While I was away with computer issues, C.G. Coppola was awesome enough to feature an interview with me on her blog. She asks greats questions – and she writes amazing books, too! Check out the interview to read my lame attempt at a Joe Coffey imitation, and a few other sad jokes. While you’re there, be sure to check out her other posts and her books!
Barbara Tarn has thrown her hat into the vampire ring with great success :) Check out the new release!
Originally posted on creative barbwire (or the many lives of a creator):
So, Japan. If you travel to Japan, you don’t need to bring travel slippers or PJs, since the hotels will give you that – at least in Takayama and Kyoto they had PJs for guests. I sleep with a nightgown, so I didn’t try them.
If you’re a smoker, you better stay at home, since it’s forbidden to smoke except in selected areas (meaning no, you’re not allowed to smoke in the streets either).
Food – since I don’t like sushi, I was kind of wary and thought I’d eat only ramen for 9 days. Nope. I actually had ramen only once. I didn’t mind tempura, loved the crabs and I like shrimps. I even had meat and it was good. So the food is fine – I didn’t starve! :)
People – they’re all very nice, but their English is mostly non-existent, therefore…
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Posted by Joleene Naylor on November 7, 2015
Those who missed the week long facebook party missed a lot of games and fun. One of the games we played was “Ask ANY Character a Question” – I shared the resultant questions and answers in a pair of blogs earlier. Another game we played was “Ask the Author”. I got a LOT of really good questions, and some of the answers might be interesting so I shared part I the other day, and here is Part II!
What are the most valuable lessons you learned as a writer. (Could be related to the craft of storytelling, publishing, or the business end of being a writer.)
Learning to take criticism, actually. I used to be really bad about it. If someone criticised my writing I’d think “Ha! They just don’t understand!” Then I had a friend who started critiquing my first book (she is awesome by the way!) And my first reaction to each “edit” was “Bah!” So I thought “I’ll show them!” So I made changes and read both versions back to back to hubby. Every time he liked the edited version better, until I finally realized that, yes, she was right. It needed editing. That ability to take criticism and view it as positive has been helpful in many aspects, not just writing.
What inspired you to write?
My mother is a writer and poet (she has some free poetry collections on Smashwords, B&N, etc.) So I just grew up with the idea that writing was normal. As for writing this series, Jorick was actually an original character in an RP group I was writing in at the time, named Drenkan, though when I changed his name some of his personality changed.
Do you drink coffee or tea out of your Amaranthine mug?
I like both- though actually right now I am drinking a Baja Blast.
What is your most favorite thing in the world to do? (besides writing)?
I’d say spending time with hubby, but that’s probably cheating, so instead I’ll say that it changes depending on my mood. It bounces between drawing, watching anime, taking pictures, and playing with my Super Poke Pet
How do you like being an author?
It’s a lot of fun – and more work than people portray it. Still, the challenge of making scenes and characters work is exhilarating – there’s a certain “aha!” moment when things come together. The best part is the readers; being able to share the universe with others and hear how they see things, because so often then have insights that I missed (forest and trees and all that).
Are you an only child?
I actually have a younger brother – Chris Harris – he’s an artist and writer too, though he’s such a perfectionist it’s hard to get him to do any of it. He has a couple of books rough drafted (one is a vampire) and we’re working on a fantasy novel together. He’s quite a character and his imagination is waaaaay out there!
Who is your favorite and least favorite character to write?
As writing goes, Malick is one of my favorites – he can fill up pages all by himself and I can just put my feet up and transcribe it. Verchiel and Micah are the same to a lesser extent. If I’m ever stuck I just tap one of them on the shoulder and they’ll get things moving – though I cringe at Micah’s language, and some of the stuff he says makes me want to smack him – if I thought he really believed it.
