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Danielle has graciously agreed to be interviewed here. We’ll be discussing her latest book Sorrow’s Edge:Book2.
Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. She also bakes a mean lemon cake.
Horror, in it’s many forms, is a genre that has had a captive audience for centuries, and isn’t about to die off. Why, in you opinion, are readers attracted to horror fiction?
What attracts you most to this genre?
I think, that most people, really do enjoy being scared. There have actually been studies done that being scared, and the fight or flight response gives some people a sense of euphoria. I have always been attracted to monsters and horror. I remember being very young and having my parents explain that movies are fake and that the effects are done with plastic and fake blood. After that, I became fascinated with how the effects worked.
Writing horror requires a lot of imagination. Would you consider yourself as having a fertile imagination? Did your childhood environment fuel in any way your attraction to the macabre?
I don’t know if my imagination is especially fertile, or if it just thinks of things that a lot of people don’t think of, or think of in a different way. Usually, give me about 5 minutes, and I can come up with a premise for a book. Now, it takes a heck of a lot more time to develop it, of course, but I can usually coddle something together from all the different monsters I’ve read about over the years combined with the many movies I watch.
Writing is a demanding, and often-lonely way of making a living. What was the turning point in your life when you decided you would become a writer? Have you ever considered doing another type of work?
I kind of fell into writing full-time. After I completed my second degree in Art History, the job market bottomed out. At the time, I was fiddling with the vampire book that eventually became Tail of the Devil. So, a full-time writer I became.
I wanted to be lots of things over the years. I’ve gone through rock star, ballerina, special effects make-up artist, director, and art historian.
Are you mainly interested in writing horror fiction, or have you written in different genres?
I write in several genres. Tail of the Devil and its follow up, The Devil’s Liege are both YA Fantasy. Constructing Marcus is YA Paranormal Romance. Dancing with a Dead Horse is a YA thriller. And, of course, Sorrow’s Point and its follow-up Sorrow’s Edge are dark fantasy/horror. My new book I am currently working on, loosely entitled, Maw, is a sci fi book with an odd sort of vampire.
How do your characters come to life? Do you build a detailed character description before you start writing your stories?
Most of the time, my characters just pop into my head. Before I start writing, I have an idea of who the main character is and the general starting place of the story. Everything else just kind of pops in as I’m writing.
Writers always leave traces of their personality in their stories. Which one of your characters in Sorrow’s Edge do you connect most with?
I’ve been told that when reading Jimmy Holiday, that people can see me doing the things he does and making the comments he makes. But, a lot of Jimmy’s comments have been something that my dad has said over the years, so my dad has greatly influenced me.
We meet up with familiar characters in Sorrow’s Edge. Do you plan to bring them back in a future novel?
The third novel is with the publisher right now. I’m waiting on edits. The current plan is for five books in the series.
What are you working on now, and when should we expect to see the new release?
I write in several genres. Tail of the Devil and its follow up, The Devil’s Liege are both YA Fantasy. Constructing Marcus is YA Paranormal Romance. Dancing with a Dead Horse is a YA thriller. And, of course, Sorrow’s Point and its follow-up Sorrow’s Edge are dark fantasy/horror. My new book I am currently working on, loosely entitled, Maw, is a scifi book with an odd sort of vampire.
Finding the truth can sometimes be harder than exorcising a demon…
Jimmy Holiday, defrocked priest- turned- exorcist, is trying to make sense of his life. With his on-again-off-again witchy girlfriend moving in, Lucy- the spirit from his last exorcism hanging around, and a secret organization of exorcists hounding him, Jimmy is feeling the stress.
When a stranger calls in the middle of the night asking for help with a possession, Jimmy is puzzled. Especially when the dude on the phone says he got his number from Jimmy’s old mentor. Too bad his mentor has been dead for several years.
After a mysterious silver flask arrives at his doorstep, Jimmy is left with two options: either ignore the phone call and the flask, or listen to Lucy and travel to Arizona to solve the mystery before all hell breaks loose- literally.
Genre: Dark Fantasy Series: Book 2 of the Sorrow’s
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