Thursday, August 25, 2011

Interview with Stephanie Chong and Giveaway - August 25, 2011

Please welcome Stephanie Chong to the The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Stephanie:  My most creative thoughts are usually handwritten.

I write best on scraps of paper. The more disposable, the better. Index cards. Torn-up bits of post-it notes. Napkins. Backs of receipts and the like. I have bought and received as gifts numerous beautiful journals over the years – leatherbound, embossed, gorgeously covered journals – but find that the writing that happens in them is too “precious” and nothing meaningful ever gets set down in those beautiful journals.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Stephanie:  On the literary side, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood. In commercial fiction, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and YA author Suzanne Collins. My favorite paranormal authors are Anne Rice, Maggie Shayne and Kerrelyn Sparks.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Stephanie:  The road to hell is paved with good outlines.

Just kidding. There is some truth in that statement for me. But some of the best writers outline extensively. In truth, I’m both a plotter and a pantser. For me, writing a novel is a complicated process that involves elements of both. I’m definitely not a linear writer. However, I think a strong sense of structure is necessary, especially in commercial fiction.

TQ:  Describe Where Demons Fear to Tread in 140 characters or less.

Stephanie:  Fledgling Guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair must battle nightclub owner Archdemon Julian Ascher over a young actor's soul.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Where Demons Fear to Tread?

Stephanie:  A world-renowned Ashtanga teacher called John Scott came to Vancouver to teach a workshop in 2008. He recommended a book called How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach. In that book was a single line about angels. Angels don’t come up in yoga that often. In ten years of practice, that was the first time I had ever encountered the idea. When I started writing the novel in January of 2009, there was no such thing as an “angel trend.”

TQ:  Why did you set Where Demons Fear to Tread in Los Angeles, the City of Angels?

Stephanie:  LA is the most obvious city to set an angels-and-demons series in. The reason I set it there is that I know it best of any American city (I’m Canadian). My sister lives in LA, and I’ve spent a lot of time there. I have practiced at some of the “famous” yoga studios there. Even though there isn’t a lot about Serena’s daily life in the book, LA seemed to be where she wanted to live. And yet LA is still unfamiliar enough to me that I have a sense of fantasy about it.

I love to travel, so setting my novels in unfamiliar places is a chance for me to “travel” every single day. The second book takes place largely in Venice.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Where Demons Fear to Tread?

Stephanie:  There’s a scene in the Grand Canyon that I love because I struggled the hardest with it. It’s smack in the middle of the novel. Which is quite a challenging place, because it can sag. It’s by no means a perfect scene, but sometimes my favorite scenes are not perfect and not popular. I felt like my connection to the canyon came from a really deep place, but I had to push to get there.

TQ:  In Where Demons Fear to Tread, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Stephanie:  Most difficult – Serena. She’s good, and it’s tough to make good characters appealing to everybody. But I believe in good people. They inspire me, and I wanted to write about one. The world is full of enough selfishness, greed, poverty and suffering. I wanted to create a character who is trying to combat all those things.

Easiest – Luciana. She’s bad, and it’s easy to make bad people interesting. She’s beautiful, but her life is a train wreck. Who wouldn’t want to stop and stare?

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Company of Angels series?

Stephanie:  The kind you do in dreams!

That’s a coy answer. The truth is that I wrote what I knew – built a fictional world around things and places I knew.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Company of Angels series?

Stephanie:  Three so far. ;)

TQ:  What's next?

Stephanie:  The second book is Luciana’s story, The Demoness of Waking Dreams.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Stephanie:  Thank YOU! It was my pleasure entirely – this was my very first interview, and I loved doing it!

About Where Demons Fear to Tread

Where Demons Fear to Tread
The Company of Angels 1
(MIRA, August 23, 2011)
Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won't release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager...
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell...or a deliciously hot heaven.
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About Stephanie

Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist.  Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University.

When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.

Stephanie's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market paperback copy of Where Demons Fear to Tread from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Angels or Demons? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Thanks Q for sharing this book... I have been eyeing the cover for a while... Adding to the list...

    Okay answer to question would have to be Angels...

    I follow you all over the place...(no not in a stalker kind of way silly)

    shared on FB & Twitter for you too...

  2. Great question. I have read books about Angels and Demons. I would choose Angels. They may seem fragile but I think they can kick some serious butt and I rather have them on my side.

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  3. I'm this is a tricky one. I like angels but I do have kind of a bad streak in me sometimes. I guess I could pick demons, Hey why go for the easy road right?

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  4. Angels or Demons?

    I've read books about both and with both in them. Both can be naughty ;). It's hard to decide. I would say Angels if it was an angel acting badly.

    Great interview and thanks for the giveaway. I've been eyeing this book for a while.

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  5. OMG! Angel or Demons? I have to pick just one? I guess angels, but I'm a fan of both.
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  6. Ohh that is hard. Well I think either, why is there one at my door? I might have to say that it is underneath what counts. What id he was a awesome demon, while the angel was a jer? Or the demon was an ahole but the angel was a lover? I would have to meet them first ;)
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  7. Angels most days! Though, there are some HOT demons *winks*.