Katelina is actually hard to write sometimes because we’re not the same, so I have a diffucult time with the decisions she makes. Xandria is also hard because I don’t have a total grasp on her character – and Etsuko and the other Japanese vampires are so formal! Maeko was easy to write, but then I had to back track and rephrase everything into the way that she would actually say it. Troy is my ultimate least favorite to write. though, because he is just a sick bas**** and I don’t like being inside his head. I censored him down a lot when I wrote his short story and I censored him down in the Patrick prequel (not released yet) because I think he could easily be one of those crazy serial rapist/murderers and I don’t know if I’m comfortable with the things he’d do. He will never get a book of his own, and I’m not planning any more stories for him, either.
What author do you look up to and enjoy?
J.R.R Tolkien. He created such a massive, massive world with so many layers and pieces to it – he could have written a million books and never mined it all – and each civilization and race had their own language and art and everything – just amazing! Also I loved how VC Andrews could make the most mundane things sinister. (The real VC Andres, not the one who took over after she died – he just doesn’t have that ability). There’s a children’s room in the book My Sweet Audrina that was shut up after their first daughter “died” and there’s a shelf of stuffed animals, and she makes them seem melancholy and creepy all at the same time, with their black button eyes staring out at you… It just made such an impression on me! That whole book has this creepy sinister vibe running underneath it. It’s my favorite of hers.
Where do you get inspiration for writing, characters?
Sometimes it’s from anime/manga. Verchiel actually comes from a character in Kingdom Hearts 2 – Axel. He was supposed to die, so I thought what the heck, I won’t have to explain any of it… and then he didn’t… Kai and his chain are from a manga cover I passed in Barnes and Noble for Loveless (I’ve still never read it) – I tend to imagine the characters as anime characters in fact, and try to emulate the anime/manga pacing to a degree.
How did you get started writing?
I always enjoyed writing – we used to write and illustrate children’s books when I was a kid – but the first novel length was when I was 12. It was called The Devil’s Niece (the title came from Madd Magazine – ha!), about the niece of Satan who is sent to earth to help usher in the end of the world… but the story got too adult and I got embarrassed and threw it away.
How do you keep everything straight? (I’m picturing a big corkboard, note cards, push pins and string
I have a biiiiiiiiig document named Notes that’s about 300 pages (literally) and then I often have to look stuff up on the previous books because I forget about a lot of the little things I poke in and about last minute changes… Someone asked me yesterday if Katelina knew that Jorick had used his power to get her to come inside and I can’t remember!
If you could trade books with Stephanie Meyer and have the claim to Twilight; would you?
Even if I got to edit it (ha ha!), I think I still would have to keep mine instead because I like them. But it would be fun rewriting Twilight! (maybe that’s why Meyers keeps doing it?)
What gave you the ideal of this series?
I wrote the first (and part of the second) book for NaNOWriMo waaaaaay back. Jorick was actually based on an original character I was writing in a Role Play/Writing group, and it went from there. Chapter two of the first book was really the original chapter one, and as I wrote it, I had no idea what was going on! Luckily from there I have figured a few things out.
How long does it take you to write a book? Do you still do NanoWriMo?
It ends up taking me a year, but a lot of that is because I don’t work on it the whole time. If I make myself really do it I can write it in three months and edit in two but I like some time in between to let ideas simmer. I actually did NaNoWriMo for book five and six and might do it to finish this one.
What do you do to get into the mood to write when you just don’t feel it but you know you should write, anyway?
Music is usually the best way – Don McClean’s American Pie album works for more poetic writing, or sometimes Rasmus or HIM or whatever song is driving me nuts (“Evans Blue “Cold” does that a lot!)
Do you have a question that wasn’t asked? if so, leave it in the comments below!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on November 2, 2015
Originally posted on The World of The Teigr Princess:
Why not make your favourite author smile and thank them for their time and effort… Cheerful notes, reviews and books sales do wonders for an author’s productivity, frame of mind and general happiness.
