Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Author Interview: Jodie Pierce "Demise of the Vampire Queen"

Please help me welcome Paranormal Author
Jodie Pierce!
Thanks for stopping by Jodie!
About Jodie:
Jodie is 37 years old and lives with her hubby, John in Cleveland, Ohio along with four beautiful step-children. She's have had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child and has had a long history with them. She's have been writing since high school, keeping her love stories secret. It wasn't until she started reading Anne Rice books, at the age of 19, that she was inspired. Jodie realized she wanted to write about vampires.

Jodie has published five short novels(Eternal Press), a short story in "Midnight Thirst", an anthology(Melange Books), and have two self-published books on createspace. All of these works can be found on Amazon.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, music, reading, Reiki and all things metaphysical.

First off, thank you Jodie for stopping by to visit with us! I'm a sucker for vampire novels so I can't wait to sink my teeth into your Vampire Queen novels! ;)

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? 
My parents always read. Mom was a Librarian and Dad read at least a book a day so I started reading while being grounded and loved it.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way? 
I can’t remember the exact book but it was an Anne Rice book. Christine Feehan lead me into my erotic side too.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
Well, this is a tricky one without offending others but I have to be honest. My hubby is my biggest supporter. Like I said, he gives me ideas, reads my books, buys them (encourages me to buy others’ books I need to feed my starving readers brain), etc. He tells me all the time how proud of me he is and reminds me when I’m down how far I’ve come in reaching my goal to be a writer. On the flip side, my parents (which I’m very close to) don’t really seem to care. They have never read any of my stories (and they read a lot-sometimes 4 books a week). My mother claims it’s because they are about vampires and she’s not into that genre. My dad has said he’s proud of me but gives me crap about not making millions on them. It’s frustrating. I love them but they don’t support me, I feel so I’m at a loss with them and don’t bring it up much anymore.

Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is also the woman who inspired me to write about vampires. I was writing romance, bored to death with it and uninspired. I have had a fascination with vampires since I was a child but it wasn’t until I read an Anne Rice book that I decided I should write about these vampires that I’d grown to love so much over the years. As far as my erotic books, Christine Feehan was my additional inspiration after reading Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series. Ms. Feehan’s books were amazing and took my imagination to places I had never thought I’d be able to put out on paper.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
No but I write other people around me into my characters.

Who designs your book covers? They're absolutely beautiful.
My traditionally published books, the publishers have their own artists that do the designing of their covers. For my self-published books, I design my own book covers.

Tell me about your latest novel Demise of the Vampire Queen. Who is your favorite character?
Blurb: The Vampire Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history?

My favorite character is the main character, The Vampire Queen. She is at first a scared young woman who has to relearn everything about herself that she once knew. After that, she becomes sassy, seductive, impulsive, sometimes arrogant, petulant yet ruthless and looking to resume her reign in the vampire race.

Get Your Copy of Jodie's Novels From  Amazon  or  Barnes & Noble

What was the seed of inspiration for Demise of the Vampire Queen?
I already had books 1 & 2 and decided I wanted to be able to say I had a trilogy. I decided to close up some things from the first two books and the idea for the book came to me in a dream.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
I pick all my names from a giant baby book I have or from online baby name sites. I usually think of a letter for the name and then search say all the ‘t’s and look for a name with a meaning of the main characteristic of that character. It makes it more fun for me and though no one knows my ‘evil name plot’ it amuses me.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I like the creative outlet that it gives me. Much of my writing comes from dreams I have. I dream a concept and then have other dreams about various sequences within the book. I often wake up at 4am and have to write. I also lay in bed before falling asleep just dwelling on it and come up with some great ideas so I have a pen and paper next to the bed for that. Sometimes, hubby gives me a great concept for a story and then I just run away with it. That’s the case for the story I’m working on now. Sometimes I get stuck in the middle but then when the floodgates open, look out! LOL!  J

Do you think you'll ever branch out away from Vampires or the paranormal genre?
 Nope. That's my interest and I have to be interested enough to write.
If you you absolutely had to, what genre would you move into?

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep trying. Go for your dreams. You only fail if you give up.

After this book, what is next?
I already have a story I’m working on, temporarily called The Forsaken One.

I can't wait to hear more about The Forsaken One! It's been a pleasure having you stop by and ramble with me for a bit! It's so much fun learning more about you & your writing!
Thank you!!

Connect With Jodie:
2nd Blog
Joint Effort FB Page with Author Deborah Palumbo

Message from Jodie:
I really appreciate Kayla for having me on her blog today. Demise of the Vampire Queen is the third book in my Vampire Queen trilogy. Please feel free to read the first two books, The Vampire Queen & The Vampire Chronicles before reading Demise so you will understand more about the characters in Demise. Thank you all for coming today and please check out my books on Keep Reading! Jodie Pierce

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