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Onio by Linell JeppsenBBB: Tell us 3 things not in your bio we don’t know about you that might make us leery of befriending you. LOL

LJ: I believe in all sorts of strange things! I really do believe that there is too much evidence of faeries, Sasquatches and aliens to discount them as figments of our imaginations, only! I also think that people who read are the most open-minded and intelligent people on the planet. People who are not afraid of exploring new frontiers… people who see depth within the shadows. Lastly, I never want age to stop my forward progress- it seems that the older I get the younger and fresher I feel! So, keep reading, and writing and adventuring in this strange and wonderful world we have!

BBB: What actors would you choose to play some of your characters if your book were made into a movie or a TV show?

LJ: I have often thought that if my vampire novel, Detour To Dusk) was optioned to film, I would like to see Jensen Eckles (Dean Winchester of Supernatural) play the part of the vampire, Raul. The “Good” vampire would be perfectly played by, Timothy Olyphant. In Onio— I don’t know his name offhand, but I know you know who I mean when I say the werewolf in True Blood— sheesh! He would do nicely!

BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?

LJ: I am a real “panster” when it comes to my world building and sometimes I do get lost, but I have great beta-readers who help me keep things straight… and yes, yellow sticky notes all over the place!

BBB: Please tell us more about Onio and the storyline that drives it.

LJ: Onio is a one-quarter human Sasquatch who yearns to learn more about “small humans”. So much so, he allows himself to be seen by one Melody Carver, as she drives down the road in the middle of a blizzard. She is so startled and frightened by what she sees, she loses control of her car on the icy roads and Onio is forced to save her from certain death. Now though, Melody is thrust into the strange and magical world of a hidden species!

BBB: How many more books there be in this world?

LJ: Onio is already making an appearance in my newest novel, The War of Odds! He and his full-blooded brothers are sent in to help Sara Giddings as she attempts to heal Timaron (king of the Unseelie court) of the dark demons who have possessed his mind, and prompted him to declare war on humankind!

BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?

LJ: No, not really. Onio and his people sprang like weeds right out of my imagination— However, there are a lot of military aspects to this novel, and that had to be researched very carefully!

BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)

LJ: Panster all the way… grits teeth in frustration!

BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?

LJ: Sasquatches, aliens, faeries, demons… if you can think of something supernatural, you’ll probably find it in one of my novels.

BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2013 and 2014?

LJ: I just published an Indy novel (my first Indy endeavor). I did this because it is entered in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest and so it must be an independent work. The name if this novel is The War of Odds, and it is a YA fantasy! Wish me luck! I might start a sequel to Detour To Dusk- many people wish to hear more about Raphael, king of the vampires!

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  1. You mentioned that you did a lot of research for the military aspect. What type of research, do you seek out individuals, or rely on the internet etc?

  2. Hi Rachel- I did a lot of internet research about Fort Bliss, since it is here that the Sasquatches are taken, tortured and experimented on. Some of the special forces details and officer designations I got from my uncle LT. Col. Paul Diener and Gunnery Sgt. Bob Showers (both retired). You don’t mess around with real places and things, even though you are writing a fantasy!

  3. Robert L. Stubbs Jr.

    So how did Onio come to be just 1/4 Human? If its explained in the book then I will feel remarkable silly but I’m use to that. :)

  4. Robert L. Stubbs Jr.

    As to the question of which do I prefer I am going to waffle a bit. Sometimes I prefer the straight forward hero and sometimes I prefer the flawed rising above their own nature type of hero.

    I can relate easier to the flawed person but there is also something appealing about the hero who does the right thing and isn’t filled full of flaws.

    • I am the same… to a point. Sometimes the heroes a so squeaky clean, it’s like- jeez, you know. Who is THAT perfect. An example is the excellent hero in the movie District 9- did you see it. The hgero was quite flawed, dorky, ego-driven, and a little arrogant. In the end though he paid an ultimate price to save the aliens. I gave me chills and made me cry! Of course- I’m a goof!