NATIONAL AUTHOR’S DAY Every year on November 1, millions of people celebrate authors and the books that they write on National Author’s Day. After her grandmother’s death in 1968, Sue C…
Posted by Joleene Naylor on November 1, 2015
Thanks to several requests, the Ink Slingers’ Anthology When the Lights Go Out is now available in paperback! You can get all the spooky/Halloween goodness for your bookshelf!
When the Lights go Out is a collection of twenty-five short stories just in time for Halloween. Enjoy thrills, chills, and mysteries. Meet ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters everywhere from dark city streets to the English countryside. Scares lurk in the most unexpected places and, when the lights go out, no where is safe and no one will be spared.
Of course, you can still get it FREE from ebook retailers:
And read great stories like:
- Midnight Summons by Tricia Drammeh
Karen has been a medium for a long time and she’s seen it all. Until now. A late night phone call summons her to a stranger’s house to help with what she thinks will be a routine haunting, but Karen is unprepared for what awaits. A young man’s life hangs in the balance as Karen faces the toughest—and possibly final—case of her career.
- An Arm and a Leg by Adan Ramie
Della and Rosie want desperately to be a part of the most exclusive club in their school. When their invitation finally comes, will they be able to meet the demands of the Society for the Preservation of Old Souls?
- Loving Reflections by LC Cooper
Soon after Damon moved into his house, a beautiful woman began appearing in his dreams. Unbeknownst to his fiancee, Damon and the woman carried on a year-long affair. Halloween night was to be their joyous and climactic reunion, but their celebration will far exceed Damon’s expectations.
- The Blue Die by Bonnie Mutchler
Hitchhiking can be a 50/50 thing. Maybe you’ll make it home safe or maybe you’ll be chopped up in a bathtub somewhere, but Matlyn has little choice. Her date has dumped her by the roadside in the dark and cold, so when the limo pulls up next to her with a handsome man in a business suit, what can she do but climb in?
- Unforgotten by Joleene Naylor
It’s time for Marjorie and Gordon’s annual holiday, but it’s complicated this year by a missing wife and a ghost who wants her body found.
- The Midnight Ritual by Carolyn Cason
David is wakened by the sound of strangers in his home; but who he finds are not strangers, and what they want from him could be the biggest threat he’s ever faced.
- Behind the Door by CG Coppola
All Louise wants is to get off the ship. But when she’s finally selected to pass through the mysterious ‘door,’ everything she’s ever known changes.
- The Midnight Zone by Anne Franklin
A city dweller is disturbed by creepy goings on in her small apartment.
- Legends and Lies by Jason Gilbert
Cassie Crane has been hunting the Headless Horseman for years, and finally gets her chance at him. But her family secrets may scar her for life!
- The Return of the Crusader by Barbara Tarn
Kaylyn is a widow on All Saints’ Eve, not easy for a young woman in twelfth century England torn by the struggle between King Stephen and Empress Mathilda. And then her husband comes back from the crusade at last. But things are never going to be the same again. Revenants and vampires might be more real than what we thought.
- Short Cut by Roger Lawrence
Martin didn’t care if it magically transported him back to his front room. No way was he going through any graveyard, but specifically not this graveyard and not on Halloween. Maybe he should have.
- Reapers by Nikki Hess
Halloween proves to be a challenging night for a pair of reapers, Jack and his young partner Kristy, to do their jobs. And this undead duo’s work is truly a life or death matter…
- Tigress Lizzy by Rami Ungar
The story revolves a young girl who gets revenge on the bullies in her life when she gains the power to transform into a tiger-like monster.
- Through the Willow Tree by DM Yates
Chad and Ginger have begun to hear strange murmurings from the Willow tree after Ginger’s father had an encounter with unusually large birds in his attic. They discover another world filled with dangers, but to get home they must solve the sphinx’s riddle and continue through the unusual underground world.
- Halloween’s Perfect Storm by LC Cooper
What happens when all elements come together one fateful night to create Halloween’s “Perfect Storm?
- Afterglow by Russ Towne
A couple gets far more than they bargained for when they buy and move into a lonely old house near the edge of a cliff on a stormy night.
