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Transcript March 26th, 2011: Q&A + Giveaway w Laura Bickle (& surprise guest Sparky!) – Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders – the dangerous forces of Laura Bickle’s UF

Today we had special guest @Laura_Bickle, author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under the name of Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE. We focused on world & characters of EMBERS & SPARKS: MC Anya is an arson investigator with very unique abilities. Throw in ghosts, ghost hunters, fire elementals, dark forces & more in the city of Detroit and you see there’s a lot of potential for things to get explosive!

PLUS we had a TWO book GIVEAWAY today!

 

During Q&A section we had heads-up one of Ms. Bickle’s many interesting characters was going to appear to indulge in a little grilling of his/her own! It turned out Sparky the Fire Salamander (a fire elemental with an attitude, a.k.a. Anya’s protector/familiar) has a talent for typing with talons, for getting in trouble (oh boy does he!) and also for helping with giveaways. πŸ˜‰ Thank you Sparky!

Our lucky winner of two books by our special guest today, chosen by random.org & Sparky was: @michellemacewan CONGRATULATIONS!

And if you don’t already follow @Laura_Bickle and @SparkySalamndr I highly recommend it – much useful fodder for UF readers and writers both! Enjoy. πŸ™‚

sandrawickham: RT @UF_Chat: #GIVEAWAY today in #UFChat during our very special Q&A with @Laura_Bickle – see here for details! http://bit.ly/dRNbqm 3pmPST/6pmEST
7:30 pm UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:30 pm inkgypsy: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:30 pm tordotUF: RT @UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:31 pm BeasBookNook: RT @UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
7:31 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Want to see author roasted by own character? #UFchat TODAY has ringside seats! Ask character a Q & be entered to 2 bk #giveaway!
8:04 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to #UFchat! Guest author @Laura_Bickle heats things up w Q&A, 2 bk #giveaway & a mystery guest to grill her! 3pmPT/6pmET
8:04 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to #UFchat! Guest author @Laura_Bickle heats things up w Q&A, 2 bk #giveaway & a mystery guest to grill her! 3pmPT/6pmET
8:09 pm scootercarlyle: Writers and Small Town Cliches http://bit.ly/hQlcFN #fiction #writing #UFchat #writersroad
9:00 pm inkgypsy: In 1 hr: Fiery beings, investigating mediums, ghosts on the run & a TWO BOOK #giveaway w @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT
9:00 pm UF_Chat: In 1 hr: Fiery beings, investigating mediums, ghosts on the run & a TWO BOOK #giveaway w @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT
9:15 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: In 1 hr: Fiery beings, investigating mediums, ghosts on the run & a TWO BOOK #giveaway w @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT
9:16 pm Laura_Bickle: @marcellaburnard Awww! Thanks! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!
9:18 pm marcellaburnard: Great author, good friend and fellow Word Whore! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!?
9:33 pm UF_Chat: RT @marcellaburnard: Great author, good friend and fellow Word Whore! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!?
9:33 pm inkgypsy: RT @marcellaburnard: Great author, good friend and fellow Word Whore! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!?
9:40 pm inkgypsy: 20 MINS: #giveaway Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders ? dangerous forces of @Laura_Bickle?s UF in today’s #UFchat @3pmPT/6pmET #GIVEAWAY!
9:41 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: 20 MINS: Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders dangerous forces of @Laura_Bickle?s UF in today’s #UFchat @3pmPT/6pmET
9:44 pm tadbo: RT @inkgypsy: 20 MINS: #giveaway Fires, Ghosts, Lanterns & Salamanders ? dangerous forces of @Laura_Bickle?s UF in #UFchat @3pmPT/6pmET
9:50 pm inkgypsy: PRIMER for #UFchat early birds: EMBERS by @Laura_Bickle http://bit.ly/hruaGI
9:50 pm UF_Chat: PRIMER for #UFchat early birds: EMBERS by @Laura_Bickle http://bit.ly/hruaGI
9:50 pm shadowflame1974: 10 minutes till go time! Today’s #UFchat with @Laura_Bickle
9:51 pm inkgypsy: PRIMER #2 for #UFchat early birds: playing with fire today in #UFchat! http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
9:51 pm UF_Chat: PRIMER #2 for #UFchat early birds: playing with fire today in #UFchat! http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
9:57 pm shadowflame1974: so who is our mystery guest going to be today? #UFchat with @Laura_Bickle in just a few minutes!
9:58 pm UF_Chat: Pulling on my extreme protection & hazmat suit with my boots & #UFchat mod helmet! I’m told our mystery guest causes magical mayhem! #UFchat
9:58 pm inkgypsy: Pulling on my extreme protection & hazmat suit with my boots & #UFchat mod helmet! I’m told our mystery guest causes magical mayhem! #UFchat
9:58 pm tordotUF: @UF_Chat can we start guessing the identity of the mystery guest? #ufchat
10:00 pm UF_Chat: @tordotUF For sure! But I won’t know for sure until you know, though I have some ideas… πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
10:00 pm shadowflame1974: *Plays MONSTER by Skillet for intro* #UFchat
10:01 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 Linkage! (please) LOL #UFchat
10:01 pm tordotUF: @UF_Chat I’m guessing Sparky #ufchat
10:01 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1.. we’re now LIVE with today’s special #UFCHAT – there’s smoke, there’s fire, there are hazards & a hot guest today!
