Jessica Cage explains the main inspiration for her book I Accidentally Summoned a Demon Boyfriend

Jessica Cage is the author of I Accidentally Summoned a Demon Boyfriend. I Accidentally Summoned a Demon Boyfriend follows Ray who is the last single friend in her group. The novel explores love drama and action in this thrilling story. Clique spoke with Jessica about how long it took her to work on the project, the characters in the books, and her favorite YA characters.

Young Entertainment: This story is so fun, we love it! How long have you been working on this project?

Jessica Cage: I’m so glad you love the story. This project has been in the works for a little over a year. I wanted to take my time to make sure I got it right.

Young Entertainment: Do you actually have to know grammar or spelling when writing or is that someone else’s job?

Jessica: I think it makes sense for any writer to have at least the basic knowledge of spelling and grammar. Editors are there to help strengthen the work, but it makes the process a lot easier when you understand the notes they are giving you. I say start writing. What you don’t know, you can learn.

Young Entertainment: Did the idea just come to you over time or did you have an “aha” moment?

Jessica: I’ve been saying for a couple of years now that I wanted to bring my love of comedy into my writing. I think my brain has been pondering how to do that for a while. Then, last year, I got the “aha” moment.

Young Entertainment: In the book, the main character is the last of her friends to be single. Where did that idea come from?

Jessica: That idea came from real life. I was, for a long while, the last single friend. I used to tell my friends all the horrible dating stories I had, just like Rayna does in the story.

Young Entertainment: What’s your favorite quote from the book?

Jessica: “He left booty juice in my car!” – This line kicks off the book with a bang and it makes me laugh every time I think about it!

Young Entertainment: What was your main inspiration in writing this book? 

Jessica: I wanted to create something with a little less pain. My books are typically heavy with tragedy and pain for the MCs. While I love what I’ve created, there are other facets of creativity that I want to explore. Growing up, comedy was so important to me. I used to want to be a stand-up comic, and I fell in love with romantic comedies. I figured I could bring that love into my current creations, and it was so much fun to do!

Young Entertainment: Would you ever consider being in a relationship with a demon like the character in the book?

Jessica: If he were EXACTLY like Metice, yes. I might consider it. But it would take a lot for me to get over the horns!

Young Entertainment: What is your favorite quality about Rayna’s demon boyfriend Metice?

Jessica: He is considerate. He thinks about her and takes the time to learn who she is.

Young Entertainment: What’s the first thing you have to do before you start to write?

Jessica: Set the mood with my fairy oil diffuser and grab my snack. Right now, it’s David Sweet & Spicy sunflower seeds. Also, I have to have some stand-up comedy playing in the background! Most writers play music, I play Kevin Hart!

Young Entertainment: What’s your favorite YA book that you can just read over and over again?

Jessica: The House of Night Series. It has my heart forever! My new favorite YA author is Kalynn Bayron. I see myself re-reading her titles in the future for sure!

Young Entertainment: And lastly what’s one thing you learned about yourself or your writing while working on this book?

Jessica: I learned that I am capable of adapting to different styles of writing without losing my voice as an author. That was so important to me. I wanted to explore this new genre of romantic comedy blended with fantasy, but I didn’t want to sound like someone else. This book still sounds like me. Just a new side of me. And I love that!