Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Devilish Good Romance

My guest today in My Writing Corner is Karilyn Bentley.  When did you realize you were meant to be a writer?

Probably when I was a child. When my parents punished me by sending me to my room, I would write lengthy pages of why they were wrong and pin it on my door for them to read. I also wrote a lot of stories vaguely similar to Nancy Drew (which was my favorite series when I was a kid!). And there was that time my English teacher said my story was too creative for the assignment, perhaps I wanted to take her creative writing class?

Tell us a little about your publishing journey and how you got your first book published.
My critique partner saw an ad from The Wild Rose Press asking for stories for their Got Wolf anthology. I submitted and was one of the top six winners. Werewolves in London was published in the anthology and my writing career was born! I was positive my editor would want my fantasy romance novel I had been trying to shop around so I sent it off. She politely declined, but did tell me what was wrong with it. Like, almost everything about it. Lesson learned, read the book you wrote several years ago before sending it off. No wonder she didn't want it! After two more complete revisions, Magical Lover was born. And, as they say, the rest is history.

What is the story “behind” your latest book, Demon Kissed? Where did you get the idea for it?

My urban fantasy series follows an arc of Gin's adventures as she becomes a demon huntress. This is the second book in the series. The idea came to me after reading an article. I thought it would make a good story but with the added touch of demons and a troubled protagonist who has to hunt them.

What do you like best about your heroine and hero?
They aren't perfect. And Gin's sassy. I like a little bit of sass in my heroines.
What is your writing process – outlining or just writing?
I'm a pantser, with some modifications. Which means, I have to have a beginning and an end as well as the turning point, or black moment. Other than that, I have no idea where the story will take me until I start writing it.
Any advice for a beginning writer? Don't be afraid to have others read your work and give you honest feedback. Listen. Sometimes they're right. J

What are you working on now? The third book in the Demon Huntress series, tentatively named, Demon Cursed.
How about a blurb? 
Gin Crawford, the world's latest demon huntress, has no time to mourn her dead lover as she's called in to determine why a demon attack occurred at the local medical school. And not just any demon, but the one demon that gives her demon-killing bracelet the shivers. A dead professor, a lab full of missing anthrax, and a demon who turns good people into minions complicate her life. Can Gin and her mentor Aidan Smythe solve the mystery of the missing anthrax and the identity of the demon before someone else dies?

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Thanks, Karilyn for being my guest today.  Any questions or comments?


  1. Thank you for letting me blog with you today Rebecca!!!

  2. Yes, I hate it when my demon-hunting takes up my entire day! ;)
    You wrote missals on why your parents were wrong for punishing you? Maybe it's not too surprising you like sassy heroines! I love it! What a fun story about how you got started writing! This sounds like a really interesting read, and I liked your points about revision. It's tough, but often a necessary evil. Best wishes for DEMON KISSED!

  3. Thank you MJ!!! And yes, my parents got a kick out of my missals. :) I could often hear them giggling on the other side of the closed door! Thank you for stopping by!

    Happy Reading!

  4. Oh, I enjoyed your interview. I had the same experience with an English teacher in high school. Loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden as a child, if it didn't like the ending, I rewrote it. Mom got a kick out of that.

    Good Luck with Demon Kissed. I'm kinda partial to Demon's myself.

  5. Thank you Tena!! I loved Trixie Beldon too, looks like we have similar interests! Thank you for stopping by! And congrats on your Demon! :)

    Happy Reading!

  6. Nancy Drew was my fav, too. This sounds like a very intriguing book. Best wishes.

    1. Thank you Diane!! Nancy Drew was great. And she's still around! :)

      Happy Reading!