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Day Shift by Missy JaneBBB: Tell us 3 things not in your bio we don’t know about you that might make us leery of befriending you. LOL

MJ: Lol, well I’m a shameless chocoholic. If you have any I won’t hesitate to try to talk you out of it. I’m very hard to scare. I grew up reading Stephen King and watching horror movies (still two of my favorite things) so it takes A LOT to frighten me. And lastly, I collect clowns. I have them in all shapes and sizes all over my house.

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

MJ: Hmm, that’s a hard one. Since I would get to meet them in person, Jason Statham, Henry Rollins and Josh Hutchinson would have to be in there somewhere. I’m not even sure I’d care if there were any women on the set. All men is fine with me. Hey, it worked for Shakespeare! ;-)

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

MJ: I have to keep notes and even a spreadsheet or two. I forget the little things, like my characters’ ages and last names. As for the world itself, once I’m in it I’m fully immersed and have little trouble envisioning it.

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

MJ: It began as the anti-vampire story for me. I didn’t want to write a cliche vampire so I tried to think of what would be different from the norm without going into spoof territory. I envisioned Detective Greg Parsons first, with his fedora and trench coat. Then the world built around him. The anti-cliche part is that my vampires are not evil, soulless undead. They’re actually the majority, ruling class and humans are a minority.

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

MJ: I’ve completed one more book, as yet uncontracted, and plan at least one more after that.

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

MJ: Very little. I’m a lazy writer. To be honest, if it requires a lot of research I probably won’t write about it unless I’m really enthralled with the subject.

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

MJ: Definitely a pantser. I’ve tried to be good and outline but it just doesn’t work for me.

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

MJ: In Day Shift there are vampires and humans only. In They Call Me Death there are all manner of shape shifters. I have other worlds in my head that I haven’t written yet.

BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2012 and 2013?

MJ: Mostly more of my erotic and sweet romance from Ellora’s Cave. However, I have a few things in the works to submit to Samhain. Cross your fingers for me. ;-)

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  1. Any plans for a YA series in your future?

    • Hey Lisa, thanks for stopping by! I do have a YA running through my mind but it’s not paranormal and most likely wouldn’t be a series. My youngest daughter is a Type 1 diabetic and that’s not a topic I saw much of before her diagnosis. I plan to write the story of a teenage Type 1 and how she handles the disease as well as being a teenager and all that goes with it.

  2. What movie and/or book did you looking forward to this year that was totally awesome?

    • I’m not nearly as much of a movie-goer as I used to be. The only new movies I saw this year were Brave and Hotel Transylvania, both were great! However, I’m REALLY looking forward to The Hobbit. I can’t wait to see it. :-D

  3. When you read paranormal books, do you prefer the creatures to fit into the preconceived molds or do you mind the author using some creative license?
    I definitely don’t want the cookie cutter paranormal creature. I like when the writer can come up with a new concept and still be true to the character of the paranormal creature

    • I agree, though I’ve read a couple where the changes were too drastic or too far out in left field to satisfy me. It doesn’t happen often though. I really like when an author comes up with a whole new creature whether it be a hero or a villain.

  4. - If given the chance to step into a paranormal world you have read, from which book would it be, and why?

    Jeeze, there are so many wonderful paranormal worlds out there. So hard to choose just one. Humm, as I’m basically a coward best to choose one that would at least let me die laughing, so Molly Harper, Dakota Cassidy or Mark Henry would be great ones.

  5. Does it bother you for characters to not do normal every day things like eat and bathe, or do you even notice that in a story?

    If the story is engrossing enough, I doubt that I generally notice that they don’t eat or take potty breaks. As long as it adds to the story and isn’t used as a filler, I don’t mind the additions though.

    • The only time I really notice no one bathing is when they’re doing rigorous or dirty activities that would normally require clean-up. I hate when the women have been physically active and then the men are all over them soon after with no mention of a bath. Ewww!

  6. So as I sit waiting on questions, I’m also logged into Facebook and Twitter, going over edits, and listening to Christmas music. Is anyone else as excited about it being Christmas music time again as I am? Lol. ;-)

  7. Hello Missy Jane!

    If you could be a paranormal being (either from your world or someone else’s) which kind would you be?

    • Hi Elle! That’s a tough question, but right now I think I’d like to be a shapeshifter from world in They Call Me Death. I really like a character I’m currently working on named Sanura. She’s a mixed feline with a lot of attitude. Just LOVE her so far.

