Jodie Pierce is thirty-seven years old and lives with her
husband, John in Cleveland, Ohio along with four beautiful step-children. She
has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a
child and has had a long history with them. It wasn't until she started reading
the Anne Rice vampire books that she was truly inspired. She was an exchange
student in Brasil in high school so you can find some of her experiences from
there in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as
she also enjoys research and learning about new places. She has published five
short novels(Eternal Press), a short story in "Midnight Thirst 2", an
anthology(Melange Books), has two self-published books and has several short
stories that she still works on. She's always busy with the next great vampire
story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams.
Hi Jodi thank you for guesting on the blog this
Hi and it's good to be here.
I have some
questions for you so get ready....
Q. What type of genre do you write?
Q. What genre to you personally read?
Tell me about your latest?
The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this
time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of
vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by
all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and
cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds
and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the
Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to
attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain
her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change
history? All will be told in the end.
Q. What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?
My parents always read. Mom was a Librarian and Dad
read at least a book a day so I started reading while being grounded and loved
Q. What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book?
had books 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to be able to say I had a trilogy. I
decided to close up some things from the first two books and the idea for the
book came to me in a dream.
Q. What has been your best moment as a writer?
The day I got that email that said they wanted to
publish my first story.
Q. Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
No but I write other people around me into my characters.
Q.Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
There’s always more to do. More to write...LOL!
Q. What does your workspace look like?
I work, sitting on my recliner with my computer on my lap. My
table next to my chair is loaded with papers, notes and Luna bar wrappers.
Q. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy watching tv with hubby, getting coffee or a bite to
eat out, spend time with my parents.
Q. What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Persistance but most writers/artists aren’t sane.
Q. Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?
I just always knew since middle school. I loved to
write even then.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep trying. Go for your dreams. You only fail if you give
Q. Tell us about your current release and who would be your favorite character?
The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects
only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A
school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is
feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up
to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and
witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An
ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as
an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work?
Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells
woven work and change history?
My favorite character is the main character, The Vampire
Queen. She is at first a scared young woman who has to relearn everything about
herself that she once knew. After that, she becomes sassy, seductive,
impulsive, sometimes arrogant, petulant yet ruthless and looking to resume her
reign in the vampire race.
Q. Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
I pick all my names from a giant baby book I have or from online baby name
sites. I usually think of a letter for the name and then search say all the
‘t’s and look for a name with a meaning of the main characteristic of that
character. It makes it more fun for me and though no one knows my ‘evil name
plot’ it amuses me.
Q. Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Well, not exactly travel in as far as my personal traveling
to locations but I research all of my locations. I like to do research so I
look up everything from places, food, clothes, etc. It helps me learn about new
places and makes the reading more interesting in my opinion.
Q. What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I like the creative outlet that it gives me. Much of my
writing comes from dreams I have. I dream a concept and then have other dreams
about various sequences within the book. I often wake up at 4am and have to
write. I also lay in bed before falling asleep just dwelling on it and come up
with some great ideas so I have a pen and paper next to the bed for that.
Sometimes, hubby gives me a great concept for a story and then I just run away
with it. That’s the case for the story I’m working on now. Sometimes I get
stuck in the middle but then when the floodgates open, look out! LOL!
Q. What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
Well, this is a tricky one without offending others but I
have to be honest. My hubby is my biggest supporter. Like I said, he gives me
ideas, reads my books, buys them (encourages me to buy others’ books I need to
feed my starving readers brain), etc. He tells me all the time how proud of me
he is and reminds me when I’m down how far I’ve come in reaching my goal to be
a writer. On the flip side, my parents (which I’m very close to) don’t really
seem to care. They have never read any of my stories (and they read a
lot-sometimes 4 books a week). My mother claims it’s because they are about
vampires and she’s not into that genre. My dad has said he’s proud of me but
gives me crap about not making millions on them. It’s frustrating. I love them
but they don’t support me, I feel so I’m at a loss with them and don’t bring it
up much anymore.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
My hubby and I seem to be foodies. We watch all the cooking and food shows. We
love to try new things, places, food, etc. On the cooking shows, they spoke
about using bone marrow. I already have a hard time with eating food off a bone
so it grossed me out. I said I’d ‘never’ eat it. Well, we went to a critically
acclaimed chef’s restaurant, Lolita by Michael Simon and it was on the menu. He
ordered it and I was still skeptical but he talked me into trying it. I have to
say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was actually pretty good. I wouldn’t
eat it every day and it is an acquired taste but it was good.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is also the woman who inspired me to write about vampires. I
was writing romance, bored to death with it and uninspired. I have had a
fascination with vampires since I was a child but it wasn’t until I read an
Anne Rice book that I decided I should write about these vampires that I’d
grown to love so much over the years. As far as my erotic books, Christine
Feehan was my additional inspiration after reading Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty
series. Ms. Feehan’s books were amazing and took my imagination to places I had
never thought I’d be able to put out on paper.
Q. Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
“I often paint self-portraits for it is I that knows myself the best”-Freida
It reminds me to look inward at myself as that’s where everything in my life
Q. After this book, what is next?
I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The
Thank you for dropping by Jodi and good luck with whatever you so next.