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Urban Fantasy Review: Rebecca Chastain

As a die-hard Urban Fantasy addict, I read the fabulous A Fistful of Evil a couple of days ago and I’m already hooked on the series!  To find out more about the author, check out the interview below.  If YOU could live in any author’s ‘world’, whose would it be?

Where have you lived throughout your life?

I’ve lived in the United States my whole life. I spent five happy years as a child in Tucson, Arizona, when I was too young to notice the heat. Then we moved to northern California, and I got to grow up in the middle of a forest, riding horses and generally running wild. When I moved out of my parents’ house, I didn’t go far, just toward more civilization. I love living somewhere within walking distance of a Thai restaurant, and where the nearest grocery store is only five minutes away.

How has where you reside affected your writing or your stories?

I find a lot of inspiration in the world around me. In fact, A Fistful of Evil is set in my home town of Roseville, California, and my characters drive the streets I drive, visit some of the same real-life locations, and eat at some of the same restaurants. It was extraordinarily fun to throw my world into a novel filled with evil (and good) creatures.

What is your favorite setting in your novel?

Madison’s apartment is a place dear to my heart. Madison’s lives in the apartment I wrote the book in. (It was a NaNo WriMo novel, and my emphasis at the time was getting words on screen, not building a world, but stealing locales from my own life ended up being the best thing I could have done.) It was fun to mentally rearrange my environment based on how a fictional being would decorate. Plus, Mr. Bond and my cat share a remarkable resemblance, so I loved all the scenes when I got to include his furry personality.

Where is your favorite place in the world to write?

I’d love to say I write at The Getty Villa or the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, but those are only fantasies. My current favorite place is much more mundane: my home office. I have an enormous desk covered with sticky notes and research books, an ergonomic setup, and my favorite writing music loaded on my computer.

Which author’s world would you love to live in?

Any world in which I could speak telepathically with animals would be great! The top two are Robin D. Owens’ Celta (I would love a Famcat) and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern world, so long as I had a fire lizard or dragon.

A Fistful of Evil synopsis:

Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil, and she’s in charge of protecting the ordinary people living in her suburban area from invisible-to-them evil creatures. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. When a powerful evil settles in at a local video game convention to take advantage of Madison’s incompetence, Madison scrambles to become an expert enforcer overnight to save her region and her life.

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About the Author:

Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

You can find out more about her at her personal website, on her Facebook page, and through her GoodReads author page.

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