Today, we welcome Kiki Howell, whose newest book A Questionable Hero was released last month. She is giving us some insight into the back story of the novel.
You might remember Kiki as one of our early guest interviews.
Now, we’ll turn the stage over to her.
When I am creating a story, especially one that starts with only a hero and heroine, I start by asking myself a bunch of questions. When your hero and heroine are polar opposites of each other, the inquiry can be quite interesting. I knew I wanted to try my hand at an angel and demon story. The idea of it just sent my imagination reeling with a demon hero as the epitomy of the bad boy.
The first thing that came to me though was this battle scene with multitudes of angels and demons fighting each other, and then a demon saving an angel’s life. I imagined her shock, her horror, and if he looked just right, her lust. I liked the question of what someone would do if they were an angel warrior and the demon that was supposed to kill them saved them getting hurt in the process? Would the angel then help the demon? I like to give myself these kinds of questions to ponder.
Next, I needed the setting for that battle, and, well, the streets of New York came to me in a round about way actually because I had decided I wanted to tie in somehow readings I had recently done about the witch hunts in England. Stay with me here! During those times, women were thoroughly questioned about having sex with demons. So, I gave this knowledge to my angel warrior heroine by making her a professor. This would give her some myth and legend to deal with alongside her own knowledge from fighting demons to have to work through making him her questionable hero. An aside, imagine her anxiety when needing to unclothe the demon to clean the wound on the man’s hip, a man she found quite attractive, after studying a history where demons were said to have iron sexual parts with sharp razor-like extensions. Sorry, back on track now! So, in finding her a university to teach at, I came up with an urban college campus in New York. I liked the idea also of the battle being on asphalt in a dimly lit city in the middle of the night where at any moment the battle could be interrupted by some human. I wanted her to struggle through dark alleyways to get him home, her being an angel warrior and him a demon not her only concern.
With those things established, I keep asking myself, “what would make this even more of a problematic situation?” I didn’t have any idea how the story would go or how I even wanted it to end, but once I started writing it the characters took care of that for me. It was one of those stories that takes on a life of its own, the characters so real and vibrant to me, that it was written in a very short amount of time. I walked around for those days though pondering if a demon could ever enter Heaven, even a demon who was a Halfling, born of a human mother but raised in Hell! To take such a creature, and to attempt to redeem him through his love of an unobtainable being, one he knows with every fiber of his detestable presence that he should stay away from – what a moral dilemma for a halfling – and how utterly romantic to write. I have the best job ever!
A Questionable Hero by Kiki Howell
Genre: Paranormal (angel/demon) Erotic Romance (male/female)
Heat Level: Fire
Length: 21,597 / 103 pages
Released 19th March 2010 from Shadowfire Press
Purchase Link: http://tinyurl.com/questionablehero
Author Website: http://www.kikihowell.com