Hi Jen! Welcome to Zigzag Timeline. Can you tell us about your background as an author?
Hi, Mary. Thank you for having me.
Honestly, there isn’t much to tell. Before My Soul Immortal, I wrote some short stories that will never see the light of day, and started a couple novels that never grew past the 20K word count. The desire to write has always been in me, but before this book, I never had a complete story to tell.
What got you into writing?
Probably my father. His love of books was contagious, and he eventually passed it to me. My dad kept list of books he wanted to read, and would bring stacks of them with us on vacation. When he wasn’t reading he was writing in his journal. Reading and writing, along with the other arts, were a big deal in my house growing up.
What was the first idea you had for “My Soul Immortal,” and how did the story grow from there?
The plot started with thoughts about déjà vu and reincarnation. I even remember the morning the idea hit me. It quickly flowed into a pair of characters, one being immortal. But why? I wanted to think outside the box and come up with a different kind of immortal. After bouncing ideas off my husband, we came up with the idea of children of Death. Once I nailed down this idea, the plot and character fell into place quickly.
Among your characters, who's your favorite? Could you please describe him/her?
Artagan is a cocky, self-assured character, or at least that’s what he likes to appear to be. He has more sides to him then he shows at first. He, like Jack, has his own tragic backstory, but he chooses to deal with it in a different way, determined to joy living even if it “kills” him. His badass attitude makes him a fun character to write.
What's your favorite scene from your novel? Could you please describe it?
I have many, but my favors is a scene that popped into my head at the start of writing this book. It turned into Jack’s dream at the end of chapter 1. In the beginning, I didn’t have any of the characters’ names. It was just a young man in Victorian garb, standing under the elms. However, despite the storm raging around him, he kept his vigil. His eyes glued to a candle in the upper-east window of an old Jacobean-style manor. The sound of church bells resound over the flurry of drumming rain, and an unseen force snuffed the candle out. At that moment, he knew the woman he loved was dead.
What's your favorite part of writing? Plotting? Describing scenes? Dialogue?
I love to paint a scene. In the end, my hope is the reader smells the sweetness honeysuckle, feels the rocks crunching under the soles of their shoes, and hears the leaves rustle while the wind dances through the trees branches.
How long does it take you to write a book? Do you have a writing process, or do you wing it?
The first draft took me about three or four months to write. However, I wrote it in third person and in past tense. I felt I wasn’t capturing Jack’s emotion in third person, so I rewrote it all into first. Then I got the bright idea the story should be in present tense. I rewrote a couple chapters, liked it, so I rewrote it again. I do not recommend this tactic. The words tedious and mind numbing come to mind. So yes, you could safely say I winged it. I’m working on my second book, and I’m finding I’m much more structured this go around. Then again, I know a bit more of what I’m doing.
What is it about the paranormal romance genre that appeals to you?
I love a good romance, from the classics like Pride and Prejudice to today’s chick-flicks, and I love how fantasy sees the world through different “eyes,” what could be. Paranormal romance is a good blend of these two genres. s
What’s your experience with Red Adept Publishing been like?
I can’t speak highly enough of them. Through this whole process, they have been helpful and professional at every turn. I’d recommend them to anyone.
Did you ever surprise yourself when you were writing your book? Characters who took on lives of their own? Plot elements that took unexpected turns?
Oh, yes. What surprised me most is how real the characters feel to me. I guess I didn’t expect them to start “talking” and to have minds of their own.
My Soul Immortal is the first book in a series. What can you tell us about plans for sequels?
I’m excited where this story is going. In the second book of Fated Eternals, we delve deeper into the world of the Concilium Animarum.
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