10:01 pm KerrySchafer: RT @Laura_Bickle: @marcellaburnard Awww! Thanks! @Laura_Bickle guesting in #UFchat today! 3pmPT Just follow #UFChat to play along!
10:01 pm UF_Chat: Today: special guest @Laura_Bickle author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under name Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: We?ll be focusing on world & characters of EMBERS & SPARKS: arson investigator w unique abilities, ghosts, fire elementals & more! #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: PLUS we have a TWO book #GIVEAWAY today! Stay tuned for the guidelines to be entered: #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: During Q&A section we?ve had heads-up one of Ms. Bickle?s characters will appear to indulge in a little grilling of his/her own! #UFChat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: When mystery guest appears, questions addressed to him/her (character) will be entered into our giveaway! #UFchat
10:02 pm UF_Chat: Books up for grabs: EMBERS & ROGUE ORACLE! Both by @Laura_Bickle (also writing as Alayna Williams) Covers: http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: Let?s warm up the seat a bit before we turn the heat on @Laura_Bickle, altho she?s welcome to join in Q?s early. πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: S: EMBERS/SPARKS are unique in UF novel world w forces of fire, ghosts and protective (&otherworldly) salamanders. #UFchat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: Q1: How have you seen fire used in the UF genre and was it a controlled force or a naturally occurring phenomena? #UFchat
10:03 pm shadowflame1974: heheheh Monster by Skillet http://youtu.be/1mjlM_RnsVE #UFchat
10:04 pm Laura_Bickle: Hee…I love “Monster.” Never heard it before! #UFchat
10:05 pm Laura_Bickle: Fire is one of those truly elemental forces that seems to have a mind of its own. #UFchat #UFChat
10:05 pm UF_Chat: Did I stump everyone on the very first question?? OOps – next! #UFchat
10:06 pm UF_Chat: Q2: What potential do you see for using fire as a force in UF? #UFchat
10:06 pm shadowflame1974: I thought it was completely appropriate as it came up on my playlist at that time. #UFChat
10:06 pm tordotUF: The UF Chat is on @Laura_Bickle author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE use hashtag #UFchat
10:06 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat Fire can be representative of a lot of things. Destruction, passion, rebirth,
10:07 pm ladytechie: A1. I am combing my memory for fire as a force. Fire Elemental in Jennifer Estep’s series. It is a tool/weapon #UFChat
10:07 pm byharryconnolly: RT @tordotUF: The UF Chat is on @Laura_Bickle author of UF novels EMBERS, SPARKS & under Alayna Williams, DARK ORACLE & ROGUE ORACLE use hashtag #UFchat
10:07 pm inkgypsy: Fire is obviously hugely & suddenly destructive in natural world but we use it every day too. Think UF could mirror that. #UFchat
10:08 pm Syrten: Oh! I have an answer to Q1. @NicolePeeler uses fire in first and second book, generated by ifrit. They’re made of fire. #UFchat
10:08 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie Ooh yes! That’s pretty interesting – love that series. πŸ™‚ #UFchat
10:08 pm inkgypsy: @Syrten Ifrit! woot! Magical beings using fire are everywhere in mythology/folklore – great to see UF starting to use those! #UFchat
10:09 pm Laura_Bickle: I wonder if we shy away from fire more, because of that whole pesky civilization thing? #UFchat
10:09 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: How might fire be used against OR ?FOR? typical UF creatures? (weres, vamps, ghosts, etc) #UFchat
10:09 pm shadowflame1974: There are dragons, salamanders, phoenix along with other creatures from legend that use fire. #UFchat
10:09 pm ladytechie: It always seems like a negative force. One that is destructive instead of a tool. #UFChat
10:10 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat flaming zombies anyone? lol
10:10 pm ladytechie: Discovery of Witches, fire element comes in, no spoiler given. #UFChat
10:10 pm inkgypsy: @ladytechie Paradox really as they say we never would have crawled out of the caves without it! (love the paradox) #UFchat
10:10 pm inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Heh! (re flaming zombies) #UFchat
10:11 pm UF_Chat: Q3: What are some connections between ghosts and fire in folklore and myth? (hint: the Xmas/Yule #UFchat touched on this!) #UFchat
10:11 pm ladytechie: Yes, all about the user @inkgypsy #UFChat
10:11 pm last_lines: popping in #ufchat
10:12 pm Syrten: Hmmm… Burning down demonically haunted houses? Like in Ghost Hunt #UFchat
10:12 pm UF_Chat: Q4: What ?creatures of fire? exist in myth and folklore that you know of – both popular and the more obscure? #UFchat
10:12 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 I see you read my mind there! Nice list – care to expand? #UFchat
10:14 pm UF_Chat: @Syrten Who wrote that one? Not familiar with it *slaps own wrist* #UFchat
10:14 pm michellemacewan: Hi, not long up here in OZ, is it OK to join in? #UFchat
10:14 pm pauljessup: @UF_Chat Salamander, phoenix #UFchat
10:14 pm UF_Chat: Are we having connection issues today? Lot of tweets then big gaps.. odd. #UFchat
10:15 pm UF_Chat: @michellemacewan Of course! Welcome. πŸ™‚ We just started – group warm up questions before guest gets grilled. πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
10:15 pm ladytechie: @pauljessup Phoenix! That’s good! I can’t think of a thing but elemental witches! #UFChat
