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Monday, March 9, 2009

Interview with Jessica Andersen


THIS JUST IN!! Stay tuned at the end of this interview for a first-time ever post of an excerpt from Jessica Andersen's upcoming FINAL PROPHECY book, SKYKEEPERS!!

The Quirky Ladies are honored to welcome award-winning author, Dr. Jessica Andersen. It’s a little known fact that Doc Jess, as she’s affectionately known to both friends and fans, got her start with a mini-mag publisher before moving to 5-Star Publishing, Harlequin, and now NAL.

All of this has required tremendous effort and dedication, a prolific mind, and a keen grasp of the industry, including designing the best website I have ever seen. Seriously. Visit http://www.jessicaandersen.com/ if you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t seen it yet. You can click on the link right here on the Quirky sight, under favorite authors.

Read on for her fabulous interview, and don’t forget to comment to be entered to win a copy of (either) DAWNKEEPERS, NIGHTKEEPERS, or a preordered copy of SKYKEEPERS, which will be available on Aug. 4, 2009! A second, very special contest has been added to the end of this interview, and you won’t want to miss out.

So, without further ado, The Quirky Ladies are proud to welcome Dr. Jessica Andersen…

Dalton Diaz (DD): Let’s start with the FINAL PROPHECY series. To tell these stories, you’ve had to build worlds that exist on three realms: What the Mayans believed happened all those years ago, a god realm that the Nightkeepers jump to (where even they don’t know what will happen), and the contemporary realm where the year 2012 is fast approaching. The research involved is mind-boggling! How long did it take before you were actually ready to begin writing? Did you ever get caught off guard by a halting detail and have to rethink your path with any characters, or use a different god?

Doc Jess (JA): Geez, nothing like jumping into the tough stuff, huh? LOL! Okay, here goes… The research that goes into these books is huge, because I want to be as consistent as I possibly can with the historical record when it comes to the Maya-based rituals, glyphs and artifacts (just check out the ‘references’ link on the website for a taste). Lucky for me, I’ve always been fascinated with ancient cultures, particularly the Maya, which means that the info-gathering part has become as much a hobby as it is work. Time-wise, the research is sort of always continuing alongside the writing… but the initial ‘let’s go build a world’ process took about eighteen months from when I first tripped over the 12/21/2012 end date (and the idea that Maya rituals were tied up in both blood sacrifice and sexual intercourse- rwowr!) to when I turned in the full manuscript for NIGHTKEEPERS.

As for getting caught off guard, it happens All The Time! In some cases, I’ll be writing in one direction, get to a turning point and realize I’ve foreshadowed things so much that I’m bored with the planned plot twist, so I sit there and ask myself, “Okay… so what else could happen?” More often, now that the characters and stories have really taken on a life of their own for me, I’ll be writing along, thinking one thing is going to happen, and the story goes in a completely different direction on me. That’s when I know the book has really come together and gone organic on me- when I’m just channeling the words onto the screen.

(DD): Which is why I'm always on the edge of my seat while reading them! Speaking of the, er, sacrificial sex, NIGHTKEEPERS introduced most of the characters, but the romance aspect focuses on Strike and Leah. DAWNKEEPERS moves us forward with the prophecy and the characters, and the romance aspect focuses on Nate and Alexis. SKYKEEPERS…? Well, you follow my train of thought, and inquiring minds want to know! If you can’t divulge who gets to call out to the gods in ecstasy, can you tell us when and where this info will be divulged?

(JA): Weeeeelllll… okay. I’ll talk. SKYKEEPERS is a little different in that it focuses on two characters we haven’t seen much of in the prior books. The hero is Michael Stone, an enigmatic loner-type who joined the Nightkeepers in the first book but has only just started coming into his own as a mage (and gets into an (imho) very sexy fight with Nate in DAWNKEEPERS). He’s very sensually motivated and has a seriously dark past. Partly seeking to atone for his sins, partly because he’s become obsessed by her photos, Michael sets off to rescue Sasha Ledbetter from the Nightkeepers’ enemies. Sasha is the daughter of a famous Mayanist who might also have been a lost Nightkeeper. She is the Nightkeepers’ only remaining hope of finding a vital cache of codices and artifacts that was hidden by her father. When she and Michael team up, sparks fly because although the gods might have meant them to be destined mates, Michael and Sasha have very different ideas!

