Thank you for coming to chat with us today, Jem. Why do you think S.G. Rogers chose you to represent her?
She’s got the wrong idea about me, just like that old geezer artist—excuse me—gentleman, Greer Richmond. Even though I’m the most awesome demon that ever was, they both seem to think I’ve got a kernel of good inside. Ha! I’ll bet they bite into Tootsie Pops, too.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve got five hundred twelve Earth years under my 22” belt, which is pretty young for a demon. I suppose that’s why I have so much energy for evil. I won the award last century for Innovation in Inequity, which cheesed Loqi off (hehe), and I’ve been the reigning Miss Demon Xtreme champion ever since I turned eighteen.
Where do you live? What is it about that area that drew you there?
I have cribs all over the world (and underworld) on account of I don’t trust anyone (my co-workers especially). I’ve stashed cash, clothes and weapons in airports and train stations across the globe. But when I take a vacation, it’s Vegas baby, all the way.
What do you wish people would know about you?
Truly magnificent malfeasance takes talent and skill beyond the abilities of most ordinary demons. I am the DaVinci of Disaster and the Shakespeare of Sin…and I look smoking hot working it.
What music do you listen to?
When I’m in the midst of a caper, AC/DC blasting through a pair of headphones or on the car radio works well. But I’ve got a softer side too (shh). I dig classical music, show tunes…and, er, ’80’s pop music.
Will we be seeing more of you or are you stepping out of the lime light?
S.G. Rogers seems to think “Apocrypha” would make a great full-length novel. She says readers will want to find out if Greer’s grandson Dare and I ever get together. Dare’s younger brother Rory thinks I’m hot too, so there might be some sibling rivalry happening. Of course my co-workers are going to want to gum it all up, so things could get interesting.
Is there anything you wish S.G. Rogers had kept her mouth shut about?
Yeah. No demon likes to feel like they’ve got a soft spot, you know? If my co-workers ever found out I kind of cared about a human like Greer, I’d have to kick a lot of demon butt trying to live it down. We demons aren’t supposed to play with our food.
Tell us about Dare Richmond and what drew you to him?
(Turns to S.G. Rogers at this point…”Do I have to answer that?” S.G. Rogers nods). (Sigh) Okay…first of all, Dare is Greer’s grandson and he’s got his eyes. And there’s something about Dare’s voice that feels better than a Swedish massage. He’s just so damned…masculine. If I had a heart, it would stop beating every time he looked at me. Don’t repeat this to anyone, but I think I’m a goner.
What really pushes your buttons?
A lot of demons have been sacrificing true skill for the cheap and easy score lately. That burns my tail. I think they’ve been influenced by Hollywood movies, where there’s an explosion every fifteen seconds. Demons need to go back to the basic seven deadly sins, in my humble opinion. Sin can be original in more ways than one, and the best demons leave no fingerprints.
Do you believe in ghosts?
What, are you kidding me? I’ve turned more humans into ghosts than I can count. Those were the lucky ones, though. Most of my victims wind up in the Heat Hotel, as they say, working for the Boss.
Why should readers be interested in your story?
The question is, are Greer and S.G. Rogers right about my gooey inner core? If you’re into the Good versus Evil thing, or you enjoy watching demons and angels duking it out, you’ll get a kick out of “Apocrypha.” Plus, romance fans will probably *squee* when I melt into emotional fondue over hunky Dare Richmond. Whichever way it goes, readers will have something to root for.
~ S.G. Rogers