10:15 pm UF_Chat: Q5: Ghosts also play prominent role in Laura?s books. What types of characters have a lot of interaction/influence on ghosts? #UFchat
10:15 pm ladytechie: No, it is a brain fart on my part. Grading finals most of the day and no brain power. #UFChat
10:16 pm ladytechie: A5. Mediums #UFChat
10:16 pm UF_Chat: RE Q5: Also think jobs that ave interaction with ghosts! #UFchat
10:16 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Sorry, I’d be chatting, but I’m working on a project that I fell behind on. =/ #UFchat
10:16 pm Syrten: @UF_Chat It’s an anime/manga/light novel… Light novel by Fuyumi Oni. Manga by Shiho Inada. #UFchat
10:17 pm tordotUF: @UF_Chat Reapers. Seeing a lot of those lately #ufchat
10:17 pm inkgypsy: @Syrten I will have to look it up – much manga subject matter overlaps with UF. πŸ™‚ #UFchat
10:17 pm UF_Chat: Q6: Laura?s MC is Anya – an arson investigator and a special type of medium. How has UF used mediums to date? #UFchat
10:17 pm michellemacewan: Fire is transformation ( late point.. sorry ) #UFchat
10:18 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat firebird, will-o-whisp, Kitsume, along with other animals such as cats being “fire” related. and 3 of the zodiac signs
10:18 pm UF_Chat: Q6a: What ?special forces?/jobs would you LIKE to see explored/used in a UF novel? Why? #UFchat
10:18 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat Great! #UFchat
10:18 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 yay! There’s so much potential its almost odd we don’t see fire-based stories more in UF! #UFchat
10:18 pm ladytechie: A6. I like the vampires used as weapons idea I’ve seen. #UFChat
10:19 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Imagine a firefighter in a UF world. What might be some things they would be up against? #UFchat
10:19 pm michellemacewan: Ghosts pick up on the sensitive – the character who is sensitive will always be open to contact with otherworldly beings #UFchat
10:19 pm Syrten: @inkgypsy Yep, a great source of UF while being different than what’s usually found here. Although lots of hereditary vampires, lol #UFchat
10:20 pm ladytechie: A6 I like the idea of special ops with different elemental control powers. #UFChat
10:20 pm inkgypsy: @Syrten Hereditary vampires – heh. That’s a whole other kind of problem! #UFchat
10:20 pm UF_Chat: RT @ladytechie: A6 I like the idea of special ops with different elemental control powers. #UFChat
10:20 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat creatures that are able to draw from the elements? #UFchat
10:20 pm shadowflame1974: Q6a #UFchat I’d like to see Pyro’s as firefighters. To fight fire use fire, or at least intimately understand it
10:21 pm UF_Chat: Q8: Anya?s companion/familiar is a fire salamander elemental. How might this be very useful to a UF MC? #UFchat
10:21 pm Syrten: Q7 Pyrokinetics, or people who can start fires with their mind. #UFChat
10:21 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: How might having a fire elemental companion be a pain in the proverbial? #UFchat
10:21 pm UF_Chat: Q8b: What things might bother or be a challenge to a fire salamander? #UFchat
10:22 pm ladytechie: A8. How does one heal/hurt a fire salamander? #UFChat
10:23 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie That is an excellent question – you’ll have to roast our guest over that one! #UFchat
10:23 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat 8b On a psychic level you could hurt it – losing connection, for eg #UFchat
10:23 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat Q8a I wouldn’t want to take the elemental to the gas station.
10:23 pm UF_Chat: Speaking of guests: do we have our hottie author @Laura_Bickle in the house? #UFchat
10:23 pm dduane: (just wandering through) #UFChat
10:23 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks so much for having me! I?m so excited to get the chance to chat. #UFchat
10:23 pm UF_Chat: She’s here!! It?s now time to put our special guest @Laura_Bickle in the hot seat. πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: Welcome @Laura_Bickle! Thank you SO much for joining us today: expertise, mystery guest character & free books! Yum! #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: Questions fr mod 1st (all welcome to comment!) & when mystery guest appears, floor opens for Q?s to Laura AND esp. character! #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: (Note: pls ?@? Laura w Q?s. Same for character – Twitter name revealed when appears! Pls use hashtag so all can follow) #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Your latest release = ROGUE ORACLE (2nd/series), written under Alayna Williams & getting great reviews! Congrats!! #UFChat
10:24 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks very much. I?m super excited?though timing for that book turned out to be odd for a story about Chernobyl. ;-S #UFchat
10:25 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Can you expand on the Chernobyl aspect very quickly – though we’ll be focusing on your other series mainly today? #UFchat
10:26 pm Laura_Bickle: Sure. In ROGUE ORACLE, my Tarot-wielding protagonist and federal agent partner are on the trail of a Chernobyl survivor selling…#UFchat
10:26 pm Laura_Bickle: …nuclear secrets he’s culled from ex-spies on the international black market.#UFchat
10:27 pm ladytechie: @Laura_Bickle I’m from Detroit and grew up there so I have to ask why you chose Detroit as the backdrop for your story? #UFChat