  8. When you need to unwind what author do you pick up? I use Lynsay Sands – she makes me laugh. Thank you.

  9. Welcome to Bittenbybooks!

  10. When you read paranormal books, do you prefer the creatures to fit into the preconceived molds or do you mind the author using some creative license?

    Actually I like when an author takes creative license with certain creatures, making them into something uniquely theirs.

  11. Answer the Author’s Question – If given the chance to step into a paranormal world you have read, from which book would it be, and why? (doesn’t have to be one of mine, lol)

    Had you ommitted paranormal I would have immediately said Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books. But they are not paranormal. Hrmmm, it is a cross between Larissa Ione’s Demonica/Horsemen, Donna Grant’s Dark Lord’s, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter

    • Ooh, I love Mercedes Lackey too, but I don’t think I’ve read her Valdemar books(I’ll have to check, lol).

      • See I had read my first two Mercedes Lackey when I was in highschool. One was a Diane Tregarde book called Children of the Night. Hubby and I both loved that book and it got re-read soooo much. The second was a stand alone.

        But a friend and her mother sent me the Last Herald Mage and Arrows trilogy. I FELL IN LOVE! I totally love the Shin’a'in and Hawkbrothers! Such an incredibly world!

  12. Answer the Authors Question – Does it bother you for characters to not do normal every day things like eat and bathe, or do you even notice that in a story?

    Usually I do not even notice. Behind the scenes we really never learn about, so we really don’t need to have a minute by minute following of a character’s day.

  13. Okay – I am going to ask you the same question. If you could live in any literary or movie/tv world which would y ou choose?

  14. Do you have a favourite vacation spot?

    • Hi Cheryl! I wouldn’t say I have a favorite vacation “spot” but I absolutely love taking road trips through Texas. Every Spring Break my daughters and I hit the road through the Hill Country. I love seeing the Texas wildflowers in bloom. What about you? Favorite vacation spot?

  15. Question:

    Is there a genre you’d like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?

    • Hi Elaing! I love to read horror and have actually begun a horror novel. However, I’m very apprehensive about it because of the amazing writers in that genre. There are a lot of amazing authors in my genres already which can be intimidating, but I’ve learned to adapt. ;-)

  16. What 3 words would you use to describe your main character in Day Shift?

    • Hmm, just 3 words? Lol. Well, “smartass” was the first to come to mind. She uses bad words to get through uncomfortable situations. Then maybe “low-maintenance”. I know that’s kind of cheating but she really is. She’s as far from girly as you get but not exactly a tomboy either. And lastly, “stubborn”. What can I say, there’s a little bit of me in her.

  17. I plan to stick around for just a few more minutes as it’s getting kind of late. I hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday evening. Have those of you in the right states bought your Power Ball ticket yet? ;-)

  18. All righty, I’m off. I’ll check back in tomorrow to answer any overnight questions that pop up. Have an awesome evening everyone! :-D

  19. Hi Missy,

    I look forward to reading your book.

    Do you have a preference for darker or lighter chocolate?

    Do you generally set one large ormany small goals?

    • Hi Koren! I prefer dark chocolate, but I’ll never pass up whatever I can get. As for my goals, when it comes to writing I guess you could say I have many small ones. I have a TON of works in progress that I get to when I can or when the mood strikes me. I consider each one a small goal to finish. :-)

  20. Other than eat chocolate, what do you do to reward yourself when you reach your goals

  21. Do you keep track of random plot bunnies as they pop up or do you let them run free and grow until you need them?

    • That depends on the bunny. Sometimes they’re too fast for me or arrive when it’s inconvenient to write anything down. I do write them down when I can so I don’t lose them. My office is a mess of little pieces of paper with half written stories on them, lol.

  22. When you read paranormal books, do you prefer the creatures to fit into the preconceived molds or do you mind the author using some creative license?

    I LOVE creative license. That is why I love these genres. So many authors and the twist they add to their stories.

  23. If given the chance to step into a paranormal world you have read, from which book would it be, and why?

    I have always wanted to take a trip to Terre D’ange(Jacquelne Carey) or Kaleer(Ann Bishop).

  24. Does it bother you for characters to not do normal every day things like eat and bathe, or do you even notice that in a story?

    Sometimes I notice and sometimes I don’t, but as long as the story is strong it doesn’t effect(e/a?) my enjoyment.

  25. I enjoy vampire stories! They are one of my favorite paranormal creatures to read about and I’m glad Day Shift has them and humans. I also look forward to the world-building.

  26. What are some traits you consider important in building a world in your books?

    • Hmm, I do tend to stick close to home in that almost all of my books are based in Houston or at least in Texas. I think if I’m going to talk about a real place I should try to be geographically accurate. So, I stick to what I know.

