Interview with Amanda Braun Boe, Author of A Devil in Every Dark Corner
21 Jun 2023
What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write A Devil in Every Dark Corner?
I’ve always gotten a kick out of old monster movies. I’ve also been fascinated by ghosts, fairies, and folklore since I was a kid. One fall, after watching quite a few Halloween movies, I had the urge to write something witchy of my own. This itch swam around in my head for a while, and then one night an idea finally materialized. I imagined two witches tossing snarky comments at each other while a monster chased after them. I bolted out of my chair and wrote the first ten pages of this novel.
If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of A Devil in Every Dark Corner, what would they be?
Imogen’s song would be “Doesn’t Remind Me” by Audioslave because she’s constantly trying to forget the past.
On the other hand, Carmen’s song would be “Are You Having Any Fun?” by Elaine Stritch because she thinks monsters, magic, and mayhem are the recipe for a great time.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
My favorite genres to read are fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and mysteries. My favorite genres to write are fantasy and romance. But writing historical fiction would be a fun challenge someday!
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
It’s never-ending! I’m finishing the Blood and Ash series, Six of Crows, Normal People, Crescent City…the list goes on and on!
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
There’s a scene where two side characters are in a dungeon for their own safety. They’re being kept there to protect them from the Thistle Witch. The scene starts out as a humorous one, but then an otherworldly moment happens when they realize that they aren’t safe from evil after all. There’s suddenly a very superstitious, creepy tone to the moment. I really enjoyed that shift from the ordinary to the ominous.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
I can’t have any sound…none! I’m not the kind of person who can write while listening to music or sitting in a coffee shop. I wouldn’t be able to concentrate at all. I can listen to a playlist before I write for inspiration, but as soon as that computer is in front of me, I need silence.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
What would the person who you want to be do?
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
I think the relationship between the witch sisters, Imogen and Carmen, is what I’d like people to remember the most. They are very different people, but they are still fiercely loyal to each other. I think that kind of love and understanding between two people is a universal desire.
Amanda Braun Boe is the author of the new book A Devil in Every Dark Corner
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