Want to get the inside track on the world of Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday, and the world of the Core? You’re in the right place. Details on the contest below.
Jes: Welcome to the studio. I’d like to introduce Tess Corday and Derrick Siegel, who both work for the Central Occult Regulation Enterprise, or CORE. Tess, can you describe your job for the readers?
Tess: I’m an Occult Special Investigator.
Derrick: Level One.
T: [glaring]. Yes. Level One. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
D: I can read minds. Some people might think that’s much cooler.
T: But I get better hours. And I have a gun.
D: So do I!
T: But you couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with it–
J: [interrupting] Maybe you could both talk about what the CORE does, exactly.
T: Sure. They’re a transnational blanket organization that investigates occult homicides. They use a mixture of forensic technology and mystical rituals to analyze paranormal crime scenes.
D: Like on CSI Las Vegas.
T: Not, not like on CSI Las Vegas. They don’t have demons and warlocks.
D: But they have Bill Petersen. He’s hot.
T: Of course. But he doesn’t have to analyze vampire DNA.
D: Also, we don’t wear fancy clothes like the people on CSI. There’s no point, since we’ll just get blood and demon guts on them anyways.
J: What’s the most difficult case you’ve ever been on?
T: In Night Child, we have to investigate a crime-scene with a dead vampire’s body (really dead, not just undead). It turns out to be a big vampire conspiracy. Things get pretty hot and heavy.
J: What’s a “night child?”
D: Didn’t you come up with it? You’re the writer.
J: I’m trying to be mysterious.
T: Well, then–everyone should read the book so they can find out.
J: What did you find particularly hard about the case in Night Child?
D: [giggling] I’ll tell you what she found ‘hard’–
T: Shut up.
D: His name is Lucian Agrado.
J: Is he a love interest, Tess?
T: He’s a big pain in my ass. Like a black hole.
D: Imagine if Gael Garcia Bernal was a necromancer. He’s that hot.
J: What does a necromancer do, exactly?
T: They can manipulate necroid materia, which is forbidden by the CORE.
J: And your specialty is earth materia?
T: Yeah. I’m good at channeling geothermic energy. Derrick’s telepathy comes from dendrite materia, but we’re not even sure if that exists.
D: My materia is just as good as yours.
T: Sure [inaudible] you’re invisible materia.
D: I heard that, betch.
J: Were you two ever an item?
T [snorting with laughter]. Derrick’s a homo.
D: [proudly] I am.
T: We made out once. It was funny.
D: I’m a good kisser.
T: [stage whisper] He’s really not.
D: That was back in college, though.
J: Is that how you two met?
T: We were both working for the CORE at the time, but that was the first time we met, yeah. They tend to enlist you early. I joined when I was 12.
J: How do you think that affected your life?
T: Um–made it a lot less predictable?
D: Luckily, they have full dental.
T [nodding]: The benefits are quite competitive.
J: What’s the scariest thing about Night Child?
D: There’s a butt plug.
T: He’s serious.
D: And a shark demon. Oh, and cursed house music.
T: And a bondage chamber, remember?
D: Oh yeah. And also, there’s a horrible scene with a gumball machine.
J: I don’t remember writing that.
D: You were probably high.
J [shrugs] Probably.
T: There’s also a lot of gruesome autopsies, bloody fingerprints, demon DNA, an eyeball, and second-hand couch that swallows people.
D: And Tess gets naked.
T: I do not!
D: Well, sort of.
T: OK, fine. Sort of.
D: Oh, and the black playdough. Don’t forget that.
T: [shivers] How could I?
J: Derrick, do you have a love interest in this book?
D: Well, Jes, you should know the answer to that. I’m just hoping that I get a lot more action in Hextacy.
J: That can be arranged.
D: Have I mentioned how awesome you are?
J: Yes. Many times. Anything else you want to add?
T: This book will scare the crap out of you. Seriously. Mo Hayder and Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs all think so.
D: None of them have read it.
T: Not yet. But when they do, it’ll scare them. I promise.
D: The cover is also amazing. Tess doesn’t look that hot in real life.
T: You’re an ass.
D: I’m just being honest.
T: You’re just jealous because I got the whole cover.
D: I’m going to be on the next one. Tim Lantz promised to make me look just like Zachary Quinto.
T: No he didn’t.
D: Ok…he didn’t. But I do sort of—
J and T stare at him.
D: OK. Never mind. Just read Night Child. It costs the same as a venti mocha raspberry frappe with an extra shot. That’s a bargain.
Now, for the contest. Comment to enter, but the devil’s in the details, as they say:
You have to live in an area that has a locally-based (in other words, I won’t have to pay for international postage) online bookstore through which I can order Night Child for you, and if you win, you have to write a review of the book that I will post here on the blog.