As always, I’m thrilled to have the lovely Jess Haines on the blog! Jess is the author of the H&W Investigation series featuring Shiarra Waynest, and she’s here to talk about the newest book in the series, Stalking the Others, and what she’s been up to! Also, there’s a giveaway, so be sure to see the details at the bottom of the post, and welcome Jess to the blog!
Jess, I’m so happy (as always) to have you on the blog! What have you been up to since you last stopped by?
Thanks so much for having me back, Kristin! Things have been wild and crazy in the Land O’ Jess. I’ve been working on the H&W Investigations series, novellas tied in to the main books, and a few other projects here and there. Plus, I’ve got big plans for my very first solo book signing (Saturday, July 07, 2012 starting at 2:00PM at the Dark Delicacies Book Store on 3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505), and the trip to New Orleans for Authors After Dark in August. This is turning out to be a hot-hot-hot summer, in more ways than one!
Of course, you had to know that I was going to shamelessly ask you to dish on Stalking the Others, book 4 of the H&W Investigations series, right? Are you super excited about the release?
Ha! But of course. I am ridonkulously excited about the upcoming release of STALKING THE OTHERS, and I can’t wait for everyone to see the direction I’ve taken things in this time.
Shia has had a rough go of things these last couple of books, and I know a lot of the people following this series have been very patiently waiting for a light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully they’ll like the note I ended things on in this book. *g*
I was really hoping that poor Shia would get a break after Deceived, but now there’s that whole “possibly going furry” thing she has to contend with. Speaking of going furry, what is your favorite supernatural to write about? Are you a werewolf (shifter) girl, vampire fan, or do you love ‘em all?
Yeah, I would hate to be in Shia’s shoes! As for my favorite supernatural, while I love vampires—a bit more than werewolves, for those wondering—I actually love dragons more than any other type of fantastical critter. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any good excuse to throw a dragon into the mix in my published novels, but I’m happy writing about shapeshifters, vampires, and magi for the time being.
When you started the series, did you already know how many books you wanted to write, or did you just plan to see where the series took you?
When I first started writing HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, I figured it would be a standalone novel. Except as soon as I finished it, I started writing the second novel. It was somewhere towards the end of the second book that the overall story arc hit me, and since then, I’ve had a fairly solid plan to carry the series through nine books, total. I’m contracted through six, though, so we’ll see what happens once I turn that last one in. *g*
Which character, for you, is the most fun to write about?
It’s hard to pin that down. I love a lot of my characters—particularly ones you haven’t seen yet. They all have their own special significances, even Chaz, so it’s really difficult for me to pick just one. Shiarra, of course, being the main character and all, is a ton of fun to write because it’s so funny to play someone who is so damned reluctant to have anything to do with Others. Basically, she’s my polar opposite.
Royce is tons of fun to write, especially when he’s teasing Shia. She never has any idea what he’s thinking, so having that knowledge (and finding ways to hide it from the reader using Shia’s POV) is always an interesting challenge.
Arnold cracks me up. He’s the most “me” out of all of my characters. Then there is Mouse, the mute vampire who works with Royce, and her boy-toy, Christoph. Oh, and the cab driver Shia keeps running into. Can’t forget him.
Once you read the next book, I think you’re going to get a kick out of characters like Jimmy Thrane and Clyde Seabreeze, too. Just wait ‘til you see what I have in store…
What authors make you wanna do a fangirl squee?
Jim Butcher. Oh, man. I love the Dresden Files! If faced with him in person, chances are good I would lose all capability of forming speech, and make a complete ass of myself.
I’m also a huge fan of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, Mark Henry’s Amanda Feral books, Robin McKinley, and Patricia Briggs for her fantasy novels she wrote prior to the UF series she’s currently known for.
As for squeeing, I am so excited about the Authors After Dark event this summer, especially since I get to meet you! What are you most looking forward to at AAD?
I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my blogger/Twitter friends, like you! =) Plus seeing a bunch of my other friends I met when I went to AAD in New Jersey and Philadelphia again.
I’ve never been to New Orleans, so I’m really looking forward to being a total tourist while I’m in town, too. Stuff like the wine tours and ghost tours and wandering around the French Quarter really appeal to me.
Any other exciting plans this summer?
Mostly staying busy with this blog tour for the release of STALKING THE OTHERS, the book signing, and the trip to New Orleans. I’m hoping I can manage a few other stops later in the year, but for now, this stuff is definitely keeping me on my toes.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? Favorite curse word, alchoholic beverage (if you drink ‘em), guilty pleasures? Or anything at all!
Ha! Let’s see, favorite curse word… I’ve always been rather fond of assgoblin. I’m not much of a drinker, but my mom makes killer White Russians. As for guilty pleasures, I’m overly fond of chocolate. If you’ve never tried them, Truffle Pig brand chocolates are amazing. So are Vosges chocolates, particularly the Smoke & Stout and the Black Salt Caramel bars.
Oh, and I’ll toss in a last word here—if anyone would like to find, here are some of the places you can follow me on the web:
*Don’t forget to enter to win one of 15 copies of Stalking the Others below! Open to US and Canada (lots of chances for extra entries!)
About Stalking the Others:
Vampires, werewolves, mages—the Others are very real, and wreaking havoc in Shiarra Waynest’s life. But now, she’s returning the favor…
Once, she was one of the good guys—or as close as a New York P.I. can get. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. And Shia’s recent betrayal by her ex-boyfriend means that she may be on the verge of becoming a rogue werewolf at the next full moon…
Of course, with all the threats against her, Shia’s not sure she’ll live long enough to find out. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police. Instead of going into hiding, Shia is enlisting the aid of her enchanted hunter’s belt and every dirty P.I. trick she knows. If she’s going down, she’ll take out as many of her enemies as she can—and hope that in the process, she keeps whatever humanity she has left…
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