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Demonic Persuasion (Prophesies Implied) by Mahalia Levey My Love of World Building.

I am a multi genre author. I enjoy writing contemporary romance, particularly men in uniform and interracial/multicultural romance. That being said, there is something profoundly satisfying in creating complete worlds or realms, that I don’t draw the same pleasure from in the other areas I would weave.

I’d like to say I started with some grand template, but I didn’t. In fact in 2011 when Demonic Persuasion was a short novella, the world wasn’t nearly as big as today. I attribute that to plotting out my Incubus Enforcer series. In the beginning I wrestled with keeping the levels of Hell separate. However, after long thought, I decided that was crazy. I could develop, more twists, secondary plots, add in more villains as it is. Let the readers see glimpses of the different societal classes. Life lessons and issues even demons other species and their mate’s are embroiled in.

What are the driving factors of an eco system and necessities for survival in the bowels of Hell?

Azazel’s favor first and foremost. Where the Ruler ranks a demon’s value will negate the job they have in servitude, their salary, perks. Partially factored by length of service and soldier status.

What’s on the other side of the Veil?

What is on each level?

How is the sky lit in Hell or is it perpetually shrouded in obsidian ink?

Is the Lake of fire really fire without substance or is it congealed and viscous, what is underneath it?

Can Demon’s love?

Demon’s and Humans should the two mix?

What happens if so, what are the negative and positive consequences?

The Balance of Good and Evil is barely maintained. Is there a reason why all thrust in Hell are deemed evil or did a few who fell or were dragged to purgatory make bad choices in their current life? If so what would their rebirth status bring?

Do Faith, Free will, Honor, Loyalty, Integrity, Selflessness exist in Hell or is every man or woman out for him/herself?

Building a world is more than just choosing what inhabitants are on each tier. More than the basic needs. When you build you have to be a critical thinker and tie in how society is built, maintained, policed, structured and add in variables that threaten the good of the world, what happens in absolute chaos or absolute Order.

I’d love to expand more but that would be giving away too much information. I simply wanted to give you some food for thought.

About Mahalia Levey

Author Mahalia Levey

Author Bio:

“Being smart and sassy with a great sense of humor comes easily for Mahalia Levey. An avid reader of books, she found herself enchanted with disappearing completely into the worlds authors created. One day she vowed to herself she’d be one of them. Then family life came, and college right after. Swayed from her childhood course of action, it took many years for her to get back to that place she held dear as a child. Now she is running full steam ahead to keep up with the many ideas flowing freely. She plans on taking her work to higher levels and expanding her genres. Her main focus is giving her readers variety. Her works in progress include paranormal, fantasy and mainstream romance. Taking characters and watching them grow past what she’s imagined is her true passion.”

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88 comments

  1. Good Afternoon! Thanks for having me Rachel!

  2. Hey Mahalia!

    I am so thrilled you are able to be here today. Do you go by HALES as a nickname or what do you want me to call you? LOL stop confusing me so early girl! :p

    My question for you today is What do you do when your muse has gone on strike?

    • Most people address me as Hales. You can call me either. I’ll answer to both Mahalia and Hales.

      My muse never goes on strike. But sometimes I’ll pause in a story to decide which way to go, I have a problem with picking with fork in the road. If I need to mull. I’ll work on my second WIP while letting the situation ferment in my brain. :P

      • All HAIL Hales! Woot. love that name of yours by the way. So pretty.

        How many series or books are you working on right now or at any given moment?

        • I’m working on three right now. I have to finish Kiss Me Deadly, the next in my rock series, The next in my firemen series unnamed :P and then Demonic Warrior the next in the Prophesies Implied Trilogy.

          Thanks, I chose Mahalia because I love Mahalia Jackson the gospel singer

  3. hi Hales,

    congrats on your book.

    what do you do for relax time?

    What is your favorite paranormal TV show or movie? Ghost Adventures

    • Hey Dina. Thanks so much!

      I read to relax normally! It’s too cold to go to the pool and lay out :P

      I am in love with Beast on the CW and my girls and I watch Star Crossed and The 100. The 100 remind me of Lord of Flies classic.

  4. Where to you find your inspiration for your storylines? Do they come easily or do you have to work to find where your characters will end up?

    • Hi Carly, I dream a ton of my plot lines. The rest just sort of come to me. I keep different colored post it notes for specific series and jot down ideas or random dialogue to use later.