  5. Robert L. Stubbs Jr.

    I prefer the book that wraps up everything beautifully with no loose ends for the most part. Occasionally I like the creepy book where everything goes horrible wrong at the end. I’ve come to the realization that I can’t deal long term with a series or television show or a movie serial where it’s constantly the characters lives are horrible. They don’t get along with their families or friends and are miserable people most of the time. Conflict is ok as long as it moves the story forward but making it a constant stream of utter misery makes me feel depressed and why do I want to read stories that are a constant source of depression.

  6. Yes! Did you read, Pet Cemetery by Stephen King? Wow, that ended so badly, I threw the book across the room and swore I would never read another of his books! Well, I lied but I do like a story where the ending has some hope, or, at least, some justice in it!

  7. Hi! I hope you are having a good day, it is freezing here in Iowa :D

    Can you share about the first story you ever wrote?

    What is it like getting rejection letters as a new author?

    who did your cover art? Did you have any say in it?

    Pancakes or waffles?

    ;)

    • LOL! Pancakes!
      The first novel I wrote was called The Hunt, which in recent years has turned in to Detour To Dusk. This is a vampire thriller that features a young couple named Brian and Holly who are terrorized by a band of psychotic vampires! This is “old-fashioned” vampire fiction and can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, etc. It has over 29- 4 and 5 star reviews!

      Rejection letters- bleh! But a part of the game when a new author first starts out…

      The cover art for three of my novels was done by a wonderful lady named Joyce Bond. My publisher added some stuff, and embellished the art a bit, but she is really good about letting me have the final say with the art>

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  9. Jeez- I just looked back and saw my dumb typos! Sorry- thank God for editors! LOL!

  10. Onio is actually a mix of 11 different male models! My publisher haired him up! He was standing all by himself and I asked if we could add the female character, Melody. My publisher sent me two or three different girls, and I didn’t like any of them so she said, YOU PICK HER OUT, THEN!
    My husband and I sat and stared at about a hundred beautiful blondes, until finally Melody showed up! That’s Mel, on the cover!

  11. Answer The Author’s Question – Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds! —

    I tend to be drawn to a realistic hero, someone with “flaws” but despite the odds got enough courage or strength to succeed. The type of people who clumsily stumble over the obstacles placed in their way but in the end do make it over.

    Answer the Author’s Question – Do you readers like tough female characters who can kick butt with the likes of Bruce Willis, and smoke a ciggy afterward, or do you prefer female characters who shake in their boots when confronted by seven-feet-tall, winged vampires, like my female lead, Holly (Detour To Dusk), and Melody Carver, who freaks out and drives off the road when she sees an enormous Sasquatch standing by the side of the road (Onio)?

    — I like the ones in between, a gal who can stand her ground and fight back all the while still holding on to her “girlyness” in asking the biggest guy near her to go squish that spider.

    Answer the Author’s Question – What kind of story appeals to you most of all? Something completely creepy that doesn’t end well, or a book that wraps up beautifully- and where the hero, or heroine survives and prospers?

    — Sometimes we all need that reminder that things to not always work out or end well. The other night I was in the mood to watch the movie The Grey. **Spoiler alert if you have not seen it do not read** I knew it was going to be sad and dark but watched it anyways. I was upset at how it ended, not because of how many died… we all know in those circumstances people would die…but because of how it ended for HIM, the not knowing if he made it out alive or not.It reminded me of a Stephen King short story where you did not know in the end if anyone survived or not. That drives me crazy lol. The hero can live or die but at least end it by saying one way or the other.

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  13. I really enjoyed reading Onio. More than just the plot itself, I think Linell Jeppsen is a marvel with words. The worlds she paints are vivid. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

    • Hi Jade! Thanks so much for stopping by! (Talk about a wordsmith!) Anyway, thank you! You know, its strange- sometimes I can barely string three words together in a sentence, and I’m like… “Uh, you know… the thingiemabob!” LOL! Then, there are those times when the muse is speaking for me and I’ll sit back and think- COOL! Where did that come from?