- The Body by the Tree by Yawatta Hosby
When Lisa is forced to visit the Haunted Fairgrounds instead of going trick-or-treating, she gets a frightening scare. Is the man really dead? Or a Halloween prop?
- Becoming Celine by Maegan Provan
Celine was just an ordinary high schooler before her world completely changed. The first Night Touched Harper saved tells the story of her final moments in the latest Becoming Night Touched Prequel story.
- The Mirror by Carolyn Cason
The story narrator inherits an old mirror when a friend dies under mysterious circumstances, and soon discovers the mirror’s hidden secrets.
- The Cat and the Coin by Sean Morain
There’s more to the feline world than we ever guessed.
- The Leprechaun’s Trick or Treat by Terry Compton
Sometimes being fourteen sucks. Cheyenne Wilson held a highly coveted invitation from the new boy in school in her hand, but the time and the circumstances would bring a big no-no from her Dad. Then fate stepped in to hand her a much more exciting Halloween night – almost too exciting for her fourteen year old heart.
- Malediction by Roger Lawrence
When you have eternity you find it’s not the blessing everyone thinks it is.
- Beldren by Joleene Naylor
When Beldren and his friends, former indentured servants, set out to “take what they deserve” they get just that and more. (This is a Tales of the Executioners story)
- Heart’s Lust by LC Cooper
Be careful what you wish for … you might get more than you ever imagined.
- Night of the Loving Kitty by Christopher Mitchell
A couples pet kitten is more than he seems, and after a transformation they share a night they will ever forget . ADULT content.
Whether you prefer paperback or ebook, there’s something here for everyone!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on October 30, 2015
Though I’ve missed a few of these, I still enjoy First Line Friday – the day when you share a first line from something you’re working on, have published, or maybe just jotted down. To participate, title your post #FirstLineFriday (hashtag and all) and feel free to share your link on my blog or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind #FLF)
Today’s first line is from Chapter Three of my novel in progress, Masque of the Vampire.
Katelina reflexively pulled to her feat, but Jorick pulled her back down. “They’ll handle it.”
Obviously chapter Two cuts off mid scene with the “dum, dum, dum!” exciting moment, so it makes it hard to judge, I know. Let’s just say someone pulled a sword on one of Katelina’s buddies.
So with that in mind, what do you think? What’s your first line for the week?
Have a good one!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on October 30, 2015
As you may know, the facebook party was a lot of fun (the last of the prizes are even going out today!), though I know some of you couldn’t make it. Because of that, I wanted to share some of the fun with you!
One of the games we played was to ask characters questions. There were some really good ones! So many that I had to break this up. If you missed it, check out Character Questions Part I.
And now for part II: (note there are some spoilers in this one if you haven’t made it through book 7 yet)
Sorino: What are you really after?
Sorino: “To complete my collection, of course. You should see what I have amassed already. Gleaming and glittering under display lights – it is beautiful.”
Sorino, Why do you collect things ?
Sorino: “Why, to keep every one else from having them, of course!”
Sorino, Is Kai part of your collection?
Sorino: “Kai was a whim – a spur of the moment decision. I will keep him so long as he is interesting.”
Verchiel: What kind of women would you settle down with?
Verchiel: “Settle down? Hmmm. How settled?And how long? A week? A month? A year? The answers are different for each. Call it different requirements.”
Verchiel, have you ever killed children? Did you have to feed off more than one to get enough energy?
Verchiel: “When you say ‘children’ it makes it sound bad. I mean, I didn’t *kill* them. And they weren’t toddlers. They were maybe twelve…and I was really starving… I just had a snack to give me enough strength to find a full sized person… It’s a long story.”
Verchiel, you’re a mind reader. What’s Micah secret?
Verchiel: “Let’s see… Micah. For one thing he can’t swim. For another he doesn’t like me because he thinks I hit on Kately and that pisses him off – not because he’s interested in her, but because he has this weird honor code thing.”
