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Interview with Seressia Glass and Giveaway - July 27, 2011

Please welcome Seressia Glass to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Seressia:  The biggest one that I’m working on now is that it is easier for me to write at my desk at work during lunch and after hours than it is to come home and get stuff done. I definitely need to get a handle on that!

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Seressia:  Hhm, I read so many different genres and subgenres that it’s hard to name a favorites. Looking at one of my bookshelves, I have Butler, Eddings, McCaffrey, Asimov, Lackey, LeGuin, Rowling, Zelazny, Stephen King, Jayne Ann Krentz, Ilona Andrews. As far as influences, I’ve never really thought about it. I can’t say that I have someone that I look to as a standard I want to achieve because my tastes and the state of writing are too diverse.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Seressia:  I’m a pantser with delusions of plotting. Actually I plot to become a plotter, but it’s all in my head.

TQ:  Describe Shadow Fall in 140 characters or less.

Seressia:  SHADOW FALL: Kira has to stop Set, Ammit and the Book of the Dead from stealing people's souls. People fight, die and leave. Chaos ensues.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Shadow Fall?

Seressia:  My favorite scene is definitely when the crew goes into the Georgia World Congress Center to battle manifestations from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

TQ:  In Shadow Fall, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Seressia:  Balm (Kira’s foster mother and head of the Gilead Commissions) was difficult to write because I go into her back story a bit and you see more of who and what she is and why. I could have gone deeper but then it wouldn’t be Kira’s story.

The easiest was Myshael, the Lady of Shadows. I envisioned her as a psychotic mischievous woman-child, very frenetic and having fun in her badness. Again, could have gone more into her story but it bent my brain a bit.

TQ:  Who should play Kira Solomon if the Shadowchasers series was made into movies?

Seressia:  Kira is loosely based on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s character from Set It Off. But I think Zoe Saldana would also bring fierce intensity to the role.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Shadowchasers series?

Seressia:  I’ve long been a fan of ancient Egypt, and I’ve enjoyed the African folktales that I've heard and read through the years. I’ve always wanted an opportunity to indulge my interest in African mythology, and this series allowed me to do that.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in Atlanta, Georgia?

Seressia:  Atlanta is my hometown and I just enjoy setting stories here. Plus Oakland Cemetery (on the National Register of Historic Places) and Little Five Points are just wonderfully rich places to experience. There’s a lot of history, diversity, and quirky people and places in Atlanta that I think makes the city perfect for paranormal series.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Shadowchasers series?

Seressia:  I have quite a few books on Egyptian and African mythology and history, several visits to the Carlos Museum at Emory University to visit their Egyptian and Nubian collection, and online visits to the British Museum, Osirisnet.net, and the America Research Center in Egypt.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Shadowchasers series?

Seressia:  At the moment, the third book will be the last. I hope to continue it in the future.

TQ:  What's next?

Seressia:  I’m continuing to develop some paranormal and contemporary romance projects and another urban fantasy project. There’s nothing slated for 2012 yet but readers can keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter or at my website.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Seressia:  Thank you for having me. It was a joy to be here.


About Shadowchasers

Shadow Blade
Shadowchasers 1
(Pocket, January 26, 2010)
Interview with Seressia Glass and Giveaway - July 27, 2011For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.

Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner -- a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever....

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Shadow Chase
Shadow Chasers 2
(Pocket, July 27, 2010)
Interview with Seressia Glass and Giveaway - July 27, 2011In a job like this, one mistake can cost you everything.

As a Shadowchaser, Kira Solomon has been trained to serve the Light, dispatch the Fallen, and prevent the spread of chaos. It's a deadly job, and Kira knows the horror of spilling innocent blood. But now she has a new role, as the Hand of Ma'at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Order, and an assignment that might just redeem her.

A fellow Shadowchaser has gone missing, and so has a unique artifact imbued with astonishing magic. Unless the Vessel of Nun is returned, it will cause destruction beyond anything the modern world has seen. Kira's got a team at her back, including Khefar, a near-immortal Nubian warrior who's already died for her once. But as complicated as her feelings for him are, they're nothing compared to the difficulties of the task she faces.And the only way to defeat the enemy is to trust in a powershe can barely control, and put her life—and her soul—on the line.

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Shadow Fall

Shadowchasers 3
(Pocket, July 26, 2011)
Interview with Seressia Glass and Giveaway - July 27, 2011Truth is the most dangerous weapon of all . . .

Kira Solomon's life has never been simple. Battling against the Fallen, serving the Egyptian goddess Ma'at, becoming romantically involved with a 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior—these are now everyday realities. But something is changing. Kira's magic is becoming dangerously unpredictable, tainted by the Shadow she has been trained to destroy.

Matters grow worse when an Atlanta museum exhibit based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead turns out to have truly sinister properties. As the body count rises, even long-trusted allies start to turn against Kira. She can hardly blame them—not when the God of Chaos is stalking her dreams and the shocking truth about her origins is finally coming to light. As one of the good guys, Kira was a force to be reckoned with. But if the only way to stop a terrifying adversary is to fight Shadow with Shadow, then she's ready to find out just how very bad she can be. . . .

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About Seressia

Interview with Seressia Glass and Giveaway - July 27, 2011
Seressia has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on comics, cereal boxes–anything at hand. So it came as no surprise to family and teachers when she began creating stories featuring some of her favorite characters. One of her earlier works included the autobiography of a piece of bubble gum, and a short Halloween story was turned into a PTA play in elementary school.

Her proudest writing moment remains winning the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Living the Dream” essay contest as a high school senior and getting to meet Coretta Scott King. Since then, she’s channeled her belief in the power of the written word by creating rich, emotional stories of diverse people coming together to achieve the universal goals of love and acceptance.

When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company. She spends her free time people-watching, belly dancing, and watching way too much anime.

Seressia's Links:

Website:  http://seressia.com/
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/seressia
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/seressia


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win a signed copy of Shadow Fall from Seressia. USA Mailing Addresses only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite mythology? African? Egyption? Greek? Indian? Something else?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a USA mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 2011

Please welcome Will McIntosh to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Will's debut, Soft Apocalypse, was published in April 2011.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Will:  I write lying down. I’m stretched on either a couch or bed, propped with pillows. I can write sitting up, but I’m not comfortable that way.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Will:  More of a pantser. Until a few years ago, when I was writing short stories exclusively, I was a total pantser. I still have plenty of short stories that I’ve never finished because I got stuck at some point with no idea how to continue. With novels, I’m closer to the middle. Large sections of the story are complete blank spaces when I start writing, but I like to have some idea what the beginning, middle, and end will look like so I know I’m not going to work on it for six months then realize it’s not going to work. The stakes are so high with novels; to just jump in and have faith that I’ll figure out the story as I go is unnerving. The problem I struggle with is often I just can’t figure out what should happen until I’m actually writing. Often I have to be immersed in the story to see the characters clearly. I’m working on my third novel right now, and the entire last 1/3 is pretty much unknown at this point. I’m not thrilled about that, but it’s just not revealing itself yet.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Will:  Robert Reed, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Dan Simmons, Stephen King, Richard Russo, Pat Conroy, Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Johnathan Lethem. I think Stephen King has had a big influence on my writing, because I’ve been reading him since I was a kid, so his influence has permeated all the different periods of my life.

The most direct influence on my writing has been the writers who served as my teachers, first at Clarion, then at Taos Toolbox: James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Walter John Williams, Maureen McHugh, Nalo Hopkinson, Richard Paul Russo, Howard Waldrop. I’m so grateful to them for the guidance and insights they gave me.

TQ:  Describe Soft Apocalypse in 140 characters or less.

Will:  Civilization slowly collapses. People cling to the lives they used to live and try not to notice. Terrible things happen to them.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Soft Apocalypse?

Will:  Reading the news each day. There is such an astonishing disconnect between what scientists are saying about the dangers facing us, and our response to their warnings. I wondered how people who are totally unprepared for a true collapse, who have no skill with weapons, don’t know how to cure meats, and would go into a deep depression without television and the Internet (people like me) would respond.

