#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers + Interview

Welcome Lisa Desrochers!

Lisa Desrochers lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. It was her oldest daughter’s love of books that first inspired her to write for young adults. There is never a time that she can be found without 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 has inspired wanderlust and she loves travel, which works out well because she lectures internationally on a variety of health care topics. She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and maintains a full-time practice in California.


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
In the words of Melissa Marr: Personal Demons has “hot demons, hot angels, nasty demons, and very steamy romance.”

What is the last book you read?
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Pure genius.

What is the last movie you saw?
By the time this posts, it will be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I know this because I’m going over to the theater right now to get in line. ;p

If you could trade your life for that of a fictional character, who would that character be?
Fred Weasley. I’d say George, but I’m pretty sure he’s the one who dies. Fred and George have the world at their fingertips, and they know how to take advantage of that.

If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
Edgar Allen Poe. I’d love to get inside that mind.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Well…I wouldn’t want to go too far into the past, because I’m spoiled rotten by flush toilets, and I know what happens in the not so distant past, so, I think the future. Maybe to meet my great, great, great, great grandchildren or something.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Heathcliff. He is so deliciously warped.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

How many books do you read a week/month?
That depends on if I’m writing. When I write, I’m obsessed. I’ll finish a book in six to eight weeks and read nothing in that interim. When I’m finished with a book, I try to read as much as I can. Usually a couple of books a month.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
There’s no way I could ever pick a favorite song. My musical taste is pretty eclectic. I can generally count on liking anything by The Frey, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Pink Floyd and Three Days Grace, as well as most Saving Abel, Nickleback, Incubus, Skillet, My Chemical Romance and Pillar. But I also love Vivaldi and Mozart.

Who is your favorite author?
You can’t possibly expect me to choose just one! You’re getting the short list: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, the Bronte sisters, Melissa Marr, Kristin Cashore, John Green, Suzanne Collins.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I had to choose actors this summer for the film agent at my literary agency. I went with Logan Lerman for Luc, Lucas Till for Gabe and Chloe Mortez for Frannie.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
What’s paper?

Paranormal or Normal?

If you could be any author, who would you like to be?
Kristin Cashore because I really want to know how to write like that.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl, for sure.

One food you would never eat?
Sweet potatoes. I can’t get them down my throat. You don’t even want me to try. It’s not pretty.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles, no contest.

If you could jump into a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Harry Potter, hands down. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where anything is truly possible?

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which I know is technically three books, but we all know it’s really just one long tome.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Quoting from the acknowledgements in the back of Personal Demons: “And, because my Muse is a wannabe rock star, a special thanks to Chad Kroeger and Nickelback for Savin’ Me, the incredible song that inspired the character Luc, and to Isaac Slade and The Fray for writing the intense and deeply thought provoking You Found Me, which was the inspiration for Frannie.”

Quoting from the acknowledgements of Original Sin: “And, because my Muse is still a wannabe rock star, a special thanks to Isaac Slade and The Fray for writing the haunting lyrics to “How to Save a Life,” which shaped this novel from Frannie’s perspective, and to Adam Gontier and Three Days Grace for the amazing song “World So Cold” which, unfortunately for Luc, is the musical embodiment of this entire novel.”

What do you find so appealing about the genre you write for? Would you try writing for a different genre?
I truly love writing for young adults. It’s the time in a person’s life when they’re discovering themselves and who they’re becoming. There’s a little bit of awe and a whole lot of emotional angst and insecurity that goes along with that process. Even though I well past it, I can still identify with those feelings. Whereas most people my age are trying to get in touch with their inner child, I’m still trying to find my inner adult. I can’t imagine writing for any other group.

Personal Demons
By: Lisa Desrochers
Published by: Tor Teen/Macmillian

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Book summary:

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of 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.

Giveaway Deatils:
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Open to US & Canada
Ends 12/16/10
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