Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Interview: JM Powers

Welcome to Miz Love, my dear! So, how long have you been writing?

Since I could string more than two words together. Okay, three words. I love you. (I’m a romance writer after all.)

What prompted you to start writing?

I don’t know. I wish I had a better answer, but I always wanted to write.

How often do you write?

Every day. I’m not kidding. My day doesn’t feel complete unless I write. It can be about just about anything, but it has to be consistent. I have to allow the gazillion characters waiting in my mind to escape or it gets too crowded. They each take a number like the DMV, but sometimes they cut in line.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Wow, where do I start? People watching, a snippet of a conversation, or a billboard—just about anything sparks inspiration. Once, while getting my arm stitched up, I got an idea for a romance story. The doctor working on me was so hot he made me forget about the pain. I named him Ryan in my story. I’m still working on that one. The story, not the doctor. (Hubby still teases me about how I got all googly-eyed over Dr. McHottie.)

What part of the publishing process do you like the best?

I love the whole process! I gleaned a lot from the editing process of Basket of Hope. Once I’m aware of my weaknesses, like over use of a word, or head-hopping, I don’t repeat it. In turn, my writing improves. It’s like a free writing class. *Grin* Working with the cover artist at Breathless Press was exciting to no end. Then, oh the day the book released, that was pretty damn near my favorite part, but every step of the process was amazing.

How do you feel when you receive your covers?

When I received the finished product for Basket of Hope, I happy danced and drank champagne. At the same time. It made a mess, but no one had the heart to stop me. Or maybe they were just scared. My happy dances aren’t very attractive.

Are you anxious about reviews?

No, not at all. I want to hear from readers. Honesty is important. Some will like my book, others may not. That’s okay. Reviews help me see where I did something right…or not so right.

Which genre are you most comfortable writing?

Romance by far. It comes natural to me. I love making the reader sigh at the happily ever after… but not before making them wonder if it will happen.

Are there any you have yet to try?

Let’s see, I’ve written about sexually active fairies in Stellar Surprise, a magical world in Basket of Hope and medieval knights and ladies in Jewel of Ramstone. So that covers paranormal romance, paranormal historical romance and historical romance. I have two WIP: a contemporary romance and my non-fiction book about autism. I wrote a sci-fi short story, a horror story, a mystery about a girl locked in a closet—which reminds me, I need to finish that one. I wrote a story about a dragon who keeps an orphan company for my children when they were little. Uh…what was the question?

Uh... what was the question?

What works do you have in store for us lucky readers in the future?

Jewel of Ramstone will be released later this year. It’s about a maiden without a past. That’s all I’m saying. (Hint: there’s a book trailer on YouTube and my blog.)

If you could go anywhere, any time, and money was no object, where would you go, why, and who with?

That depends. For a visit or to stay? I would love to visit the medieval era. It’s always been a fascination. It could be in Scotland or England, as long as a handsome brogue is involved in the scenario.

On the other hand, I would live in Italy. Some little village by the sea. Present day. I’m already married to an Italian, so I’m all set in that part of this fantasy.

Thank you so much for taking the time to be with us today!

A huge thanks to Miz Love for having me!
JM Powers


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