For the core of the story, I wanted a character who is clinging to some aspect of our world that would seem out of place during the collapse of civilization, something that would underscore his denial of what was really happening. I made it a guy who’s worried about his love life--sort of if Rob Gordon from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity was working out his relationship issues while having to step over corpses.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the novel?

Will:  My father, a retired Brigadier General who also worked for the New York State Emergency Management Organization, helped me quite a bit with military and emergency response technical details. The collapse itself was based to some extent on James Howard Kunstler’s book, The Long Emergency, along with tons of articles I’ve read on overpopulation, peak oil, global warming in recent years.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Soft Apocalypse?

Will:  Some of my favorite scenes are the ones that readers either love or hate. There’s the art gallery scene, where Jasper is swept up with innocent gallery-goers who are executed by Dada terrorists. When it’s his turn the terrorists see that he’s not from that upscale part of town and they let him go, but only after forcing him to do something horrifying and humiliating that haunts him throughout the rest of the novel.

The Wal-Mart scene is another of my favorites. Jasper’s date, Deirdre, incites a riot over price-hikes by throwing fruit at a manager. The riot escalates, and by the time it’s over, Savannah, Georgia’s Wal Mart is permanently closed.

TQ:  In Soft Apocalypse, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Will:  Deirdre, the personality-disordered singer was probably the most difficult. She was the most extreme character--angry, bitter, lacking a core sense of self--so I was often afraid I was letting her spin out of control into a cliché of the Bad Girl. (My wife, for example, thought there were too many instances where Deirdre exposes her breasts, so some of those had to go in the final draft).

The easiest character was Cortez, because I understood what made him tick. He was a tough but insecure guy, the only central character who pretty quickly grasped the new reality they were living in and figured out how to survive, even thrive, in it. When things get truly awful the other characters have to lean heavily on him because they don’t know what the hell to do, because they’ve been clinging to their cell phones and deodorant while he’s been learning how to make jerky out of squirrel meat.

TQ:  What's next?

Will:  My second novel, Hitchers, will be published by Night Shade in early 2012. It’s about a cartoonist who becomes possessed by his dead alcoholic Grandfather. He has plenty of company, because a half million others in his city have also become possessed, including an aging rock star and a woman who may be possessed by the cartoonists’ one true love. The cartoonist is in a race against time to figure out how to evict his grandfather before Grandpa manages to push him out of his own body and into the land of the dead.

I’m at work on my third novel, Faller, and I’m co-writing a Sci Fi thriller screenplay with Ted Kosmatka.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Will:  Thanks for having me!


About Soft Apocalypse

Soft Apocalypse
(Night Shade Books,  April 2011)
Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 2011
What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America's previously stable society apart, the "New Normal" is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang.

New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

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About Will

Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 2011
Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose short stories have appeared in such venues as Asimov’s (where he won the 2010 Reader's Award for short story), Strange Horizons, and Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year. His first novel, Soft Apocalypse, was released in April from Night Shade Books. It is based on his 2005 short story of the same name, which was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society awards. His story “Followed,” which was published in the anthology The Living Dead, has recently been produced as a short film. Will is a psychology professor at Georgia Southern University; in 2008 he became the father of twins.

Will's Website: http://willmcintosh.net/



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win an e-book of Soft Apocalypse generously provided by Night Shade Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Dystopias or Utopias?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22, 2011

Please welcome Kady Cross to The Qwillery.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Kady:  There are so many! I love Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and the Brontes, but I also enjoy Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and a host of others. My influences would have to be Sidney Sheldon, Judy Blume, Stephen King, Amanda Quick ... I'm probably missing some, and I just realized what a strange list that is!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Kady:  Definitely a little of both, but mostly a plotter. I love to plot.

TQ:  What appeals to you about steampunk?

Kady:  The freedom of it. It's such an 'open' genre. My steampunk is nothing like someone else's steampunk. It's a genre that can be very dark and gritty or light and funny. To me the essence of steampunk is a fear of change mixed with the hope and wonder of technology. Sometimes good things come out of the lab, and sometimes things that aren't good at all...

TQ:  Describe The Girl in the Steel Corset in 140 characters or less.

Kady:  Jekyll and Hyde meets Teen Titans.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Girl in the Steel Corset?

Kady:  I wanted to write young adult, but I didn't want to write vampires or wolves. I love both those things, but I was itching to do something different. I love superheroes and had just read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and wanted to do something like that -- or not quite so brutal!

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the novel?

Kady:  l continued with my Victorian research from my adult books, added in some on evolution, organisms that can live below ground, and the steampunk genre. I also read some authors that would be considered Victorian science fiction.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Girl in the Steel Corset?

Kady:  When Finley finds Griffin in the fountain and carries him back to the house. He's so embarrassed to be carried by a girl! I love how that scene sums them up. She's physically stronger than him, but the devastation of his power is all around them. It shows that Griffin really has no idea how powerful he really is -- and that he's got hang ups. Plus -- to me -- it reveals so much of what they're going to be to one another. They're going to always be there for each other, but it won't be easy.

TQ:  In The Girl in the Steel Corset, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kady:  The hardest was Griffin because he needed to be more Bruce Wayne than Clark Kent. It's hard to write good and honorable without making him seem like a boy scout. He needed to be edgy, but heroic. The easiest was Jack because Jack could just be whoever he wanted to be. Jack is the type who always has a reason for doing the things he does. He threatened to steal the entire book, so I had to tone him down. Still, there are readers who fell completely in love with Mr. Dandy!

TQ:  Who should play Finley Jayne and Griffin King if the novel is made into a movie?

Kady:  Emma Watson would make a great Finley, and Rob Pattison could easily play Griff. Of course, there are a ton of fabulous young actors out there who could do a wonderful job. Maybe some day I'll see my characters brought to life!

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Kady:  I have 5 planned, with the final book being Jack Dandy's story.

TQ:  What's next?

KadyThe Girl in the Clockwork Collar comes out next year. It's Jasper's story. Finley and Griffin are viewpoint characters as well. Finley will always be one of the 'main' characters, just because I see this as her journey. Anyway, the book is set in historical New York City. I like to think there's more insight into the characters, and you definitely get to see some changes in Griffin - and the beginning of a mystery with him that will span a couple of books before getting resolved. After that is book 3, which has no title as of yet, and will have Sam and Emily at the center of it.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kady:  Thanks so much for having me!


About The Steampunk Chronicles

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Steampunk Chronicles Prequel
(Harlequin, May 2011)
Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…

An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

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The Girl in the Steel Corset
The Steampunk Chronicles 1
(Harlequin Teen, May 24, 2011)
Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

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About Kady

Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
In her other life Kady Cross is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 books. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted, and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. When she’s not listening to the characters in her head she’s either trying to formulate the perfect lipgloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girly, sugar skulls, and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction – from which she never, ever wants to be cured.

Kady's Links:

Website
Twitter



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win from a signed copy of The Girl in the Steel Corset and a steampunk necklace, Radioactive, from The Qwillery.  The necklace was made by Synde of Cemetery Cat Jewelry for this giveaway.

Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Designs
Watch ephemera hands and gears, all perch on a pocket watch body. A faceted pyrite stone highlights. Brass chain has hearts and clock gears nested within. Perfect for taking on your favorite gaslamp villain...
17"
How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you ever read any steampunk?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, July 28, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Teresa Frohock and Giveaway - July 20, 2011

Please welcome Teresa Frohock to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Teresa:  I write in stages. I start with a coarse first draft that consists of little more than stage direction, then I go back through and add the emotion and the personality traits that belong to the characters. It's kind of like creating a pencil sketch, then filling it in with color. It's a grooming process that doesn't end until the last chapter is written.

Each time I read the manuscript, I eliminate any superfluous phrases or information that doesn't pertain to the mood that I'm trying to convey to the reader. I feel like every sentence has to be there for a reason, and if I'm not carrying the story forward, then I usually wind up taking the sentence or scene away.

