5 Minutes with the Jeaniene Frost. She is a wonderful author that I/ We go stalkerina for all the time, here at Naughty Editions. I absolutley love her books and her characters. They are very sassy and hot and I just love, love, LOVE the men. *le sigh* So yeah back to the interview. So a little about Jeaniene Frost well, she is the creator and writer of the Vampire Huntress series. Matchmaker to one of our favorite paranormal couples Cat and Bones. She has a new book coming out today First Drop of Crimison. She is also working on more Cat and Bones stories. Squeee! She is just awesome. We will be giving away a TWO copies of First Drop of Crimson this week. So please give her a huge Naughty Welcome.
So Jeaniene, what project are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on two things: Cat and Bones book five, plus a short story set in a completely different world (not a vampire to be found!). I’m having a lot of
fun doing both of those. When I get blocked with one, I just switch to the other.
***Note to self bug Jeaniene for more gossip later***
If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?
Hmm. I might choose to be Denise, the heroine of my upcoming spin-off novel. Readers who’ve gotten an early look at FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON could guess why. I love my heroine Cat, but her life is just…exhausting. I wouldn’t be up for that, even with Bones as my rewardJ.
Girl how you could give up that fine piece of undead meat, I will never understand. Personally, I think the perks out way the exhaustion. -Rayna
When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
I’ll go onto iTunes and search through music for hours until I find songs that get more into a creative mood. Readers have been great in helping me out with music recommendations, too. A good CD can make a day at the keyboard go a lot more smoothly.
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to you?
My favorite is usually whatever book I’m working on at the moment. I get very plugged into my characters and stories. I’m sure HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE will always have a special place in my heart, though, since it’s not only the first novel I had published, it’s the first novel I ever completed.
What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?
I’d love to say Kira, because she’s far more well-balanced and rational, but Cat and I share a bad temper, a penchant for profanity, wariness about letting people close emotionally, and a deep anger at injustice. But, Cat also has a lot of personality traits that I don’t share and vice versa. I don’t think any of my characters are close reflections of who I am, even if some of them have a few of my tendencies.
Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?
I’m nervous every time. I love my stories and I hope readers love the time they spend with them, too. But I know it’s not possible that my books will please all readers. Reading is subjective and one person’s perfume is another person’s poison. That’s a good thing, because variety in reader opinion means more selection on the shelves. But while those diverse opinions are what keep fiction fresh, it’s never fun when the inevitable happens and a reader was disappointed in my book.
How much does reader response mean to you over your books?
It’s important, as I detailed above, but at the end of the day I write the stories as I see them in my head. Not necessarily the stories that I think will be the trendiest. Then once those stories are released, I cross my fingers and hope that others will like them, too. I’m thrilled when readers love the world/characters I’ve created, bummed when some don’t, and then move on to write the next story churning away in my mind.
If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?
I’ll say ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS because that’s the book where I can actually answer the question “who would I cast”? Cat and Bones would be too hard for me to pick actors/actresses on, and Spade and Denise’s story would be hard to translate onto screen. So, my picks for a movie would be ETERNAL and the actors I’d pick would be Oded Fehr for Mencheres and Charlize Theron for Kira, if I could wave the Magic Movie Wand.
Oh my goodness *fans self* he is a hot one there. I think I should be there for the casting on that one. As a second opinion. –Rayna
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
First, I’ll assume you mean fictional hero. I like Alpha heros, but to a point. For example, if the heroine says “no” and the hero takes that as “try harder”, I’m done with that hero (and usually that book, too). It’s one thing for a hero to be tough, determined, and even a little dangerous – hey, that’s my favorite fictional combination – but there’s still a line of respect that should never be crossed. For me, a truly tough Alpha male doesn’t need to push around the heroine to show that he’s a bad ass. He shows that by pushing around the villain – or helping the heroine take down the villain.
Sweet candy corn! Don’t we all need an alpha male. Especially if he thinks “no” means “harder”. –Rayna
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?
I have a long-standing love of horror novels. One day my dream is to write one. I would still want to keep writing in my genre, too, but the chance to also play in that darker, scarier sandbox appeals to the kid in me who could never watch enough horror movies, heh.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I do a lot of research, actually. I’m not the well-traveled person, so every time I start a novel, I have to research where my characters live. Can’t just have each book stay in the same place; some of my characters are vampires who are centuries old (or older!) and they’re been everywhere. Or the plot takes the book all over the nation, or even all over the world. Take my upcoming novel, FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON. It opens in Texas, but by the end, my characters have travelled to St Louis, New York, England, Las Vegas, Monaco, Bucharest, and Marseille. Each location had to be researched, down to the details of hotel room in Vegas.
Then any other pertinent details needed research, too. There’s a scene where my characters are on a boat. I had to look up boats to find one that was big enough and fast enough for what happens in that scene, but also within the range of what my characters could have feasibly rented. With my vampires, I do a lot of historical research to relay authenticity when telling their backstory, plus know the type of culture they would have grown up in, because that would have a big effect on their personality.
Do I like the research? Most of the time, but sometimes, when I’m under a tight deadline and spending two hours looking up details for what I know will only equate to one sentence of description, it can be a little daunting.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins*
A satellite phone, GPS locator, crate of bottled water, powerbars, and a tent. Call me practical – – and in a hurry to get back to civilization!
Who would you want to be tied/handcuffed to for 24hours?
This will sound cheesy, but my husband. He’s the only one who would be able to keep me sane. And, you know, who wouldn’t kill me for all the bitching and complaining I’d do if I were handcuffed against my will like that.
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
Watch TV. It sets my mind on auto-pilot and just lets me relax. Even the very plot-challenged movies on SyFy every Saturday night amuse me, because they’re so outlandish they’re brain candy. I also like watching stand-up comedians to unwind. Laughter cures a lot of mental stresses.
Have you ever faked sick?
Uh, I went to middle and high school, so yeah. Quite a few times J. I haven’t faked sick since I began writing full time, though. Oddly enough, I’m harder on myself than a normal boss probably would be.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, because people have claimed it’s happened to them, and who am I to call them liars? It’s never happened to me, though, so I don’t have any firsthand experience with it.
What is your perfect pizza?
Thin crust, well done on the bottom, with cheese, mushroom, onion, and pineapple. Yes, I said pineapple. I love it on pizza. Call me freaky.
What is your favorite snack?
Hmm. Toss up between Fritos and Pringles. Note that both are salty, deep fried, and unhealthy as hell. That’s why I love them, lol.
I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?
Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but I actually love vanilla more. If you offered me a chocolate soufflé or vanilla crème Brule, I’d take the crème Brule every time. And I love vanilla cakes and vanilla cookies with a mad, mad love.
What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?
Besides yellow? *grin* I don’t really like yellow, so that’s an easy question. Blue.
Damn Dakota has turned another one.
Red Pill or Blue Pill?
Red pill. I’m all about wanting to know what’s REALLY around me. And truth is usually stranger than fiction, so bring it on!
Thank you so very much for taking the time out to do this for us Jeaniene. WE are you minions if you ever need anything I can send Dave to do all the heavy lifting. LOL. So now that you’ve read the interview now lets get to the contest.
Newest Release and the object of much desire:
First Drop of Crimson
Released Tuesday Feb 9th 2010
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.
The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.
Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . .
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