  14. I’ve read one of your books, and am looking forward to reading more!! Best of luck.

    • Hi Shirley! Thanks for dropping in! Yes, I started out with vampires, went to post-apocalyptic, science fiction, and now I’m doing straight fantasy! It’s into La-La land for me (and hopefully, my readers too!) Big hug!

  15. Next time you need a blonde model, look in the mirror my dear!!!

  16. Great interview Nel! I am so looking forward to reading your stories. Good luck with ABNA contest!!!

    • Hi Kelly! Thanks for stopping by- yes, my latest novel, The War of Odds is a YA fantasy, completely Indy (it HAS to be), and is entered in the ABNA- Wish me luck! I probably won’t even make the first cut… It’s the pitch (or blurb) which has always been the toughest thing for me! Sigh! Oh well

  17. I think this is the first read I’ve seen with Sasquatch. I’m looking forward to checking it out.
    My guys love the show Finding Sasquatch. Have you ever watched it and if so what do you think? I find it insane and the men in my family just as insane ;).

    • Hi Viki! Thanks for stopping by! I have seen that show, and its fun but kind of silly, I think. My Sasq are so much cooler… they have a lot of culture, and alien roots. In my novel, The Sasq are from the planet Sasquereen and are the galaxies body guards, or guardians. The Sasquatches on this planet are a marooned species who have forgotten their roots. They have been hounded and hunted down so long, now they live in a series of elaborate, underground tunnels!
      And yes, the man in my life is nuts! LOL!

      I really hope you like my friend, Onio!

  18. I have to add Onio on my TBB list!

  19. I prefer books with happy endings.

    Well, it depends on how the characters are written, whether they are tough or shake in their boots. But I certainly can’t stand a character who is a complete wimp.

    • All of my novels have strong female characters- When the disasters, or the freaky stuff happens, they are plenty scared, but all of them buck up and do what needs to be done. I hate shrinking violets too, but none of my ladies are “Tank Girls” LOL!

  20. Who are some of your favorite paranormal authors?

    • Hi Bonnie! Great question… (deer caught in the headlights! LOL!) No, I have read the paranormal stuff so long they get all mixed together in my mind! But I like Charlene Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse novels… a lot!

  21. I am about halfway through the book now and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m excited yet nervous to see what happens next

  22. However did you come up with the idea of a human/Sasquatch blend?

    • Well, Sasquatches (if they are real, anyway…I think they are) are bipedal and close enough to us that it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. You notice though, that Onio is only a quarter Sasq- so he’s big and tall, a little hairier than the normal human man but not so different that everyone reading it would go – EWWWWW! LOL!

  23. Author’s Question – Heroes

    I prefer the flawed characters who perform heroic deeds, because they are usually more interesting and human.

  24. Author’s Question – Female Characters

    I prefer strong female characters who have a few human weaknesses.

  25. I find straightforward heroes boring. Give me the flawed ones.

  26. Author’s Question – Kind of Story

    I like a story with a specific ending to tie up loose ends, especially if it has a happy ending.

    • Yes, I agree. There have been some series that I’ve bought into knowing full-well that I’m in it for the long haul. It is really annoying to me though when I have no warning, and I realize by the end of the story, that it’s not the end at all! None of my books are cliff hangers. They are stand-alones!

  27. Hi, I know you brought back Onio in your book The War of Odds. But have you considered writing a book about Onio on his home planet. That would be pretty awesome?

    • Hi Ch’Kara- high praise, indeed, from a wonderful fantasy writer like you! Yes, I already have quite a few people wanting me to write a sequel to Onio. It could be done, I think. I got started with The War of odds, and I guess I missed Onio, or something. He just had to show up to help the kids out in Unseelie!

  28. Loved Detour To Dusk, Onio and The War of Odds and can’t wait for more

  29. Although I DO admit that Onio shows up in a cameo in my next novel, The War of Odds!

  30. Okay so incase it’s obvious to everyone but me (so very possible!), where did the name Onio come from? Was it just something that came to you or did you see the name somewhere?