  27. I definitely enjoy when authors get creative creating a paranormal creature. I would also want an idea of the creature they are.

    I would like to visit the Fever world. It’s exciting and has a lot of action.

    It depends on the story. Sometimes I like to have them do normal things but if a storyline requires them to do something more extraordinary that’s ok too!

  28. Awesome interview;) Always enjoy learning a lot about authors that are new to me!
    Look forward to reading your books.

  29. Oooohhh, very Daybreakers, eh? I love it! And great choice with Henry Rollins. His role as an inspirational speaker in Feast sealed the Fan Girl deal for me. I was already smitten by him, but THAT was the defining moment.

    Is this considered erotic, or is it one of the sweet romances you mentioned?

    • Hi Jackie! I’m always happy to meet another Rollins fan ;-)
      This book is not erotic and the romance is subtle. It’s definitely more urban fantasy than anything else. I will warn you the heroine has a bad potty mouth though, lol.

  30. You had me at shameless chocoholic! That would make me befriend you above all else! However, the clown thing woud require never eating said chocolate in your house.

    So do you use chocolate as a way to keep going while writing? Or is there anything that you have to have with you when you first sit down to start writing?

    Thanks!

  31. When you read paranormal books, do you prefer the creatures to fit into the preconceived molds or do you mind the author using some creative license?

    -Wow, I can’t express how much I love creative license! I enjoy reading both. But I love getting a surprise with the mythology.

    If given the chance to step into a paranormal world you have read, from which book would it be, and why?

    -Here’s the thing. I would love to go to any of a multitude of book worlds! Shifters, vampires, magic, all awesome in my book. But (and a big one too),I would end up being what I have termed UFCF. Urban Fantasy Cannon Fodder.

    You know the character that gets murdered at the beginning to prelude the mystery of the story. Or that innocent bystander that gets caught in the crossfire of a vampire war and bleeds out in the alley. Or loses their arm because a rabid werewolf knaws on it. That would be me. I’ve come to accept this.
    So that being said if I had a promise not to be maimed or killed, I think I’d choose the Jane True series by Nicole Peeler. I definitely have more I’d love to be in, but only if I had the same promise each time! (End crazy rant)

    Does it bother you for characters to not do normal every day things like eat and bathe, or do you even notice that in a story?

    -Every once in a while the normal things they should be doing pop in my head while reading. But it something has to happen to the character for me to notice. One that doesn’t happen a lot is eating. Sometimes characters forget to eat and I’ll notice that everything else is happening but no food for days. Showers are another. Although that has been in more stories. Because well that can lead to…we’ll say other things in the story. ;)

  32. So is there anything that you do to celebrate finishing a book or celebrate when it comes out?

  33. What is your favorite part of the story?

    • Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by. My favorite part of this particular book is when Zaria finally caves and lets Greg bite her. It’s kind of a funny scene and she calls him an overgrown mosquito. That was one of the first lines to pop into my head when I started writing it. :-)

  34. When you read paranormal books, do you prefer the creatures to fit into the preconceived molds or do you mind the author using some creative license?

    - I dont mind creative license in my paranormals. Thats one of the great things about the genre is that you can new aspects.

  35. Vampires and horror movies? I’m fine with. Love, in fact. How did you get into clowns? That’s TERRIFYING! ;)

    Sounds like a great story!

    Heather F.

    • Lol. Hi Heather! To be honest I don’t remember when I first started liking clowns. I can remember having a stuffed clown doll when I was really young, like maybe four. Then one of my sisters bought a porcelain wall mask that I fell in love with. She eventually gave it to me and I started collecting them and figurines.

  36. With the holiday’s coming up, what is your favorite holiday movie/show?

    • Hey June! My favorite holiday movie is a tie between Miracle on 34th Street (modern version) and the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon. I love both so very much. What’s yours?

  37. When I read paranormals, I like the authors to create unique characters, to pick which legends/lores to either ingnore or use.

  38. I would totally want to be in the Demonica series world (Larissa Ione). I love the variety of creatures and who would not want a sexy sex demon of her very own, lol.

  39. I don’t really mind about eating, etc. Some stories I read the characters can not eat human food. I do like for them to bathe or shower, besides these scenes can be sexy.

  40. What was your favorite childhood book?

    • Hi Dovile! My favorite book as a child was Harvey’s Hideout by Russell and Lillian Hoban. I was actually lucky enough to find it a couple of years ago, as I’d long ago lost my childhood copy, and I snatched it up. I showed it to my kids who were not nearly as impressed as I had hoped, lol.

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