Continuing our series of interviews with the Here Be Magic Authors, today we're talking with Jody Wallace and the famously infamous MeanKitty. Jody's giving away one free book - read thru the conversation to find out how to win!
Tell us a little about yourself:
I write paranormal romance as Jody Wallace and steamy romance as Ellie Marvel. The rest of the time I obey the whims of Meankitty. She’s thinking of starting up a review site just so she can badmouth my books. I’m telling you, it’s not an easy life I live.
What prompted you to start writing?
I got in less trouble when I told my mom all my “lies” were actually “fiction, Mom, jeez.”
What’s your writing process? Where do you write?
My writing process is to come up with some AWESOME premise that makes it onto the page if I’m lucky, because I usually think that shit up at three a.m. or when I’m driving or at some other inconvenient time. When I work on my books, I write in my shabby maroon recliner, which makes me feel like I’ve been punched in the spine after about 2000 words. That’s when I know I’ve done enough for that day.
Which three books would you take to a desert island and why?
Everything You Need to Know to Survive on a Desert Island, for obvious reasons; The Complete Works of Some Old Dead White Man From Centuries Ago Who Wrote a Shitload of Books, because I suspect life on a desert island will give me insomnia; and Everything Else You Need to Know to Survive on a Desert Island that Volume 1 Forgot to Mention, because I believe in the power of revision.
Which five people (real, fictional, historical) would you invite to dinner and why?
I would invite my sister to dinner, because she can’t cook; I would invite my BFF Cathy P. in Alaska to dinner, because I’ve never actually met her and presumably the dinner invite would inspire her to visit; I would invite Yoda to dinner, because I don’t think he’d eat much and we’d all get a kick out of him saying, “Eat or do not, there is no try” to my 6 year old; I’d invite Spiderman to dinner, because my husband is his biggest fan and it would really make him happy…of course Spidey wouldn’t show up, but we’d know it was because he was out fighting crime, so it’s totally okay; and last but not least, I’d invite Susan B Anthony to dinner on Election Day, because she never got to see women in the United States voting, and we’d have some nice sandwiches while we stood in the long lines at the polls.(VS sez: Wow, can I attend that dinner??? Sounds like FUN...)
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Vintage clothes. I buy them in thrifts and SAY I’m going to spruce them up for modern wear…but really, what are attics for?
How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
I refuse to cook or clean! This is different from normal days where I have totally valid EXCUSES not to cook and clean.
What has surprised you about being a published author?
That I have not been elected Queen of the Literary Universe yet.
Do you do a lot of research for your books?
Yes! No. Wait, sometimes. Maybe. I’d have to look that up.
Have you ever used an incident from real life in one of your books?
Oh, very much. When I was in West Virginia that one time and met those werewolves, I totally had to use my magical herbal witch powers to keep them from turning on the night of the full moon. I saved their hairy butts! They were all at a concert that night, see, and people with their thousands of camera phones would have blown their cover. I told them they should go to the monster truck rally, but nooooooo, wolves are such One Directioners.
Favorite TV Show: Hubby says it’s Castle. Since Firefly isn’t on anymore.
Cats or Dogs? CATS. (VS sez: Right, duh, I shouldn't have even ASKED that one. Hope MeanKitty forgives me!)
Tea or coffee: coffee
Boxers or Briefs: On my head? Briefs. On my husband? Boxers. On my husband’s head? Well, he refuses to cooperate with that.
Sweet or spicy: Sweecy.
Favorite food: Sweecy stuff.
Favorite time of the year: Fall
Finish this sentence “I believe in the Magic of….Broadway. No, that’s a lullaby, sorry.”
What are you working on next? The sequel to Pack and Coven.
What one question do you want to ask your Readers today? Who wants a free book? No, really. Go to my website and look at all the stories I have available. First person to email me and mention this interview gets an ebook of their choice.
Where can your Readers find you online? NOT IN THE COMMENT S SECTION OF POLITICAL BLOGS. I’m not allowed. You could check www.jodywallace.com and www.meankitty.com if you want, though.
Buy Links for books:
Stalking Evan: http://www.jodywallace.com/books/stalkingevan.htm
Pack and Coven: http://www.jodywallace.com/books/packandcoven.htm