Wednesday, September 8, 2010

PERSONAL DEMONS sighting and interview


Book sighting! I almost did a happy dance in my local bookstore when I saw Lisa Desrochers' PERSONAL DEMONS on display. Not in one spot. Not in two places. But three! Yes, stacks of her just-released book were in a main aisle display of Paranormal Picks and on a table of YA and on the shelf. Woo and hoo and snapping photos!
Just look at her neighbors. Are you drooling?



I was a lucky-duck who won one of her ARCs, so I've devoured this fun, sexy story of a girl who draws the serious attention of two hot guys. One a demon and the other an angel. (you can read my gush here)
I love Lisa's anecdote of how she got the idea for this book. You'll find it in the Q&A below.
*

Lisa, by the way, has a family and full-time job as a physical therapist. She also lectures internationally on health issues, so her writing time is mainly at night. She has a blog tour going on right now (with MEGA prizes) and several book signings coming up. For more information, story snippets and some fun book trailers check out Lisa Desrochers' blog and website.
*

I asked her a few questions today:

Q: You say that seeing the book in stores is one of the most exciting moments for you. How does that relate to other big moments in your life? What makes this one shine?

Lisa: There are so many amazing writers writing amazing books out there that I always knew the chance of getting anything published was a long shot. When I signed with my fabulous agent, and then she sold Personal Demons, it was really exciting, but, it was all sort of abstract…something that was going to happen out there somewhere in the future. Now it’s not. It’s an actual book on an actual shelf in an actual bookstore. All I can tell you is that there was a different sort of whoosh in my gut when I saw your picture (thanks again), and if I was a better writer, I’d be able to describe it.

Q: Where did the idea for writing this story come from and did you ever imagine it leading you here?

Lisa: Personal Demons started when I was listening to Saving Abel, one of my favorite bands, and reading their bio. They said they got their name from the story of Cain and Abel, and a name popped into my head, Lucifer Cain. He was obviously a demon because…well…his name was Lucifer Cain. He started talking and I started typing. Honestly, I had no idea where it was going. I still don’t, but don’t tell that to my editor.

Q: The story is fun and sexy and scary and has a deeper philosophical layer. What do you hope readers will come away with?

Lisa: Really, my goal was to entertain, but I also hope people see that choices aren’t always clear-cut, and sometimes making the wrong ones is the only way you learn.

Q: What's next?

Lisa: I’m neck deep in Hellbent (Personal Demons #3) right now. When I finish that, I’ve got a few WIPs I abandoned when we went on submission with PD that have been whispering in my ear. =)
*
Thanks, Lisa, and best wishes for PERSONAL DEMONS.

28 comments:

Tere Kirkland said...

Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the interview, ladies!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Awesome and more awesome! I drool. :-)

Sarah said...

YAY for the book sighting, Tricia!! Fabulous interview! :)

Jackee said...

Great interview, thanks, ladies! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :o)

Bish Denham said...

Far out!

The Words Crafter said...

Thanks for posting the interview, this sounds like a seriously good read!

Sarah Laurence said...

I do remember your review and it's nice to hear the story behind it in this interview. Fun inspirational story.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Wow! So excited that she's working on a third book already! Awesome! I really enjoyed this one, but haven't seen it on the shelves yet. I'm so excited for Lisa.

Great questions, Tricia!

Melissa said...

Great interview! I'm going to B & N this Friday. I hope PD is already there:)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Everybody: *waves* Thanks for the comments. I was so excited to see her book get such great presentation in that store, I had to shout it out.

The Red Angel said...

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog and for following! :) Be sure to visit often for continuous updates and posts.

Personal Demons sounds like a good book, though really intense. xD Haha thanks for the synopsis.

Great interview! :)

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Love the pics! This one is on my long list of TBR books! :)

paulgreci said...

Great interview!! I'm looking forward to reading Lisa's book:-)

Bethany Mattingly said...

great interview!

Jemi Fraser said...

This sounds like such a great book! Thanks for the interview :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

More everybodies!! Thank you for reading and commenting.
Sorry for being so generic. I've been letting my head spin in clouds of late and I have to reel myself in from time to time.

suzie townsend said...

Great Q&A! And I love seeing your pictures!!!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, Suzie, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm thrilled to have you visit and excited for you and Lisa as PD goes into the world. :D

Talli Roland said...

Great pics - how exciting!

And a very good interview, ladies. Thank you!

Robyn Campbell said...

Excellent interview Pat and Lisa.I loved what she said about thinking it was somewhere off in the future and then it became real. I imagine that will be how I feel if I'm lucky enough to be counted a published author.

I can't wait to read this book. Awesome! :)

VICTORIA SAAVEDRA said...

This is a huge list!! Great pics.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I can't wait to read this! Yay Lisa for THREE stacks! Thanks for this great interview!

Donna said...

What a vicarious thrill to see a friend writer on the shelf. Thanks for the interview.

Claire Dawn said...

I can't wait! Less than a week for the Kindle edition :) Shipping fees SUK!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thanks again, everyone. It's great to share the good times.

Tabitha Bird said...

Awesome! Thanks for posting this. How cool to see those books in the store on display :)

Julie Dao said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing :) That book looks amazing - I'm going to go seek it out in my local store. So cool to know authors on shelves!

storyqueen said...

This is a great interview.

I am very excited to read this book, and I can't wait to find out what other stories have been whispering in Lisa's ear.

Shelley