Posted on June 17, 2011 in Paranormal
, Urban Fantasy
with 57 Comments
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?
*Giveaway is now closed
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