Good morning, Gray here, I am back today with Evie Jayne, who stopped by to talk about her book Scar Tissue and to answer a few questions.
About Scar Tissue
Caden James is a rare subspecies of vampire. That’s bad enough, but it’s only going to get worse. The 2nd maturation is almost upon him, when he will fall into the Dark Dominion. Unless he can find the female fated to save his soul.
Sounds simple, find her and stop his descent into horror.
Except with Parry O’Morrigan, nothing is simple.
Parry’s past has scarred her physically and psychologically, leaving her with a bone deep fear of vampires. Until she crosses the path of a fanged warrior who sets her blood on fire.
Thrown together, the pair track the creator of a new breed of zombie. As the hunt heats up, so does the passion between them. Can Parry overcome her past, or will she let the Dark take him?
Even if she can, Cade’s fate may yet destroy the only female he’s ever cared about.
What are you working on at the minute?
Dominion book three, and hopefully much sooner than this one. Though that may depend on the book that has grabbed hold of me at the moment. This is another paranormal, though possibly it's more of an urban fantasy, with less focus on the romance. We'll see.
It centers on an unspecified species of shape shifting blood drinkers and the society they have created which is loosely based on the roman empires social structure, though set in modern times of course
I also have a half finished PNR set in London that explores the idea that vampires don't need blood to survive, but because they're addicted to it. Blood junkies, so to speak.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
That's an easy one for me J.R Ward. I love how raw her writing is, how unreasonably aggressive her male characters are, yet how human in their emotions. Kresley Cole. She keeps language simple which really inspires me. Stacia Kane. She breaks the rules about what a hero/heroine should be and her work is so dark. I definitely like quite gritty writing and very dark and a little bit despairing settings and characters.
What genre do you consider your books?
I'm a paranormal romance author for sure. I love the blend of fantasy, modernity and romance. I can't really imagine myself going outside the genre at the moment, though maybe a sci fi romance or distopia could inspire me. Prior to discovering PNR I was pretty strictly a fantasy, sci fi girl, but used to get frustrated when they closed the curtains on the love scenes.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, but I've developed tricks to get through it, which is great, because I just don't get enough writing time to spend it blocked up.
Do you set out an outline before you write a book?
I have a very rough plot out line, but it's not set in concrete as often my characters will take me off on tangents. I do find it helps to have some idea of where I'm heading and how to get there.
Have you ever hated something you have written?
Yes, yes and yes! I have files of stuff I don't like. I started Scar Tissue three times before I finally had something I liked. I find that even the stuff I don't like can come in handy though. There's often gems hidden among it that can be used elsewhere.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
At the moment it's all about vampires.
Did you have a hand in designing your cover?
A little. I got to specify a few things that were important to me, which was great. I wanted it to be obvious that the two released books are the same series, so I asked for similar coloring, font etc. I think Sour Cherry have done a great job with what I asked for. I like this one much better than the first. In fact I'm pretty thrilled with this cover.
Spitfire section. What do you think of when I say these words.
Black – Horse (One of mine is black. lol)
Whips – Horse. (Sorry, can't help it.)
Toys – (Sly grins) Wouldn't you like to know.
Pain – In the ass
Grass- Have I got enough to see the horses through til the spring growth kicks in?
Favorite color – Rusty oranges and earthy greens.
Favorite scent – Sandalwood, my horses.
Favorite food – Yams so well roasted they melt in your mouth.
Favorite song – Probably not one many people know. It's called Solstice by Hallucinogen remixed by OTT on an album called Hallucinogen in Dub. It's pretty old now, about ten years, but it can still stop me in my tracks.
A book recommendation for this month –
Havoc, the 2nd book in the Dred Chronicals, by Ann Aguirre. Though read book one 'Perdition' first. It's a romantic space opera series. Dark as dark comes, bloody, gory and emotionally fraught and the love story is delicious. Not heavy on the erotic, but fantastic anyway.
What you look forward to this month –
Book wise I'm looking forward to Chained By Night, the 2nd book in Larissa Ione's Moonbound Clan series.
On a personal level I'm prepping my horses for the first show of the season and I'm really looking forward to getting them out (It's spring in my part of the world.)
Thanks heaps for having me and I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about me and my work.
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About Evie Jayne
Hi and thanks for having me to visit. I'm thrilled to be here.
I'm a bit of a recluse, I think most authors are. I live way down in the south pacific in a little island country called New Zealand (where Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were filmed.) I'm a mum to two boys and a dedicated equestrian. In fact I'm a bit animal mad. We have a flock of chooks, two milking goats, a super hyper pup, a fluffy little Shetland pony and my two thoroughbred horses. I'm trying to talk my man into a cat and a pig next. I'm lucky enough to live rurally which means I can give in to my animal obsession.
Somewhere in between caring for my son's, my animal menagerie and working a retail job I find the time to write. I'm excited to be celebrating the release of my second full length PNR novel, Scar Tissue.
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