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Interview with Kelley Nyrae

 

Kelley Nyrae
Kelley Nyrae
Well here is the interview with Kelley Nyrae that I promised to post. Kelley Nyrae was nice enough to grant me an interview about her writing. Even though she was busy with her writing she was nice enough to answer the following questions as soon as she could possibly get them done. Here is the link to the review of novel Getting Lucky with Luciano. Here is how the interview went:

Phoebe: When did you know that writing romance was going to be what you would do with your life?

Kelley: I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I won my first writing contest in elementary school. It wasn’t until about three years ago that I even started reading romance. I became a stay at home mom for the first time and on a whim picked up my first romance. I haven’t stopped reading them ever sense. My old love of writing started coming to the surface again and I decided to give it a try. Once I began my first book I knew that I found my niche. I know it is what I’m supposed to do.

Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose? 

Kelley: I’m a contemporary girl at heart. I always knew I wanted to write contemporary romance. I’d like to try my hand at a vampire novel as well. I probably won’t be able to start it until next year though.

Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote?

Kelley: I wrote in high school. Most were children’s short stories.

Phoebe: How much research did you have to do for your novels especially for Getting Lucky with Luciano and did it take you a long time to gather that research? 

Kelley: Not much research for Luciano. My husband is Italian so I asked his grandmother some questions. I interviewed someone who used to live in San Francisco since that’s where the book takes place.

Phoebe: What process did you have to go through to get your first book published and did it take you long?

Kelley: I actually pitched Luciano to the editor at Parker Publishing at a local event. She liked what I told her and requested the book. Once I sent it in they read the book and offered me a contract.

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Interview with Veronica Wolff

 

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Veronica Wolff
Well here is the interview with Veronica Wolff that I promised to post. Veronica Wolff was nice enough to grant me an interview about her writing. Even though she was busy with her writing she was nice enough to answer the following questions as soon as she could possibly get them done. She is also setting up a forum for her website that she told that is the link to her Forum. Here is the link to the review of her first novel Master of the Highlands. Now here is how the interview went:

Phoebe: When did you know that writing romance was going to be what you would do with your life?

Veronica: I always thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a writer but I just never thought it was something I could really do. And now there’s no going back for me—I’m addicted! Even if people stopped buying my books, I can’t imagine not working on one.

Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose?


Veronica: I’m a long-time fan of both fantasy and Scottish-themed fiction, and I knew that whatever I wrote would skew that way. Honestly, when I began writing, I thought it would be more of a fantasy, but my imagination kept straying back to the Highlands!

Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote?


Veronica: Believe it or not, it was Master of the Highlands. The first half of the book underwent some major revisions, though! I should note, too, that I worked for years as a writer and editor of promotional and editorial content, so I had a lot of experience with sitting in front of a blank computer screen.

Phoebe: How much research did you have to do for your novels Master of the Highlands and Sword of the Highlands and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Veronica: I was much more of a seat-of-the-pants writer and researcher with Master of the Highlands. It helped that Clan Cameron has such fantastically thorough online resources! I spent more time researching Sword of the Highlands before I began, reading James Graham’s autobiography and learning about the time of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. I’m getting to be even more of a plotter the more I write, and my third book (Warrior of the Highlands, February 2009) saw me doing much more extensive research before I began.

My general approach is to know enough about what is occurring historically to have plot milestones. I write these on sticky notes and put them on a white board. I love how it enables me to jiggle around the storylines, see holes, and best of all, visualize the ending. Once I have that done, I begin writing, and as I go, I do the research necessary to delve deeper and make the story richer. For example, I’ll know which battles were fought when, and with what outcome, before I begin. But I research smaller issues on the fly. Like, what constituted soldiers’ rations, or what types of trees and plants would’ve grown in a particular spot, or what sort of book or music someone would’ve had access to. Those are all the sorts of things I explore as I go.


