Today on the blog I have Stephanie Chong, author of Where Demons Fear to Tread (it’s awesome- review to come)! Stephanie was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and also up for grabs is a copy of Where Demons Fear to Tread to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!
Please welcome Stephanie to the blog!
Stephanie, you were a lawyer at a top Canadian firm and have 5 university degrees (including a Masters in creative writing)! What made you decide that you wanted to write? Have you always had an interest in being a writer?
I’ve wanted to write since I was a kid. I started journaling when I was seven years old. By nine, I was writing stories and making little “books.” However, I started writing seriously in 2003. That was when I started writing fiction with the intention of finishing a novel. I wrote for seven years before I actually finished my first manuscript, Where Demons Fear to Tread, and got the courage to submit it.
Can you tell us a bit about your new novel, Where Demons Fear to Tread?
Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.
Where Demons Fear to Tread is the first in a series called the “Company of Angels.” There are three books planned in the series so far.
What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
I write best on scraps of paper. The more disposable, the better. Index cards. Torn-up bits of post-it notes. Napkins. Backs of receipts and the like. I have bought and received as gifts numerous beautiful journals over the years – leatherbound, embossed, gorgeously covered journals – but find that the writing that happens in them is too “precious” and nothing meaningful ever gets set down in those beautiful journals.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
I don’t know if I would call them “influences,” but my favorite authors on the literary side are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood. In commercial fiction, I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips. And my favorite paranormal authors are Anne Rice, Maggie Shayne and Kerrelyn Sparks.
Do you like to travel, and if so, what’s one of your favorite destinations?
Venice is on my mind right now, because my second novel is set there. I don’t know if I have a single favorite destination, though – what I love about traveling is experiencing different places and cultures, and seeing the immense diversity that exists on this earth.
What do you like best about living in Vancouver?
I love living in a city where the mountains and the ocean are so accessible. People here are very committed to the environment, probably because Vancouver is so close to nature.
What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to admit to)?
Shark diving with 10-foot long Galapagos sharks off Oahu’s North Shore. It wasn’t really that daring because I was in a cage, and the sharks were not at all interested in us humans. But the sharks were mesmerizingly beautiful, and being near them was an unforgettable experience.
What’s one piece of advice that you’d give struggling writers?
Writing is like love. You have to love yourself before you can love someone else. The same holds true for writing. You have to write for yourself before you can write for someone else.
Is there any news of upcoming events or projects that you’d like to share?
My second book, The Demoness of Waking Dreams, is forthcoming from Harlequin MIRA in 2012. It’s the next installment in the “Company of Angels” series, and it’s the story of demoness Luciana Rossetti.
About the author:
Stephanie Chong worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist. Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University. When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.
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1. Giveaway is for one copy of Where Demons Fear to Tread to one winner.
2. Open to US/Canadian addresses ONLY
3. To enter, please leave a comment with your email (no need to put it in the body of the comment if you include it in the comment form)
4. You must be at least 18 to enter
5. Giveaway ENDS 10/28/11
6. Giveaway book kindly provided by the publisher