Mary Abshire – Claiming the Evil Dead

Please welcome Mary Abshire to my month long blog party, celebrating my Regency Naughty Nibble TO SIN WITH SCANDAL due out December 27. Mary’s book, CLAIMING THE EVIL DEAD shares a release day with me with Noble Romance Publishing. Congrats! So glad to have you here, Mary!!!

Claiming the Evil Dead is your first book and to be released Dec 27 with Noble Romance Publishing, Congratulations!!! Can you tell us how long it took you to write, edit and submit your manuscript? And what led you to write in the paranormal, urban fantasy genre? First, thank you Tam for the opportunity to talk about my new book.

In answer to your first question…The first round of writing and editing took around three and half months. Then I pitched it to several agents at the National RWA conference in July. I received positive feedback and many loved the premise. After the conference I spent three more weeks editing my novel. I hacked over 7000 words. In September, I submitted it to publishers instead of agents. A month later, Noble Romance responded.

As to what led me to write in the paranormal / urban fantasy genre, I’d say the paranormal has always been an interest of mine. I grew up watching sci-fi and horror shows. When I was a teenager, way too many years ago, I started reading Anne Rice and I evolved from there. People always say write what you know and love. I love vampires. I love the supernatural in general. I love the good vs. evil concept – maybe it’s because I spent eight years attending a Lutheran school. Religion has a way of making your mind wander. *smile*

Can you tell us a little more about the book? Sure. The main character, Jessie Garrett, is half-demon and she secretly catches evil souls and sends them to Hell. She has a somewhat normal life and doesn’t trust other supernatural creatures. A sexy vampire, Drake, finds her and offers her a job to claim the soul of an evil vamp. She thinks it over and accepts his offer. Needless to say, they have a few problems as they search for the evil vamp and she discovers she is attracted to Drake. Then she bumps into a hot demon, Jeremy, who causes some problems, but also helps her. Besides dealing with evil spirits, vampires, and demons, she has plenty of her own internal conflicts to deal with. The ending has a bit of a twist.

Now a little birdie told me, Noble may be interested in the sequel novel, Catching an Evil Tail? Can you tell us a little more about this? Well, I’ll say this much, if you like Jeremy from the first book then you’ll really enjoy the second. In short, they make a deal and she goes after a werewolf to send its soul to Hell. But nothing is ever simple for Jessie.

How much fun did you have writing this book, or were there times when you wanted to throw up your hands and walk away? I’ve enjoyed writing all of them. I can’t say that I’ve ever wanted to walk away. I like Jessie. She’s a lot of fun. All the characters are in their own way.

For those writers out there reading this and trying to break into publication, what advice would you give them? Never give up submitting your work. Read and write EVERY day!! Set goals, reasonable ones. Just my opinion – it’s okay to go to a publisher instead of an agent. The market is changing so fast and there are very good publishers looking for stories. Why share profits with an agent? Opportunities are here for writers. As always, you have to do your homework and find out which pub is best for your wants/needs.

Are you apart of any writing or critique groups and if so, would you recommend using them? And how have they helped you to succeed and become a published author? I am part of a critique group with the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter, but I don’t use them much. They are good and I have no complaints. But I met someone at the RWA conference and we exchange crits now. I think it does help to have a different set of eyes looking at your work and I highly recommend it. Yes, they help. I also recommend Stephen King’s On Writing book. I don’t read his work, but that one book about writing was amazing!

What’s next for Mary Abshire? I’m working on the third soul catcher novel and I have an idea for the fourth. I have a completed urban fantasy novel that I hope to have published in 2011 and I’d like to start on the sequel to it. Right now, catching evil souls is top priority.


Half-demon Jessie Garrett is searching for an evil vampire preying upon children so she can claim his soul and send it to Hell. To find the dead man walking she must partner with a bloodsucker, Drake, and she doesn’t trust him. While Jessie works with Drake, she learns not all vampires are killers and discovers the cold-blooded vamp is a temptation too difficult to resist.

After the fiend abducts another child and Jessie has a near fatal experience with a group of vampires, she turns to Jeremy, a hot demon she bumped into at a club. Against Drake’s wishes, she makes a deal with Jeremy’s for his help. Soon, Jessie finds herself wedged between two volatile creatures. When the chance comes to save the child’s life and claim the evil vamp’s soul, she must decide whom she can trust—a vampire who cools her feverish desires or a demon hell bent on seducing her.

Thank you, for joining me today, Mary, and may I wish you all the best with your future writing career. CLAIMING THE EVIL DEAD sounds like a great read, can’t wait to read it myself. Mary has been kind enough to say she will drop in over the day and reply to any questions you may ask, so feel free to chat, we welcome all comments. You can find out more about Mary Abshire, and her book(s) and works in progress on her website. To Purchase CLAIMING THE EVIL DEAD please visit Noble Romance Publishing on or after the 27th of this month.


Yes, you read that right. To win a e-book copy of CLAIMING THE EVIL DEAD please supply the answer to the following question. (Answer can be found in the blurb). What is Jessie Garrett? One lucky guest will be pulled from a hat and Mary will forward you a copy of her book after the 27th of December.
Good Luck!

And the winner is…Cindy!!!!
Mary will forward you a copy of CLAIMING THE EVIL DEAD after its release on the 27th.

23 thoughts on “Mary Abshire – Claiming the Evil Dead

  1. Anonymous

    Sounds like a great premise Mary. Congratulations on your release date.

    I think we need someone to vanquish the evil souls in reality.


    Cassie P

  2. Alli

    Mary, your story sounds fabulous:)
    Congratulations on your release date. Not long now.

    Answer – Jessie is a half-demon.

    Happy blog party, Tam. Not long for you now either. YAY! Bet you're excited:)

    Cheers and Merry Christmas to all x

  3. Cindy

    How exciting!! Congrats on your new book! I'm curious to know who Mary's biggest supporter was…

    Jessie is a half-demon


  4. Anonymous

    Jess is a half demon, secret evil soul catcher who sends evil ones to hell.
    AND she's caught between a hot demon and a cold vampire. Being a vampire fan myself, I'm rooting for Drake!
    Cheers, Kelly

  5. Mary Abshire

    Hello everyone!
    It's after eleven p.m. my time. Almost time for bed.
    Thanks for the comments. Wish I had cover art to share. It's coming!

    Cindy, my biggest supporters since I started writing a few years ago are my hubby and daughter. They put up with my endless hours at the computer. (smile).

  6. Rosalie Lario

    Congrats on your upcoming release, Mary! I'm sure it will be the first of many.

    Can't wait for the 27th. I'm dying to read all about half-demon Jessie and her demon-vamp love triangle. 🙂

  7. Teresa Thomas Bohannon

    Mary Abshire's Claiming the Evil Dead sounds like a great paranormal romance. I particularly like the notion of the heroine–half-demon Jessie Garrett, fighting the good fight and sending the rotten souls of nasty evil-doers straight to Hell.

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