Meet the Author with Melissa J. Crispin

I have another wonderful young adult author in the hot seat today. Her debut novel, Collide, came out recently with Evernight Teen. Welcome, Melissa!

Before I dive into the questions, I just want to take a moment to say thank you for having me on your blog today!

Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story? No need to name names, or anything.  If so, what did you put them through?

Yes, I’m guilty of this. I once had a terrible boss who I swear enjoyed making people miserable. She inspired a story about a woman who discovers her boss is a demon who thrives on the misfortune of others. The demon would draw strength from the stress and chaos that she created around her. My protagonist catches on to what’s happening and creates order in the workplace that ultimately leads to the demon’s downfall.

Ha! I think I’ve had one or two of those bosses myself. What’s your favorite paragraph from Collide and why? No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.

Wow. It’s tough to pick ‘the’ favorite paragraph for me, but this is one of them. Alright, so I cheated because I included two paragraphs, but they’re really short so I feel like they can count as one. In this scene, Alec is helping Kayla dismount from a horse. It is written from Kayla’s POV:

When my feet hit the ground, he didn’t let go, his arms circling my waist while mine wrapped around his neck. The familiarity of his closeness and the overwhelming comfort that followed nearly dropped me to my knees. Torment swirled in those sapphire eyes, and all I wanted in that moment was to calm the storm.

My gaze lowered to his lips, and I recalled the many kisses we shared, all of them emblazoned in my memory, clear as day. But it was too late for us, thanks to me.

Ooo, nice. *dashes off to grab myself a copy* Where did your hero come from? Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

The inciting incident for Collide entered my mind before I really knew who the characters were. Alec wasn’t based on anyone I know. I used the exercises in The 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt to discover who he was, though it took me much longer than ninety days to finish the first draft. I was able to formulate his likes, dislikes, motivations, and goals through the questions presented toward the beginning of the book.

As far as what makes him tick? I’d say Kayla definitely does. But, seriously, he is a hard-working guy dedicated to protecting the girl he loves. When he’s not worried about the fate of the universe, he spends his time making kick-ass meals. What’s not to love about a guy who could kick some butt should the need arise, and cook an impressive dinner when things are chill?

Mmm, love me a guy who can cook. Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future? Can you tell us about them?

Collide is a stand-alone story, but it is the start of a series. Book two has been started, but it’s in early stages yet. It picks up only a few months after where the first book leaves off. I’d love to tell you more, but that would give away what happens at the end of Collide, so I’ll have to keep it to myself for the moment.

I’ve also been working on a new adult, futuristic sci-fi romance where the President’s daughter falls in love with a galactic garbage man. She finds out later that his father is the head of a very powerful mob that her own father does shady dealings with. The main character and her love interest find themselves in the middle of a dangerous disagreement between their dads.

Tell us about your road to publication. Was it short and sweet?  Long and winding with many bumps?

My road to publication fell somewhere in the middle. Though short and sweet would have been awesome, I didn’t get published as quickly as I would’ve liked. I started writing six years ago. My first manuscript was a contemporary romance which needed so much work that, to this day, I still haven’t gathered the courage to go in and edit it.

Collide was written after that. It took me about a year to write the first draft. I remember thinking it was taking forever, but I work full-time so finding the time to write can pose interesting challenges. I went through multiple rounds with beta readers, and received several rejections when I started submitting to various literary agents. Each time I was lucky enough to get feedback with a rejection, I fine-tuned whatever I could. At some point, I switched gears and decided that I wanted to work with a small press. I had heard great things about Evernight, and decided to submit to them. I was over the moon when Evernight Teen accepted Collide for publication.

Going back to edit a story is so hard, isn’t it? We’re so glad you persevered with Collide! If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and why?

I don’t know if other people would find this boring, but I would love to be an omni-linguist like Wonder Woman. Though it may not seem exciting on the surface, it would be incredibly useful. I love the idea of being able to hop on a plane to anywhere in the world, and be able to communicate with anyone, no matter what language they spoke. How cool is that?

