Let me introduce jade Kerrion to you.
Hi Jade, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
I’ve heard you started out as a writer of fan fiction. Anything I should know?
Yes, I started out writing Guild Wars fan fiction. It’s a great way to get started. Think about it: you’re tapping into a built-in fan base that’s craving more stories about a world they already love. Work their characters into the story, and they won’t be able to get enough. I wrote fan fiction for several years, and turned little pixels on the screen into characters with stories to tell.
Living in Florida, do you ever long for snow? And to extend that question, would you ever want to live up on a mountain?
Oh, God. No. I’m in Florida because I do not long for snow. I don’t object to mountains, per se. It’s just the cold and snow I’m psychologically allergic to…
You are married and have two adorable kids, what were their names again?
The eldest is Zor. The younger is Max. In case you were wondering, both names came from the Robotech series.
I love that you incorporate fictional life into real life. It goes to show they bleed into one when you’re an author. Do they ever pop up as characters in your work?
Hmm…not yet. So far, none of my characters are interested in having two precocious handfuls of energy bouncing around their house. If you know of any, let me know. I’d be happy to loan them my kids of a real-life experiment.
Sorry, can’t help you there. 🙂
Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?
Oh, I love sushi! My favorite beverage is hot chocolate mixed with coffee.
Oh, sushi! The mere mention of it makes my mouth water and who can resist coffee?
What is your favorite dish and can you give me the recipe?
My favorite dish would be the ox-tail stew that my husband makes for me (usually under duress or after a great deal of whining from me.) His recipe varies a little each time (not one for following instructions) but this one is close enough. He also adds raisins to the stew for a sweet touch.
Do you have any aspirations other than being a worldwide known author? Are you a global ‘brand’?
I hope I’m working my way toward being a global ‘brand’ as an author, but an author is just one of the many things I am. I also have a full time job, which I love, in learning strategy with a large education company.
Sounds intriguing, I might want to ask you more about that another time.
That wasn’t too bad, or was it? But it’s not why you are here. You want to talk shop, right? So, what is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a taster of it?
I’m here to tell you about my latest novel, ETERNAL NIGHT.
Here’s the blurb, followed by an excerpt:
“What makes Kerrion’s writing so compelling is the beautifully flawed characters that find themselves in unexpected relationships…these kind of character level conflicts make Kerrion’s writing so deliciously addictive.”—Noor A Jahangir, Author of The Changeling King
“Everything you want in a great story. Love, intrigue, action, betrayal, and understanding.”—Ch’kara Silverwolf, Author of Daughter of Light and Dark
Alone for a millennium, since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears to be at an end when her consort’s soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy.
Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampire, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker.
Furthermore, Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the icrathari and the vampires.
As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: what is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?
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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?
The title was easy. The name of the city, Aeternae Noctis, is Latin for Eternal Night.
If you would have to change the genre in order to be able to publish it, what would it be then? i.e. would you conform your work to suit the market?
Well, right now, it’s fantasy paranormal, with a dash of romance, which is, I think, a fairly large segment of the market. But your question on whether I would conform my work to suit the market is a good one. I tell the story I want to tell, but I do test out various markets. For example, I started out in science fiction. Eternal Night is my foray into fantasy/paranormal. I’m currently working on a romantic thriller (another large segment) that actually spins off my science fiction series. I think, ultimately, I write a lot of genre-blending novels because it’s where I’m most comfortable.
What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?
If I knew the answer to that question, I’d be a millionaire. Mostly, I try to get out and connect with readers through blog tours and social media channels. Strong reviews help, but ultimately, I believe what generates the most attention is word of mouth. It’s important to get readers excited about a great story.
I must agree with you on that one. Personally I don’t care much about what reviewers say about a book, unless it’s a reviewer I know writes solid, honest reviews. But a recommendation from a friend is what triggers a buy for me.
Okay, now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. Hehehe, I love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
My husband is jealous of my muse.
My muse, Danyael, first came to life in ~1998 as an assassin character in a play-by-e-mail (PBeM) game I took part in. Think of it as D&D-style roleplaying, but with writing instead of dice rolling and storytelling around a table. Since then, the spelling of his name has changed, his profession has changed, but he’s been a voice in my head and a constant friend for about 15 years now. He keeps showing up in my stories, and when he does, he steals the show entirely. Writing him is the most natural thing in the world because I’ve known him so intimately for so long.
In contrast, I’ve known my husband for 11 years, and yes, I imagine it’s hard to compete with a man who technically doesn’t exist anywhere but on paper. It’s not like you can challenge him to a smack down.
If you’d like to meet Danyael, he’s the protagonist in my award-winning Double Helix series (and I finally gave him a happy ending at the end of the fourth book…)