    Oh and the guy from True Blood is Joe Manganiello :)

    Thanks!

  31. What character from another book would you have loved to have a crossover in your book with?

  32. Folks, meet Ch’Kara Silverwolf- author of the excellent fantasy, Daughter of Darkness and Light!

  33. I think sometimes getting lost in your world-building can be a good thing because it means it’s growing :) I like big worlds in paranormals or at least ones with interesting characters.

    • Hi na-

      I agree- the more I can get into the world, the atmosphere and the sheer emotion of a character, the more i will enjoy the novel. Although my books are pretty action driven, I try to bring a sense of place to my stories so the readers can smell the forest, the campfire, or feel the menace that’s right around the corner!

  34. I tend to like the flawed heroes more. That is because I want to see them rise above their problems and win! It makes them more complex and interesting.

    A tough and smart heroine is one I defintiely like! She’s more likely to help herself and be a good partner for the strong hero.

    I like all kinds of story so long as the characters fit the plot. An action packet story with a strong plot and interesting characters appeals to me.

  35. I like Ch’kara Silverwolf’s idea of a sequel story of Onio on Sasquareen! That would be awesome!

    • Hi Lori- thanks for stopping by! Yes, I have given some thought to a new sci/fi fantasy, where Onio and his brothers are called out on some inter-stellar mission to rescue a besieged society from the “Bug Lords”, or something!

  36. I’ve always been a fan of the flawed characters. They just seem to be more honest and realistic to me, and like you… I can understand and relate better to a flawed character than to a perfect one.

    • Agreed- there is a fine line though. I read a book recently, where the lead character was such a bi*** that I couldn’t care less what happened to her! It’s okay to have some down moments but the author runs big risks when they make their characters too flawed!

  37. You didn’t know the name of Joe Manganiello (the werewolf from True Blood), and didn’t immediately look him up? ;-)

    I am thinking that this book isn’t exactly about what I think of when I hear Sasquatch …

  38. So true, that Onio is not about what most people think of when they think of Sasquatch… Linell’s Sasquatches are SO much more! Honestly, I don’t want to give too much away, but you will be amazed at the originality of her story!

  39. I like both, but I am a bit partial to the bad boy who rises above to win out

  40. Yes I like girls/women who can adapt and step into their power. Women are pretty tough generally and often surprise themselves

    • Haha! Yeah, my Sasquatch Onio is NOT your typical hairy goofball!
      Ch’Kara, I agree- there should be a lot of tension in a good thriller but I like my stories to wrap up with a positive outcome. More and more these days, stories seem to have really bad, or sad endings. I was going to rent the movie, Melancholia, but the lady who runs the video outlet here in town knew I was having some health issues and strictly forbade me to rent it!
      Also, the movie, The Gray, was mentioned… it was a good movie, but jeez- did they have to kill off EVERYONE?

  41. I like when the story wraps up and there is hope for a positive outcome. I also like when there are some difficult conflicts along the way

  42. Hi there! What are your thoughts on audiobooks? Are any of yours available in that format? If not, do you think they’d “read well”?

    • Hi Joanie- Yes! My novel Story Time is a post-apocalyptic sci/fi novel with over 68- 4 and 5 star reviews. It was also nominated as the best science fiction novel of 2011 by,,, er, another big site! It is made into an audio book. I wish the woman who narrated it didn’t try to talk like a man in the male parts, but it was still nice to have an actual actress narrate the story!

      I try to put myself in the place of the women in my stories- I think I would freak out if I saw a huge Sasquatch standing on the side of the road in a snowstorm. It’s what comes after that makes Melody special, despite her handicaps!

      … and yes, all of my stories have an actual ending- although I like to think that each of those books could be expanded upon!

      Thanks so much for liking my site! and thanks for stopping by today! Nel

  43. I like flawed characters I can relate to. Who is perfect? Without flaws there might as well be no story.

  44. I like to think I can handle a lot of stuff thrown at me, but since I’ve never had a Sasquatch show themselves I have no idea if I’d drive off the road myself. As long as the heroine can pick herself up and rise to the job I’ll love her!

