Friday, October 27, 2017

Interview with Beth Woodward

Beth Woodward is the author of the contemporary fantasy novel, The Demon Within (AmazonBarnes and Noble). The sequel, Embracing the Demon, will be released in March 2018. Beth lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s a frequent con-goer, an avid Doctor Who fan, and an animal shelter volunteer. You can visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @beththewoodward.

~Interview with Beth Woodward~

When did you decide to start writing stories?
I was very young, maybe around six or seven, when I started writing. At first I basically wrote what would now be called “fan fiction” of picture books I’d read in school, and then I started creating my own characters and stories. I even remember dragging one of my friends—who would have much rather been outside running around and playing with the other kids—into my dad’s office to write with me. Suffice to say, it didn’t go so well, and I’ve never written with a partner again. (Kristina, if you’re reading this—sorry about that!)

Why urban fantasy versus the other genres?
Urban fantasies are set in the real world, and I’ve always loved the idea of having a paranormal/supernatural world coexisting with our own. Neil Gaiman does it really well: when you read his work, it’s grounded in our world, but he manages to make it seem so much stranger and creepier than what we see every day.

But more than that, I love that urban fantasy is a genre dominated by kick-butt, intelligent female characters. More often than not in the sci-fi/fantasy world, it’s guys who get to be the heroes. I started reading urban fantasy because I wanted to read about women having cool adventures and being the stars of their own stories.

Who is your favorite character in The Demon Within and why?
That’s a tough one! I love Dale, my protagonist. At the beginning of the book she’s been on the run for 10 years because she sometimes has blackouts where she will become violent and kill people. She’s always in disguise, pretending to be someone else, and avoided emotional entanglements with anyone. But in spite of that, she really wants to do the right thing. She hasn’t been shown a lot of empathy in her life, but her experiences have made her feel more empathy for others.

I also developed a very, very soft spot for Isaac, a supporting character in the story. He comes in during the middle of the story, and he plays a Mr. Miyagi-type role for Dale. He and Dale develop a very strong friendship. He’s intelligent and witty, and he’s someone who has felt like he’s been on the sidelines his whole life. He ends up being at the center of one of the most intense scenes of the book. That’s all I can say without getting too spoilery!

What are your plans for the next writing project?I’m currently revising Embracing the Demon, the sequel to The Demon Within. It’ll be out in March.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
The question is, “What makes the demons in The Demon Within different from the demons in other stories?” The answer: in The Demon Within, the demons are actually the good guys in the story. When Dale finds out that she’s half demon, a group of angels known as the Thrones are trying to kill her to get to her estranged mother, the leader of all demons in the world. Demons and angels also have different types of superpowers, almost like X-Men. Dale, for instance, can control people’s minds.

But the biggest thing is that the demons—and the angels, for that matter—don’t know where they came from. There are rumors, and angels have used that to their advantage to convince humans that they are divine beings, but they don’t know anything for sure. It’s something I’m planning to explore in greater depth in later books of the series.

 Dogs or Cats?
Cats! My husband and I have three cats: a 13-year-old calico named Annabel, a five-year-old black-
and-white cat named Shay, and a two-year-old black cat named Jupiter. I volunteer at an animal shelter, where I do the personality evaluations for the cats that are up for adoption, but my husband may actually be worse than I am. I call him Dr. Doolittle when he’s not listening.

Thank you, Beth for taking the time to do this interview.  

Heaven is hunting Dale Highland.

For ten years, she’s been on the run, plagued by violent blackouts and increasingly baffled by a growing array of superpowers—mind control, super strength, enhanced healing abilities.

What Dale doesn’t know is that Heaven’s greatest bounty hunter, John Goodwin, has been on her trail the whole time. When John finally corners her in New York City, he reveals the source of her powers: her mother was a demon.

They forge an unlikely connection and go on the run. In pursuit are his fellow bounty hunters, a deadly guild of angels known as the Thrones. Their goal: eradicate all demons—which includes Dale. As they flee across New England, Dale delves into the mystery of her own heritage and discovers that she’s a key figure in an ancient war between angels and demons.

Only this time, the angels are the bad guys.

Headlong and action-packed, The Demon Within is the first of the four-volume Dale Highland series.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

The sequel, Embracing the Demon, will be released in March 2018. 

More About This Author: Beth lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s a frequent con-goer, an avid Doctor Who fan, and an animal shelter volunteer. You can visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @beththewoodward.

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