Author Guest Post: Stephanie Chong + Giveaway

Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Stephanie Chong, author of Where Demon’s Fear To Tread. 


If your book were made into a movie, which actors would you cast in the roles?

The Heroine: Serena St. Clair

Guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair left her own human life at just twenty-three years old.  Now returned to earth to guide humans, Serena is innocent, gentle and full of optimism.

I would love to see Jennifer Lawrence in this role.  She’s such a talented actor, and was superb in Winter’s Bone.  I can’t wait to see her as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.  I love those books.


Alternatively, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, who took over as the female lead in Transformers 3.  She was a former Victoria’s Secret model and has already worn angel wings – maybe that’s why I picture her in this role.


The Hero: Julian Ascher

Archdemon Julian Ascher owns an empire of nightclubs.  Which he uses to lure humans into their greatest moments of weakness and desperation, of fantasy and desire.  A connoisseur of pleasure, Julian loves destroying beautiful woman for the sheer joy of ruining the sublime.

As Julian, I’d love to see Henry Cavill, who was Charles Brandon in The Tudors.  Cavill is starring in the new Superman movie, and I’m looking forward to his take on that iconic character.

Or else Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon in The Vampire Diaries.  He’s got smoldering down to an art.  He has a great chemistry with Nina Dobrov, and I think he’d make a great Julian.


While there’s no movie in the works for Where Demons Fear to Tread, there is a book trailer!


Where Demons Fear To TreadAbout the book:

Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect.  But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher.  The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans.  He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard.  Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again.  Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings.  Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.

About the author:

 Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist.  Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University. S. Chong

When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.

You can find out more about Stephanie at her website, on Facebook or Twitter.

Stephanie would like to give away one copy of Where Demons Fear To Tread to one lucky reader! To enter leave a comment here and tell us your dream casting for one of your favorite book characters or ask Stephanie a question about her book.

Giveaway is open until Sept. 24 winner announced soon after. US and Canada only please.

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  1. Amanda says

    I love the cover!! Thanks for the all the great info about this book. Brilliant idea to give a little insight about each character along with a visual. I love Karen Marie Moning’s fever series so Barrons is one of my favorite book characters. I think Ian Somerhalder would make an excellent Barrons. Thanks!!


  2. Jeannie says

    My casting would be for Dragos from Thea Harrison’s books, played by the hunk of smoldering man meat who portrays Alcide on True Blood! Hoping to read your book soon!

  3. Chris Bails says

    I love the cover of this book. It looks great and would love to read it.
    My casting would be for Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. My person would be Richard and I would cast him as Joe Manganiello(Alcide on True Blood). He is such a gorgeous man. I love Ian Somerhalder-he is great as Damon and he has the most beautiful eyes of any man I have ever seen. Nina is a lucky gal.
    You are a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. My question for you is: If you could write any other genre, what would you write? Another question is are there other books in this series and do you plan on writing more, or is it a stand alone book?
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    • says

      Hi Chris – Thanks for the question. I have an half-finished literary novel that I would love to publish one day. Where Demons Fear to Tread is the first book in a trilogy.

  4. erin f says

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway! It’s hard to explain, but when I read, I do get a sense of the characters’ appearances but I don’t actually have a set person in mind, I guess. In fact, when the book is made into a movie, I like to read the book first before seeing the movie. So I can make my own general impression, instead of being “told” what the character looks like by the actor playing. I’m weird I know!

    I’ve heard such wonderful, wonderful things about this book! I would love to be able to read it! It’s on the top of my wishlist! Love the cover and the premise. Thanks again!


  5. sara says

    Congratulations Stephanie on the publication of Where Demons Fear to Tread. I’ve come across a lot of great reviews for this book and would love to win a copy.

    I’m with Erin F in that I never picture actors as characters unless I read the books after movies have been made. In fact, I almost never have an exact physical image in my mind, just a vague sense of what they look like. As a result I’m not usually too upset with movie casting choices, as long as the acting is top notch.

    My question for Stephanie is, as a fellow Vancouver-ite, if you were to write a book set in Vancouver, what genre would it be and why?


    sarace (at) gmail (dot) come

    • says

      Hi Sara – Hi, fellow Vancouverite! Great question. I think if I ever wrote a book set in Vancouver, it would probably be literary fiction – for some reason, it’s easier to set romances away from home!

  6. Na says

    The cover for this book is stunning and it is the first reason I wanted to read it. The story line centuring around demons and angels reeled me in further.

