I'm also pleased as punch to say I'm blogging at Cassandra Jade in the Realm today. So click on over after you read all about Cassandra here. And a big thanks to Cassandra for hosting me. It's a twofer day!
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CK: Hi, Cassandra, and welcome to Under the Tiki Hut. Please tell us a little bit about your new book.
CJ: Death’s Daughter is a fantasy, with a bit of mystery among other things mixed in. The story is narrated by the protagonist, Calandra Delaine, who is trying to make a life for herself only she keeps getting interrupted by things outside of her control.
CK: Is there a story-behind-the-story about how or why you chose to write this novel?
CJ: I think the reason I actually managed to finish this story was because I could relate to the main character in that she had really clear goals for what she wanted, but she didn’t really factor in all of the outside influences. Obviously in my life I don’t have gods conspiring against me, but every day there are small things outside of our control that derail our plans and it can get quite frustrating.
CK: What is your typical writing day like?
CJ: My typical day involves me either writing first thing in the morning, before I deal with work, or spending a lot of time working and then winding down by writing in the evening. Mostly during the week I write short scenes and on weekends I try to string them together and get editing done. It depends where I am with work.
CK: What are you working on now?
CJ: At the moment I have a couple of projects in the beginning stages and two that are closer to completion. I’m waiting to see which one of my more recent projects grabs me before I fully commit. Meanwhile I’m still looking for representation on another MS and have editing to finish on others. I seem to be going for a more urban fantasy style in my more recent projects than the medieval settings of Death’s Daughter. I’m not sure why, but that seems to be where I’m going.
CK: In Death’s Daughter, which of the characters would you like to spend a day with on a deserted island under a fully stocked Tiki Hut? And why?
CJ: I’d have to go with Tranya. Mostly because I think he has a lot of potential as a character that wasn’t explored in Death’s Daughter. Calandra, who was telling the story, was freaked by him and so she didn’t really get into extended conversations and the audience doesn’t learn a lot about him. However, we do know he is tall, good looking, ruthless and very ambitious. I’d love to spend some more time with this character.
CK: Thanks so much for visiting us today. I wish you lots of luck with Death's Daughter.
CJ: Thanks Carol for the opportunity to visit you on my blog tour.