Interview: Linda Wisdom & Win DEMONS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

Join me today in welcoming author Linda Wisdom to the Preternatura blog! Linda has published more than 70 novels with 13 million copies sold worldwide. Her bestselling books have been nominated for RT Book Reviews awards and the RWA RITA award. She recently won the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Hex in High Heels. Linda lives with her husband in Murrieta, Calif., where she is working on her next book, A Demon Does it Better, set to release in January 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.lindawisdom.com/.  

Linda’s new book, a paranormal romance called Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend, was released by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 1, and let me tell you those fire demons are HOT! The nice folks at Sourcebooks will be giving away two copies, so read through to the contest info at the end!
First, about Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend:  A Bewitching Woman on a Mission…Feisty witch Maggie enjoys her work as a paranormal law enforcement officer—that is, until she’s assigned to protect a teenager with major attitude and plenty of Mayan enemies.Maggie’s never going to survive this assignment without the help of a half-fire demon who makes her smolder…A Hotter-Than-Sin Hero with an Agenda…Declan is a proprietor of an underground club and busy demon portal. No way he’ll allow his demon race to be blamed for the malicious acts of some crazy evil Mayans. But he’s already got his hands full when the sexy witch offers him a challenge he can’t refuse… 
Welcome, Linda! You seem to be partial to witches! What is it about the witch that attracts you as an author (as opposed to, say, a werewolf or a selkie)?
I’ve always been drawn to witches and never could figure out why. A pagan friend told me she strongly senses that I’m a natural born witch, so that’s perhaps why. I see a variety of personalities in witches that I don’t always see in the weres or vampires. And I see a diversity of power among them. They also talk a lot more inside my head. 🙂 
How does writing Maggie and her world differ from the witches in the Hex books? Is writing a darker paranormal more difficult? 
Maggie’s world is a bit more compact since the story is set in the compound she lives in. You have an assortment of creatures there, not all of them members of the Guard but all working together. It’s also a close, almost family-like atmosphere, because they count on each other. Maggie also delves in the deeper bowels of magick, battling creatures that the other witches might not encounter. She is an ultimate protector. I don’t find writing darker paranormal more difficult. Maybe because I love horror movies or because there’s more meat, so to speak, in the dark. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet or under the bed. Not that I want to scare my readers, but I think in that element as I write along with looking to the past for bits and pieces I can bring into the present.  
Declan, a half fire-demon, is literally hot! Talk a little about your worldbuilding, and what role your demons and the Hellion Guard play. 
Demons are usually seen as the villains although they’re showing up as heroes more. I wanted a demon who was a half breed, who worked hard to climb up the ladder to achieve his dreams of owning his own business. Declan does what needs to be done along with protecting his sister from his father’s machinations for more power. Declan’s world deals with his plans and what he does with the demon world to hold onto what he has. The Hellion Guard is there to keep order. While the Guard has compounds all over the world, they still travel where they’re needed. Each time has a different character so that there’s a balance of power and gifts there. While the demons have never worked with the Guard before, they find themselves doing just that with some interesting results. 
What’s on your nightstand to read next? Do you read in your genre while you’re writing, or try to avoid it? 
I read a lot of urban fantasy, mystery, and young adult, so it depends on my mood at the time. I have read UF when I’m writing. Next is Anton Strout’s Dead Waters. 

What is your favorite scene in Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend? (I have to admit I’m still chuckling over an early scene where Maggie douses Declan with an isolated “rainstorm.”) 

