Thursday, May 26, 2011

Daughter of Deception - Interview

I am GIDDY about sharing this with everyone today and being part of this tour. I've seen Daughter of Deception by Kara Thorpe before but it was'nt until the last few weeks, that I've had a chance to read it. Can I just say - I AM LOVING IT!! This is one of those books that you smack your forehead over because you're so mad at yourself for not reading it sooner. This is such a full story and I absolutely ADORE the characters Viola and Duke. A.D.O.R.E!! Hands down, I'd recommend this book and guess what? It's only 99c which is a BARGAIN considering how amazing it is. Anyway... gush aside.. I'm excited to have author Kara Thorpe on my blog today for an interview so here it is...

1. Can you tell me a little something about Daughter Of Deception?

For years Viola Ashwood believed that her father's possession had been an accident. While recovering from a terrible mistake and trying to work her way back into the demon-hunting Network, she discovers that the foundations she'd built her life on were nothing but lies. Tobias Duke, an old friend and regional Network director, doesn't realize that when he grudgingly takes Viola on as his partner he's going to get sucked back into the fight against her demon possessed father. It is, in a nutshell, the story of how Viola copes with the lies and changes in her life along with the steady evolution of her relationship with Duke.
2. How did you come up with the idea of the story?
I'm fairly certain caffeine and insomnia were factors. I really enjoy exploring characters' journeys and how they adjust to having their worlds torn completely apart. So, I took this girl who thought she had the perfect life and a future of demon hunting planned out, and then I tore the rug out from under her. To make it up to her, of course, I threw in the guy she'd crushed on for years and a chance to get back at those who'd lied to her. After I planned out those parts of the story, it was just a matter of building their world and throwing in a few demons.
3. What is something about the story you'd love readers to know - something that would intrigue them?
My original version of the story is nothing like what Daughter of Deception turned out to be. I know that's something a lot of people say, but there is almost nothing of that first story in DoD. It was originally intended to be about Viola and her brother hunting down their father. Duke was a minor, minor character and his relationship with Viola was already a matter of fact. I had never thought much about it's origins because, to me, it was always just there. Duke slowly took over the story and shoved Sebastian to the back burner. Most of my original storyline ended up in book two, and I wrote the back story for Duke and Viola first. I suppose the most interesting thing about DoD is that it's the story I never intended to write.
4. What do you like most about Viola? Duke? Can you share an insight into them?
What I like most about Viola is that she deals with setbacks in a very realistic manner. She doesn't turn into a weakling, but she's not so strong that it's unbelievable. She falls apart for a moment, processes, and then works on solving the problem. It's sort of a balance that I think makes her human. What do I like most about Duke? What is there not to like about Duke? He's just so steady, and that could be boring but it's not. He's the one thing that doesn't change for Viola, really, and that's just what she needs.

I know this isn't an impartial viewpoint, but I adore their relationship because it has deep roots. They've known each other all Viola's life, and they have so much history to draw on. That friendship is the basis for the romance and I think it makes it steadier. It makes them equals, partners, too. They're snarky with each other a great deal of the time, but there's always an undercurrent of affection.
5. What was your favorite line or scene from the book and why?
I love the scene where Viola raises a zombie squirrel because it's fun, but my favorite scene would have to be when they are in a bar in Baton Rouge. All through the story we see how Viola changes, but this is the moment where we really see how much having her around has changed him. Plus, seeing a jealous Duke is just wonderful.
6. If Daughter of Deception could have a theme song, what would it be and why?
It would be "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears. Actually, I suppose that would be the theme song for the entire series. It's cheesy, and probably quite obvious, but it so brilliantly fits with the villain's theme and there's a line that says, "Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down," that also fits with our heroes. It's a song I listen to all the time when I'm working on the series.
7. You've released book two in the series, The Chaos Child, can you give us a quick teaser of what to expect?
Well, you can expect to see quite a bit more of Duke and Viola adjusting to their relationship. I don't dare say "settling" because those two will never do anything that normal. Sebastian, Viola's drug-addicted brother, plays a much bigger role in this story, and you will see more of Elrachaim. We spend a bit of time in his head, which is very creepy, and we also learn more about the Network and the veils. There are a quartet of utterly adorable, ferocious demons, and Viola faces a choice between protecting Duke and protecting the world from her father.
8. What's your future writing plans?
I am working on finishing the last book in the series - Mistress of Malice and Mercy - and a couple of stories set in the Network 'verse that feature Viola's former best friend and a couple of Trackers in Baltimore. I am also working on a contemporary romance, and a story featuring aliens.

Daddy's little girl.
That's what clairvoyant Viola Ashwood has been her entire life. She wouldn't mind quite so much if her father hadn't been possessed by a powerful, and nasty, demon nearly a decade earlier. After recovering from a horribly tragic confrontation with Daddy Dearest, Viola wants nothing more than to get back in to the federally-funded but privately run demon-hunting Network. Duke, her brother's ex-best friend and the guy she's crushed on since she was six, stands in her way. As Network regional head, Duke's got plenty of reasons for keeping Viola out of his region, and that's before he considers the fact that her father's on the Network's most wanted list

Just when Duke grudgingly allows Viola into the Network, Daddy Dearest, still possessed and more obsessed with Viola than ever, reappears. While trying to stay one step ahead of the demon, Viola struggles to overcome fears about her surprise demonic heritage while learning to control her new abilities. Especially the one that has her raising zombie squirrels in the middle of the afternoon. Together, Duke and Viola deal with dangerous demons, centuries of family secrets, and a mysterious link that may bind them for life.

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Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (just don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs).  Born and raised in Texas, she loves all things historical, scientific, and downright geeky. Though she prefers to write short, character-driven stories, she ventured into the world of the novel with the first book of the Family Lies series "Daughter of Deception."


Ladybug07999 said...

Ok . . so you had to know, after purchasing book one (because of you), I would read this and have to rush to book two. What an awesome find . . it's .99 as well.

Got these on my TBR list, oh boy is it ever getting longer each day!


Kara Helen said...

I'm afraid to step outside and be mistaken for a stoplight! Thank you for the wonderful words and the interview. Duke by himself is pretty awesome, but when he's with Viola it's perfection (but I'm far from impartial). :)

krysykat said...

I love that song by Tears for Fears. Great interview.

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