Friday, April 19, 2013

Interview JC Emery, author of Anomaly.

The Birthright Series Book One
JC Emery

Genre: YA (small amounts of Romance, History & Mystery)

Book Description:

How far would you go to save your sister?

Life as a college senior is stressful enough. Between mid-terms, stupid boys, and a rare blood condition, Eliza Landry is just trying to figure out what normal is—whatever that means—when she discovers that vampires aren’t just a thing of legend.

In a matter of moments, her life changes forever when she and her older sister Kate suffer a vampire attack which leaves Eliza with two puncture wounds on her neck and an allergy to sunlight. But she’s still human, or at least she thinks she is. It doesn’t really matter—her main concern is that her sister is missing.

Sorrow turns to obsession, leading Eliza to piece together the puzzle of that terrifying night. Even stumbling upon a millennia-old vampire assassin named Luke Conrad who either wants to kiss her or kill her (she can't decide) cannot deter her.

When bodies start piling up and one of them is supposedly Kate, Eliza and Luke set out to discover who is behind the attacks. Soon, Eliza is drawn into the dark and dangerous world of the undead, with no guarantee she’ll make it out alive, and no doubt that she won’t like what she finds.

About the Author:

As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. As it is for most writers, finding balance is a challenge. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.
With the support and encouragement of her parents and sister, JC set out to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up. Most days, the jury is still out; however the thing that stuck with her no matter what she pursued was her love of the written word.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.


For people who haven’t heard of Anomaly, make a brief description.

Twenty-one year old Eliza Landry is faced with two terrifying truths: one, her sister, Kate, is missing; and two, she’s turning into a vampire. Convinced that the police aren’t doing their job in finding her sister, Eliza takes it upon herself to rescue Kate and finds out sleuthing and studies aren’t so easy to balance.

When did you decided to become a writer?

I don’t know that I so much decided to be a writer as one day I just started writing. It felt silly and indulgent at first, then it just became something I do. Now I can’t imagine not being a writer. Somehow along the way it became less of what I do and more of who I am, but I’m not exactly sure I ever made a conscious choice.

What does your family think of your works?

My dad tells everyone even the baristas at Starbucks (which is super sweet). My mom and sister are supportive in a less embarrassing manner. They all think it’s actually super cool.

Where do you get your inspiration?

It can be anything. Music is huge for me. I have playlists for every project I work on which help get me into my zone. Sometimes though I’ll just ask myself a “what if” and I end up forming a plot or character around that. Other times I find something I love like New Orleans and have to work it into a book just because I love it so much.

Which of your characters is your favorite and why?

Eliza, for sure. Her story has been through so many variations and though I wanted to give up a bunch of times I didn’t because of her. I really wanted to show her off to the world because I think she’s awesome and in so many ways, so very real. I know her the best of all my characters and want to live in her head the longest.

If you could have coffee with any character of any book, who would it be and why?

Holden Caulfield. What a head trip that would be. I think hearing him complain about things could be fascinating.

Name a book you wish you had written.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Would you like your book turned into a movie? Do you have any actors in mind?

Oh, that would be amazing! I’m a bit of a control freak so I would need to really be involved. I could see Lindsey Shaw as Eliza (but with curly hair), Emma Stone as Brigid, Kerri Russell as Kate (she’s so pretty she could pass for a 22-year old, no?), Jesse Williams as Jeff, and Henry Cavill as Luke Conrad.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love to research stuff (it’s one of my favorite parts of writing). I also like to play around with interior design and sketching buildings and floorplans. On a more feminine note, I’m a nail polish junkie and can’t stand chips (I spend ungodly hours fixing my nails.)

What are you reading right now?

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead, City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare, and Own the Wind (a Chaos novel) by Kristen Ashley

Name your favorite books.

Some Girls Bite (and the entire Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill, The Witching Hour (and the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy) by Anne Rice, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Tell us about something crazy you’ve done.

Um. My hair has been every color of the rainbow. I’ve had my lip, nose, and naval pierced. A few tattoos. I don’t think that counts as crazy though. Um. I’m getting my motorcycle license this summer. Is that crazy?

Best reward as a writer?

Hearing from readers. It absolutely makes my day when someone says they connected with one of my characters. I think I leave a bit of myself in each one of them and there’s no better feeling than to have a reader embrace that.

Biggest trouble you faced as a writer?

Feeling like I’ll never be good enough. I always see where I can improve and what I should have done better. Few people in my real life know that I’ve published a book because I’m still terrified they’re going to think I’m an idiot. Only the people closest to me are in on the secret.

How do you react to a bad review?

Not gonna lie, sometimes they hurt. The ones that create the biggest hit are the ones I can agree with. Not everyone is going to like my story or my characters and that’s cool. It’s the stuff I know I could have done better that is harder to shake off. But really, I just take a deep breath and tell myself that next time I’m going to do better. A reader disliking what I’ve written is sometimes the best fuel to get me to strive for better.

Do you review others’ books? Are you nice or are you mean? :P

I do review others’ books and it’s SO hard! Sometimes a story doesn’t gel for me and it has nothing to do with the book itself. Other times it’s something else. I try to always be fair and honest, but to always highlight what I do like and to gloss over what I didn’t. I figure it’s not my job to be mean and it’s not how I want to be in the world. I’d rather focus on what I like.

What are your favorite TV shows?

Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, True Blood, The Big Bang Theory, I Love Lucy

Favorite movies?

Kindergarten Cop, Point Break, Reality Bites, Thelma & Louise, Interview with the Vampire

Favorite food? Do you cook?

My favorite food is actually chicken Caesar salad. I could eat it every single day. I do most of the cooking in the house. I make a fair selection of Mexican and Cajun and sometimes Italian. Whatever I make though has a ton of flavor. I just don’t like bland foods and overcooked meats.

What thing you wish you could stop doing and you can’t?

Eating sweets. I love sweets. It’s so bad.

Do you have a nice relationship with your fans?

Absolutely, though I never think of them as fans. So many of my readers have become friends. I’m very aware that treating others well is vital and that without the amazing people who read my books I’d pretty much be out of a job.

If someone made a movie of your life, which event MUST be included?

Hm. Maybe the time I visited the Astoria Column in Astoria, Oregon and nearly passed out in the stairwell. I powered through getting out of the column only to run the twenty feet to the lawn screaming “land!” the entire way and then threw myself into the grass and rolled around… at the age of 29. ;) That memory still makes me chuckle.

Thanks for Stopping by JC!

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