Whenever I need a break from writing or editing one of my novels, I like to write smaller pieces to get my mind back on track. So, I sat down and thought about what it would be like to talk to Cami Anders instead of be in her head for once, and this character is what came out of it. It includes a never-before-read memory of Cami’s from her time on the run with her guardian, Alana, advice on demons, and who smells better: Dylan the nephilim or Evan the demi-demon.*
*There is a small spoiler about Dylan and Evan’s involvement in Cami’s life. Read at your own risk.
And now without further ado, and interview with Cami Anders.
Me: Thank you so much for stopping by, Cami. I’m surprised to see you alone.
Cami: *Smiles* I’m not alone. Alana’s outside. She didn’t like that you chose somewhere that isn’t safe so she’s keeping guard.
Me: Malicevile and I have a deal. Plus, the sun’s still out.
Cami: *Pales* You made a deal with a demon?
Me: *Shrugs* More of an agreement. *Shifts uncomfortably under Cami’s scrutiny* Anyway, while we’re talking about demons, can you give me a few words of advice?
Cami: *Raises her eyebrows* First, never make a deal with a demon. Demons don’t make deals unless they get the better end of the bargain—which is most likely your soul. Also, don’t let them fool you. Upper-level demons are extremely charming.
Me: Oh, I know.
Cami: I was afraid of that.
Me: *Laughs nervously* Let’s stay on track. I know you need to get back to safety before the sun sets. You’ve had quite a few run-ins with demons over the years. Any one particularly memorable?
Cami: About two years ago, when things were still pretty peaceful in my life, Alana and I lived in a beach town just north of San Diego. We’d been living there for probably four months, one of our longer stays, and I attended a public high school. Well, Alana was forced into one of those mandatory parent/teacher conferences that left us out after sunset. It wasn’t really a big deal, most of our apartments weren’t exactly demon safe, but it’s nice when things fall on a daylight schedule. Anyway, when we get to my school, there was this woman screaming at my English teacher. She was throwing her arms around, just making this huge scene. I immediately knew something was wrong because even the most potent perfume couldn’t mask the demon stink that lingered on the woman.
Me: So a demon was disguised as a parent?
Cami: *Holds hands up* Sort of. As it turned out, a kid had hired this demon to intimidate poor Mr. Longstein into changing his grade before his parents showed up for their conference.
Cami: I know! Anyway, this kid got so freaking lucky that the demon wasn’t interested in anything more than money. She was probably working her way up to his soul.
Me: How does someone even find a demon?
Cami: Why are you asking?
Me: *Shrugs* So I know what not to do.
Cami: Alana says it’s harder than you’d expect. Demons pick their prey. It’s all very calculated. But, I’m sure if you called for one loud enough after dark, you could probably find one. Big cities tend to have an abundance of them.
Me: I bet finding a demon at parent/teacher night was quite the surprise for Alana.
Cami: Alana? No. Me, totally. One second the woman was yelling, and then in the next, her face had morphed from soccer mom to something of nightmares. Mr. Longstein passed out right on the floor the moment before Alana cut the demon’s heart out and sent her back to Hell.
Me: I’d have passed out, too. Demons in their true bodies are a whole lot of nope in my book.
Cami: *Laughs* That stupid demon was the reason I had to leave one of my favorite places. Oh, well.
Me: Hey, if it didn’t, you’d never had met a few certain someones.
Cami: *Blushes* You’re going to go there?
Me: *Grins* How can I not talk about your encounter with a nephilim and a demi-demon? Did you ever imagine you’d get to meet two boys from opposite sides of the spectrum?
Cami: Oh, definitely not. I’m glad I did though. Dylan basically pulled me from the fringes of the Veiled Realm and dropped me in the center of it, and then Evan taught me how to survive in it in a way Alana never could.
Me: *Smirks* I bet Alana just loves Dylan for that.
Cami: *Rolls her eyes* He’s lucky she didn’t try to pluck his wings.
Me: So she’s Team Evan?
Cami: She’s Team Cami.
Me: What about you?
Cami: We’re all on the same side, you know.
*A knock sounds on the door, and Alana peeks her head in.*
Alana: We have an hour to get home.
Cami: *Frowns* One more question?
Alana: *Crosses arms* Fine.
Me: Okay. One more question. You have a keen sense of smell that allows you know when someone isn’t human. And since we’re talking about Evan and Dylan, who are only half human…who smells better?
Cami: They both smell pretty irresistible—Dylan like apples and rain and Evan like amber and patchouli—but I’m going to go with Evan.
Alana: Good choice.
Me: I’m going to pick Dylan then.
Cami: Cadence is with you on that.
Me: You’ll have to send her my way for an interview.
Cami: *Smiles* She’d like that.
Me: *Turns to Alana* Thanks for bringing Cami by, Alana. You sure you don’t want to hang around and answer some questions?
Cami: Good luck with pulling answers from her.
Alana: *Sighs* Come on, Cami. It’s time to go.
Me: Thanks again for stopping by, Cami. Stay safe tonight.
Cami: You, too. And remember what I said about demons.
Me: *Makes note to call Malicevile to reschedule his interview* Sure thing.
I hope you all enjoyed this interview with Cami Anders! Feel free to leave your own questions in the comments, and she might just come back for another interview some other time.