    As for a storyline, I do love the creepy stuff and if it’s a series I don’t need every book to end well, but by the end of that series I do like things wrapped up. Not everyone has to live but it’d be nice if some did!! :)

  45. Thanks for the interview! So what was your favorite scene to write in Onio?

    • Hi Leslie! There is a scene in the book (spoiler alert!) where the Sasquatches leave their tunnels and move out into the land of men. I think this was one of my favorite parts to write. I could see all of them walking down the road, while the human beings stood and stared in shock and awe. Those kind of scenes are a blast- now- love scenes? Bleh- heaven help me! LOL!

  46. I was checking out your site and have to say I like the pic of the moon you have there! :)

  47. Do you have a favourite genre to read?

    • Yes- I love fantasy and science fiction best and tend to troll those shelves the most- I also like thrillers though- Stephen King, Jonathon Kellerman, the Dave Robicheau series by James Lee Burke. Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Is there a genre you want to attempt that you haven’t yet?

  49. The idea of an adaptable tough woman does sound like the best of both worlds! No shrinking violets for me…

  50. A flawed hero is always good, as long as he’s a good person first and foremost! And I like happy endings, for sure.

  51. Since you have lots of supernaturals all together in one book, I’m curious to know if they play nice together? Or maybe some mix and others don’t?

    • Hi Bethany- well, in Onio the humans want to capture the SaSQUATCHES AND TURN THEM INTO THE ULTIMATE SOLDIER…oops, sorry about the caps! (they sure don’t play well together-LOL!)
      In The War of Odds, its even worse- Faeries have declared war on humanity and they are war amongst themselves. It’s a mess!
      So- no… they don’t play too well together!

  52. I really like flawed characters also- just so long as they’re not whiney about it.

  53. Hi,

    what other creative outlets do you pursue?

    • Hi Mary— well, not much lately- I’ve written four novels in the last two and a half years so there hasn’t been much time for anything else. I have always been fairly creative though, and so is my husband- he’s an inventor!

      These days I seem to have one story after another chasing around in my head. I am also starting a collaboration with another author, which will take some time.
      Plus, there is promoting- and now, worrying about my contest entry! AAArgh! LOL!

  54. Hi! Great interview. I like a satisfying resolution, but I did like the ending to The Gray – Alpha against Alpha. Best wishes!

  55. What is your favorite part of the story process?

    • Hi Donna- I am so sorry- I was checking the comments but I didn’t see until just now! Anyway- it’s that crazy feeling that comes over me sometimes, that I…my conscious self, am not doing the writing at all, but some magical process has taken over and is speaking through me. It is spooky, almost and wondrous.
      When I struggle with the words, and how to express the characters thoughts, emotions and motivations- well, that’s the tough part!

      … and the research? My most comprehensive research took place when I was writing Story Time. There were real places, real scenarios, and real life (and not so nice) videos I researched to pull off that dystopian thriller. Not to mention the science- UGH!

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Nel

  56. Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds!

    -flawed totally, they are not only more fun, but more fun to read about and watch develop as a character

  57. Do you readers like tough female characters who can kick butt with the likes of Bruce Willis, and smoke a ciggy afterward, or do you prefer female characters who shake in their boots when confronted by seven-feet-tall, winged vampires, like my female lead, Holly (Detour To Dusk), and Melody Carver, who freaks out and drives off the road when she sees an enormous Sasquatch standing by the side of the road (Onio)? I like the realism of a woman who is scared spit-less when confronted by the strange and horrible, but manages to keep her cool and adapt. After all, girls have been toughing it out forever!

    - both really. A lot depends on the story and what type of characters are surrounding them

  58. What kind of story appeals to you most of all? Something completely creepy that doesn’t end well, or a book that wraps up beautifully- and where the hero, or heroine survives and prospers?

