Author’s name: Mary Maddox
What is your latest novel called and what is it about?:
Daemon Seer is the the sequel to my horror novel, Talion. As a teenager Lu Darlington escaped the sadistic serial killer known as the Professor of Death. The daemon Talion saved her. Ten years later, with the killer dead and the daemons gone, Lu has moved on. Except for the nightmares. Except for moments when color leeches out of the world and bleakness sucks the life from her, when pain seizes her belly and she aches with hunger for something nameless.
Then Lisa Duncan shows up unexpectedly. The Professor kidnapped Lisa too and left her disfigured. Now, stalked by another psychopath, a rogue cop, she seeks refuge with Lu — the only person who understands what she endured and why she’s so broken.
Lu discovers she and Lisa can read each other’s feelings and thoughts. Lu’s strange feelings of bleakness and hunger come from Lisa. And Lisa obsessively draws pictures of the daemons that Lu thought nobody else could see. The two women are linked in a way that neither understands. Their fates are joined.
The daemons descend on Lu once more: Voracious Chama. Beautiful Talion. And his sinister companion, Black Claw. Lu Learns she is a daemon seer, one of the rare human beings with the power to keep daemons tethered to the physical world. Chama covets Lu, but Talion claims her as his possession. After all, he saved her life, and her ancestors who possessed the gift of seeing have always belonged to him. Talion demands that Lu bind herself to him in a terrible ceremony that will change her life forever.
As for Lisa, the daemons want her dead. And Psycho Cop is coming for her.
Why is independent publishing important to you? :
Independent publishing is hard work. It requires that I run a publishing business as well as write books. The competition is fierce, and it’s difficult to make my books stand out in a field of so many others. But I have the freedom to publish what I like and control the marketing of my books. I can decide that gaining a readership is more important than maximizing profit.
It’s the difference between working for an employer and being self-employed. Sure, salaried workers get regular paychecks and don’t have to worry about profits, but they have limited control over what they do.
Electronic book and print-on-demand paperbacks have revolutionized self-publishing and challenged traditional publishers to update their thinking, which will eventually benefit them as well as authors and readers.
Sex scenes. It takes careful writing to keep them from becoming mechanical and cliched. Unless something crucial or unexpected happens between the participants, sex scenes don’t advance the story and might as well be omitted. I get annoyed when they’re thrown in for tittilation only. If such scenes go on for more than a couple of paragraphs, I skip ahead to the action.
Daemon Seer has five sex scenes. The story requires them since the daemons’ binding ritual centers on sex. All of those scenes gave me trouble, but several beta readers have complimented me on them, especially the last one, which caused me more grief than the other four combined.
Do you ever read novels more than once? If so, give us the name of one and tell us why you reread it.:
I owe my life to Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The novel shocked some people when it was published in 1955 because its hero is an unapologetic paedophile. But any literate person knows we’re not talking about porno. The tale of Humbert Humbert’s love for thirteen-year-old Lolita is a tragi-comedy written in elegant prose, lyrical and satiric, razor-sharp in its intelligence. It begins, “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.”
I first read the novel in my twenties. Two courses shy of graduating, I left Knox College and moved to Chicago, where I moved in with a friend and looked for a job. I was deeply depressed and drinking a pint of vodka every day. Unsurprisingly, the only job I found was waiting tables at a seedy restaurant, the sort of place where I wouldn’t dream of eating now. I was fired after a week or two. Not that I cared. Now I had more time to go out drinking. Remembering some of the crazy things that happened then, I feel like I’m channelling someone’s else’s nightmares. During the day I slept and watched TV. Only friendship kept my roommate from kicking me out.
One day I got sick of soap operas and picked up a book. It happened to be Lolita. I was awed. I remembered something I’d forgotten – that a writer creates meaning from the chaos of experience, and I knew chaos would swallow me unless I escaped. A few days later I took a train to Galesburg, Illinois, and moved in with Joe Heumann, now my husband. I forgot to warn Joe I was coming, but that’s another story.
I’ve reread Lolita a couple of times since and I mean to read it at least once more before I die.
Do you prefer cats or dogs? Why?:
Why the limited choice? I have a budgie, Westie, who is smarter and more fun than either dogs or cats and smells a whole lot better. Some people think budgies are boring because those people lock the bird alone in a cage and treat it like a house plant. Despicable and cruel.
I also have a dressage horse, a Dutch Warmblood named Tucker. He and I have fun dancing around the arena or taking an occasional stroll through the woods. Tucker was injured in April and couldn’t be worked for over three months. A hard time for both of us. But he’s back now and getting stronger every day.
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