Today, I’m proud to welcome yet another talented author on my blog.
J.A. Fredericks is a paranormal & contemporary romance/erotica author who adores sexy stories with bikers, vampires, and anything hot that likes to bite. She previously published several other YA paranormal novels, but she’s ready to crank up the steam and going stealth mode under a pen name.
She has recently released her book, Fifty Kinds of Dead. *This is a serial and the installments are not novel length, and I absolutely love, love, love her cover.*
After Ava Lewis is mistakenly claimed by a reaper then brought back to fulfill an unknown purpose, she’s forced to sever all ties to her former life and figure out how to survive despite not having a heartbeat or anyone to help. It would seem all hope is lost until she meets Liam, the hot ghost with a dirty mind, and then Jackson, the sexy human she has an unrelenting attraction toward.
Conflicted by her feelings, Eva finds herself struggling to define what it means to be undead while giving in to her darkest desires. When Jackson’s kisses awaken a part of her she thought she lost when she died, her endless hunger will threaten to consume them both.
Ica: Tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer.
J.A.: I try to be genuine and kind, I love to laugh more than anything, and I absolutely have to write because it’s a lifelong passion that flows through my blood!
Ica: What are three life memories you recall most frequently? Why?
J.A.: Ha, you’re asking someone who is known for a crappy memory and can’t make choices. I freaking live for concerts and saw all my favorites live (Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Jay-Z), so I often go back to those moments. And I have a serious case of wanderlust, so I’m alway dreaming about past trips to my favs with friends and family—Hawaii, Florida, California, New York.
Ica: When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
J.A.: I first started writing novels in junior high (mostly Brat Pack fan fic), never stopped. Looked at English as a major because I knew I wanted to be a writer, but had an older husband and wanted to get “moving” in life so I went to a 2 year business school instead. Long story made short, kids and life got in the way, blah blah blah, and I didn’t get serious about publishing until a young family member was diagnosed with cancer and I realized life is too short to jerk around. Had no interest in having a publisher tell me what to do and taking my hard earned money, so I went forward with self-publishing. The end.
Ica: We’re all dying to hear about Fifty Kinds of Dead. Tell us about it.
J.A.: It’s been a long time since I’ve been this passionate about a project! The concept of “dying by accident” then coming back and falling in love was a random idea that came to me (wait for it) during church of all places. It had nothing to do with the sermon, I was just zoning out. Paranormal is my first love and I couldn’t wait to dive into a series surrounded with supernatural creatures that are just a bit different from the stereotypical norm. My dry humor really came out in Ava as I’m tired of heroines who are broken and in need of saving, and wanted someone with a fresh, fun voice. Of course it was also fun to crank up the sex since it’s erotica, but I also can’t get enough of Ava and Jackson’s love story.
Ica: Is there a book you wish you could have written?
J.A.: Harry stinking Potter. That stuff’s epic! J.K. created an entire world. I’ve been to the theme park twice and it blew me away both times! I think I’ve read the series at least three times and watched the movies dozens. I truly believe that woman is the most amazing person on the planet.
Ica: Which one of your characters did you have the most fun creating? Why? Is there anything you would change about him/her now?
J.A.: I love to hate Alex, the snarky redhead who thinks she has a claim to Jackson. She’s sexy, bitchy and conniving and Ava can’t get her out from beneath her skin. I can’t think of a thing I would change about her and have considered writing a spin-off just for her.
Ica: I often hear about writers who have strange writing habits (writing in the shower or writing while walking)Do you have any strange habits?
J.A.: When it comes to writing habits, I’m probably as vanilla as they come. I have to be at my desk and listening to music, though sometimes I can write in the car if we’re on a really long trip and I have my noise canceling headphones on (just not the steamy stuff if kids are along)! I have terrible ADD and have to be deep in a zone or gibberish comes out of my fingertips.
Ica: How do you choose the names for your characters? Based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
J.A.: The names usually come to me as I’m developing characters. Wish I had some fancy method to share, but it’s completely random. To me the names just seem to fit their personalities.
Ica: Sometimes writers, and I hear this daily, hit a patch where they think they’re not good enough; they are not cut for this, etc. Have you ever experienced this? What were the things you told yourself that kept you going?
J.A.: This is pretty much a daily thing for me. I’ve been published for three years and it never seems to get any easier. I think you have to get to a place where you keep going because it’s what you love even though you know there are haters everywhere. I’m a big one for leaning on inspirational quotes and songs…have several tattoos that keep me going and a playlist that always lifts my spirits. Writers are an emotional breed and so many of us battle depression while trying to nurture our creativity. You have to lean on like-minded others.
Ica: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
J.A.: Having published 10 books on my own (well, with editors and cover designers, but still being my own boss and setting my own deadlines).
Ica: What is your best marketing tip?
J.A.: Be personable and engage with readers. Don’t simply tweet and post buy links for your book or people are going to become tired of you. No one is going to buy your book just because you told them to.
Ica: Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?
J.A.: Stephen King sparked my darker side from a very young age. I went through all of Danielle Steele’s books before graduating high school. I’m on a huge Rob Thomas kick at the moment and adore his Veronica Mars paperback series—I love that girl’s snark. It’s safe to say those three authors molded my style where it stands today.
Ica: If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
J.A.: Dream job or reality? The reality is so dang depressing (I was working at a courthouse before I quit) so I’ll go with dream job. Since I’m obsessed with music and Hollywood, I wish I was a music director for movies. The soundtrack can totally make or break a movie, plus I wouldn’t mind hanging around big screen hunks all day.
Ica: What’s going to keep you up tonight after this interview?
J.A.: My daughter’s 13th dance recital this weekend. I’m a total empath and therefore will need some serious adult time when it’s over.
Ica: Anything else you would like to add?
J.A. I know it’s scary to give a “new” author’s work a chance, so I really appreciate all the bloggers who have stepped up to review Fifty Kinds of Dead. Wish I could give them all tackle hugs even though their strangers so that would be kind of weird.
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