Interview with Wren St Claire, Author of Revenge on the Devil
12 Dec 2023
What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Revenge on the Devil?
The book is part of a series, where a villain from a previous book is featured as the hero in the next one. Garmon was the villain in Book 2: Taming the Devil. This book is his redemption story. Losing his gaming hell in book 2 robbed him of what he felt was his identity, he’d put everything into it. Like all entrepreneurs, he starts again with a new enterprise, but it’s not the same. He wants his hell back. What he gets instead is Genevra Tate, a determinedly independent widow, who refuses to let him help her. The passion between these two more mature adults is extraordinary and through that connection Garmon discovers his humanity and his heart. He goes to enormous lengths to care for Genevra, who has suffered horribly in the past.
It’s a story of both passion and heart. I wrote it during the period that my husband was dying of stomach cancer. It was a welcome distraction from the horror of my life at that point. It carries special meaning for me because of that.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
Historical romance without a doubt. I do read contemporary romance and fantasy and sci-fi romance too, but my first love is Historical, in particular the Regency period. I fell in love with it when I discovered my mother’s Georgette Heyer collection at age 12. I’ve read and read her books so often I can quote them.
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
Books I’m reading right now include: Duke the Halls by Felicity Niven, Knockout by Sarah MacLean, Broke and the Shannon by Peter Padfield (research for book 4 in the series: Seducing the Sea Devil) and I’ve just finished Twisted Magic by Jeffe Kennedy, book 3 of her Renegades of Magic series which I recommend highly, but you must read Bonds of Magic first.
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
Gosh that’s hard, there were so many. Possibly their last night together under the seven night contract (she has agreed to seven nights in his bed in return for a stay of execution on a debt owed by her late husband). There are so many emotions swirling under the surface in that scene, Garmon has already fallen for her, but he hasn’t realized it yet. Genevra is protecting herself and refuses to accept his help or to extend their arrangement. It’s hot, heart breaking, and full of tension.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
No, keeping the cats off the keyboard is the hardest part.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Do unto others…
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
The power of love to heal.
Wren St Claire is the author of the new book Revenge on the Devil (Villain’s Redemption Series Book 3)
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