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LILITH SAINTCROW

GIVES THE DEVIL HIS DUE

It wasn't the devil that made Lilith Saintcrow write the first of her five-book fantasy series for Warner Aspect. It was her character, necromancer Dante "Danny" Valentine. Working for the Devil, released this month, follows the tough-talking Danny as she's forced to work for the most volatile of clients -- Lucifer himself.

Although raising the dead isn't your typical nine to five job, it sure beats Danny's latest gig: She's to find and destroy a demon intent on eviscerating life as we know it. Should she succeed, she'll reap the rewards. Failure means imminent death.

Back in 2004, independent publisher ImaJinn Books released Saintcrow's four-book Watcher series. Positive word of mouth landed the prolific author an agent, who, in turn, found her dark opus a home at Warner Books.

"That was really a rocket-sled ride," Saintcrow reminisces. "Each experience, with ImaJinn and Warner, has taught me so many different things about publishing. At a smaller publishing house your editor is more like
a next-door neighbor or friend; at a bigger publisher your editor
is more likely to be like your advocate or lawyer. At least that's my experience."

The author, who once threw herself "rejection [letter] parties," is climbing her way to the top. Working for the Devil is already scoring her legions of admirers, with fellow authors and readers likening her to romantic fantasy heavyweights Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

"Wow! Two words: heavy pressure," Saintcrow quips. "It's nerve-racking." Nerves aside, she's forging ahead with her sword-wielding inspiration and a solid grasp of her place in the romantic-fantasy spectrum. "The fantasy genre -- which I think of as being far broader than what is shelved in 'fantasy' in the bookstore -- just like the romance genre, is a wonderful way of posing very critical questions in a seemingly simple way," Saintcrow explains. "Fantasy isn't just about fantasy. It's about what makes us human, about how we view the world, about whether there is room for magic in a world run by the logic of the combustion engine and profit margins."

One thing, however, is certain: publishing doesn't have to be hell, and it sure doesn't hurt having the devil on your side. -- Lauren Spielberg


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