Tosca Lee is a stunning wordsmith, creating vivid pictures and deep felt emotion in her stories that simply should not be missed. I recently spotlighted Havah and now have the pleasure to highlight Tosca’s debut novel, Demon: A Memoir.
Over to you, Tosca:~
Brief physical description of your main character/s
Clay represents the Everyman. Probably in his mid 30s, he is never physically described.
Lucian arrives in a different guise every time: once a beautiful redhead, a handsome Mediterranean, an old woman with sparse hair, a punked out teen, a short Asian man, a wholesome soccer mom. His consistency is his story, the dark light of his eyes… and his obsession with time.
I always thought that Lucian as he appeared in the church might resemble Morgan Freeman.
Strengths and weaknesses
Clay: A Good Guy. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten him anywhere.
Lucian: Sardonic, brilliant, poignant and devious.
Clay: Has a drinking problem. Fantasizes about living in Belmont, outside of Boston. Lives on takeout.
Lucian: Cannot stand to eat human food, but loves to watch humans do it. Smokes in one scene. Fixated on time.
Your inspiration for the character and background to the story
One day, as I drove the stretch of Nebraska road that leads to my acreage, I found myself wondering what it would be like to be angelic and fallen. Would I go around tempting people to lust, covet, envy… just for kicks? It seemed too shallow a motivation for any complex, spiritual creature. There had to be more to it.
Suddenly, I realized that being angelic and fallen was very similar to being human and fallen—except for one major difference: the provision of a messiah.
I immediately wondered what it must feel like to be unquestionably damned—and worse, to watch humans luxuriate in and take for granted the grace made available to them from a doting God. And I thought: why wouldn’t an angelic creation resent a human recipient of God’s grace? And why wouldn’t a demon want to prove that creature unworthy again and again as a result? Now I knew what it must feel like to be an angelic outsider looking in with jealous eyes and razored heart.
I re-read the story of God’s love affair with humans through this new lens and Demon: A Memoir was born.
Great stuff, Tosca ~ thanks for sharing once again Loved Havah and looking forward to reading Demon: A Memoir.
Relz Reviewz Extras
Review of Havah
Character spotlight on Havah & Adam