  5. It may sound a bit campy, but my favorite paranormal movies are still the Twilight series…. please don’t hat me! :)

  6. Hi Hales, the book sounds great. My question is
    What type of scene is your favorite to write? (Fight, love, making up..etc.)

  7. Next to the characters, world building is the single most important thing in a story (for me). I love to hear how authors approach it. Thanks for being here!

    Right now my favorite paranormal tv show is Sleepy Hollow but I have a soft spot for Celebrity Ghost Stories too…

    Desert Island Books: A compendium of David Eddings Belgariad/Mallorean series, Blood & Gold by Anne Rice, and Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

    I don’t know if it was the best read in 2013- by my favorite read was Black Arts by Faith Hunter. I also really enjoyed the Blood Vine series by Amber Belldene

    • Thanks for commenting Kristin. I love being here! I just played around I guess in the beginning. The more I wrote the book, and the first enforcer book, the more of the world I saw. I didn’t plan it all out but I have a sheet of paper with all the important details to continue with the series. I’m sure the world will evolve as I write it :P

  8. Hello! Are there any songs that particularly inspire your books? And do you prefer to write with music or with silence?

  9. Author questions!

    I think my favorite paranormal TV show is still Buffy, but I don’t watch a lot of TV.

    If I was stranded on a desert island I would take “How to Survive on a Desert Island,” “How to Get Off a Desert Island,” and…. probably the complete works of Shakespeare.

    Oh, gosh, 2013 seems so long ago when I think of how much I’ve read. Um, probably Heroine Addiction by Jennifer Matarese.

    • Maire,
      I”m not a huge TV person either. I think I’d need to take a cabana boy with me and maybe a lifetime of sunscreen and martini mix, a survival guide.

      I read bout ten books a month :P All genres of romance.

  10. Since you write is so many genres, you must be a avid reader. Who are some of your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?

    • Hi Bonnie! I grew up reading Nancy Drew, Adventures of the Babysitter club, Sweet Valley High, they didn’t have any interracial books growing up back then. I graduated to Famous Black Voices and other ethnic stories as an adult. Read my kids Tiki Tiki Tembo, Mosquitos buzz in peoples ears, Anansi the spider, pretty brown girl, Where the Wild Things Are :P

      I loved Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, Beatrice Small, anything HQN my grandma had on her shelf. Today I love too many to name. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and many more.

  11. Author questions

    My favorite paranormal movie is Interview With a Vampire.
    If I were stranded on a desert island, I would like to have the following books: A Survival Guide, the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.
    The best book I read in 2013 was Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  12. If you could do a crossover with any book, film, or TV show, what would it be and why?

    • Hey Trix. Hmmm crossover like book made into a movie or TV series? Of any author? I’d love to see Sherrilyn Kenyon’s made into a movie or series on TV and Laurann Dohner’s NSO series.
      I’ve loved the dark hunter books for years and years :P And I think the NSO series would be a kick ass TV series based on the setting of the books.

  13. My favorite paranormal show was the short-lived REAPER, featuring Ray Wise as Satan. The first season especially was really clever, and it wasn’t too gory most of the time. These days I watch LOST GIRL (though I wish they’d throw in some m/m action in with the f/f and menages, it’s only fair).

    Oh, the book question is tough! Let’s see, HOT HEAD by Damon Suede, DIVERSION by Eden Winters, and KING MAI by Edmond Manning. That’s today, though. Ask me again tomorrow. ;-)

    I feel so silly that it took me so long to discover Tara Lain’s Aloysius Tales series, since I’m a fan of hers and had read so many other books of hers before that, but that was a fun discovery last year!

  14. Raonaid Luckwell

    What do you think is the most important advice newbie writers and newbie authors should get?

    • Raonaid,
      I think that would depend on the area they’re looking for advice on.
      I think it’s important to have a good critique team of various years of publishing. If you’re looking to publish to ask around find out about traditional publishers, or digital ones. Read some books by houses to see if your voice fits. Find out if your genre is a best selling genre at a particular house. Social media is important so are bloggers and sites. Not every bad review is a bad thing. Don’t sweat the dislikes concentrate on the likes.
      Have a website and blog way before you are published to grow an audience. If you’re in it to make millions you are in the wrong field. Be in it because you want to write, same thing with validation. You don’t need awards or high sales to validate that you’re a writer.