(DD): I loved that scene! The testosterone was off the charts! Let's step back to the human world for a minute while I fan myself. You’re also still writing for the Harlequin Intrigue line, with book number 20, Snowed In with the Boss, just released this month. Congratulations! Are there more Harlequin books planned in the immediate future? You know, before 2012?

(JA): Absolutely yes! This past October, I kicked off a second miniseries set in the Bear Claw Creek crime lab, with MANHUNT IN THE WILD WEST. (Or, as I typo-ed it in an email to my editor, ‘Manhung in the Wild West’… which quickly became ‘Well Hung in the Wild West.’ LOL!) The second and third books in that miniseries are coming up, with MOUNTAIN INVESTIGATION in July 2009, and the conclusion (yet untitled, because I stink at titles and turned it in as ‘Intrigue #22’) in October 2009. There are some additional Harlequin projects being kicked around for 2010 and beyond, so stay tuned!

(DD): Now something for the writers among us. You are a huge supporter of aspiring authors. I’ve seen this firsthand at the New England Chapter conference, when you began revising pitches with anyone who asked for help. Word got out, and before you knew it, there was a line in the lobby until two a.m.! You now run a pitching clinic called Surviving the Editor/Agent Appt. at the New England Chapter Conference, and this year you are also the featured luncheon speaker. Can you tell us a little about that?

(JA): I’d love to! This will be my tenth New England Chapter Conference, and in a way they’ve marked my milestones. I went to my first one right after I finished my first manuscript; I was wearing my job interview suit and was so nervous I could barely breathe! I spent six minutes of my eight-minute pitch describing the hero in great detail, whereupon the incredibly kindhearted editor interrupted me, asked a couple of questions, and gave me her card to submit the story. She forwarded it to an editor in the appropriate line (Intrigue, as it happens), who sent me back a revise-and-resubmit letter that taught me things about romantic suspense that I still keep in mind today (e.g., keep coincidences to an absolute minimum!).

That particular story was rejected, and it took me another couple of years before I got The Call … but that, too, was because of the New England conference. In fact, in the spring of 2002 I sold three stories to three different publishers (Harlequin, Avalon and Five Star), all through pitches I had given to editors at the NEC conferences of ’01 and ’02. I was on my way! This was largely thanks to the incredible support I found through the New England Chapter, where I met some truly fabulous authors who have always been there for help and advice. When I tried to thank one of these ladies at one point, she said simply, “Pay it forward.” So that’s what I try to do.

I remember my first conference, my first pitch, my first sale… and I can’t tell you how much I love getting emails every now and then, letting me know that an author has sold a story based on a pitch we once workshopped at the NEC conference. So yep, I’ll be there, sitting in the bar on Friday night after dinner, running pitches with anyone who needs some practice. Keep an eye out for me!

And finally, yes, I have the great honor of being the luncheon speaker this year, which is one of the things that’s made me look back on (eep!) a decade of NEC conferences. (That, and the note on my to-do list that says ‘write luncheon speech’- LOL!) I’ll be following some really tough acts (Pat Grasso’s tiara comes to mind), but even if my speech isn’t the cleverest or the funniest, or if I forget myself and drop an f-bomb (entirely possible), I know that whatever I end up saying (see to-do list, above), it’ll reflect back on how much I appreciate the support of my chapter members and the opportunities provided by the conference. And the chocolate, of course. And the free books. And the… well, you get the point.

(DD): So you’ll be featured and signing at the New England Chapter Conference, March 27th – 28th. Can you tell us about any other appearances on the agenda?

(JA): Hm…. next month I’ll be in Orlando (with you, Mz. DD!) at the Romantic Times Convention. In May I’ll be up in Maine at the MERWA Retreat, and then in July, it’s RWA National in DC, where JR Ward and I will be doing our ‘stand up at the front of the room and poke fun at each other whilst discussing critique partner relationships and paranormal worldbuilding’ workshop. Actual dates and specifics are posted on my website, stickied in the Forum.

(DD): That’s it for today, folks. Well, for the interview itself, anyway. As promised, keep reading for that first time posted anywhere excerpt from SKYKEEPERS! We are also running a very special contest here on the Quirky Ladies site. Just leave a comment by midnight on Sunday, 3/15/09 (EDT-aka, NY time!), and you will not only be entered to win a FINAL PROPHECY book of choice, you will also be entered to win an autographed copy of Jessica Anderson’s very first published story, the mini-mag titled, “The Shelter of My Heart.” No, we didn’t misspell Doc Jess’s name – the publisher did! They also slapped on a Victorian-ish cover (it’s a contemporary). Leave your comment to own this rare piece of history, available for all of a month in 2001 before the publisher shut down. If they’d only known the value of the gold they held right in their hands!

