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?
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.
‘My Books-My World’ Author Interview with K.A. Fox
Tell me about how the idea for this book / series came about?
Professionally, I often have the unfortunate task of telling people things they don’t want to hear. One of those people, upon hearing the bad news, called me a nasty name and said they thought I was basically the spawn of Satan. As soon as I heard that, I thought, “That’s a great idea for a character.” Then Delaney showed up in my head, told me her story and the rest is history.
Do you have any quirks/habits that you do when writing?
When I’m writing Delaney’s story, I always listen to music by Lindsey Stirling. I always start with Roundtable Rival, and as soon as I hear the first notes, I’m able to step right into Delaney’s world and the writing flows. Every character I write has a different style of music that appeals to them so I’m always searching for new artists and new songs.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Emily Van Engen (author of Turn – check it out, you’ll love it!) is one of my best author friends. We cheer each other on and talk through our ideas together when we’re stuck or questioning something. Dorothy Tinker (author of the amazing Peace of Evon Series) is a very talented developmental editor and master world builder. Celosia Crane has a wonderful intuitive sense that translates into her writing beautifully and she’s not afraid to tackle the tough stuff. K.N. Gemme (her first novel will be out soon) knows exactly what questions to ask to get me past a block. I swear her skill at author interrogation is a true superpower. Elle Cross (her romances are burning hot) has been an inspiration on how to write well while writing fast and she has the best ideas for reader swag. And finally, I have to mention Debbie Burns. She’s an author and mentor like no other. She knows the fears and frustrations that always seem to accompany putting our stories out into the world and has encouraged me every step of the way. I truly believe I wouldn’t be at this point without her guidance and unending support. (This list is by no means comprehensive and I feel like I’m leaving out so many people who deserve to be included. I love every single member of my writing family.)
If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
I would tell myself that it’s okay to write ugly. I’m a perfectionist and that prevented me from writing for too long. I had this unreal expectation that the story had to flow out of my head and onto the screen completely perfect. That’s not going to happen. First drafts are always going to be ugly. They’re supposed to be. The story becomes beautiful when you walk through the editing process and are really able to bring the story to life. Giving myself permission to write ugly unlocked me in so many ways.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Going to my first ever writing conference. I went to the Southern California Writers Conference in September 2015. I participated in their pitch session and the response I received confirmed that my story had potential. I’ve been back twice since then and look forward to it every year now. I also connected with Acorn Publishing because of SCWC.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’m a visual person, so for me, I need images to build on. For this book, I spent hours looking for the perfect picture that helped me visualize the bed and breakfast that shows up in one scene. I also have stored photos for my characters, so I can connect with them and describe them in detail. I usually don’t research a lot before I start writing. I find that I’m often in the middle of a scene and I realize I need to find that one perfect visual before I can continue, so I’ll start frantically searching until I find what I’m looking for.
How many hours a day do 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!
What did you edit out of this book?
Initially, the arrival of Moose was very different and felt much more threatening. The change felt right and in keeping with Moose’s personality.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I do. From time to time. The good ones encourage me to keep writing. It’s so great to hear that there are readers who love your characters as much as you do. The bad ones aren’t easy to read. And if I’m trying to write, I’ve learned it’s best for me to skip them, because they can get in the way of my creativity. It’s important to remember that not every story will work for every person. And that is absolutely okay.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes. There’s something I included that is in honor of a close friend of my husband who passed away just before I started writing this story. There are also little details that I know friends and family will identify.
What was the hardest scene in this book to write?
The end. My editor kept encouraging me to give more feeling and intensity. It was difficult to go there because that scene was so hard for Delaney to experience. I finally just dug in and got it done. There were tears. I told her I was sorry over and over again. But the story is better for it. My editor was right.
Have you ever Googled yourself? What did you find?
No. I probably should, but honestly, I’m afraid of what could be out there. Ignorance is often bliss.
If there was a book about your life what would it be titled?
Crazy Like a Fox