How did such a nice girl start writing about demons? Author Karilyn Bentley has found success with the sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds she creates. So why not? She talks a bit about her writing life — and her latest release — in this interview. Read on!
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Read, hike with my dogs, watch TV, or learn a new language
Describe one of your favorite characters and tell us who you patterned them after and why.
Gin Crawford, the heroine of the Demon Huntress series, is my favorite character to write. She’s sassy and says things I can only think about (I’d never say them!). I patterned her after someone I used to work with a while back, at least in the first book. She took on a life of her own for the rest of the series.
Name an author or authors who never fail to inspire you.
Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, JK Rowling
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
That’s so hard to come up with just three. For me, it changes all the time. My top three series, though, are: A Song of Ice and Fire, Harry Potter, and Black Dagger Brotherhood
Are you a plotter, a pantser or some combination of both?
I’m a pantser but lean toward a hybrid. I need a beginning and an end. It’s the middle I like to discover as I write.
How often do you write?
At the moment, daily for an hour or two
A fun fact about writing your book:
Each book has a different theme that revolves around the demon and Gin’s state of mind
What are you working on now?
It’s a secret! But will be coming out later this year.
The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer?
Seeing your book in print does not mean that you become a millionaire overnight. Seriously. When I first started writing I thought all authors were super rich and it was really easy to make money writing. Now I cringe and chuckle awkwardly at those thoughts!
Karilyn Bentley’s love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.
Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.
Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.
What appears to be a simple crime, unmasks a chilling deception…
Gin Crawford, the world’s newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser’s office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.
Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon’s identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.
Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.
She chuckles as I sip my beer. “Not nothing. I am trying to discover the identity of the demon at the Agency.” She frowns. “It’s not going well. I know I know who the demon is, but every time I think of its identity”—her hands move in a poof motion—“it vanishes.”
“Yeah, I have the same problem.”
A memory pops into my mind. Two memories, actually. The first was of last night’s fight with Rahab. How the demon said he only had one demon left to kill in order to rule Hell. Mammon, the demon of greed. The second memory was from last week when Smythe and I went to the Agency. We ran into Chuck Tweedy, the Big Boss of the Agency, and my justitia couldn’t stop chanting “greedy.” I assumed the bracelet got its words mixed up, exchanging Tweedy for greedy. But what if there was a connection?
A dull pain hammers my head. I rub my brow. What was I thinking? We were talking about the Agency demon. Who could it be?
“You do have the same problem.” Eloise touches my leg, and the headache disappears. “That’s what happened to me.”
“How did you know?” Eloise was blind, although I swear at times she sees fine. “I could feel your pain.” Her brow furrows. “Like a spell had been thrown at you that caused the headache. I wonder if the same thing happens when I get a headache from thinking on the demon’s identity.”
“Wait. You mean whenever I think about who the demon is, my thoughts trigger a spell? What does the spell do?”
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