Friday, November 26, 2010

Interview with Lisa Desrochers

Lisa Desrochers, author of Personal Demons, has been kind enough to stop by Reading with Tequila to answer some questions.

LISA DESROCHERS lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. She can always be found with a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places and then take her by surprise. Growing up all over the country inspired wanderlust, and Desrochers loves to travel, which works out well since she lectures internationally on a variety of health care topics. Lisa Desrochers has a doctorate in physical therapy and maintains a full-time practice. Personal Demons is her first novel.

Reading with Tequila: In Personal Demons, Luc can smell sins, which is seriously cool. How did you come up with that? And how did you decide what specific sins smelled like?

Lisa: It was a total cop out. I read that an author should include all the senses in a novel and it was the easiest way I could think of to include smell. The first scent I thought of was ginger for lust, because it seemed sort of exotic. The others I either came up with randomly or asked family/Twitter for help. There are a few new ones in Original Sin. =)

RWT: Obviously, Luc changed a lot in Personal Demons, but it seemed as though Gabe might potentially have it in him to veer away from his infallible angel persona. Did this book start out as a purely good vs. evil endeavor, or did you always know that your male characters would stray from their respective ends of the spectrum?

Lisa: I don’t write with an outline. The story flows organically from the characters. I honestly had nothing but Luc when I started. I knew he was a demon because, with a name like Lucifer Cain, what else could he be. I knew he was looking for someone, and I knew that someone was Frannie when she showed up in my head. I never dreamed where the story would take Luc. Or Gabe.

RWT: Frannie has to deal with some major guilt that she's been carrying around for years in Personal Demons, yet a lot of the time she managed to carry on like a normal teenager. Was her personality in the book largely impacted by her emotional baggage? And will making peace with her past cause her personality to change a lot in future books?

Lisa: Some people find Frannie unlikable. She herself says she’s not warm and fuzzy. She is definitely moody and can be abrasive. It’s all her defense mechanism to keep anyone from getting too close. As she deals with her issues, and other issues take their place, she changes like any real person would. For the better or the worse, I don’t really know. And it’s not up to me. It’s all on her.

RWT: Could we possibly have any hints as to what Frannie might do with her ability in the future?

Lisa: No.

Joking. But seriously…no. Because that’s the whole premise of book three. You wouldn’t want me to spoil, would you? ;p

About the Book

If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?

Are you sure about that...?

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.

Lisa Desrocher's website
Lisa's blog

Reading with Tequila's review of Personal Demons

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