I'm never worried, because if I don't include enough information for the reader, my critique group or my agent will ask for more.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Teresa:  Edgar Allan Poe, first, foremost, and forever. I love his writing and his economical use of language. H.P. Lovecraft next, because of his use of mood. I also have been deeply influenced by Patricia McKillip's novels. Her ability to render a fairy tale and make it so pertinent to adults is remarkable.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Teresa:  I sit on the fence here, but I lean heavily toward plotting. I have to. I can't imagine taking any trip without some kind of road map that outlines the journey.

When I begin a novel, I have to research it, plan my characters through biographies, and create a scene synopsis. I generally have three to five scenes that I know must take place in the novel, then I write chapters to bridge those scenes. I'm plotting the entire time and watching for signs that I have too many characters for the reader to keep up with comfortably or if the story isn't moving in a smooth arc.

When I edit, I watch every sentence I write, because I try to keep my reader in mind. I'm fashioning the story for other people to enjoy, so I have to be very conscious of my own clarity.

TQ:  Describe Miserere in 140 characters or less.

Teresa:  A really good book that you will enjoy. ;-)

Kidding! Ahem. Here we go:

Man betrays lover, flees his sister, and seeks redemption through love and exorcism.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Miserere?

Teresa:  Well, I wanted to write a novel about redemption, and I think things got slightly out of hand. Miserere started as a YA novel, but when I couldn't connect with my young protagonist, I realized that it was really an adult novel. Then I think I went a little crazy.

It was amazing how that subtle shift (from YA to adult themes) freed me to bring out the complexities of adult relationships. The deeper I delved into what made Lucian, Catarina, and Rachael intertwined in their poisoned relationships, the more fascinated I became by the characters. Then it became incredibly difficult to keep Lindsay from looking like a cardboard character.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of Miserere?

Teresa:  I researched a lot into the Medieval church and Eastern Orthodox texts. I also studied demonology and Christian and Jewish philosophies on exorcism. All of this was so incredibly fascinating, I wish there was some way I could have gotten all the information into Miserere, but that wouldn't have been interesting to my reader.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Miserere?

Teresa:  The exorcism. I loved writing it. It was like watching a movie in head and translating it to the page.

TQ:  In Miserere, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Teresa:  Catarina. I didn't want her to come across as a stock villain, but at the same time, I didn't want to excuse her actions by giving her the proverbial "bad childhood" or abuse-excuse. She's just evil, pure and simple. She is full of envy and hate and she doesn't want to be different. Personally, I'm sick to death of trying to understand a villain's motives. Some people are just born evil.

Catarina is one, but it was very hard to express this on the page.

Lucian, on the other hand, was very easy to write. Lucian spoke to me from day one, and his scenes usually flowed without difficulty. It was really hard being nasty to him, but I overcame that.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Teresa:  Four books, including Miserere. I have one for each season. Dolorosa will be a Winter's Dream, Bellum Dei will take place in the spring, and the fourth book is untitled as yet, but odds are 3-1 that it will be Latin. Seriously, book 4 of the Katharoi is still in the planning stages, and I have a rough idea of what I want to do, but no synopsis yet. Books 2 and 3 (Dolorosa and Bellum Dei) both have synopses.

TQ:  What's next?

Teresa:  What I'm working on right now is a novel entitled The Garden. It is set on the Iberian Peninsula in the summer of 1348 and is the story of Guillermo Ramírez, a blacksmith conscripted into the King's army, who takes refuge in the ruined garden of an abandoned monastery only to find himself among magical creatures. An ancient daimon has trapped other men in the garden and forces them to build a temple from which she draws strength. She will break the barrier between her land of fey and the world of men unless Guillermo can solve the mystery of his past so he can forge the key that will lock Urraca from humanity forever.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Teresa:  And thank you so much for hosting me, Sally! It's been a pleasure.


About Miserere

Miserere: An Autumn Tale
Katharoi 1
(Night Shade Books, July 1 2011)
Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.

When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn't so easy to escape.

In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen's hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven's Gates.

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About Teresa

Raised in a small town, Teresa Frohock learned to escape to other worlds through the fiction collection of her local library. She eventually moved away from Reidsville and lived in Virginia and South Carolina before returning to North Carolina, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter.

Teresa has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Miserere: An Autumn Tale is her debut novel.

Teresa can be found most often at her blog and website http://www.teresafrohock.com/. Every now and then, she heads over to Tumblr and sends out Dark Thoughts http://teresafrohock.tumblr.com/, links to movies and reviews that catch her eye. You can also follow Teresa on Twitter http://twitter.com/TeresaFrohock and join her author page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresa-Frohock/134892453223242.


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Miserere: An Autumn Tale generously provided by Night Shade Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite season?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


Check out some previous interviews with Teresa:

All Things Books

Down at Lucky Town with Alex Bledsoe

Layers of Thought

MuseTracks

The Written Connection

Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011

Please welcome Susan Krinard to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Susan:  I've never thought that I have a particular quirk or ritual unique to me. When I'm not under a tight deadline, I like to "warm up" by reading a few of my favorite blogs before I settle down to work. But when I'm on a tight deadline, as I am right now, I have to give that up. Right now I'm going to the gym early (7-8 a.m.) to do aqua aerobics or elliptical and weights, which really gives me more energy to get going (which is always a little hard for me.) My best writing time is between 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Susan:  Normally, a plotter. I'd usually be working from an outline anywhere from twenty to forty pages long. I would have motives worked out, major plot points, etc. but always allow myself the option to change things as needed according to what I "learn" during the actual writing.

However, with the book I'm currently working on--an urban fantasy for Tor Books named Mist (due out in October 2012)--I did not have time to do any of those things. As a result, most of what I'm doing is largely made up as I go along, which I find much more difficult. For instance, the character's motives were not completely clear to me until I'd written more than half the book! It's interesting to do, and sometimes it's amazing what can come up along the way, but it also takes me much more time since when I finally figure out where the plot and characters should be going, I have to go back and fix everything up to that point. This has required a huge chunk of time, and put me behind schedule. So I'd still prefer to do most plotting/characterization/motivation up front, but loosely enough so that I can change as necessary or better ideas crop up.

TQ:  What inspired you to write about werewolves?

Susan:  My love of wolves. I've always felt strongly about wolves and their right to live in at least some of the habitats they originally claimed, and I was always very bothered by fairy tales and stories and novels in which the wolves were the bad guys ... which was most of the time. I also came from a strong SF/Fantasy background, so when I first set out to write a romance novel--little knowing what I was doing--I chose to write about "non-cursed" werewolves, beings who could shift shape at will and embodied the good qualities in wolves instead of being ravening killers. I believe I was actually the first romance author (back in the early 90's) to feature this kind of werewolf, though there may have been one or two who did the cursed kind earlier.

TQ:  How do you choose the time period and setting for your werewolf novels?

Susan:  I love variety. For a while I did contemporary, then (after other kinds of paranormal romance) I switched to historical, particularly Victorian England and the American West. Victorian England is interesting because it provides such a vivid contrast between the very civilized setting and the wild, dangerous werewolf nature held in check. And the Wild West is a perfect background for werewolf stories. I've always loved Western movies, so it's quite easy to create a new "movie" in my mind and fall into the rhythm of life in those times. A werewolf in the Old West doesn't have to work as hard at hiding himself!

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Code of the Wolf?

Susan:  I did research on the Quakers of that time. There were already several "sects" of Quakers, some very strict, some more liberal, and some that became much more "evangelical" and not much different from other churches of that time. I chose the middle ground, inspired by the movie Friendly Persuasion. I "made up" the Quaker settlements in Texas, but there didn't seem to be any reason such settlements couldn't have existed then.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Code of the Wolf?

Susan:  I like the early scenes where Jacob is in the clutches of the outlaw villains and Serenity rescues him. I love beating up my heroes, and I love strong heroines who are physically capable of saving the hero's life. I also enjoy lots of conflict, so the suspicion with which Serenity regards Jacob at the beginning provides lots of fodder for the kind of emotional intensity I really enjoy.

