I was lucky enough to have a chat with Author Jennifer M Davies who has completed a young adult trilolgy and also an adult paranormal romance which has just hit the market. Here is what she had to say:
Thanks Jen for hosting me today, I’m writing this before I head to Wales as I’m visiting my family for Christmas. As you can imagine, I’m very excited but all over the place. Merry Christmas everyone!
J.M. Davies is the author of Capturing the Last Welsh Witch which is her debut adult paranormal romance. She has also written a young adult romantic fantasy trilogy called Children of Annwn under the name of Jennifer Owen Davies.
In general, Jen loves creating character driven stories that touch your heart and take you away to a magical world that leaves you craving more. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read and her tastes include Nora Roberts, Catherine Cookson, Jane Austen, Jodi Picoult, Deborah Harkness, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, P.D. James, Patricia Cornwell, Pittacus Lore, Diane Gabaldon and many more.
In her spare time, she enjoys managing a local writers group and maintains an Alzheimer’s support group on Facebook, a cause close to her heart. She also loves discovering old treasures at yard sales and revamping them, watching Grey’s Anatomy, Madam Secretary, and Vampire Diaries, walking on the beach, cooking, and when there’s time the gym.
Jennifer has been married for twenty years, and is mother to four boys. Jennifer and her husband are originally from Cardiff in Wales, but they now live on the East Coast of America in North Andover with her family and two cats. Jennifer fell in love with New England, and among the pages of the books are references to both local beauty spots and historic sites from the area and from back in the UK that have captured her imagination. She loves to hear from readers and here’s some links to stay in touch.
BLURB FOR CAPTURING THE LAST WELSH WITCH
Ella Masters’s soul is five hundred years old and in each life, she has been fatally betrayed by men. This is her fifth and final life, and legend says she must meet her true love or this time death is eternal. Wanted for the murder of her latest boyfriend and on the run from the FBI, as well as the ruthless group the Elusti, it doesn’t bode well for any would-be suitors.
Marcus Drayton has a sixth sense when it comes to knowing people, which has helped in his career as a special agent for the FBI, as well as his previous stint as a Navy SEAL. His latest assignment is to deliver Ella Masters, the Witch, which will give him the prized promotion in New York. After he meets the mysterious Ella, and realizes the Elusti are involved, the ghosts of his past force him to seek the truth, making every one he loves a target.
As she runs for her life and freedom, Ella needs to discover whether Marcus is the warrior she needs. And can she trust him with her heart and soul before it’s too late?
Question for our author:
Who is your favorite author and do you aspire to write like him or her? That’s really hard to answer as my tastes have changed over the years, and I love to read. Some of my favorite authors currently are Gillian Flynn, Deborah Harkness and Cassandra Clare. I love their stories and they inspire me to become a better writer.
2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Ha, sometimes I get inspired by reading a book or taking a trip and my imagination is sparked and creates an idea which I then add detail to by undertaking research to back up the impossible and make it believable, I hope!
3. Your first book was a Young adult story and your latest is an adult paranormal. Was that switch hard for you and what was the inspiration behind that series?
Nope, in fact, writing the adult paranormal was easier as I felt with the YA there were certain boundaries that I couldn’t go beyond, whereas with the adult I let lose, which made it a lot of fun. I enjoy flitting between the two which I did was I was stuck on one although that gave me brain ache as the characters are very different.
4. Being a busy mom, with three kids at home, how do you manage your writing?
I have always thought of my writing as a job, so I get up before anyone else and make sure all the kids get off to school and then I quickly make the house somewhat tidy before by day begins. It’s extremely hard when the writing is flowing to switch off, but I do until I have free time after homework or their activities.
5. You are a self-published author, do you think you will try to submit to a traditional publisher?
Actually in June of 2014, I was signed with Secret Craving Publisher to write a three book YA deal, but unfortunately just as the third book was due to be released in September 2015, they declared bankruptcy. It has been a bumpy and stressful ride since them, reacquiring my book rights, self-publishing, paying for cover art and hiring an editor. The experience was valuable and I learned loads, but at the moment I am enjoying being an indie author and having total control over my books. At the end of the day, you have to market and sell your books, mostly yourself anyway and this way, I’m my own boss. I actually feel less stressed as I am fairly disciplined and work hard. I wouldn’t completely rule out seeking a traditional publication, but I’m enjoying the journey I’m taking at the moment so we’ll see what the future holds.
6. Any advice for aspiring authors?
Network with other writers, read, read, and read, and develop a hard exterior it isn’t easy!
7. Aside from writing and being a mom what hobbies do you enjoy?
I LOVE reading, I enjoy cycling which I started in the summer with my husband, going to the gym, watching Quantico, revamping old furniture, and when their time cooking!
8. How do you cope with stress or bad days when nothing is going right?
I do get upset, but there’s always chocolate. I allow myself a day or two and then I pick myself up and get back to it.
9. What is the BEST part about being an author?
Honestly, meeting readers and talking about your books! I also have to add that receiving good reviews are a HUGE boost and inspire you to keep going!
10. What do you see happening for you as an author in 2016?
To keep writing, I’m not sure how many books but I have two adult fiction novels in the works.
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