Interview with an author – Jodie Pierce
February 4, 2013

Well all – having done some interviews for others I thought it was time to introduce my blog readers to some of the great authors I’ve been meeting along the way and to kick off , please meet Jodie Pierce who so kindly featured me on her blog spot on the 19th January.

This is what Jodie has to say:

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   Tell me a bit about yourself: Well, I am from Cleveland, Ohio and am married to the most dedicated,

supportive and loving man that’s ever come into my life. I have been writing since I was in high school but

the stories were too simple and you could tell I wasn’t inspired while writing it. Once I read the Anne Rice

vampire series, I was inspired and realized that I wanted to write about vampires. I was introduced to

vampires as a child and I fell in love with them and grew up with them. I am also a researcher and was an

exchange student in high school to Brasil so you will find many of my experiences in my stories.  I am a

seven time published author. Five of my books have been published through a publishing house. The other

two have been self published and all are available on Amazon.com.

Tell me about your latest book: My latest book is the final instalment of my Vampire Queen trilogy. It ties up the first two books, has action, twists and turns and vampires.

Where is your book available? My book will be available from November 1st on Amazon.com both in paperback and Kindle formats.

Where you live and one thing you love about it: I live in Cleveland, Ohio but I also lived in Brasil for six months when I was 16 and very impressionable. Brasil is so beautiful and the people are kind, generous, friendly and unjudgemental. The country is beautiful as I live two blocks from the beach. It is a third world country and I saw a lot of poverty but even they are kind. That was my favourite place to live and would go back there and live there for forever if given the opportunity.

Website: www.thevampirequeen1.weebly.com & www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? My parents were always good readers and I picked up the hobby from them. I just started writing short stories about my life, moved to romantic fiction and then was inspired to write about vampires. After years of trying to get published, I was finally introduced to publishing houses and later on, self-publishing. I was estatic to see my stories come to life and to be able to share with others.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way? Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned were the first books to inspire me. I then read Anne Rices’ erotic novels and found that I could also write stories that were similar though I preferred the vampire romance genre.

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What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book? My book, The Vampire Queen was my first and favourite

manuscript. I wanted to reunite her and her lover and take them on an adventure. I deliberately left the second book, The

Vampire Chronicles open for a third book. I then decided I wanted to tie up the events so I wrote the final book, Demise of

the Vampire to do that.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp? I would want them to fall in love with the vampires I’ve created like I have. I also want readers to understand that bi-sexuality is okay to have as a part of their lives.

 What challenges have you faced in your writing career? Marketing and promoting have been the thorn in my side. Even with the publishing company, the marketing was left up to me.

What has been your best moment as a writer? The best moment was when I got the email stating they wanted to publish my book. Nine months before, I had sent my manuscript to them and they refused it. The, Twilight broke out and I resubmitted it to them upon the request of my hubby. They took it and when I read the email, I thought someone was messing with me. It turned out to be real and I was really excited

Who is your author idol? Anne Rice is my first idol. J.K. Rowling is a close second but she doesn’t write about vampires which is unfortunate. Christopher Paolini gave me inspiration for fantasy and the Anne Rampling series encouraged me to write the one erotic book I wrote as well.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters? Absolutely. Most of my characters are based on the people that have come into my life in many different ways. Sometimes, just their personality or physical traits are included in my characters.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? Well, my dream of being published has come true but there is always more for me to write and publish. I am constantly learning more about myself, my writing and marketing. I’ve met some great people along my journey and am grateful for everything and everyone I’ve come in contact with. The website people are always awesome, friendly and helpful.

What is your personal cure for procrastination? I don’t have a cure as I don’t procrastinate. I wake up in the morning, sometimes at 5am just to write or check my emails for others’ comments, etc.

What does your workspace look like? I used to write on a desk that was full of papers and sticky notes but it was uncomfortable. Now I work in my recliner and my computer on my lap. It’s much more comfortable and instead of sticky notes I use a notebook to keep track of things.

Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer? Absolutely! Fear of rejection can cause many authors to give up and quit their dreams. Also, as in my case, I’ve typed for so long that I now have Carpal Tunnel and have to limit my typing each day which just kills me. I have to write and I enjoy it so it’s very hard to stifle my creativeness. I’ve started writing ideas down in that notebook I mentioned so I can write a little more later.

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit? I have never wanted to quit. Rejection at first made me feel horrible but as time went on, I learned it’s all part of the process and can brush it off as it comes along.

