by S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye
Is a stranger who stalks your stalker a friend or your worst enemy? Rachel Pendelton is determined to break from her small town past and stake out a new life for herself with a dream job in the big city. But hard work and determination are no match for whoever is working against her. When anonymous gifts show up, she’s flattered. When they appear in her locked apartment, she starts worrying. What can she do when everyone she turns to for help looks suspicious? What she doesn’t know is that a game has begun. A game with rules as baffling as they are deadly. A game that will pit her against the criminally insane. And only one can finish alive.
interview with the authors: s.l. pierce & Maren Kaye
Lisa: Where did the idea for The Devil’s Game Come From?
S.L.: The idea came while I was people watching at Starbucks. I saw a couple where the man seemed really into the woman but she did not seem to feel the same way. So I started thinking about him stalking her (my dark writer side) and then I thought about how I was watching them and what if a stalker stalked a stalker.
Lisa: Who was the hardest character to write?
S.L.: For me the hardest character was Patient X. It’s not so easy to keep everything about a character secret but still keep you interested in them. Maren: I agree, Patient X was challenging. I also had a hard time working with Carl. He morphed several times throughout the process, but now I think he’s my favorite character. Maybe because I spent so much time with him.
Lisa: The easiest?
S.L.: Probably Dr. Pike – we just took whatever a therapist might do and then went to an extreme. Maren: Rachel was inspired by one of my kids, so that was the easiest for me. My kids have always been very independent, which is a good thing, but I have to admit, it was fun feeling like I had some control. Even if it was only in my mind.
Lisa: Did you always want to be in an author or was there something else you dreamed of?
S.L.: I spent 10 years getting a PhD in engineering so there was that, I guess. But I never really loved it once I started working. That’s when I started dreaming about becoming a writer. Maren: I never thought I could write, I always struggled in English class. My spelling is very ‘creative.’ I fell into a job as a newspaper photographer when I was 23 and was fortunate enough to have an editor that demanded everyone in the department write. I was too young to know any better so I did what the big scary boss told me to do. I owe him so much.
Lisa: What is harder for you writing or editing?
S.L.: Definitely writing. I find it so much easier to fix an idea than to create the story. Maren: Ditto for me, although and think S.L. is the creative one as far as thinking up new ideas.
Lisa: Tell us about your publishing story.
S.L: Maren and I had started working on the The Devil’s Game last September, but things had stalled with the holidays, kids, life, etc. and we were having a hard time getting motivated again. So, in February, I decided to test the self publishing waters with a book of two short stories I had written called The Hate. Of course I thought it would instantly be a hit (insert laughter). It wasn’t, but it was exciting. And, more importantly, I felt the potential self publishing had. It motivated me to start working on The Devil’s Game, and I think that, in turn, motivated Maren, which motivated me even more and, well, you get the idea. We finished the book in May, had it edited in June, and published on June 31st.
Lisa: Who inspires you on those rough days?
S.L.: Maren – that’s one of the reasons we are so good together. When I’m ready to call it quits, she tells me how great the story is or she comes up with some great new direction which then inspires me. Maren: Same for me! There is no way I would have finished a book without her encouragement. Also, I think knowing someone is depending on you makes all the difference between should I write or should I do something else important, but unfulfilling like dishes and laundry.
Now some quickies:
S.L.’s answers: Dog or Cat? Dog – always Coke or Pepsi? Coke Almond Joy or Mounds? Neither! Mac or PC? PC-I’m used to it. Laptop or Desktop? Laptop-Starbucks here I come Spring or Fall? Fall Movies or TV? Movies Black or White? Black – I have four kids! Maren’s answers: Dog or Cat? Prrrr… I’m all about low maintenance Coke or Pepsi? They both give me the hiccups Almond Joy or Mounds? Almond Joy Mac or PC? The artist in me loves Mac, the part of me that likes to buy food and clothing prefers PC Laptop or Desktop? Desktop, I need a giant screen to be fully content. Spring or Fall? Tough call. In North Carolina spring is better, mainly because the bugs haven’t hatched yet Movies or TV? Movies, but then TV satisfies my inner addict better. Black or White? Black, it goes with everything
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