Awesome answer – you could be a master negotiator of peace with those bad-ass skills. If I opened up your purse/handbag right now, what would I find in there?

I carry around a wristlet, rather than a regular-sized handbag, so there isn’t much I can cram in there. The only thing it can hold is my wallet, a pack of gum, and a pen. If I get crafty, I can sometimes stick my phone in there, too.

 Thanks for letting us into your creative mind today, Melissa. And now for the pretty. Isn’t it awesome?

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When the balance between Earth, Afterlife, and Heaven are threatened, the fate of the universe falls on a selfish girl who must sacrifice everything to save it.

Kayla has a plan. She’s moving to the city after graduation and Luke’s coming with her. He’ll eventually become a doctor, she’ll be a ballerina—and they’ll live happily ever after. That’s what she thinks, until dark forces, led by a sister she never knew existed, start hunting her down for a power she never knew she had.

When Kayla starts working with a boy named Alec to learn how to defend herself and to stop the evil from eliminating the worlds, she finds herself falling for him. Hard. Torn between two loves and struggling to do what’s right for Earth and Afterlife, Kayla must decide if she’s fighting to keep her life together, or letting it go to save everyone else’s.

 

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Did Annabelle Blume ever have a broken heart? #nalit #giveaway

We have a very special edition of Meet the Author this morning with Roane Publishing’s Annabelle Blume as part of her book tour for her new novella, Old Flame. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. Check it out.

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Have you ever had your heart broken?  How did you cope?

Of course I’ve had a broken heart. I was great at moving on from relationships. I accepted that they were over, cried a bit, and then went back out into the world. It helps if you don’t get so lost in your relationship that you alienate your friends. When my young romances were over, I always had a great group of friends around me to help me get through.

So you took the mature route. Awesome. Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story?  No need to name names, or anything.  🙂  If so, what did you put them through?

No, I haven’t, yet. But honestly, I have plans to!

You HAVE to try it. It’s so much fun. Where did your hero come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

Marc and James have been inspired by guys I’ve known in real life. I’ll go to my grave with their identities.

Hmm, I wonder if they’d recognize themselves if they read the book? 🙂 Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?  Can you tell us about them?

Definitely. There are more books coming for Hannah, Marc, and James. Their story is far from over. And, eventually, I will be working on an Urban Fantasy, but that’s on the back burner while Hannah is doing her thing in the Hearts Aflame Files.

UF is my fav thing to write! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one. There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack.  Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

Why just one? Right now, being the middle of winter and all, I’m rocking my sock monkey PJs and fuzzy socks on a regular basis. In the summer, I’m known to sleep in a tank top and some boy shorts. Naked doesn’t really work–three kids and all.

Ah, it gives kids character when their folks strut around naked. Or is that trauma? *snort* Do you have any quirks?  Odd little tidbits about you that few people know?

I wave my freak flag pretty proudly, so everyone who knows me probably knows my quirks. Let’s see…I can pick things up with my toes. How’s that for a quirk?

Ha! I do that too. I can even write with them in a pinch. 🙂 Biggest pet peeve, can be in writing or about people or circumstances.

Assholes disguised as nice people.

Oh yeah, that’s a big one of mine, too. If you could take back a single moment of your life, what would it be and why?

No regrets. I wouldn’t be who I am today without every single decision I’ve made along the way.

Wow. Oh yeah, me too, totally. Not!

Now that we’ve gotten to know Annabelle a little better, let’s have a look at the pretty, shall we?

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Blurb

Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared.

But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong.

Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.

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{Meet the Author} Viola Ryan #giveaway

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Welcome to a fresh new addition of Meet the Author and a blog tour stop for Viola Ryan, author of The Mark of Abel.  Below, you can enter to win a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate.  Who couldn’t use more books?

Lovely to have you here, Viola.  Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story?  No need to name names, or anything.    If so, what did you put them through?

