Did You Miss It?

Did you miss the live feed last night? Never fear, you can still watch it at the half hour mark or so I do a reading from Goddess of Night – it was hard to find a scene that wouldn’t spoil too much!

 

 

Live Stream Tonight!

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At 7pm Central (8 Eastern/6 Mountain/5 Western) I’ll be live streaming on Book Born’s Facebook page. You don’t need to be a member to watch, but you do need to be a member to comment. Come join the fun where I’ll be taking questions and, if things get boring, I might even read something from the upcoming book Goddess of Night.

 

Hope to see you there!!

 

Chrissie’s Coffee Corner!

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This Friday (March 17) at 7pm Central/8pm Eastern I will be a guest on Chrissie’s Coffee Corner on Book Born. It will be a live video feed and your chance to ask me questions or even just say hi. If it’s warm we’ll be sitting outside, but from the looks of things I think we’ll be hunkered down in my house trying to ignore the mess.

You don’t need to be a member of Book Born to see the video, though you might in order to comment. If we get bored I might read from something – maybe Brothers of Darkness or, if I can find a non-spoiler section, maybe Goddess of Night (the unreleased book!) So bring your questions and hope to see you Friday!

(How live videos work: Live videos are on Facebook – so you’ll have to be logged into Facebook to see it [I’ll post it here after it’s over if I can]. It will show up on Book Born’s page, not my page. I am the only one who is live. You can see me, but I can’t see you. Not fair, I know. To ask questions, comment on the video while I am live (between 8-9 eastern/7-8 central). There is about a 30 second delay between when you post the comment and I get to see it, so it doesn’t mean I’m ignoring you, it just means Facebook hasn’t let me see it yet.)

Weekly Writer Feature!

The folks at Weekly Writer Feature were kind enough to interview me! They asked questions like…

Tell readers how you came up with the idea for one of your books.

Brothers of Darkness (the series prequel, on pre-order now for an October 11th release), tells the tale of Patrick and explains how everyone came together to set the events in Shades of Gray into motion. I’d never planned to write it, but then my cousin sent me the link to a youtube video with the song Anarchy by KMFDM, and suddenly Patrick was screaming at me, demanding his story be told.

Check out the answers to other cool questions like which of my characters is my favorite. You might be surprised at the answer. 

 

Interview at Same DiNamics Books

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The folks at Same DiNamics were awesome enough to have me today! They had some great questions like:

SDB: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
JN: Don’t aspire; do. We all have things we’re “going” to do – someday I will learn animation for instance – but we put it off and use excuses to mask the fact that we don’t think we’re really good enough. If you have a story inside you, then it IS good enough and YOU are good enough. Write it. Even if you have to text it to yourself in pieces. Don’t let fear stop you. Sure, there are going to be people who don’t like it, who don’t like you and who don’t like whatever publishing method you choose, but what matters more than those who don’t is those that do. And someone will.

Check it out and say hi! Also while you’re there,  be sure to check out their other great posts!

Interview at Book Born

questionThe folks at Book Born were kind enough to interview me – and they had some great questions like:

 

Who is your favorite character and why?

Verchiel, Micah, and Malick are the easiest to write, actually, so they’re probably my favorites. If I didn’t need to type for them, I could sic them on a scene and just go to sleep, then wake up to pages and pages. They can get other characters talking, because of the way everyone reacts to them, and Malick… well he loves to hear himself talk. And talk. And talk. But, the characters I think are the most interesting…Oooh. That is hard to choose because I think they’re all interesting. Maeko is one whose life I’d like to see, but I probably won’t because she’s hard to write with all the sans, and chans, and samas…I have a very rudimentary grasp of the suffixes, and though I think it’s enough to fudge through a few scenes, I don’t think it’s enough to carry a novel. If I could find a Japanese expert to go over it after I finished it, then I could do it.

Check out the rest of the interview to find out what inspired the series, what you should know before reading it, and exactly how much Jorick and hubby have in common!

See you there!

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Interview at Word Museum

questionThe folks at Word Museum were kind enough to have me for an interview. And to ask some awesome questions like:

WM: Favorite season of the year and favorite thing about that season?

JN: Autumn wins, hands down. I love the temperatures, the gray cloudy days, the bright colors of the leaves, the misty rain, but most of all the damp, woodsy, dead leaf smell. It speaks of mysteries and hidden places.

To read the rest, please checkout the post on Word Museum and while you’re there be sure to take a look at their other awesome posts!

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Smashwords Author Interview

microphoneI’ve updated my Smashwords author interview with some new questions, including:

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I keep writing. Without them I’d have probably gotten bored and moved on to something else by now, but their passion for the Amaranthine world keeps me passionate. That’s why I try to keep my books as cheap as I can, and write lots of freebies for them because, without them, the Amaranthine universe would not exist.
Check it out and let me know if there’s any questions you think I should add. You can also check my Author FAQ page on JoleeneNaylor.com
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Meet My Lucky M&M

Well, I guess you won’t actually *meet* my lucky M&M, but if you check out my interview at Pretty Hot Books, you can find out about him, including what makes him lucky. You can also find out some cool things, like what’s next, what I like to do on Facebook, and what Erma Bombeck has to do with my vampire stories. So stop in, check it out, and say hello! I promise no one will bite you (unless you ask!)

The Pretty Hot Interview

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FRONT COVER smallAnd don’t forget that you can pre-order book 8, Masque of the Vampire, from all major ebook outlets:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks |Kobo

Spotlight Saturday

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Adan Ramie has been awesome enough to have me for her Spotlight Saturday where we are discussing complex characters in speculative fiction – a genre that has so much room for complexities but often lacks them.

 

Characters. No matter the genre – or medium – of your story, characters are important. They have the job of presenting the plot, and a well written story feels like it is driven and ruled by their motives and personalities. Unfortunately, with only so much “face time”, rushed plots, and in some cases just poor writing, characters often end up one dimensional.

The basic characters of a story can be broken down into the old archetypes of the black and white cliffhangers. There’s the “good guy”, the “bad guy”, and generally someone “in distress”.  Though these character types are present in every story in one form or another, they are most easily recognized in speculative fiction such as fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal stories. With the focus of many of these kinds of stories being on the adventure, things like motives sometimes get tossed to the wind. Oftentimes the villain is evil just because he is evil, the good guy is good just to be good, and for the sake of goodness he helps out whoever or whatever is in distress (whether it’s a village under threat from an invading hoard, native aliens threatened by unscrupulous earth men, or a human hunted by evil vampires).

Keep reading at Adan’s blog! And while you’re there, check out her amazing writing!

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