Interviewing Jocelyn Adams
I’m happy and proud to interview fellow author Jocelyn Adams. Her urban fantasy Stone Chameleon has been released by MuseItUp Publishing on May 24 and is available from amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores. Congrats, Jocelyn, and welcome to my blog.
JA: Thanks for having me. I’m really excited about this series.
Q: The excitement hasn’t worn off two weeks after the release?
JA: I’m not sure the excitement ever wears off for me, which is awesome. Even before I sent my query out for Stone Chameleon, I was already working hard on book two along with a few other projects I hope to query in the fall.
Q: I love your one-line teaser for Stone Chameleon: Damned if she does, dead if she doesn’t–Lou Hudson’s monster-whispering skills might not be enough to save her this time. A fun wordplay to start with, then wham, you hit us with lethal danger. Can we expect a mix of humor and suspense in your urban fantasy?
JA: Thanks! It sums up her life quite handily. She’s a preternatural pest control expert, and as a jinn, a condemned species, she has to hide her heritage. It poses a lot of dilemmas for her when she gets herself into dangerous situations. She could use her abilities, but to do so would be a death sentence if anyone saw her. And yes, I like to combine humor, suspense and lots of action along with a thread of romance that runs through the series. I hope to keep my readers at the edge of their seats and leave them with a smile on their faces, any author’s dream, really.
Q: This is the first book in the Ironhill Jinn Series. How far are you with the next book(s)?
JA: Book two, Stone Cold, is finished in first draft, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through Soul Stone, which is book three. I hope to finish book three and four finished before the end of the year.
Q: Do you find it easier to continue a series or to come up with a completely new story? And which is more fun?
JA: In some ways it’s easier to continue a series and some ways not so much. The easy comes from already having a general backstory and voice on the characters. The hard comes when having to think many moves ahead like in chess, laying seeds for future conflicts and relationships. That’s why I like to finish a few books ahead so if I need to change details in an early book, I can still do that before it’s published. I think it’s more fun to write a series even though it is quite a bit harder, giving me much more time to dig deep into character’s lives and personalities.
Q: When and how did your passion for writing spark?
JA: My calling came later in life. Back in 2009, my career took a left turn. To fill my time, I started reading a series by Laurel K. Hamilton, fell in love with the genre, and thought…I can do that. After a writing course and some lurking on a peer critiquing site, I was off and running.
Q: On your website, you call yourself a former IT geek. Does that mean you only use your computer as a tool now and have stopped tinkering with it for fun? I’m asking because I used to work in IT and now as a full-time writer, I just want the computer to do its job, which of course doesn’t always happen.
JA: I worked in IT for about thirteen years, but now I’m on the other side of the desk so to speak. I work in an office at a high school where I use my PC for registering students and such, and I have a laptop for writing. The fixing I leave for someone else. Though I still fix my own at home when the need calls for it. I just got tired of the constant learning and, of course, nobody ever calls an IT person unless there’s something wrong. It’s nice being away from that. It wears on the psyche after a while to work in what essentially is the complaint department.
Q: What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
JA: I have a seven year old daughter, so we do lots of crafts and things, go for walks and such in the great outdoors. I also used to be a competitive archer, though I don’t shoot as much as I used to. Most of my fun, though, happens on the page.
Thanks so much for visiting and I wish you great success with the Ironhill Jinn series.
JA: This was fun, I enjoyed our chat.