May 9th, 2000
$9.95 US/ $14.95 CAN
Small format hardcover: 176 pages
$4.99 US/ $6.99 CAN
Mass Market paperback: 192 pages
Seventeen-year-old Jessica Allodola discovers that the vampire world of her fiction is real when she develops relationships with an alluring vampire named Aubrey and the teenage witch who is trying to save Jessica from his clutches.
-Text from http://http://catalog.loc.gov
The Library of Congress Online Catalog
Jessica isn’t your average teenager. Though nobody knows at her high school knows it, she’s a published author. Her vampire novel Tiger, Tiger has just come out under the pen name Ash Night. Jessica often wishes she felt as comfortable with her classmates as she does among the vampires and witches of her fiction. She has always been treated as an outsider at Ramsa High.
But two new students have just arrived in Ramsa, and both want Jessica’s attention. She has no patience with overly friendly Caryn, but she’s instantly drawn to handsome Alex, a cocky, mysterious boy who seems surprisingly familiar. If she didn’t know better, she’d think Aubrey, the alluring villain from Tiger, Tiger, had just sprung to life. That’s impossible, of course; Aubrey is a figment of her imagination. Or is he?
Nail-bitingly suspenseful, here is the deliciously eerie follow-up to In the Forests of the Night, by the remarkable fifteen-year-old novelist Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
-Text from the inside cover of Demon in My View
Delacorte Press (c) 2000
Cover art: Cliff Nielsen
In the Author’s Words
When struggling with the plot of the story, Amelia says, “I was complaining at the lunch table, where I did most of my complaining. My best friend at the time said ‘You should just hook up Jessica with Aubrey’ and then the rest of the book just came from nowhere.’ That best friend was named Jessica, and the inspiration behind the main character!
Amelia’s Letter About The Book’s History:
- Demon in My View was started on my much beloved Mac, but transferred to my beloved IBM Evita– a desktop IBM with Windows 95– after Mac’s final fatal fall.
Demon is a story I have written many times in many ways. The core plot is a very simple one: The main character, Jessica Ashley Allodola, is a teenage writer who discovers that her characters are real. Needless to say, as a teenage writer, even before I was published, the idea intrigued me.
Demon’s first incarnation was begun in the same blue CVS notebook as Forests. It included bookstore scenes where Ash was visited by her character in a creepy interlude during a book signing… where her “fan” began to speak to her about her characters, about things the fan has no right to know, and indeed about things Ash isn’t even quite sure of herself.
By the way, this happened to me during my Demon tour, I swear. If you happen to know who the young man in the burgundy velvet suit– not sweating in the middle of July– who came up to me was, tell me. I lost his email…
Another incarnation of Demon’s storyline involved a lot of online interaction, as I played with the possibilities of the internet– where you really have no idea who you’re talking to, where people share more information then they ever would in real life and where people can be almost anything they want to be with the virtue of a screen name or a yahoo ID.
Yet another version was actually finished, with a different breed of vampires. The main character in that one was not a writer, but many scenes– including her confrontation with Dusk, the powerful vampire who has confronted her– were used with minor changes in Demon in My View.
On my first day of eighth grade, during one of the endless assemblies, one of my friends made a quip about “bore the students to death day.” It was a quip that prompted me to start writing to pass the time, inspired Jazlyn’s first day at school, and thus caused me to begin writing what would be my second novel. (Yes, at this point the protagonist was named Jazlyn. The change will be explained later.)
Demon had two major plot problems:
One: I had no idea how Jessica *did* know what she knows about vampires and their world.
Two: Why didn’t they just kill her?
So, needless to say, the little demon crept from beneath Esc and burrowed into my brain. I ranted to my friends, most importantly my friend Jessica, my most loyal reader– this still before I was published, when only my friends read my work– namesake for about a dozen Jessicas, Jessies and Jess’s, and a great fan of Aubrey’s. She made a demand: “I want you to hook one a Jess up with Aubrey.”
And inspiration was found. Jazlyn’s name was given to her mother, and Jessica’s name was given to my protagonist. Quickly the book was finished, Jessica was thrilled, and since by this time I had a contract with RandomHouse, I had another book to give them. Life was fine.
FunFacts about Demon in My View
- Demon’s working title was “Bitter Life,” titled after a poem of the same name written by Jessica.
Demon’s musical inspiration came from 3rd Eye Blind (Jumper, London, Burning Man, Narcalepsy), Garbage 2.0 (especially Push It) and No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” album. Originally it mentioned Jessica listening to Jumper as she wrote and waking up to the line from No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs”: “Now you go too deep… you wake me in my sleep.”
Demon was written half in my red reclining chair (while I worked on Mac) and half in the basement, as my sister and cousin painted the laundry room next door. By the end of those few weeks, they hated Garbage, and could sing the four songs from the album nearly by heart.
Demon originally contained scenes between Jessica and her mother, scenes between Jessica and Siete, and all sorts of fun stuff in bookstores, but most of it ended up removed. 😦
Did you know..?
* Jessica’s pen name is Ash Night. She wrote the story Tiger, Tiger… which you can read as In the Forests of the Night by Amelia!
As far as I can find, this was a movie made by Amelia and her friends. The images are listed as copyright 2002 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Carolyn B.