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    The Devil You Know

    JEZEBEL:
    Heya, Avid Fans! Welcome once again to Cat and Muse! I’m your host, the former demon Jezebel. With me today is our producer and resident straight man, or woman, the cliche-speaking, pop-culture-referencing Muse of Tragedy…Melpomene! Hi, Mel!

    MELPOMENE:
    YO.

    JEZ:
    Happy December!

    MEL:
    IT’S STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS.

    JEZ:
    And Chanukah, and our Dear Creator’s birthday. [RUBS HANDS GLEEFULLY] Not to mention yet another retelling of The Wizard of Oz.

    MEL:
    I DO BELIEVE IN SPOOKS.

    JEZ:
    Heh. I don’t know, I think it could be fun. A “wolverine-human psychic” named Raw? A shapeshifter named Toto? How bad could it possibly be?

    MEL:
    I DO BELIEVE IN SPOOKS.

    JEZ:
    Spoilsport.

    The next guest on Cat and Muse is someone that a former demon like me gets a little antsy around. Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong calls Jenna Black’s heroine “An exorcist with an attitude.” Publishers Weekly calls THE DEVIL INSIDE “a well-crafted contemporary world where demonic possession is just a part of life,” and says the book is “An urban fantasy series kickoff full of promise.” Boys and girls, say hello to the star of THE DEVIL INSIDE…Morgan Kingsley!

    TDI

    [APPLAUSE]

    Heya, Morgan! No attempting to exorcise the host, okay?

    MORGAN:
    Hi, Jez. I’ll try to restrain myself—just don’t make any sudden moves. Just kidding! Thanks for having me on your show.

    JEZ:
    So, a kick-ass exorcist finds herself possessed by the king of the demons. And who says that cosmic irony is on the decline?

    MORGAN:
    The reason I’m an exorcist is because I HATE demons with a passion.

    JEZ:
    [KISSY SOUNDS] But we love you.

    MORGAN:
    I’m thrilled to hear that. My whole family belongs to the Spirit Society, which practically worships the demons—whom they refer to as “Higher Powers.” [GAGS]

    JEZ:
    Agreed. It should be Lower Powers, if you ask me…

    MORGAN:
    And my big brother volunteered to be a demon host as soon as he turned twenty-one. I really loved Andy, but when the damn demon took over his body, I lost him forever.

    JEZ:
    Well, all right. I can see that. Family ties are notoriously thick.

    MEL:
    BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER.

    JEZ:
    And more fun to swim through.

    MORGAN:
    Of course, the other reason I have such a problem with demons is that I’m a control freak.

    JEZ:
    ’Splain, please.

    MORGAN:
    When a demon takes over its host, the host personality is still alive and well, but completely unable to control his or her body.

    JEZ:
    Um, yeah. And?

    MORGAN:
    That’s my absolute worst nightmare!

    JEZ:
    Psst, Mel. Take notes, will you? [COUGHS] Pray continue, Morgan.

    MORGAN:
    Strangely, though, when Lugh, the demon king, took me over, he was unable to control me or even communicate with me, except when I’m asleep.

    JEZ:
    Ah. One of those sorts of demons. The dreamy sort. Lots of fun at parties.

    MORGAN:
    He seems like a pretty decent guy—for a demon—but I want him out of my body and out of my life NOW!

    JEZ:
    Heh. Temper temper. So does the whole thing suck? Or is there anything that’s even remotely OK with it?

    MORGAN:
    You know, there really isn’t anything good about my situation at the moment. It’s bad enough that I’m possessed by the demon king, but he’s also embroiled in a war of succession and his brothers want him dead so they can take the throne. Since the only way to kill a demon is to burn its host alive, that kind of sucks for me.

    JEZ:
    Kind of.

    MEL:
    SOME LIKE IT HOT.

    MORGAN:
    I guess if I have to pick out something good, I’d say it’s that Lugh is drop-dead gorgeous.

    JEZ:
    Ooh! Details!

    MORGAN:
    Six-foot-five, long black hair, and a body to die for. Hopefully not literally.

    JEZ:
    [GRINS] Picky, picky…

    MORGAN:
    Of course, since demons are actually incorporeal and this form is just an illusion he picked for my dreams, I know he’s purposely pushing my buttons.