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  8. Angels or Demons hmmm I'd pick Angels


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  9. angels!! i really havent read all that many books about demons to be honest.. but i do love angels
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  11. The cover for this book is beautiful! I'm going with angels, and more specifically fallen angels as I do like the heroes to be dark and tormented. I haven't come across too many demons and wouldn't mind seeing more of them.

    I am a gfc follower.

    August 25, 2011 1:20:00 PM EDT

  12. Demons! Angels are usually too Goody Two-Shoes for me. Give me a story about a sneaky, seducing Demon over a story about an Angel doing good any day!

    (follower + tweeted about this giveaway)

  13. Difficult choice! Man I'm divided.. there is just something about wings on an angel and the badboyness of demons.

    Okay demons. LOL.. I sent a picture and book synposis to my friend and she wants the book.

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    Steph it was fun seeing you on Caridad's video chats!

  14. I think I would have to go with angels. I am a follower.

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  15. Ah...Where Demons Fear to Tread was a good read. Looking forward to the next book.

    Good interview!

    Indy didn't want fighting the closed sidewalk so they let me get the book early last Friday.

  16. Angels or Demons? It's so hard to pick! Angels can be really interesting and peaceful but Demons can be really wild and not boring at all! Hmm.. I would pick... Angels just because where they live, it has more good stuff than demons :)

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  17. I'm going to go with angels because there is a certain level of innocence with them. I think it can be very endearing as well as hot at the same time. LOL

    This books sounds awesome btw.
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    I would choose angels, I know it is a popular subject at the moment, but I have always enjoyed reading about them-both nonfiction and fiction. There is so much you can do with them in regards to powers and skills, I love to read about them. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Lovely book! The summary makes me want to read it, not to mention the cover. And...demons. Too many angels around here and they're becoming predictable, a demos instead...

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  20. Demon, it would be too hard to live up to an angel's expectation. And, come on, bad boys rule!
    GFC Anne38

  21. I haven't read any books featuring demons, yet; so I must choose angels.

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  22. Great interview, Stephanie! Your first? You did a great job and I loved hearing about your writing process. Fascinating plot. Best of luck with your debut!

    I lean toward Angels but I never ignore the Demons.

  23. Thanks for sharing such incredible new comers. I am a follower.

  24. Shadowhunters! :D

  25. Oh this ones easy angels. They can kick but and are super humans. (going from the guild Hunter series view on angels. :3

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  26. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would pick Angels. I love reading about them. I think they are beautiful and very strong. Please enter me in contest.

  27. I always go for the bad boys, so demon would be my choice.

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  28. Demons. It's hard being good all the time, take a walk on the wild side.

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  29. ANGELS: a fallen Angel makes for wonderful reading.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  30. Demons :)
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  31. Great interview.This sounds like a really great book.

    I would say Demon over Angels.

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  32. My vote for the Angels!
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  33. Sounds like a great new author.

    I was torn about which to select but in the end I would come down on the side of the Demons especially if they are of the good/bad type. Just find them more interesting usually.

    THanks for the giveaway.

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  34. Absolutely angels. I have nothing against demons but if I have to choose, I prefer angels. I love the whole idea of fallen or guardian angels :)
    Thank you for the post and the giveaway! :)

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  35. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

    Its a hard choice for me but I'm gonna go with demons because each one of us has to fight with our inner demons and they're more interesting.

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  36. It's difficult i really love both... But i think i will take Angels, they're beautiful, strong, and the wings are amazing !

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  38. My pick is Angels, I.m always looking for new authors to read!

  39. I have to go with Angels! Something about the wings, I think! Also, the thought of something innately good being naughty is a real turn on!!

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  40. Angels make more interesting books!

    I follow you on GFC and on Twitter (@tjotjoc)

  41. Demons hands down!

    Thanks for the great interview.

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  42. I think demons generally make for more interesting reading.
    I'm a gfc follower


  43. It's hard to choose between angels and demons because I've enjoyed books about either or both. Since I've recently read about angels, then I'll probably choose angels at this point in time :)

    +1 GFC follower


  44. I {heart} angels. Demons fear me.

  45. (+1) Demons. I like being wicked! :)

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  46. Definitely Demons! I love bad boys and Demons are soooo bad!
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  47. Demons. I would love to say Angels but I just haven't found any Angel romances that I just love. Maybe this will be the one.
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  48. Demons. Too often paranormal novels that include angels also include religion, which just isn't my cup of tea. When I'm reading UF/PNR, I like my angels to be like any other paranormal creature.

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  49. I have a particular fondness for warrior angels. Such a great combo of hero and fierce protector.

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  50. I don't really like any of them but if I have to choose I think I would choose the Angels.
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  51. Demons. They usually have more fun than angels.

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  52. Looks really good. Thanks for sharing!!


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  53. OMG!!!! I so want to get my hands on this book, it sounds amazing!!

    What a tough question. I've always been drawn to vamps because they were my bad boys that I loved so much and then demons burst onto the scene and I've been focusing on them and then all of a sudden here comes angels and I'm just starting to get into these books and I'm loving them. It's so hard to choose, but I gotta say demons hold a special place in my heart :)

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