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Jodi Redford, author of Getting Familiar With Your Demon, on writing bad boys

Jodi Redford, author of Getting Familiar With Your Demon, on writing bad boys

by davincikittieFebruary 28, 2012

Welcome Jodi Redford, author of Getting Familiar With Your Demon!

Mega thanks to Grave Tells for inviting me to chat today about my latest release, Getting Familiar With Your Demon.

A common ailment you’ll hear often amongst writers is the persistent story that won’t leave us alone, or the character that refuses to get out of our head. Samael Gorasola—the surly, crude, too-sexy-for-his-own-good demon from Getting Familiar With Your Demon was that character for me. You know the type. Loud. Demanding. Total attention hog. For more than eighteen months, and through several books, I had to listen to Sam grumbling about not being the center of my universe. Trust me, it was tough tuning that persistent bad boy out. Furthermore, it was insane to me that a character who played a minor role in a previous book (That Voodoo You Do) had managed to sink into my psyche in such a major way. Then there was the fact that Sam was about as anti hero as a guy could get. Before him, I never would have thought I’d be interested in writing that kind of character.

But during all of this character obsessing, I couldn’t stop wondering what had led Sam to be so…well…bad. While I completely dug how much he reveled in his innate darkness, a part of me suspected there was much more to Sam than met the eye. And what I discovered about him—the real him—the bruised, soul-battered guy who’d clung to survival the only way he could, by not giving a damn, made me fall for Sam. Hard. It finally made perfect sense why he’d been so vocal about having his story heard. Sam Gorasola, the killer demon with the black past, was in sore need of redemption…and a sweet, virginal witch who’d remind him that goodness and decency still existed in the world. Of course, if you ask Sam, he’ll totally deny it. But that’s the awesome thing about being a writer—I get to have the final word.   🙂

Read an excerpt…

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Read GraveTells’ review of Getting Familiar With Your Demon here!

About the author…

Author of Getting Familiar With Your Demon At the ripe age of seven, Jodi Redford penned her first epic, complete with stick figure illustrations. Sadly, her drawing skills haven’t improved much, but her love of fantasy worlds never went away. These days she writes about fairies, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures, only with considerably more heat. 

She has won numerous contests, including The Golden Pen and Launching a Star. When not writing or working the day job, she enjoys gardening and way too many reality television shows.

Currently residing in Michigan with her husband and overgrown lapdog, she is a member of RWA national and Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America.

She loves to hear from readers. You can email her at [email protected] and visit her online at and her blog, The Fairy Files. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads.
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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • February 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Fantastic Excerpt! Can’t wait to read this one. I love me good anit-hero. 🙂

    And anyone who uses phrases like Glitter Boy and asshattery is so on my Fun-times-to-be-had-with-you list.

    I have a very unhealthy obsession with bad boy anit-heroes of the demonic variety.

  • Kaylyn Davis
    February 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I am so happy it is release day for this book! I can’t wait to read it! Bad boys are always so dang hot!

  • February 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I love the blurb and excerpt for this book. Can’t wait to read it! Such a fun post!

  • Joanne B
    February 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Great post and excerpt. I can’t wait to read this book. Congrats on the new release.

  • Sophia Rose
    February 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    A bad boy to redemption story are some of the greatest. Thanks for sharing about yours.

  • Sherry
    February 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve heard alot about this book and the excerpt sounds great. I would love to read it. Congrats on the release. 🙂

  • Marika Weber
    February 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Great excerpt and I can not wait to read this. Congrats Jodi and the release.

    Marika Weber
    [email protected]

  • Willa Edwards
    February 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I love Sam. I love a bad boy with a good heart. And the possibilities of this really dark guy falling for a virginal witch has my reader senses tingling. The book sounds fantastic Jodi, I wish you so much success with it.

  • March 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks so much, everyone! I’m reassured to see that I’m not the only one in the bad boy, anti-hero lover camp. 🙂 While I’m here, I want to say another huge Thank You to Grave Tells for inviting me to their blog. You guys rock!

    • March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Dang it, I need more hours in the day for reading!!! This looks great. Thanks so much for stopping in, Jodi, and for sharing your sexy anti-hero bad boy with us!

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