    JEZ:
    I like him already.

    MORGAN:
    That makes me very suspicious and uncomfortable—I already have a boyfriend, and I’m faithful by nature—so even the best thing about the situation has its definite down sides.

    JEZ:
    A little temptation is good for the soul. Especially when it’s heading for Hell anyway. So, what do you like to wear?

    MORGAN:
    I often wear low-rise black leather pants that show off the tattoo at the small of my back, and I love to dress sexy. My boyfriend Brian is a sort of stodgy lawyer type, and he wishes I’d tone my wardrobe down, at least when we go out in public. Of course, the moment he complained about it, I started dressing even more outrageously. It’s just my nature.

    JEZ:
    Sounds like a real peach. Is Brian this juicy in the sack too? Does he have a favorite position?

    MORGAN:
    Brian and I have enough physical chemistry to light the bed on fire, so just about any position works like a charm for us.

    JEZ:
    What about you, sweetie? What floats your boat in bed?

    MORGAN:
    As I mentioned before, I am a bit of a control freak, so I generally would prefer to be on top, and rear-entry is a definite no-no.

    JEZ:
    So many rules! Come on, spill. What’s your romantic fantasy?

    MORGAN:
    I’m not what you would call a romantic soul, as Brian would be happy to tell you. I come from a majorly dysfunctional family, and I like to hold people at an emotional arm’s length. I’m truly envious of people who can let down their guards enough to have real romance in their lives, but I’ll never be one of them.

    MEL:
    NEVER SAY NEVER.

    MORGAN:
    Giving your heart to someone just makes you too vulnerable.

    JEZ:
    Tell me about it. Okay, so I get you’re not into romance. But sex doesn’t have to be about the love-me-forever [BLEEP]. Let’s get graphic. What’s your erotic fantasy? Don’t worry, it’s just us girls here.

    MORGAN:
    I must admit, I have some of those, although they make me extremely uncomfortable.

    JEZ:
    Aw. Why?

    MORGAN:
    There are these two guys I know. Adam is a police officer, possessed by a legal demon, and I was called in to exorcise his boyfriend, Dominic’s, demon. Dom’s demon got a really bum rap, but the law is very specific—if a legal demon resorts to violence, even in self-defense, it’s going to be exorcized. Adam has never forgiven me for it, even though he and Dom seem even closer these days.

    JEZ:
    And I’m assuming we’re getting to the fantasy part any time now…

    MORGAN:
    Have a little patience! I told you this makes me uncomfortable. [CLEARS THROAT] Anyway, the erotic energy those two share is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It’s like I get a kind of erotic contact high when I’m near them.

    JEZ:
    Ooh. Second-hand aphrodisiac. I like it!

    MORGAN:
    Before I met them, I’d never have imagined I’d find the idea of two guys together sexy. I’d have preferred never to have found out.

    MEL:
    DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS.

    JEZ:
    And different strokes for different sweet spots. Speaking of sweet, which is better: sex or chocolate?

    MORGAN:
    Oh, definitely sex! I like chocolate as much as the next girl, but I could live without it if I had to. I’m not sure I could say the same about sex.

    JEZ:
    Hee! A gal after my own heart! So, in THE DEVIL INSIDE, were there any parts of the story where you were like, Jenna, sweetie, what the Hell are you making me do? Or were you and your Creator in sync the entire time?

    MORGAN:
    No, we were definitely not in sync! I just wanted to go on about my usual, [BLEEP]-up life…am I allowed to use the F word?

    JEZ:
    We’ve got a censor on the job. No worries.

    MORGAN:
    But instead she made me be a hero. What kind of an idiot would cast someone like me in the role of hero?

    JEZ:
    [BURSTS OUT LAUGHING]

    MORGAN:
    [DIRTY LOOK] Also, she opened the bedroom door far too wide on Adam and Dominic, and she made me look. The [BLEEP]! I really didn’t want to know that I’d find the two of them with their nasty kinks arousing. I feel like I should wash my mind out with soap, but the images she’s burned in my brain aren’t going away any time soon.

    JEZ:
    A little enlightenment never hurt anyone. Much. Well, the Inquisition doesn’t count. If you had your way, what would you change about THE DEVIL INSIDE?

