Lisa Desrochers was able to spend some time in the virtual office, and we chatted up her upcoming release, Personal Demons. The book will be in stores in September, so make sure you get your pre-orders in so you get your copy on release day!
Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
You’ve heard of reluctant readers? I am a reluctant writer. I’ve never trusted that my writing is good, but I can’t make myself stop. I think I need Writers Anonymous.
Can you tell us a little about your novel, Personal Demons?
It’s a classic good versus evil. It’s about a girl, Frannie, who’s taken a few hard knocks in life. Because of that, she’s spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends. But, when Luc Cain enrolls in her class she can’t seem to stay away from him. What she doesn’t know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation.
Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.
Personal Demons is unique in that it’s written in dual first person POV, and one of those POV’s is a demon’s. You ever been inside a demon’s head? It’s surprising the things you’ll find in there. :p
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
It really started with a name: Lucifer Cain. It popped into my head one day last February and I thought, what a great name for a demon. I sat down and started writing from that demon’s perspective, and the rest is history.
Was it hard to find a balance for Luc’s character? He is determined to set Frannie up for a fall (all the way to Hell!) – was it hard to keep him sympathetic?
Well…you’ll need to judge if he’s supposed to be sympathetic. He is a demon after all—the bad guy—so how much sympathy does he deserve. ;p
What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
I don’t know if I’ve learned this through them, or because of their teasing, but I’m really not all that clever. Luc has a much better sense of humor than me, and he never lets me forget it.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book? Was there a scene that you just couldn’t get right?
Gabe. He was challenging. He’s an angel, so he’s got definite rules. He was trying to stick to them when I was trying to make him not stick to them. You’ll have to read to see who won. =)
Can you tell us about your experience finding a publisher? What was the process like?
My agent made finding a publisher easy. She submitted to publishing houses and fielded the offers. I sat back and wrote the sequel while she did all the work. Hi Suzie! *waves* You rock!
Finding an agent is a little more work. I went through the standard query process and was lucky enough to get several offers of representation.
What’s the most gratifying aspect of having your book published?
Knowing that the characters that I love so much are going to be out in the world where maybe others might love them too.
Who was your biggest supporter while you were working on the book?
Honestly, my daughter was the only person in the world who knew I was writing a book. I didn’t even tell my husband. (I know! #wifefail)
If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I HATED reading as a kid. But I picked The Hobbit up in seventh grade and devoured that and Lord of the Rings.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Most of the time I’m not writing, I’m working one of my other two jobs or shuttling my kids around. Truthfully, I don’t get that much downtime, but the time I have I…you guessed it…read. Boring but true.
Lisa, thank you for spending some time with us! I am looking forward to reading your book!
To learn more about Lisa and her book, visit her website here and her blog here. You can pre-order Personal Demons (Tor Teen/Macmillan, September 14, 2010) by clicking the Amazon link below, or by visiting your favorite bookseller.