MFT Interview and Giveaway with Jess Haines

The lovely Jess Haines, author of Hunted by the Others, Taken by the Others, and the upcoming Deceived by the Others, was kind enough to let me interrogate, er, interview her for the blog! She’s also generously offering a copy of Deceived by the Others to one lucky winner (please see giveaway details at the end of the post.)

Jess, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me again! It’s always a pleasure.I really enjoyed Hunted by the Others, and Taken by the Others is just as much fun! How would you say Shiarra has changed from Hunted to Taken?

First, I wanted to say thanks so much for having me! To answer your question, I believe Shiarra has grown up to a degree because she’s become more tolerant of supernatural creatures, and slightly less stupid in how she deals with them. Only slightly, mind.

Would you say writing your first book was easier or harder than writing the second one?

To be honest, the third was harder than the first two. I wrote HUNTED BY THE OTHERS and TAKEN BY THE OTHERS back to back, so TBTO was more like an extension of HBTO. I didn’t find either one particularly difficult to get down on paper because writing is more like therapy than a job for me. It’s one of the most enjoyable ways for me to spend my free time (aside from farting around on the internet or chatting on Twitter).

What’s your most interesting writing quirk?

I always have a movie on while I write. I hardly ever pay attention to what’s going on in the background, but for some reason I find it soothing to have a movie or something providing ambience.

Do you work better or worse under pressure?

Better. I get more done when I have a deadline breathing down my neck.If it tells you anything, when I wrote HUNTED BY THE OTHERS I was going through one of the most incredibly stressful times of my life. I finished the first draft in less than three months. Granted, it wasn’t the pressure of a deadline, but I think it gives you an idea of what my output is like when I have a lot on my mind.

What do you like to see in a good book?

Tension, drama, mystery, humor, interesting characters—and a touch of the supernatural. I read fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, and, when I have a hankering for non-fiction, I like to read about the history of Greece, Scotland, Ireland, etc.

What’s one of the most embarrassing things you’ve ever done (assuming you want to share)?

Oh, lord. Writing-wise? Thankfully we caught it before it went to print, but I had a case of magically appearing/disappearing pants in TAKEN BY THE OTHERS. Ye-e-e-e-e-ah.Not writing-wise? I hit a cop car once. No joke. No, nobody was hurt. Yes, it was my fault.

What’s one of the most exciting things you’ve ever done?

I’ve done a few crazy things in my time. I’ve ridden (but not raced) a horse at the Kentucky Derby, been to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, eaten bugs, held a baby crocodile, been stuck in an elevator at 3AM, and partied in Las Vegas at Halloween.As for the most exciting thing? It’s a toss-up for me between going to a concert and meeting James Marsters (who played Spike on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and getting the news from my agent that I’d landed a three book deal. Both turned me into a squee-ing, fangirly mess.

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share?

Sure! My third book, DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS, comes out July 5th. I’ve also got a novella coming out October 25th in THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY anthology.

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*Giveaway is now closed


  1. Great interview – I'd definitely go all fangirly if I met James Masters as well! 🙂
    I love the covers of you books – is the image how you pictured Shiarra?


  2. kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews

    Thank you for a great giveaway! 🙂 Please count me in!

  3. Thanks for the interview and giveaway too!

    My question is how many book that you plan for your series? Thanks 😀

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Damla (Sweepstake Lover)

    Thanks for the giveaway, please enter me!

    annabell_lee_dk (at)

  5. I really enjoyed the novella in Haunted by Your Touch and went back for the other books. Really looking forward to the upcoming releases.

    pams00 @

  6. Magic (re)appearing pants *lol* now that sounds funny!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  7. You actually hit a cop-car? You're one dangerous and crazy lady 😉

  8. Hunted and Taken were both great novels I cannot wait for Deceived. Greta post, you live on teh dangerous side of life 😉

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  9. I love this series! So I can't wait for Deceived to come out!

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  10. Awesome giveaway!! Who's your cover art designer??

    I follow!

  11. Great interview! Thank you for the chance to win!

  12. Thanks so much for the interview!

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  13. Great interview and giveaway!

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Great giveaway!! Thanks so much for making it international too!! 🙂

    twitter – @star_light91

    Tasnim x

  15. Melissa (Books and Things)

    LOL I love the disappearing/reappearing pants moment. Cute.

