Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.
A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption.
But as Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.
~ Bewitching BT
If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
What would you say inspired you to write it?
I wanted to write a western, an historical, a futuristic paranormal, a romance, and I’m pretty sure a “how-to” guide on killing demons. Since I couldn’t make up my mind between them, for the Demon Outlaws series I created a story world with elements of just about every genre I read.
What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
Blade, the hero in Black Widow Demon, was a secondary character in book 1, The Demon’s Daughter, and I fell in love with him. A former assassin turned saloon keeper? How could I resist? Raven turned out to be the heroine who suited him. The antagonist was the perfect threat to Raven based on the story world, and someone Blade would totally despise and want—no, need—to help her defeat.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Of course. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. I’ll sometimes set a project aside and work on something else, or go and watch movies. I don’t read, though. Not for writer’s block. That’s usually discouraging, especially if the book I picked up is awesome.
Your all time favorite book?
The Far Pavillions, by M.M. Kaye.
What made you pick that one above all others?
The beautiful descriptions, the author’s intimate knowledge of her subject matter, and characters who live and breathe on the pages. Not only did I learn things from this book, it was just so beautifully written. I’ve bought it twice now, and loaned it out never to have it returned. I’m buying it again, but this time, it’s going to be hands off, people. No one gets to touch it but me.
What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Four years. And no, it wasn’t worth it except I did learn a lot about a publisher.
Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I’m even more introverted. It’s surprising the number of people who are fascinated by writers, and I don’t mean the people who love books – I’m more than happy to spend time with booklovers who enjoy reading what I write and/or read – it’s the ones who think being a writer is interesting, and like to collect interesting people at parties. That makes me uncomfortable. Besides, I hate parties.
Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
I want to give up every single day I sit down to write because it’s hard, especially once the first 50 pages are done. I’ll do anything to avoid writing. But I also have this need to finish what I start, and then I figure well, I’ve gotten this far into it so I may as well go all the way. I will complain the entire time, however. Loudly. To anyone who will listen. Like right now.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I write full time, so this is it. Sometimes, if a story isn’t going well, I spend the entire day sending out resumes. I read and I watch movies. I also run. Right now my husband and I have started a home renovation project that I insisted I wanted us to do ourselves and not hire professionals. I can be a total idiot sometimes.
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
If the criticism is valid it usually stings but I try to learn from it. I usually have a pretty good idea already if something is wrong with the story, but it’s often hard to tell what it is until there’s been a bit of distance from it. Valid criticism can be helpful in that respect. If the criticism is “Meh. This book wasn’t for me,” I ignore it because that tells me nothing. And if it’s acid, but well written, I usually find it hysterically funny. I’d say to other authors that it’s important to remember that, no matter what, a reader is entitled to their opinion. We put our work out there for them. No one forced us to do it, so let it go. Be professional.
Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Black Widow Demon is the second book in the Demon Outlaws series.(Book 1, The Demon’s Daughter, released in March 2013.) Book 3, The Demon Creed, releases in May 2014. The hero in the third story, Creed, makes his first appearance in Black Widow Demon. To be honest, for the whole first part of the third book I seriously questioned Creed’s taste in women. In the end, however, the heroine won me over. He made the right choice. I think he’s still dancing around shouting, “In your face, Paula Altenburg. My woman is AWESOME.”
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I have a few things planned for 2014. From Entangled: The Demon Lord, a novella that gives a bit of backstory about two characters in The Demon’s Daughter; Pale Moon Walking is a Cowboys and Aliens type of adventure, and I have a contemporary category romance I’m writing for their Bliss line. I also have a three-novella women’s fantasy series I’m working on, which are the prequels to a full-length fantasy called The Last Mage of Pannimar. The first chapter is up as a preview on my website. (That’s my incentive to finish it.) I call these “women’s fantasy” because I write with a female audience in mind. I find women are more interested in the character development of a story than men are, although that’s only an observation not a hard fact. I hope men like my stories too. There’s a bit of romance to them, but that’s not the main focus of the stories. Just know that they’re character-driven and involve kissing.
If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
For my children to be happy.
If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
The Idiot’s Guide to Survival. (If they don’t have one of those yet, they should consider it.)
Name your favorite fruit.
Lemons. I eat them like oranges.
Coffee or tea?
Fall. I live in Nova Scotia, and September is the most beautiful time of the year here.
How about fav time of 24 hours?
6 am. I get up, grab my coffee, and either read or surf the internet for an hour or two. I love it when I’m awake and everyone else is sleeping, and the house is quiet. It makes me feel as if all is right in my world.
Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Afraid not. If I’m ever lost in the woods I’m not going to make it. (Who are we kidding. I’d never be in the woods to begin with. I’m a cave dweller.)
Favorite food for breakfast?
Potato chips. I wish that was a joke.
Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Bound by Night, by Larissa Ione.
Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Nope. It’s more like I don’t get rid of things. Every so often I do a purge and feel absolutely no remorse. I’m not sentimental.
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
I want to say blue, but when I paint walls I seem to go for browns and beiges. I like to wear navy.
Drama or comedy?
I have to choose?!? Drama, but only by a nose. Combine the two and I’m all over it.
Have a fav quote or personal motto?
Learn to do by doing. (I wasn’t a girl scout but I was in 4-H.)
Cats or dogs?
Cats. They don’t take crap from anyone.
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight. I’m an introvert. My husband would choose clubbing, but since I’m also the family social coordinator he hasn’t seen the inside of a club in forever.
About the Author & Links:
Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys the freedom of working from home and writing fulltime. Paula currently writes paranormal romance and category romance for Entangled Publishing.