My guest today is author Kari Stewart whose debut urban fantasy novel A Devil in the Details recently hit shelves on July 6, 2010. A Devil in the Details is also part of my Debut Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge. You can read an excerpt here.
One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of A Devil in the Details. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
by Kari Stewart
I have a confession to make.
While Jesse Dawson is my protagonist, and the star of my little show, I have to admit that he’s not my favorite character in these novels. I mean, he’s awesome, don’t get me wrong. But…secretly… I’m in love with his demon.
That’s right, I said it. I love Axel. There. Now the world knows. I get downright giddy when I know I’m coming up on one of Axel’s appearances. I love to see his snarky, shameless evil spread across my computer screen.
Lest the torch-and-pitchforks crowd come for me, rest assured that I adore Jesse. He’s a good man, a devoted husband and father. He works. (yes, I’m at the stage in my life where simply being employed is a selling point) He has a strong moral center, and he does laundry.
So with all that to compare him to, what is it about Axel that just gets my motor running?
I mean sure, he’s not precisely handsome. A blond mohawk and enough piercings to bankrupt several small countries… Not really my cup of tea. In fact, most of the time, he’s tiny and furry. Possessing local wildlife will do that to you. I don’t really find demonic squirrels sexy. (If you do, cool, that’s your thing. To each his/her own, and all.)
He’s also quite a bit creepy. Always popping up where you least expect him, and between you and me, I think he’s been peeping in bedroom windows when nobody’s looking. (I am apparently not alone in my Axel-love. Beta Reader #1 says “He can peep in my windows any time!”)
And yeah, Axel really is just after one thing, like most guys. It just happens to be a different “one thing”.
Maybe it’s the fact that he’s totally unrepentant about what he does. He’s not pretending to be a nice guy. He’s not even sorry about who and what he is. He revels in his wickedness. You can depend on him to only be out for himself. There are no surprises, no abrupt switcheroos. He’s perfectly honest (mostly) about what he expects from you. See, who wouldn’t fall for a totally honest, completely dependable guy? Even if he is just after your soul.
He has this air of mystery. Mystery always gets a girl going. What’s he really up to? Who is he? Does he like long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners?
He has an air of menace. He’s dark, he’s edgy. At exactly what point is he going to flip out, become all the demon he can be? Whose throat is gonna get torn out when that happens? Risk is thrilling! (Well, ok, maybe not so much with the throat ripping. But you know what I mean.)
It’s also possible that my personal love for Axel stems from the fact that I know more about him than you do. I know what’s going on in that demonic little brain of his, and I know how his story goes. His future, his past, it’s all there, and I’m soooo anxious for you all to discover it. I feel like he’s sitting in the back of my head, mimicking Jack Nicholson’s Joker. “Wait ‘til they get a load a me!”
K.A. Stewart has a BA in English with an emphasis in Literature from William Jewell College. She lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter, one cat, and one small furry demon that thinks it’s a cat.
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