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Interview with Jessica Andersen

 

Jessica Andersen
Jessica Andersen
Well here is the interview with Jessica Andersen that I promised to post. Jessica Andersen was nice enough to grant me an interview about her writing. Even though she was busy with her writing she was nice enough to answer the following questions as soon as she could possibly get them done. You can visit Jessica's Skywatch Forum where you can chat with her about her books, contests, writing and much more. Here is the link to the review of her first novel in her Final Prophecy Series called Nightkeepers that I wrote. Now here is how the interview went between me and Jessica Andersen:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Jessica Andersen: I’ve always been a voracious reader, mostly of fiction (romance, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, etc.), but didn’t even really think about writing for publication until grad school, when I was working at the New England Eye Center, helping search for the genetic mutations responsible for certain types of glaucoma. It was very cool work, but the writing aspect of science suited me far better than the lab work. It wasn’t until the head of my thesis committee complimented my thesis by saying it “read like a mystery novel” that I admitted I was…um…writing a romantic suspense novel in my free time. Soon after, I left the lab and spent the next couple of years freelancing as a scientific editor while I worked on getting my writing career off the ground. Writing for a living is backbreaking, heartbreaking work for uncertain returns, but I love it.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?


Jessica: I’ve sold comedic romances, romantic suspense, and now the big paranormal romantic thriller series that’s kicked off by NIGHTKEEPERS. I’m still writing the romantic suspense for Intrigue while working on the subsequent books in the paranormal series, and while I feel that the paranormals are the best fit for my voice and interests, the suspense are a fun change of pace, and I will probably keep writing them, as well.


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Jessica: I’m pretty sure the first fiction I ever wrote, aside from school projects and the like, was an unfinished sci-fi-type story about humpback whales receiving a signal from outer space and traveling to a meeting point in the middle of the ocean somewhere, where their racial memories said they would receive a great gift (something to do with saving the earth’s ecosystems). I wrote probably seventy or eighty pages in a lined notebook, realized it was going to take me forever to get to the end, and moved on to other things.

Phoebe: How much research did you have to do for your intrigue novels and your new series Final Prophecy and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Jessica: For the Intrigues, I do as much or as little research I need to make the scenes and characters’ backgrounds come alive to me, and hopefully, to the reader. Since these books are mostly scientific in nature, I have a pretty good well of knowledge to draw from.

My formal training as a researcher definitely helped me track down the information I needed and wanted when I was working on NIGHTKEEPERS. I keep both hard copy and spreadsheet information files, and have a bookcase stuffed full of references, all of which are cited on my website. I love the history and the science of the Nightkeepers’ world, so the research has become as much a hobby as a job. That’s the good news. The bad news is that as I write, I keep wanting to include all the cool details I’ve learned about...and usually wind up with a 700-plus page manuscript. Thus, as I’m cutting down the story, I keep in mind one of my mottos as a scientific editor: This is an interesting detail, but how does it specifically relate to the matter at hand?


Phoebe: How did you come up with the Final Prophecy series after having written all those Intrigue romance novels?


Jessica: My first Intrigue came out in late 2003; my eighteenth and nineteenth are out now (TWIN TARGETS, 5/08 and WITH THE MD… AT THE ALTAR? 6/08). While working on the Intrigues, I kept submitting single title proposals that never really went anywhere, I think because I was trying to write a medical romantic suspense that was longer without really being bigger. It wasn’t until I stumbled on the Nightkeepers’ world that a storyline really grabbed me and demanded that I write it.

As for how I found the idea, it was more that it found me. One of my most vivid early memories is being on a family vacation and climbing up inside the big pyramid at Chichen Itza to see the jaguar throne. People were packed nose-to-butt, crouched down in the narrow stairway, with everyone on the right side going up and the ones on the left coming down. It was dark and cold, the stones were slippery, and I’m claustrophobic. But dude, seeing the jaguar up close and thinking about the people who’d carved and worshipped it… that’s something I’ll never forget.


Years later, I was working on a suspense proposal that involved poisonous snakes, and had a total “ooh, shiny!” moment when I pulled up a website on Mayan serpent rituals. From there, I found a reference to how the Mayan Long Count calendar is going to end on December 21, 2012, coinciding with an astrological event that scientists think could trigger sunspots and magnetic reversals, and maybe even knock the earth off its orbit. And I sat there thinking: Holy crap, this is it. This is what I have to write about.
 

