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Interview: Mary Ann Loesch, Author of Nephilim

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Mary Ann Loesch is a Texas writer whose urban fantasy, Nephilim, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press Inc. Ms. Loesch has won several writing awards and been published in SNM Horror Magazine, Red Fez, and A Side of Grits. Her latest short stories are also featured in the anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly, available October 21, 2011. Currently, she resides in the Austin area where she tries to be true to the city’s motto: Keep Austin Weird. 

Readers can learn more about Mary Ann Loesch by visiting her website or her blog

Please tell us a bit about your book, Nephilim, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

Nephilim is an urban fantasy set against the eclectic cityscape of Austin, Texas. My protagonist is Nathan Ink, a heavy metal music loving angel who lives on Earth as a tattoo artist. His specialty is tattooing clients with symbols that represent the seven deadly sins. However, these tattoos tend to take on a life of their own, and often the client ends up dead. Nathan is feeling jaded about his job until he meets Faye, a half angel. Stalked by a creature who wants to create a whole new race of beings with her, she reluctantly turns to Nathan for help. Together they must find a way to stop the hellish plans of the creature or else the consequences will be devastating for Heaven and mankind.

Who are your favorite characters in the story?  

That’s an easy one! Nathan Ink is my favorite character in the story. I like that he is a non-traditional angel but yet, he still has a respect for the old ways. The other favorite in this tale has to be Lucifer. Sure, he’s a bad guy, but maybe it’s just a part he plays, a job given to him by the Big Guy upstairs.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?

Yes, here’s one of my favorite excerpts.

Bob lifted the nub where his hand and his tattoo used to be. “I got rid of it.”

Faye fought a surge of revulsion at the scarred flesh. “You actually took off your hand? Why?”

“I can’t talk about it, or the voice will start again. I don’t hear him much anymore, but every now and then he flares up.”

“The voice? Whose voice?”

Bob glanced around and then with a sheepish grin, said, “The goat’s voice.”

“You hear a goat’s voice in your head?” Faye recalled seeing a section of animal tattoos in Nathan’s book of Sinz. “What does he sound like?”

“George Carlin.”

Faye fought a laugh.

“Really?”

“Yes. He has a raspy voice and tells dirty jokes while puffing on a cigar.”

“Your goat puffs a cigar?”

“Well, he used to. I cut my hand off so I wouldn’t have to look at him, but I still hear him sometimes.” Bob’s eyes filled with tears. “I hate George Carlin. He can shove his seven forbidden words straight up his ass.”

If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?

Wow! Who doesn’t dream of something like that happening? I would really want Jonathan Rhys Meyers to grow out his hair and play Nathan. He’s got the perfect devil may care attitude. For my heroine, Faye, it’s a little tougher. She’s a little curvy than your average Hollywood actress… I’ll have to give that some more thought!

What are your favorite aspects of writing?

I love writing when the ideas are just flowing! I love being in control of fictional world. Must be my God complex coming through.

Your least favorite aspects of writing?

Editing. Why can’t I get it right the first time?

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?

This changes daily for me. I will always love Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. That book inspired me to be a writer. However, I don’t really write in that genre! I’m also a big fan of Eudora Welty, Stephen King, and Jim Butcher.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Ender’s Game. Amazing story!

If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?

Only five? Tough call… J.D. Salinger, Rosemary Rodgers, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Nora Roberts. The talk would be very interesting and diverse, and Tennessee Williams will totally tell off Truman Capote and kick him out by the end of the night. We’d skip the food and go straight for the dirty martinis.

What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It’s a perfect book.

What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?

Cut unnecessary words.

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