TQ:  In Code of the Wolf, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Susan:  Serenity was definitely the hardest. She is so conflicted, so torn between her fears and her attraction to a man she knows is dangerous, her hatred and her love. I had to work hard to try and get the right balance, showing that she'd been more than a little embittered by her experiences but not letting her become unlikeable. I hope I succeeded! One of the things that's really important to me as an author is to make my characters like real people, with all the complexity of real people.

The easiest? Jacob. He just fell right into place, and I'd already introduced him in a previous novel, Bride of the Wolf. I tried to make him easy-going and at the same time dangerous, reluctant to show his passions and get involved but a deeply good man underneath the skin--and the fur.

TQ:  Who should play Jacob Constantine and Serenity Campbell if Code of the Wolf becomes a movie?

Susan:  Hugh Jackman can play any of my characters anytime! Seriously, though I didn't think of Hugh while writing Jacob, I wouldn't turn him down! Another actor I'd like--though you'd have to dye his hair--is Daniel Craig. He has the tough look about him, but can project quiet strength. Like Jacob, he doesn't have anything to prove to anyone, so he doesn't have to act tough. (Saw him the trailer for Cowboys and Aliens, and yup, he could do it ....) Frankly, I usually see mature men when I write my characters, not the kind of "pretty boys" you see so much of these days in movies. My guy has to be a little rugged, a little worn. Going back to old-time actors, someone like Gregory Peck would work very well.

Serenity? That's a tough one. I'm not as up on modern actresses. She has the wrong color hair (again) but Keira Knightly could do it. She has a certain fragile toughness. Again, wrong color hair, but Ashley Judd would be good. What I wouldn't want is one of those urban sex-and-the-city blonde types, who hold no appeal for me. A very young Barbara Stanwyck could do it!

TQ:  How many additional werewolf novels are planned?

Susan:  Unfortunately, I will probably no longer be writing single-title werewolf
romances. My former publisher, HQN, decided to let me go, and I have no other romance publisher at this time. While I will be writing the short Nocturne books for Harlequin--a vampire series set in an alternate present-day Earth--I am also concentrating on fantasy, such as my urban fantasy for Tor.

TQ:  What's next?

Susan:  I'm especially excited about Mist. One of the things I've always striven for is not to cover the same territory everyone else has covered. It's impossible not to have a lot of overlap, no matter what you write, but I try to be a little different. For Mist, I decided to use Norse mythology ... the same kind you might have seen in the recent movie Thor. My heroine is a Valkyrie--one of the warrior women who swept dead heroes off the battlefield to live with the gods in Valhalla--who has been living on Earth for several thousand years, guarding an ancient treasure given to her by Thor's father, Odin, ruler of the gods. She believes all the gods and their enemies were destroyed in the last battle called Ragnarok, which was to have ended the old world and begun a new paradise of peace and plenty. But obviously that didn't happen, and when an evil Frost Giant shows up in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park ready to kill her for the treasure, she knows nothing she believes was true.

The main male protagonist is an elf who had also been exiled to Earth before Ragnarok. He's come to recruit Mist into the new war that's coming, and to reveal a shocking secret about her heritage that will change everything for her and the world. Dainn's got his own baggage, including a problem that bears quite a bit of similarity to the traditional werewolf curse. There is a strong romance, but it will be spread throughout three books instead of being completed in one.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Susan:  Thanks for inviting me!


About Susan's 19th Century Werewolf* Books

Touch of the Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 1
(Bantam, October 5, 1999)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
His heart could be captured--but his passion could never be tamed....

From the acclaimed author of Prince of Shadows and Body and Soul comes the first novel in a powerful new trilogy, the story of a noble clan whose elegance belies a savage secret--and a man who will stop at nothing to preserve his family's dynasty forevermore--.

Braden Forster, Earl of Greyburn, has devoted his life to restoring the purity of his clan's werewolf blood. He spent years searching in vain for a distant American cousin, a woman whose pure wolf bloodline is a vital link in his family's heritage. Braden had thought Cassidy Holt was lost forever--until she appeared one rainy night on the steps of his London mansion...her raven hair in disarray, her skin scented with sunlight and sagebrush. As Braden whisks young Cassidy to his family's secluded country estate, both can sense their undeniable attraction. But Cassidy soon learns that they can never satisfy their mutual passion; Braden has already betrothed her to another. Her only hope of claiming the one man she'll always love is to unravel the dark and lustful secrets of his past--.


Once a Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 2
(Bantam, July 5, 2000)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
His love was wild...  his soul untamed...  his touch forbidden....

From acclaimed author Susan Krinard comes the second novel in a magnificent trilogy of a powerful clan whose sensual legacy is cloaked in secrecy-and a beautiful woman kidnapped by an outlaw whose forbidden embrace could reveal her true identity.... Once a Wolf

In the unspoiled expanses of the American West, Tomás Alejandro Randall was called El Lobo, the desperado and sworn enemy of powerful financier Cole MacLean.  Few humans knew his true identity: heir to a wolf bloodline that made him as much an exotic beast as a devastatingly attractive man.  It was Tomás's plan to lure Cole MacLean's elegant fiancée, Lady Rowena Forster, from her New York mansion to the wild frontier.  There he planned to seduce the golden-haired beauty as revenge for the destruction of his family at MacLean's hands. But once she was in his possession, El Lobo found himself unable to resist the call of his own untamed passion-a passion that would claim the beauty for his own.  As for Lady Rowena, she desperately hid her own wolf heritage behind an icy, controlled exterior. Yet the famous "Lady Ice" found her inhibitions melting and her true nature emerging in the presence of this handsome desperado.  Both knew the danger of their pairing, but their wild hearts would risk everything-even death-for a chance at everlasting love.


Secret of the Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 3
(Berkley, October 1, 2001)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011

Quentin Forster, member of a powerful werewolf clan, must face hidden memories and a dangerous secret with the help of doctor and hypnotist Johanna Schell.

Amid the lush vineyards and majestic hills of Napa Valley, hypnotist Johanna Schell has founded Der Hafen--a sanctuary for those who know the pain of being "different." For desperate, frightened people whose souls are lost to grief. For lonely, tortured men like Quentin Forster....

Frightening spells of amnesia have plagued Quentin for years, and Johanna wants nothing more than to ease his unspeakable pain--and find out if his claim to werewolf blood is just a delusion. But she is horrified to discover that, under hypnosis, this tender, thoughtful man becomes violent, vengeful ...evil. And now--caught in the balance between reality and illusion, truth and deception, simple desire and absolute destruction--she must find the courage to trust him. To love him. To save him...


To Catch a Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 4
(Berkley, Spetember 2003)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
When crippled Denver socialite Athena Munroe sees werewolf Morgan Holt in a traveling circus, she will have to fight tooth and nail to keep her passion for him at bay-or discover her own extraordinary destiny...

Morgan lost everything--his family, his past, and his hope-- when he went in search of the father who had abandoned him, his mother and sister. Accused of a terrible crime, Morgan is condemned to long years in prison, a fate unimaginable for a man of shapeshifter blood.

All he wants is to live the rest of his life in freedom among the wolves. But a fateful encounter with a traveling circus calls him back to humanity, and to a meeting with the one woman meant for him: Athena Munroe, crippled in a devastating accident and now one of the leading lights of Denver's wealthy society.


Call of the Wolf (Secret of the Wolf and To Catch a Wolf)
19th Century Werewolf 3 & 4
(Berkley, May 2006)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
Packaged together for the first time, Call of the Wolf contains two of USA Today bestselling author Susan Krinard's sexiest supernatural novels.
 
In Secret of the Wolf, hypnotist Johanna Schell takes Quentin Foster under her care to discover if his claim to werewolf blood is just a delusion. But she is horrified to learn that, under hypnosis, this tender, thoughtful man becomes violent, vengeful, and evil. Now, to save him, she has no choice but to trust him, and even love him.

In To Catch a Wolf, wheelchair-bound Athena Munroe and convicted murderer Morgan Holt live on the fringes of both humanity and werewolf society. But their irresistible attraction to each other threatens to expose their true natures-and free their hearts.


