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30 Days of Demons – Day 5 – Research

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DemonInMe_coverSomething I didn’t do much of in my earlier books was research. I wanted my ideas to essentially come out of my imagination and down on the page without being led by anything in particular other than the magical ether that surrounds me. La la la.

I was a lot more naive five years ago than I am now.

I research now. Not a huuuugge amount, but more than I used to. This would be evident (I think) when you compare THE DEMON IN ME to ANGEL WITH ATTITUDE. I wrote AwA without knowing much of anything about demons except what I watched on, say, Buffy or Angel. I didn’t realize, when I wrote that book, that Nathaniel, the tempter demon, was basically an incubus — a demon meant to seduce women and take their souls to hell. Since I was ignorant to most of the mythology and was writing in a bubble, I just called him a tempter demon and gave him a different set of rules.1164919692_DemonAnime

And that’s okay! I think he worked quite well. That was a rather tame book and an actual “incubus” might have been a bit too…hot to handle. But that was then and this is now. ;)

I wouldn’t say that the world building I’ve done in Living in Eden is strictly based on any one set of mythological guidelines. The joy of being a writer of fantasy is that I can make stuff up, make it my own, and bend some rules, amend some rules — and really, when it’s fantasy, there are no rules that can’t be bent.

Just like my heroines, I like to trust my gut. If something feels right, then I know it’s right. If something feels wrong, then I try to avoid it at all costs.

Some of the things I researched for THE DEMON IN ME that may give some hints on subjects touched on and characters you can expect to meet in the book/series:

Tarot cards

Seven Deadly Sins

Amulets and talismans

Salem witch trials


Demonic possession



Demons and fallen angels — hierarchies


Good times! I actually love doing research and learning new things. Of course, with this subject matter sometimes the internet research will take me into…uh…uncomfortable territory. Demons are not always shiny, happy heroes! I don’t stay at those websites very long. *shudder*

30 Days of Demons continues tomorrow…

Till then, happy reading!

–Michelle xoxo

7 comments to “30 Days of Demons – Day 5 – Research”

  1. Emma
     · April 7th, 2010 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I’ve always wondered how much research do author do before writing their books. Thanks for the info :-)

  2. Sabrina
     · April 7th, 2010 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Wow! That’s quite a lot of research, but hopefully you can use that info in other books too. :)

  3. Bella F.
     · April 7th, 2010 at 1:20 pm · Link

    eesh! yeah I would think that googling “demon” would definitely lead to some really creepy websites. I certainly wouldn’t wanna search it on the internet, lol

  4. Jessica W
     · April 7th, 2010 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I’ve wanted to write my own book for quite sometime now and just started researching some topics that I think would help along the way. I enjoy learning how authors work so thanks for the insight. :)

  5. Donna S
     · April 7th, 2010 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing. I always find it interesting how much research an author will do for their books. There seems to be a wide range.

  6. tamibates
     · April 7th, 2010 at 7:32 pm · Link

    i love angel with attitude!!! well all the vamps book to , your sense of humor is great

  7. Moonsanity (Brenda H.)
     · April 11th, 2010 at 10:58 am · Link

    I did a little research last month and I had found a site with Biblically based demons. That was fun. LOL I think the cool thing about fiction is, like you did, we can change whatever we want to fit what we are comfortable with. I really like how you add humor to your books. Can you imagine if you didn’t? You’d be depressed, your readers would be depressed and we’d just be a big ole mess. bAHAHAHAHA

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