    MORGAN:
    Ummm . . . everything?

    JEZ:
    [GRINS] Specify.

    MORGAN:
    If I could manage not to be possessed by the king of the demons, that would probably make me a pretty happy camper.

    JEZ:
    Possession isn’t all that bad, from what I hear. Try it on for size: if you could make Jenna do anything, what would it be?

    MORGAN:
    I’d suck her into my world and make her host my own personal demon. I’d like to see how she’d feel about being persecuted by practically everyone in the universe.

    JEZ:
    You’re not bitter much.

    MORGAN:
    No, really?

    JEZ:
    Tell me one thing in the real world that you wish you could change.

    MORGAN:
    Okay, this is going to sound terribly selfish of me, but I’m really not a change-the-world type.

    JEZ:
    Finally—someone who’s honest about that!

    MORGAN:
    I’d rather just sit in my own little corner of the world and go on about my life like a semi-normal person. I’ll leave the “change the world” ambitions to people like my brother and like Lugh.

    JEZ:
    If THE DEVIL INSIDE goes Hollywood, who should play you in the movie?

    MORGAN:
    I think Jennifer Garner might be good in the role. I’d definitely need to be played by someone who does a good job of being a kick-ass woman.

    JEZ:
    What about Lugh? Who’s your ideal big-screen demon?

    MORGAN:
    I think Daniel Day-Lewis would make a great Lugh. He might be a little old for the role now, but you never know what Hollywood can do with make-up, and about ten years ago he’d have been the spitting image.

    JEZ:
    Finally, if you could be evil for one day, and you were granted spiffy evil powers, what would the powers be and how would you use them?

    MORGAN:
    I’d want to have all the strength and healing power of a person who’s demon-possessed, without actually being possessed.

    JEZ:
    [NODS] A Superman fettish.

    MEL:
    UP, UP AND AWAY.

    MORGAN:
    The reason people volunteer to host demons in the first place is that supernatural strength and healing ability. Most legal demons do all kinds of dangerous work—like Adam, the cop, and my brother Andy, the firefighter. I don’t get any of those benefits, because Lugh would need to be in control of my body to give them to me, and that ain’t happening!

    JEZ:
    You did mention that you were a control freak…

    MORGAN:
    I don’t really see me using those powers for evil—that’s just not my thing.

    JEZ:
    Hey, you never know… [SMILES]

    MORGAN:
    But they sure would make it easier for me to stay alive and to kick my enemies’ asses.

    JEZ:
    Well said! Avid Fans, give another hotter than hot round of applause to the star of Jenna Black’s newest book, THE DEVIL INSIDE…Morgan Kingsley!

    Jenna
    [This isn’t Morgan, but it is her Dear Creator, Jenna Black.]

    [APPLAUSE]

    You can purchase THE DEVIL INSIDE at Amazon, B&N.com, Booksense, and fine booksellers near you!

    That’s it for this episode of Cat and Muse! Happy December, everyone! And remember–love your inner demon (no matter what certain exorcists might say…)

    7 Responses to “The Devil You Know”

    1. 😀 Great interview ❗

      by Kristy Jo on December 1st, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    2. I love it. Mel is funny coming in with one liners. hehe :mrgreen:

      by TaCee Michel on December 1st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    3. Great interview ➡ this is the first one I’ve caught ❗ I’ll be back for more. I can’t wait to read The Devil Inside. 😆

      by Gail Siuba on December 1st, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    4. I loved this post- hilarious! I’m stopping by the bookstore tomorrow to pick up The Devil Inside.

      by loonigrrl on December 2nd, 2007 at 2:29 am

    5. Glad you folks enjoyed the interview! Jenna is terrific, and damn talented.

      More interviews to come! Stay tuned! 😎

      by Jackie on December 2nd, 2007 at 7:58 am

    6. I think Brian the boyfriend might be right. Those pants on the cover don’t go on one leg at a time, it’s more like one brush stroke at a time.

      by Lorelie on December 4th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    7. Ha! Cute–very fun, *Morgan*, and kudos to *Jez* for the interview. Gotta love the wardrobe choices!

      Yasmine

      by Yasmine Galenorn on December 6th, 2007 at 12:04 am

     

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