Reading Devil Music is like plotting evil with Squidward while chilling in an LA oil spill

Hi, everyone. I’m right in the middle of reading a really amazing new book. It’s part lit fic, part thriller, and fully magical (you know, in a magical realism kind of way). I’ll have a review for you later this month, but for now I want to introduce you to this quirky, cool author and her plot for world domination. Enjoy!

Let’s paint a picture of your novel. Please choose something from each of the following categories that best summarizes the book and explain why: color, animal, US city, car, and food.

My novel is most like:

Color: Blue, specifically the shimmery, translucent, iridescent blue seen in oil slick rainbows. The plot takes us to some sketchy, rundown places, but I always try to catch the reader’s eye with moments of unexpected beauty.

Animal: Wolf. My characters are social creatures, and they tend to stick together and travel in packs.

US City: Los Angeles. It’s big; it’s got a flashy, glamorous veneer that barely hides a dark, grimy and sometimes scary underbelly; it’s sprawling and diverse. Besides, LA seems like the best choice because most of the story is set there.

Car:  A vintage 1950’s muscle car, boxy and impressive-looking, shiny and nostalgic.

Food: A whole roasted chicken. There’s a lot of juicy meat to it, but its structure is pretty complex. If you’re inexperienced, you probably don’t want to dig in right away. At least not without some help from a friend.

Here’s a clichéd question:  You’re wandering out in the desert and trip over a hard object lodged in the sand. It’s a magic genie’s lamp—OMG! Which three things do you wish for and why? Any chance you’ll regret these choices later?

I’d like to say I’d wish for a cancer cure or world peace, but I’m a bit impulsive sometimes, so my wishes would probably be something like:

  1. Okay, I would ask for a cancer cure, one that can be taken in pill form, works within days, and causes no nasty side effects. (Don’t be too proud of me, though. Cancer scares me.)
  1. The ability to eat as much of anything I want without suffering any ill effects. My husband and I both have a sweet tooth, and we tend to enable each other when it comes to treats.
  1. To be permanently exempt from all TSA screening. Flying is stressful enough without having to half-undress and dump out your carry-on to prove that your wallet, cell phone, and the two books you plan to read on the plane aren’t nefarious tools of evil.

And no, I doubt I’d have any regrets at all about any of these. I suppose I might get bored with the second one after a while, but then Thanksgiving will roll around. My family is well-stocked with excellent cooks.

If there was one fictional character (either from literature, television, or movies) whose life and personality most resembled your own, who would it be and why?

Remember Squidward from the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons? I was a quiet, bookish, occasionally cranky introvert who grew up in a house full of noisy, boisterous, extroverted younger siblings. My brother and two sisters rooted for SpongeBob and Patrick, but Squidward was always my favorite. I could relate.

Now a different spin on the same question:  If you could pick, which fictional character’s life would you most want to have and why?

Some dark overlord from an epic fantasy series. If only because I want trailing, extravagant black robes and a skull throne.

Would you rather your writing remain obscure forever all the while knowing you had talent and stayed true to your creative vision OR would you prefer to write a book that achieves great commercial success but that you just aren’t proud of? Why did you choose the answer you chose?

I’d write a book that I’m not all that proud of, but which achieves commercial success. But I’d want it to be a one-off, not part of any series. That way, having had my adventure with popularity, I can go back to writing the way I think I should. If the people who liked the popular book will stick around and read my new stuff, great! Free audience! If they don’t, I still get to write. I’ll be happy either way.

About the book: Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life. Get Devil Music through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

About the author: Carly Orosz lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband. She graduated from Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry has been published in Wavelength Journal and SpoutMagazine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving on a hand loom, and studying the art and cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico. Connect with Carly on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.

Mrs. Storm

Writing everything from Sweet Romance to Children's Books to Nonfiction, Melissa loves books, birds, and bonbons--in that order. She has an advanced degree that she never uses.

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