I'm not in danger there, but he is set on protecting me.
I also have a black cat named Velma Underfoot. Her name explains it all. She's a fierce hunter and a snuggler. She likes to sleep on my chest. I think it's because I'm allergic to cats. She also likes to attack my feet, which I do not appreciate, but I love her just the same.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
My typical day is that there's nothing set in stone. Some days I'm just writing. Some days I do only admin stuff. There are a few sure things, coffee, walking the dog, the fact that at some point in the day I'll get diverted by the latest episode of Castle or Sleepy Hollow.
What are you working on now?
Actually, I'm working on a novella with CJ Ellisson, titled Death Times Two. It pairs Lisa Carron, my reaper, with her vampires from her Vampire Vacation series. It will release on December 16th, in a paranormal bundle just in time for Christmas.
Lisa has to go to the Alaskan Vampire resort and reap the souls that have been killed in CJ's books. My lucky character gets to have a little fling with Asa, a very hot, Vin Diesel looking vamp. It should be loads of fun.
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To Catch Her Death
Grim Reality Series
Genre: Paranormal Humor
Publisher: Red Hot Publishing
Date of Publication: Oct. 2013
ISBN: e-book – 9781938601118
Print – 9781938601125
Number of pages:250
Word Count: 60K
Cover Artist: Jennifer Meyers & Hot Damn Designs
What do you get when you cross a hockey mom with the grim reaper? Me, Lisa Carron.
If being a depressed, frumpy, widowed mother of three wasn’t bad enough, I just discovered I’m a grim reaper. I know what you’re thinking. Wow, that’s kind of sexy and full of awesomeness. Hardly. Oh, and my clients? Stupid people. Like I don’t get enough of that from the living.
Since Alaska is big and angels of death are few, I’ve been partnered with reaper extraordinaire, Nate Cramer. He’s strong, silent, and way too good looking for my recently widowed state. Oh, and he reaps violent criminals, so that should be interesting.
Forget the danger and the hours of self-analysis it will take for me to find my reaper mojo. My biggest problem? Hiding it all from my overly attentive family and nosy neighbors. Now that’s going to take a miracle.
About the Author:
As a bestselling author, Boone Brux’s books range from high fantasy to humorous paranormal.
A former nanny, Boone has lived all over the world, finally settling in the icy region of Alaska, where she writes full time. Always looking for the next adventure, it’s not unusual to find her traversing the remotest parts of the Alaskan bush. No person or escapade is off limits when it comes to weaving real life experiences into her books or blogs.