Where Fantasy Becomes Reality
Today, our guest of honor is J.A. Garland who has a new release out this Tuesday the 4th! Hope you’re ready for a release party!!
Wine or beer? (If you say club soda, we’ll have to send you to the corner…)
Well, I’m more a coffee or water type of gal.
Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt kind of person?
Chips…the Cheese Puff variety.
*squints eyes * Are you old enough to drink?
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?
Lone wolf, Rory Archer, never failed a single mission. Now the hunted instead of the hunter, Rory unwinds a twisted trail leading back to Amber Arlington, a spirited Halfling tied to a world of Shadows. Bound to vows initially forged out of necessity, Rory and Amber’s relationship surges into more than either of them bargained on. Scrambling to identify their attacker before joining the casualty list, Rory is faced with doing the unthinkable, or watching Amber become a slave for his species.
What makes your characters so special?
Rory is a good guy, but he’s had a tough time of things. All he wants is to do his job and forget about his childhood. The object of a botched assassination attempt, he’s launched into a complicated world where the one person who holds the answers, will only share them at a heavy price…his complete trust.
Amber is a feisty woman who holds the key to Rory’s problems. But her secrets are just as dark and deep, and she won’t talk until he tells her about his past.
Alright, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast!
So, what do you write? And why?
I write urban fantasy. The world is an exciting place, but it wouldn’t it be even more exciting if ‘Otherkind’ creatures existed? Like demons, werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, etc? Instinct is book one in a series where Shadow creatures–paranormal beings refuse to fly under the humans radar–come out to play. The National Otherkind Administration (NOA) is responsible for overseeing human/Otherkind interactions. Utilizing Analysts, they collect information on the Shadows. If they believe an infraction of the Otherkind Agreements exists, they send in the Trackers. At the top of the food chain is the Otherkind Council. They act as judge and jury, and have become celebrities of sorts in the eyes of the Otherkind. My series follows several key players on both sides of the table. My books all share this common theme, or ‘world.’
Why did you want to become an author?
Well, initially I wanted to become a jet fighter pilot, doesn’t everyone? Okay, so that was just a phase…following the movie Top Gun. I wanted to be a writer from early on, but as life has a way of doing, it moved me in a different direction. Sure, becoming and being a firefighter is full of rewards. I love serving the public. But writing is a release–an addictive freedom. I am very lucky to enjoy two such different, and spectacular careers in one lifetime.
What would your characters say about you?
They would say I am the epitome of the type ‘A’ personality. I am hard headed, inflexible…yeah, when they try to run away with my carefully constructed plot, I always rope them back in. Sometimes it chaffs them a bit. (I think one or two might be type A’s as well).
What do you like doing besides writing and reading? Is it dangerous?
If you know anything about me, you know that I am a self professed cheese puff connoisseur. I spend a lot of time researching and sampling different types of cheesy goodness. Which leads me to my next favorite thing to do…running. Thank goodness, right, or else I would be a tank! I’m also very ‘into’ the P90X workout videos. I tried ‘Insanity’, but wasn’t all that thrilled. It was all indoor cardio, and besides missing my trail runs, I lost a lot of strength from not lifting weights. So, I went back to running and P90X. It is the perfect balance!
Who is your favorite author and why? Do you write what you read?
I read what I write. And I think I’ve read just about every one of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books. Which is quite an accomplishment since she is quite the prolific writer! No, I have never stalked, er, met her. I would love to talk to her, but not at a stuffy, automated book signing. I’m thinking it would be fun to chat about life and writing over coffee and beignets in a New Orleans cafe. What do you think, Sherrilyn? Are you up for it?
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
The plot is both the easiest and the hardest for me to write. Being type ‘A’, I sketch everything out to make sure I intertwine scenes and get that big black moment just right. The characters that carry the storyline come secondary. Sometimes, though, they don’t like to play nice. They take that ‘breath of life’ and try to run amuck with my plot!
Is there anything you’d want your readers and friends to know about you?
I hope when you put down a J.A. Garland book you say, “That was one hell of a ride! Where’s the next one?”
What else are you working on right now?
I am currently working on book two of the Halfling Chronicles. Without giving anything away, this novel pursues the origins of the Halflings and the Shadow creatures who wish to control them. Oh, and Slade, there’s lots of Slade!
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you and your work?
Thank you so much for coming! (and for the epic release party giveaway!)
Leave a comment for a chance to win this bag of goodies (winner decided on the 12th)! Includes: Instinct ebook coupon, monogrammed coffee mug, tote bag, keychain flashlight, magnetic “chip clip,” jelly belly tins, fridge magnet, pen, Lula’s chocolates, zombie soap and more!
Contest runs till the 12th! The more discussion/comments the better your shot at winning so don’t be afraid to say hi to JA every day