We’re very pleased to welcome guest author Candace “Candy” Havens to the ball. She is a best selling and award-winning author. Her novels include “Charmed & Dangerous“, “Charmed & Ready“, “Charmed & Deadly“, “Like A Charm” and “The Demon King and I“. She is a two-time RITA, Write Touch Reader and Holt Medallion finalist. She is also the winner of the Barbara Wilson award.
Candy is also a nationally syndicated entertainment columnist for FYI Television. A veteran journalist she has interviewed just about everyone in Hollywood from George Clooney and Orlando Bloom to Nicole Kidman and Kate Beckinsale. You can hear Candy weekly on 96.3 KSCS in the Dallas Fort Worth Area.
“The Demon King and I” is a project where I brought my editor into the creative process at the idea stage before I’d even written a proposal.
I told her my idea about four sisters who are Guardian Keys and protect our world from beings who would do us harm. By day these are wealthy heiresses with their own businesses, but at night they fight to save the world. My problem with Gillian’s story was finding a love interest who could stand up to her. She’s a corporate executive and art gallery owner, who can lift a Volkswagon and throw it across the street when necessary. She doesn’t take crap off of anyone and her lawyerly background means she wins most every argument she’s part of, so I needed a strong hero who wouldn’t back down.
That’s when my editor suggested pairing her with a demon. It made perfect sense. The last person Gillian would see herself with would be a nasty demon. The problem is, Arath the Demon King, isn’t so nasty. In my head he’s kind of a mix of Clive Owen and Gerard Butler. Hottie! When she meets him, she’s smitten and appalled at the same time. To make things even tougher on her, the Demon King is also loyal, fair and an excellent ruler. He’s far from the horrible creatures she’s had to deal with in the past.
I have to tell you that writing scenes with Gillian and Arath was an absolute blast. They are both so stubborn and funny in their own way. I’ll be forever grateful to my editor for the idea, and for buying it so that I could tell the story of “The Demon King and I.”