Today’s guest is Jodie Pierce. She’s here to talk to us about her newest paranormal novel, Crime Bites and So Do I.
Tricia: Welcome, Jodie! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Jodie: I live with my hubby, John in Cleveland, Ohio and have been married for only 4 years to the man of my dreams, my muse. He has four children that live out of town so most of the time it’s just he and I. I was an only child with a very active imagination as I had to occupy myself most of the time. My parents were protective and I was never allowed out or over to other kids houses so it was just up to me. I was, after much protest, an exchange student in high school to Brasil (the ‘s’ was on purpose) where I lived for 6 months until I was injured and had to return home reluctantly so you’ll find this beautiful country mentioned a lot in my stories. When I’m not reading, publishing, editing, helping other Authors or reading, I watch a lot of reality tv with hubby, do some movies and go to a lot of music concerts (though we are slowly admitting we are almost getting too old to do that any longer…LOL)!
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Jodie: In 8th grade I wrote a short article that got published in an educational magazine. I excelled in freshman English and my teacher encouraged me to write more. I wrote about teen romance but nothing really moved me. My freshman year in college I read The Vampire Lestat and the Sleeping Beauty series, all by Anne Rice and was inspired. I’d had a fascination with vampires all my life so it just seemed natural that I write about them. Thus began my writing career.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
Jodie: I usually sit next to hubby in my recliner while he watches sports and I write. Either he gives me an overall theme or topic or I dream something I can’t get out of my head and then go from there. If I dream it, I write out a short paragraph with the basics but otherwise I just write and let the story take on it’s own life.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Jodie: “Crime Bites and So Do I” is my most recent. I wanted to write a paranormal police tale. It just evolved and evolved over the course of writing it. It’s about a Cleveland City Detective that’s being hunted by a ‘serial’ vampire murder but what she doesn’t know is that the vampire is actually hunting her. Once she’s caught, there comes a whole new aspect of putting a vampire on trial and all the civil rights they would still have including how to kill her if she gets the death penalty. There are some surprises and twists along the way and it’s turned out really great. I’m happy with it. Now I’m just editing things and making sure everything is coherent. I even researched police stuff to be a little more authentic when it came to using those things in the book.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Jodie: Just something different that I wanted to try. Actually came to me after watching Rizzoli & Isles (one of my fav tv shows!)
Tricia: If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
Jodie: It really depends on your tastes. I have paranormal romance, erotica and a YA novella. I also have at least two more stories coming out this year. I guess I’d have to recommend my baby, my The Vampire Queen trilogy.
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Jodie: The Queen because she has so many aspects of myself in her, she’s multidimensional and just a fun, arrogant character to write.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Jodie: Police research and editing.
Tricia: What would you like to tell us about your book or your writing that someone wouldn’t discover during a casual review of your blurb or website?
Jodie: I write a small amount of bi-sexual romance into most of my stories. It’s something that’s close to my heart and it always just seems to find it’s way in there somehow.
Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?
Jodie: To keep writing books and hopefully develop a following. One day, to support myself with it would be a great addition…LOL!
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Jodie: Anne Rice and Christine Feehan.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Jodie: I just finished a paranormal/thriller that is now going through the editing process temporarily titled “Crime Bites and So Do I”. My second book is a vampire charity anthology with various other Authors due out on Halloween 2013. All proceeds from the charity book will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. It’s been great fun putting it together and submissions are still rolling in until August 1st.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Jodie: Don’t give up sending your work out to Publishers if that’s the route you want to go. I sent my Vampire Queen story to a Publisher and they passed on my story. Six months later I resent it to them after Twilight hit and they took the story. It’s all about timing. Since then, I prefer self-publishing as many major Publishers still make you do your own marketing so it’s just a matter of principle for me.
To learn more about Jodie’s book, please visit her PROFILE PAGE or visit the following links:
You can buy her books here: