Today I'd like to welcome Jess Macallan, author of Stone Cold Seduction to Fang-tastic Books for an interview and giveaway.
Thanks so much for having me today! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself and my new series.
What is it about the paranormal, in particular gargoyles, that fascinates you so much?
I’ve always loved everything paranormal, but have a soft spot for gargoyles. The gothic architectural style fascinates me. If my country neighbors wouldn’t pitch a fit, I’d have a pair sitting at the end of my driveway. *grins* Most historians believe gargoyles were created as rain spouts, or to ward or scare off evil and prevent it from entering a particular dwelling. I went with the latter description. I figure we all deserve protection in the form of a sexy stone man.
Please tell us about your latest release.
Stone Cold Seduction, the first book in the Set in Stone series, is about a woman who is thrown into a paranormal world she wants nothing to do with. Except for the sexy gargoyle and hot phoenix, who both claim to be her mate. She’s on a quest to find her fate, while her father does everything in his power to prevent that from happening.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
I’m the worst at naming characters. I have a couple baby name books I keep on hand. I have to be careful, because if I forget to put them away before relatives visit, they assume I’m pregnant. I usually go with unusual spellings, specific meanings, or mythological names. For last names, I usually open the phone book to a random page, close my eyes, and use whatever name my finger lands on. It’s a fine science.
Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?
I try to keep a list of general physical traits, but I let their personalities develop as the story flows. I’m always a little surprised by how they turn out, but it’s a lot more fun to write that way. If I tried to plot them out, I’d be bored to tears, and I think my characters would be, too. They always manage to surprise me, which is part of the fun.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
Absolutely. Although I don’t consider it writer’s block so much as me getting in my own way. When the words aren’t flowing, I know it’s time to take a break. I can analyze a scene to death. It’s draining and unproductive. I’ll take a day off to read books in my TBR pile, which manages to double overnight. I’ll also do yoga, garden, walk—anything to get away from my computer and move my body. It’s amazing how movement helps the creative juices flow.
Do you write in different genres?
Yes. I write in multiple genres, to go with each of my personalities. *grins* Seriously though, I write urban fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal thriller, contemporary romance, erotica, non-fiction, and middle grade. I have eclectic tastes in books, and that spills over into my writing habits and interests. I get bored easily, and need to keep my writing interesting or my muse goes on an extended vacation.
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
Not really. In fact, it’s one of the ways I stay productive as a writer. If I get stuck on one book, I can shift gears and work on another. I love the change of pace. Each genre gives me the opportunity to take my writing to a new level. I view it as a fun challenge. It doesn’t work for every writer, but it keeps writing entertaining for me. My greatest desire is to have fun with my career. Writing in multiple genres allows me to do that.
What are your guilty pleasures in life?
Imported chocolate is a big one. I also love to write in bed at least one day a week. I’ll spend most of the day writing while lounging under the covers. Bliss! When I’m not writing, I’ll watch endless reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Will Ferrell movies. Just not at the same time. And I love watching MMA.
Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
I teach yoga, which keeps me sane and flexible. I love making yoga accessible for anyone—it spills over into my writing. I also live on a mini farm where we raise the sweetest chickens, and grow a huge garden full of fruits and veggies. I’m passionate about nutrition, so growing my own food is a biggie. Two of my kids have serious food allergies, so I have to get creative in the kitchen.
What was the last amazing book you read?
I have so many favorite authors, it’s hard to choose. I have to go with two books that are still stuck in my head months after I read them: River Marked by Patricia Briggs and Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. I’m impatiently awaiting the next books in both of those series.
Where can readers find you on the web?
You can find me atGoodreads | JessMacallan.com | Facebook | Twitter@JessMacallan
Title: Stone Cold Seduction
Author: Jess Macallan
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Release Date: September 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-24-4
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-25-1
When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.
And only reading her fate can fix that.
Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.
If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…
chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.