Look Who’s Going to RT: Abigail Baker

Abigail BakerCan you introduce yourself to my readers a little?
Abigail Baker shares her home with a Siamese cat endearingly named “The Other Cat” and two rescued mutts with mundane human names that people think are cute. In addition to writing about rebellious heroines, she enjoys hiking, discovering craft beers, baking the perfect vanilla bean cupcake, and rock climbing (going as far as scaling 800 vertical feet to the summit of Devil’s Tower National Monument in 2013.).

Abigail won first place in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s 2010 Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Romance for The Bloodsucker and first place in RWA’s Golden Network’s 2011 Golden Pen in Paranormal Romance for Tattoo of Your Name Across My Soul (now The Reaper’s Kiss, Deathmark Book One). She regularly blogs about life observances, lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and can be easily found hiking any of Colorado’s best trails.

Her urban fantasy series The Reaper’s Kiss, Deathmark Book One will be released by Entangled Publishing, LLC in October 2014.

I can be found at: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Google+

Can you introduce us to the world(s) that you have created?
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, “It is important to know that every single human being, from the moment of birth until the moment when we make the transition and end this physical existence, is in the presence of guides or guardian angels who will wait for us and help us in the transition from life to life after death.” Her words got me thinking about dear ol’ Benjamin Franklin’s statement that death and taxes are the only certainty in life. You can’t bargain with either.

Tying in tattoos, I like to know why people get inked. Is the reason spiritual or personal or just because they think it looks cool? But more than that, the history of tattoos is curiously mystical, that thousands of years ago people were getting tattoos to heal ailments or display their status as royalty or help them find their ancestors in the afterlife.

So I asked what if there are “guides” who bargain with the Big Bad King of Death on our behalves? And what if one of these guides was a tattoo artist who would risk her own life to save our souls? Hence the world of Styx, Grim Reapers and Scriveners in the Deathmark series was born.

Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
This will be my first visit to RT and I’m so pumped. That RT is in New Orleans makes it even more exciting. Even though I grew up in the south, I’ve never been to the Big Easy.

Are you speaking on any panels during RT? Are there any you are looking forward to or are planning on attending?
I am planning to attend all of Entangled Publishing’s events and anything having to do with PR/UF since those genres are my first loves of the industry.

Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to or experiencing while in New Orleans?
Good grief, where to begin? History, culture, scenery, the mysterious and dark side to the city. I dig history and beer, so you’ll likely find me wandering the old parts of the city during convention breaks during the day and in a pub at night. Anyone want to join me?

If someone were wanting to meet up with you at RT, who should they look for?
I’ll be the 5’3″ brunette at the cupcake table (cuz there will be a cupcake table, right?) with tattoos and skull paraphernalia (look for the purse!). Excluding the cupcakes, that description sounds rather goth, so don’t look for a goth girl. I’m the one with a tattoo sleeve of Victorian rosemaling on my right arm. Find me and say hi and I’ll give you a cupcake. :)

The 2014 RT Booklovers Convention will be held in New Orleans on May 13th – 18th at the Marriott hotel on Canal Street in the historic French Quarter. For the full list of attending authors, who will be signing at the Giant Book Fair on May 17th, here they are: All Authors, Young Adult Authors, and New Adult Authors.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.