Tez Interviews Stacia Kane

Meet Stacia Kane, author of urban fantasy novels Personal Demons and The Demon Inside (Juno Books: 1st April 2008 and January 2009 respectively). Let’s learn…

Personal Demons
When psychological counselor Megan Chase promises listeners to her new radio call-in show she’ll slay their personal demons, they believe her. So do the personal demons.

Megan doesn’t know she’s the only human alive without a personal demon on her shoulder. This, coupled with her psychic abilities, makes her a valuable weapon for any demon mob-like “family” lucky enough to gain her allegiance. It also makes her a serious threat not just to the personal demons, but to a soul-sucking Legion of Hell known as The Accuser. The Accuser already has an old score to settle with Megan, and sees this as the perfect time to do it.

But Megan isn’t without allies as she’s plunged back into a world she forgot existed. A member of a competing demon family sees Megan as his ticket to power, and sets about both protecting and seducing her with devilish intensity.

Can Megan, her new demon lover, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons named Malleus, Maleficarum, and Spud defeat not only The Accuser, the personal demons, and the ghosts of Megan’s past, but the reporter who threatens to destroy Megan’s career as well?

Tez Miller: You’re an American living in England. That sounds like a really bad sitcom. Please tell us your life isn’t full of cross-cultural misunderstandings!
Stacia Kane: Oh, no. This is a small town, and I basically just keep my head down and watch.

I have had some issues at my older daughter’s school though, simply because I’m not familiar with a lot of things that everyone else takes as a matter of course. Like all children in Year Two (basically second grade) go swimming. In an unheated pool, in the winter. (To be fair, the pool is indoors, but still.) The other parents were ready for this, I wasn’t.

Yeah, we did that all the way through primary school, only we were in an outdoor pool. (Mind you, this was in Australia, not England.) What’s the best thing about living in England?
There’s cool historical stuff all over. It’s fun to go to castles and old manor houses at the weekend.

What’s the worst thing about living there?
Um…probably the food. Everything has artificial sweeteners in it, which give me migraines. And the beef is grass-fed and so not tasty at all. It’s been very difficult finding a variety of things to eat, and I miss a lot of familiar foods and drinks.

Mmm, mad cows… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Has your accent changed? Have you added more smutty terms to your vernacular? ๐Ÿ˜‰
No, my accent hasn’t changed at all. (My six-year-old’s certainly has, though, and now that my little one is in preschool hers is changing too.)

Hmm. I don’t think I’ve really added more smutty terms to my vernacular, but that’s probably because I was already familiar with them, lol. My husband grew up here, so he’s taught me quite a few.

Megan Chase is a psychological counsellor. Do you have any similar qualifications?
No, but I always seem to be the one people come to with their problems, which confuses me. Oh! I did work as a phone psychic for a while once, reading tarot cards. You’d be surprised at how many of the callers really just wanted some advice or someone to listen.

Aw, they love you…in a creepy way. Megan has three cockney guard demons. Who are yours?
I go it alone.

Our poor, deprived little Stacia… You write erotica under the name December Quinn. Do you get pissed off when people call erotica ‘porn’?
Not really, no. I call it that myself sometimes – well, I’ll call it ‘romantic porn’ or ‘happy ending porn’.

The only time it bothers me is when it’s used in a negative or judgemental way, like, ‘That stuff is just disgusting porn’. Because it isn’t. I work very hard to make sure my erotic romances are more than just body parts, that there’re characters a reader can identify with and like and an exciting, involving story with lots of emotional conflict.

It’s really in the eye of the beholder, I guess, and what they mean when they say ‘porn’. If it’s a catch-all term, it doesn’t bother me. If it’s used to compare my work to, say, some of the ungrammatical, characterless, poorly written stuff you find on free sites, then yeah, I get a little bothered. I guess I’m saying it’s a vanity thing? ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you one of those authors who talk about your characters like they’re real people, or can you separate fiction from real life?
I never talk about them like they’re real people. Now, the gremlins who float around my head and tell me what to do, they sometimes talk about them that way. But I am perfectly capable of separating fiction and real life. Just ask the nice nurses. They’ll be here in a few minutes to buckle up my straitjacket and give me my happy pills.

Dude, I could so do with happy pills; mine aren’t working today… Who is Elizabeth George, and how did she betray you?
Elizabeth George is a best-selling mystery author, and she betrayed me not just by killing off a main character, but by doing it when that character was pregnant and we’d been waiting four years for the birth of the baby. Then to make matters worse, her next book was all about the death of the character again, from the killer’s POV. So I’ve bought my last Elizabeth George book. I’m not interested in reading any more of them. As a fan I feel I’ve been treated with contempt.

Well, that’s real life for you – people die when you don’t want them to. Admittedly, they’re not all murdered, but I’m actually interested in seeking out that novel now… You have a tattoo on your ankle that you don’t like. Will you get it changed to Wino Forever? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Might do, yeah. I’ll probably just get it removed, though. And I want to get a new tattoo on my upper arm or somewhere. So if anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

How about I’m Stacia Kane: who the hell are you? Are you an outliner or seat-of-the-pants writer?
A bit of both. I usually start a book knowing how it starts (obviously), a bit about how it ends, and with a few major ‘set-piece’ scenes in my head. How I get there changes, though, and most of the time the ending isn’t at all what I originally planned or resembles the plan only in the most basic sense.

In which foreign countries/languages would you most like to be published?
Hmm. I’d love to be published in Spanish. But I also think it would be cool to be published in Russian, because I love the way Russian looks and sounds. And Welsh.

I noticed you didn’t say Australia, and for that I’m sending you to the naughty corner ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for dropping by, and have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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You can purchase Personal Demons online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK


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