JILL MARIE LANDIS’S twenty-five+ novels have earned distinguished awards and slots on the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. A seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award in Single Title Historical and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner, Jill Marie resides in Hawaii with her husband. Her recent releases are HEART OF LIES (2011) and HEART OF GLASS (2012) from Zondervan and MAI TAI ONE ON (2011), the first of a series of hilarious mysteries set in Hawaii from Belle Books.
Eggnog or Mimosas? Are you old enough to drink?
I’ll start with mimosas and work my way up to some eggnog and top it off with a Mai Tai.
We’re also taking pictures with Santa, did you bring a gift for him? (Maybe a new release or a pretty book cover…) Here you go!
When an obnoxious neighbor with a grudge is found dead in the Tiki Goddess Bar luau pot, suspicion falls on the Goddess staff. With the help of a quirky dance troupe of over-the-hill Hula Maidens, Em Johnson, manager, and a cast of characters must ban together to find the killer and solve the mystery before the next pupu party.
Please enter. Drinks are served by the elves in the corner.
Opps! I think I may have just stepped on one of those little buggers.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Still has to be the 4th of July. Beach weather. Bar-b-que and hula dancing. Fireworks in the sand. You can’t beat it.
Did you ask Santa for anything good?
I asked him to end the political debate shows. Please. And I’d like world peace. But if he can’t come up with those, then I’d like him to bring me a secretary for 2012.
What’s your favorite place to spend the holidays?
With my family in California…until I can afford to fly them all to Hawaii for Christmas.
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Singing Christmas Carols with ukuleles and guitars around the table on Christmas Eve.
Do you have personal resolutions for the New Years? Anything interesting?
Definitely be more productive writing…and maybe go back to Tahiti. In fact, I think I might go to Tahiti first and then start writing more pages every day…or maybe I’ll go to … I’m not good on resolutions, obviously.
Why do you write romance?
I like happy endings even if they are only on paper.
How long have you been writing? And how would you describe your publication journey?
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil and read. I was first published in 1988 and I’ve had at least one book out nearly every year since then, including anthology contributions. I think my journey has been exciting, joyful, terrifying, thrilling, satisfying and blessed. I never take it for granted.
Are you a plotter or pantser? What is your routine?
Both a plotter and a pantser mixed together. Routine? I wish I had a routine.
What characteristics do all your heroes/heroines have in all your stories?
A positive outlook. If they don’t start with one they develop one through the hard knocks of the plot.
What writing resources do you abide by as a writer?
It depends on the book.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Read, read, read and write, write, write.
I have a page of information for aspiring writers at : http://www.jillmarielandis.com/advicetowriters.htm
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on Book 2 of the Tiki Goddess Mysteries. The working title is TWO TO MANGO.
What news would you like to share with your readers?
I have some December e book specials running right now. Two of my classic western historical romances AFTER ALL and SUNFLOWER (both are the 1st books of a series) are on sale right now for the low price of $2.99 at :
Mai Tai One On is a Kindle Bestseller and has been since July. The publisher may run a
Christmas special so check it out at:
AND in March 2012, I have an inspirational historical romance entitled HEART OF GLASS to be released from Zondervan.
Where can readers find you?
List other books you have out:
Check out my entire booklist at www.jillmarielandis.com
Thank you so much for joining us at Romance Author Hotspot!
Thanks for asking me back again this year. Now if I can just get this elf to let go of my leg
I’ll try to get out of here. Aloha! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
PRIZE: An autographed copy of MAI TAI ONE ON, Book 1 of the Tiki Goddess Mysteries