Vivian Shaw's debut novel – the contemporary fantasy STRANGE PRACTICE (Orbit Books) – introduces Dr. Greta Helsing, a human physician working to keep the supernatural community not-alive and well in modern-day London.

Fictitious Podcast with Author Vivian Shaw

In this episode, I chat with author Vivian Shaw, whose debut novel — Strange Practice — was just released from Orbit Books.

Strange Practice introduces Dr. Greta Helsing, a normal human physician working to keep the supernatural community not-alive and well in modern-day London. Having inherited her family’s specialized medical practice, Greta can barely make ends meet with her treatments for local mummies. But when a sect of murderous monks begins to scour the city’s underbelly, intent on killing her unusual friends, she must team up with her undead clients to keep them — and the rest of London — safe.

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Filled with fresh twists on classic monsters and imaginative mash-ups, this new series is a perfect fit for fans of contemporary fantasy. Alongside Greta, the cast includes a highly domesticated Draculean vampire, an immortal demonic accountant, a demoralized yet angsty lunar vampyre, and a bemused human museum curator.

Strange Practice combines the supernatural mythology of the past with the tools and tribulations of modern day, in a story told with wit, whimsy, and a heaping helping of creeping dread.

I talk with Vivian Shaw about how the novel progressed over more than a decade, from a NaNoWriMo experiment to her first serious foray into publishing. We also talk about how she honed her writing chops in the world of fan-fiction, building a significant audience online that she hopes will follow her into published original works.

Strange Practice is available now via AmazonBarnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

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FICTITIOUS is a YouTube show and podcast that delves into the craft of Science Fiction & Fantasy storytelling through interviews with authors and other professional writers. Hosted & produced by Adron Buske.

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