    - I am a complete fan of the HEA. But with that said, as long as its a satisfying ending I will be ok

  59. What is the best thing you have done in the name of research?

  60. What movies or books (other than your own)are you looking forward to in 2013?

  61. If you could live in any time period, when would that be?

  62. Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds!

    Personally I like the flawed heroes the best, but if written right, straight forward heroes are okay too.

  63. I definitely like the kick ass hero the best.

  64. What kind of story appeals to you most of all? Something completely creepy that doesn’t end well, or a book that wraps up beautifully- and where the hero, or heroine survives and prospers?

    If written right, either will do though I much prefer that it not wrap up in one book but continue on for several books.

    • Hi Lisa! Great questions- Well, I love all things fantasy and sci/fi so I’m really looking forward to The Game of Thrones in March- Star Trek #2 in May, and the newest seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Fringe, Sanctuary etc… why won’t they hurry up!

      I am fascinated with the middle ages, but it could also be a pretty tough time to live in. If I was a noble woman I would have loved to live in the 15th century, I guess… LOL!

  65. I love that you feature Sasquatch…I’ve always been intrigued by them.

    What writing rituals do you have, if any? Such as, must-hear music, fave beverage, etc.

    • Hi Julie! Yes, there have been a lot of people up here in the mountains where I live who think they have heard or glimpsed a Sasq- its why I finally wrote an adventure, fantasy romance about them!

  66. I don’t think i’ve seen a book about a sasquatch before but I love anything that is different from the norm. Sounds like i’ll be reading one soon.

    • Hi Pam- thanks for dropping in! You know, I almost forgot to mention that Onio has received 18- 4 and 5 star reviews already, and won 3rd place as the best fantasy romance of 2012!
      I do hope you have a chance to read Onio and join in the magical adventure about Sasquatches!

  67. Well, its almost time for me to hit the hay! If I miss anyone tonight, please forgive me- I will check back in first thing in the morning so I will not forget to answer any questions you might have. I have had a blast and I want to thank all of you for joining me today!

  68. a Sasquatch that the first time I have seen one in a book just seen them in movies and TV show where people try to find them.there is a few legends around here in Northern California about Sasquatch would not surprise me if they where in the Mountain.
    what got you on the idea of writing about sasquatch?

    • Hi Stacey! A couple of years a guy here in town claimed that he saw a Sasquatch standing by the side of the road, up on Sherman Pass. That’s about six miles from where I live! Being an imaginative sort of person, I started thinking about an action/adventure tale involving Sasquatches! The rest, as they say, is history!

  69. Answer The Author’s Question – Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds?

    = thay have to have some flaw’s they would not seam real with out a few flaw.
    Never herd of a perfect flawless person so no would not want to see a flawless character.

  70. = I like a book that ends well. there was a time when I had read sifi and that did not always end well but got to be that I had a nuff to worry about in my real life so in my book I wanted happy endings so now I read Paranormal Romance most of the time.

  71. I just love Sasquatch stories! The only thing I like better is Wheedle stories! What draws you to write about Sasquatch?
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Vanessa, you’re welcome and thank you for joining in! I really like Sasquatches too, but mine are a little different from the usual. If you have a chance to read Onio I hope you like their story!

  72. Heck, I just plain old love heroes. Usually the story is better when they are flawed and therefore more real though.

  73. It depends on the story-line, the characterization of the woman, just what her background is vs the big scary…

  74. Yup… I admit it the kinda creepy odd badish endings can be a bit attractive… A Series of Unfortunate Events anyone?

  75. Very nice interview, Nel.

    Hope to see you ‘live’ at the ABNA finals :)

    Cheers
    Massimo

  76. Linell,

    What a great interview! As you know, I’m a huge fan of your work! I’ve got Onio on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it! Best of luck and much success to you in the new year!

  77. Answer The Author’s Question – Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds! —

    I like a more realistic hero but can’t stand whiners. I also don’t like those books where the hero is constantly taking a beating. I mean, once or twice is OK but like every other scene a beating? No, not realistic.

