JC Wardon is our Featured Author
I’m so pleased to have another of my fellow Hotel Paranormal authors — JC Wardon — here today.
Before we get to the interview, let me share her bio.
Multi-published author JC Wardon hates talking about herself, because, after all, the only important things about being an author of fiction are the stories! So here is information the Author wishes to share:
JC loves complicated plots, and world building, especially when the magical landscapes and beings (human or otherwise) are hiding and hidden right here on earth. The average person has no idea these sometimes beautiful, sometimes scary, places exist, and thinks some not-completely-human beings only fantasy… Until they step into her mystical, mythical, magical worlds, and let their minds and hearts engage.
JC is currently starting on the 12th book in the 13 book paranormal Cavanaugh Family Series, although she is really dying to get started on that final book.
Gavin’s Ghosts, book 13, will bring the entire Cavanaugh paranormal series full circle, and answers questions fans have been asking since finishing The Cavanaugh Sisters Trilogy (Mystic Thunder, Touch of Lightning, and Tempest’s Embrace), which are the first three books in the series. Many want to know just what did happen to Gavin when he left Mystic Waters as a teenager, and what will happen when he returns, widowed, twenty-five years later? Will he attempt to rekindle what was then a teenager’s first love? Or will he and his son fall victim to the horror of the town’s darkest secrets when long forgotten horrors reignite, to haunt and endanger him and his, once again?
JC’s first book of the Blood Moon Series (Blood Moon Rising) is now available and takes readers on a journey like none other. The sons of the original repentant fallen angels have only one mission, to save mankind from absolute destruction. The problem is, they need their destined mates to help enhance their powers and stave off the darkness millenniums of loneliness threatens to cause. But the mates have all but disappeared, and darkness is claiming the earth.
JC’s Mystic Waters Books are available in both ebook (digital) format, and in print.
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Tell us about your latest release?
My newest release, coming out September 14, 2016, is Soleli’s Secret. This story is the 11th of the 13 books in the paranormal Cavanaugh Family Series, and is included as one of the books of The Hotel Paranormal Collection. Soleli comes from a family of mystics whose powers are all different in some way. She alone has yet to receive what her family calls their hereditary magical gift. So, when a djinn (genie) comes into her life, and fills it with magic and mayhem, she finds her very life at risk.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
For the most part, I’m a pantser. Since the characters themselves, with their different personalities, drive the story, I find they sometimes have a better way than my original intentions for them in a story. To anyone who doesn’t write fiction, this may sound a little loony, but for me, when I’m into the story, these characters are real people whose aspirations and dreams, personalities, and distinct dialogue are as individual as any real persons.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?
I started writing way back in the days before self-publishing. When only big New York editors decided if your story, writing style, etc., was what they were looking for. It took me years to become published, which was actually a blessing. Because of the many encouraging rejection letters, where editors were kind enough to explain the reason they didn’t want my story for whichever house and line I was writing for, I had the opportunity to learn the craft of writing. When I finally got THE CALL, I knew I had earned it. If I’d started out in today’s writing world, where you can put together words and call it a book, I fear I would be putting out something of lesser value. So I’m eternally grateful for the difficulties and lessons learned along the way.
How about the most fun?
For me, the writing is the fun part. Meeting and learning about the lives of those in the story, translating it into a story that takes readers on a journey of laughter and tears, hopes and fears, and ultimately a happy ending where love abounds. When I end a story and there are tears in my own eyes, I know I’ve done something right.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Years ago, before the thought of being a writer ever entered my mind, I was a veracious reader of novels. I loved the escape… the places an author’s words could take my already over-imaginationed mind. (Yes, I know imaginationed isn’t really a word, but I’m making it one!) After several years, I started becoming bored. I felt I was reading the same story over and over again, with different characters and settings being the only differences. The catalyst came when I was reading a novel that was, in my opinion, the flattest, most uninteresting, same old story that had been told hundreds of times, only this time worse than ever before. I decided, in that moment, I could write a better story than that. The joke was on me of course. Writing a good story is work. Hard work. And as I said in the question above, I had a lot to learn.
Do you have any writing rituals? (Time of day to write, must have beverages? Etc?)
I love to write outside in my gazebo when the weather allows, which basically means it isn’t storming. I used to write all day, every day, but life has a way of interfering with art, so lately it is writing every minute I can fit in, especially when I have a deadline.
Who is your go-to author, the one you know you can always count on to deliver a great story?
Since starting The Cavanaugh Series, I have written and published (including Soleli’s Secret and others not in this series) 15 books in the past two and a half years, and am currently working on the 12th book in The Cavanaugh Series. I’ve only had a chance to read one book in that time, authored by Maddie James. I enjoyed it very much.
What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m currently working on Heracles: Undone! Pronounced (Her.a.cleez). His book is the 12th book in The Cavanaugh Series. I had to stop writing for a couple of months on his story to fit another writing project in, and to my delight, when I read back through what I’d written already, I’m excited to move forward, full speed ahead. Heracles is the youngest triplet brother of the Cavanaugh-Whitehawk branch of the family. His older brothers include Zeus and Apollo, and like them, he must use his special hereditary gift to right wrongs, with the woman who comes into his life.
What do your plans for future projects include?
- Heracles: Undone! (Book 12 of The Cavanaugh Series)
- Gavin’s Ghosts (The 13th book and conclusion of The Cavanaugh Series)
3 & 4. The next two books in the Blood Moon series.
After that I’m open to new projects…
What paranormal creature is featured in your book?
In Soleli’s Secret, I have a djinn (genie) named Cambyses, and Soleli, who has yet to receive her magical gift.
How does your main character feel about his/her trip to the HP?
Cambyses has been there before and knows the ropes. Soleli is at first surprised by the magical hotel, and all the things happening within, then hopes it will support her quest.
What was your favorite part about writing in this group project?
I so appreciate being asked to contribute my newest release to this collection of paranormal books. Setting part of my story within the walls of this unique hotel, and having the hotel being a personality which aides my heroine at times, was definitely fun. I look forward to reading all the books in the upcoming collection, which will be individually released by each author, beginning mid-August 2016 thru the beginning of March. My book is up for preorder now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I128BT0/ and will release September 14th.