A – A Grim Pact is a story about a Grim Reaper, Mal, who takes it upon himself to stop a serial killer from killing demons, while trying not to be killed himself. At the same time, his boss, Death, has woke from his slumber, throwing Mal’s workplace into a frenzy of interviews and forms. Mal can’t decide which is worse; the killings, or paperwork.
X- This is the second book in a series, but can be read alone. What will we find in the second book that we didn’t in the first? How has Mal evolved?
A – The events in this book begin the morning after the events of the first book. As such, Mal hasn’t had time to do much evolving. He has a girlfriend now, though, in the form of one of his ex ‘bosses’, Xyla. He hasn’t dated in quite some time, so it takes some getting used to.
X- Xyla is an interesting character. Can you tell us more about her and where she came from?
A – Xyla is a succubus, a demon borne of hellfire and lust. She’s ages old (I’m keeping her exact age a secret for now), and like all of her race, she was born in Hell. That doesn’t make her a bad person though! She served as one of Mal’s bosses for several years, and was fired when she broke a few rules to help Mal out of a dire situation.
Xyla is one of my favourite characters. She’s very laid back for the most part, but is quite the adversary when pissed off. She’s also telepathic, which makes for some fun conversations about Mal’s improper thoughts.
X- You decided to self-publish this one. That must have been a lot of hard work. What led you to make this decision?
A – Curiosity and impatience, mostly. The first book had already been out for a year by the time I’d edited the second, and I knew that it would take another year before it was released if I went through a publisher. So I started looking into self-publishing instead.
It wasn’t an easy decision, and it wasn’t easy work some of the time, but I’m glad I did it, if only for the experience.
X- What will we see from Adam Slade next?
A – There will be a third book in this series, but it won’t be any time soon. I’m also working on a new urban fantasy project that I hope will have potential for a series. I also write romance under a pen name, and have a few irons in the fire there, too. :)
X- Thanks, Adam.
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