All about Jodie…
Jodie Pierce is thirty-seven years old and lives with her hubby, John in Cleveland, Ohio along with four beautiful step-children. She has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child and has had a long history with them. It wasn’t until she started reading the Anne Rice vampire books that she was truly inspired. She was an exchange student in Brasil in high school so you can find some of her experiences from there in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as she also enjoys research and learning about new places. She has published five short novels (Eternal Press), a short story in “Midnight Thirst 2”, an anthology (Melange Books), has two self-published books and has several short stories that she still works on. She’s always busy with the next great vampire story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams.
1. How did your life as a writer begin?
I’ve always been drawn to the “Arts” but as a child I wrote a short story that got published in a magazine. I also started writing short stories in high school and had an English teacher take interest in me (Barbara Israel). She helped me with my stories after school and it was all uphill from there.
I would like to think my imagination is great and that helps. Also, hubby often comes up with a general concept and I take the idea and turn it into a story from there.
3. Tell us about your writing process. Do you outline, or are you more of a seat of your pants type of a writer?
I dream many of my story sequences. I’m so absorbed in the stories that I guess my subconscious takes over and gives me ideas in my dreams. Also, sometimes when I sit down to write I just get a flash of brilliance and the scene comes to me. I don’t plan out the scenes as I’ve found in my writing that it makes for a boring story for me and the reader.
4. What is your usual writing routine?
When my ideas come to me, I sit in my recliner with the laptop on my lap (and sometimes the kitty) and write out my story that way.
5. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
I, of course, like any author, would love to sell books and be on the bestsellers list so hopefully one day that will happen.
6. Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
I would love to meet Anne Rice. She is my author idol and I think she would just be interesting to talk to about writing and anything in general.
7. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Don’t give up. If you want to be traditionally published, then go for that and don’t let all the rejections get in your way. Keep going!
8. What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
The Jewel of the Nirel by Ann Snizek, The Homecoming Masquerade by Spencer Baum, Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory and The Undeparted book #3 by Deborah Palumbo and the second book by Mark Knight as he’s a great Author and just came out with book #1-Blood Family.
9. How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I love spending time with hubby and parents. Fav place to unwind is Starbucks with hubby which is where we first met.
10. What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m working on two things as we speak. I’m working on a charity vampire anthology (In Vein) with various authors where all proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. It’s a really cool project! My second project is a story where a vampire hunted police Detective is paired with an ancient vampire to solve the crimes of their city (I based it on the city I live in). It’s turning out to be really interesting.
The Queen is once again ruling her subjects only this time it is a school for the ‘different’ children in Scotland. A school full of vampires, witches, warlocks, elves and fairies, one that is feared and hated by all who attend. A new group of witches and warlocks show up to her gates and cause all kinds of havoc within the school. Vampires and witches are at odds and only a few can see the survival of the school. An ancient lover and the Queen are reunited but at what costs? A new, as well as an old lover unite to attempt to take the Queen off her throne. Will it work? Will the Queen maintain her horrendous rule over the students? Can the spells woven work and change history? All will be told in the end.
Connect with Jodie Pierce
Tales of the Vampire: From A-Z: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Vampire–Z-Jodie-Pierce/dp/1479252565/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369059023&sr=1-1&keywords=jodie+pierce+Tales+of+the+Vampire%3A+From+A-Z