Interview (& Giveaway): Jillian Stone, author of The Seduction of Phaeton Black

I’m so excited to welcome Jillian Stone to the blog today! Jillian is the author of The Seduction of Phaeton Black and An Affair With Mr. Kennedy and was kind enough to take the time to answer a few of my questions. Also up for grabs are 2 signed copies of The Seduction of Phaeton Black! This giveaway is a little different, so be sure to read the rules carefully, and good luck!

Please welcome Jillian to the blog!

Jillian, you’re the author of An Affair With Mr. Kennedy, and the upcoming The Seduction of Phaeton Black (and more to come this year!) Have you always wanted to write? Can you tell us a bit about your journey?
I have always been a storyteller. At one time, I thought my career trajectory would land me in film, but I am very happy with the turn it has taken into fiction writing. I was an art director in advertising before I decided to try writing novels, which I guess makes me a very visual writer! An Affair with Mr. Kennedy was my second manuscript and The Seduction of Phaeton Black my third. I was fortunate in 2010 to win the RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, plus I met my agent, Richard Curtis, at the RWA Nationals in Orlando.

How did you celebrate when you sold your first book? Was there dancing? Cake? Squeeing, perhaps?
The auction process took a few days, as my agent had both books out at various interested publishers. The end result? Two, three book contracts! I think I remember celebrating with an iced coffee and cupcake pop! The thing about these career high points is that (for me) they are both thrilling and terrifying. Your life as an author makes a sudden shift from being a dream to a job.

Your steampunk paranormal, The Seduction of Phaeton Black, just came out (yay!) Can you tell us a bit about it?
Here’s a blurb:
THE YEAR IS 1889 and Queen Victoria, exemplum of decency and sobriety, is in her fifty-second year of reign. Paranormal Investigator, Phaeton Black, on the other hand, couldn’t be less interested in clean-living. He has recently taken up residence in the basement flat of London’s most notorious brothel. A dedicated libertine with an aptitude for absinthe, he wrestles with a variety of demons both real and self-inflicted. Unfairly linked to Scotland Yard’s failure to solve the Whitechapel murders, Phaeton is offered a second chance to redeem himself. A mysterious fiend, or vampire is stalking the Strand. After a glass and a consult with the green fairy, he agrees to take on the case.

On his first surveillance, Phaeton pursues an elusive stranger and encounters several curious, horrifying beings. But the most intriguing creature of all is a Cajun beauty who captures him at knifepoint and threatens to spirit away his heart.

Why do you think steampunk is so popular right now?
Steampunk is just so much fun to write and it is also a change of pace from vampires and shifters. I like to mix up genres so there are steampunk, paranormal and historical elements in Phaeton Black as well as a touch of Sherlock Holmes. It’s also a sexy read (Scorcher TOP PICK from RT Reviews) Just warning readers!

What do you love most about the genre?
The gadgetry! Both The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard Series and The Phaeton Black series incorporate steampunk gadgets. I‘ve also included a number of interesting steam driven machines, from airships to submersibles.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
There are days when I don’t even bother getting out of bed. (Except to make coffee, of course!) I just prop up a few pillows and set my lap top on a breakfast tray. The ultimate in pajama writing!

What are some of your biggest literary influences?
Poe, Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rice, Ray Garton. In some ways, my storytelling is more influenced by filmmakers than writers. Might I include some amazing storytellers from film who I admire greatly? Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, J. J. Abrams, Alfred Hitchcock. M. Night Shayamalan (I like a splash of horror in my whimsy!)

If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
It’s between Interview with a Vampire and Outlander.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Firelight by Kristen Callihan and Wicked as they Come by Delilah Dawson.

When you’re not busy writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Not sure what you mean by free time––do writers under contract get free time? Gosh, if I write more books for either Pocket or Kensington I’m definitely going to ask for that!

