Question: What are the Elemental Assassin books about?
Answer: The Elemental Assassin books are set in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland, where Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina meet in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in her spare time. Gin is also an elemental or person who can control one of the four elements – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Gin has the rare gift of being able to control two elements, Ice and Stone in her case. Besides elementals like Gin, Ashland is also home to giants, dwarves, and vampires.
答： Elemental Assassin系列設定在田納西州、維吉尼亞州和北卡羅萊納州於阿帕拉契山心臟地帶交會處的虛構南方大都市Ashland。這系列書的焦點集中在Gin Blanco，一位在空閒時間經營一家叫做Pork Pit烤肉餐廳的代號蜘蛛的刺客。Gin也是元素術師，可以操控四元素之一──氣、火、冰、石。Gin有罕見的天賦可以操控兩種，冰和石。除了像Gin一樣的元素術師外，Ashland也是巨人、侏儒和吸血鬼的家鄉。
Question: What exactly is urban fantasy?
Answer: Urban fantasy is a genre that’s really exploded in popularity in recent years. Urban fantasy books are usually set in a contemporary world (one with cars, electricity, etc.) that also features magic and magical creatures of some sort. Elementals, vampires, giants, dwarves, demons, elves, selkies, trolls, witches, wizards – all those and more can be found in urban fantasy books.
In urban fantasy, the focus is usually one main character, and the story is often told in the first-person point of view. Readers follow this one character through her various trials and tribulations. Examples of urban fantasy include my Elemental Assassin series, the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and the Hollows/Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, among many others.