- Where did the inspiration come from to identify emotions of the seven deadly sins with fragrance/odors?
It was really sort of a cop out. I’d read somewhere that you should utilize all the senses in your writing. This was the easiest way I could think of to incorporate smell. Luckily for me, it worked. =) The first one I thought of was ginger for lust because ginger seemed a little exotic to me. Some of the others just came to me and with the trickier ones, I got help with from family or Tweeples. There are a few new ones that show up in Original Sin.
- Which of your characters is your favorite to write and which character came to you easier?
- Which of your characters is most/least like you, and in what way(s)?
Honestly, probably Riley. She’s loyal to a fault, and I tend to be that way too.
- Is Luc soulless as he was created from the fire pits of hell? And if not, how can Lucifer grant him a soul upon his birth?
Yes, Luc is soulless. All demons are.
No fallen angel can become a “mortal” per se, but a true angel is a mortal who has achieve celestial status. Gabe comes from the Second Sphere, and celestials of the higher spheres aren’t technically angels. Gabe is a Dominion, created by God. He was never of the Earth, so if he were to fall, he couldn’t return to it. He would fall the same as Lucifer and belong to Hell.
- Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
I don’t have time to read all my reviews. I’ll usually scan the first few lines. If it seems well thought out and constructive, whether it be positive or negative, I’ll read the whole thing. I have definitely made some changes in my writing based on constructive reviews.
- Have you ever been surprised by a controversy among fans or reviewers - for example, you created a character without thinking too much about what people would think of him, and found some readers loved him and some hated him?
I’ve been surprised by some reactions to my characters or situations. I read a comment that said Luc almost raped Frannie in Personal Demons and I’m like, whaaaaa??? I’ve also read a few reviews that thought Gabe was “creepy.” I think Gabe is amazing. He’s so conflicted, but working so hard to do the right thing. I love him soooo much, so it makes me sad when people think he’s creepy.
- I hear that you are currently working on a new WIP, could you elaborate a bit for us? Describe it in four words.
I have two WIPs, actually. One is in the revision stage with my agent, and I just finished the first draft of the second, which I love SOOO much, so we’ll go with that one. Here’s your four word description: Unconventional contemporary supernatural epicness.
I'm really okay with answering any question. The ones that I've answered most are "Where did you get the idea for Personal Demons?" and "Do you have advice for aspiring writers?"
When I'm not writing, I'm torturing some poor unsuspecting patient, lecturing in some less-than-exotic city...or blogging...or maybe just sleeping, but that doesn't sound nearly as cool.