To Tame a Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 5
(HQN, May 1, 2005)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
Her innocence destroyed, young widow Tally Bernard swore that she would never trust a man again. But when her brother disappears, she has little choice but to make a pact with the devil.

Though he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life on a ranch of his own, Simeon Kavanaugh can't escape the legacy of his werewolf father. The animal instincts that keep him from being fully human also make him a brilliant tracker, forced to survive on the desperation of people in need.

The attraction between these two wounded souls is immediate, primal—and dangerous. And if Simeon has any hope of saving Tally, he must do what he has always resisted and merge both man and beast within him. But if she cannot accept what he becomes, his choice may cost Simeon the only thing worth having—Tally's love....


Bride of the Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 6
(HQN, March 1, 2010)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
Rachel Lyndon yearns to escape her scandalous past, but her dreams for a better life seem ruined after she buries her fiancé on the Texas plains.

Heath Renier has been evading the law by the skin of his teeth for years. Now he's found a new identity as Holden Renshaw, foreman of Dog Creek Ranch. But the arrival of his boss's mail-order bride, now a widow, upsets his fragile peace and threatens to expose his deadly secrets.

Rachel knows that the mysterious and savagely handsome Holden is the last man she should trust—especially once she's seen glimpses of his true nature. When he's suspected of killing his employer, she has a terrible choice to make. But the heat of his gaze ignites something seductive and irresistible within her. No matter how dangerous the road ahead, she's determined to give him the one thing he's never truly believed he deserves: her undying love.


Luck of the Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 7
(HQN, November 1, 2010)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
Branded an outcast by the noble branch of his werewolf clan, Cort Renier had come to San Francisco seeking fortune—and revenge. What he found was a mysterious beauty who could not—or would not—reveal who she truly was. At first glance she seemed vulnerable and afraid, like so many girls caught up in the debauchery of the city's whiskey-soaked gambling dens. But one look into her stunning turquoise eyes and he knew he'd found the winning hand.

Aria di Reinardus had reasons of her own for concealing her identity, but Cort's kisses were more than enough to convince her to go along with his plan to transform her into a missing heiress and return her to her "family." But they were not the only ones with secrets to keep and vengeance in mind, and they were about to discover that some destinies couldn't be outrun....


Code of the Wolf
19th Century Werewolf 8
(HQN, July 19, 2011)
Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
Lust and revenge are best served after sundown...

Outlaw werewolves destroyed his home and killed his wife. But they made one mistake: they didn't kill him, too. Now, after ten lonely years honing his skills with a gun, Jacob Constantine is back in New Mexico, hell-bent on justice—until he's ambushed by bandits and saved by an angel on her own deadly crusade.

With a gun slung low across her seductive hips and vengeance in her eyes, Serenity Campbell isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the mysterious bounty hunter who threatens to drive her desire into dangerous territory. Together they track their prey with the same intensity they circle one another. But will their growing passion be enough to right the wrongs of the past and bring two damaged hearts together?


Susan has also written a vampire/werewolf trilogy set during the Roaring Twenties:

Chasing Midnight, Dark of the Moon, and Come the Night

Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011


And a werewolf series set in modern times:  

Prince of Wolves and Prince of Shadows

Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011


*19th Century Werewolf is an unofficial series name.

For a complete list of Susan's romance novels, please visit the Romance Homepage at her website.


About Susan

Interview with Susan Krinard & Giveaway - July 19, 2011
Susan Krinard never expected to become a writer. She fell into it by accident when a friend suggested she try writing a novel, and that novel sold to a major publisher two years later. A longtime reader of science fiction and fantasy, Susan began reading romance—and realized what she wanted to do was combine the two genres. One of the first romance novelists to introduced shapeshifters and werewolves to the genre, she has been writing paranormal romance since 1993. Her forthcoming books include an urban fantasy series with Tor Books and a vampire series with Silhouette Nocturne.

Susan makes her home in New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” with her husband, Serge, her dogs, Freya, Nahla, and Cagney, and her cats Rocky and Agatha. In addition to writing, Susan's interests include music, old movies, reading, nature, baking and mixed media art.

Susan's Links:
Website
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copies of Bride of the Wolf, Luck of the Wolf, and Code of the Wolf from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Werewolves or Vampires?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Stina Leicht and Giveaway - July 15, 2011

Please welcome Stina Leicht to the The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Stina:  My husband likes to call me a "Method Writer." That is, I prefer experiencing things before writing about them. Which means I do silly things like race outside when it snows so I can memorize what it feels like. (For the record, it doesn't snow much where I live.)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Stina:  Some of my favorite writers are Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, and Holly Black. I like to think that Stephen King influenced me in that I'm a writer who likes to delve into the psychology of characters to provide motivation. Always felt that Stephen King did that very, very well.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Stina:  Pantster. Definitely.

TQ:  Describe Of Blood and Honey in 140 characters or less.

Stina:  "Of Blood and Honey" is set in 1970s Northern Ireland and is one part old school Urban Fantasy and one part gritty Irish Crime novel.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Of Blood and Honey?

Stina:  A nonfiction book called "Those Are Real Bullets: Bloody Sunday, Derry, 1972 by Pringle and Jacobson -- two British reporters who were present when British soldiers fired on unarmed civilians. Thirteen protesters were killed and a fourteenth died of injuries he received that day. One of my favorite things about Science Fiction and Fantasy is that it uses story to address sensitive subjects. After reading that book and watching what was happening in the USA, I felt Americans could and should learn a great deal from the mistakes the British made with the Irish during that time.

TQ:  Why did you set Of Blood and Honey in Ireland?

Stina:  See above.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to for Of Blood and Honey?

Stina:  I read a great deal about the Troubles and visited the University of Ulster's Conflict Archive online. (http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/) I interviewed people who'd lived in Belfast at that time, or had visited Derry during that era. I've been taking Irish language lessons for four years. (To help with the dialog structure.) Listened to Irish Crime novels written by Irish writers on audiobook. (Also to help with dialog structure.) And I took rally racing lessons.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Of Blood and Honey?

Stina:  Oh, let's see. It's kind of packed with those, really. I like the scenes between Kathleen and Bran. I especially like when Liam meets Oran at the taxi association. The rally race was particularly fun to write. The scene where Mary Kate attempts to fend off Liam with a thermometer made me grin. And the scene where Father Murray goes all Yoda while talking to Liam toward the end is a favorite of mine too. Oh, and I have to include the scene where we first meet Haddock. He's the best bad guy I've ever written, I think, and that scene highlights his complexity.

TQ:  In Of Blood and Honey, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Stina:  I thought Haddock was pretty tough at first. Mostly because Americans are taught that cops are to be trusted and Haddock is definitely not one of those. Overcoming that was rough. But once I got through that, he was a breeze. He's a fanatic, you see. For him, the ends justify the means. The easiest character to write? That was Liam, I suppose. He's pretty easy for me to relate to. We're both dyslexic for a start.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Fey and Fallen series?

Stina:  I prefer the way Terry Pratchett handles a series. Each book can stand on its own, and yet, they're related. So, off the top of my head... I know there's a third book, but beyond that, I don't know. There are other characters -- Liam's sister Moira for example -- that I'd like to expand on. We'll see if I get the chance.

TQ:  What's next?

Stina:  I've started a teen fantasy series set in a world with a Georgian era feel to it. We'll see how that goes. I'll be happy to write more about Liam and Father Murray, but I feel the need to do something else for a little bit. Writing about the Troubles is pretty stressful for me -- particularly since I've never been to Northern Ireland.


About of Blood and Honey

Of Blood and Honey
Of the Fey and the Fallen 1
(Night Shade Books, January 25 2011)
Interview with Stina Leicht and Giveaway - July 15, 2011
Fallen angels and the fey clash against the backdrop of Irish/English conflicts of the 1970s in this stunning debut novel by Stina Leicht.

Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant--His mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead.

But when the war between the fallen, and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed. A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970s era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts.

Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.