What do you do when you’re not writing? I like to spend time watching TV with my hubby, reading is good too. I usually have two books I’m reading at the same time which can get a little confusing if the books don’t grip you and force you into the stories.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Write what you want, not what you think publishers want. Write from your heart and the creative juices flow more easily. Jump in with both feet and bring your ideas to life through your writing.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school? In high school, I had a great English teacher, Mrs. Israel who encouraged my writing and often critiqued my stories. She taught me to keep going and never give up.

Did you have a moment when you realised you were meant to be a writer? I wrote in high school but when I started writing about vampires, I knew that was my calling. While writing my first book, I found every aspect of it to be fun and that reinforced the idea that writing was exactly what I needed.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Never give up and support your fellow authors. You can learn a lot from them and it will make you a better writer. If I gave up every time I was rejected, I wouldn’t be published. Take the bull by the hands and make your career what you want it to be.

I’m delighted to share other authors views with you – if anyone has a short story or poem they would like to share, please let me know and I would be happy too see if we could feature it on here – it may be your first step to publication yourself …

Until next time,

Debbie Martin

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Lotions, potions and nefarious poultices:
October 5, 2012

A short while ago I wrote about a magic bullet for love and how feasibly our natural hormones could be blended and  transformed into a little magic bullet to create or prolong love. To put or keep us all in the love trap. My fertile imagination immediately ran riot with the idea so now it is in the throes of transforming itself into the plot for a novel, but in the meantime a little recreational research has brought forth other interesting factors to consider.

Women are always keen on lotions and potions so I started there, only to be amazed to find that versions of the magic bullet are already on sale if you look for them. On the internet there are sites selling perfumes you can add pheromones (the little whiffs that say corrrr!) to, for a price, and lo and behold, there was oxytocin – the real ‘feel good factor’ available in a spray. Now it would seem possible for anyone to go on their first date, sprayed and splattered with the various scents which will not only make you smell good but have your date develop a taste for you too! Well, all’s fair in love and war, I suppose, but what are the motivations behind needing to trick our mate into love with us.

Lotions, potions and magic love bullets have a long and heady history. In fact they have been the subject of salacious use since the Greco-Roman world. Spells of erotic attraction and compulsion are found within Hellenic Greek papyri and archeologically on amulets dating from the 2nd century BC to the late third century AD. Magic practices even influenced the private rituals of the Gauls. During the later mediaeval period (14- 17th century) the use of ‘magic’ artfully played its part in establishing and promoting marriage where the unions had special importance. ‘Magic’ was expensive and could cause damage to the spell caster so it was restricted to use only on men and women of status. Spells were supposed to be secret, but were rarely so. On hearing they were the victim of magic, the subject very often behaved as if a spell had been cast on them whether or not it would work – hence the self-fulfilling prophecy!

Love magic has its fair share of airings in art and literature too.  It is used in the stories of ‘Heracles’, in Wagner’s opera ‘Tristan and Isolde’, Donizetti’s ‘The Elixir of Love’ (L’Elisir d’amore), and Manuel de Falla’s ballet ‘El amor brujo’ (the magic of love). Magic and potions also appear in Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’, and Shakespeare has a field day with them tragically in ‘Rome and Juliet’, and comically in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Fast-forward to the modern day, and there it is again in our beloved Harry Potter’s harum scarum adventures. Taking a quote from The Tales of Beedle the Bard,

“Powerful infatuations can be induced by the skillful potioneer…”

No less than seven magic love potions are sold by Fred and George Weasley in their “WonderWitch” line of magical doo-da’s for the ladies. Unfortunately J.K. Rowling doesn’t offer too much detail about the elixirs in question so we’ll have to assume that amongst eye of newt and tail of bat, they probably also included a teensy bit of testosterone, a pooff of pheromone and ooodles of oxytocin, mixed with very vasopressic entactogens.

But why? Why do we feel the need to trap and bind a lover to our side? Are we all so convinced of our own lack of attractiveness that we have to use potions and ‘magic’ to deceive? How you see yourself, and consequently the way you behave are all very much part of the way you live your life and what you achieve in it as a result. Psychology, right? It was around very effectively even in the middle ages; remember the poor old ‘magic’ victim who thought they were under a spell and so convinced themselves of the outcome anyway?

I don’t believe that a puff of pheromone will ultimately create happiness for you. In fact steady self-belief, solid principles, good sense and a fun-loving adventurous attitude seems far more attractive to me than snorting the stuff of dreams. I think the creation of happiness is generally in our own hands, not our spray atomiser.

Happy hunting – and mind you dodge those bullets!

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