Crooked Fang – Interview with Carrie Clevenger
On her about.me page Carrie Clevenger describes herself as a: multi-genre writer, music nut and introvert. Her site bio and Goodreads states she ”landed in the urban fantasy genre when she couldn’t decide between horror and humor”. Everywhere you find Carrie Clevenger, you can sense her love for the arts, music, and of course writing.
One of her favorite quotes by Bette Davis is telling of a person who wants to live a rich, authentic life, which she lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
“It’s better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you’re not. It’s a sign of your worth sometimes, if you’re hated by the right people.”
- Bette Davis
How would you describe yourself using 4 food items (i.e. spicy like buffalo wings)
Food items? I think of myself more as dirt, water, and fire. Okay, maybe sweet-and-sour sauce. Tell us your latest news?
I just started a new novel unrelated to Crooked Fang called 27, which is a story from my Cold Fires universe. It’s a place between reality and final disposition of your soul; a Limbo-land for dead souls.
Then in real-life terms I overcame self-image fears by posing naked with a five-string ESP bass guitar.
The sequel to Crooked Fang, tentatively titled Pale Rider is at 30k words and should be out sometime late next year.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
At the tender age of twenty-three when I wrote the horribly-incompetent initial version of Crooked Fang.
What inspires your writing and what drives you?
Everything inspires me. People. Places. Especially music. I have well over 100GB of music on my hard drive and continue to collect albums that might unlock a new tale.
Time drives me. We have so little of it. Friends and peers drive me. I see that a writer I respect is working hard on a new novel and it initiates enough guilt to get my butt back in the chair, so to speak.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing has been described as “crunchy, pulpy fun”. I’m inclined to agree. Everything I write under this name tends to have a thin film of experience and jaded dust on it. I write all sorts of genres, but remain on the reality side of alternate reality.
Why did you choose the title Crooked Fang for your latest book?
Crooked Fang is the name of the protagonist’s band and honestly popped into my head out of nowhere. Since then I’ve heard it is a sort of junk loot found in more than a few games, but I thought of Crooked Fang before I ever touched a game of that kind in my life, so it’s mere coincidence.
Is this the first book you have written?
This is the first novel I have seen through to completion. Everyone has trunk novels—the kind that no one will ever see, but were necessary for skill-building.
If you had to choose 3 famous people or fictional characters. Who do you think would love your book?
Female reader, hmm. Possibly Juliette Lewis.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Stephen King’s books, Anne Rice’s original Vampire Chronicles, and Dean Koontz’s classic works, in that order.
What do you do when you are NOT writing?
Working, taking care of family, and occasionally napping.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Absolutely. I’ve a healthy appreciation for Indie writers. Nerine Dorman, my co-author of Blood and Fire and Just My Blood Type from South Africa has a gift for description and characterization that blows my figurative mind. Richard Godwin, Paul Brazill—both great Noir writers. GP Ching, with her Soulkeepers series.
What are your current projects?
As mentioned before, the first book of my Cold Fires universe, 27 and also co-writing a lesbian action romance.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Pieces of the current project, 27, can be found over on my blog under the tag 27
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a LOT from writing my book and even more from going through the editing process. I learned how to flesh out a story, add layers, description, and the difference between “lay” and “lie”.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
No, but I’m open to questions and get them all the time. I still don’t feel like an expert in anything and certainly no fount of hidden knowledge. The experience and desire is different in each person.
What is the weirdest thing you have done?
Hood-surfed in the middle of the night on top of a ’76 Lincoln Continental.
For the record, I’ve done a lot of weird things.
If you had to give yourself a “theme song” what would it be and why?
“Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde (click link for YouTube video). I like the song.
Describe your writing rituals and space?
Spare moments, snatched whenever possible or inspired. I write on laptop most times in bed.
Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla?
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
I’m sure they would cast whomever looks kind of like me. I honestly have no idea.
Sometimes a vampire’s past can bite him in the ass.
Xan Marcelles–bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex boyfriend.
To add to his woes, he’s gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won’t be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.
WARNING: Cussing, smoking, drinking and hot sex.