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Today’s Q and A is with Lachesis author J.D. Spikes. JD is a paranormal romance author and a YA paranormal author. J.D. has two titles with Lachesis: A paranormal romance story in the Sisters of Spirit anthology and the YA paranormal The Possession.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why? It may sound hokey, Joanna, but I believe I was born to write! I was that child who, since books were not allowed at the table during meals, would read whatever was handy. The cereal box, the bread wrapper. When we played, indoor or out, we made up stories as we went along. It was a great training ground.
Describe your favourite place to write? Anywhere there is time and writing instruments – be they computer, pen and pad, whatever. I am in the midst of setting up an office in my home, and I’m really excited about that. You can also find me on my porch when weather allows.
What would I find on your desk at this very moment? Generally it’s organized chaos, but being that it’s a new desk/table, it’s actually pretty neat right now, with pens and pads, a few folders, a picture of my family, and a can of ginger ale.
What is your favourite beverage of choice when you’re writing? Depends on the time of day. Morning, definitely coffee. I have a huge mug that says What deadline? on it in a mocking script LOL. I drink a lot of water during the day, and tend to switch to a cup of decaf coffee or herbal tea in the evening. Occasionally a glass of wine after dinner. The ginger ale is a rare treat.
What do you love to read? I have very eclectic reading tastes. Basically if it looks good and sounds good, I’ll read it. My first love is romance. I’m a sucker for a good time travel. I’ve even forayed into urban fantasy and inspirational. And don’t forget nonfiction. I’m currently reading Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach.
What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer? Write. And read. And write. And learn the business as well as the craft. The two best things you can do are to educate yourself and find a writing group you are comfortable with and join it. Writers ‘get’ writers. The support of fellow authors who understand the highs and lows of the writing life are a treasure. Priceless in this often solitary profession.
What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap? Both, but I’m not saying in what order LOL!
You’ve written a short story for us in an anthology called Sisters of Spirit. Tell us about it? That was truly a joyful experience. My novella, Shaman’s Shell, was one of four stories, but the heroines were four best friends, so our characters appeared in each other’s stories. While beachcombing together as the anthology opens, each woman finds an object that leads to her destiny. In Shaman’s Shell, research librarian Clara O’Keefe unearths a turtle shell with what appears to be a Native American artifact inside. She decides to try to discover its identity before turning it over to the island museum. But local Wampanoag archeologist Nathan Kestrel, aware of her find, has other ideas. At the end of the anthology, the four friends reunite, bringing their journeys full circle. We were amazed at how well our styles and voices fit, making it an anthology that seemed more like one book. (This photo happens to have us sitting in the order of our names on the cover).
You’ve also written a paranormal YA romance for us called The Possession – tell us about it? Yes, I have. I write for young adults as JD Spikes and The Possession (Book 1 Secret Journals) is my first published. It’s getting great reviews and seems to be garnering the attention of a lot of librarians, which is awesome. It’s a ghost story, set in an isolated lighthouse on the Maine coast. When Daphne Wentworth meets Zach Philbrook in the lighthouse’s old cemetery, it’s enough to wake the dead. Can they solve the mystery of the ghostly couple’s centuries old unrest before it’s too late?
What do you love about writing in the paranormal realm? When it comes to paranormal and supernatural occurrences, I’m a skeptical believer, from the school of ‘rule everything else out first’. I love the challenge of trying to craft a story so credible, that even the biggest skeptic will suspend their disbelief and just go with it, thinking, “Yeah, I can buy that. So what happens next? Will they find a way out?”
What are you working on next? I’m currently working on two projects. On the adult side, I’m editing Book 2 of my Soulwalker Series, The Heart Knows. It’s the story of Joseph RedFox and Amy Hastings, the hero’s and heroine’s best friends from Book 1. They’re worlds apart but a heartbeat away from a love that could save his life.
On the young adult side, I’m editing my second Secret Journals: The Haunting. This one is set in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains during the bleakest month of the year. Sixteen year old brainiac Therese Berard feels something is not right at the royal old house she and her dad are rehabbing, and it has nothing to do with her IQ. Eighteen year old Caleb Braeburn, grief-stricken over his grandfather’s recent death, is furious his beloved home is up for sale and heads for New Hampshire, determined to stop it. Then there’s Luke, Therese’s best friend’s big brother, who keeps showing up at the wrong time. Three teens with secrets. A journal that draws them together. A house that stands in their way.
Week 10 in our Lachesis Publishing QUESTION OF THE WEEK!
Every Friday we’re asking a question right here. You have until midnight tonight (EST) to leave a comment to get your name put in a draw to win a free e-book! The winner will get to choose one e-book from our site (winner’s choice!) and we will send it to him or her. On Saturday morning, I’ll post the winner’s name here and on my facebook page and contact him/her on facebook as well.
This week’s question is: What is one of your favourite Thanksgiving traditions?
Good luck and happy reading!