Welcome, Jess. We are so honored to have you here. Thanks for taking time to answer a few questions for us. Doc Jess will be giving away signed copies of Bear Claw Bodyguard and Lord of the Wolfyn to one random commenter. Contest ends Thursday at midnight and is open to US residents only.
1) Tell us about the upcoming installment in the Night Keepers series.
Hey guys, and thanks for letting me visit with you today! Let’s see, what’s up next …. In April, Sven’s book will be released, in all its hubba-hubba cover glory! Here’s the blurb for MAGIC UNCHAINED:
On December 21, 2012, dark forces will stand poised to crush mankind beneath a vicious rule of terror and blood sacrifice. Our only hope rests with a group living in secret among us: modern magic wielders called the Nightkeepers.
Cara Liu must earn her place as the leader of the winikin—the slave race of the Nightkeepers—but her powerful feelings for Nightkeeper Sven could jeopardize the balance, right when the winikin must become warriors in their own right. Sven tries to keep his distance given their troubled past, but when they are betrayed by one of their own, he can no longer deny the attraction.
Their searing chemistry—and the danger—increases as they race to locate a hidden cave that could hold the key to resurrecting the Nightkeepers’ strongest ancestor. But their growing feelings face the ultimate test when the winikin army faces an unimaginable threat and Sven is called on to make the hardest choice of his life…
2) How do you manage to write these consistently fun and exciting full-length novels AND write for Harlequin Intrigue?
Aww, thanks for the kind words! Actually, I enjoy writing both series very much. The Nightkeeper books are so long and intricate that sometimes it’s nice to kick back and write a shorter Intrigue … but by the same token, I love the freedom that the longer books give me to do so much more with the stories. As for how I keep them straight in my head … different fonts. I’ve taught my brain that if we’re writing in Courier New it’s an Intrigue, whereas Times New Roman is a Nightkeeper book. LOL!
3) How much promotion do you do?
Not as much as I used to … when the series first launched, I did lots of online and print ads, appearances and virtual events. Over time, though, as the series gained a good fan base, I was able to do less promo and focus more on getting the books written. These days, I blog with friends, am active on Facebook (fan me as ‘DocJess’ or ‘Jessica Andersen’ to see all my oh-so-Freudian typos), send out a newsletter prior to each release, and attend a few writing conferences and book signings. The most important thing (in my opinion), though, is writing the next book!
4) What’s next on the horizon for you and your writing? Another series after Night Keepers?
Yes, there will definitely be another series after the Nightkeepers … but it’s sort of a secret. All I’m going to say about it right now is that it’ll be contemporary, paranormal, a little lighter and spunkier than the Nightkeeper books, but with the same nod to mythology and Indiana Jones-esque action 😉
5) How’s married life treating you? Is being a newlywed helping or hindering your writing?
(I know this last one is personal, but inquiring minds want to know? Feel free to disregard last question unless you want to dish!)
Shall I gush? LOL. Okay, I’ll spare you the “my life is wonderful” squee-ing and just say that the both of us took some knocks getting to each other, but that just makes what we have now so much sweeter.
As for the writing, I’m only just now getting it back on track. Interestingly, I found that it was easier to write when things weren’t going so well for me, because writing was my escape, and with so much conflict in my life, it was a no-brainer to put it on the page.
When I got out of the bad situation I was in, got myself healthy, and unexpectedly met The One, though, things got tougher on the writing front. Once I stopped wanting to blow up the world, writing about the coming apocalypse wasn’t so fun anymore. I wanted my characters to be happy and in love, so conflict was hard. More, I didn’t really want to be at the computer when there were far more interesting things to be doing in the outside world. LOL.
Let’s just say that I’ve had to re-learn how to write, and I’m now telling my stories from a very different emotional place. I think they’re stronger, sexier and more romantic now … but I’ll let the readers be the judges of that!
My recent Nocturne release, LORD OF THE WOLFYN, was the book I wrote while I was getting to know my now-husband online, and this month’s Intrigue, BEAR CLAW BODYGUARD, was the first I wrote after I met him in person. I hope you’ll check them out, and enjoy!
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