I’ve been actively writing since the second grade. I wrote 3-act plays and my teacher (a nun) allowed me to put them on in the classroom. Very liberal education. <g>
Do your readers contact you? If so, what do they say?
Yes. I’m very visible on FB and they also contact me through my website. They have suggested that I write more books featuring secondary characters, which I have done. Bad Karma, features Zach (the guy who didn’t get the girl in Bad Medicine) and in Bad Vibes, Darla (a completely badass little deputy) gets her man
For aspiring writers, what three pieces of good advice would you give them?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten was to write more books. I write every single day, and it’s paying off. I would also add that it’s great to have someone to give feedback, preferably not your mom or hubby, but someone who can give you a good critique. And for a third suggestion I would add that I entered a lot of contests. You pay a fee to get the feedback, but just looking at the score sheet gives a newbie a look at what the professionals look for in a manuscript. When you start winning those contests, it shows that you’ve passed a barrier of sorts.
Do you have a favorite of your own books?
Whatever I’m writing at the time. I am pretty involved with the characters in my romantic thriller series set in South Padre Island. If it was a motion picture it would be classified as an ensemble production.
How do you balance writing with your life?
So, you’re saying that I’m balanced? <g> I think that I’m all about writing. I have a couple of people who I am mentoring, as I was mentored. I blog and post on Facebook every day. It’s very gratifying when people tell me that I inspired them.
How old were you when you wrote your first book and what was it about?
My first completed work was a 3 act play when I was 7. Sister let me put it on in class and I cast it with my friends. I had to hand write the scripts on tablet paper. And I drew the scenery on the 3 chalk boards. I’ve never stopped writing.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas are overflowing. I just suck up ideas from wherever I happen to be. I have gotten ideas from the newspaper and once, in a conference the presenter said the phrase, “throw-away babies”. That haunted me. I started writing right then. I have no idea what else she said.
Do you have a writing quirk?
I love to listen to music when I write. When I’m writing romantic scenes, I listen to BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan…Sometimes I have to jump up and dance. Then I settle down and write my scene.
Pantser or Planner?
I’m both. I usually freewrite for about 50 or more pages, and then I buckle down and make sure it has the requisite number of plot twists and dark moment, etc.
Do you pick out dream casts for your books? If so, what's your favorite so far?
No, but I have very definite ideas of what they look like.
What do you use to motivate yourself to keep writing through the tough spots?
I made a vow to write everyday no matter what . This is day 1,193 that I have written at least 100 or more words. I post about it every day on my FB profile page and some people are writing along with me. I seriously can’t quit now, because it would upset my FB friends.
Do you create a playlist for your works?
No, but I have some favorite artists and listen to them while working. Keith Urban, Adele, Kenny Chesney, and the aforementioned blues artists.
What is your current WIP about? (Possible title, characters, setting, etc.)
I’m working on two different WIPs. One is a sequel to the South Padre Island romantic thriller series. The title is BAD DREAMS and it has a little paranormal element.
The second is a romantic suspense that is set in the Texas panhandle and uses the characters from Badlands. So it’s a western romantic suspense with cowboys and cowgirls.
Share one sentence from your book, no explanations, just one sentence.
Darla clad in body armor, an M-14 slung over her shoulder. Damn! She looks so hot! Like Badass Barbie
Coke vs Pepsi?
Chocolate vs Vanilla?
Cake vs Ice Cream?
I just had a bowl of eggnog ice cream. Yum!
Night owl or Early bird?
If my natural clock takes over I stay up until about 2am and wake up at 10am. But I can get by on less sleep, so it’s often 8 or 9am when I wake. My small rescue dog needs to go out in the morning, so I bound out of bed to accommodate her.
Favorite genre to read?
I like romantic suspense and mystery/suspense…but I read some paranormal because I have critique partners who write that genre.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to jump down the rabbit hole.
What's your favorite food?
Just one? I would say chocolate anything, guacamole, lobster, crab, asparagus and fresh, homemade breads.
What type of food could you never live without?
My undergrad degree is in foods and nutrition, so if I was missing some element in my diet, I would be grumpy. I love cheese and all dairy foods, salads and veggies, fruits, breads and also meat. I eat quite a few meatless meals, but this is just convenience. I also love to grill a hunk of beef. Nothing like it.
If you meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to spend a day with Eudora Welty. I “discovered” her when I was in college and devoured everything she wrote. Brilliant characterization.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you take with you (limit 4 items)?
An all-purpose body/hair shampoo and lots of moisturizer and sunscreen. I am a natural blonde and I used to be an avid sailor. If I had new skin. I would protect it.
Favorite show growing up?
I watched TV, but my favorite thing to do when I wasn’t running around being a wild, tree-climbing tomboy, was to read.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I would love to fly…no plane…Just fly…
What would your superhero name be?
I actually am Snark Woman. People usually figure out my secret identity…real fast.
What do you think the future will hold?
Technology is growing exponentially and I can’t imagine what the future will hold for us. Maybe we will have our communications devices implanted in our brains at birth and our QR codes tattooed on.
Thank you so much for being such a gracious hostess, Jesse. I really appreciate being a guest on your blog.
Today I'm doing something a little different. I'm gonna give you guys a piece of some of her book. Perhaps the blurb, maybe just the cover. But it will be pure enjoyment each time. Click the covers to grab the book at Amazon.
A terrified woman erases her past to escape her abusive husband. Taking her children, she disappears from Texas only to reinvent herself as a teacher in a remote Alaskan village. She fights to survive the harsh environment, while ever mindful of the danger stalking her.
A complication emerges in the form of her new boss who is unaware of her entanglement and pursues her with a passion. Hungry for a father figure, her young children immediately take to him, but she is haunted by the cruel man who battered her. Can a good man heal her scars and gain her trust?
As she evolves in her new role, she becomes stronger as a person. Back in Texas, her sister draws the abuser's fury and becomes his new victim. When her past catches up with her, she is not the same woman who ran away. She puts her life on the line to protect her children, but will she survive the wrath of a sociopath bent on revenge?
Nutritionist and former Home Economics teacher shares 56 tasty family recipes just right for the autumn season.
Texas is a place, an attitude and a state of mind. Come on in. Sit a spell. Let me pour you some tea and serve up a plate for you. We’re hard-wired for hospitality.
The oldest recipe came over on the boat from Ireland. Other family recipes have their roots in Pennsylvania and came west in a covered wagon. Since we are a family of foodies, we tend to lead with our taste buds and have added favorites from friends and travels over the years. We know all about chicken-fried and making gravy. We grill and barbeque. We love our neighbors, so you’ll find Tex-Mex and Cajun favorites too. Enjoy…
J.D. Faver lives near Houston, Texas. She writes contemporary romance and romantic thrillers. Although in the habit of writing daily, she still finds time to enjoy family and friends. Cooking, gardening, and painting are among her other pursuits. She is an active participant in several local and national writer's organizations. As you can tell she loves people and mingling with her species: writers. They're the only ones roaming free who also hear voices.
She would rather be sailing or on a beach somewhere. But if she can't do either of those things, she would just as soon write.You can keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest She loves to meet readers and writers. Be sure to visit our blog, Living With The Muse