In one of the original drafts of The Mark of Abel I put my arch-enemy from my childhood in. When I  say arch-enemy, I mean we met after school and actually fist fought multiple times. She was incredibly popular and blackballed me from third grade on (we started out as best friends in third grade). It wasn’t until high school that I really had friends again. I needed someone bitchy for the dean of the college where my heroine taught art appreciation.  Dean McKneely ended up edited out before I submitted my draft, but it felt good to write about her.

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I bet that actually felt better to write her out.  Torture her for a while, then just erase her.  Yeah, that works.  🙂  What author do you most admire?  What about him/her earned the place at the top of your list?

I’m going to count Joss Whedon as an author, since he writes screenplays. I started writing because I was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I learned how to write listening to his and the other writers at Mutant Enemies talk about how they wrote the show. I admire Joss for three main reasons. 1. His message of female empowerment extended beyond the script to how he empowered women like Marti Noxon and Jane Espenson.  2. He isn’t one of those writers who hides away in a writing cave. He interacts with his fans, allows fan-fiction, and is a phenomenal ambassador for the genre.  He not only shows us how to write, but how to be a writer. 3. His speculative fiction is full of meaning. It is much more than mindless entertainment. I used to belong to a group  called the Existential Scoobies.  We talked about the show on many levels, including philosophical and psychological.

Awesome.  I’m a fan as well.  Firefly was amazing.  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?

Next up is The Chalice of Creation. It will continue with the redemption theme started in The Mark of Abel. The tagline is “Lucifer must find the Chalice of Creation before fallen angels or face humanity’s extermination.”

I’m intrigued by the blurb for The Mark of Abel, and this one is just as enticing.  How much of you is in your hero/heroine?

This was a tricky one. I come from Buffy/Angel fan-fiction. The worst thing you can possibly do in fan-fiction is create a Mary Sue. That is when the author inserts herself into the story as a wish fulfillment in such a way that it degrades the canon characters. I was  uber-leary of putting any of myself in my heroine.  I made her an artist because I cannot paint  (at least I used to not be able to. I had to learn hot to in order to write her scenes. At my website http://www.violaryan.com you can see my paintings). I made her look as different from me as possible. She turned out boring. Then I poured myself into her and she came to life. i even dressed her by going to my closet. At book signings, I plan to wear the black quilted oriental jacket she’s always wearing.

I think every MC has to have a little of his/her author to have that extra spark.  Very interesting journey you took with your heroine.  If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and why?

I want to be able to fly. If you can fly, you don’t have to worry about falling. I’m not scared of heights, so much as I don’t trust my own balance. I’m a major clutz. I’d love to look at the world from above. I’d love to be able to travel from one place to another  by going “as the crow flies.” I’d love to feel the wind caress me as I cut through it.

Yikes.  I’d join you if not for my pee-my-pants fear of heights.  Give me a motorcycle, and that’s as close as I’ll get to flying.  🙂 If you could live your life as an animal, what would it be and why?

I’m a cat at heart. I like to fall asleep while sunning myself. I like choosing who I deal with and who I turn my tail at and walk away. I wish I could get people to wait on me like cat owners do. And …ooh look….shiny thing.

*snort*  That’d be the life, wouldn’t it?  I’d totally pick that, too, if it weren’t for the tiny little paw fingers that aren’t much good for writing books.  🙂  Best.  Movie.  Ever.  As in, went to the theatre ten times to see it.

As I said, I adore Joss Whedon. It would be a tie between Avengers and Serenity. I’ve seen Serenity in the theatre 5 times, including 2 sneak previews.  I even dressed up at Inara for one of them. I’ve only seen Avengers in the theatre 2 times.  I’ve seen both countless times on DVD/Blu-Ray, including with commentary.

Serenity was how I discovered Firefly, though I saw it at home.  Good choice.  If I found a genie in a bottle, my three wishes would be __________.