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About Stina

Interview with Stina Leicht and Giveaway - July 15, 2011
Stina Leicht was born in Missouri where she attended Catholic school, climbed trees, fought pirates and rescued her sister's dolls from terrible fates. Currently, she lives in central Texas with her husband. She's totally famous for singing too loud to punk music in her car, reading too much, taking photographs almost no one has seen, and making art out of wooden cigar boxes. In the course of her research, she has driven in rally races, taken Irish language lessons and studied Northern Irish politics. She still fights pirates but has traded her trusty wooden stick for a rapier and dagger. Of course, pirate ships being somewhat rare in central Texas, she makes do with a friend's back yard--which is fine since she gets stabbed quite a lot and would only end up tossed into the sea anyway.

Links:

Stina's Website: http://www.csleicht.com/
CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) Web Service - Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland:  http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   One commenter will win a copy of Of Blood and Honey generously provided by Night Shade Books.

How:   Leave a comment answering the following question:

Approximately how many books do you read per month? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

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Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, July 22, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

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Interview with Christine Cody and Giveaway - July 13, 2011

Please welcome Christine Cody to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Christine:  I’m not terribly quirky in that area of my life, but I used to have one sort of…different…habit. I would pick out a token for each book I started, something to represent a character or the “vibe” of the story. For instance, I wrote one book that featured a glass castle, so I bought a small Swarovski crystal castle to look at for inspiration. There was another early book in which my heroine had a bit of a whimsical personality—she liked fairies and things like that, so I had a fairy figurine. That quirk went by the wayside, though.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Christine:  So many to choose from! I’ve always been an eclectic reader—by the fifth grade, I was reading everything from romances to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD to John Saul and Stephen King and VC Andrews. Quite the variety, and they all influenced my writing one way or another. I loved to be creeped out (Saul and King) and VC Andrews had such a sense of gothic, warped, romantic, over-the-top drama and horror that really inspired me. Nowadays, I’d say my favorite books are THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt and THE STAND by Stephen King. I’m currently becoming very obsessed with George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, though.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Christine:  Again, my eclectic personality will come into play here… I’m both, LOL. Weirdly, when I write my romances, I’m very much a plotter. Then again, I sell those books by providing detailed outlines and sample chapters, so plotting is a necessity. With the urban fantasy and supernatural stories like BLOODLANDS, I’m more of a pantster. I have a basic outline, but I tend to flesh things out more while I’m writing those. I use the “sticky note” method, which basically means that I have a closet door full of little yellow scenes that I can move around as needed.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Bloodlands series?

Christine:  I was on a classic Western movie binge and, like most writers, my mind started to go strange places. I wondered what might’ve happened if Shane had been a vampire, LOL. (I always tell people that the first BLOODLANDS book is a paranormal SHANE meets MAD MAX.) Then I started to have some fun while putting supernatural, postapocalyptic twists on all those classic Western tropes—the “drifter/gunslinger who’s looking for redemption/his humanity”; the “helpless pioneers who gain strength” from the lessons this drifter teaches them; the “cruel rancher” nearby whose property is populated with thugs. In books 2 and 3 (BLOOD RULES, IN BLOOD WE TRUST), there are many other opportunities to spin those tropes. I especially loved developing the “fallen scarlet woman” and the “mysterious woman with a tragic disease” characters. One of the original characters even becomes the “stalwart sheriff.”

TQ:  The Bloodlands series is post-apocalyptic, western, and fantasy. How difficult (or easy) was it to blend the genres?

Christine:  Very easy. That’s just how the story was. And we all know that once we have an idea that makes us want to write, everything flows from there. The tough thing about writing BLOODLANDS had more to do with paying attention to gaping plot holes, etc., because there’s a mystery that holds the first book together. I studied one particular book of Agatha Christie’s to see how she pulled off a certain “trick.” I can’t tell you right now what that trick is (You’ll know by the end of BLOODLANDS.) or which book I studied—that would be a dead giveaway—but I’ll tell everyone the title after BLOODLANDS has been out for a bit. I hate to be coy, but I hate spoilers even more, LOL.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Bloodlands (Book 1)?

Christine:  I had a lot of fun with two scenes in particular. The first is a scene that involves the “cruel rancher” showing the “settlers” just how far he’ll go to keep his men safe. (Actually, one of my favorite characters is the villain, Johnson Stamp. I tried not to make him a clichéd “bad guy,” so he’s got a lot of motivation for everything he does, no matter how terrible he seems.) The second scene involves a “high midnight” showdown near the end of the book. I have a lot of fun writing action scenes, especially if it’s set in a place that’s eerie, with postapocalyptic things like “loom trees” casting shadows in the moonlight.

TQ:  In Bloodlands (Book 1), who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Christine:  The most difficult—and most rewarding—character to write was Mariah, the heroine. She’s been traumatized in the past, so it was a challenge to avoid having her come off like major victim. She’s also a shady character, and rather prickly, really lacking in trust, and I had to pay attention to what I did with her in those respects. But she has a character arc that I loved developing over the course of the trilogy.
The easiest was a secondary character who’s called the oldster. He came out of a classic Western trope, too—the crusty, slightly loony, whiskered old guy who’d be John Wayne’s deputy in a sad, small town. He’s one of those characters who had a voice that went straight from my mind to the keyboard.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the Bloodlands world?

Christine:  My biggest source of inspiration came from the New Yorker magazine, believe it or not. They have fantastic science articles in there that served as springboards for more research on ideas like mutations. I read Thomas Friedman, who has very firm ideas about globalization and the future of our country. I read about survivalists and what they’re doing in order to function away from “civilization.” Oh, and the History Channel, too—you can apply how societies organized themselves in the past to the future. (Yes, I’m being vague there, but let’s just say there’ll be a sort of “town of the dead” making an appearance after book 1.)

TQ:  Describe Bloodlands (Book 1) in 140 characters or less.

Christine:  They called it the New Badlands...until the vampire came, bringing danger to the settlers who took him. Then it became the Bloodlands.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Bloodlands series?

Christine:  There are three coming out back-to-back-to-back starting July 27.

TQ:  What's next?

Christine:  I’ll be writing quite a few of my Crystal Green books, but I also have a new Christine Cody project in the works—a paranormal epic fantasy. To be more specific, if you crossed LORD OF THE RINGS with vampires and SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, you’d get something like this “secret project.” I’m also looking at the opportunities in self e-pubbing because there’s so much out there to explore.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Christine:  Thank you so much!


About Christine's Books

Bloodlands
Bloodlands 1
(Ace, July 26, 2011)
Interview with Christine Cody and Giveaway - July 13, 2011
It was called the New Badlands, home to the survivors of a cataclysm that altered the entire nation. Then the vampires arrived, and it was rechristened the Bloodlands. Not because of the vampire, but because of the gun-for-hire who'd decided to slay every monster in the country by any and every means necessary.

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Blood Rules
Bloodlands 2
(Ace, August 30, 2011)
Interview with Christine Cody and Giveaway - July 13, 2011
After the man named Gabriel came to the Bloodlands, Mariah Lyander was forced to face her true nature, and the horrible things she had done. To redeem herself, she embarks on a quest to find a rumored cure for her were-creatures hoping to recover her own humanity-and Gabriel's love.

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In Blood We Trust
Bloodlands 3
(Ace, September 27, 2011)
Interview with Christine Cody and Giveaway - July 13, 2011
They are monsters: Mariah, the reluctant rebel who has become a god to others of her kind, and Gabriel, the vampire, who loves her at his own peril.

They have returned to the Bloodlands, where their story began-to face the horrors of Mariah's past and the uncertainties of Gabriel's future- and to make a final stand, for their lives-and their love.

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About Christine

Interview with Christine Cody and Giveaway - July 13, 2011
Christine Cody is the author of the urban fantasy Vampire Babylon (written as Chris Marie Green) and Bloodlands series from Ace Books. Until about eight years ago, she was an eighth-grade teacher, but she became a full-time author who has published over thirty-five books under this name as well as the pseudonym Crystal Green.


Check out Christine’s website at http://www.bloodlands.net/. You can also follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/ChristineCody and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marie-Green/1051327765







The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed set of all six Mass Market Paperback novels of the Vampire Babylon series (written as Chris Marie Green) from Christine. USA mailing addresses only.