  15. What would you choose as the theme song for this novel?

  16. Raonaid Luckwell

    What is your favorite paranormal TV show or movie?
    Hey I watch Ghost Adventures too. Gotta love Zakk antagonizing ghosts.
    There is an anime called Ghost Hunt that I love. Think Ghost Adventures but in animation form.
    Would The Walking Dead count? Hey zombies are not normal and I am a total Daryl Dixon groupie. LOL
    Supernatural?
    Occasionally I watch GRIMM. Sadly there are not too many paranormal theme shows that work with me. They started out pretty good only to get dumb

  17. Raonaid Luckwell

    What 3 books would you bring with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
    UNFAIR! That is a rough question! Phantom by Susan Kay, and it’s a tough decision between Mercedes Lackey’s Last herald Mage trilogy or Oath triligy. I love those books

  18. Raonaid Luckwell

    What’s the best book or series you read in 2013?
    Emma Jane Holloway’s Baskerville trilogy ACK! Hard to think. I know that book really surprised me.

  19. Do you ever base a character from people you know or have met? What is your favorite genre to read and write?

    • I don’t really base characters from people I know but I did borrow my friend Shea’s name. He’s a drummer for Feel Never Real. I used his first name as my Hero’s name in Shut Up and Kiss Me.

  20. What releases this year in books or movies are you most looking forward to?

    • Hi Susan,
      FNF7, 22 Jumpstreet and there were a few others I wanted to see but can’t recall the names! They were all chick flicks!

  21. Hi, can you tell me about the most difficult character you’ve written about in one of your books?

    • Hey Bethany,
      That would probably be Jimmy from Kiss Me Deadly the next book I’ll be releasing this year. He is complex with a lot of internal issues going on due to external things that happened around him to him to form his loner type of attitude. His story is very emotional in some aspects so I’d say he’s pretty rough to write.

  22. what are you reading right now?

  23. Hi! :) Given you are in multiple genres, have you wanted to combine them in one book (if you haven’t already, that is)? Like some sort of multicultural, men in uniform paranormal romance or something like that? :)

    Lois

    • and your questions –

      tv show – X-Files. But definitely, still, to this day, NOT a shipper. So that whole last season or two, basically didn’t happen for me. Oh, and that is definitely not Mulder’s baby – no way. And the Lone Gunmen are still alive. :)

      Desert Island Books – ah…. oh boy. Well, my 2 in one High Energy/High Intensity by Dara Joy hardcover that I reread constantly… something from Amanda Quick maybe… I forget the title of the Marianne Stillings book that I reread constantly too… the new Prehistoric Life book that I got a couple months ago… and another Geology or astronomy related book, but not sure which off hand. :)

      favorite 2013 book/series – well, by default it would be the books I reread, since I love them already. But as for something that came out in 2013… ugh, I need my reading journal right now, and it’s not near me. Oh wait, I got one – just came to me since the next part came out today – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. You just can’t beat an author writing the first Star Wars movie as a Shakespeare play. Today the Empire Strikes Back version came out. :)

      Lois

    • Lois,
      I def have them women and men of color and culture in paranormal and contemporary.
      There are a lot of Star Wars lovers here today. I have never read the books, just seen the movies. I may have to add them to my pile to read :P

  24. he Hales
    Answer Authors Questions
    1.Shows I’m Getting old X-Files loved them and buffy have not watch a lot of the newest Shows out there.
    2.one book would have to be a book on plants that are safe to eat on a island the second maybe the bible never did read it all .3 would have to be Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    3.the best series I have ever read is the = A Carpathian Novels by Christine Feehan but last year I don’t no I think Kerrelyn Sparks came out with some great book lately.

  25. When creating your characters how do you work out the mix of good & evil?

    • Great Question Mary. I don’t really work it out. I think they write themselves but I believe there is good and evil in everyone and our choices dictate which way we go. :P

  26. What movies and books (other than your own) are you most excited about being released in 2014?

    • Hey Lisa,
      I’m looking forward to FnF7, 22 Jumpstreet and there are a few chick flicks coming out I saw during previews I didn’t remember. Let’s see I think there’s another chronical of Nick coming in April from Sherrilyn.

  27. I wonder what is your book mainly about and where can I buy your books?

  28. Has there been any single source that you consistently find inspiring? For instance, a certain set of myths or a place?

    • I think music is inspiration, and different forms of media. I do enjoy to just observe people. My daughters tell me it’s totally creepy sometimes but I like to be aware of my surroundings anyhow :P

  29. I have really enjoyed The Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne.

  30. My favorite paranormal TV show has been The Vampire Diaries. I really like the actors in it. The Originals is a spin-off, and I’ve came to love it too.

