Sunday, May 15, 2022


Paul A. DeStefano and his wife live on Long Island, NY, with a strange menagerie that includes a dog, a few cats, sugar gliders, a bearded dragon, and several grown children that have not left.

After graduating from Hofstra University with a split degree in English and Acting, he worked in the board gaming and roleplaying industry for decades, including officially licensed projects for Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. He did not win the Origins Award for Best Miniatures Rules in 2004 and has forgotten that bitter defeat. When not playing and working on games, he is sometimes found touring internationally, giving lectures on worldbuilding and character design.

Being a professional full-time blacksmith for several years made him realize how much less painful it was to go back to writing. He’s been lucky enough to hold the Top Humor Writer badge at Medium multiple times and has had his work narrated by James Cosmo (Lord Mormont from Game of Thrones) on multimillion-dollar Kickstarter projects.

It is also worth noting that having never taken any bassoon lessons, he still cannot play one.

His latest book is the urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel, RIFTSIDERS: UNLAWFUL POSSESSION.

Visit his website at or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Instagram.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Oh, that’s really pretty much it. I write, teach about writing, talk about writing or promote my writing.

When did you start writing?

Before I can remember. But, professionally, 2004.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The moment someone read something I posted online and offered me a job writing for them.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I wouldn’t mind hitting New Orleans again. It’s also the locale of my next piece, so I just might do that.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Play boardgames.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I haven’t done anything tropical. My daughter is a student at University of Hawaii, so maybe something around there.

Back to your present book, Riftsiders: Unlawful Possession, how did you publish it?

I landed an agent who shopped it around and found a small press that wanted it expanded into a series.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

No, it’s set locally.

Why was writing Riftsiders: Unlawful Possession so important to you?

This was my first work done in my own name and my own world, instead of ghostwriting or writing in an established IP.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I have no idea at all. Things just show up and I write them.

Any final words?

Listen to everyone. There’s no one you cannot learn from.

Enrique Marin wants a quiet life after the death of his wife. Just one problem stands in the way–he’s possessed by the misanthropic English demon, Tzazin. A violent night under demonic influence accidentally leads Enrique to love, and it’s anything but quiet. Shy, autistic yoga instructor Elle thought allowing herself to be possessed by the very-not-shy sex demon Key would help her find love. She finds Enrique, but she didn’t count on coping with the anti-demon bigotry of society. Fate–and AA meetings for the possessed–brings them together, but hostile forces, demonic and human, fight to keep them apart. It might cost them everything to keep their love alive.

Book Information

Release Date: April 18, 2022

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1509241231; 292 pages; $16.99; E-Book, $4.99


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