Why did you choose this genre?
I love writing and reading fantasy stories that take place in the modern world. Paranormal stories of any genre intrigue me. It's fun to explore the possibilities and imagine what could happen if I had unusual abilities.
What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?
I'd love to write a historical romance but I'd have a lot of research to do before then!
Did you always want to be a writer?
I was writing stories in elementary school but never thought of becoming a published author until I was married and working in a cube farm. I wanted to do something different and remembered all these stories I'd put on hold for years. I pulled them out and tried to write them. Then realized the writing was hideous so I joined RWA and learned to write and here I am!
If you could change something about one of your books that’s already released, what would it be?
My writing has improved over the years, not to mention the trends have changed in romance. The topic choice of some of my earlier books makes me cringe.
Do you work on more than one book at a time?
No. I can only work on one book at a time.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a pantser hybrid. Which means I need a beginning and an ending to the story and the middle is created while writing.
How many books do you have under the proverbial bed? Will they ever see the light of day?
I have several hiding out under the bed (more like in a dark corner of the closet) but have no plans to share them. Although I did put parts of one of the stories in the first book of the Demon Huntress series (Demon Lore).
Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it? Does it help you with your writing?
I do! I work for an oncology company in the research department (we run clinical trials). And no, it doesn't help me with my writing.
Do you have any pets? Are you cat person or a dog person? Or are you into totally different pets, like goldfish? What do you like best about your pet?
I love my two dogs! While I like cats, I'm really allergic to them, so can't allow them in the house. My husband also has a salt water fish tank with different fish and corals. My favorite thing about my dogs is how funny they are. And how intelligent they are. I swear, sometimes they read my mind!
What genre is your favorite to read?
Almost anything with a fantasy/paranormal element to it. I also like historical romances and most mysteries. Pretty much any book with a happy or resolved ending.
What are your hobbies away from the computer?
Is reading a hobby? :) Right now I'm trying to learn Swedish and German on an app. It's pretty fun!
What did you want to be (occupation-wise) when you were a child?
A teacher! Actually, that's why I went to grad school, I wanted to teach at college. But that didn't work out and through a circuitous path, I found the day job I now have.
What do you like best about your heroine in DEVIL FORGET ME?
Gin Crawford is snarky and says things I don't dare. It's been a fun journey with her to see how she grew and changed from her first story.
How can readers reach you or find you online?
I love to have readers find me online! Here are all the places I hang out:
Tell us a little about your current work in progress.
I'd love to! Devil Forget Me is the fifth and final book in the Demon Huntress series. Gin Crawford is the world's newest demon huntress. Here's the blurb:
What appears to be a simple crime, unmasks a chilling deception...
Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser's office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.
Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon's identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.
Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.
What’s your tagline? Why did you choose it?
My tagline is: Fantasy with a Touch of Funny. At heart, my stories are fantasy (be it paranormal romance or urban fantasy) and there's always a little humor in my books. But I had help coming up with the tagline. I belonged to a group of writers who liked to get together and help each other plot and at one of our plotting sessions, we helped each other come up with taglines. And voila, Fantasy with a Touch of Funny, was born!
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I'd start you off with Demon Lore, the first book in the Demon Huntress series. Although the books can be read out of order, you get the larger story if you start at the beginning.
She chuckles as I sip my beer. “Not nothing. I am trying to discover the identity of the demon at the Agency.” She frowns. “It’s not going well. I know I know who the demon is, but every time I think of its identity”—her hands move in a poof motion—“it vanishes.”
“Yeah, I have the same problem.”
A memory pops into my mind. Two memories, actually. The first was of last night’s fight with Rahab. How the demon said he only had one demon left to kill in order to rule Hell. Mammon, the demon of greed. The second memory was from last week when Smythe and I went to the Agency. We ran into Chuck Tweedy, the Big Boss of the Agency, and my justitia couldn’t stop chanting “greedy.” I assumed the bracelet got its words mixed up, exchanging Tweedy for greedy. But what if there was a connection?
A dull pain hammers my head. I rub my brow. What was I thinking? We were talking about the Agency demon. Who could it be?
“You do have the same problem.” Eloise touches my leg, and the headache disappears. “That’s what happened to me.”
“How did you know?” Eloise was blind, although I swear at times she sees fine.
“I could feel your pain.” Her brow furrows. “Like a spell had been thrown at you that caused the headache. I wonder if the same thing happens when I get a headache from thinking on the demon’s identity.”
“Wait. You mean whenever I think about who the demon is, my thoughts trigger a spell? What does the spell do?”
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Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.
Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.
Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.