**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, Jessica Aspen
Before we start talking about her writing, I want to thank Jessica for joining us today and telling us a little about herself! Welcome, Jessica!
1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve written on and off for a very long time, never finishing anything. But in 2008 I got serious and decided I would finish a full length novel. I finished it in 2009 and it’s finally going to be published this fall under the title, The Dark Huntsman. I’m pretty excited!
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write paranormal romance. Why? Well, I love mystery and suspense and history and magic. All of that comes together in paranormal. And of course I love happy endings and romance is the perfect genre for happily ever after, no matter what mayhem occurs in the plot. And my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series is also considered Spicy New Adult.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love the third draft of a story. The first draft is so rough; I’m just trying to get the plot onto the paper. The second draft is full of fixing mistakes and re-writes that it gets frustrating. But then I put the book aside for a while and when I pick it back up for that third draft I realize it’s pretty good. And, I like it. No, I really love it! And that is the best feeling in the world.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
You may have figured it out from the previous answer. Those first and second drafts are hard for me. The first draft is like pulling teeth. I know those words have to get onto the paper, but I struggle and struggle with it. The second draft has all the basics, but I have to move things around, and add plot pieces, and tidy it all up into a reasonable story. It’s work, real work. But I don’t want to do anything else. It may be work, but it’s the first job I’ve ever had where I’m so motivated to do the tough stuff that I get up early and stay up late all on my own. No boss, no manager, no expectations but mine.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
My two current series are based on fairy tales and while the essence of the original fairy tale runs under the story I give a modern paranormal twist to the story. Both Little Red Riding Wolf,and Snow and the Seventh Wolf. take place in the Colorado Rockies, which are hugely inspirational for me. When I start thinking modern werewolf in a fairytale set in the Rockies, my imagination just takes off. Of course they are fairy tales for adults, so there are lots of places for me to get creative.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
While I do write werewolves and werebears the fact that I put them into twisted fairy tales and place them in a modern mountain setting really sets them apart. My style is fast and hot and they really move at a terrific pace. I like action mixed in with my romance as well as suspense, so you’ll find action scenes and attempted murder and mayhem in my fairy tales. As well as some adult action!
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I used to be an avid reader, but now that I write so much I’ve had to put reading on the back burner and I miss it! I have always been a mystery buff, raised on Miss Marple and Poirot I turn back to mysteries when I have a spare moment. I also read romance (of course!) mostly paranormal as I try to keep up with my fellow genre authors, but I enjoy a good contemporary romance or romantic suspense too. And of course there are all the non-fiction books I read, mostly I get to those on audio in the car.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series will be out July 20th, 2013. I’ve set it in Colorado, but this time it’s Goldi and the Bear. If you want to read something with suspense, heat, and a second chance at love, this is the book for you.
Goldi Lycan’s father has gone wild wolf. She needs his signature and the money he’s hidden or the bank will foreclose and sell to a buyer she suspects is her ex-boyfriend, Zeke, whose heart she crushed.
Zeke has a secret. He’s never stopped loving Goldi, or forgotten their steamy nights together, and he’s determined to make her pay. When Goldi is injured in a Rocky Mountain blizzard she’s forced to take shelter in Zeke’s empty house. But look out! When Zeke arrives home to find a naked she-wolf in his bed, all hell will break loose.
Links to Jessica Aspen’s website, blog, books, etc.
Author web links:
Discover Little Red Riding Wolf, the first book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods Series
What if Red was a werewolf and a sexy forest ranger wandered into her woods?
And book two: Snow and the Seventh Wolf
Fleeing for her life Snow is rescued by a mysterious stranger, but what she doesn’t know is that he is a human hating werewolf fighting his own desires.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Jessica and her novel, SNOW AND THE SEVENTH WOLF, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Jessica will give away an e-copy of either Snow and the Seventh Wolf or Little Red Riding Wolf, reader’s choice, to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, June 3, 2013. Thanks, Jessica, for sharing your stories with us!