Author Gena Showalter’s Darkest Demons

April 1, 2008

Gena Showalter, author of sexy paranormal romance novels such as Playing With Fire and The Stone Prince, tells us about creating the prequel to her Lords of the Underworld series…

By Gena Showalter, author of The Darkest Fire, prequel to The Lords of the Underworld trilogy

How do you write a romantic story with a happily-ever-after, knowing one of the main characters has to die? 


That’s the question I asked myself when I sat down to write The Darkest Fire.  It’s an eBook prequel to my upcoming Lords of the Underworld series, which features warriors who opened Pandora’s box, unleashing a horde of demons from inside, and who each are now cursed to host one of those demons inside themselves.  


See, the heroine of The Darkest Fire is the goddess of oppression.  In The Darkest Night, the first book in the series, which I wrote before The Darkest Fire, her backstory, her life – and death — were already established.  I could not deviate from that.  But I wanted to see this courageous, misunderstood woman achieve what we all dream of: happiness. 


As you can guess, there were several mountains to climb.  How could I do that? What kind of hero could handle a woman whose very nature could inadvertently crush a person’s spirit?  And how could I show exactly what the Lords of the Underworld were up against, demon-wise? 


In the end, I did what I always do when faced with a challenge: I sat down and started writing.  The words started flowing, and the story began to take shape.  I was amazed by what sprang from me.  And by the time I finished, I was sighing dreamily and my characters were indeed happy. 


I hope you’ll check out The Darkest Fire (starring the guardian of hell and, as mentioned, the goddess of oppression), as well as The Darkest Night (starring the demon of Violence) available in May, The Darkest Kiss (the demon of Death) in June, and The Darkest Pleasure (the demon of Pain) in July.  I’ve never stretched my imagination so far or been more excited about a book’s release. 


I hope you love these books and characters as much as I do!   



  1. I really enjoyed Darkest Fire, although I thought Darkest Night was better (possibly because the length allowed for more plot and character development). Still, for the price (I don’t know about the paperback price, but I bought the ebooks version and it was ridiculously low-priced), it was more than worth it. You’re a fantastic author and I’m really looking forward to your next book!

    Also, I LOVE the cover art… beautiful choice.

  2. I am wondering if there will be more stories on the lords of the underworld… if the others find love as the first three did?

  3. I am a very disappointed reader of the Lords of the Underworld series. I have just discovered that there is a book called The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter. I would love to have a copy of this book, unfortunately, I can not get hold of it in the UK. It seems to be only available in ebook form – I need to read this book to complete the series.

    Can I have copy or be advised how to download it to my PC.

    I love Gena Showalter stories I have read quite alot of them since discovering her last summer – 2008.

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