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Interview with Kerrelyn Sparks

 

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Kerrelyn Sparks
Well here is the interview with Kerrelyn Sparks that I promised to post. Kerrelyn Sparks was nice enough to grant me an interview about her writing. Even though she was busy with her writing she was nice enough to answer the following questions as soon as she could possibly get them done. You can visit Kerrelyn Sparks' Vampire World Forum where you can chat with her about her books, writing and much more. Here is the link to the reviews of her Love at Stake series that I wrote. Now here is how the interview went between me and Kerrelyn Sparks:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Kerrelyn Sparks: As a teenager, I thought writers must have the coolest lives ever, but they seemed like faraway, magical beings. It didn’t seem like something a normal person like me could ever accomplish. Even so, the dream never went away. Years later, when I had retired from teaching school and my youngest child was in elementary school, I had some spare time, and the dream came back to haunt me. I realized then that I had to at least try. Two years later, I celebrated my first sale. I procrastinated for years because I didn’t believe in myself. I would encourage others not to make that mistake!

Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?

Kerrelyn: I grew up reading mostly historical and paranormal romances, so I always assumed that is what I would write. The first book that I was able to get published was a historical romance, but I soon switched to contemporary paranormal romance, and I love it!

Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?

Kerrelyn: The first book I wrote was a historical paranormal titled Lady of the Lake. I still have it, but it has never been published.

Phoebe: How much research did you have to do for your historical novel and the Love at Stake series and did it take you a long time to gather that research?

Kerrelyn: My first published book was a historical titled For Love or Country. It took place in pre-Revolutionary Boston, so I had to do quite a bit of research. My hero was a James Bond type character, so I gave him spy gadgets that were suitable for the time period. He also used a prototype of the Turtle, the submersible that was used during the Revolutionary War. My Love at Stake series are contemporary books, but they still require some research. I have to make settings and occupations accurate. And the vampire heroes can be centuries old, so I have to do some historical research to complete their back stories and understand them.

Phoebe: How did you come up with the Love at Stake series after having written a historical romance?

Kerrelyn: My first book was published by Forge. They had decided to try publishing a line of historical romances, and they hired an editor for the line. I was her first (and only) purchase. Before the book was released, she left Forge, and Forge decided to terminate their historical romance line. The historical market was lagging, especially those with an American setting. I finally realized that I would have to reinvent myself in order to stay published. I’d always loved paranormal romance, so I decided to give that a try. I love writing about vampires, ’cause I get to keep the historical hero and match him up with a feisty, modern heroine.

Phoebe: Do you have a process of how you start to write one of your novels? And is it the same or different with each novel you write?

Kerrelyn: When I write a book, I start off really slow while I get acquainted with the hero and heroine. It can take a whole month just to write the first hundred pages. Once I get to know the characters, it goes much faster. By the end of the book, I’m going very quickly, and the last hundred pages can be written in about ten days. At the beginning, I have a rough idea where the book is going, but I don’t plan everything out. I let it evolve as the book is written.

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Interview with Gabriella Hewitt

 

Gabriella Hewitt
Gabriella Hewitt (Sasha Tomaszycki Part of Team)
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by one of the two ladies who write under the name Gabriella Hewitt. Sasha Tomaszycki contacted me because she visited my blog before and wanted to know if I would review her book and even interview her. Her eBook Dark Waters is finally in print today and I will be posting an interview with her later on today where you can post your questions about Dark Waters. Here is a link to my review of her book, Dark Waters, which she gave me an e-copy for me to read and review and was very nice enough to send my an autographed print copy when she got a new stack sent from the publishing company. Now onto the interview, which I have to say was very exciting because I learn so much about Sasha Tomaszycki and her writing partner Patrizia M.J. Hayashi and about Gabriella Hewitt's novels. Here is how the interview went:

Phoebe Jordan: Do you have a process of how you start to write one of your novels? And is it the same or different with each novel you write?

Gabriella Hewitt: When I realized you could write about sex! No, seriously I love that romance allows for me to write just about every genre—suspense, action, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. and I can mix it all up and still have a happily ever after.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?


