Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interview with Jody Morse: Co-Author of the Series Howl and The Briar Creek Vampires

When did you begin writing?

As soon as I knew how! When I was in elementary school, I loved the Babysitters Club and would write my own fan fiction. Once I was in middle school and high school, I began writing my own short stories and poetry. In college, I concentrated in writing. For a few years, I wrote web content full-time, but fiction was always where my heart was.

What genres do you write?

Mostly young adult paranormal romance/suspense, but I am plannng to cross genres. My sister, Jayme Morse (who I co-author with), and I are currently working on a romantic suspense for adults and have several other projects lined up for the near future. Those range from fantasy and dystopian to literary fiction.

Who do you imagine you’re telling a story to as you write?

There’s this quote by Toni Morrison that best explains it: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I imagine myself as the reader and try to write what I would want to read.

What’s your latest book about?

Right now, Jayme and I are putting the finishing touches on a book called Surface, which will be the first in our new young adult paranormal romance series. I don’t want to give away too many details yet, but it takes place in a beach town and involves sirens. It comes out in June.

Which authors inspire you?

Lois Duncan has probably been my biggest inspiration and influence, especially when it comes to the young adult paranormal genre. Her books (Stranger With My Face, Locked in Time, and Down a Dark Hall) were some of the first that I ever read that had paranormal elements.

What’s your favorite book?

It’s so hard to choose just one – I love so many! The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult, Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo, and the Mill River Recluse by indie author Darcie Chan are some of my favorites. I also love getting involved a good series. I’m kind of addicted to the Pretty Little Liars series, the House of Night, and the Hunger Games.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

I stumbled on JA Konrath’s blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, (A Newbie's Guide to Publishing) and learned that self-publishing had evolved from what it used to be. A lot of indies were having success because of the Kindle and Nook. So, Jayme and I decided to give it a go, and I’m glad we did. It’s a great way to get your stuff out there and retain your creative control. We get to choose our covers, set our deadlines and prices, and make other decisions that would normally be left up to a publishing company.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Write every day. If you don’t know how to start your book, then start in the middle or at the end, but start somewhere. Also grow a thick skin because no matter how good your book is, you’re bound to get some negative feedback, and some of it might hurt if you’re not prepared for it. Just remember that you can’t please everyone. Focus on the positive instead of the negative.

What to know more? Check out the links below.

Author Page
Howl (Howl Series #1) and Kiss of Death (The Briar Creek Vampires #1)

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