10:27 pm UF_Chat: This author doesn’t mess around folks! Goes for big stories w lots of potential for big bad trouble! & that includes characters! πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
10:27 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Do you want to take @ladytechies question? I’ll wait – I’m interested too! πŸ™‚ #Ufchat
10:28 pm Laura_Bickle: …like the Detroit Salt Mine, DIA, and Michigan Central Station. So many places with their own gravitational pull. #UFchat
10:29 pm Laura_Bickle: @ladytechie My husband’s from Detroit. He played tour guide for me, showed me..#UFchat
10:29 pm UF_Chat: RT @ladytechie My husband is from Detroit. He played tour guide for me…showed me some very neat magical places…#UFchat
10:29 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q9: Could you comment on that series? How is diff from Anya K series & why did you decide to release under diff name? #UFchat
10:29 pm Laura_Bickle: @ladytechie Sorry for the lost flow. But there are so many magical places there that I fell in love with. #UFchat
10:30 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle That series being the ORACLE series – sorry we jumped into SPARK/EMBERS very quickly there. #UFchat
10:30 pm Laura_Bickle: Tara Sheridan is a criminal profiler who uses Tarot cards to solve crimes. It?s a mashup of science and magic?#UFchat
10:30 pm Laura_Bickle: ?appealing to fans of X-Files and Fringe. Fun with dark matter, radiation, oracles, and conspiracies?#UFchat
10:31 pm Laura_Bickle: ?Since EMBERS and DARK ORACLE were released close together, publisher thought it would be confusing for readers. “Alayna” hatched #UFchat
10:31 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q9a: Both series focus on criminal investigators, s/thing which you’re qualified to write! Can you tell us about that? #UFchat
10:32 pm Laura_Bickle: I?ve worked in and around criminal justice for more than ten years, and have an MA in criminology. #UFchat
10:32 pm Laura_Bickle: Was fun to finally apply the trivia bits I?d learned? #UFchat ?but I also learned a lot of new things
10:32 pm Laura_Bickle: Arson investigation, for instance, was all new to me. Fun research – research is the best part of the work. #UFchat
10:32 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q9b: Would U pls explain briefly how it is to write 2 UF series under 2 diff. names? (advant./disadv.) #UFchat
10:33 pm Laura_Bickle: I don?t know that I would do that again. It was originally a decision to keep the series distinct, with alternate release dates?#UFchat
10:33 pm Laura_Bickle: Didn?t want to confuse the readers?#UFchat ?but I think that it can get a bit cumbersome.
10:33 pm Laura_Bickle: And hard to build an audience when you?re scattered. #UFchat
10:34 pm inkgypsy: Well we’ll help you. And spread the word of your awesome! πŸ™‚ @Laura_Bickle #UFChat (Plus being a hottie has to help! lol)
10:34 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q10: When did you decide Urban Fantasy was the genre for you? What is the draw for you as a writer? #UFchat
10:35 pm Laura_Bickle: Aww…thanks! *blushes* #UFchat
10:35 pm Laura_Bickle: I love that the field is wide open. There are no real ?rules? as far as an HEA ending or limits on the magic or technology?#UFchat
10:36 pm Laura_Bickle: ?and I like that the magic is grounded in reality. Makes it very believable for me. #UFchat
10:36 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q10a: Anything about your background in criminal justice that spurred U toward UF or fired imagination (so to speak)? #UFchat
10:36 pm Laura_Bickle: I did get sorta burnt out on CJ. I?m now working in a library, actually. It?s a tough field… #UFchat
10:37 pm Laura_Bickle: And anybody who works in it knows that there are stories you just can?t tell?#UFchat
10:37 pm Laura_Bickle: ?and you can?t save or fix the real world. But I sure can change and fix the worlds I imagine. #UFchat
10:37 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q11: Two words I see repeatedly re your work: ?unique? & ?exciting?. (Congrats!) What are readers responding to? #UFchat
10:37 pm leapetra: sorry really late, house guests would not leave #ufchat
10:38 pm Laura_Bickle: That?s really thrilling to read that. I try to work with out of the box ideas. Stuff I haven?t seen before, experiment? #Ufchat
10:38 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra That can be so bothersome! lol – glad you could join us today! #UFchat
10:38 pm SullivanMcPig: The real fans will find you no matter what name you use πŸ˜‰ @Laura_Bickle And hard to build an audience when you?re scattered. #UFchat
10:38 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1.. we’re now LIVE with today’s special #UFCHAT – there’s smoke, there’s fire, there are hazards & a hot guest today!
10:38 pm Laura_Bickle: ??cause I want new territory of my own, to learn new things. LOL. #Ufchat
10:38 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q11a: Why do you think aspects such as a fire salamander haven?t been tackled in the UF genre much if at all? #UFchat
10:38 pm SparkySalamandr: Hey. You. HUMAN. Where the hell is the hair dryer? #Ufchat
10:39 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Books up for grabs: EMBERS & ROGUE ORACLE! Both by @Laura_Bickle (also writing as Alayna Williams) Covers: http://bit.ly/dRNbqm #UFchat
10:39 pm Laura_Bickle: Awww. Jeesh. Sorry, guys. Salamander at the keyboard. What do you want with the hair dryer? #Ufchat
10:39 pm ladytechie: @SparkySalamandr Aww! How cool are you? #UFChat
10:39 pm shadowflame1974: RT @SparkySalamandr: Hey. You. HUMAN. Where the hell is the hair dryer? #Ufchat >>> EEP!
