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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Interview & GIVEAWAY with Jessica Andersen

Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Andersen

Welcome Jessica! Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks so much for having me!

So it's a new year again. Can you believe it's 2011 already?

Gotta admit that I’m grateful, actually. I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be kinder to me than 2010 was (fingers crossed). Best wishes to all of you for a fabulous year!

Your line up for 2011 looks great! Will be you starting a new series anytime this year?

Well, yes and no. I’ll have two Nightkeeper (Final prophecy) stories out, which will be part of the continuing series. But I’m also going to have at least one new Intrigue coming out from Harlequin, beginning a new miniseries set in the crime lab of the fictional Bear Claw Colorado … and I’ll be doing a Nocturne (a werewolf book, actually!) for Harlequin in November, as part of a continuity series with three other fabulous authors: Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh and Jill Munroe. So there’s lots to look forward to this year!

Can you tell us a little about your Novels of the Final Prophecy series?

The quickie blurb: Mayan lore and modern science warn that 12/21/2012 will bring a global cataclysm, and dark forces stand poised to crush mankind. Our only hope rests with a secret group of modern magic-wielders called Nightkeepers, who gain their full powers by finding and winning their destined mates.

At present, five books are out (Nightkeepers, Dawnkeepers, Skykeepers, Demonkeepers and Blood Spells). They’re intended to stand alone, with a finished romance in each book, but I think you’ll get another layer of story out of it if you read them in order.

How many novels are planned for the Novels of the Final Prophecy?

Nine books and one novella. The novella will be out in Feb ’11 in fact, as part of ON THE HUNT, an anthology with the fabulous authors, Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher and Deidre Knight.

Have you ever thought of writing in the Young Adult Genre?

You know, I like being …. Well, I wouldn’t call myself a grown-up, so let’s say “over the age of consent.” So I’m pretty sure my books will stay there. The only real exception to that would be the character of Rabbit in the first couple of Nightkeeper books. I’m not sure I would call him a young adult per se, but he’s definitely a teenager!

When writing, do you think of your title name before you write the novel, or after? 

Snickers. Actually, I’ve got the reputation of being really terrible with titles. Although I’ve gotten a little better in recent years, I have tended to turn in my books with names like “Manuscript #21” or “Reese and Dez’s book.” So that would be a big “after” from me, with the addendum that I’m not usually the one who thinks up the name.

Which novel has been the most difficult for you to write?

Patience and Brandt’s book (Blood Spells) was probably the hardest, because it was about the meltdown of a marriage with kids involved, and that’s super emotional to begin with … and I was writing it as I was coming out of a serious relationship. I think, though, that my own experiences gave the story an authenticity it wouldn’t have had otherwise, and it will probably wind up being my favorite of the books in the long run.

I'm a sucker for good cover art, and your novels have great covers. Who is your cover art designer?

I love the covers NAL has come up with for the NIghtkeeper books—love, love, love them. But I’ll confess that I don’t know the designer’s name, or even if there’s a single designer versus various members of the department. My editor and I confab about the cover and she talks to the art department. But to the unsung heroes and heroines who have given me such great covers: THANK YOU!

On to the more random of questions...

I read that you stuided glaucoma. Glaucoma runs in my family. Do you remember any interesting facts?

Well, I studied a type of secondary glaucoma (i.e. glaucoma that is due to the effects of another disease) called Pigment Dispersion Syndrome, which my lab linked to a region on the end of chromosome seven. The lab also worked on primary open angle glaucoma, which is what lots of people mean when they say ‘glaucoma’ and can strike far younger than you’d think. I guess the thing that comes to mind immediately for me would be a PSA: If glaucoma runs in your family, get your pressures checked regularly! The sooner you start on meds (if needed), the better chance you’ll have of keeping your sight for a long time.

Have you read any good novels/series lately?

I have to confess that I’ve been mostly researching and writing lately. But my Cosmo horoscope (the last non-research thing I think I read) says that my class and ambition will attract my man, but my freaky side will keep him interested. Does that count? LOLOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by Jessica! You rock!

Thanks so much for having me!

Check out Jessica Andersen's website for more information!

*Giveaway Time*

Jessica Andersen will be giving a signed copy of "The Hunt" anthology with Gena Showwater among others.  

You HAVE to be a follower to enter. 
The giveaway will be open until February 28th, 2011.  

Fill out the form below to enter!
Good Luck!


stacie williams said...

i want to win it would be nice

Paper Cut Reviewer said...

Hi Natasha! Howdy Jessica! Great Interview ladies! I'm so excited to read Nightkeepers for the BBA goodreads group! BTW I'm completely in love with your covers=)I'm also excited that you have a novella in the On The Hunt Anthology release *squee*


BLHmistress said...

I hadn't heard of these books but love the blurb and thank you for the interview- On The Hunt is one book I been waiting for. Thanks for putting this series on my radar as well. :)

Miranda @ My Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I hadn't heard of these either, definetly will put them on the want to read list. On the Hunt...ohh I so want :) Thanks for the giveaway.

jeanette8042 said...

Wonderful interview! And thanks for the giveaway!

donnas said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing.

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

Wow. Thank you for the interview and a look into the series. A good friend of mine highly recommends this series and now that it's a BBA book I have the first 3 books.


Danielle Gorman said...

I can't wait to read this. Doc Jess and Gena Showalter. Love it!!

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throuthehaze said...

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

elaing8 said...

Great interview. I read about the series and it sounds really good.

Meredith said...

I've heard a lot about this anthology and can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much checking out the interview, ladies! I'm so happy to hear that word is getting around about the Nightkeepers series, and that On the Hunt is On the Radar! It was really amazing working with Gena, Shannon and Deidre to put the anthology together :)

Happy reading, all!

Walarsha said...

The anthology sounds great. Can't wait to read it.

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a new follower and look forward to following your blog.


Kaity said...

I'm always curious about the cover artist too. So many books have gorgeous covers, I'd love to track down more work by an artist.
Great giveaway and interview!

Lori said...

Cool interview and cool prize.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Julie S said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mikki-ManĂ³ said...

Wow, thanks for the interview. I haven't read a book from Final Prophecy series, but I plan o, and I hope I will have some time for it soon ;)
And I love Gena Showalter, by the way ;)

Thanks for the giveaway, too,
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Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting - sounds like a great read - thanks for the interview!

June M. said...

sounds like a good book

Aik said...

I'd love to read this book!

Book Flame said...

great interview i would love to read this

IdentitySeeker said...

Sounds like a great read. Would love to read it:)

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Stephanie said...

I love these authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Pamk said...

Great giveaway. Would love to win this book.
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xx laneda xx said...

thanks for the giveaway, sounds like a great read (:

Mysteriousrose said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway i love anthology's and I'm a big fan of most of the authors:-)

Spav said...

Great interview. I would love to win this!

mbreakfield said...

Great interview! This looks like an awesome read, because some of my favorite authors are in it.

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