"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Today on the blog, I'm excited to feature my author pal, Rachel Coles! You may remember Rachel as I featured her back in September for her book INTO THE RUINS. Now, Rachel is back and ready to tell us about her new book!

PAZUZU'S GIRL by Rachel Coles

From Goodreads:

Morpho Wilson thought her life was difficult enough. Her father is Pazuzu, the Mesopotamian demon of plague and the Southwest wind. As a teenager Morpho struggles against her father, while trying to adjust to high school in a new neighborhood. The family is constantly moving in an attempt to elude Pazuzu’s murderous ex-wife, a demoness known for killing children.

Then something unique happens. A socially-impaired classmate becomes so intrigued by Morpho that he pursues her, despite the mystery surrounding her family and the danger that accompanies it.

But before their romance can grow the demoness tracks Morpho down, and now only needs an ancient artifact called the Tablet of Destiny to complete the destruction of the world. The tablet confers on its owner the ability to control the fate of everything and everyone on earth.

Once the tablet is discovered in the Middle East, the oldest and most powerful gods begin a battle for its possession, with the human population caught in the middle. Morpho, her family, and her new friend must decide, do they escape from the horrifying demoness or fight for their own destiny. How far will Pazuzu go to save his daughter from a hellish fate? Will his banishment from Heaven so many millennia ago end up being a curse...or a blessing?



Thank you for having me on your blog today to talk about my new novel Pazuzu's Girl! One of the questions that people have asked about the novel was what inspired me to write it, and who were my biggest influences or favorite authors.

Pazuzu's Girl actually started out as an idea for National Novel Writing Month. I'd never heard of NaNoWriMo, and I'd never written a novel before, and so with the encouragement of the critique group that I go to, I got an idea and started writing. Pazuzu's Girl came from a moment of entertainment I got imagining how a demon would handle a teenage daughter, and wondering, as my own young daughter rolled her eyes at me, in a gesture entirely too old for her age, what it will be like when she's a teenager in a few years.

My favorite authors, who I hope have been positive influences on all of my writing, not just the novel are:

Neil Gaiman—for everything he ever wrote
Dan Simmons—for his Hyperion and Endymion novels
David Brin—for his Uplift novels and Kiln People
Terry Pratchett—for his Discworld novels
Ray Bradbury—for Halloween Tree, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The October Country
and last but definitely not least, Clive Barker—for Weaveworld, Everville, Imajica, and the Books of Blood

If you ever get a chance to read any of these books and authors and haven't already, you are missing out. Neil Gaiman is my hero in his ability to create modern myth out of old myths and archetypes, often myths not as well known to the western world. This distinction also goes to Clive Barker. They both have a tremendous ability to send shivers up your spine and use eloquent language to do it. David Brin and Dan Simmons have the unique ability to not only engage in all-encompassing worlds that you can lose yourself in, but worlds and events that are paradigm-changing. Ray Bradbury defined an entire age of science fiction and realistic fantasy with turns of phrase that I still find myself going back and reading over and over thirty years after I first read them. Terry Pratchett's humor is unsurpassed in literature, fantasy or otherwise. These are all my writing heroes, and I hope that I have taken some lessons from them when I wrote Pazuzu's Girl.


Pazuzu's Girl is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Journalstone website. It is available in both paperback and e-book.

If you want to contact me, I can be reached on Facebook at Rachel Bernstein Coles, Twitter at rcoles66, or my website at rachelcoles.wordpress.com

Thank you again to PJ for hosting me! Solstice is an amazing book, and PJ a talented story-teller and creator of myth and I'm honored to be on her site.


Thank you so much, Rachel, for your kind words and for being here today!


Matthew MacNish said...

Awesome influences.

PJ Hoover said...

That's exactly what I was thinking, Matthew! Rachel and I have a ton in common (and you, too, it seems!).

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing about your book Rachel. It sounds interesting. And I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman too.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for visiting, Natalie!

Christina Farley said...

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for visiting, Christina!