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. Thanks for the terrific giveaway! I'm a follower in GFC
    Now, as for my comment (more of a question lol) for Jess- if you HAD to write within a different genre,which one would you pick and why?
    Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

  17. I've been meaning to get started on this series. I have Hunted by the Others but haven't read it yet. I guess I need to get going, 'cause now there's three books to read.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  18. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great interview guys. I can't believe you got the chance to meet Spike. I have had a crush on him forever. I thought I was the only one who did that. When I am writing, I have something paying. I tune in every once in a while, but for some reason, I get things done quicker. I just can't work when it is quiet, I need to hear something playing LOL! Wow, you hit a cop with your car?! That is both awful and sort of funny. Sorry, but I just can't stop thinking about Bridesmaids LOL! Great interview and giveaway guys, thank you.

    Oh also, I hope you were paid something for eating those bugs. That is the only way I would do something like that and even then, I am still not sure.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Haha, my brother hit a cop once, too, no one was hurt and there was no damage, but he got a ticket still!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    ambience.of.rain {at}

  20. Loved the first book and would love to win the next one.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  21. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in the contest. Sounds like a really good book.

  22. I loved your first novel too! This sounds like a great giveaway and I like the humor in the interview 🙂 edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  23. You sound busy. Which is fabulous, not just for you, but readers as well.


  24. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Jess' books yet but they are on my wishlist.

    Seems a bit different that she likes a movie on while writing as most authors who like sound usually have a playlist or something like that. But I suppose whatever helps you relax and pampers your muse is great.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.\

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  26. I'm very curious about reading this book! Please count me in. 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  27. I like the fact that you also work best underpressure. I guess pressure is somehow your best ally against procrastinating! It is for me at least!

  28. Jessica@a GREAT read

    I loooove this series! One of my faves! Shiarra is a very interesting character!


  29. Ha loved the interview! I LURVE James Marsters 😀

    thanks for the giveaway!

  30. What is wrong with disappearing pants? This is a series on my TBR list. Would love to win to give me a "push".
    linda at gordonvalley dot com

  31. I have read the first two in this series and loved, loved, loved them. Tension, drama, mystery, and interesting characters were certainly goals that were well achieved. I really look forward to reading book 3. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win the giveaway. This has been a fun tour.
    GFC follower

  32. Eaten bugs? Really? lol Awesome interview!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  33. Lol, i've never been stuck in elevator, and i hope i will never have to experience that.


  34. Great interview, I hope your bus were chocolate covered! Thanks for a chance in this giveaway!


  35. Jess is so cool! I loved HBTO but haven't read #2 yet. Here's hoping I'm the lucky winner of #3!


  36. Great interview. Your books sound really good!


  37. Great interview your series sounds good would love to win

  38. That's funny! I need to have a movie on too when I work at home. 🙂 Thank you so much for the interview and giveaway!

    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  39. Congratulations on your upcoming release of Deceived by the Others! I loved your interview and look forward to reading more about you and yours books.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  40. I, too, work better under pressure.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  41. Linda: By the Book

    I think that's the weirdest quirk I've heard a writer admit. Movies…interesting.
    Why would someone be in the elevator at 3 in the morning? Maybe, I'm too much of a night owl to understand.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  42. Great interview! I love to read about the history of Scotland and Ireland, too.

  43. Great intervie, and oh my god you got to meet James Masters, how incredibly awesome was that?!!! also I'm really jelous. Thanks for the giveaway.


  44. Sorry, I meant interview (not intervie) and jealous instead of jelous.


    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

  46. Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway. Count me in. 😀

    balmezandrada at yahoo dot com

  47. Sofija Kapranova

    I would like to enter!

  48. hedgerhousehold

    Thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  49. the title of the anthology sounds like the book is going to be funny!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  50. michellesheavenlyreviews

    great giveaway! sounds good:)

    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  51. I like that the author works best under pressure. I do too! The heroine on the cover of Hunted by the Others looks like she means business!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  52. Great interview. I definitely agree with those characteristics of a good book.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  53. Logan E. Turner

    I love Jess. She is the best tweeter! I stumbled across her first book in the Kindle store and loved it. I can't wait to read the others!


  54. I loved the first two books and can't wait to read Deceived by the Others!


  55. Thanks for the giveaway – please count me in!

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

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