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Poisoned by Deceit (Book 4 of The One Rises) by Anna Wolfe


I'm a college professor with a Ph.D. so new it squeaks. I have a husband, a heterolifemate, and two cats. I'm willing to try any food I've never eaten at least once. I have jumped out of a plane (awesome), blown fire (also awesome), learned that having accelerant soak into your sports bra hurts like hell, and am a pagan (please note that this does not mean I'm a satanist).

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Sooner or later, the past catches up. Summoned to the Bay area enclave, Edie knows her past mistakes are big enough to swallow her whole. Makeda DiBaba, the Bay Area enclave’s coven leader, member of the West Coast High Tribunal, and Edie’s ex-mother-in-law, was the one who exiled Edie from San Francisco in the first place. That the air witch now wants Edie to return can only mean trouble. Still, it would be foolish to refuse the summons of such a powerful witch. Edie can only hope that her assistance will be enough to make up for nearly killing Makeda DiBaba’s son and that the witch is no longer out for blood. 

“There is another world touching ours that is filled with demons or, at least, that’s what we call them. They call themselves something else entirely, though that is neither here nor there. Every now and again, human beings manage to pull these demons through to our side. The human dies, of course, and the demon gets a person shaped suit to live in. We call these creatures the demonridden.”

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The idea for "The One Rises" series was first born while I was cooking dinner with my husband. I was complaining that I'd never managed to write my own novel and that I was sick of working on my dissertation. He kept asking questions and then by the end of it, I'd gotten a very rough outline of the hierarchy of the demonridden. After that, the first book in the series boiled out of my brain.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took somewhere between six and twelve months. I have a start-and-stop writing style so bits of Poisoned by Deceit existed quite early in the writing process. I started jotting notes, outlining plot points, and writing the scenes the popped into my head as I was working on Addicted (Book 2 of "The One Rises" series). By the time the third book in the series came out (Ensnared by Magic), Poisoned by Deceit was eighty percent complete. Since I didn't sit down and write it one long rush, it's hard to keep track of exactly how long it took.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I have really enjoyed the way the characters have taken on a life of their own. I'll start writing a scene expecting it to go one way and then keeping the characters true to themselves ends up pushing the story in a new direction. It makes the process feel very dynamic.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
It always takes longer to get the idea/scene out of your head than it feels like it should.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
This question sent my brain haring off in some truly disturbing directions. In what way would I "be" this famous person? Would I have their memories? Their skills and talents? If so, I would want to be a chef like Alice Waters or Thomas Keller. Or maybe a musician like John Coltrane or Nina Simone. I'd want the chance to experience a level of skill that only comes with talent, passion, and commitment. And I would want to do so in music or food because these are things I love but for which I will never be especially talented.

If I don't get the memories and talent, I'm not sure it would matter. I've never much wanted to be famous, though it would be fun to go on a shopping spree of epic proportions.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I've got some year old curry paste that I've been meaning to replace. It doesn't go bad, exactly, but it becomes much less flavorful over time. Unfortunately, you can't buy it at any old grocery store so, for now, the curry paste stays.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I will definitely be finishing "The One Rises" series, which will be seven or eight books. After that, I'm not sure yet. I have some ideas for other story arcs, but I'll have to see where life takes me.

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