DNA Demons N Angels by Katie Zaber

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It’s weird how every woman reacts differently. How each pregnancy differs.

Mine is definitely unique.

My sense of smell became stronger, picking up the faintest odors, and my stomach was in constant turmoil. Those were the first signs.

And then I started eating. And eating. If I don’t, I get a migraine and people’s faces become blurry. Electronics seem to malfunction in my presence. And the nightmares—they don’t stop.

Something is changing my body.

Something that should have never happened.

Something that my husband and I had prevented from happening.

Something people say is miraculous.

The bigger I get, the more frequently I encounter people who become possessed. And the more often I wind up questioning if I am carrying a miracle baby.

The closer I get to the due date, the more I love this child and the more confident I am that I will protect my baby from anything.

Even its fate.

DNA Demons N Angels contains violence, swearing, and sex scenes. If you are looking for a clean, curse free book, this isn't it.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

DNA Demons N Angels is definitely What To Expect When You're Expecting Something Different!

The basic premise of this book is a woman (Evie) gets unexpectedly pregnant. Unexpectedly, because her husband has a vasectomy years ago! Think Virgin Mary. Obviously, he doesn't believe her when she says she hasn't slept with anyone but him, and they separate. This starts the journey of a lifetime with possessions, kidnappings, and hints galore about who the father of the baby is and what 'it' will be.

The cravings in this book made me laugh, and also wonder if this was real life in a book. If not the author, then maybe someone she knows? They are just as funky as some cravings can be, and I loved it.

I didn't think too much as I was reading this. I didn't try to figure anything out. I just let the book sweep me along, giving me bits of information when deemed necessary. Maybe because of that but the ending didn't come as a surprise. It was a good ending, just not surprising to me.

I'm really hoping there is more to come in this world. I would like to know more about Lucas, Annabel, Bell, and co, plus I'm sure that baby has stories to tell. A very different read that I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in North New Jersey where I am an hour away from everything I love. Going to the beach, spending the day in New York City, and enjoying nature in the mountains—I love it here.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love baking delicious desserts and breads, almost as much as I love to eat them. I spend hours in the kitchen, blasting music, sipping sweet wine, with flour up to my elbows. When not in the kitchen, I'm reading a book or trying to find something to find on TV. If the weather is nice, I'm visiting my hometown and going to the beach or heading to Six Flags Great Adventure to scream for the afternoon.

Do you have a day job as well?

I work part time at a memorabilia shop that sells anything and everything. It’s mostly items signed by an athlete, musician, or celebrity. Think trading cards, Sports Illustrated magazines, albums, 8x10 photographs, that kind of thing.


When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I’ve always been creative, but never took up writing until I was recovering from surgery, was on a lot of meds, and let my imagination loose. Once off the meds and healed, I edited the story, building and rearranging, working through drafts until I was happy. I published my first book, Ashes and Blood May 13th 2020.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I love anything that isn’t normal. Anything that isn’t fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal is too mundane for me. I need something to take me away from this world and the problems we have, which is also what I write. I write on the edgier side and not for children or young teens. Mostly I write for women in their mid-twenties and thirties.

Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m a planner. Every book in the Dalya series has been planned out. I’ve even written out a few scenes that I know will be in the third and forth book. It’s the scenes in between the major events, the downtime that I don’t have completely plotted.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I’m working on the third book in my fantasy Dalya series, Stranger Shores. It’s roughly 20,000 words, and I hope to have it out winter/spring 2022. It’s one heck of a ride and I encourage you to try out the series. Here is a link for a free copy of the first book, Ashes and Blood.


How did you come up with the title?

When I write a book, I usually have a broad idea of what I want to call it, but I usually decide when I’ve finished the first draft. Almost like a parent meeting their new born. They might have an idea of what they want to name the child while pregnant, but that can change when they see the baby face to face and realize he isn’t a Jim, he’s a Stephen. Kind of like that.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

I love Kilyn. She is a preteen Fae slave who was sold by her parents because she has bad blood—AKA—born without any magical gifts. She’s spunky and fearless, using her wits and resources to survive. She’s one of my favorite characters and might end up with her own book.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?

I sit in front of a walnut stained secretary desk with a hutch holding an array of keepsakes. Albums, picture frames, my Snoopy collection, souvenirs, and nostalgic knickknacks line the shelves of the hutch.

My work space is a wonderland of post-it notes in three different colors: pink, neon-yellow, and green. On the right corner of my desk, shoved between the monitor and notary stamp, is a yellow, mini-spiral notebook that contains book outlines, plots, and ideas. Little sticker tabs separate the notebook into different sections. The tabs not in use are floating on the surface of pamphlets and lists of login information to accounts I hardly visit.

A leather bounded diary with nautical embellishments, complete with anchor bookmark, holds random thoughts and sketches. A mechanical pencil can be spotted, hiding between the yellow notebook and leather diary. Its extra parts—erasers & extra graphite are strewn about the entire desk.

Between the post-it notes there are three hacky sacks. There’s also a rectangular leather box with a brass kaleidoscope made to look like it was used on a whimsical pirate ship.

It’s a happy mess.

Do you read your reviews?

Yes, I find them informative and also inspiring when I see how many people want me to continue writing. When I’m feeling down or that I’ll never finish my current book, I see if there are any new reviews. Reading them encourages me to not give up and that people are waiting for my next book.

Do you respond to them, good or bad?

I usually don’t say anything except if they ask when the next book is coming out and I’ll thank them for reviewing my book. Besides that, I’ll like the review so the reviewer knows I did read and appreciate their review.

Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Don’t give up. Keep writing. Don’t take criticism badly. If someone critiqued your book, reflect on what they said and go over what you wrote. Use their critics to make yourself better and don’t get discouraged. Sometimes a bad review can really help improve your next book or convince you to revise it. Never be afraid of advice or asking for it. There are so many author groups with tons of resources and information that there will always be someone to help.

Katie Zaber knows the best way to decide who is cooking dinner is with a Nerf gun fight in the living room. Her boyfriend is an exceptional cook. When she isn’t baking, reading, or going to wine tastings, she’s busy planning her next trip to Six Flags Great Adventure or Long Beach Island, New Jersey. As a child, her parents would read stories about Atlantis and other fictional places that she dreamed of exploring, fueling her love of history, adventure, and fantasy. These days, she finds herself captivated by her many projects and enjoys quiet nights at home.

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