EXCERPT FROM SKYKEEPERS

Sasha awoke, blinking up into the light thrown down by an unshielded fluorescent tube. Something’s different, she thought. But a quick look around her said it wasn’t the scenery.
She was still in hell. It wasn’t the Christians’ fire-and-brimstone hell or her father’s nine-layered Mayan underworld of rivers and roads and monsters, though. No, this hell was one of cool, blank walls and a narrow cot in a ten-by-ten cell with gray walls, floor, and ceiling. This hell was being the prisoner of an enormous, green-eyed, chestnut-haired man who called himself Iago, but whom the others called “Master.”

Where is the library? his red-robed, forearm-tattooed interrogators asked her over and over again while drug-spiced smoke oozed from stone braziers carved into the shapes of screaming skulls. Each time, her muscles screamed protest at the crucified position they’d tied her in, roping her to a wooden cross that represented not the son of the Christians’ god, but the world tree of the Maya and Aztec, with its roots delving into hell, its branches reaching to the sky. Where did your father hide it? Sometimes they lashed her with stone-tipped flails that drew bloody, purple-black lines on her body. Other times they didn’t hit her at all, but rather somehow put her in agony without touching her, watching with avid eyes as she writhed and screamed.

She would’ve given anything to make the torture stop, but she couldn’t tell them what she didn’t know. She’d kept insisting that Ambrose had never told her anything about a library. They didn’t believe her, though, which meant that the cycle kept repeating over and over again—days of impotent, drugged fugue interspersed with pain and terror. She thought they might have moved her once or twice, but the details had blurred together, growing ever more distant as her mind insulated her consciousness from the reality her body was suffering. Each time the interrogators had opened the cell door, reality had receded further, her burgeoning fantasies coming clearer.

She knew the waking dreams were nothing more than illusions, constructs that her mind created for her as an escape. But she clung fiercely to the fantasies in her drugged stupor, because if her consciousness was wrapped in the dreams, she wasn’t aware of what was happening in the interrogation chamber. And that was a blessed relief.

Sometimes the fantasies brought her to a strange cave, a circular stone room that should have reminded her of the interrogation room and the horrors within it. But she wasn’t terrified in this chamber, wasn’t hurt. Instead, she was wildly aroused, wrapped around a big, powerful man with long, wavy dark hair and green eyes that reminded her of the pine forests up in Maine. In the dreams, she breathed him in, lost herself in his kiss, and felt, maybe for the first time in her life, like she was exactly where she belonged. Which was how she knew it was a fantasy, because Sasha had done many things in her life, but she’d never truly fit anywhere.

Other times the dreams brought her back to Boston, to the pretty, sun-filled studio apartment where she’d lived across the hall from a firefighter’s widow, an elderly ex–concert violinist named Ada, who’d become her friend. Sasha had cooked for her neighbor a few nights a week, gladly trading pumpkinseed dip and spicy barbecued shrimp for snippets of Bach and Mozart, and the knowledge that someone cared whether or not she made it home at night. Only she hadn’t made it home, had she? Instead she’d gone looking for Ambrose and wound up in hell, stuck there as her menstrual clock told her months passed, almost a year, while she lay dazed by drugs and hopelessness.

Except she wasn’t drugged or hopeless now. She felt sharp and energized for the first time in what seemed like forever.

Hardly daring to trust the sudden change, she sat up on her bunk and braced herself for the pain to hit. It didn’t. Instead, nerves and excitement and all sorts of other sharp, hot emotions poked through the numb confusion that had cloaked her for too long.

“What the hell is going on?” she asked, and jerked at the sound of her own voice, the alien clarity of words that weren’t drugged mumbles or throat-tearing screams.

Starting to shake now—with hope, with fear—she took stock. She was wearing the sturdy bush pants she’d had on when she’d been captured, along with a too-big navy sweatshirt she’d had for a while now, though she didn’t know who she’d gotten it from, or when. Her underwear, T-shirt, and socks were long gone to rags, her boots confiscated. All that was the same as it had been. The cuts on her palms, though, were new.