10:39 pm UF_Chat: Um – hang on – did we just have another guest appear?? @Laura_Bickle can you confirm – is he “yours”? #UFchat
10:40 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Q6a: What ?special forces?/jobs would you LIKE to see explored/used in a UF novel? Why? #UFchat
10:40 pm Laura_Bickle: Fire salamanders haven?t gotten much press since Paracelsus? time. This is why. #Ufchat
10:40 pm SparkySalamandr: I?m cold. Spring hasn?t sprung here. I wanna snuggle with the hair dryer. *lashes tail* #Ufchat
10:40 pm shadowflame1974: Oh the um, attitude humh? #UFchat
10:40 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Q4: What ?creatures of fire? exist in myth and folklore that you know of – both popular and the more obscure? #UFchat
10:40 pm UF_Chat: This is it folks – our mystery guest is SPARKY the FIRE SALAMANDER! #UFchat
10:40 pm UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:40 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr @Inkgypsy has a nice warm coffee pot #UFchat
10:41 pm Laura_Bickle: Sigh. Yes. Sparky is ALL MINE. #ufchat
10:41 pm Abigail_ATUF: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:41 pm tordotUF: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:41 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle@SparkySalamandr pop over here Sparky, we have 2 fires going this morning! #UFchat
10:41 pm Laura_Bickle: But?damn it, Sparky! You?re allowed to sleep in the clothes dryer as long as you don?t allow the cats in there. #Ufchat
10:41 pm NancyMcGregor: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:42 pm UF_Chat: #giveaway #giveaway #giveaway #giveaway!! Open for entries now – talk to our surprise fiery guest & be entered for free books! #UFchat
10:42 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: QUICK! Ask @SparkySalamandr a question NOW to be entered into the 2 bk #giveaway! #UFchat
10:42 pm DaniMonsch: @Laura_Bickle looking back, would you still use 2 separate names, or would you keep to the one? #UFchat
10:42 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle I have to ask – do you ever call him Spanky by mistake? (Or not so much by mistake?) πŸ˜› #UFchat
10:42 pm SparkySalamandr: @michellemacewan At last, a human with some sense! My human is FREEZING me. #ufchat
10:42 pm ladytechie: @SparkySalamandr What do you like most about your job? #UFChat
10:43 pm UF_Chat: @SparkySalamandr How does one ?keep a fire salamander on a leash?? (ie. How/why can Anya make you ?behave?)? #UFchat
10:43 pm leapetra: I’m not sure what to ask a fire elemental… #ufchat
10:43 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Oh NO! We have a lovely wood fired stove here.. warms the water too.. #UFchat
10:44 pm SparkySalamandr: @ladytechie Roasting marshmallows and sleeping in the clothes dryer. Best of times! #ufchat
10:44 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr I have the heaters going today. I agree warm is better. #UFchat
10:44 pm inkgypsy: @SparkySalamandr What do you think of firefighters in general? #UFchat
10:45 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr How do you entice your food into the hairdryer Sparky? #UFchat
10:46 pm SparkySalamandr: Feh. I?m bound to a necklace that Anya’s mom gave her. I can?t wander too far away from it. Good bling to take naps in. #ufchat
10:46 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr so what exactly does a familiar like you do? #UFchat
10:46 pm Laura_Bickle: See what I have to deal with? This is why he?s not allowed to speak in the books. #Ufchat
10:46 pm leapetra: @SparkySalamandr Davinci said Salamanders had no stomachs, I find that hard to believe, what food do you like? #ufchat
10:47 pm Laura_Bickle: @shadowflame1974 *puffs up speckled chest* I gnaw on ghosts. I’m a darn good protector. #ufchat
10:47 pm SparkySalamandr: *puffs up speckled chest* I gnaw on ghosts. I’m a darn good protector. #ufchat
10:47 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Finally! freedom of speech for Sparky.. #UFchat
10:47 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr ohhh sounds like fun. πŸ˜€ #UFchat
10:47 pm SparkySalamandr: @leapetra Ghosts. I love to nom on some ghosts. And cell phones. And pretty much anything electronic. #ufchat
10:48 pm inkgypsy: @SparkySalamandr What?s your favorite toy? #UFchat
10:48 pm SparkySalamandr: The addiction to chewing on electronic devices is why Anya can’t have nice things. She says. #UFchat
10:48 pm shadowflame1974: @SparkySalamandr oh? so you disrupt electromagnet fields too? #UFchat
10:48 pm Syrten: @SparkySalamandr How can you eat ghosts? Aren’t they a bit incorporeal and unnommable? #UFchat
10:49 pm SparkySalamandr: @inkgypsy My plush Glo-Worm. *blushes* It lights up when I snuggle with it. #Ufchat
10:49 pm SparkySalamandr: @Syrten I’m also pretty incorporeal, myself. Only Anya can see me. And cats… #ufchat
10:49 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Hmm feeding off the energy .. yum that sounds good Sparky.. does it increase your powers? #UFchat
10:50 pm SparkySalamandr: …when cats stare at the ceiling and chase nothing, it’s usually one of us salamanders. #ufchat
10:50 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I feel pretty damn sleepy after a big ‘ol ghost snack. Time for a nap. #ufchat
