Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author N. J. Walters for a Spotlight Interview!
What is your most current work out?
Flame of the Phoenix (Samhain Publishing—April 14,2015)
Tell us a little about Flame of the Phoenix? What inspired you to write Flame of the Phoenix?
Flame of the Phoenix is one of three Hades’ Carnival novellas that will release in 2015. I’d originally planned the Hades’ Carnival series to be four books—Night of the Tiger, Mark of the Bear, Pride of the Lion and Howl of the Wolf. But at the end of book four I didn’t feel quite finished. Readers kept writing and asking for more, so I wrote three more novellas—Heart of the Serpent, Flame of the Phoenix and Lure of the Jaguar—to finish off the series.
Flame of the Phoenix, Hades’ Carnival, Book 6
Tilly Ledet has long been a friend of the immortal, shape-shifting warriors who follow the Lady of the Beasts, a willing helper in their battle against Hades. But now that Hades is free and unable to touch the warriors, Tilly is fair game.
When Phoenix shows up insisting she drop everything to go into hiding, Tilly balks. Phoenix is strong and courageous, but when she imagines being in his arms, the protective barriers guarding her heart slam down.
For the first time in his immortal life, Phoenix feels fear. Not for himself, but for the woman whose beauty and forthright nature heat both his mind and body. While one kiss easily ignites her passion, claiming her as his own will take more than heat.
It may require a sacrifice that could send them both up in flames.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I’m mostly a pantser. I know my characters and have an idea about the storyline. When I have the first scene clear in my head I start writing. I don’t really outline at all. The characters always surprise me.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I’ve been writing mostly contemporary and paranormal romance since I started. I love reading both so it was only natural for me to write them. I have to admit I really enjoy writing paranormal. I love creating the rules for the worlds my characters live in, whether they’re dealing with a five-thousand-year-old curse or they’re a werewolf pack creating a new home for themselves. The possibilities are endless.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I’m not sure one has been tougher than any other. I’ve had some that have really surprised me over the years. As I’m writing each book I learn about the characters and want to do their story justice. So I guess my answer is my toughest characters are always the ones I’m writing.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Honestly, I don’t really draw from real life all that much. As strange as it may sound, my characters are very real to me with their own distinct personalities.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part about writing for me is the extra stuff that comes with being a writer—promotion and the business side of it. I love the actual writing and getting to bring new characters and new worlds to life.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
The last computer game I played was Chopper Command on an original Atari system back in the 80s. I find computer games extremely stressful so I don’t play them.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Reading. lol Books and chocolate are my two great guilty pleasures.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
I’m currently hooked on The Blacklist and I absolutely love The Big Bang Theory.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
Honestly, with reading and writing I don’t get much time for hobbies. I take the occasional class such as weaving and embroidery but there isn’t anything that I pursue on a regular basis.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I write first thing in the morning before my mind gets cluttered up with daily living. If I don’t write in the morning, I usually don’t write at all. The computer I write on is a desktop that is not connected to the internet. When I sit there I write. It’s as simple as that.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I’ve used certain songs and music to get myself in the mood for writing but I need silence in order to write. I find music a distraction when I’m actually working. I do use it to get myself in the right headspace sometimes.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I write one book at a time from start to finish. I’m not one of those authors who can work on multiple books at a time. I wish I could but it just doesn’t work that way for me.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I actually was a little later discovering romance. I read fiction and historical fiction until around 1990. Then I discovered historical romance and from there harlequin romances and the whole romance genre. I haven’t stopped reading romance since.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book (not written by you 🙂 )?
That is so tough. I love anything and everything by Jayne Ann Krentz. I discovered historical romance through her first Amanda Quick book, which led me to her Silhouette and Harlequin books. If not for her books it might have taken me a lot longer to discover the romance genre.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
LOL There are really too many to list them all. I love Jayne Ann Krentz, Christine Feehan, Linda Howard, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nora Roberts, Nalini Singh, J.R. Ward… The list goes on and on.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be a full time writer for the past ten years. I love my readers who have made that possible. Before that I worked at a bookstore. 🙂
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
In the past few months, I think my favorite movie has been Guardians of the Galaxy. One of my all-time favorite movies is The Crow.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m currently working on the next book in my Salvation Pack series. I thought that series would be five books, but I’m already on book six.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
That’s a tough question. I can’t really name one author over another. I think I’m better suited to writing alone.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
I’ve known Joy since I published my first book. She’s always been a huge supporter of the romance industry. I don’t know any writers who don’t know and love her. I wasn’t surprised when she started Joyfully Reviewed and brought lovers of the romance genre together to celebrate books and authors.
Where can readers find you? (Include all links you want, facebook, twitter etc….)
Readers can find me at:
Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awakeningdesires/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/N.J.WaltersAuthor
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
I’m a vanilla gal all the way. 🙂
Ranger or Morelli (if you know to what this refers please answer with which one and why 🙂 )
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say Ranger. He’s a man with a mysterious past, he’s tough and he’s hot. What’s not to love.