eSpec Books interviews John Passarella, contributor to The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, currently funding on Kickstarter as a part of the #Make100 campaign.

eSB: What is your idea of a bad-ass faerie?

Self-sufficient, attitude, no excuses

eSB: Can you tell us a little about your story, Twilight Crossing, that was selected for The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries?

twilightI associate faeries with deception and glamour, so my idea was to have faeries who were themselves victims of identity deception. When the story begins, they have no idea who and what they really are. (art by Ruth Lampi).

eSB: What do you like most about The Bad-Ass Faeries series, and why?

I always like the idea of putting a new spin on something old and familiar. I always aim for that with whatever the menace is in my supernatural novels, my own and the tie-in novels.

eSB: What kind of challenges did you find writing for this series?

baf2-web2x3Coming up with the initial idea, which is always the first challenge. Keeping my word count under control is a personal challenge. I tend to write long, even when I’m writing short stories.

eSB: What is your first recollection of faeries growing up?

Hmm… Tinkerbell? Probably Disney movies, then Shakespeare plays.

eSB: What interested you in writing for this series?

Again, the idea of putting a new spin on something old and familiar. To go against general expectations.

eSB: Tell us something about yourself that is bad-ass.

Bad-ass would not be the first, second or third descriptive term one would apply to me, but I am proud to have raced in two half-marathons in the past two years.

eSB: Do you have any plans to expand your story…or write in the same universe? If so, what more can your readers expect?

After I wrote “Twilight Crossing” I definitely felt like continuing the story, so something is there, awaiting my time and creativity.

eSB: What are some of your own works readers can look for?

john-passarella-cold-fireThe three (so far!) Wither/Wendy Ward books, plus Shimmer and Kindred Spirit, my only paranormal mystery/thriller. I think fans of the particular genre shows I write about find my tie-in novels, most recently Supernatural and Grimm. Also, I have a fiction collection, Exit Strategy & Others, which has all of the Wendy Ward stories collected.

eSB: What projects of your own do you have coming up?

Nothing imminent, but I am writing a fourth Wither/Wendy Ward novel and I have a few other novels in various states of gestation.

eSB: How can readers find out more about you? 

The best place is my website,


 John Passarella co-authored Wither, which won the Horror Writer Association’s prestigious Bram Stoker Award for best first novel of 1999. Columbia Pictures purchased the feature film rights to Wither in a preemptive bid. Passarella’s solo novels include Wither’s Rain, Wither’s Legacy, Kindred Spirit and Shimmer and seven media tie-in novels: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ghoul Trouble, Angel: Avatar, Angel: Monolith, Supernatural: Night Terror, Supernatural: Rite of Passage, Grimm: The Chopping Block and Supernatural: Cold Fire. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children. Please visit him online at


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