10:51 pm SparkySalamandr: @syrten I usually feel pretty sleepy after a big ‘ol ghost snack. Time for a nap. #ufchat
10:51 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle ok, so can I ask you a question please Laura? #UFchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: We know it was Anya?s mother that gave you to her, tho know v little about mother. @SparkySalamandr What do you remember re her? #UFchat
10:52 pm SparkySalamandr: @shadowflame1974 Oh, yes.I also set off sprinkler systems…like at the crime lab (tucks tail between legs) #ufchat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle I think Sparky has taken over the chat! Do you think he’d mind if I asked you some more questions? #UFchat
10:52 pm SparkySalamandr: @inkgypsy Anya?s mom was a lovely gal. But she dabbled in some magical stuff she shouldn?t. Had terrible taste in men. Sigh… #ufchat
10:53 pm Laura_Bickle: Fire away. I’m sitting on the little twerp so he doesn’t keep typing! #ufchat
10:53 pm UF_Chat: @michellemacewan PLEASE! Sparky is stealing the show (although I admit I wish our chat was going to be MUCH longer now – FUN!) #UFchat
10:53 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle Can you talk more about your comment about ‘grounding the magic in reality’ ? #UFchat
10:54 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q12: Wow – so that was Sparky! Does he surprise you as much as he surprises the readers (& twitter followers?) #UFchat
10:55 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Due to time disappearing (yikes!) I’m going to skip questions here and there – wish we had time for them all! #UFchat
10:55 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I try to keep the research details as accurate as possible, so that the world feels real to me.. #ufchat
10:56 pm Laura_Bickle: …and so that the magical elements are more believable (I hope!). #UFchat
10:56 pm Laura_Bickle: Sparky is a pain in the ass. I adore him, but his speckled self occupies too much real estate in my head. #Ufchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q14: Can you explain more about the ghost hunting? What is it they do? Rescue people from ghosts or ghosts from world? #UFchat
10:57 pm Laura_Bickle: A bit of both. Ghosts can be very malicious in my world, and are becoming more so. Anya’s eccentric group of ghost hunters has… #UFChat
10:58 pm Laura_Bickle: …their hands full putting out metaphysical fires. They believe it’s a symptom of general unrest, some darkness moving in. #UFchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: S: One of my favorite places in series is bar where the ghost investigators meet, the Devil?s Bathtub, complete with its history! #UFchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q15: Do you remember where that idea came from? What about the name? Why a bathtub?! #UFchat
10:59 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle Some great darkness?? Well there’s a series set-up if I ever heard one! πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to it! #UFchat
10:59 pm Laura_Bickle: That was sort of a spur-of-the-moment thing. The bar was a speakeasy during Prohibition, so it was associated with vice. #ufchat
11:00 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle Q16: Anya?s witch friend Katie seems to know a lot about elementals – why? How does she know stuff Anya doesn?t? #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q16: Anya?s witch friend Katie seems to know a lot about elementals – why? How does she know stuff Anya doesn?t? #UFchat
11:00 pm Laura_Bickle: And I liked the idea of a clawfoot bathtub filled with pennies in the middle of the bar. Wishing to the devil. #ufchat
11:01 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle Love that bathtub! #UFchat
11:02 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle Seriously cool idea! (clawfoot bathtub – the hardknocked wishing to the devil – asking for trouble!) #UFchat
11:02 pm Laura_Bickle: Katie’s still learning to apply what she’s learned in spellbooks to the physical world as a ghost hunter. #ufchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q18: In what ways are fire & ghosts are directly connected in your series? Did you base on any mythology? #UFchat
11:04 pm Laura_Bickle: Katie is something like a librarian of magickal lore. #ufchat
11:04 pm Laura_Bickle: Katie is something like a librarian of magickal lore. #ufchat
11:05 pm Laura_Bickle: Ghosts and fire are both energy. Both unpredictable. And they’ve both been with us since the beginning of civilization. #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q19: What is a ?lantern? and is that your own creation? What was the ?spark? that helped form that character aspect? #UFchat
11:06 pm Laura_Bickle: Anya devours ghosts, but she doesn’t know where they go when she destroys them. And that bothers her. #ufchat
11:06 pm Laura_Bickle: Yup. The lanterns were my idea. They’re the rarest kind of medium. Where other mediums allow spirits to use their hands and voices.. #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_chat2: Overtime but wanted to give people chance to ask Laura questions! Please @ Laura directly & use #UFchat hashtag so all can follow. πŸ™‚ Go!
