Everyone, please welcome J.R. Pearse Nelson, Children of the Sidhe series. She has graciously stopped by today to let us pick her brain a little. On Feb 17th I’ll be reviewing her newest work, Vessel so don’t forget to come back to visit.
Áine , I want to thank you for interviewing me. You ask awesome questions.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m lucky to already live in the most beautiful place in the world – Portland, Oregon. (Born and raised.) Plus, travel is easy. We have it so good.
I’ve been to that area and have to agree, it is beautiful!
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I’m an independent author. I thrive on variety, and let me tell you – the indie author gig provides variety.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
I love that question! Make like bunnies? Yes, they do. In fact, I’ve had to take small breaks from writing projects because I get going and end up somewhere I did not at all plan to be. As a planner and a plotter, I always need time to regroup when that happens.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Right now I’m writing the third Children of the Sidhe novella, and outlining the fourth. I also have an urban fantasy novel I’ll publish later in 2012. Queen Witch is about a family of witches serving an immortal that does not have their best interests at heart.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Tishia at Paragraphic Designs created my book covers. She’s great, and she also did the banner on my blog, which really glammed up the place.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Placewise, still in Oregon. I love Oregon, and it would take quite a lot to coax me out of this place. I know I’ll still be writing, but have no idea what I’ll be working on, or whether it will be in the same genre. My hope is that I’ll be doing exactly what makes me happiest.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I met Jacqueline Carey a couple of years ago, and that was a real treat! I’m a long-time fan, and got to tell her I read her amazing book Kushiel’s Dart on my honeymoon, and did way more reading than I would have expected, her story was so engrossing.
What books have influenced your writing most and why?
I’d say my writing has been influenced by the beautifully written, yet rather spare styles of science fiction writers like Ursula K. LeGuin and Octavia Butler. I prefer a tightly written tale, and that definitely shows in my writing.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I’ve always been a paperback reader – you can’t curl up with a hardcover. I only buy hardcovers by authors I’m completely devoted to, because I can’t possibly wait for the paperback. I’ve been reading ebooks for more than a year now, and lately I’ve mostly read in ebook format. Ebooks are so convenient! I don’t need to worry about what book to pack for a weekend trip – whatever I’m reading, and the next in my queue, are likely on my iPhone.
Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
Once I wrote a scene from a secondary character’s point of view, trying to break through my block. That scene didn’t end up going anywhere, but it did help me gain perspective, without forcing my intractable character to speak. I use outlines to prevent writer’s block. I like to know where I’m headed. That way if I’m stuck, I revert to logic – just how do I reach that next scene?
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Oh, yes. The first to come to mind are the Mysts of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley – which, by the way, inspired my intense King Arthur fascination – and the Harry Potter books, by the outstanding J.K. Rowling.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
I’m reading Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire. This is the first of her books I’ve read, and I’m impressed. She writes beautifully. And I’m reading it on my iPhone.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I prefer early mornings, before anyone else is up and about. I love to see first light, and know I’ve already done my thing before the sun came up. My internal editor also wakes up a little later than my creative side, so I’m particularly productive in the morning. That said, I’ve also found I can write first drafts with virtually anything going on in the background. My creative side actually thrives on just leaving the iPad set up on the kitchen table and stopping by for ten and twenty minute stretches over the course of the morning. I never would have thought it until the kids made me try it.
An actor you have a crush on –
James Marsters, who played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have a signed photo of him up in my office. Sigh.
Oh, yummy! Love the bad boy types!
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
Recently, I have been totally distracted by Downton Abbey. I completely resisted it, but once I caved and watched it, I fell in love during the first episode. I’m really not sure why it’s so fascinating, but that’s what I’m into at the moment.
Where can your readers stalk you?
Thank you J.R. Best wishes and luck to you with your Children of the Sidhe Novellas!
Works By . . .
The Children of the Sidhe Novellas
The Sidhe dwindle. Slow to breed and quick to war, the ages have worn away their numbers. An old enemy threatens Otherworld, fearsome in numbers and in newfound magic. The Sidhe’s unloved part-human children strewn about the mortal world are suddenly their greatest source of hope.
Hazel Fintan is the reluctant daughter of the Irish love god, Aengus. As much as she loves the Sidhe lifestyle, with baubles and leisure galore, she’s never cared for her father’s world. So who could expect her to be happy when she’s drawn into a conflict with a legendary race over an impossible tribute? The tribute may be what brought them together, but Ian MacIlroy knows destiny when it stares him in the face with stunning green eyes and a gorgeous smile. Now he has a new mission. Hazel will be his, at any cost. And the cost could be high when Otherworld’s enemies are denied what they seek.
Eddie Drake, notorious agent of the Sidhe Authority, has always been a womanizer. So he’s as surprised as anyone when he can’t get a certain black-haired witch out of his mind. When Alise Rodgers wakes up in Otherworld, a mysterious connection to the place haunts her. And then there’s a more immediate concern – she would never have expected to find Drake sitting vigil for her. While she’s grateful, she’s not at all interested in his bedroom eyes. They’ve always clashed. But they must work together after Alise discovers a rebellious plot brewing among the Sidhe, and puts her life on the line in the bargain.
About the Author
J.R. Pearse Nelson is an indie author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her work is fast-paced, adventurous, and sometimes dark. Her novella, Tribute, is the first book in the Children of the Sidhe series. The sequel will be released in December 2011. While the genre of these novellas is paranormal romance, J.R. doesn’t limit her reading or writing to one type of fantasy. She loves it all, from the epics to the dark beasties to the mythological, sociological side. An urban fantasy novel and two more Children of the Sidhe novellas are in the works for 2012.
J.R. is a native Oregonian, living in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. Self-publishing is the realization of J.R.’s life-long dream to write fiction for an audience,