Interview and Giveaway: Jeannie Holmes, author of Blood Secrets

Please welcome Jeannie Holmes to the blog today! Jeannie is the author of the Alexandra Sabian series (Blood Law, Blood Secrets), and kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions. She’s also generously offering a signed copy of Blood Secrets to one lucky winner, so be sure to see the details at the end of the post!

Jeannie, your Alexandra Sabian series is just awesome! Did you always picture yourself becoming a writer someday?
I’ve had an interest in art since childhood, as well as writing. I knew I would do something creative, but I didn’t always specifically see myself as a writer.

Did you have a plan for how many books you wanted to write in the series, or did you just decide to see where the series took you?
I planned for six books in the series, but I did leave room in the story line for surprises.

What are some of your favorite authors? Did you have a favorite while you were growing up?
Charlaine Harris, Vicki Pettersson, and Kim Harrison are some of my favorite urban fantasy authors, but I read in every genre so it’s hard to pick favorites. I loved reading classics as a kid—Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

I read that you love to travel. Do you have a favorite destination?
Traveling is definitely one of my favorite hobbies. My most favorite destination is Idaho Springs, Colorado, which is a small former mining town west of Denver. I love the architecture of the buildings, the little shops, and of course, the Rocky Mountains.

If you could pack up and go anywhere right now, where would you go?
Ireland.

Like you, I’m a coffee lover. Do you have a favorite?
I love Kona coffee from Hawaii, but it’s hard to find here in Alabama.

On your site, it says you love exploring old cemeteries. I’d love to hear more about that!
Cemeteries have always fascinated me. I look at gravestones as art, especially the older markers that can be elaborately carved. Unlike today when most are made by machine, older stones were carved by hand by artisans whose names may or may not be known. Cemeteries also contain a lot of history that’s specific to that area. Walk through one sometime and see how people died within days or weeks of each other. As a writer, I find that interesting because it makes me question what could’ve caused it. Was there an outbreak of illness? A serial killer in the area? I find a lot of inspiration in cemeteries.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
The most daring thing I’ve done is probably spending an entire twelve hour shift riding shotgun with a patrol officer. I can now actually describe what it’s like to be in a vehicle traveling at about 100 miles per hour on an interstate at 2:00 AM with lights and sirens. It’s not an experience I’ll be forgetting any time soon.

From what I’ve read, the road to getting published isn’t an easy one. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about writing, and what advice would you give to a struggling writer?
I’ve gotten a lot of great advice but I think the best came from Kim Harrison and Lee Child. Lee’s advice was simplistic: “Ignore all advice.” I have to agree with him because new writers will hear a lot of conflicting advice. If you listen to it all, you’ll drive yourself crazy and never write a single page, which leads me to Kim’s advice: “Write like you’ve already got the contract.” Basically, if you’re going to listen to any advice, listen to Kim’s and put your butt in the chair and write. It doesn’t have to be every day but you do need to set a schedule with goals and then meet them. That’s the best advice I can give to anyone.

Is there any news about upcoming projects or events you’d like to share?
I’m taking a little break from the Alex books to work on a couple of new projects. Unfortunately I can’t really say much about them right now. I do have a couple of events coming up later this year. I’ll be an attending guest at CONtraflow in New Orleans, November 4-6, and I’ll also be a guest at the Dahlonega Literary Festival in Dahlonega, Georgia, November 11-13.

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**GIVEAWAY DETAILS**
1. Giveaway is for a signed copy of Blood Secrets to one winner!
2. To enter, leave a comment for Jeannie along with your email address.
3. Giveaway is open Internationally
4. Giveaway ENDS 9/14/11

About the book:
WHEN ALEXANDRA SABIAN SINKS HER TEETH INTO AN INVESTIGATION, SHE DOESN’T LET GO.

Alex allowed a case involving murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex, and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.
When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.

45 Comments:

  1. These are great books, I love them.. I cant wait for more.

  2. the books sound and look amazing! i hope i win so i can try em! and cemeteries scare the crap out of me…
    alainala@ hotmail . ca

  3. I have this books on my wishlist! I can’t wait to read them 🙂

    siljeblomst@gmail.com

  4. I read both books and I’m so anxious for the 3rd one. I love the way Jeannie combine a good thriller with fantasy/paranormal, 2 genres I love to read. And Varik is, simply, devastating. He’s so good with Alex and she’s also so great. And I’m glad he cut his hair!

  5. The books sound interesting and I’d love to read them if they were ever published in my country.. They are definitely going on my to-read list!

    by_myself@mail.bg

  6. Wow – that ride along sounds scary and I’m not sure I could do 12 hours!!

    Definietly count me in on the giveaway! I love the sound of these book!