I’d have one wish. I’d want to be a genie. Thanks to Romance Writers of America, I  have a huge autograph collection. My favorite comes from Rachel Caine. It’s in Total Eclipse the last Weather Warden novel. It reads “To  Jeanie, who is  probably secretly a Jeannie, or, maybe a DJINN! Rachel Caine.” I adore her.

And now for the pretty.  Check it out!  What a great cover.

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Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.

 

Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.

 

Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.

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{Blog Tour} Soul Avenged by Keri Lake #giveaway #soulavenged

Today I welcome Keri Lake for a stop on her blog tour to celebrate the release of Soul Avenged, a Sons of Wrath novel.  Check below for details of Keri’s amazing giveaway.

Welcome, to the hot seat, Keri!  Where did your hero come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

The hero in my book came to me after I’d fleshed out the female protagonist.  Ordinarily I like to write the mean, brooding bad boy types, which seems like, would be right up Ayden’s alley.  But the deeper you dive into her character, the more you realize the kind of hero that would challenge her the most and probably make her fall harder. 

I remember watching Blade: Trinity (warning explicit language and violence) and Ryan Reynolds’ character cracked me up.  I loved him in this movie and thought his smartass attitude would make the perfect compliment to such a serious character as Ayden.  So Kane is slightly modeled after Hannibal King’s character in the movie.

Ooh, I need to watch that again now that you’ve mentioned his character.  Love me some Blade.  Are you a thrill seeker?  What’s your adrenaline of choice?  Motorcycles?  Roller coasters?  Sky diving?  Bungee jumping?

This isn’t going to be on par with jumping out of an airplane or swimming with Great White sharks, but I’ve always had a thing for fast moving vehicles.  My dad and uncles fixed up old cars as a hobby so I grew up with an appreciation for them.  But there is something about motorcycles that just gets my adrenaline going.  The faster, the better.

Yup.  Ditto.  Bikes have always been my fav, too.  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?  Can you tell us about them?

Yes!  Book 2 of Sons of Wrath, with a working title of Soul Resurrected, is written and ready for edits.  I’ve also plotted a couple of novellas that will explore some of the characters a bit more intimately, and then I’ll begin book 3 sometime this summer.  Very exciting stuff on the horizon!

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I can’t wait to get my hands on number one, then I’ll be bugging you for the rest.  🙂  There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack.  Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

Words cannot express how much I love this question… in fact, I wrote a blog post during this tour and referenced Mary Fisher from She Devil.  Haha! 

I’m definitely not writing romance in the buff, and silk or satin would make the laptop slide around too much.  Nope, I’m a pajama pants and t-shirt kinda girl.  

You gave me a total visual with the writing in the buff thing.  Can you say laptop burns!  *snort*  How much of you is in your hero/heroine?

Quite a bit of me is in my heroine, actually.  That’s not to say I’m out slaying wolves or anything, but I’m very quiet and have been called feisty at times, just like Ayden. 

What kind of high school personality were you?  Band dork?  Jock?  Loner?  Brainiac?

I was actually a combination of these.  I didn’t have tons of friends, but I was very close to the ones I had.  I was a member of National Honor Society and kept a pretty high grade point average, but I was also a cheerleader and played sports.  Kind of a mixed breed, I suppose.

Wow, way to go on the Honor Society!  🙂  If you could have an hour alone with any literary character, who would it be?  What would you say to him or her?  Or do with, if you’re more adventurous 😉

Oh my gosh.  Rydstrom Woede from Kresley Cole’s Kiss of a Demon King.  See, I know that there are a lot of drool-worthy heroes in books—I’ve seen JR Ward’s brothers listed a few times as book boyfriends and Larissa Ione’s demons always get a lot of love from the readers.  I don’t know what the hell it is about this character, but he gets my fan-girl flags a-waving.  Perhaps it’s his clearly alpha male dominant presence, mixed with calmness & logic, and a very reverent and protective approach to the female lead in the book … you know, what’s-her-name chick who—rolls eyes—ends up with him in the end.

