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Jean agreed to answer a few questions for me today. Take it away, Jean!
1. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
This is easy… I can let my imagination roam into realms I’ve always loved. I grew up on tales of King Arthur and Merlin. Now my characters can evidence some of their knightly traits, such as chivalry, honor, and love in a more modern setting. My Druids, Mages and Elves all are yummy handsome heros, with chivalry bred in their bones. Might have made my heroes considerably more passionate, though, although maybe it’s just that in this age we can express physical love more frankly.
2. What research (or world-building – for fantasy/paranormal/Sci-fi) is required?
Each of my series start out with the hero and heroine around 1890. This gives me room to have the children, grandchildren and friends have a book of their own. I’m a stickler for details, so I research each year carefully, events, language, etc. Each book is founded in an actual time. I save my fantasy for my characters and they are mostly normal with a few paranormal traits.
3. Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.
That nothing is more important than love, and expressing it. Both in words and in actions. So important to communicate with your loved ones.
4. Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
Oh, lordy, I have lots of superstitions. I try to ignore them, but my grandmother ground me in them so deeply I can’t get them out of my head. Did you know if you and a friend walk on different sides of an obstruction such as a pole, you’d both better say ‘bread and butter’ so you won’t be split apart? Bet you didn’t. As to superstitions particular to writing, not really. Here determination takes over.
5. Plotter or pantser?
Both. I usually get an idea of how to start the next book, full blown and demanding I write it down. So I start with a rush, get maybe the first chapter done, and then have to sit back and think. About half way through I generally draw up a broad outline so I don’t screw up the timeline of the action.
6. Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
Another easy answer. My husband died about two years ago and he’d always been my beta editor and my chief fan and critic. He’s still my first beta editor in my heart.
7. Anything new coming up from you? What?
Stormy Pursuit is the next in the elf series. It’s being edited now so will be out soon. I got the cover today and it’s nice and steamy! Stormy is about the twin daughters of Lars and Sophie, and their difficult romances. After all, if a beautiful girl with pointed ears, how do men react? Dark Pursuit is in my editor’s hands, and Dangerous Pursuit is about 100 pages along and giving me fits. The blasted characters won’t behave.
8. Do you have a question for our readers?
Would love to know if you want me to keep on writing erotica (Fiery Pursuit was my first truly erotic book) or do you prefer the sensual such as my druids and mages? What do you prefer to read? Erotic or sensual romance?
The villain who sold her into slavery reappears and Lars needs all his Elfin strength. When his power mysteriously weakens, can Lars get it back? And will it be enough to save them both?
I’m currently finishing my 24th book, tentatively named Double Pursuit and I have four books coming out this year. My Mage series is finished and I’ve started a new series where the new hero has Elfin blood. He’s fun, as well as tall, lithe and gifted. I think I’m blessed as well as lucky. Do write me with any questions. I love to hear from readers!
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