Friday, November 1, 2013

Talking with Jess Buffett today

Please give a warm welcome to author Jess Buffett who sat down to answer a few of my questions the other day.

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out? 
I have a few things coming out in the next coming months. I’m starting a few new series ad continuing some old ones, so soon I will have book 1 of Sons of the Seven – An Archangel’s Promise, book 1 of New Hope Valley – Claiming Her Mate, and book 5 of Hunter Clan – Jordan’s Purrfect Mate.

About Claiming Her Mate:

As one of the last White Tiger Shifters left, Summer Ashcroft has known who her true mate was since her eighteenth birthday, seven years ago. The pain of his ambivalence towards her tempered only by the fact that she has never had to witness him with another woman. However, when things come to a head in the worst way possible, Summer finds that perhaps not all hope is lost.

Evan MacKenzie has worked side by side with the Ashcroft family in their law firm since he graduated university. Aware of the fact that the town he lives in is home to Tiger Shifters, he has been fighting the temptation that draws him to the third youngest Ashcroft, Summer. Still reeling from the loss of his sister, the last surviving member of his family, Evan buries himself in work until he is forced to face his true feelings for a woman he believes he can never claim.

When misunderstandings are revealed, and a prophecy begins to take shape, Summer and Evan must decide if the chance to have their happily ever after is worth the risk.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
It can vary. Sometimes it can take up to a month to write a book, yet others have come to me so clearly that they are done within a week.

What is your writing routine once you start a book? 
Lol. Routine is never something I have been accused of. I write a story how it comes…anyway it comes.

Among your own books, have you a favorite?  A favorite Character that you enjoy writing or reading about? 
I love my character Riley from Hunter Clan. He is funny, smart, and a running commentary on all my inner monologue.

Which of your books has been the easiest to write?  The hardest?  The most fun?  
The first few Hunter Clan were very easy to write. The words just came and I knew that storyline so well. I think because it had been in my head for so long, it had just been waiting to get out. lol

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? 
Usually a scene between characters. They may not have names or faces when it happens, but I get the dialogue and it just grows and happens.

What part of a book has been the easiest to write?  The hardest? 
The easiest is the middle for me. It’s where everything is happening, the buildup is done and you are just experiencing it. The hardest is the end, I admit I am a sap and hate saying goodbye. It’s why most of my “standalone books” become series. J

What are the elements of a great romance for you?
Trust, loyalty, and action. The characters have to trust one another, even if they don’t fully understand why. And they must be loyal, I can’t handle if they aren’t. lol And action, you have to keep it interesting. ;)

What is the hardest/the easiest part of writing for you? 
Hardest part for me is finding the right ending and making it happen. Like I said, endings aren’t my favourite thing. Lol

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? 
My characters are in control. Sometimes I like to pretend I have a plan and know what I’m doing, but…it never sticks.

What are some of your favorite things or hobbies to do?
I’m so stereotypical. I love reading. It’s my favourite thing to do when I’m not writing. My whole household loves reading.

If you could go anywhere in the world to write, where would it be and why? 
London. I want to go to London to write. You can ask me why, but I’m honestly not sure, I just want to go and write, play and laugh. lol

If you could collaborate with one author who would it be?  
JR Ward. That woman is a legend!

What books are currently on your nightstand or e-reader that you are itching to read? 
I just got book 5 in the Fallen Angel’s series by JR Ward. I plan on starting it this weekend. J

Anything you would like to add?  
I love hearing from people so feel free to drop by my site and leave a message, or find me on Facebook.


About the Author:

Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She married her high school sweetheart and they live on the Central Coast with their two children. Jess is a hopeless romantic who loves stories about true love that sizzle with a happy ending—which is probably a good thing given what she writes. She is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be shifters, vampires, cowboys, or the boy next door. Jess is a firm believer in soul mates, happily-ever-afters, and love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third meeting for the brain to catch up.

Hunter Clan 1 - The Kayan's Mage
Sawyer McLeod lost his family and his entire Guild, except his twin, seven years ago. Now almost twenty-one, he is coming to the age to receive his abilities as a Mage. Unfortunately there are others who will stop at nothing to see the brothers don’t survive that long.
When Jake Hunter, Kayan for a Clan of Wolf Shifters living in Australia, finally finds his true-mate, he doesn’t expect it to be in the midst of a brutal attack. Through omissions of truth, misunderstandings, and fear, Jake struggles to prove to Sawyer that he can trust him.
When Sawyer is finally willing to give Jake a chance, a ghost from the past returns to destroy everything they have built together. Will they be able to overcome the foe long thought gone, or will it be the end for the Kayan’s Mage?

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