Good morning, Gray here, I am back today with Jessica Coulter Smith, who stopped by to talk about her book Moonlight Drifter and to answer a few questions.
A little bit about Moonlight Drifter
Allie Jenson has drifted from one pack to another, ever since her family died. She thinks she might have finally found a home with the Ashton Grove pack, but her life is not easy. She has a job she hates, and none of the males want her for more than sex - not that she's giving it up. When were-tiger Cain Boudreaux takes it upon himself to "save" her from a handsy customer, by claiming her in front of their packmates no less, things get a little out of hand. He's rude, chauvinistic, and totally not her type. Well, maybe he's not completely not her type. He does have that tall, dark, and sexy thing going on. And that Cajun accent slides across her skin like warm silk. But what in the heck is she going to do with a man who thinks her place is barefoot and in the kitchen?
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m actually working on two things right now. There will be a special release in the Ashton Grove Werewolves series, that I hope will be up for pre-order by the end of the month, or early October at the latest. I’m also working on the final installment in my Love Spell series; book one is out with Evernight Publishing right now, and book two is scheduled for a September 29th release.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I don’t know that any one particular book has influenced my writing, but I’ve always preferred the romance genre when selecting my reading material. If I had to pick an influential author, I’d have to say Charlaine Harris. She’s absolutely amazing.
What genre do you consider your books?
Mostly I write paranormal romance, but I’ve been known to dabble with contemporaries and sci-fi romances as well.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
All the time. I usually take a break and watch my favorite movie, read a book, or pick up another work-in-progress to get my creativity flowing. Eventually, I start writing again.
Do you set out an outline before you write a book??
Not really. I sometimes have a general idea of what happens (a definite beginning, a blurry middle, and a possible ending), but the details always come to me in pieces, and sometimes at strange times.
Do you have a writing process?
Well, if you asked my daughter, she would tell you that I chase her and my son out of the room and sit down and write. But there’s a little more to it than that. I like to write with music on, most of the time. Sometimes I’ll write with a movie playing in the background. As for when I write, pretty much any time I’m inspired, whether it’s seven o’clock in the morning or eleven o’clock at night.
Have you ever hated something you have written?
Yes. I’m always questioning what I’ve written, but there are a few books I’m thinking should have never seen the light of day. But there are people out there who enjoy them so I’ve left them available in e-book.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Werewolves and other shapeshifters! My very first series, the Ashton Grove Werewolves, has a mix of werewolves, other shifters, and even angels and demons. It’s been a fun series to write and I don’t plan to end it anytime soon.
Did you have a hand in designing your cover?
Yes. I actually designed all of the Ashton Grove Covers and some of my other ones. Now my titles I haven’t self-published I don’t have much say in. I fill out a cover questionnaire and the artist does their best to come up with something based on my descriptions.
Spitfire section. What do you think of when I say these words.
Black - leather
Whips - BDSM
Toys - vibrator
Pain – S&M
Grass- green fields
Sand- a beach in the moonlight
Favorite color - black
Favorite scent – dragon’s blood incense
Favorite food – Chinese or Italian
Favorite song – Bartender by Lady Antebellum
A book recommendation for this month – Lifting the Veil by Kate Allenton --- I read it recently and absolutely loved the characters and the storyline.
What you look forward to this month – I’ve been wanting to see The Song and it comes out on DVD this month.
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A little bit about Jessica
Jessica lives in a world where warlocks, shapeshifters and fairies exist, and everyone deserves a happy ending -- from tragic vampires finally finding love after centuries of being alone, to super hunky womanizing werewolves finding their destined mate –- it’s all in a day’s work. Unable to find a werewolf of her very own, she decided to marry someone who thinks he’s one -– minus howling at the full moon, fleas, and a rousing game of chase-the-mailman. Okay, so he sometimes howls at the full moon.
When she isn't writing, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, reading (mostly romance), or going to the beach. She’s especially fond of bookstores and Starbucks!
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