Jorick are you ever going to get to know Verchiel?
Jorick: “What’s there to know? He’s suspicious, sneaky, and even I can tell that his cheerful friendly show is just that – a show. He’s up to something. I just don’t know what.”
Across the board question!! Before your turning what was your favorite food?
Verchiel: “I don’t remember.”
Jorick: “There was a meat I enjoyed…I don’t recall the name.”
Micah: “F*** that not remembering s***. Cheeseburgers, man, with everything on them. And fries.”
Oren: “Bread with jam, actually.”
How about what did you do before you were turned for entertainment?
Micah: ” I used to work on bikes. I still do when I’m home, but I ain’t been there in a while since I’ve been with these morons.”
Loren: “Hey, who you calling a moron? I used to hang out with my friends on the beach and watch MTV and eat. I miss eating still.”
Torina: “I enjoyed dancing and buggy rides with young men.”
This is for anyone if you were human for one day what would you do
Micah: “I would have a mother f***in’ cheeseburger.”
Loren: “I’d spend the day at the beach.”
Verchiel: “I think I’d try food and see what all the fuss is.”
Oren: “I would watch the sun rise.”
Jamie: What are you looking for in a mate? What does your apartment look like? Are you neat or messy?
Jamie: “Um…I wouldn’t say I was looking at the moment. I suppose she would have to be able to deal with my duties. My apartment looks like everyone else’s I suppose. I’m not as neat as Beldren but it’s certainly cleaner than Verchiel’s dump. There’s a sword collection displayed in the extra room – it’s supposed to be a human bedroom installed for the human guard dogs some time back, but the fad is long gone and I’m using it to store overflow items in.”
Oren are you ever going to man up and confess your love ? Are you that afraid?
Oren: “What? No. Why would I be… Ahem.”
Verchiel: (interrupts) “You mean why would you be afraid of falling in love after what happened to your wife? I’m not a psychology major, but…”
Oren: “But nothing. You don’t know anything.”
Verchiel *taps side of head* “You’d be surprised what I know. Besides, I read that Tales from the Island story that’s in your point of view.”
Oren: ” What’s your point? “
Verchiel: “So I got a good look in your head! Besides, I’ve also read that conversation coming up in the next book between you and Jorick about both of your ‘feewings’ and-“
Oren: “Be silent, you annoying monkey!”
Verchiel are you ever going to tell Katelina (Kately) your real feeling for her or are you that afraid of Jorick?
Verchiel: “Afraid? Nah. I’m not afraid of Jorick. I think I could take him, if it really can’t down to it, but I’d hate to. I think it’s Kateesha’s fault but I’m actually sort of fond of old cranky boots.”
Kai are you ever going to tell your master where to go?
Kai: *stares uncomprehending through his bangs.*
(Author’s Note: Call it Stockholm Syndrome if you want, but poor Kai doesn’t see anything wrong with his life.)
Hey Lunch you are at last a vampire and I know you are loving it after all!!
Katelina: “There are definitely some plusses. This not having to pee is nice, but I miss food and I don’t know how I’m going to deal with my mom!”
Jorick, do you think your author will ever tell us the story of your making?
Jorick: “Since living it again would be torturous, I imagine she’d love to. I also imagine she’d be happy to tell you about my first wife.”
(Author’s Note: I am actually considering a Jorick book after book 9 is completed.)
Xandria what are you going to do? Something bad??
Xandria: *looks innocent* “Hey, I’m just happy to be away from that old guy. I’ll tell you, though, I am a bit worried about my master – former master. He was a twerp but he wasn’t bad.”
Micah how does it feel to have beat Jorick changing Katelina and now being her Master ?
Micah: “Ha ha! About time someone appreciated that! I hadn’t actually planned on it, but I think it’s the best option. Those other guys would all be too soft. It’s about time someone listened to me, whether they wanted to or not!”
Posted by Joleene Naylor on October 26, 2015