Friday, March 8, 2013

Guest Author Day with Pippa Jay

Welcome to Love Romances & More Reviews Piper Jay. Comfortable? Let’s begin, shall we? Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Where do you find the inspirations for your stories? Absolutely anywhere. Music and images mostly, but I’ve had ideas for space battles from a piece of paper hitting my car windscreen, to a short story based on finding broken seashells and driftwood on a beach.

Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught? In both of my romance stories so far, the characters have to be taught. Both were inexperienced, but for very different reasons.

Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest? I’m working on one at the moment that is incredibly dark and violent, not my usual thing at all. Although I feel driven to write it, some of it is scaring me!

So what is your latest/upcoming release all about? My latest release is Terms & Conditions Apply, a science fiction romance short written for an anthology that sadly never took off. It’s about Marie, a young woman meant to be spending a romantic getaway with her boyfriend on an infamous pleasure station that promises to fulfill all your dreams. But she’s dumped on arrival. Instead, the empathic AI that runs the station is determined that Marie should still have all her wishes come true.

 If you could collaborate with one author who would it be? Jaine Fenn

Tell us about your favorite character from your books. Out of the published ones, it has to be Quin from Keir. She’s so strong and yet compassionate, and she’s been through so much. And yet it never makes her resentful or judgmental toward others.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day? I write during the day now that all three of my little monsters are in full time school. How long depends what I’m working on at the time and what other jobs need doing, but I do at least one hour.

What is the hardest part of writing your books? Because I don’t plot, I don’t write in a linear fashion either. I usually do key scenes, then go back and fill the gaps, linking them together. Doing it that way can make things a bit awkward in terms of making the story flow.

What does your family think of your writing career? Hubs thinks it’s some form of temporary insanity that I will eventually recover from. My kids decided it was cool once their teachers took an interest in the revelation that ‘mummy writes books’.

What do you think makes a good story? Something that really stirs emotions in the reader and provokes thought.

Plotter or Pantser? Why? Pantser. I’ve tried plotting but it actually seems to make stories stall for me.

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula? Usually I start with a main character and a situation they’re caught in, whether a conflict, conversation, or something romantic. The character’s reaction to that situation decides some of their major character traits, and I build it up from there. Usually that first scene decides the main conflict for the whole plot.

What can readers expect next from you? I have a YA scifi novel releasing in June and a science fiction romance story accepted into the upcoming Tales from the SFR Brigade anthology.


Contest Giveaway Information~ Leave a comment for Pippa and be entered to win an e-copy of science fiction romance short story Terms & Conditions Apply. Remember to leave an email address along with your comment in case you win, we have a way to contact you. Contest will go until March 10th with the winner being chosen on March 11th.

 *Terms and Conditions Apply by Pippa Jay

“Welcome to Venus Ascendant, a Public Grade space station in the Andromedan Galaxy. With our open-to-all policy, any being in the universe can find their perfect R & R, romantic getaway or dangerous liaison at our purpose built resort. The on-board empathic AI Ganesa ensures that anyone coming to Venus Ascendant will find their heart’s desire, with suites that transform from luxurious boudoirs to sunset-lit beaches to dark BDSM dungeons. So come to Venus Ascendant and find exactly what you’re looking for!”

It was meant to be a romantic getaway for Marie and the love of her life Jaisen; a chance for him to get to know her better after months of her denying him more than a few stolen kisses. Instead, Marie finds herself dumped and alone on Venus Ascendant with no credit for a transmat and the next starship home not due for another hour.

But the all-seeing AI isn’t going to leave anyone aboard the space station with their dreams unfulfilled. Marie's boyfriend might not have made it to the station, but there are others willing and able to take on the role - even if they aren’t entirely human.

WARNING - Not suitable for under 18’s due to adult content.

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