Jun 1, 2011

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Interview with Sidney Ayers

If you read my review of Demons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers yesterday, you’ll know that I found it to be a FUN and yummy book.  A wonderful beginning to a new series that I will for sure be continuing on with.  Today I am happy to have Sidney here at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks to talk about her new book and her new series.

Welcome Sidney!

Could you tell us about Demons Prefer Blondes and your new Demons Unleashed series?

Thanks for having me. Demons Prefer Blondes tells the story of Lucy Gregory, a successful salon owner with a penchant for snark. Her world is suddenly turned upside down when she and her friend unknowingly unleash a legion of demons inside her upscale salon. Rafe Deleon would rather be elsewhere, but when he discovers Lucy is a half-succubus and is clueless about her powers, he has no choice but protect her from the evil that threatens. The Demons Unleashed Series is set in the fictional town of Connolly Park, Michigan. It vaguely resembles my own home town, except there aren’t any demons—that I know of.

The original title for the book was Beauty School Demon.  Why was the name change suggested?

The powers that be high up thought the title took away from the sexiness of the book. In my honest opinion, I thought it would make a great title for a YA instead, since there is actually no beauty school in the book at all. I did love the play on the song from Grease, though.  Funny thing is, this book has gone through numerous name changes from the time I first started writing it. Some other titles include Unleashing Your Inner Sex Demon and Succubus Unleashed.

There were many times while reading Demons that I just giggled out loud (and when I read the Santa part, I laughed out right!).  When you sit down to write, do you think:  “Okay book, you must be funny!”?

*laughs* I never really thought about that. To be honest, I fully intended to write dark paranormal. But, as I’ve said many times before, my muse has a hearing problem. I said dark, and he must have heard snark. Once I realized what sort of voice I had, I just rolled with it. As for that Santa scene, I knew I had to have a  bunch of men chasing her. Then I realized that this book was set in mid-December. Of course there had to be at least one Santa in the crowd. Poor Lucy, she’s still scarred from that sight.

When you finally typed ‘The End’, did the book’s story end up where you thought it would or did it take on a mind of its own while you were writing?

Strangely enough, this story followed a pretty normal path, with a few minor bends in the road, but it was pretty easy to rein those characters in.

I love how there are two demon classes in your series and how one of them is actually blessed by angels.  How did that idea come to be?

Most people see demons as being evil. I decided that if I wanted the Paladins to truly be good, they needed to have some sort of blessing. An angel was the most likely choice.

When you presented Demons Prefer Blondes to Sourcebooks, did you introduce it as a series?

I am perpetually trying to find ways to write sequels and series. My old critique group nicknamed me “Sequel Sidney.” So I pitched the book and the series together. Each book will have new heroes and heroines, but they each will be set in or around the same Midwestern town.

Book two, Demons Like It Hot, is Serah’s book.  Have we met the Heroes or Heroines from books three and four yet?  Any hints?  Will the series end at four?

Book three stars Kalli, who plays an important part in both Demons Prefer Blondes and Demons Like It Hot. The hero, Dr. Joshua Carlson makes a brief appearance in Demons Prefer Blondes. Book Four will be a surprise. As I continue to add new characters, there’s always the possibility of more books. I foresee a spin off series as well.

Here is where I would like you to tell us about Demons Like It Hot so we become all giddy with anticipation.

As you mentioned earlier, Demons Like it Hot is Serah’s book. The hero, Matthias Ambrose, is a new character. Here’s a blurb to whet your appetite:

Serah SanGermano, still grieving the loss of her grandmother, keeps herself busy by putting all her energy into her successful catering business. She doesn’t have time to worry about the hidden powers that she now possesses. Not to mention, she suffers from selective amnesia. Her friends say she’s a Pure-Blood, a line of ancient demon hunters descended from angels. They send for a bodyguard. Despite his hunky good looks, he’s brutally distant and an aura of mystery surrounds him. Regardless of his uptight and militaristic façade, she’s instantly intrigued. What’s worse! She now dreams of him at night. Is it really a dream or something else?

Matthias Ambrose hasn’t aligned himself with Infernati or Paladin in almost eight hundred years. Instead, he hires himself out as a mercenary to the highest bidder. Not anymore. He’s ready to join the Paladin and fight the infernal minions of Hell. Problem is the first mission he’s sent is the one mission he shouldn’t accept. He’s sent to Connolly Park to guard the one person he wants to avoid. But the moment he sees the danger, he knows what he needs to do—Protect Serah at all cost, even if it means she remembers everything. Even if it means he loses her forever.

Okay, Flash Four time

Flash four questions about books and writing:

How long, from start to end, did it take you to write Demons Prefer Blondes?
It took me a little over a year. It would have taken sooner, but I had a lot on my plate back then.

Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?
I wrote my first “book” when I was 10 and my first romance novel when I was 17, so I guess so.

In what room of your house do you write from?
Anywhere I can get comfortable. I’ve written in my office, my living room and bedroom. Most of the time, I sit in my recliner in the living room though. I’m a master at drowning out distractions as well.

Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?
I usually write the first few chapters before giving the book a title.

Flash four questions about random things:

Sweet or salty snacks?
Both. I’ve just discovered chocolate with sea salt.  Yum!

What color is your toothbrush?
White with purple trim.

Your high school experience:  good or bad?
Pretty good.  Much better than my grade school experience.

What do you like on your pizza?
I usually go for Hawaiian but also have a hankering for supreme now and again.

Thank you so much Sidney for taking the time to answer some questions.  And for those of you who enjoy a steaming Paranormal Romance book with a sweet and humorous twist, be sure to check out Demons Prefer Blondes.  Good book!

Thanks so much, and thanks for inviting me. I’ve had a blast.

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  1. I am reading the book right now 😀 So I do not really have any questions, I must see how it all turns out. I do wonder a bit about his sister at the moment..but must finish the book!

    Ok Lucifer is down there or? Have not found out about that yet

  2. Jennifer E says:

    When I hear Beauty School Demon, a demon with pink hair pops up in my mind. Glad you stoped by Sidney.

  3. MichelleKCanada says:

    What an awesome fun title for a book. Your review was great.

    I’ll have to check it out.


  4. Hey everyone! Had a busy day today rushing to do some errands before my trip to the Lori Foster event this weekend in Cincinnati.

    @blodeuedd: Yep! Good Ol’ Satan is down in hell. He’s the High King who rules over all. He’ll make a cameo in one of the later books.

    @Jennifer E: And I thought of Rafe dressed like Frankie Avalon serenading Lucy. Then again, Rafe tends to wear black, not white. LOL 🙂

    @MichelleKCanada: THanks Michelle! Hope you like it 🙂

  5. Julie Robinson says:

    Congrats on your first release! Sounds like a great basis for a story. Good luck

  6. Annette Briggs says:

    Congrats on Demons Prefer Blondes. Sounds like Connolly Park is a very interesting place to be. All the best, Annette

  7. Congratulations, Sidney! I remember seeing your query letter for this book posted somewhere. At the time it was called, Unleashing Your Inner Sex Demon. Even then I thought it sounded like it would be an interesting read.

    Wishing you all the best.

  8. Thanks Julie. It’s pretty exciting!

    Annette, I know. Connolly Park is just roiling with activity 🙂

    Isis, thanks so much! I posted it on a couple query sites. Glad that all my efforts finally paid off. 🙂

  9. You have perfect timing. I am so excited to read this one, and I’ll be on a beach for a week in June. I’m ready to buy it!

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