  31. Mahalia what advice would you give to a new writer?

    • Hi Kimberly,
      I think that would depend on the area they’re looking for advice on.
      I think it’s important to have a good critique team of various years of publishing. If you’re looking to publish to ask around find out about traditional publishers, or digital ones. Read some books by houses to see if your voice fits. Find out if your genre is a best selling genre at a particular house. Social media is important so are bloggers and sites. Not every bad review is a bad thing. Don’t sweat the dislikes concentrate on the likes.
      Have a website and blog way before you are published to grow an audience. If you’re in it to make millions you are in the wrong field. Be in it because you want to write, same thing with validation. You don’t need awards or high sales to validate that you’re a writer.

  32. Who or what has had the biggest influence on your career, Mahalia?

    • The people I’ve met in the industry is the biggest. They are some of my best friends and like minded people I’ve ever met :P

  33. Do you find it easier or harder to write for the guy or girl characters?

    • Hi Fawn,
      Hmm. Neither. I’m pretty comfortable writing both male and female characters.

      • Hello, It seems like it might be a little difficult to do. :) Do you ever get advice from the opposite sex on if they think your character would respond the way you wrote it, or do you just write and go with it?

        • It’s not too hard. I mean people are complex. What it really boils down to is the person male or female’s character traits and how they interact with their closest friends or family.
          Dynamics are pretty easy to figure out once you have your plot down. My characters continue to surprise me with the things they say or don’t say.
          I don’t think I’ve ever wondered hmm would a female or male actually say that? It’d be hard to write if that was the case.

  34. how many books are you planning for this series?

    • Hi Mary,
      Demonic Persuasion is part of a trilogy. Demonic Warrior, and Demonic Queen will complete the trilogy.
      In the world build though I have at least 8 Incubus Enforcers and Seven Fallen. There are a host of other secondary characters and possibly a villain who may get a second chance and have their own story :P

  35. Do you have a favourite genre to read?

  36. What was the first book that you really loved?

  37. My favorite show is Supernatural, movie – Underworld.

    I’d take Harry Potter books 3, 6 and 7.

    My favorites were The League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, I’ve read the first 3 books.

  38. Hello! What advice do you feel was the best advice given to you when you first started writing and getting your work published? :)

    • Great Question Sarah,
      Probably if I planned on going with a publisher to do my homework on the house I wanted to submit to. See if my genre is a best selling genre at their site, see if they pay out on time, check out a few authors works to see if my voice fit there, reading the contract and keeping in mind some places when you sign have you sign away your rights to your pen name or name you use as a writer there for 15-25 years, make sure they don’t have rights of first refusal on everything you write and if you’re allowed to sub to other houses or if they pretty much own you.

  39. 1) The three books I would want to be stranded with: The Real Finn by Hollis Shiloh, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    2) Best book of 2013: A Third of Me by Alan Conway

  40. If you have dinner with any three folks living, dead, real, or fiction who would it be and why?

  41. 1. my favorite tv paranormal series is Bitten.
    2. my three go to books are The Stand by Stephen King, Celestial Season: Brianna by Judy Mays, and maybe a book on how to survive on a deserted island.
    3. Best book 2013 or series too many good ones for one to stand out.

  42. What books did you read as a child that still inspire you today, Mahalia?

  43. Questions from Mahalia:

    What is your favorite paranormal TV show or movie?
    Oooh, that is a VERY hard one, there are just SO many. Ok, I will limit myself to TV: Lost Girl, The Neighbors, Supernatural, Bitten, Warehouse 13, Wolfblood, True Blood, Once Upon A Time, The Tomorrow People, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Star-Crossed, The Vampire Diaries, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, Defiance, Under the Dome, Dr. Who
    Ok… a couple are as much SciFi as Paranorm… but…. kinda on the line

    What 3 books would you bring with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
    Only 3?
    Ummmm…. Can 1 be a kindle with a cobbled together wind-up generator? Let’s say YES!! So then… hardback copies of one of the colored fairy tale books & one of the monster anthologies of scifi / fantasy or mysteries

    What’s the best book or series you read in 2013?
    Oooh… I really cannot answer, there is just NO way for me to reasonably limit myself. I read over 600 books in 3013.

  44. What is your favorite paranormal TV show or movie?
    Lost Girl

    What 3 books would you bring with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
    The first Harry Potter book, The Mammoth book of Paranormal Romance and Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear

    What’s the best book or series you read in 2013?
    J Estep’s Assassin series

  45. Do you listen to any music in particular to help you get into the writing mood or setting of your book?