But if I got to be the lead … well, let’s just say I’d keep him chained up a little longer than she did.  And I don’t think I’d be too worried about interrogations.

Okay, interest spiked.  I have not read that.  Will soon rectify.  *sneaks away to add to TBR*  Do you play music when you write?

Yes I do!  Music is a must!  My favorite type of music is Alternative/Rock.  I listen to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold, Paramore, Flyleaf, Deftones, NIN, Metric and The XX.

Now for the pretty and the deets!

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Passion is blind in vengeance and love  …

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:

KILL THEM ALL.

The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest.  To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most.  She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice.  As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

SOUL AVENGED (Sons of Wrath, #1)

By: Keri Lake

Release Date:  February 6, 2013

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance/Dark Urban Fantasy

ISBN:  978-0-9848517-3-7

Number of pages:  533

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About Keri Lake:

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan.  She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and loves a good, tragic love story.  Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel.  If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world.  And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.

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{Meet the Author} Jennifer M. Eaton

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It’s time for another round of Meet the Author.  Today I welcome Jennifer M. Eaton to the hot seat so she can introduce her newly released story, Jack and Jill, Volume I.

Welcome, Jennifer! 

Let’s turn up the heat a little, shall we?  😉  If you met a yummy man who had a time machine, where would you ask him to take you, and when?

Oh!  So many scrumptious choices!  Let’s see… He’s yummy right?  Well, there’s nothing sexier than a guy in armor jousting, so lets go back to Medieval England.  Yeah, a big flowing dress for me, and a knight in not-so-shiny armor.  Sounds like a date to me!

I’m a medieval girl, too, when the men were mostly devilish brutes.  *swoon*  What’s your favorite paragraph from Jack and Jill?  No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.

This is the paragraph that immediately came to mind.  It might lose a little without the lead in, but these are the woes of a secret office romance… 

He leaned back down to my computer and moved the mouse. The cursor swept across my screen, pointing at nothing. “Do you realize how long it’s been since I kissed you?”

“Before Christmas, you’d never kissed me.”

He kept his eyes on my monitor and brushed his smooth cheek against mine. A sweet musky scent embraced my senses as the heat of his touch raged through me with the speed of a chariot. “What a waste of six years.” He stood and walked toward my cubicle doorway. “Thanks. I’ll go get those reports.” He winked and slipped into the hall, leaving me trembling in the wake of his Jack-ness. 

Ooo, I’m all tingly.  Nice scene setup.  Do you have any odd rituals when you write, like stand on your head to get the blood flowing or turn around three times before you sit at your desk?  Not that I do that, just saying.

Ha!  I totally bet you do… I hope you keep those drapes drawn at all times.  I have caught myself “turning into” a character and talking “to the right” then I turn into the other character and “talk to the left”  It helps me to get a feel of the conversation if I’m part of it.  🙂

I have no curtains 😉 and I can honestly say I’ve never thought of acting out my scenes.  *nods*  That could be interesting.  Where did your hero come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know. 

Tee Hee.  Everyone needs a little daytime persuasion, right?  I must admit, the guys in my stories are hunky from MY PERSPECTIVE, but I have very particular tastes, which don’t match what’s on the covers of Romance Novels.  The funny thing is, I married a cute, plump guy who just lost 60 pounds or so, and is coming close to looking like one of these cover-guys.  I’m not complaining. 

Right on!  Good for him.  Mine recently lost a great deal too.  What scared you most as a child?  Has it changed as an adult?

As a child I was scared to death of things that went bump in the night. There was an old movie called “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” that kept me up and terrified for over a year.  I recently got a copy of it for my husband, but I have not had the guts to watch it yet myself, even though the dark doesn’t bother me anymore.

I’ve never seen it, but now I have to.  With all of the lights on and long before I have to go to bed, of course.  🙂  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?