    Answer the Author’s Question – Do you readers like tough female characters who can kick butt with the likes of Bruce Willis, and smoke a ciggy afterward, or do you prefer female characters who shake in their boots when confronted by seven-feet-tall, winged vampires, like my female lead, Holly (Detour To Dusk), and Melody Carver, who freaks out and drives off the road when she sees an enormous Sasquatch standing by the side of the road (Onio)?

    I like a girl who can stand her ground and fight back. I don’t mind if she asks the hot guy to help out but I don’t like the girl that constantly waits for someone to rescue her. I want her to take action to help herself.

    Answer the Author’s Question – What kind of story appeals to you most of all? Something completely creepy that doesn’t end well, or a book that wraps up beautifully- and where the hero, or heroine survives and prospers?

    I have to say that I like it when the story wraps up nicely. If it doesn’t end well, there better be more books in the series to continue the story until it does wrap up.

    My question for you–What or who is your muse? How do you get the words flowing again when you’ve hit a road block?

    • Hi Beth- good question. I’ve been lucky, really, so far I haven’t hit an important snag. I think that sort of thing happens when a writer is under dead-line or has an agent breathing down their neck. My publisher is more than happy to wait as long as the product is good and clean. (this means less work for her editors!)
      I did get in a bit of a rush with my submission to the ABNA and I fear I’ll rue that fact in the end. I was still waiting for edits when the submission deadline closed- oh well.
      As far as the words stopping- well, there have been two instances where I started a project and didn’t have it in me to finish. I think it just wasn’t the right time for those stories- maybe some day!

  78. Answer The Author’s Question – Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds! —

    I actually like both depending on what I am in the mood for.

    Answer the Author’s Question – Do you readers like tough female characters who can kick butt with the likes of Bruce Willis, and smoke a ciggy afterward, or do you prefer female characters who shake in their boots when confronted by seven-feet-tall, winged vampires, like my female lead, Holly (Detour To Dusk), and Melody Carver, who freaks out and drives off the road when she sees an enormous Sasquatch standing by the side of the road (Onio)?

    I have liked both but the female who is scared and still proves herself by saving the day is more relatable because it is not something she normally does.

    Answer the Author’s Question – What kind of story appeals to you most of all? Something completely creepy that doesn’t end well, or a book that wraps up beautifully- and where the hero, or heroine survives and prospers?

    I have to say I still like a HEA at the end of the book or series.

  79. Susan- I love HEA too, as you can tell in my novels! LOL!

  80. midu hadi (@MiduHadi)

    thank you for the giveaway!

  81. You are a new author that Bitten By Books has introduced me to, so I don’t have a question because I haven’t read anything by you, but that will change based on this book. I plan on reading it in the near future.

    • Hi Shannon! Sorry I’m late- my server went down yesterday so I was Internet-less! Anyway- Yes, I probably seem really new to a lot of you, although I have had two reviews on this site- both of them pretty good! One for my post-apocalyptic novel, Story Time (5 tombstones!) and Detour To Dusk (3 and a half tombstones…) Onio is still in the review process and so is my latest- The War of Odds. This is my first YA fantasy and it’s entered in the ABNA. I do hope you have a chance to check out my writing one of these days!

  82. Authors Questions
    - I tend to like the flawed characters in books much better than the perfect ones because in reality no one is perfect and even though a book is made up in a fantasy world it is just easier to relate to those with flaws.
    - I like the women in books who are a little bit of both. I like the strong, kick butt kind and I like the ones that are a little scared and they need the hero to save them in one way or another. But she can also be physically kick butt and emotionally weak so in that sense she is both.
    - As for the ending of a book I tend to like the full wrap up but then again when you get that at the end of the book it can be a little depressing too because you know it is the end of the story and there is no more living in that story or book.

  83. What was your favorite childhood book?

  84. Have you ever written fan fiction? For what fandom?

  85. Flawed characters are better, as I’m able to identify myself with them better, and they are less annoying than perfect heroes:)

  86. I prefer more realistic female characters than kick-ass heroines.

  87. I prefer endings that are not a perfect ‘happily ever’ after, but on the whole end positively. Kind of like the end of the Harry Potter series or Hunger Games trilogy.

