When Demons Walk
by Patricia Briggs
New York Times Bestselling Author
When Demons Walk
This book wrote itself. After the painful struggle I'd had withSteal the Dragon, I couldn't believe how fast this book came out. It took me only nine months - most of my books take me at least a year. Here was the murder mystery I'd tried inSteal the Dragon and this time, probably because I wasn't working from an outline, it worked out.
There were a lot of people who contributed to this book. My sister who is a doctor was very patient with phone calls requesting details about dead bodies, blood, and what being confined to a wheel chair in the middle ages really meant. My husband is a wealth of unusual information - like did the ability to blue a sword like Kerim's was blued exist in the middle ages. Not the general bluing to protect it from rust, but the kind that leaves behind a peacock blue finish. And when he couldn't answer my questions he called the Smithsonian and then Metropolitan Museum of Art trying to find someone who knew enough about swords and metallurgy to tell us if blueing a sword would ruin its temper.
When I wrote this book, I intended it to be the first in a series of books about these characters. First I had a book to write about Wolf and Aralorn, but then I was going to do some things with Sham and Kerim. But reality hit when Ace refused When Demons Walk. Laura Anne had taken a job heading Roc and Masques final numbers were terrible. Really bad. Steal the Dragon was doing pretty well, but not well enough to make up for Masques without an editor who liked my books. Down-hearted, I finished Wolf's Bane and shuffled around, trying to find a reason to write another book. My agent, Virginia Kidd, shopped When Demons Walk around. I have all the rejection letters, most of them quite happy with the book, but not my numbers. When I finished Wolf's Bane, my contract with Ace indicated that I had to send it to them too. While Ace and my agency tried to decipher the arcane language of the contract, someone at Ace actually read my books: the upshot was that they bought When Demons Walk after all. I was relieved to find that Anne Sowards, my new editor, was both enthusiastic and skilled.
They didn't buy the sequel to Masques for the very legitimate reason that Masques was out of print and was, as my husband likes to say, a limited edition. So I decided to wait for a while to write a sequel to When Demons Walk.
About the Author
Patricia is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson series and has written twenty four novels to date; she is currently writing novel number twenty five. She has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. Patty began her career writing traditional high fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. Moon Called was the first of her signature series about Mercy; the non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. The series has continued to grow in popularity with the release of each book. Patty also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels; what began as a novella expanded into a full new series, all of which debuted on the NY Times bestsellers list as well.
Patty was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you’re good at math, you’ll have deduced that she’s currently twenty-nine. In fact, she’s been twenty-nine for a while and has no intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don’t obey the laws of space and time, they invent them. Don’t argue, or she’ll make up a dragon right behind you . . .
Patricia was born book-privileged. Her mother was a school librarian, and she shared a room with an older sister who loved to read. Long after they had been put to bed, her sister would use the small night light to read Patty stories; her early favorites were fairy tales. Knights and castles, fair maidens, and monsters of every ilk became their nighttime companions.
Soon, Patty learned to read, and whole worlds were hers to explore. She rode on the Black Stallion, and flew the skies of Pern on a dragon. Sometime during that period she stumbled onto a treasure trove. Her older sister had begun collecting comic books; pristine originals were place in cellophane sleeves and organized in cardboard boxes. When her sister was away, they were removed by grubby fingers smeared with peanut butter and jelly for a clandestine read, returning with a faint smudges and wrinkled pages from reading under the covers. To this day, her sister periodically calls Patty and tells her how much more her original copies of the X-Men would have been worth if left pristine in their sleeves. The number keeps going up.
Patty is a prevarication professional. She lies for a living, telling whoppers and fibs so outrageous that people pay her to fib some more. Her only concession to honesty is that she tells people she’s lying to them, which is what separates a fiction author from a politician. She loves to play with her imaginary friends, and meeting with readers who know her imaginary friends is a treat. Her biggest complaint with writing is that she has far more ideas for stories than time to write them.
Patty and her family reside in Eastern Washington near Tri-Cities, home of Mercy Thompson; yes, it's a real place! When not working on the next book, she can be found playing truant out in her horse pastures, playing with the newest babies.
- Series: Sianim series (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ace (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441005349
- ISBN-13: 978-0441005345
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces