The Devil’s Own
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: April 20th 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Delaney Murphy has always known she’s the Devil’s daughter. And although the title itself is a burden, she never expects to inherit all her father’s infernal abilities. When her newfound magic begins to poison the people closest to her, Laney must make a choice. To protect the world from the worst she can do, she leaves everyone she loves behind and builds a new life for herself, alone, in a place where she can control the urge to give in to the magic living within her.
But when she recognizes a familiar pattern in a string of murders, Laney leaves her peaceful, isolated life behind and goes on the hunt, unleashing a threat she never dreamed possible. Confronting this menacing specter could mean giving in to temptation and becoming the one thing she fears most. Will she use her magic to do the right thing, even if it means hurting the ones she loves?
Welcome K.A. Fox for an interview today!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
I always wanted to write. Being an author was a dream of mine. Along with performing on Broadway.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
The first draft of The Devil’s Own took me about six months to write. It was my first book and I’ve learned so much since then. I write faster now.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I get ideas constantly, usually when I’m driving and not able to write them down. I’ve gotten ideas because of things people have said to me or something I saw in passing. I’ve learned inspiration is everywhere, if we’re paying attention.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
If I’m able to, I try to write for at least an hour on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. On weekends, I allow for 3 hours of writing on Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes I’m able to get more time in and that’s a huge win!
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
When I decided I was going to write The Devil’s Own, I sat down with my family and told them what I wanted to accomplish. I explained the time commitment that would be required and gave them permission to remind me when I needed to be writing. They loved being a part of the process and have kept me on task since then. I’ve also had to learn the important task of being wherever I am when I’m there. If I’m writing, I’m 100% writing in that time. Same with my day job. Same with being the baseball mom for my boys. Focus and discipline are the reason I can hold The Devil’s Own in my hands now.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
A great story needs a character people can like and connect with. It needs tension, something worth fighting for. And an ending that makes sense.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
For me, the hardest part was overcoming my doubts. I was afraid that I wasn’t a good enough writer to do this story justice. When you focus on the fear, it gets in the way of creation. Once I was able to shove that aside, I was able to write a story I believe the characters would be proud of.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
The Devil’s Own is my first novel. And it is absolutely my favorite!
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Delaney Murphy is my favorite character. I love strong young women who are willing to make tough choices. Her father, Angus (aka the Devil), is a close second. He’s a protective dad with a snarky sense of humor.
10.Where do you write?
I usually write at home, in my little writing nook set up by my husband. But when needed, I’ve written on busses, at restaurants, and even sitting at the baseball field while my kids are warming up for games. My laptop is indispensable but I’ve been known to scribble ideas or scenes on napkins during my lunchtime if needed.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
Keeping the rights to my story was my first consideration. Timing was my second. Because of the path I chose, I was able to work with a strong, supportive publishing team that encouraged me, guided me through every part of the process and answered every question I had. If I hadn’t gone this route, I don’t believe The Devil’s Own would’ve been ready for publication this quickly.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My kids love it and my husband is almost as proud of this book as I am. My sister was reader the first draft and raved to me about it. My parents and my in-laws are crazy excited. It’s wonderful to have everyone’s support and encouragement.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I love family movie nights where we all sit down together and eat homemade brownies with ice cream. I’ve been known to indulge in karaoke when I’m in the mood and I’m a huge reader. I’ve also got a book in some form with me, no matter where I am.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Do it. Ignore the mental gremlins that tell you that you can’t do this, you’re not good enough, it’s a not good idea, because I promise you, the gremlins are wrong. Push aside the doubt and just start writing. Find your people, the ones that build you up and encourage you, and turn to them when you question yourself. And always, keep writing.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
I love everything by Lilith St. Crow and Kim Harrison. When I was younger, I got hooked on The Shannara series by Terry Brooks and The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. The worlds are so real to me that the second I open them, it’s like I’ve never left.
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I have a great group of writer friends who have such diverse talents. Some are able to talk me through the developmental process when I get stuck on something and know the perfect questions to ask so the ideas start rolling again. Others are amazing editors who catch things I missed. I’m blessed to have the very best cheerleaders encouraging me the whole way.
17. Are you working on anything now?
I am. Judas Kiss, Book 2 in the Murphy’s Law series, is due to the editor soon!
18.Tell us 5 things that make you smile
My family. My dog. Music. My friends. And Deadpool. Because he’s just funny.
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
Jealousy. Hate. Prejudice. Giving up. And seeing others in pain.
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
Ireland, Scotland. Australia and New Zealand. And I want to go back to Turkey someday, to refresh my memories of that amazing country and its people.
K.A. Fox is a proud military brat who has lived all over the world but now calls the Midwest home. She uses her psychological training to facilitate successful negotiations at work and to convince her husband and three sons that she’s always right. When not writing, she can usually be found hiding somewhere with a book and a bit of chocolate, or chasing after her own adorable Hell Hound.
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