    • Hi Dovile! Again- sorry for the late response! No, no fanfic, but I have collaborated with other authors. In fact, I am co- authoring a sci/fi horror piece with a Welsh author entitled The Crulla as we speak. That one should be out later on this year…I’m in the middle of some edits and he is in the middle of rugby finals!

      Thanks, so much, for dropping by!

  88. As to favorite childhood books? I remember very well picking up, A Wrinkle In Time when I was in about 6th grade. Then, I read all of TLOR series and have never stopped reading since!

  89. Do you guys like straight forward heroes, or flawed characters who are able to rise above their baser nature and perform self-less heroic deeds!
    -I’m with you. Flawed is just more realistic. A person isn’t always just one-sided. They have different sides to their personalities when in different situations. SO why wouldn’t a character in a book have the same concept.

    Do you readers like tough female characters who can kick butt with the likes of Bruce Willis, and smoke a ciggy afterward, or do you prefer female characters who shake in their boots when confronted by seven-feet-tall, winged vampires, like my female lead, Holly (Detour To Dusk), and Melody Carver, who freaks out and drives off the road when she sees an enormous Sasquatch standing by the side of the road (Onio)?

    -Okay, so I definitely don’t like a pushover. I hate when I read a book and the female lead is making the strangest decisions that leave me so frustrated wondering what type of person does that kind of thing over and over! But she doesn’t need to be so strong and tough that that’s all we ever see. So same as the hero I like realism, meaning more than one side to the personality. Sure freak out at the beginning because nobody expects a giant Sasquatch in the middle of the street. But nobody likes a whiner and you gotta woman up at some point!

    What kind of story appeals to you most of all? Something completely creepy that doesn’t end well, or a book that wraps up beautifully- and where the hero, or heroine survives and prospers?

    -I’m okay witha story that doesn’t end well as long as I get the rest of the story in future book! I am always wanting more story.

  90. I prefer my heros flawed. nobodies perfect and anyone who says so is lying. And them being able to overcome their flaws is what makes them great.

  91. don’t mind if the heroine is scared as long as she can overcome and still do what needs to be done and if that’s kick butt so be it. Heroines that are so weak and whiny that have to always rely on someong else is the ones I dispise.

  92. have to have at least a HFN if I can’t get a HEA. Books that end wrong at my house are known as wallbangers. lol.

  93. Hi Pam and Rae– sounds like we all like the same kinds of characters!

    Hey- since this is my last day, I wanted to share my latest review for ONIO! This makes 18- 4 and 5 star reviews! I hope that all of you will pick up a copy for yourself.

    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, February 2, 2013
    By
    Cher (The Wet Coast ~ Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews
    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Onio (Kindle Edition)
    I was intrigued by this title, wondering how the author would talk about the Sasquatch. I really wasn’t sure if it would appeal to me but I was pleasantly surprised!

    I had assumed it would just be a simple love story between a Sasquatch and a woman, but it’s much more than that. I found myself being surprised at the fantastical twists and turns this book took. At it’s simplest it’s a book that delves into the hearts and minds of another species. They were written with such character, and an entire society was created, it made me believe that maybe that the author may have some concrete knowledge of the Sasquatch’s existence the rest of us don’t have. At it’s most complex it’s a story about the atrocities of humankind towards things they don’t understand, something all of us can relate to.

    You’ll find many surprises in this story and you’ll feel a lot of different emotions. Very well written. Highly recommended.

    Thanks to all of you who joined me- its been a pleasure!

  94. I think this is the first book I’ve seen focusing on ‘Bigfoot’. What was your inspiration? What made u choice this subject?

  95. Love the idea of going the BigFoot route for the story. Not something I’ve seen done, or overdone when it comes to some mythical creatures!

  96. Linell, welcome to BBB! What kinds of things do you enjoy doing for relaxation?

  97. hi Linell, thank you for sharing info about you and your book :)

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