11:07 pm Laura_Bickle: …to communicate, a Lantern allows the spirit into her body. Then, she incinerates it. Not a pretty process. And it makes Anya… #UFchat
11:07 pm Laura_Bickle: …like she’s always taking out the spiritual garbage. #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q23: If you could ask your readers a question about urban fantasy, what would that be? #UFchat
11:08 pm Laura_Bickle: What would you like to see next? #UFchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Have at it people! Can you answer @Laura_Bickle?s question? (Every answer is entered as another chance to win!) #UFchat
11:09 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q24: For those not familiar w bks pls fill blanks: If you like __ &/or __ you?d like EMBERS/SPARKS. #UFchat
11:09 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle I would like to see the Lanterns develop their power in a new way – maybe tapping into something else #UFchat
11:10 pm Laura_Bickle: If you like the idea of Ghostbusters in Detroit with dragons and arson?you?ll like EMBERS/SPARKS. But it?s kind of dark and gritty. #Ufchat
11:10 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I would, too. Nobody really knows what purpose they serve. Except Sparky, and he’s not talking. #ufchat
11:11 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle I am intrigued already! #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle What about the ORACLE series? (same fill in the blanks) #UFchat
11:11 pm larissa_sarah: YES!RT @Laura_Bickle: If U lk the idea of Ghostbusters in Detroit w/ dragons & arson?you?ll lk EMBERS/SPARKS. kind of dark & gritty. #Ufchat
11:11 pm StacyMaynard: I dont really have a question but I love how unique and inventive all of your books are #ufchat
11:12 pm Laura_Bickle: @larissa_sarah @michellemacewan Thank you! #Ufchat
11:12 pm Laura_Bickle: @stacymaynard Thanks! πŸ™‚ #ufchat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Q26: Do U have anything (websites, writing, pet projects etc) you?d like to draw our attention to? Any last comments? #UFchat
11:13 pm Laura_Bickle: @UF_Chat Thank you so much for having me…thank you to everyone who chatted…and thanks for tolerating my newbie tech goofs! :-S #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Thank you so much for being our special guest today in #UFchat @Laura_Bickle! and for letting Sparky ?off the leash? for a bit too. πŸ˜‰
11:14 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle A very special thank you also for providing your awesome books for a giveaway today! *cheering* #UFchat
11:14 pm Laura_Bickle: Thank you for having me! πŸ™‚ #UFchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat peeps welcome to hang with @Laura_Bickle as long as she?s able while I go tally entries & random.org chooses our winner! πŸ˜€ #UFchat
11:14 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat I wish I could have been here for the whole thing #ufchat
11:15 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle Thank you so much Laura – I am looking forward to reading more from you! Thankyou #UFchat and great meeting Sparky too!
11:15 pm Laura_Bickle: @leapatra Thank you for stopping in! It was great to meet you! #ufchat
11:16 pm Syrten: @Laura_Bickle Great tweetchat πŸ™‚ #UFchat
11:16 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks, @syrten ! I appreciate it! #ufchat
11:17 pm shadowflame1974: @Laura_Bickle thank you for chatting and letting Sparky out. Can’t wait to get these books #UFchat
11:17 pm Laura_Bickle: @shadowflame1974 Thanks! Sparky is a PITA, but I adore him. He’s a composite of all the pets I’ve had over time. #ufchat
11:17 pm BeasBookNook: RT @larissa_sarah: YES!RT @Laura_Bickle: If U lk the idea of Ghostbusters in Detroit w/ dragons & arson?you?ll lk EMBERS/SPARKS. kind of dark & gritty. #Ufchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Please check your DMs πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
11:18 pm Laura_Bickle: I always seem to wind up giving my protagonists pets. I think it’s because I want them to have a little bit of unconditional love #ufchat
11:19 pm inkgypsy: @Laura_Bickle I love that your protagonists have pets! What’s Tara’s pet in the ORACLE series? #UFchat
11:19 pm SparkySalamandr: And our winner is…@michellemacewan ! Please DM Laura or me, and I’ll put your books in the mail! *wags tail* #ufchat
11:20 pm Syrten: @michellemacewan Congrats! πŸ™‚ #ufchat
11:20 pm Laura_Bickle: Tara has a cat, Oscar, and winds up with a dog who belonged to a scientist who vanished while working on discovering dark matter. #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_Bickle Totally forgot to mention how awesomely lucky you’ve been w your covers! I hope you have poster sized for your wall! #UFchat
11:20 pm michellemacewan: @Laura_Bickle it’s a great idea – pets, special friends.. it’s such a great way to expand the dimensions of the character. #UFchat
11:20 pm Laura_Bickle: Hee. I have been SUPER lucky with the cover love. Thanks! #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: RT @SparkySalamandr: And our winner is…@michellemacewan ! Please DM Laura or me, and I’ll put your books in the mail! *wags tail* #ufchat
11:21 pm michellemacewan: @SparkySalamandr Oh THANKYOU so much! I am thrilled! #UFchat
11:21 pm leapetra: @michellemacewan congrats #ufchat
11:21 pm Laura_Bickle: @michellemacewan I think it’s because I’ve always had them around, and characters tend to let their guards down around them. #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: And our lucky winner of TWO books today, chosen by random.org & Sparky is: @michellemacewan CONGRATULATIONS! #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: Thanks again to @Laura_Bickle for being our special guest and for providing such awesome books today! #UFchat
11:22 pm Laura_Bickle: You cannot see Sparky, but he’s doing a terribly awkward happy dance. #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: And thank YOU @SparkySalamandr for such an awesome surprise today! I have a feeling we could have chatted the whole hour w you! #UFchat
11:23 pm michellemacewan: @UF_Chat Thankyou #UFchat
11:23 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks for hosting us! #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: My imagination is very happy about this! lol!RT @Laura_Bickle: You cannot see Sparky, but he’s doing a terribly awkward happy dance. #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: @Laura_BIckle We wish you every success w your writing & hope you can join us again to talk more about your work (Sparky too!). #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: That wraps up today?s #UFchat! See you next week for more energizing UF topics! Don?t forget Tues #mythbeasts chat @ 6:30pmEST!