Interview with Christine Cody and Giveaway - July 13, 2011

Information about the Vampire Babylon series may by found by clicking here.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite western or post-apocalyptic book or movie?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans with a USA mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

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Interview with Sarah Zettel & Giveaway - July 12, 2011

Please welcome Sarah Zettel to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sarah:  Wow. Writing's such a quirky occupation, it's hard to pick just one. I guess I'd have to say that I can't write in isolation. There's the popular image of the writer who really needs to get away to a cabin in the woods and lock the door and be completely alone to crank out their novel. I've tried something like that, and I get _nothing_ done. I need mental focus, but I also really people around to interact with to be really productive.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sarah:  Oh, that's a long list, and it's constantly changing. Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Dorothy Sayers, Georgette Heyer, Poul Anderson, CL Moore, Agatha Christie, Richard Adams would be for starters. My writing is influenced one way and another by every book I read, because every book teaches me something about the craft, whether it's something to try to work toward, or something to avoid at all costs.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Sarah:  I'm a panster with plotter pretensions. I start every book with an outline, but by page 100, things have inevitably changed so much, I throw the outline away and fly blind for the rest of it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Vampire Chef Mystery series?

Sarah:  A publisher phone call. Seriously. This is something that seriously almost never happens, but one day the editor and publisher Marty Greenberg, who sadly just passed away, walked into the office and said "Vampire Chef. Why has no one done this?" and the people around him all blinked and said, "Yeah, why hasn't anybody done that." They then started looking for an author who'd be interested in such a project. First they contacted Esther Friesner, who is an extremely funny writer, but she couldn't take on the extra project and gave them my name. I got the next call and when the words "Vampire Chef," came down the line. I said "I'm in." I did not care what came after that, I wanted to be part of this project.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in New York City?

Sarah:  It's one of the great food cities in the country, if not _the_ great food city in the country. Plus, it's a place I do truly love, so it was an easy choice.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I like the opening a great deal, particularly the end of the first chapter. I am also very fond of the, you should excuse the expression, stakeout scene with Anatole.

TQ:  In A Taste of the Nightlife, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Sarah:  Charlotte was definitely the easiest. I am very comfortable writing with strong, ambitious women with a bit of banter and snark. Can't think why that would be. VBG. Oddly, the toughest turned out to be Brendan, because I wanted Brendan to be a nice guy, but still a strong and interesting character. Broody and angsty is relatively easy. Making someone genuinely _nice_ and yet keeping them interesting and dynamic at the same time, is a more difficult trick than it appears at first glance.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create both Nightlife (the restaurant) and the world in A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I got permission to observe Friday night dinner rush at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. I met the chefs and cooks, talked to one of their farmers. I interviewed Vannessa Sly, who was a high end chef both in Chicago and Las Vegas I ate out a fair amount, both in my home town and in NYC. And, of course, I read everything I could get my hands on, starting with Anthony Bourdain's famous KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, but working my way through books like WAITER RANT and SERVICE INCLUDED to get the front of the house perspective. I'm only sorry the new memoir BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER, which is fabulous, wasn't out when I started writing the book.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite recipe from A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I'm very partial to the asparagus dip Charlotte makes for her roommates. And, of course, the lasagna.

TQ:  Describe A Taste of Nightlife in 140 characters or less.

Sarah:  Welcome to Nightlife, home of haut noir cuisine in an NYC where vampires are out of the coffin, witches have bad attitudes, and Chef Charlotte Caine has a murder on her hands. (I think that does it).

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Vampire Chef Mystery series?

Sarah:  Well, I've just turned in Book #2, LET THEM EAT STAKE. After that, we will have to see. Personally, I hope there will be many more. I have lots of plans for Charlotte, Chet, Brendan and Anatole.

TQ:  What's next?

Sarah:  Well, first of all, I have to outline and set up the next Vampire Chef book(s). I also have a young adult series, the first book of which is coming out in the summer of 2012: THE DUST GIRL, and I'm very excited about that.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Sarah:  Delighted to be here.


About A Taste of the Nightlife

A Taste of the Nightlife
Vampire Chef Mystery 1
(Signet, July 5, 2011)
Interview with Sarah Zettel & Giveaway - July 12, 2011
Charlotte Caine isn't called "the Vampire Chef" because she's a member of New York's undead community-she just cooks for them. Her restaurant, Nightlife, is poised to take the top slot in the world of "haute noir" cuisine.

But when a drunk customer causes a scene, a glowing review from the city's top food critic doesn't seem likely-especially when that customer winds up dead on Nightlife's doorstep. Now, with her brother under suspicion for the murder, Charlotte has to re-open her restaurant and clear her brother's name-before they both become dinner.

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For a complete list of Sarah's books head to her website by clicking here.


About Sarah


Interview with Sarah Zettel & Giveaway - July 12, 2011
Sarah Zettel is an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult and now mystery author and one of the founding members of Book View Cafe, the internet's largest professional author cooperative. She has written seventeen novels and a roughly equal number of short stories over the past ten years in addition to practicing tai chi, learning to fiddle, marrying a rocket scientist and raising a rapidly growing son. She is very tired right now.

Sarah's website: www.sarahzettel.com
To read a preview and buy A TASTE OF THE NIGHTFILE:
http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Sarah-Zettel/Sarah-Zettel-Novels/A-Taste-of-the-Nightlife-Exclusive-Preview


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef Mystery 1) from Sarah!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite meal or snack?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, July19, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011

Please welcome Jess Haines to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jess:  I do some of my best writing late at night, when I’m under the pressure of a deadline. Sad, but true.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jess:  Both. I usually start out pantsing, then gradually gravitate over to plotting. The entire H&W Investigations series started out as an all-pants-all-the-time project, then grew into an overall plot which I am (for the most part) following now.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the H&W Investigations series?

Jess:  Stress. I write to relax. I finished the first draft of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS (H&W #1) in about 3 or 4 months. I needed an escape—and I write what I like to read.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in New York City?

Jess:  I’m originally from New York, so it’s always been near and dear to me. New York holds a lot of memories, so even if I don’t get to go back very often, I have a way of “visiting” by writing about it.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create H&W Investigations.

Jess:  I referred mostly to my familiarity with law (for my day job, I’ve worked for and around lawyers for over 10 years), as well as the hundreds of books I’ve read spanning many genres, to draw upon for H&W. Plus my encyclopedic knowledge of all things cheesy horror and sci-fi related, and my extensive experience as a Certified Geek™.

TQ:  Describe Deceived By Others in 140 characters or less.

Jess:  In a nutshell: OMG WTF BBQ PWNED OH NO HE DIDN’T WAIT WUT NOOOOOOO

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Deceived by the Others?

Jess:  The scene where the Nightstrikers start speaking geek and no one (save the author and perhaps a few World of Warcraft enthusiasts) can understand what the heck they’re talking about. *g*

TQ:  In Deceived by the Others, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jess:  Chaz was the most difficult to write. Confession time—I’ve had a dislike of him that I’ve always found hard to set aside when writing scenes with him, particularly when he’s getting cuddly with Shiarra.

The easiest to write is Shia. I’m inside her head enough and know her so well that her responses to the obstacles I throw are her are always a breeze to write.

TQ:  Who should play Shiarra Waynest if the books become movies? Sarah Halloway? Chaz? Alec Royce?

Jess:  I like the idea of Dina Meyer playing the part of Shiarra, though she might be too old for it now. Someone on the fan forum recently suggested Rachel Lefevre, which may be the better choice.

For Sara, I think Katee Sackhoff would be perfect. She’s lovely and a fantastic actress. Also have to throw in Alan Tudyk as Arnold! Ever see him in that yellow T-shirt and glasses in Dollhouse? Rawr!

Chad Michael Murray would be an excellent choice for Chaz.

For Alec Royce, Paul Rudd or Robert Downey, Jr. (think of him as Tony Stark in Iron Man—hoo, boy!) would make my everything. I lean more toward RDJ, as that boy can really pull off the sleek, sophisticated, sexy asshole vibe that embodies my vision of Royce.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the H&W Investigations series?