Is there any other news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
I have six books coming out in my debut year as an author. I can hardly believe I just wrote that, but it’s true! At the end of this summer, A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis (a Steampunk Victorian road trip with a sexy creepy villain). End of September, The Moonstone & Miss Jones (second installment of Phaeton Black) Sometime in October there is Pocket e-novella in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series (as yet untitled) and to finish up the year, A Private Duel with Agent Gunn arrives in time for sexy Holiday reading and gift giving. Whew!
Keep up with Jillian: Website | Twitter | Facebook

1. You MUST answer this question in the comments: Whenever I begin a new story. I often use the voice and expressions of actors or real life people I know to help visualize how a  character moves and speaks. Eventually, a kind of magical thing happens and the character grows into himself (or herself).
Take a guess at which three actors (click on each hottie’s name to view) went into my hero bouillabaisse to create Phaeton Black? One copy of The Seduction of Phaeton Black will go to the first commenter who gets it right, and another copy will go to a commenter chosen at random. Good luck! 
1. Giveaway is for 2 *signed* copies of The Seduction of Phaeton Black to 2 winners (see details above)
2. Want some extra entries? Follow me via Twitter (@mybookishways) or Facebook and let me know you did so (make sure you leave the appropriate usernames.) I’ll give you 1 extra entry for each (for a total of 3)
3. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY (everyone on Planet Earth)
4. MUST include a valid email address with your entry
5. You must enter on or before 4/13/12
6. Giveaway books generously provided by Jillian Stone.
7. Please see my Giveaway Policy.


  1. hi jillian

    i guest : tom hardy, johnny deep and robert downey, jr

    i’m facebook follwer (eli yanti) and twitter follower (eli_yanti)

    thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    • Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors right now. He isn’t afraid to play villains. Love his roles choices so far except for the wacky romantic comedy spy movie with Reese Witherspoon. Has anyone seen it? I watched the trailer and said, pass. Of course I’ll rent it, but it’s not out yet!

      To my mind, Tom is the best Heathcliff ever in the history of the role.

  2. Robert Downey Jnr, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell.

    I’m a recent convert to steampunk and romance so love the sound of seduction of Phaeton Black!

    Facebook Follower – Melissa Symonds


  3. Great giveaway!
    I’m guessing Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp.

    I follow via twitter (marieimy) and Facebook (Marie E.)

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Diane D - Florida

    My guess would be Robert Downey Jr. and then Johnny Depp.

    I follow you on Twitter as englishmeadows, and on Facebook as Diane P. Diamond.

    BTW, I loved “An Affair with Mr. Kennedy”.

    dpd333 (at) aol dot com

  5. I would guess Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell, and to be a bit different, Dominic Cooper. 🙂

    I am a Twitter follower (@shewolfreads)

    Great interview! New projects coming up also look great!

  6. I’m guessing Robert, Colin, and Ben because… Uhhh… *drools*

    What? Oh yes! Here’s my follower stuff!
    Twitter- @kaylabeck
    Facebook- Ida Louisiana

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Thansk you a lot for this giveaway

    i would say Jonny Deep, Robert downey Jr and Ben Barnes

    all the best


  8. I just want to tell everyone that I love all your picks. There really isn’t a bad choice up there!

    I’m not telling if anyone guessed them all correctly yet!

  9. Dominic Cooper, Johnny Depp and Ben Barnes.

    Sounds awesome!

    Vikki @ V’s Book Life

    • Thanks Vikki!

      Let’s chat about Dominic Cooper, shall we? He can play both sides of the romance hero, bad boy (An Education) and sweet, passionate lover (The Duchess) He plays a lot supporting roles and he nearly always steals the scene! 😉

  10. My guess is Colin, Ben and Johnny! All hot and rake-ish. Yes! What a fun way to do a giveaway!

    cynicalsapphire at gmail dot com

  11. I’m going with Colin, Johnny and Dominic. Living under a brothel made me think of Colin.

    Twitter: jcalvert719
    Facebook: jcalvertkaleta


  12. Cool idea for a question. I’m guessing Farrell, Depp and Downey, but I bet I’m not the first. Thanks!


  13. I also follow on twitter: @carlrscott
    and Facebook: Carl Scott

    Thanks again

  14. My guess is Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp. At least, that’s who I’d channel for any kick-ass private investigator.

    Facebook: Molly Nudo Frenzel
    Twitter: @dg_molly

  15. I’m going to guess Colin, Robert and Dominic

    I follow you on facebook: Danielle Duffied

  16. My guess is Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp.

    Facebook: Lisa Ann Richards
    Twitter: @alterlisa

  17. Ah, the sensual, Phaeton Black …

    Johnny Depp,

    Robert Downey, Jr.