Oh Yes!  Always a ton on the Horizon.  Jack and Jill Volume One is (you guessed it) volume one of a series.  I’ll be telling their story through the first year concentrating on events that happen during holidays.  Great fun.  I also have a Paranormal Romance called Une Variante that I am currently shopping at publishers.  I should have my first Young Adult novel, Fire in the Woods completed in the next few months.  That’s my current baby.  It’s a roller coaster chase through the woods while dodging explosions kind of novel.  Tons of fun!

Wow, you’re a busy girl!  Good luck with your submissions.  Speaking of that nerve-wracking task, tell us about your road to publication.  Was it short and sweet?  Long and winding with many bumps?

I was lucky enough to pay my dues before actually getting to the point of being slapped by publishers.  I did a deep dive into the beta world and learned everything I could from anyone willing to teach me.  It took several years. I also shelved the first novel I wrote after a twenty year hiatus, and started fresh with my new wealth of information.  Because of this, I think I was a little more honed than some.  My first two submissions to publishers (for anthologies) were accepted.  Jack and Jill Volume One is my third publication. I’m far from perfect, though.  I’m still learning every day.

You’re far more patient than I am.  🙂  Do you have any phobias, like run-screaming-at-the-mere-mention-of-it, fears?

This is going to sound weird, but I have a fear of places I’ve never been to before.  I can go into a new store, or restaurant, but usually not alone.  Lately I’ve had to force myself into situations like these for book-signing and the such, so I am getting better, but it still makes me uncomfortable.

That almost sounds like something akin to agoraphobia, but for places instead of people.  I have a bit of that myself, so I sympathize.  Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better!

photoAbout Jennifer

Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be. 

Her Contemporary Sweet Romance, Jack and Jill Volume One is currently available in both print and ebook.  The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology.  Jennifer M. Eaton’s Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of the “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.

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Back of the Book

Jack and Jill Volume One:  Jill stumbles back into the dating world after twelve years of motherhood.  But things have changed a lot since the last time she dated.  Jack and Jill stories follow the challenges of a woman holding on to traditional values in a world that has evolved without her. Now that she has found the man of her dreams, will Jill be able to hold on to him without compromising what she believes in?

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What is Terri Rochenski’s biggest pet peeve? #MeetTheAuthor

Up today on Meet the Author, where we lift up their skirts and check out their clockworks, we have Terri Rochenski, author of Sacrificial Oath, a short story in the upcoming anthology, Make Believe.

Nice to have you here, Terri!  *rubs hands together and gives an evil snicker*  Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?  What is your biggest pet peeve, as in shred someone’s face if this happens to you?

Always hated when people mocked me. When people mocked me.
It’s really annoying. It’s really annoying.
Childish. Childish.
Makes me want to stab them with a pitchfork.  *mocker slinks away*

Gah!  That is annoying, isn’t it?  Nobody has ever done that to me an adult, and probably a good thing, too.  Yep, the pitch fork thing sounds just about right for me, too.  😉  After you’re done stabbing your mocker to death, what if you ran into a yummy man who had a time machine … where would you ask him to take you?

Assuming that yummy man was Henri Cavill & in a high ranking duke in Henry VIII’s court, I’d ask him to take me to his castle. To be locked in his bedchamber, of course.  And here he is just for your viewing pleasure, Joce. (And mine, of course.)

Oh, my, yes.  I seem to remember drooling … I mean *ahem* seeing him in that HBO series a while ago.  You have great taste, my dear.  Whoeee!  While I’m over here fanning myself and trying to will the rest of his shirt open, why don’t you tell us what scared you most as a child?  Has it changed as an adult?

Snakes, and no it hasn’t. To this day I still pull my feet up off the floor if I see one slithering on the TV – even tiny garters. Give me ants. Give me spiders galore. Give me rats & cockroaches. Just. Not. Snakes.