Jess:  I’m currently contracted through six books, though I’ve plotted through nine, total.

TQ:  What's next?

Jess:  I’ve got a few things on my plate. On October 25th, if you’ve got a hankering for something funny and snarky, you can check out the upcoming anthology THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY (includes stories from me, Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, and Tami Dane). Here’s the back cover info:

Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on.

I’M PUREBLOOD WERE, AND PROUD OF IT…
“Where Darkness Lives” by Alexandra Ivy

No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect–and seduce…

I’M A TOMBOY AT HEART, BUT I WANT A MAN WHO MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A REAL WOMAN…
“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox

When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather’s never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she’s willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucian Mead posing as her husband…

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD WEREWOLVES? NOT ME, THAT’S FOR SURE…
“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines

Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities–except that it’s home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn’t frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack…

THIS IS A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS. AND I INTEND TO UNCOVER ALL OF THEM…
“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane

Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiance, Jonathan, and his twelve year old son, she’s worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon’s upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon…

I’m also going to be making an appearance at the Authors After Dark convention in Philadelphia in August. It’s the lone in-person appearance scheduled on my calendar for this year, so if you want to shake hands or hear me speak on a panel, I think there were a few spots still open last I checked.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jess:  Thanks very much for having me!


About the H&W Investigations Novels

Hunted by Others
H&W Investigations 1
(Zebra Books, January 4, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
They are the Others—the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again…

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not…

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Taken by Others
H&W Investigations 2
(Zebra Books, January 4, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
Jess Haines draws readers deep into the mesmerizing world of the Others—werewolves, vampires, and mages who make their home among humans, and are turning Shiarra Waynest’s life upside down…

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia—for very different reasons.

Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties—and even her desires…

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Deceived by Others
H&W Investigations 3
(Zebra Books, July 5, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family—or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…

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The Real Werewives of Vampire County
(Kensington, October 25, 2011)
Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011


About Jess

Interview with Jess Haines and Giveaway - July 7, 2011
The author has over 6 years freelance experience in technical writing, editing and screenplays.  More recently, this repertoire has expanded to include short stories and a series of urban fantasy novels in progress.

Jess' Links

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   One commenter will win his or her choice of one of the H&W Investigations Novels: Hunted by Others, Taken by Others, or Deceived by Others.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite video game?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

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Interview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 2011

Please welcome Jonathan Wood to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jonathan:  I suppose it's probably where I write. No Hero was written pretty much exclusively on the Long Island Railroad. I'm on it two hours a day, one hour into New York City, and one hour back, and that's the majority of my spare time. (Because Xbox time is not spare time...). It's actually a great place to write for me. I put my headphones on, my head down. There's nobody to distract me, no internet with its infinite pictures of cats doing ridiculous things. I'm not sure when I'd write if I didn't have a commute.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jonathan:  Early on in my writing, when I just started getting short stories published, I was really heavily influenced by some of the authors associated with the New Weird subgenre. People like China Miéville, Jeff Vandermeer, M. John Harrison, and K. J. Bishop. That's where I learned I could really mix and play with genres. I didn't have to be limited by my perceived perception of them. More recently I've been reading a lot of thrillers, which have really helped me with pacing. I'm a huge fan of James Rollins and Andy McDermott. Those guys really know how to ratchet up the tension. Andy McDermott is, hands-down, the best action scene writer I've come across so far.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jonathan:  I'm an obsessive plotter. I've developed a fairly involved process at this point. First I do visual research, going through images I've collected off the internet for things that seem resonant with the project I have in mind. Then I use those as springboard for writing short, two to three hundred word scenes. Nothing finished, just glimpsed moments that may or may not ever make it to the final novel. But from that process, the story I want to write starts to take shape in my head. That's when I start to plot everything out. I've found a couple of sentences per chapter works best for me. Too much and it gets stale, too little and I spend most of my time trying to work out how to get from a to b.

TQ:  Describe No Hero in 140 characters or less.

Jonathan:  Right now I'm going with: The Lovecraftian urban fantasy that dares to ask, “What would Kurt Russell do?”

TQ:  What inspired you to write No Hero?

Jonathan:  Mostly the failure of my previous novel to find a publisher. I'd written my big weird literary fantasy opus, and though I got an agent from it, publishers weren't so into it. My agent suggested I worked on pacing, and so I wanted to write something quick and fun and fast, and to really push how much action I could get into a novel. It was meant to be more of a writing exercise than anything else. But it took off and gained a life of its own. Beside that, there's a million little influences. Mike Mignola's Hellboy and BPRD comics. A comment a friend made that the urban fantasy and sword and sorcery genres had a lot in common. Kurt Russell movies. That sort of thing.

TQ:  Why did you set No Hero in Oxford, England?

Jonathan:  I tried setting it in a couple of places before I settled on Oxford. I had Arthur Wallace's (the protagonist's) voice in my head for a while and he felt very British, so at first I tried London. But I'm really not very familiar with London and I'm not big on research, so I wasn't sure I could really pull that off. So then I tried New York because I lived there for five years, and it was a big city that I thought readers would enjoy. But Arthur didn't really fit there. So then I finally tried Oxford, another place I'd lived, and the absurdity of all this high-stakes action occurring in such a sleepy little city really worked with the tone I was going for, and it just ended up sticking.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create M137 and the world of No Hero?

Jonathan:  As I mentioned I'm not a big researcher. A lot of MI37 is informed by many years of watching movies and television police dramas. Which I would probably be more ashamed of if No Hero was a more serious book, but as I was aiming for a cinematic, summer blockbuster feel, it seemed OK. That said, Google Earth was pretty invaluable in letting me get a sense of some of the locales I'm less familiar with, like Peru, and Didcott Power Station.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in No Hero?

Jonathan:  I'm pretty fond of most of the big action scenes. Trying to one-up Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider with my Peruvian temple scene was fun. Also the little side characters—Winston and Devon especially—were always a blast to write. They gave me the opportunity to worry less about plot and action and just have fun telling jokes. And then there's a couple of scenes towards the end with Kayla, where (I hope) her character really evolves and changes for the reader. I'm pretty proud of those.

TQ:  In No Hero, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jonathan:  I think Arthur Wallace is probably the answer to both of those questions. In some ways his voice is so strong in my head its easy to put him down onto the page. On the other hand, by having the book so firmly locked into his viewpoint, and his stream of consciousness, it can be difficult to get across all I want or need to get across. There are always those, 'how the heck am I going to get him over there?' moments. But it's a fun challenge. Also, sometimes the odd syntax I gave Tabitha gives me fits. Trying to make her understandable but distinct is very tricky, and there's a lot of rewriting involved. I'm always worried I'm going to slip and give her Yoda's voice.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Jonathan:  I have a two book deal, so right now I'm wrapping up my first draft in the second of the series. Teleporting Russians, zombie dinosaurs, oh my. After that... I have more ideas for Arthur Wallace stories, but a lot will depend on how the first two books perform.

TQ:  What's next?

Jonathan:  Arthur Wallace dominates the immediate future. After that... it'll depend. I have an idea for another series that I'd like to work out properly. I need to do a lot of research on the Tarot for that, but that's about as much as I'm willing to say at this point. More because it's so nebulous than from any desire to tease your readers.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jonathan:  Thanks so much for having me!


About No Hero

No Hero
Arthur Wallace 1
(Night Shade Books, July 1, 2011)

Interview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 2011
Night Shade books is proud to present the debut novel from Jonathan Wood, NO HERO.

"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO.

Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?



About Jonathan

Interview with Jonathan Wood - July 5, 2011
Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. No Hero is his debut novel. His short fiction has appeared in a large number of venues, including The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Chizine, Weird Tales, and the charity anthology Last Drink Bird Head. Most of his short fiction can be found for free at www.cogsandneurons.com. You can follow him on twitter as @thexmedic. Read the first chapter of No Hero for free at www.wix.com/jtxm27/no-hero.
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