Hello my awesome followers! Today I am honored to have author - Jocelyn Adams here to do a interview with her and would love for everyone to get to know her and learn more about her books. Jocelyn is the author of the book "The Glass Man". Her book has been recently published as of Oct 15, 2011. So before we get started I am going to leave everyone with some info on Jocelyn's book and where you can purchase The Glass Man. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone will enjoy my interview with the author.
Thank you for being here and agreeing to have this interview with me. So let's get started.
1. When did you first start writing The Glass Man? And did the idea for the book just come to you?
My I.T. career took a left turn last year and I found myself out of work for a while. In August, 2010, I began writing The Glass Man. The protagonist, Lila Gray, crawled inside my head one day and refused to let go until I wrote her story. Yep, that about sums up Lila—pushy and determined, but I wouldn’t have her any other way. Six weeks later, I had the first draft completed. With the help of my awesome writing group, I had it polished up in another month or so.
2. Why did you choose this particular Genre to launch your career?
My favorite books for a long time were all by Stephen King. I learned a lot from his writing style, but it wasn’t until I picked up a Laurell K. Hamilton book that I really found the kind of novel I could disappear into. And the kind I wanted to write, mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I like flawed heroines, hard-won love stories and fast-paced reads with lots of action. That pretty much sums up The Glass Man and my writing style in general.
3. Were any of your characters based off of someone you know or the names of the characters?
Lila has parts of me in her, but that’s it for similarities to anyone I know. I tend to be quite blunt and say things in as few words as possible, and Lila inherited that from me. I try to avoid names of people I know so I don’t accidentally offend anyone. Yeah, I do that once in a while. I suppose Lila gets that from me, too. J
4. Was it at all difficult to write in this genre? Was there any research involved while writing, The Glass Man?
Even more important than writing what I know is writing what I love. To be honest, I loathe doing research, which is partly why I chose to write urban fantasy. I can make up anything I want, a town, a city, a world, even a new race and I can make the reader believe it through the eyes of my characters. I never use real places so I don’t have to worry about getting the details right.
5. As you were writing your book did you ever have writers block or did you already somewhat know what the story-line would be before you put the words on paper?
I’m a total pantser, as in I don’t do any story outlining. I set out with the characters and the main conflict in mind, then let the story take me along its natural course. After each chapter, I take a night to sleep on the next bit. Usually by the time I wake up, the next scenes are playing through my mind, ready to be added. I don’t suffer from writer’s block a lot. If I ever get stuck on a story, I’ll take a break, write a short or a novella, then go back to it. That usually does the trick.
6. What age groups do you recommend for the readers of The Glass Man?
I wrote this with adults in mind, because that’s the kind of story I wanted to read and had difficulty finding enough of them. This story has some violence, lots of suggestiveness and some sex scenes. Not to mention Lila swears like a trucker in a traffic jam.
7. Has becoming a writer changed your life in any significant way?
It hasn’t changed my life, but it has changed me. I’ve tried a lot of things in my life and wasn’t good at many of them. Archery was one, but the place where I live now only allows me to do it a few months of the year between the snow and the bugs. Writing was one of those tasks I could lose myself in, and find myself at the same time. I’m definitely a happier person now that I’ve found my passion.
8. I love the cover of your book. Very Magical. Who designed the cover and did you have any say in what you wanted it to look like?
I know! I love it too. The talented folks at J. Taylor Publishing designed the cover. I got to fill out a questionnaire about what I’d like to see on the book, but honestly I didn’t really know. When they came up with this one, it was just so perfect I wanted to flash it to the world right then.
9. How old were you when you first decided to write your first book and what was the first thing you ever wrote?
I wrote my first book only a couple of years ago. It was a YA fantasy called Caylan of the Magi, and no, it will never be seen by readers. ::shivers:: Oh, the horror! The first problem was that it wasn’t a style of book I enjoyed reading, but one I thought others might like. I had no passion about the story, so it fell flat. The second problem was that I didn’t really know what I was doing at that point. Yeah, it didn’t turn out well.
10. Do you have any future plans for a new book and will The Glass Man be a series?
I have another completed novel that will come out some time after the other two books in the Lila Gray trilogy are released. Shadowborn, the second in the trilogy, is also finished and in the beginning stages of line edits, so you should see that one hit the shelves sometime next year. I’m really excited to share that one based on the feedback I received from my beta readers.
11. What was the most difficult part about writing the book? Do you have anything you wish you could go back and change?
I always find the opening chapter to be the hardest, especially with The Glass Man. It was the first book I shared with my writing group and the response I received on the rest of the story made me HAVE to get the beginning right. It took ::cough:: MANY drafts, and no I won’t tell you how many, to get an opening that spoke to me. I think the result was well worth the frustration. And no, there’s nothing I would change in the story. Once a book goes through that many levels of edit, it’s pretty solid.
12. Just for fun: If you could be any fantasy creature, what would you be and why?
It would have to be a vampire. There’s just something so sensual about the way they’re portrayed in books and movies. Their speed and grace. The constant struggle between the monster and their humanity. The raw sexuality. It all goes along with the kind of heroes/heroines I like. Sure, immortality and bloodlust has its downsides, but come on, who wouldn’t enjoy having that power at least on some level?
13. Did anyone inspire you to write The Glass Man? If so, who?
Most of my inspiration comes from dreams, both the day and nighttime varieties, and that’s the case for The Glass Man. I suppose if anyone inspired me to write in general, it would be Laurell K Hamilton and her Anita Blake series. Those books really wet my appetite for more like hers. When I couldn’t find very many with the same dark twists and grownup storylines, I wondered if I could make my own.
14. Last but not least, are there any final thoughts you would like to tell my blog readers?
::waves to them:: Readers are the reason us authors write. You’re awesome, and I hope to entertain you and provide an escape from your reality for at least a little while.
Thank you so much Jocelyn for taking the time to be interviewed here @Bittersweet Enchantment. Good luck with your book and I hope to read it soon.
I hope my readers have enjoy the interview and will buy this amazing book!