Ladies and Gentlemen, please give J.L. McCoy a warm VRB welcome. J.L will be with us all week long sharing her Skye Morrison Vampire series with us all. She will be giving a very lucky winner a great fan pack at the end of her stay with us.
To enter simply leave a comment or question for J.L. and you’ll be entered. A winner will be chosen on Monday December 10th.
Come, sit, and read a little more about J.L. McCoy.
Hi J.L.! We are happy to have you at VRB!
Thank you for having me! I’m excited to participate in your Spotlight week!
Will you tell the readers a little about yourself?
My name is Jennifer and I live in Austin, Texas. I write Adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I absolutely love writing! I’m a serious music nerd and can be found rocking out to 80s club/metal/hair bands and 70s classic rock all the time. My recent obsession is The Black Keys. Their album ‘Brothers’ is heavily influencing SMVS book 4, Legacy of Blood.
What are some of your hobbies?
When I’m not locked away in my office pounding out the next book in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series, I enjoy karaoke-ing, reading, watching movies, good sashimi, body art, and spending time with my family and friends. I like to paint and crochet when I have time, but it’s not often that I do.
What inspired you to start writing?
My mother and grandmother actually inspired me to write. They had been telling me for years that I should but I never seriously considered it. When my mother started writing her first book in March of 2011, I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed the process.
Why did you choose this genre? Do you think you will ever write in other genres?
I love reading vampire novels and it was just the natural choice for me. I had an idea for a vampire novel and decided to run with it. As far as other genres, I will definitely be delving into the Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian and YA Fantasy pool in the next few years. I’m super excited to start those projects.
Music is a prominent theme in your series. How do you think music enhances the story?
Absolutely! Music is art. It’s pure love, hate, desire, disgust, beauty, ect. all wrapped up in a catchy little package for our enjoyment. Music influences my mood when I write and I try to incorporate it into those scenes. It has always been a major part of my life. My earliest memories revolve around songs.
How did you come up with Skye Morrison’s story?
The basics of her story hit me while I was lying in bed one morning. Later, I mentioned it to my mother and we started brainstorming on stuff. It just kind of exploded from there.
Will you tell everyone a little about the series?
I’d love to! Skye Morrison is a recent college grad who is facing major student loan debt. She desperately needs to find a better paying job in order to start chipping away at it. One afternoon a gorgeous Irishman comes to her rescue when she is unexpectedly caught in a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend. The Irishman, Archer Rhys, owns a night club called The Mausoleum and invites her to interview for a job as his Executive Assistant. The series is about Skye’s sudden introduction into a world she never knew existed and her struggles to maintain a normal life while trying not to fall in love with Archer and his Irish-Punk music playing brother Jameson. Those vampire pheromones can be tricky!
Which character in the series is your favorite and why?
That is a really hard question to answer because I pretty much love them all. But if I HAVE to choose, I’m going to say Trey. He is really close to my heart because he is so sweet. As a Day Walker, his divine power is Empathy and he is such sensitive soul. It was no surprise that Skye and Trey quickly become friends. Trey pretty much wrote himself. Not a lot of thought went into him during the story board process; he was just kind of always there. I wish I had a Trey in my life and frequently hear from fans that they do too!
When choosing character names, are they just names you like or is there specific meanings in their names?
Skye’s name comes from an actress in one of my favorite movies, Say Anything. Her last name is homage to the late and great Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. Everyone else’s names were either chosen because I needed Irish-sounding names or they just came to me.
What are you currently working on, and can you tell us a little about it.
Currently, I’m hard at work finishing book 4 of the Skye Morrison Vampire Series, Legacy of Blood. It is slated for a March 2013 release. Those who finished book 3, The Original Sin, know that Skye was left in quite the pickle at the end of it. I don’t want to give a lot away, but it’s safe to say she’s going to have her hands full when she awakens.
Do you have any rituals when preparing to write? If so, what are they?
I’m totally OCD when it comes to my writing space. My desk has to be neat and the house has to be quiet. I completely immerse myself in Skye’s world and really get into her head so I try not to be disturbed. Thank goodness I have a very understanding hubby. He knows to be quiet when the office door is closed. (Such a thoughtful sweetheart!) And I always have to have a cup of ice. I’m constantly chewing on ice. When I get writers block, I sit back and munch ice and it helps me think. My dentist was appalled at a recent visit when I told him how I broke my molar.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
I experience writers block every now and again. I crunch on the aforementioned ice or take a hot shower and brainstorm. When I’m really stuck I call up the other half of my brain (my mother). She’s really amazing. Skye’s world is always better when she’s involved.
Do you use social media to promote your books? If so, where can readers find you?
Absolutely. Being a self-published author, I don’t have the budgets or the reach that big publishing houses do. Social media is how word of my books gets spread. I’d be nothing without my fans sharing the word on Facebook/Twitter/blogs. You guys play such a major part in my success and I am forever grateful for your support. You can find me at the following links:
We do lots of bookmark giveaways on my Facebook page and announce a Fan of the Week every Sunday, too. I do have a Twitter account, but I never update it. I’m just not a tweeter.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully still doing what I love…writing!
J.L., I want to thank you again for stopping by VampireRomanceBooks.com. Is there anything else you would like to add, or say to all of the readers out there?
Thank you so much for having me. I’ve enjoyed the questions. I hope that your readers will stop by my Facebook page and say Hi! My admins and I love talking to you guys! And if you love vampires but haven’t checked out my series, grab a copy of the first book in the SMVS, Blood of the Son, and find out what all the talk is about! Happy reading!!!