Gabriella: Oh I’ve written all over the place. I’ve found a happy medium with romantic suspense and paranormals. Although, I am still waiting to write a futuristic sci-fi fantasy featuring space fairies who kick butt : )


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Gabriella: The first fiction I wrote was called Blood Ties, it is a gothic romantic suspense. It got rejected everywhere it went but I think one day it will find a home. I posted it as free read on authonomy. Check it out.


Phoebe: How did the two of you come together to create author Gabriella Hewitt?


Gabriella: We met online at eharlequin.com. We wrote for a fan fiction group called Midnight Intrigues. We wrote a story together and it received good feedback, even Debra Webb told us that she did not know where one began and the other finished writing. We took it as a compliment.


Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Gabriella: All together about 3+ months doing extensive research. We called up an ICE agent to ask questions, talked with a gun expert, and studied magazines, websites and travel books to learn about Vieques, PR where the story is set. That was only the beginning, we still had to do research about el chupacabra and Santoria, which I talked with a real witch online and went to a mystic shop to learn about the herbs used to rid a home of spirits.


Phoebe: How did you come up with the Dark Waters?


Gabriella: We originally wrote the story geared toward Harlequin Intrigue. Over the course of writing it we realized the characters wanted us to tell a deep story.


Phoebe: Do you have a process of how you start to write one of your novels? And is it the same or different with each novel you write?

Gabriella: Each novel is different in how we approach them but for the most part we do come up with a rough outline of how we expect the story to go. This changes as we begin to write. Funny how those characters have a way of taking over the story.


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Interview with Lisa Jackson

 

Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson
It is such a pleasure to have one of my favorite authors as a guest here on my blog today. I was approached by Dorothy Thompson to host Lisa Jackson here on my blog a month ago and I grabbed at that opportunity immediately. This is her first stop on her Virtual Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion agency, which Dorothy Thompson is the founder of. I got her new release Left to Die, which I finished over the weekend so I could have my review of it for today and here is the link to the review of Left to Die. It was such a great opportunity for me to interview Ms. Jackson about her writing and current release and the first book in her new series. Lisa Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author that writes to most intense novels with murderers and serial killers that keep you guessing until the very end and heroes and heroines that makes you think that they are real people instead of just characters. Here is how my interview went with Lisa Jackson went:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Lisa Jackson: It kind of just happened to me. My sister read an article in TIME magazine when my children were very young about mothers writing romance when their children were asleep and she decided we both should give it a whirl. We did. We both sold. (First her, then me) That was the beginning of a nearly 30 year career as an author.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?


Lisa: I always wanted to write romantic suspense as I was a suspense/mystery reader. Believe me, it took a while to get here. I started writing category romance and was instructed to "take out the suspense." So, there was a little suspense in those first books, but later in the last fifteen years I've been able to infuse more, which suits me just fine.


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Lisa: My first attempt was with my sister and another woman. Entitled STORMY SURRENDER, it was rejected all over New York and is long gone. I have no idea where it is. Next year my first book written with my sister, author Nancy Bush, will be published. WICKED GAME comes out in February 2009, the first joint effort since the ill-fated STORMY SURRENDER.


Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Lisa: I research as I write, but I have a library of nonfiction books and rely on the Internet as well as professionals in fields from psychology to law enforcement.


Phoebe: How did you come up with the TO DIE series?


Lisa: I wanted to set stories in a smaller, rural environment and the plot for LEFT TO DIE came to me. It just so happened that years before my editor had suggested I write about detectives who were partners and both female. I wasn't too keen on the idea and set it aside until I started writing LEFT TO DIE and the character of Regan Pescoli formed in my mind. She's just so out therea single mother of two who has a wild streak. Her partner, uptight Selena Alvarez has her own secrets. Once I met these two women, who are NOT the heroines of the story, I was on my way. As soon as Jillian Rivers hit the pages, the story really formed. (Yes, Jillian's the heroine who just learns that her first husband who left her holding the bag on an investment fraud is actually alive!)