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Resources and links on @Laura_Bickle and her work next: #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Laura Bickle website: http://bit.ly/i4dYcC #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Interview with Laura Bickle at My Bookish Ways: http://bit.ly/dOkPq7 #UFChat
11:24 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat #mythbeasts is about Centaurs and Satyrs #ufchat
11:25 pm Syrten: I look forward to next week #UFchat Cya everyone
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Also up front: remembering Japan today too: Authors for Japan website: http://bit.ly/gVNT5W Info here: http://bit.ly/i2mUrj #UFchat
11:25 pm SparkySalamandr: You KNOW that she doesn’t let me out much. *pouts* #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Artists for Japan ?Tsunami Relief art effort & auction http://bit.ly/g7rCXv #UFchat (folks will be interested in creatures painted too)
11:26 pm UF_Chat: Guest blog by @Laura_Bickle – pseudonymns and multiple personalities: http://bit.ly/ijKkDD #UFchat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: Best & Worst Job Prospects in the Urban Fantasy Economy for 2011 (note firefighter is one of these!) http://bit.ly/cpKuv3 #UFChat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Sparky the Salamander?s Twitter account: http://bit.ly/hfaSb0 #UFchat -A MUST FOLLOW! He is hilarious (& kinda raunchy πŸ˜‰ Perfect UF friend.
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Letter to the Reader about Sparky & SPARKS http://bit.ly/fsmGEF #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Some fire elemental images to inspire you! http://bit.ly/fFeG6s #UFChat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Fire elementals ? Salamanders http://bit.ly/eVlKec #UFchat
11:27 pm larissa_sarah: RT @UF_Chat: Letter to the Reader about Sparky & SPARKS http://bit.ly/fsmGEF #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Salamander ? legendary creature (Wikipedia) http://bit.ly/g5GntD #UFchat
11:27 pm larissa_sarah: RT @UF_Chat: Sparky the Salamander?s Twitter account: http://bit.ly/hfaSb0 #UFchat -A MUST FOLLOW! He is hilar? (cont) http://deck.ly/~i7dHE
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Salamanders (Dragonarama) http://bit.ly/ehjMNz #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Hope your imagination has been fired up today! Stay warm everyone (except Southern Hemisphere – keep it cool – heh) #UFchat LIGHTS OUT!!
11:29 pm UF_Chat: RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat #mythbeasts is about Centaurs and Satyrs #ufchat
11:29 pm inkgypsy: RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat #mythbeasts is about Centaurs and Satyrs #ufchat
11:54 pm michellemacewan: RT @UF_Chat: Laura Bickle website: http://bit.ly/i4dYcC #UFchat
11:58 pm michellemacewan: Check out Laura’s interview,she was great on #UFchat today RT @UF_Chat:Interview with Laura Bickle at My Bookish Ways: http://bit.ly/dOkPq7
8:15 am AnassaRh: A2: Somebody mentioned ifrit and I know salamanders are coming up, but what about djinni, demons, fire elementals? #ufchat
8:15 am AnassaRh: A2: And let’s not forget the potential for fire to, say, burn down the MC’s house and/or kill their family, like in Supernatural. πŸ˜„ #ufchat
8:16 am AnassaRh: A2: Also people with pytotechnic powers or magic? #ufchat
8:19 am AnassaRh: A2a: Fire’s generally a good way to kill things. Vamps are generally highly flammable. So are mummies. #ufchat
8:19 am AnassaRh: Yes, new followers, I do participate in #ufchat every Saturday night. It’s technically at 3 pm PST but I’m afk then. Go ahead and ignore me.
8:20 am AnassaRh: A2: Fire used FOR paranormals? could be a source of power, could BE a power, could be a means of protection against others. #ufchat
8:22 am AnassaRh: Q3: That would be providing light sources to attract the dead, yes? And aren’t some poltergeists/ghosts pyros? #ufchat
8:23 am AnassaRh: A4: I can only think of creatures already named?phoenix, salamander, various demons, djinni. #ufchat
8:26 am AnassaRh: A5: Stacia Kane’s books deal heavily in ghosts. MC is a Debunker for the Church, finding false hauntings. #ufchat
8:26 am AnassaRh: A5: Anyone ordained in a religion would have contact with ghosts. Called in for exorcisms or for spirit guidance. #ufchat
8:27 am AnassaRh: A5: I’d also imagine realtors would have occasional run-in with ghosts. After all, haunted houses don’t sell. #ufchat
8:28 am AnassaRh: Ooh, hey, there’s an idea! Realtor has to rid a house of a ghost in order to sell it. #ufchat
8:29 am AnassaRh: A6: Most UF I’ve seen uses mediums as detectives, talking to the dead to find murderers. #ufchat
8:29 am AnassaRh: A6: And then there’s Harry Dresden and Bob the ghost “sidekick” who plays the role of mentor and assistant. #ufchat
8:44 am AnassaRh: A6a: I’d like to see teachers, salespeople, blue collar jobs, office workers. Mundane jobs. #ufchat
8:44 am AnassaRh: A6a: Going the more “traditional” route, how about coroners, forensic techs, more non-American cop-types. #ufchat
8:45 am AnassaRh: A7: Magical fires that can’t be put out by regular means? #ufchat
8:46 am AnassaRh: A8a: You’d need to give it a warm stove or flame-resistant fabric to bed in. And you’d need flame-resistant cloth to hold it. #ufchat
8:48 am AnassaRh: I can’t imagine fire salamanders would enjoy asbestos much. Allergies? #ufchat
9:19 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: A6a: I’d like to see teachers, salespeople, blue collar jobs, office workers. Mundane jobs. #ufchat
8:02 pm leapetra: @21stCscribe I do the #UFchat and started #mythbeasts

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