She stared at the shallow, scabbed-over slices as a hazy memory broke through. Had she dreamed of a brown-haired man bending over her with a serrated combat knife, his eyes flickering from hazel to luminous green and back again? If so, it was a new, less pleasant fantasy than the others, her imagination run amok. But no, she was positive he had been there; she had the scabs to prove it. Had he done something to neutralize the tranquilizers they’d been mixing in her food for so long? Or had the red-robes withdrawn the drugs for some reason, wanting her fully aware for whatever they had planned next?

But she wasn’t just awake; she felt damned good. Energy coursed through her, effervescent bubbles running in her veins, making her want to leap up and run, to scream with the mad exuberance of being alive. More, she was warm. Hot, even, and suddenly needy in a way she hadn’t been in a long, long time. Her heart pounded; her skin tingled. She thought of her dark-haired, green-eyed dream man, and ached for him, for the press of his flesh on hers.

Lifting her hands, she cupped her suddenly flushed cheeks, then let her fingertips drift down to skim across her collarbones and along her ribs. Surprise shuddered through her at the feel of smooth, toned flesh. Slowly, almost afraid to look, she lifted the hem of her sweatshirt so her eyes could confirm what her hands had found. Although it seemed impossible, the festering sores on her hips and shoulders had healed overnight, and the crosshatched welts, scabs and scars of the repeated whippings had faded from her skin. Her wasted flesh had been restored; her arms and legs were muscled, her butt and breasts rounded, as they had been before her captivity.
Stunned, she let the sweatshirt drop back down to cover her irrationally taut, toned stomach. Her head spun with disbelief, but not with drugs.

If she’d believed in miracles, she would’ve called it just that. How else could matching slashes on her palm cause her body to heal itself?

“Doesn’t matter,” she told herself as the embers of the strong woman she’d once been kindled to a low, guttering flame of determination. “Don’t waste whatever time you’ve got trying to figure out what’s going on. Just get your ass out of here.”

Rising from the narrow, blanketless cot, she stood for a moment, thrilling to the sense of balance and power that coursed through her, the awareness of her own body. She acutely felt the weight of her sweatshirt and pants, the press of the floor against the soles of her feet. In the back of her head there was a splash of fear that this was nothing more than another sort of torture, that Iago had given her back herself only to take the feeling away again. But on the heels of fear came determination. “If that’s your plan, you bastard, you’re going to regret it,” she said softly. “That’s a promise.”

For longer excerpts from the first two books please check out: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/extras/nightkeppers-exerpt/ and http://www.jessicaandersen.com/extras/dawnkeppers-exerpt/

34 comments:

Suzanne Mapplebeck said...

OMG DOC JESS!!! I so can't wait for this book to come out. I absolutely love the world you've created in these stories.

Michelle Pressma said...

Wonderful interview, Dalton and Jess. I am psyched to read Dawnkeepers and Skykeepers. Already finished the first. What complex worldbuilding. And I can attest to how terrific you are, Jess, with your pitching support. Good luck!

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Jessica,

what a great interview. I can hardly wait to read your books. They are high on my tbb list for the RT convention.

Jessica Andersen said...

SMAP- hey, girl! Thanks for stopping by :) I can't wait to share Skykeepers with y'all.

Michelle- Thanks for looking forward to the books, and awww (blushes) on the pitching stuff. Like I said, it's paying it forward... and the fact that I love hanging with other writers and hearing their excitement about new projects. Looking forward to the conference!

DannyFD- Hi, and thanks so much! RT is going to be a blast- make sure to remind me where we 'met'. I'm not so keen at putting names to faces, but rock at remembering things (like usernames) that I see in print.

J. R. Ward said...

Doc Jess, are you going to make me beg for SKYKEEPERS? Are you? 'Cuz I'm willing to beg. Totally.

*whimpers* PLEEEEEEEEEASE I need the book, I need the book!

And I'm looking forward big time to RWA. Wish I were going to be with you all at RT :(

Jessica said...

Hey Jess. You always amaze and inspire. I have missed you and can't wait to see you soon!!

Jessica Andersen said...

Ack! A drive-by WARD-ing! Tag, I'm it. LOL. So, you want a copy of Skykeepers, do you? I suspect that could be arranged... especially since I so incredibly loved Rehv's book (see? I must've loved it because I'm still spelling his name right after however many years of calling him Rhev).

Yeah, will totally miss you at RT, but we're gonna rock the house in DC!

Jess- HEY GIRL! Miss you, too. Hug you soon in person :)

Donna said...