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Interview with Shayla Black

 

Shayla Black
Shayla Black
Well as you all know that I recently reviewed an ARC copy of Shayla Black's recent release Tempt me with Darkness, which came out on Tuesday, August 26th. So when I finished reading it I thought that I really have to get an interview from Shayla because I wanted to know a bit about her, her writing and her Doomsday Brethren series. I was lucky enough to get a short interview with her because she is very hard at work writing the second book in her new series Doomsday Brethren. To recap here is a link to my review of Tempt me with Darkness and here is the short interview with Shayla Black:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Shayla Black: About ten years ago, after I first published, writing consumed me. For years, I’ve been wanting to transition to full-time writing, but have had other obligations preventing that. As of this fall, I’ve been able to clear some of those obligations from my calendar and am devoting more time to writing than ever. I love what I do!

Phoebe: What was the first fiction, that was not a homework assignment in school, you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?

Shayla: Goodness, you’re crediting me with having been bitten by the writing bug at a young age. Nothing could be less true. I didn’t even read a book for pleasure until I was 19. I realized later that it had to do with WHAT I was reading, not the fact I was reading in general. No offense to Misters Steinbeck, Salinger or Shakespeare, but they just didn’t hold my attention the way romance novels did. Heck, if I’d read Jane Austen in school, I think I would have been thrilled…but alas, it wasn’t until college when someone put a romance in my hands and I’ve been hooked since.

To date, I’ve sold every novel I’ve finished. I have a rough draft of 5 chapters of a book I began writing shortly after I took up pen…or computer, as it were. A recent glance at that book assures me it will never see the light of day.

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Interview with Robin Shope

 

Robin Shope
Robin Shope
Well today I have a special treat for everyone of my faithful readers out there. I have recently been contacted by an author that I've recently met online through the wonderfully free Romance Writers United organization. You can get their badge on the right sidebar for you blog if you want to support the organization get new members. Well back on topic Robin Shope saw that I did author interviews and was very interesting so she contacted me, which I'm honored. Below is my interview with new romance author Robin Shope:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Robin Shope: I knew romance writing was what I wanted to do with my life about eleven months ago. However, I always wanted to write…anything! I began with essays in middle school and then graduated to writing brochures when I was in college. It was there I took a creative writing class and wowed my professor but I didn’t think seriously about writing until many years later when my ten-year-old daughter won a national writing contest and had a book deal with Standard Publishing. Of course I was proud of Kimberly but also a bit envious. The dream still lived and I had let it founder for years. It was time to get cracking! I began by writing articles and was shocked when they sold and kept right on selling! I still write articles. I also write short stories, mainly they are about every day musings. Some of them have ended up in a collection on the New York Times Bestseller list. For years I have been a contributor to the popular chicken soup series. Just this month I found I had two stories in their 101 Best Chicken Soup stories ever! What an honor. I wrote some mystery books and then decided the world was naturally glum and I didn’t need to add to that genre. A year ago I found myself reaching for romance books at the library. At the video store I went for the romantic comedies. It was then I decided to try my hand at romance writing and a series was born, The Turtle Creek Edition Series, the first book is The Christmas Edition.


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Robin: The first fiction I wrote was when I was in college. I still have the first three chapters…its unfinished. Perhaps I'll finish it. Someday.


Phoebe: How did you come up with the concept for The Christmas Edition?


Robin: This will sound trite but the idea just came to me. It was my first attempt at romance writing and it slid together quickly. I must admit it has a touch of mystery in it which adds another dimension. I wanted to capture a feeling of new love filled with hope during the holidays. I grew up in Wisconsin and remember the feeling of finding love over the holidays. I wanted my book to have that special seasonal feel to it.


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Interview with M. Jean Pike

 

M. Jean Pike
M. Jean Pike
Well today I have a special treat for everyone of my faithful readers out there. I have recently been contact with an author that I've recently met online through the wonderfully free Romance Writers United organization. You can get their badge on the right sidebar for your blog if you want to support the organization get new members. Well back on topic M. Jean Pike saw that I did author interviews and book reviews which I'm guessing got her interested so she contacted me, which I'm honored. I will be reviewing her novel In the Shadow of the Dragonfly, which is NOT considered romance but it has a beautiful love story. Keep on visiting the blog or sign up for the newsletter or even visit the new official website to find out when the review will be posted. Below is my interview with new romance author M. Jean Pike:

Phoebe Jordan: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?

