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There Be Demons is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis today with a guest post from author  M. K. Theodoratus . Enjoy! Don...

There Be Demons is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis today with a guest post from author M. K. Theodoratus. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the $25 Amazon gc giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Getting Trapped by a Relentless Question


M. K. Theodoratus

My writer's mind is always amazed by how other writers tame ideas. Ones I know write neat outlines and pound out stories with speed and panache when they sit down to the computer. Even the couple of writers who use pen and legal pads can control their characters and plotlines. Then, there's me, a true pantser.

Ideas control me, like when Britt Kelly appeared as window dressing in a short story I wrote [Night for the Gargoyles]. She walked on, and then, walked off the stage.

The scene refused to leave my mind. A teen with unruly black hair had defused a fight on a soccer field, making Gillen, the protagonist of Night for the Gargoyles, wish he had warriors as brave as Britt to fight invading demons at his side. I kept wondering what might happen when a gargoyle tried to train a bunch of human teens enough Grace [aka magic] to survive fighting demons. More important, how would Britt react? I had this vision of two fists pounding against each other, but had no idea about who Britt was.

When I started writing There Be Demons, I was danged if I knew. All I knew was she lived in the projects across from Gillen's base in a church scheduled for demolition. Soon, I knew her parent's divorce and other bad luck had her living, along with her mother and two brothers, in her sister's two-bedroom apartment on the edge of the worst slums in the city.

Turned out I had another unsold short story [Showdown at Crossings] which gave Britt a background in working magic--her great-grandmother was a Freemage, a magic worker independent of the King's Court which was fighting demons in another part of the country. She was also smart, stubborn, and determined to escape the projects. I had a coming of age story where Britt had to overcome mundane problems such as being a freshman in a new school and a potential boyfriend. The basis of a thousand-and-one teen novels.

Since I write fantasy and the demons were already invading her city, Britt learns that not only do gargoyles exist but she must fight demons if she's to survive. Being headstrong and a teen, of course, she's not going to follow Gillen's rules and regulations. The fun began in earnest and kept me interested until the book was written and edited.

The process is happening again. I have two Andor novels completed, There Be Demons and On the Run. But the ghost of a third -- the Revenge of the Demons or Rendezvous with Demons, featuring the main characters in both novels -- keeps nagging me. Have 28,000 words of "outline" written, the first 50-60% of the book. Had other partials I was going to work on, but I know Britt and Pillar aren't going to rest until I tell their young adult story. Only they won't be finding love. Their loves will be fighting as their anchors against the demons. Of course, Britt and Pillar clash too.

Just think of four young mages living in a two-bedroom garage apartment--along with four mastiff-sized mage dogs and one recovering gargoyle [Gillen]. Somehow, that ménage is going to have to work together to defeat a demon biker gang ruled by the demon prince from On the Run.

Can't wait to begin. But, first I have to get On the Run polished for publication.

There Be Demons
by M.K. Theodoratus
Genre: Urban Fantasy

After her father remarries, Britt Kelly’s life becomes a cesspit. She lives in her sister’s two-bedroom tenement apartment with her mother, two brothers, and two young nephews. She starts a new high school where she knows no one. And, even when Britt thinks she’s making friends, the church where she studies in is torn down.

Then, the field commanders of The Demon Wars draft her and her friends to aid the four Gargoyle Guardians who fight the demons invading the city of Trebridge. The fate of the city hangs on Britt’s ability to lead and learn enough self-control to manipulate the natural magic of Grace. Meanwhile, she also needs to decide what to do about Cahal, her chemistry lab partner who is as strong as her and may have interests more than just protecting Trebridge.

There Be Demons” is a continuation of M. K. Theodoratus’ urban fantasy, "Night for the Gargoyles". It tells the tale of Gillen and his team of Gargoyle Guardians as they defend Trebridge while teaching Britt and her friends – the untrained “reinforcements. Along the way, Gillen and Britt learn things about each other to make them stronger both together and alone. 

Get the Short Story – Night for the Gargoyles FREE! It was the first story set in Andor and formed the inspiration for There Be Demons.

Night For the Gargoyles
by M.K. Theodoratus

Night for the Gargoyles -- A Story Combining Magic with Reality!

Gillen's dilemma. Who to fight? The Demons overrunning the city or Orvil, the rival lusting for his position.

The four gargoyles guarding Trebridge are outnumbered by a growing number of demons. Gillen, their leader, is caught between fighting Demons and the schemes of Orvil to replace him. He tries patience with the plotting Orvil and asks the Angeli for reinforcements. Will help come in time?

A free short story set in a world where reality plays with magic. Read the short story that inspired There Be Demons!

**Get it FREE!!**

I'm one of those weird people who have always played with fantasy. Had a pretend friend by the time I was three, play acted elaborate fantasies even after I learned not to talk about them, read comic books, and discovered Oz, A. L. Merritt, Andre Norton, and Fritz Leiber before my teens.

The gears changed to include writing fantasy after the sixth grade. Until then, mysteries ala Nancy Drew were my favorites. Most of my fiction writing has been lost through the years. Must admit, though, I still have the Clue of the Clay Cats, written in the sixth and seventh grade, sitting in some file drawer.

Many fantasy worlds have entertained me since then...but I've only written in two since I started writing again, aka consistently. My main two worlds are Andor where demons prey upon humans and other supernatural events occur and the Marches of the Far Isles. My favorites, though, are my Far Isles Half-Elven, Renna, Mariah, and Kerry, where I explore the political ramifications of genetic drift on a hybrid elf/human population. Unfortunately, my Half-Elven had become a cliche by the time I completed the 600,000+ words moldering in my computer. [Which is okay. I mainly write to amuse myself.]

Currently, live with my old man and two lap-cats in Colorado. The kids have long flown the coop. Some of my favorite authors remain Alexander, Briggs, Belcher, Cooper, Croogon, Pierce, Butcher, Elkins, McCrumb, Gaiman, O'Connell, etc. etc. etc.

Oh, yes, my pubs. I've published shorter fantasy for my Half-Elven, including Troublesome Neighbors and Vengeance. Andor short stories include Night for the Gargoyles [which inspired Andor], Showdown at Crossings [prequel to There Be Demons], Doom Comes for a Sold Soul, and The Ghost in the Closet. The short stories are both free and 99c.

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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. This book sounds like an awesome read!

  3. I was wondering what the author is working on next?

  4. What kinds of books does the author enjoy reading/writing?

  5. Where did you get the ideas for this book?

  6. What's your writing process/routine like?

  7. How many books do you typically read in a year?

  8. Great post, book sounds entertaining

  9. If you book was turned into a movie or tv show who would you want to star in it?

  10. If you could meet any author past or present who would it be and why?

  11. My question for you is, if given the chance, would you write stories for the Nancy Drew character?


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