    Mel
    notanotherbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  7. I haven’t read any of these books but i love the cover art and the stories sound interesting so even if I don’t win them here then I will have to go and look them up myself and read them.

    sweetreaderma@yahoo.com

  8. Love your cover! Looks like a great book, thank you very much for the chance to read it! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  9. What is your fav book?
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  10. It’s really good I get to follow book blogs because living in Italy I sometimes do not know all the great books out there and this series looks just amazing! Thanks for the post!

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  11. I love cemetaries too. During our breaks at my college my friend and I actually walk down there to look at the different headstones, even doing our class photoshoot there, lol
    Thanks for the giveaway

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  12. My husband is a fan of kona coffee as well. my MIL brought us a bag from hawaii one year when they went down there.

    I love the cover of the books. i actually have the first one but i havent had a chance to read it. i’d love to win the second book though, then i could read them together.

    Terri M
    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

  13. Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. Looks like fun! Thanks!
    pam
    blomette@yahoo.com

  15. I have not started this series yet. I have Blood Law on my TBR list…I need to get my butt moving. There’s already book 2…lol. Please count me in for the win. Thanks for the giveaway and post.
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. I haven’t had a chance to start this great series yet, but I’m looking forward to getting started.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  17. This series sounds great! Thanks 🙂

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  18. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  19. First, thanks for the giveaway!!!

    I have to say the covers of your book are really amazing. Without knowing anything about you as an author at the beginning of the year I discovered Blood Law on a must-reads list of my friend and ever since then I have wanted to read your books. I can’t wait!!!

    Nat. (:

    nat_isabel(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  20. WOW Jeannie! Your stories sound really good… definitely adding them to my wishlist!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    yadkny@hotmail.com

  21. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Thank you for sharing of yourself. You are officially on my list.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  22. I have to say I don’t usually read interviews, but I read this one…I think that Jeannie should definitely go to Ireland, it’s amazing. And, I really, really love the writing advice…”write like you’ve already got a contract.” Love it. My e-mail is midnytereader(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you so much for the giveaway (and for sharing the advice!).

  23. Count me in on this awesome giveaway!! I would love to win a copy of this book 🙂

  24. Jeannie

    I have heard great reviews of the first book and I have this series on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I see that you are currently living in Alabama, I also live in Alabama about an hour and a half from Mobile.

    rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

  25. These look amazing and the covers are stunning! Thank you for the great interview.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  26. The book and series sounds great. Nice intereview! Thanks

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  27. This book has been on my wishlist for a very long time now. Thank you so much for sharing today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I would love to read Blood Secrets 🙂

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  28. Firstly, the covers=awesome. I love them. Secondly, I’d really like a chance to read Blood Secrets. Thanks 🙂

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

  29. What a great interview! I read Blood Law a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. I loved that you used your love for old cemeteries in this book. I liked how Alex’s talent to seeing someone’s history when no one else can. Thank you for sharing the advice, they actually made sense LOL! Oh man, I can’t wait for whatever else you are working on, I am so excited. So glad I stumbled on you Ms. Holmes. Great interview and giveaway, thanks sooo much.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. Thanks for interviw and for giveaway!I would love to read this book.
    ladypentesylea@yahoo.com

  31. I like the cover :X:X:X:X
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ioana_raluk95@yahoo.com

  32. The interview was interesting and I wish Jeannie the best with her new projects.

    I haven’t read any of the series as yet but I have seen some good reviews so I would love to try it.

    Please enter me in the giveaway and thanks for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

  33. Woot! Yummmm another new author find for me!!!!
    Can’t wait to devour these.

    musicalfrog@ comcast.net

  34. Great interview! I’m dying to read this series! I’m with you on pscking up to go to Ireland!

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

  35. Love the cover and enjoy the interview. I will put this book at my wishlist :).. And, I would love to go to Ireland too!!

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

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  37. The covers look great for this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

    kliu107(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. I’ve had these om my wishlist! Great interview thanks for the giveaway.

    dragon_tear@cox.net

  39. Great enterview! And wicked awesome covers! I’m thinking a must read!
    yabooksunified@gmail.com

  40. This series always gets me interested when I read about it. I don’t know why I just haven’t read them yet. Hopefully I can win this one LOL so I can get on it.
    Jennifer K Jovus
    kjovus at gmail dot com

  41. I would love to win this book. I have the other books on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. The series has been on my TBR list for awhile and I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway. Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

  43. Hi Jeannie! These book sound great. Added them to my TBR list!

  44. Love the covers and can’t wait to get my hands on these

    june111(at)att(dot)net

  45. These books should have their own genre! There’s nothing quite like them! I think readers of police procedurals, vampire novels and mysteries will like them equally. It’ll definitely make you want to broaden your reading horizons!

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