Author Interview + Giveaway: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

As many of you already know, I'm completely in love with Personal Demons (my review) so when I had the opportunity to do interview and giveaway wish Lisa Desrochers I flipped out!

1. What inspired you to write Personal Demons?
I wrote Personal Demons for my daughter, who loved to read. The idea came one day when I was listening to Saving Abel (one of my favorite bands) and reading a bio where they said they got their name from a biblical quote: "there was no saving Abel." That got me thinking about the story of Cain and Abel, and I was mulling over ideas for a book when a name popped into my head. I thought to myself, Lucifer Cain, what a fun name for a demon. That was the beginning of Luc and Personal Demons.

2. Can you give us three words that describe your book?
Anything. Can. Happen. :P

3. Did you have to do any research about Heaven and Hell to write Personal Demons?
My research for Personal Demons focused on angel and demon lore and hierarchies. The beauty of fiction is anything can happen, but I still wanted to ground my fictional heaven and hell in something that at least remotely resembled common belief systems. I decided from the beginning that I wanted to keep Personal Demons contemporary, so I took what I learned and put a modern spin on it. Because Luc’s last name is Cain, I also researched the story of Cain and Abel. I found a piece that talked about the origin of sin. It repeatedly used the phrase “creatures of sin.” That’s the piece that most influenced Luc’s character. It occurred to me that, in my fictional Hell, there could be true Creatures of Sin. Luc was never human. He was borne in Hell of sin—in his case, Pride. He’s a true Creature of Pride.

4. Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Not really. I suppose there are pieces of me in all of them because, let’s face it, they came out of my head, but none of them were fashioned after me.

5. Taylor and Riley were two of my favorite characters. Did you have friends like them while growing up?
With Taylor, I really tried to capture the frenemies phenomenon that seems to happen in high school. Riley is the epitome of a best friend—loyal to a fault. Again, neither of them was fashioned after anyone in particular, but they’re more of a montage of people I met along the way.

6. What was your favorite scene to write?
Some of my favorites are definitely the scenes between Luc and Gabe. They really know how to push each other’s buttons. (I guess that happens when you’ve known someone for seven millennia.) My favorite is probably their first real exchange after Frannie meets Gabe at a party. When he shows up at school the following Monday, Luc’s less that thrilled. And the fun of it was writing from Luc’s perspective, so we get his inside take on the exchange. Course, I also like the kissing scenes, and the scene where Frannie flips a demon over her head. Those were fun to write too. :p

7. Music was mentioned a lot throughout the book. In the acknowledgements section you say Savin' Me by Nickelback inspired Luc and You Found Me inspired Frannie. Is there any particular lyric that reflects these two characters? Also, was there any other music that inspired you to write Personal Demons?
Really, the entire song, Savin’ Me is Luc, but if I needed to pick out a specific lyric, it would be the chorus: “Teach me wrong from right, and I’ll show you what I can be. Say if for me, say it to me, and I’ll leave this life behind me. Say it if it’s worth savin’ me.”
As for Frannie and You Found Me, she questions the existence of God and feels like He wasn’t there when she needed Him. This is reflected when the lyrics ask God: “Where were you when everything was fallin’ apart. All my days spent by the telephone, that never rang. I’ll I needed was a call that never came…"
As far as other songs, the entire Personal Demons playlist is posted here:

8. I'm absolutely dying to get my hands on Original Sin. Can you give us any hints as to what's up next?
All I can say is that there are more angels, more demons and neither side is willing to give in. Frannie also begins to solve some of the mystery of her family. Oh…and someone dies. (insert evil laugh here)

9. Are there any other writing projects you're currently working on?
The big one is book three of the Personal Demons trilogy. I have a few other things in the pipeline as well that I’m not talking about yet. :P

Thank you so much Lisa!

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  1. Awesome interview! I haven't read Personal Demons yet, but have heard lots of rave praise about it. And it's always fun to read authors' playlists and check out what songs inspired their novels. I'm a Saving Abel fan, too. :) Thanks for the giveaway, Katie!

  2. I've been dying to get my paws on this book and now the next one coming out. I hope to be the winner *grin*

    I'm trying to get a Morbid Romantica Challenge 2011 off that ground. I think you might be interested. I'm trying to feature it throughout the year with some author involvement. Please do stop by and let me know what you think.

    Mad Scientist

  3. Hi Kat! Thank you so much! I totally agree, I love their playlists! I only know 1 or 2 songs by Saving Abel so I'm definitely going to be checking them out! :)

    Hey mad Scientist! Haha well I wish you good luck! :)

  4. Great post. I'm on the fence about this one.


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