First tell us about The Demon Lover and how you came up with the story?
The Demon Lover tells the story of a young folklore professor who comes to a small college in Upstate New York and discovers that the town and college is populated by witches and fairies. The idea for it it came when I was walking in a woods near my house that was overrun with honeysuckle vines and I imagined a house that was on the edge of those woods that was inhabited by an incubus--a demon lover. I've been writing about fairy tales for years and it occurred to me that it would be fun to write a story in which the fairies are real.
What kind of research did you do for this book if any?
I've always loved reading fairy tales, but I began reading much more seriously in the field of fairy tales and folklore. My favorite research resource for the book was AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAIRIES: HOBGOBLINS, BROWNIES, BOGIES, AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL CREATURES by Katharine Briggs.
What is your favorite scene in The Demon Lover?
Probably the scene in which Callie tries to banish the Incubus from the house and becomes engaged in a battle of wills with him. Then three of her colleagues show up on her front door step to stage an intervention to get her to face her dependence on the incubus.
What was the hardest scene for you to write?
Honestly, some of the sex scenes! But only because I could feel myself blushing as I got into them!
What inspired you to write a paranormal romance?
I've always loved fairy tales and used elements of fairy tales in my "realistic" fiction. It wasn't really such a big step to start writing books in which the fairies are real.
What are some of your favorite Paranormal Romance books?
Here are my favorite paranormal and urban fantasy authors: Emma Bull, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, and Deborah Harkness.
Have you read any reviews for The Demon Lover, if so what are some of your favorite things people are saying about the book?
I read some, but at a certain point I stop reading reviews because it's just too many voices in my head! However, one of the first amazon reviews made me happy because it captured exactly what I had been trying to do with the book. Stephanie D said that DEMON LOVER is, "like the coolest lit professor ever decided to teach a class on gothic novels, then slipped in folklore on fairies, witches, vampires, and other magical creatures." That made me very happy! But sheesh, I just combed through my amazon reviews to find that one and it was like wading through a minefield. I love it, I hate it, I love it, I hate. I guess I should be glad the book has evoked strong opinions!
How many books will there be in this series?
At least three. The second book is The Water Witch, due out in January 2013. I've just finished the third book, THE HALLOW DOOR.
Out of all the side characters in the book, who was your favorite to write about?
I love Soheila Lilly, the incubus. I liked imagining the history of the incubus, as a wind spirit that took the shape of men's desire. I like imagining origin stories for my magical creatures.
Is there an interview question you always wanted to be asked and haven't yet, if so what is it and how would you answer it?
You've been very thorough! How about: would you like some chocolate, now?
Thank you so much Juliet for the awesome interview...
More About The Demon Lover-
I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn't draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.
Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.
But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.
~ Synopsis courtesy of Random House, Inc.
Published under the name Juliet Dark, The Demon Lover is a gripping new novel by Carol Goodman. Weaving together paranormal suspense and sensuous eroticism against a perfect Gothic backdrop, The Demon Lover is sure to thrill from start to finish.
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