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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome to author Jodi Pierce


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 week.
 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? 
 Paranormal

Q. What genre to you personally read? 
Paranormal
 
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. Where is your book available?  www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com   

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 it.

Q. What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book? 
 
I already 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 up.

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 Kahlo
It reminds me to look inward at myself as that’s where everything in my life comes from.

Q. After this book, what is next? 

I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The Forsaken One.
 

Thank you for dropping by Jodi and good luck with whatever you so next.

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