Author Spotlight: Jamie Marchant

Jamie Marchant

About the Author:

JamieJamie Marchant lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, son, and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. Her first novel The Goddess’s Choice was released in April 2012 from Reliquary Press. She released Demons in the Big Easy in January 2013. She is hard at work on the sequel to The Goddess’s Choice, tentatively titled The Soul Stone. Her short fiction has been published in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Short-story.me.

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Interview:

MF: For your latest story, a novella, you move from epic fantasy to urban fantasy. What made you choose New Orleans for the setting?
JM: I visited New Orleans for the first time about ten years ago, and I fell in love with the city. I’ve been back several times. Since my first visit, I’ve wanted to set a story there. Demons in the Big Easy is the first story idea that fit in that milieu. Probably, it won’t be the last.

MF: Tells us a bit about Demons in the Big Easy. Where did the inspiration for the story come from?
JM: Demons in the Big Easy is an urban fantasy novella. Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her essence and that of every resident of her small village. Cassandra is certain such a thing is impossible, for strong wards protect her village.

But then Cassandra’s granddaughter Aine falls through an unstable gateway. Cassandra is the only one within a hundred miles capable of creating a gateway and bringing Aine back. Despite her aching joints, Cassandra goes after her, and the gateway lands her in New Orleans. But something goes wrong with her tracking spell, which indicates Aine exists in four different places at once. As Cassandra struggles to find the true location of her granddaughter in the Big Easy, she discovers the source of the demons’ confidence. Now, with an unlikely pair of allies—her timid granddaughter and a homeless man who may or may not be crazy—she has to not only save her granddaughter but also prevent both Domhan and Earth from being overrun by demons.

Demons in the Big Easy was inspired by a trip to New Orleans. I fell in love with the city and thought it would be a great setting for a fantasy novel. Cassandra grew from that.

MF: How would you characterize your writing?
JM: Fantasy with a heavy emphasis on character.

MF: Who are your favorite authors and how have they impacted your writing?
JM: Jim Butcher and Mercedes Lackey. They both have deep, rich characters and fully realized worlds that I have tried to create in my own writing.

MF: Did you make a conscious effort to write fantasy or does it come naturally?
JM: Fantasy has been a natural genre for me since I was a child and my older sister told me fairy tales. I grew up think about princesses, witches, and magic. I have written a few things outside of the fantasy genre, but it is what comes most naturally to me.

MF: What do you find most challenging in writing fantasy?
JM: I find fight scenes the most challenging. As a reader, I’ve never particularly enjoyed fight scenes and often skim over them. My writers’ group makes fun of me because it the rough draft of my work, I’ll often have “Insert fight scene here” instead of the actual fight scene.

MF: Did the experience of writing and publishing The Goddess’s Choice make the process of bringing Demons in the Big Easy to life easier?
JM: It gave me more confidence, and I learned a lot about promoting from working on The Goddess’s Choice.

MF: Do you think people have misconceptions about the Fantasy genre? What about your own work?
JM: I think some people think fantasy isn’t a serious genre, that it’s all fluff, but despite the magical elements, fantasy is about real human emotion and genuine characters.

MF: Name one person outside of your family that has supported your writing.
JM: I can’t name just one. My fellow writers’ group members—Peg Daniels and Jim Elston—have been an indispensible support. Without them, my work wouldn’t be half of what it is.

MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
JM: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is my fantasy man.


demonscoverimage Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her essence and that of every resident of her small village. Cassandra is certain such a thing is impossible, for strong wards protect her village. But then Cassandra’s granddaughter Aine falls through an unstable gateway. Cassandra is the only one within a hundred miles capable of creating a gateway and bringing Aine back. Despite her aching joints, Cassandra goes after her, and the gateway lands her in New Orleans. But something goes wrong with her tracking spell, which indicates Aine exists in four different places at once. As Cassandra struggles to find the true location of her granddaughter in the Big Easy, she discovers the source of the demons’ confidence. Now, with an unlikely pair of allies—her timid granddaughter and a homeless man who may or may not be crazy—she has to not only save her granddaughter but also prevent both Domhan and Earth from being overrun by demons.

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