Please welcome Thomas E. Sniegoski to The Qwillery. The Demonists, the first novel in a new series, was published on April 5th by Roc.
TQ: Welcome to The Qwillery. You've written over two dozen novels for both adults and young adults. Has your writing process changed over the years?
Tom: Yeah, it has. I Used to be incredibly anal, mapping out a book down to its every last detail, but these days I find with deadlines and stuff, that I wing it a little bit more . . . probably more than I should. HA!
TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Tom: It’s probably the deadlines . . . knowing that a book needs to be written, and delivered on a specific date, come Hell or high water. There are days where it’s just not happening . . . the words aren’t flowing—you just don’t see the story, but you have to keep writing. You have to push through because somebody in waiting for that book.
TQ: Describe The Demonists in 140 characters or less.
Tom: Exorcists/Ghost Hunters/Media Darlings/Husband & Wife . . . while filming Halloween episode of their TV show discover something far more dangerous, and evil than a mischievous poltergeist, which changes their lives forever and sets them on a path to discovering that true evil wants into the world, and they might be the only people who can stop it. (Longer than a tweet, but whatever. HA!)
TQ: Tell us something about The Demonists that is not found in the book description.
Tom: It’s a book with alot of heart. Our main characters, Theodora, and John Fogg really love each other, and it’s that love that anchors them to the world that they’re fighting to protect, and also what gives them the strength to continue this epic battle against seemingly unwinnable odds.
TQ: What inspired you to write The Demonists? What appeals to you about writing Dark Fantasy/Urban Fantasy?
Tom: Love traditional good vs. evil stories, as well as things about ghosts and demons . . . this was a natural. Also wanted to do something after my Remy Chandler books that focused on the strength of a husband and wife relationship.
TQ: What sort of research did you do for The Demonists?
Tom: Typical research, poking around the internet and digging through my old research books on demonic possession, hauntings, etc. Was really interested in the ideas of demons and evil described in other religious faiths, and how those evils were dealt with.
TQ: Who was the easiest character to write and why?
Tom: I really enjoyed writing Theodora . . . there’s an amazing strength about her, even after she’s possessed by thousands of angry demons. And I love that the strength that she displays comes primarily from the love and respect that she has for her husband.
TQ: Do your Remy Chandler novels and The Demonists share anything thematically?
Tom: Just your basic good vs. evil themes. Not sure if I’ll delve into the truly religious concepts of Heaven and Hell in this series . . . will probably keep it a little more vague.
TQ: Give us one or two favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Demonists.
John Fogg preferred the company of ghosts.
Sitting on the floor of her husband’s office, she closed her eyes and dove into the darkness, where the monsters lived inside her.
TQ: What's next?
Tom: Well, of course there’s at least two more Demonists books to write . . . which will be fun. I’ve got two YA thrillers coming from, Simon Pulse, the first being SAVAGE. And then I have a book with Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, called Grim Death & Bill the Electrocuted Criminal coming in the Winter of 2017. And there are a few special projects that I’m very excited about that I can’t quite talk about them yet.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Tom: You’re so welcome, thanks for having me!
Roc, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series and the Remy Chandler series, a new dark fantasy series filled with demons, exorcisms, and the fight against the worst that hell has to offer…
There is more to our world than meets the eye—darker things, crueler things. Exorcist John Fogg and his wife, psychic medium Theodora Knight, know what lurks in the shadows. But even they’re not prepared for the worst Hell has to offer…
It was supposed to be a simple exorcism, a publicity stunt to firmly establish John and Theodora’s thriving paranormal investigation empire in the public eye. But something went wrong, leading to an on-air massacre that unleashed a malicious host of demons and left Theodora catatonic, possessed by countless spirits.
John sets out on a desperate quest to find a cure for his wife, but his obsession brings him face-to-face with an even more terrifying problem: Theodora’s possession is only one piece of a deadly plot that is threatening the entire world. Because an ancient evil is about to make Earth its battlefield—and without John and Theodora’s intervention, there is no chance for salvation…
Sniegoski's work for younger readers includes the Billy Hooten: Owlboy series and the fantasy quartet Magic Zero, which he co-authored with Christopher Golden. Magic Zero is in development as a film at Universal. Sniegoski and Golden have also collaborated on the adult dark fantasy series The Menagerie, and multiple creator-owned comic book series, including The Sisterhood, which is being prepped for a feature film by InterMedia, and Talent, currently in development at Universal after a major bidding war.
As a comic book writer, Sniegoski's work includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to international hit Bone. Sniegoski has also written the Bone: Quest for the Spark novels. Sniegoski collaborated with Bone creator Jeff Smith on the prequel, making him the only writer Smith has ever asked to work on those characters. Sniegoski and Golden also wrote the graphic novel BPRD: Hollow Earth, a spinoff from Hellboy.
Sniegoski was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife LeeAnne and their dog, Kirby.