LOL! And Declan deserved it, didn’t he? I wouldn’t say a favorite scene, but Courtney’s reaction every time she tries to use a magick word or say the word witch and something else comes out still makes me laugh. 
You have written more than 70 novels (I grovel at your feet!). Do you have a favorite? 
I think I have favorite characters and some books have meant more to me than others, but I don’t have one strict favorite. 
What’s next in the Demon series? 
A Demon Does it Better features Lili, who’s been mentioned in previous books. She’s a healer, a doctor, who returns to San Francisco to find out what happened to a friend who disappeared from the supe hospital here. Lili works in the asylum where she encounters a sexy demon named Jared who’s been labeled as very dangerous, but she’s convinced he’s not. Jared also has a demonish (hm, is that a word!) way of leaving the asylum for short periods of time. There’s also a preternatural community introduced along with new characters and creatures. Lili’s sidekick is a diva silver chinchilla-colored Persian cat named Cleo – yes THAT Cleo – who believes it’s her job to instruct Lili in her love life. The reader will get to see what a hospital for the supernaturals looks like and works. Basically, ER for the after dark set. 
Thanks, Linda! Want to win a copy of Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend? Leave a comment, and you know the rest of the drill. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Be sure to include your email. Now…Go forth and comment!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

39 thoughts on “Interview: Linda Wisdom & Win DEMONS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

  1. This sounds like a great new series. Witches can be quite humourous and witty. I like reading about them but it’s even better when you mix in other paranormals…like hot demons 😉 I’d love to win this and I also wrote it down so I can buy it if I don’t. Sounds exciting. Thanks!
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  2. Sounds like a wonderful new series. I’ll have to try it out.

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  3. OMG…I’m almost ashamed to say this, but how could I NEVER have read any of Linda Wisdom’s work? I LOVE anything paranormal. Demon’s Are A Girl’s Best Friend sounds fantastic…exactly the type of books/genre I read every day.

    Sooo rectifying this problem. Going on the hunt at the bookstore. I can’t wait to read Linda’s books!!!!!

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  4. The book looks really good! As I said I’m really intrigued by the cover!

    Ms. Wisdom? I was just curious, you know there are a lot of different myths and legends about demons.

    Did you have to do any research for that part of the book?

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  6. A new series that sounds really good thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.I would love it
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  7. Haven’t read all 70 of your books Linda, but I’m working on it!

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  8. Thanks Carla! I love this cover.

    Hi Tanya1224. This is still linked with the Hex series, just with new heroes, but the witches never go away.

    Thanks for stopping by, SandyG265!

    Hi the Jay2xA. I hope you’ll give me a try!

    Thanks Riva!

    Hi ReneeRearden, the first two books in the Hex series weren’t reissued in print this time, just the other two Hex titles still out, but all the books are available as ebooks.

    Hi Gabby, Yes, absolutely on research but also adding my own twist. It’s still fascinating to see what legends there are out there.

    Thanks for stopping by, Clancy!

    Thanks IreneRJ!

    Hi Teri, The club seemed perfect for Declan.

    LOL Jenn3128! It’s actually closer to 80, so you’ll have more to read.

  9. Love the cover and would love to read this book!

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  10. Thanks tetewa!

    Hi Kimberly Sue! I hope you’ll give the books a try.

    Aww, thanks Christine!

    Hi Jeanette8042, and the inside is a creamy filling. :}

    Hi Diana!

    Thanks van_pham!

    Hi Jolene, That’s how I felt. We all need a mix up in our guys.

  11. This sounds good!

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  12. Suzanne, thank you so much for having me here! What a cool blog you have! I’ve been cruising and feeding my Nook. You’re a dangerous lady!

    LOL ereader 89! It’s nice I don’t have to get up early to get ready for work, not to mention can work in my jammies. Talk about incentive!

    Thanks Alyssa!

  13. Just started this book and loving it so far. The Hex series is a fantastic paranormal read. If you don’t like to read series out of order like me, start with the first book 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover. The characters in that will put a smile on your face.

    Since I have a copy, don’t put me in the lottery. ( :

  14. Hi Gabriella! I’m glad you like the book, especially since you have to wait longer for it. Hopefully Japan will stay quiet for you for awhile.

    Hi Barb P! Thanks so much!

  15. I guess it just goes to show you that you can write over 70 books and still have a new crowd to meet! How awesome is that!

    I have wanted to write a book that is full of humor, witches and demons so i am sooo stoked to be able to have an opportunity to win!

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