Sunday, September 18, 2011
Author Interview/Giveaway - Stone Cold Seduction by Jess McAllen (Entangled Publishing)
Describe your book in five words or less.
Surprising, witty and somewhat dark.
How did the ideas for your books come to you?
It’s a random process. I’m usually struck by inspiration right before I fall asleep, or when I’m doing dishes. A scene or character will pop into my head, and I’ll flesh out the story from there. My creativity flows best when I keep the process organic.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Regardless of your perceived fate, you still have a choice about how your life will unfold.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
The hardest part is keeping a regular writing schedule. With 3 young children, it’s almost impossible. I have to stay flexible with my time. The easiest part is coming up with ideas. I have more ideas than I can write in my lifetime. The creative well is always full, though choosing what to work on next can be a fun challenge.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I’m working on the third book in the Set in Stone series, and then I’ll switch direction for a bit and work on a middle grade. Then I’ll move back to an urban fantasy/paranormal book. Switching genres keeps my muse engaged and my writing fun.
Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I’m very much a genre jumper because my reading and writing tastes are so eclectic. But the urban fantasy/paranormal genre is one of the first I fell in love with. As a writer, I have a blast creating a paranormal world. The possibilities are unlimited. I also love researching the magical, paranormal and mythological aspects. I’ve always been intrigued by anything beyond the norm.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
I’m never quite sure how to respond. It’s an awesome feeling, but it also makes me a little nervous. I worry about whether or not my story will entertain them. I have to work hard to silence that inner critic and simply say, “Thank you. I hope you love it.”
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I love off the wall questions that make me really think, but I’ve always wanted someone to ask me which of my characters I’d be friends with in real life. I have a soft spot for Elle’s best friend, Teryl. He’s the kind of guy you can’t help but like—smart, funny and charming.
What was your road to publications like?
I hit a lot of speed bumps and dead ends. With each rejection, I fine-tuned my submission. I had to believe in my writing. Fortunately, it only takes on person to see the potential in a story and make an offer. I received a great opportunity with Entangled Publishing, and I’ll always be thankful this series found a home with them. I continue to learn something new with each book. I seem to learn best by trial and error (emphasis on the “error”), but I’m able to grow because of it. My goal is to constantly evolve as a writer.
Thanks so much for having me on Books, Books the Magical Fruit! I love connecting with readers. You can find me at www.JessMacallan.com | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. She thrives on creative chaos. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as possible.
When not writing or chasing trouble, she teaches yoga, reads, runs a mini farm, watches MMA and gardens. The only things she takes seriously are chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.