Demons in the Big Easy by Jamie Marchant

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Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her essence and that of every resident of her small village. Cassandra is certain such a thing is impossible, for strong wards protect her village.
But then Cassandra’s granddaughter Aine falls through an unstable gateway. Cassandra is the only one within a hundred miles capable of creating a gateway and bringing Aine back. Despite her aching joints, Cassandra goes after her, and the gateway lands her in New Orleans. But something goes wrong with her tracking spell, which indicates Aine exists in four different places at once. As Cassandra struggles to find the true location of her granddaughter in the Big Easy, she discovers the source of the demons’ confidence. Now, with an unlikely pair of allies—her timid granddaughter and a homeless man who may or may not be crazy—she has to not only save her granddaughter but also prevent both Domhan and Earth from being overrun by demons.

My Review

Demons in the Big Easy by Jamie Marchant is a wonderful story filled with excitement, drama and adventure. This is a wonderful story about a witch, Cassandra, from another world who is looking for her granddaughter in New Orleans. However, she makes an unexpected discovery; not only are demons in New Orleans but the one who has summoned them totally takes Cassandra by surprise. Cassandra has the help of her other granddaughter and an unlikely ally.  The characters are wonderfully crafted and seem so real. This fascinating story is an amazing read that I highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from Jamie Marchant.

Bio

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I live in Auburn, Alabama, with my husband, son, and four cats. I’ve been told that having four cats officially makes you a cat lady, so I guess I am one. I teach writing and literature at Auburn University.

My first novel ,The Goddess’s Choice, was released in April 2012 from Reliquary Press. I am hard at work on the sequel, tentatively titled , The Soul Stone. My novella, Demons in the Big Easy,  was released in January 2013. My short fiction has been published in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, and Short-story.me.

Interview with Jamie Marchant

I would like to welcome Jamie Marchant and thank her for taking the time to give me this interview. We will be finding out about her and her book Demons in the Big Easy.

Before we begin the interview, Jamie can you tell us a little about yourself and your novel?

From early childhood, I’ve been immersed in books. My mother, an avid reader herself, read to us, and my older sister filled my head with fairy tales. When I was about six, I started writing stories about the Man from Mars for my older sister. I devoured every book I could get my hands on, and I wrote my first fantasy  novel while in high school—not that it was publishable. Taking into consideration my love for literature and the challenges of supporting myself as a writer, I pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which I received in 1998. I started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University and discovered the excitement of teaching. But in doing so, I put my true passion on the backburner and neglected my muse. Instead, for a few years, I wrote literary criticism. Then one day, in the midst of writing a critical piece, I realized I had no interest in doing so. What I wanted to do was write novels. My muse revived, and I’ve been writing ever since.

I live in Auburn, Alabama, with my husband, son, and four cats. I still teach writing and literature at Auburn University.

Demons in the Big Easy is an urban fantasy novella. Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her essence and that of every resident of her small village. Cassandra is certain such a thing is impossible, for strong wards protect her village.

But then Cassandra’s granddaughter Aine falls through an unstable gateway. Cassandra is the only one within a hundred miles capable of creating a gateway and bringing Aine back. Despite her aching joints, Cassandra goes after her, and the gateway lands her in New Orleans. But something goes wrong with her tracking spell, which indicates Aine exists in four different places at once. As Cassandra struggles to find the true location of her granddaughter in the Big Easy, she discovers the source of the demons’ confidence.  Now, with an unlikely pair of allies—her timid granddaughter and a homeless man who may or may not be crazy—she has to not only save her granddaughter but also prevent both Domhan and Earth from being overrun by demons.

Now on to the interview.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

When I was about six, I started writing for my older sister. I attempted my first fantasy novel in high school.

  1. What/who inspired you to write?

My older sister Jalane inspired me to start writing with all of the stories she told me. She was also my strongest supporter, keeping me writing in my early years.

  1. Who has been the most supportive?

My writers’ group—The Robrek Steele Conspiracy—members, Jim Elston and Peg Daniels.

  1. What writers inspired you and what about their work do you most like?

Mercedes Lackey creates a rich, wonderful world, full of believable characters and vicious villains you love to hate.

  1. What is your favorite piece of writing by them?

Any of her Valdemar books.

  1. Have you collaborated or plan to collaborate in the future?

No, I can’t see allowing another person that much control of what I’m writing. I’m too possessive of my babies.

  1. What future projects do you have in store? Are you currently working on a project?

I’m currently working on an urban fantasy novel, titled The Bull Riding Witch, in which a princess from a parallel realm is placed inside the body of a rodeo bull rider. I’m also working on a sequel to my novel, The Goddess’s Choice, titled The Soul Stone.

For the lighter questions

 

  1. Do have any writing quirks?

I have a discount between my brain and my fingers and frequently type words I didn’t mean, often resulting in unintentional humor. I do it so often one member of my writers’ group coined the term “Jamieism” to describe such errors. Her favorite is when I wrote: “He whipped his face with the back of his head.”

  1. Do you snack while you write?

Not usually.

  1. Do have a special place that you prefer to write?

Yes, I lay back on my couch with my laptop propped up on my knees.

  1. Do have certain amount of time that you have set aside to write each day?

No, it varies, depending on how much grading I have from my day job and how the muse is flowing.

  1. Do you listen to music when you write? If so what type of music (genre and/or songs)?

No, I can’t concentrate with music on. I also don’t have much of an ear for music. I’m basically tone deaf.

  1. Anything other interesting information that you would like to add.

Also, check out The Goddess’s Choice.

Contact links:

Contact Links (Facebook, Twitter, etc): Email: jamie-marchant@jamie-marchant.com
Website: http://jamie-marchant.com/
Blog:  http://jamie-marchant.blogspot.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamie-Marchant-Author/164706710298768?ref=hl
Twitter: @RobrekSamantha
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5258855.Jamie_Marchant

Purchase links:

Buy Link: Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Demons-Big-Easy-A-novella/dp/1481906984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362059124&sr=8-1&keywords=demons+in+the+big+easy

 

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