    Tom Hardy

    • It’s a funny thing, but I almost always have someone in mind when I first start to write a character. I think more than anything it’s their voice I need for dialogue and then gradually I begin to see how they move, their gestures and facial quirks.

      I don’t think I’m alone in this. There are characters that I have written that are fully realized before I type a word, but it doesn’t happen that often.

  18. All great hotness to inspire you…and us too!
    I would get some serious inspiration from Dominic Cooper, Robert Downey Jr and Colin Farrell. Yum!

    Firelight and Wicked as The Come are GREAT! You will love them, I sure did.

    • Haha! I always like to be inspiring!

      Phaeton is a bad boy, so you have to stick with him. RT Reviews wrote: He’s like no other hero you’ve ever encountered! (I loved that one!) He’s also got a sense of humor and he’s a great lover so…I do hope you enjoy him!

  19. Oh I got too excited, I was supposto leave an email…

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Colin, Tom and Johnny?

  21. My guess is these three stars:
    1. Colin Farrell
    2. Johnny Depp
    3. Robert Downey, Jr.

    If so, he’s gotta be one heck of a character, and I’m dying to read the book to find out. I just read Kristen Callihan’s Firelight and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  22. Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr.


  23. ooh this is hard, yet fun! All such gorgeous guys! I say Robert Downey Jr, Johnny Depp, and i’ll through ben Barnes out there (never heard of him before, but pretty cute;) this story looks great I have always had a strange fascination with whitechapel and the whole jack the ripper and other murders that happened there. I still remember the “Fantasy Island” Jack the ripper episode. Looks really interesting, I can’t wait to read it!

  24. Also love your website, super cool! I also just liked you on twitter and fb. @lizbthk

  25. Im guessing – Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr.

    twitter @donnas1
    FB Donna S

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. Bother! I don’t even know who some of them are …
    My guess is :
    1. Tom Hardy
    4. Johnny Depp
    5. Robert Downey, Jr.

    Twitter (@lindathum) & FB (linda thum) follow
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  27. My choices are: Johnny Depp, Ben Barnes and Robert Downey, Jr..

    I am a Facebook follower : Becky Ward and also follow by email subscription.

  28. My guess was Robert Downey, Jr. and Dominic Cooper.
    Thanks for this giveaway:)

    I am facebook follower : Filia Oktarina

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  29. My guess:

    Tom Hardy
    Robert Downey, Jr.
    Dominic Cooper

    FB: Mary Preston


  30. Hi Jillian!

    i pick Robert Downey, Colin Farrel and Dominic Cooper

    Fb Follower (sienny Zne)

  31. You guys rock! So many fun answers and thanks so much for giving Jillian a warm welcome!

  32. My guesses would have to be Colin Farrell, Ben Barnes, & Robert Downey Jr.! Thanks for the giveaway! I am DYING to read this book!

    I am a Facebook follower: Mollie Westcamp

  33. Rachel @ theJeepDiva

    My guess is Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hardy and Dominic Cooper. I would love to read this book. I follow on FB Rachel Pate-Vessar. Thanks for the giveaway.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

  34. My guesses are Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Robert Downey Jr.

    I’m following you via Twitter (@TwilightDew7) and Facebook (Tami Tronick)

    My email is bluetwilightdew at hotmail dot com

  35. Wow, so many guesses already. I’d say Tom Hardy, Ben Barnes and Robert Downey, Jr. I follow on facebook (Mary Lou Foland) and Twitter (Rogue237).

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  36. Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Robert Downey Jr. These there are the hottest and very manly other then they have deep and sexy voice!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  37. I’m hoping it’s Colin, Johnny and Robert, but that’s more my wishful thinking than a close textual analysis.

  38. Congrats on the new book.

    My guess is Ben Barnes, Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp.


  39. Thanks to everyone for making Jillian so welcome!

  40. Thanks everyone for participating in the contest! This was great fun. There were three commenters who guessed the three actors correctly. The cool thing is I am going to send all three of you a signed copy of The Seduction of Phaeton Black. Yay!

    Kristen will be announcing the names and will pick one more winner, a commenter at random, as well!

    Again, thanks so much for all your comments, there really wasn’t a bad combination of men in there! 😉

  41. thanks you for your generosity ^^ i ‘m so happy to discover you and a signed book yes ^^;; thanks you so much

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