    I have a hard time dream-casting because when I read a story no one can beats the visual picture I have in my head of the characters. When I read a story, the characters are not real life actors, rather they are mash-ups of my imagination and perhaps a random model or stranger on the street.

    I’m so glad to discover another Canadian author and even better a Vancouver one :) My question is: are you a visual writer, as in when you are writing do you visualize the scenes first or do they come to you when the scene has been written?

  7. says

    My biggest dream casting is that Jason Momoa will be cast as Jericho Barrons!! Please gods, make this happen!

    Thanks for sharing your dream cast and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. Tonya says

    Hi Stephanie!!! What a great dream cast you have chose for your characters!!! Can’t wait to read your book!!! Love paranormal romances with Angels!!! Love the trailer!! My dream cast for Zsadist in J.R. Ward’s Lover Awakened would be Channing Tatum!!! He’s so HOT!!! 😉

    Stephanie, what has inspired you to write about angels & demons?

    Thanks for the chance to win!!


    • says

      Hi Tonya – The inspiration for this novel came from a yoga workshop! I practiced yoga for ten years before writing this. I read a yoga book that talked about a teacher being called to take her place among the angels, and the idea was born!

  9. Victoria Zumbrum says

    I would like to David Borenza cast as Daniel in the Fallen Series. I think he would be great for the part. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  10. elaing8 says

    This sounds like a really great book.Nice to find another Canadian author to read.
    Casting David Boreanaz as Bones from the Night Huntress series.

  11. Bethany C. says

    I never have any ideas about the casting thing, but I do have a question. Do you put a lot of research into names and their meanings, or just pick ones you like or think fit?


  12. says

    Thanks for the giveaway FV & Stephanie Chong!

    I finally read the much raved about “Dragon Bound” recently & adored it. In my head, I picture Dragos to look like the oh so sexy Javier Bardem. *swoons*

  13. Jen B. says

    Can you imagine Ian Somerhalder and Rosie Huntington-Whitely together in a love scene. Holy cow! As far as dream casting, I have trouble with that because I am so literal when I picture characters. I hate the casting of the Twilight movies. I love the casting of the Harry Potter movies. I was truly confused by the casting of the Hunger Games but I can’t wait for the movie! I have always thought that Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters shoudl be an anime series. That would rock! I would love to win this The book looks amazing!

  14. Barbara Elness says

    I’m not good at the casting thing, so I’m can’t even take a guess. But I was wondering how your guardian angel became a yoga teacher. Does it make her guardian duties easier to have that type of job?

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

    • says

      Hi Barbara – She’s already a yoga teacher in her human life. She dies and becomes a guardian angel. Her job as a yoga teacher provides a way for her to blend in with humans while she’s trying to help them.

  15. Jane Thompson says

    “The book looks really interesting I hope to read it soon. I am not sure who I would like to see doing these characters since I have yet to read it , but I like the idea of David Borenza.

    • says

      Hi Alicia – Thanks so much! I love the cover, too. There wasn’t much research involved – I stuck to the old adage, “Write what you know.” I had already been practicing yoga for 10 years, and was apprenticing to teach myself when I wrote the book.

  16. May Pau says

    I can see the actor who plays Damon in almost EVERY sexy, good-looking hero role…. Love him and Elena on Vampire Diaries… :)

    I thought that Jennifer Lawrence was terrific in X-men First class too… Can’t wait to see her in the Hunger Games series… I enjoyed all 3 of the books…

    Not sure about Peeta and Gale though… Not familiar with the 2 actors playing those roles so I’ll have to see more of the movie before I can say anything. I can see a VERY young Leo Dicaprio as Peeta but obviously not now… A VERY young Joseph Gordon Devitt would make a good Gale too but once again not now…. Not that those actors are old NOW but they aren’t exactly teenagers and it always seem very forced to me see 20 something(or even older) actors playing teenagers….

  17. Julie Witt says

    I am awful at this because I cast every male vampire between the ages of 25 and 35 as Ian Somerhalder! Is that wrong?! I know what you are thinking, and yes, I AM obsessed with him!! LOL

    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book :) I’m really looking forward to reading it!

    • Jane Thompson says

      I do too Julie, he is way to sexy! I would love to be entered in your contest the book sounds so interesting!

  18. winnie says

    It’s hard to cast my favourite character because no one looks just quite like Bones (from the Night Huntress series) to me… but I guess I do see Henry Cavill as being an option though.

    Thanks for visiting Stephanie, your book sounds like a fantastic read!