Please welcome Victoria Davies to the virtual offices this morning! She’s here to chat about her Carina Press release Seducing the Demon Huntress.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Victoria Davies] I’m a travel addict forever bouncing around the globe. Eventually I’ll find somewhere I can settle down but until then, I love country hopping and writing from wherever I end up. The world is too big a place to stay still for long!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Seducing the Demon Huntress?
[Victoria Davies] The novella centers around Kerilyn, a demon hunter who has lost the last of her family. Every Halloween, Arawn, Lord of the Spirits, appears at her gate to tempt her outside. He is both her enemy and her greatest temptation. But as a hunter Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for her. Every demon and spirit, normally locked away in their own realms, are free to wreak havoc on her world. If she leaves her home, she’ll be destroyed in an instant. When Arawn’s brother, the Lord of Demons, kidnaps her niece Kerilyn is faced with her worst nightmare. Leave her niece to certain death or trust Arawn and give up the safety of her home on a Halloween night.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Victoria Davies] I was watched a horror movie about Halloween that used “rules” to survive the night, like checking your candy or wearing a costume. That got my imagination flowing and a did some research on Halloween rules. The first draft of this story was a terrible research dump of arcane Halloween knowledge. But once the idea was in my head, Kerilyn and Arawn seemed to come to life on their own. I wanted a heroine who could mix magic and technology to keep herself safe on Halloween following some of the classic rules and a hero who was tempting enough to draw her away from safety and out into the night.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kerilyn?
[Victoria Davies] Feisty, wary, loyal.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Arawn had a theme song, what would it be?
[Victoria Davies] Oh wow, that’s a tough one. Well, I was listening to “Pet” by A Perfect Circle on repeat while writing this story. I think it works quite well for Arawn.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kerilyn is never without.
[Victoria Davies] A dagger. Seriously, the girl has blades hidden all over her body. She might forget her keys but she’d never be without a knife of some kind.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Arawn’s pocket?
[Victoria Davies] A cell phone. Arawn’s realm is very traditional and he avoids technology like the plague. A roll of life savers. Kerilyn has a sweet tooth but Arawn can’t stand candy. He’d rather eat something savory than sweet. And lastly, a wallet. Arawn doesn’t need anything so mundane with him. With a wave of his hand he can call up any item he wants so why bother carrying things that just waste space?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Kerilyn’s greatest regret?
[Victoria Davies] Kerilyn’s greatest regret is not being able to save any of her family. As the young child, she was too small to fight when many of her siblings who lost their lives. As an adult, she was protecting other people’s families when her own were battling to their deaths. She might be strong but she can’t be everywhere at once and that failing has haunted her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Victoria Davies] I draw inspiration from other writers out there. Gena Showalter is my ultimate favourite. Every time I read one of her books I get inspired to write. I find her style approachable and her characters engaging. I can read her work both for pleasure and for research on how to improve my own craft.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Victoria Davies] Music. It can be one song on repeat (and often is which drives my roommates crazy) but I need to hear something in order to really get into the writing flow. Second, I need some sort of hard candy or gum I can eat that leaves my hands free. I’m a total grazer but if I can have something to chew absentmindedly then I can focus on work and forget about foraging for something sweet. Lastly, my laptop. I have tried carrying a notebook around with me to write whenever I get the chance and absolutely hate it. I not only need a computer to write, but I need my computer with all my settings saved just as I like them. I find it very distracting writing on other people’s computers.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Seducing the Demon Huntress?
[Victoria Davies] The internet. How can cat pictures be so annoyingly addictive? When I get into the writing flow I can go for hours without looking up from my keyboard when but the mood doesn’t strike, I can waste days on the internet doing absolutely nothing. Sometimes I have to disconnect my wireless or move somewhere out of range in order to get my word count done.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Victoria Davies] Lexi Blake’s “The Men with the Golden Cuffs.” Usually I’m strictly a paranormal romance reader but this author was recommended to me and wow can she write. I love how she emotionally tortures her characters. I really felt for her heroine and was completely rooting for her happy ending.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Victoria Davies] When I was twelve I went to the library alone and snuck into the romance section. I was so embarrassed to be caught looking at the old bodice rippers that I grabbed one at random from the shelf and ran to the check out. It was Virginia Henly’s “The Raven and the Rose.” That was the first romance I ever read and it sucked me in completely. After that I was a goner. I went back the next day and took out armfuls of romances. I’ve loved the genre ever since.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Victoria Davies] When I’m not writing…not writing? It’s hard to think of any time I’m not writing or thinking about writing. I even dream about my characters. But I suppose if I had to pick something completely unrelated to the writing world I’d say I like to make music. Anything I can get my hands on will do, really. I have a drum kit set up in my basement that takes the brunt of all my frustrations. If I’m needing something a little more melodic I head for the piano or guitar.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Victoria Davies] I update my website often at www.victoriadavies.ca. I’m also on facebook at www.facebook.com/victoria.davies. And if you are a fan of goodreads, I’m on there as well www.goodreads.com/Victoria_Davies. Of course, I love to get emails from readers and can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
About the author:
Born in Toronto, Canada, I’ve spent years moving from country to country. As an elementary school teacher it is easy to pick up and take your life on the road. Of course, my trusty laptop comes with me wherever I end up! I try to draw inspiration for my stories from all the interesting places I visit. While one day I’m sure I’ll find one country to call home, but for now I move wherever the wind takes me and write every step of the way.