... Sapphire Phelan
1. Tell me about your book The Witch & The Familiar and where you got your inspiration for it?
As Sapphire Phelan: The Witch & The Familiar—I wanted to do an erotic urban fantasy story one day, so I sat down and thought about witches, demons and angels and the apocalypse, and how I wanted it to be different from others—with sex magic and DNA coding that connects Tina to Charun specifically.
2. Where do you gain your inspiration/ideas from in general?
They just come out of my head. Everything I see or think about inspires me.
3. What was the first thing you wrote?
An animal story as a little kid, if not published. Published, three poems bought at the same time by Hyacinths and Biscuits Magazine in 1972-“The Horse,” “The Leopard,” and “Sands of Time.” I was 17 and in my last year of high school.
4. Was there ever a time when you nearly gave up on becoming an author?
Not give up, but lost the urge to write for a few years when I worked at a job from 1990-1997.
5. What advice would you give to someone still trying to become an author?
Write everyday and don’t get discouraged from rejections. Write what you love and love what you write.
6. Is there anything that annoys you connected to writing or being a writer?
Maybe the thought that some people think a writer will instantly be a millionaire. Same for those who want to become writers to become rich. If you did so, get another occupation. The only riches you become rich in is your tales and those fans who tell you they enjoy what you wrote.
7. Have you ever based a character on a friend or family member?
Not really. Maybe composites, but never directly off anyone. Now, workers at a plasma centre I used to give plasma at years ago, I do have characters based off them for “Donating,” a horror short story in Inhuman Magazine Issue 5. Sometimes, reality has the more interesting personalities.
8. Who is your favourite character/s you’ve created?
As my pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan, the witch, Tina Epson and her demon Familiar, Charun from The Witch & The Familiar. As myself (Pamela K. Kinney) I have a character in an urban fantasy submitting to agents and editors now called Larry. He is a demon that is an eyeball the sixe of medium poodle. Those in my critique groups like Larry.
9. Pick one of your characters and tell me what they would do in the real world?
Tina Epson of The Witch & The Familiar works in a bookstore in the book. She enjoys that’s.
10. Have you ever had a dream that to you would make a great book or short story?
Yes, a paranormal with werewolves. I actually have that manuscript half way done.
11. What do you enjoy doing outside of writing?
Acting (which I have done), crafts, making and wearing costumes (mainly at conventions) and spending time with my husband, son, and my friends.
12. As an author, who and what do you recommend reading?
An author who just passed away: Ray Bradbury. I can still read his stories over and over. He has a way of drawing you into his stories and novels. I think many can benefit reading his works.
13. What was your favourite book as a child?
Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
14. What’s your next project?
Working on a YA paranormal right now that will be by Pamela K. Kinney.
15. If there was a fictional zombie apocalypse, which fictional character would you choose to be your wing man?
The Winchester Brothers from Supernatural
16. If you could be a superhero what kind of super powers would you have?
Shapeshifting. Able to shift into any shape.
17. What two fictional characters would you put into a boxing ring and who would win?
Darth Vader and Maul. Vader, of course.
18. If you were having a dinner party and could invite four guests, dead or alive, real or fictional, who would you have?
Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson
19. If I came to your home and looked inside your refrigerator what would I find?
Stuff that ought to be chucked in the trash. LOL
20. Your about to walk the green mile, what do you have for your last meal?
Chicken and dumplings from Cracker Barrel and sushi, with a coke.
21. You find a genies lamp and are granted three wishes. What would you wish for? *note you cannot wish for more wishes, it’s cheating. ;)
Lose weight. My bills and house paid off. A contract from a NYC publisher, like Tor.
22. If you could have one piece of technology from a sci-fi film or book what would it be?
A jedi starfighter.
23. Star Trek or Star Wars.
Both. I am a fan of both.
24. If you were offered a free ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The British Isles.
25. If you were stranded on a desert island, what five things would you have with you?
Lots of paper, pens, a blanket (to keep warm at night), a pack of cards, and a magic lamp where a ton of wishes can be granted. LOL
Mortal woman Tina discovers she is part of a prophesy that says she and Charun, her demon Familiar, must make love so she can become the witch she is fated to be. If she doesn't do it and stop the demon army bringing Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell. A year later, just when Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal-another prophesy pops up. If Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it. This time they get help from an archangel, Jacokb, but with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina this time lose the battle and become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth? Contains e-novellas Being Familiar with a Witch and A Familiar Tangle with Hell.