M. Jean Pike: I’ve always had a keen fascination for anything supernatural and I love nothing more than a great love story, so when I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, paranormal romance seemed like the perfect fit. But that’s not to say that I’m not open to trying other genres. My first three novels were all paranormal romances, and my latest novel, In The Shadow of the Dragonfly, is a literary love story.


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Jean: The first piece of fiction I ever wrote was a story called Mac: The Mysterious Mutt, the tale of a giant Labrador retriever with magical powers. I was in the third grade at the time, and yes, I still have that story! My first published short story came about twenty-five years later—a literary piece called The Gift, about a man’s struggle to love his mentally ill wife. It appeared in About Such Things Literary Magazine in the spring of 1999. I have the magazine framed and hanging in my office.


Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Jean: I guess it really depends on the novel. For Heatherfield, (Black Lyon Publishing, 2008) a time travel romance set in the late 1940s, the research was endless. I spent months reading books about the WW2 generation. I looked at old magazines and watched old movies to get a feel for the lingo and clothing of the era. I visited antique stores and had a ball looking at the furniture and appliances from that decade. I loved every minute of it and filled enough notebooks with research for three books. In Waiting for the Rain, (Champagne Books, 2007) a romance about an enchanted cottage, I had to research everything from brain cancer to becoming a tattoo artist. For The Winds of Autumn, (Publish America, 2005) a ghost story romance, I did a tremendous amount of research on ghost sightings and ghostly behaviors. I write about themes that interest me, so the research never seems like a chore.


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Interview with Jessica Barksdale Inclán

 

Jessica Barksdale Inclán
Jessica Barksdale Inclán
Today is a special day because I have a very special interview with romance author Jessica Barksdale Inclán. I was very lucky enough for her to have found a link to my wonderful blog and saw that I was looking for any authors who would be interested in an interview and book review. She contacted me about an interview and a book review of her recent trilogy which I told her I would be honored to do both. I will be reviewing her books Being with Him and Intimate Beings soon so look out for those two reviews in mid-December or the beginning of January. I had such funning interviewing and getting to know Jessica and I hope you have fun reading the interview below as much as I did.

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Jessica Barksdale Inclán: I'm not sure that writing romance is "the" thing I do with my life. In fact, it truly isn't. I have been writing poetry and short fiction since I was about twelve, and I wrote throughout high school and college. Because I had two children very young, I went right into my teaching career after graduate school. I teach English full-time at Diablo Valley College, and online novel writing classes for UCLA Extension.

My first novel, Her Daughter's Eyes, is a literary/contemporary novel as are the next five that I wrote. But starting with When You Believe, I dipped my quill into the world of romance, and I've had a blast there! I find the romantic relationship to be enthralling and fun, and I'm happy to write stories about it.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?


Jessica: My agent suggested to me that I write something other than what I was writing because I write fast. He thought that I should have another creative outlet (and he's also the agent of Lisa Kleypas and Christina Dodd, so he knows that romance writing can be fun and lucrative!). So I set about learning about romance, reading 100 books in one summer, and I realized very soon that paranormals were fun. I liked the worlds that the writers created, and as I am a big fan of fantasy and speculative fiction, I knew I could put a romantic relationship into a world myself.


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Jessica: I have some little pieces with me still, shot stories. But in high school, junior year, I wrote a very bad novel about a girl "coming of age" (I didn’t write far from home there) and yes, it is in a box upstairs in the garage.


Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Jessica: I have to research everything, no matter what I am writing. Even personal essays! I make sure that I keep things "true" even when I am writing lies (fiction). I usually write the novels, getting the plot down on the page, and then I go back and do my work. Google is my best friend. I live on Google! Thank goodness for Google! I also call people when I need to, friends with expertise. Or a cold call people in order to figure out what it is my characters are doing.


Phoebe: How did you come up with the concept for your Second Romance Trilogy? How is it different from your Believe Trilogy?