I have a couple of family members like you.  I’d snicker and point, but I’m that way with spiders, so … yeah, I’ll just keep my kisser shut tight.  When you aren’t skittering away from little slithering reptiles, you must be writing.  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?

I like to think my brewing WIP, The Crystal Portal, is that fantastic novel that will shoot me to stardom along with Patrick Rothfuss and Terry Goodkind. Set in a Tuscan-like fantasy world, it’s the story of a sheltered vinter’s daughter thrown into a court led by a lecherous young king and his power-hungry mage. Forced to take part in a contest for the king’s hand, she steps through the portal into another world, and finds the means to dethrone the man ruining her homeland.

Ooo, that sounds positively intriguing.  When will it be done?  Seriously, when?  Now?  In two sleeps?  Three?  😉  You wouldn’t know I had a six year old, or anything, would you?  Ha!

Speaking of kids, we all began somewhere as an awkward or possibly way cool teenager way back when.  What kind of high school personality were you?  Band dork?  Jock?  Loner?  Brainiac?

Good Lord. My 20th reunion is this summer, so I’ve been thinking about this lately. I was a total choir dork, had a small group of friends, ran track, and was considered a snob. Don’t know why, though. I guess because I was a confident, self-righteous farm girl. All but the farm girl part changed when I went away to college. But that’s another story.

Points to Terri.  WE HAVE ANOTHER FARM GIRL HERE!!!!  Yesssssss!  You’re the only other farmer’s daughter-turned author I know.  We rock!  *snort*  Growing up in the country, I wonder what kind superhero you’d choose to be if you could.  The overalled avenger, perhaps?  😉

Ever see that movie ‘Jumper’? Yup. I’d totally be that. I have one in my current WIP which is in the editing stages. Obrin’s a big oaf, but he’s got a kick@$$ Talent.
WHY? Well … I could literally jump through time & space to anywhere. Anytime. First place I’d go after robbing King Henry VIII blind? Off to Duke Henry Cavill’s bedchamber, of course.

I do remember that movie, starring the guy who played Anakin Skywalker, right?  Oh yeah, that would be fun.  I’d go to 15th century Scotland to ogle all of the big kilt-wearing lads. 😉 

If you could have an hour alone with any literary character, who would it be?  What would you say to him or her?  Or do with, if you’re more adventurous 😉

Oh boy. I can think of LOTS of characters I’d like to do … erm … listen to. *clears throat* Seriously, though, I’d have to say Laura Ingles Wilder.
I know, I know. Your brow just rose a good four inches & you’re wondering WTH??? Her Little House on the Prairie series were the first ‘big girl’ books I read – gifts from my Mom Mom. Read & re-read them till the pages wore & tore. Sadly I no longer have that gift set, but my life changed upon receiving it.
I always thought I was born in the wrong era—I should have been a woman of the American Frontier, traveling by wagon train to Montana or Oregon.

Spoken like a true country girl.  Love it.  What would you serve her for dinner?  Favorite food, as in need-to-get-a-room-to-be-alone-with-it, favorite.

Well I’ve got lots of those. My newest, though, would be Red Cat (sweet red wine from Hazlitt Winery in NY), asiago cheese, and green olives.  Major yums right there. Major.
Thanks. Now my mouth is watering on a TOO-early Saturday morning. Blah.

I’m not a big wine drinker, but I LOVES me some asiago cheese.  Yummers!  And speaking of yummies, isn’t this cover B-E-A-utiful?

Back of the book:

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

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Where do Claude Dancourt’s characters come from? #MeetTheAuthor

Thanks for stopping by another edition of Meet the Author, where we have authors turn out their mental pockets so we can see what interesting bits of lint fall out.  🙂  Today in the hot-seat, we have Claude Dancourt, author of the fantasy novel, Return to Caer Lon. 

Welcome, Claude.  Let’s start right in with a juicy morsel.  Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story?

Yes, actually. One character in Return to Caer Lon is someone I know and don’t particularly like. But I won’t tell who! And I played fair… I can’t tell you more or I will ruin the party ;p

Ah, come on!  You’re such a tease.  😉 I guess we’ll just have to read the book and make our own guesses, right?  Time to entice us a little more–what’s your favorite paragraph from the book?  No spoilers now, just a nice tease if you please.

That’s a tough one, I like so many! Okay, I’ll go with one which occurs in chapter 26. It involves socks. I like that scene because it shows that the dynamic between the main characters remains the same, though their relationship has already evolved. And I can just picture their faces while they talk.

“I beg your pardon?”

The young man glowered. Had she coerced him to visit places of his soul he voluntarily ignored, only to mock him? It would be… exactly like her; the former her. The one she was back in Haven, when they disregarded each other; the one she was, well… before.

Derek returned his attention to Sacha, brows knitted.

“… Not what I meant. I have enough with looking after Elwyn and Sebastian. I have no wish to include you in my list of brothers.”

“Sebastian is your cousin, not your brother.” Derek corrected her out of habit “And last time I checked, you were hitting Elwyn on the head with his own socks. It is a strange way to look after him.”

Ha!  A strange way, indeed.  I totally need to read this!  Where did your characters come from?  Someone you know?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

Generally, my characters are not one person in particular with one or two exceptions maybe. They are more a patchwork from people I know, read about, saw, etc. They have a part of me, a part of my relatives, my neighbors, coworkers, girl/boy next door, actors. Sometimes they are born out of a sunset, or a piece of music. I can’t really pinpoint where they come from.

I’m totally with you, there.  Most of mine are compilations of several people, too.  Makes for more interesting personalities that way.  🙂  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?

I am blessed (or cursed) with restless muses. I have tons of ideas for new novels. I am not attached to one genre yet, though I like to include romantic issues in my plots. I am seriously working on a paranormal fantasy, Moonshadows, and I am also playing with ideas for different stories. I’d like to use some characters from Second Chances again. It seems fun to build an entire universe through different novels. Maybe I’ll write a sequel to Return to Caer Lon, I’m not sure yet.

Right on.  I love it when an author knows where he’s going, and I also like to know where he’s been.  😉  What kind of high school personality were you?  Band dork?  Jock?  Loner?  Brainiac?

Loner brainiac. Which is probably why I love books so much.

I’m utterly shocked at the number of authors in that category.  It seems to be a precursor to becoming a writer.  I’ve always fantasized about having some neat skill I could use to wreak havoc … uh, I mean keep peace in the world.  Yeah, that’s what I meant.  😉   If you could be a superhero, what would your power be?

I don’t think I want to be a superhero. In Smallville, my favorite character is Chloe Sullivan. She orchestrates the whole thing with a computer and wits. That’s more my style. But if I have to pick one, I would probably choose Rogue from the X-men. She can borrow every power.

Oh yeah, I like Rogue, too, though Wolverine is my favorite.  Okay, superheroes aside, there are lots of other neat stuff I’d like to try on for size.  If you could choose to be any supernatural being, werewolf, vampire, god, demon, what would it be?

An Elf. I like their ears!

*snort*  Haha!  Can you tell I wasn’t expecting that answer?  Love it.  Speaking of loving it, check out the cover of Return to Caer Lon!  Very mystical.  I have a thing for amazing skies, and this one is incredible.

Back of the book

Thirty hundred years ago, Arthur Pendragon, High King of the Ten Kingdoms, was betrayed and the royal city of Caer Lon became a myth.

Fifteen years ago, the sorcerer Wolfryth killed King William Pendragon in his quest for power and usurped the throne of Camelot. Queen Ylianor and her five year old son fled the kingdom to take refuge in Haven at Duke Geraint’s court.

Today, Prince Derek follows Geraint’s beautiful daughter Sacha into a reckless mission to save her brother from Wolfryth. He will need to embrace his heritage and to trust magic if he wants to find his way back to Caer Lon and unlock its secrets before the sorcerer kills them all.

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