Jessica: The second trilogy is based on the concept of orphans. Of being left behind. Of being without their people. I saw in my mind these three blonde children hurtling away from home, scared and confused. And then I grew them up and put each of them in their own book. In those stories, they are looking for their families and they are looking for their parted twins, doubles, and the other person to complete them. They exist in a "magic" world, but it's a world far bigger than the one I created in the Believe Trilogy.


Phoebe: Do you have a process of how you start to write one of your novels? And is it the same or different with each novel you write?


Jessica: Yes, I pretty much just get an idea and start to write. Sometimes, these ideas die out about page 75. But when the novel is a go, it's a go! I just push through to the end, and then I go about the hard business of revising and revising and revising. Then it is off to the readers and my mother, all of whom chime in. Then the novel goes to my agent or to my editor, both of whom will give me more suggestions! But I don't outline and my theory is to move forward and come back much, much later, when the novel has a shape and form and I know what is going to happen.


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Interview with Terisa Wilcox

 

Terisa Wilcox
Terisa Wilcox
Well today I have a special treat for everyone of my faithful readers out there. I have recently been contact with an author that I've recently met online through the wonderfully free Romance Writers United organization. You can get their badge on the right sidebar for you blog if you want to support the organization get new members. Well back on topic Terisa Wilcox saw that I did author interviews and book reviews which I'm guessing got her interested so she contacted me, which I'm honored. I hope to be getting a chance to review her first novel Timeless Mist, which is a time travel historical book to come out Fall 2009. Keep on visiting the blog or sign up for the newsletter on the left or even visit the new official website to find out when the review will be posted. Below is my interview with new romance author Terisa Wilcox:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?

Terisa Wilcox: In 2000. I was home schooling my three children and they had reached the point where they were learning more on their own. I needed something to fill my time in between lessons. I'd wanted to be an author since the fifth grade, I was an avid reader, especially of romances, always had a book going, sometimes two or three, and my husband always said I was an incurable romantic. The transition to writing romance was logical.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?


Terisa: I wasn't sure. I toyed with a couple of genres at first. I read historicals set in Ireland or England. After attempting a couple of those, I read A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland, and was hooked on time travels from then on. I decided that's what I really wanted to write.


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Terisa: The first fiction I ever wrote was in the fifth grade. I don't even remember the name of it now, but I do remember that I won the contest my teacher had going and got to read my story to the kindergarten classes. That was very exciting for me. Unfortunately, I don't have it any more.


Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novel and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Terisa: Research does take a long time. I don't think it ever stops. First, I had to research how to write. I know, that sounds funny, but it's true. When I started my first manuscript, I thought it would be easy. I figured I'd have it written in no time and ta-da, I'd be an author. Then, as I started reading articles about writing, I realized how wrong I was. There's an awful lot to learn about the writing process that most people don't even realize.

Because my novel is a Time Travel, I also had to research the MacGregor Clan as well as the time period, the 17th century, the customs of the time etc. So, yes, research can be a very long process, but also very needful.


Phoebe: How did you come up with the concept for your first novel Timeless Mist?


Terisa: The concept for Timeless Mist was born when I began doing some genealogy research about my grandparents and that side of my family, which is the name I write under. I discovered that Wilcox was actually one of the names used by the MacGregor's during the proscription, when King James VI made it illegal for them to use their own name. The Campbell's encouraged this and pursued the MacGregor's the hardest after it was done. That led to wondering what would happen if a Campbell from the 21st century was whisked back in time to 1603, right after the King's edict, and ended up on MacGregor land. Hence, Timeless Mist was begun.


Phoebe: Do you have a process of how you start to write your novel?


Terisa: For my first MS, I didn't really have a process at all. I started two MS’s before Timeless Mist, that are still stuck in a drawer waiting to be used as shelf paper, (LOL). I was recently informed by a couple of characters from my first MS that they didn't like being set aside and would like to have their stories written. For Timeless Mist, I got more a process down. I swore I was allergic to outlining, (grin), but I had to find some way to overcome that or I'd be stuck forever on the middle of the book. I found an article about writing a synopsis. It listed ten questions to answer. Once I answered them, which was easier to do than I thought it would be, it was like a weight was lifted. I wrote the rest of Timeless Mist in a little over two months.


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Interview with Rae Lori

 

Rae Lori
Rae Lori
Well today I have a special treat for everyone of my faithful readers out there. I have recently been contact with an author that I've recently met online through the wonderfully free Romance Writers United organization. You can get their badge on the right sidebar for you blog if you want to support the organization get new members. Well back on topic Rae Lori saw that I did author interviews and book reviews which I'm guessing got her interested so she contacted me, which I'm honored. I hope to be getting a chance to review her first eBook novel, A Kiss of Ashen Twilight, in her new series called Ashen Twilight. She has a teaser trailer for the book up on her website but here is the direct link to Ashen Twilight trailer so you can enjoy. Keep on visiting the blog or sign up for the newsletter on the left or even visit the new official website to find out when the review will be posted. Below is my interview with romance author Rae Lori:

Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life? Which author inspired you to start writing romance?

Rae Lori: Hi Phoebe! Thanks for having me. I guess romance is something I sort of fell into. Growing up I read a lot of sci-fi, fantasy and suspense and the teen reads (like Sweet Valley High) were my romance. Recently I got into it because I loved reading IR (interracial) romance and it spiraled from there especially during the rise of paranormal romance. I LOVED Anne Rice growing up and seeing the return of vampires as heroes really brought some ideas in my head that I wanted to put onto paper. If anyone, I would probably attribute my desire to start writing romance with her and Sandra Kitt.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?


Rae: Oh yes. I knew I wanted to write IR romance but after a few tries at contemporary I wanted to explore with more genres. So I went back to writing sci-fi and fantasy again, then suspense and eventually paranormals because I love the external conflicts placed in the way of the hero and heroine. Makes the stories that much more exciting!


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?


Rae: Hmm. You know the very first fan fiction I ever wrote was a short story fan fiction story I started when I was pretty young. I think it was a Selina Kyle/Catwoman story. My late grandfather bought me my very first computer which was an apple, green text and everything and I love that thing because it was where I got my first start at writing. I remember saving the story in progress on a big ole floppy, but I have no idea where that thing is now *laughs*. I’d love to find it to see how I wrote back then starting out.


Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Rae: I had to do a pretty good amount to make sure everything was correct and as real as I could get it. I went back and forth during the writing and after to make sure I got the village descriptions, time period setting and costumes correct as well as the events. Sometimes I would watch a movie to immerse myself in one perspective of the time period, like say Dahomey Africa in the 1600s or the Highland Scotland’s in the 14th century, but I would mostly buy books on history and learn the myths of the culture and the history. It was fascinating learning so much about the people, their beliefs and the world they lived in.


Phoebe: How did you come up with the concept for your upcoming novel, A Kiss of Ashen Twilight, which is the first in your new series?


Rae: I hadn’t come across a story between a fairy and a vampire as romantic interests before. Now I can name a few but at the time I started writing I thought it would be interesting to combine the two. I was curious to see if there were any fairies in African myths and I came upon the Aziza which is apart of the Dahomey people’s mythology. They were a benign group of fairies believed to exist in order to assist hunters. I thought that was perfect and offered so many possibilities in the lifestyle of a female Aziza.

Plus vampires are known to be hunters. What if my Aziza heroine fell for a hunter who was completely against her beliefs? How would they both cope? What would it be like to combine the high fantasy of fairies with the dark fantasy of vampires? And thus the first in the series was born. It offered so much conflict and sexual tension at the same time that I had a blast writing it.

Phoebe: How many novels are you planning to write for this your new series called Ashen Twilight?


Rae: So far I have three books planned to finish out this continuing arc. The first deals with how the members of the Ashen Twilight House live under mortal eyes. Once they are discovered, how will humans treat them as outsiders? And how have they treated them in the past? Then I wanted to explore how exactly they would get to the point where they desire to live with one another at peace? What kind of laws would be in place for the immortals? Those questions offered a bunch of possibilities for storylines for the opening three books.


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