Great Interview Jess and Dalton. Hope to both of you soon.
I can't wait for Skywatch, you have me so hooked with the series.

Donna L.

Liz said...

Between waiting for Skykeepers and LAv...a girl could lose her mind! Gratefully, we have authors like Doc Jess (and the WARDen) who throw us fans a bone once in a while and really, truly care about their fans and interact with them as much as their busy schedules allow.

That being said, thanks for the interview (Manhung??? ROFL!!) and the excerpt. Both were great reads!

~Keeper Nikana (cheesy? yes, but I like it)

Natascha said...

Hi Doc Jess:
I get such a kick when I see a hit from your web site on my Google Reader. I am happy that it sent me to The Quirky Ladies and your interview. Dalton is right, you do have a very impressive web site. Nice job.

I am planning on coming to the Bookfair for Literacy at the end of the NEC conference at the end of the month. I look forward to seeing you there.

Keep up the a**-kicking research.

Natascha F.

Nathalie said...

That was a great interview! I looove your books!
I'm drooling in anticipation for Skykeepers... I can't believe it's all the way in august!!! *cries*
By the way, you and JR Ward are hilarious together, LOL! (I actually found your books through her BDB forum...Your soo lucky you read Rehv's book!!!)

Nina Roth Borromeo said...

Jess, Thanks for a great interview! I just wanted to let you know that I loved your workshop on pitching at the NEC conference. It is definitely one of the highlights of the conference. It's a huge help to new writers who are pretty much hyperventilating with fear at the prospect of pitching at an editor/agent appointment for the first time. You are a real source of inspiration for everyone in the New England Chapter. Thanks!- Neen

Kate Macarthur said...

Manhung might be one of the best typos ever. Awesome.

Thanks for the wonderful interview! I love the Final Prophecy series. I can only barely imagine the amount of research you've done - and I really enjoy how you bring it all to the page for us to enjoy. Brilliant!

I, too, rely on your pitching advice at the NEC Conference. I'm already getting psyched about my pitch in just a couple weeks and am so glad you'll be giving your workshop.

Thanks again for joining the Quirkies today!

Jessica Andersen said...

Hi Donna! (waves) Hope the writing's going well!

Liz (aka Keeper Nikana- loves it): thanks for stopping by! For me, anyway, it's readers like you guys who make it fun to keep in touch :)

Natascha F- Yay, I'll look forward to meeting you F2F at the bookfair!

Nathalie- Trust me, I felt lucky to have read Rehv's book. And you know I'd tell you guys if I didn't like it (LOL!). This one rocks.

Nina- Thanks for the shout-out! One of the best parts about doing the pitching clinic is meeting new writing friends :)

Kate- Woot on you getting ready to pitch! Looking forward to seeing you, and thanks for the props on the books.

And for those of us keeping score at home (that'd be... me), SNOWED IN WITH THE BOSS, which officially came out yesterday, has spent the past couple of days at #1-2 on the Amazon list of bestselling Intrigues, and today is #9 on the Borders series romance bestsellers list. Yay!

Dalton Diaz said...

I'm adding contest entries as fast as I can! A huge thanks to Doc Jess for visiting the Quirky Ladies and letting us head hop for a bit in her world. A huge shout out for letting us post that excerpt here.

It's amazing how many of us she has helped along the way. I know I have my hand in the air!

A drive-by WARD-ing. You guys are too funny. There is a certain Quirky who is beyond a major Ward fan. I'm thinking I may have to drive over and resuscitate her. :)

J. R. Ward said...

Darn it- I should get a stealth cape or something!

Can I just say, I remmy that luncheon address that Pat Grasso did- it was spectacular. She was both funny and poignant- and I was so glad to have been in that room.

Doc Jess, I know you will do just as well! (Witness: buttering up for the next book- but also the truth.)

Would like to mention I've rarely met someone more generous with her knowledge that the good doctor. She's helped me so much. And the NEC has some really awesome members- Suz Brockmann and Lisa Gardner both come to mind. They like Doc Jess have been wicked helpful to me. I wish I didn't live so far away.

There are also some other great members and they know who they are (*cough*Dalton*cough*)

Hey, can I be KeeperWARDen?!

Cathy M said...

Hi Jessica, I enhaled the first two books and can't wait to read Skykeepers.

Dalton Diaz said...

KeeperWARDen - Oh Geez, we're gonna need the paddles for her now. CLEAR!!

Lisa Gardner has to be one of the nicest people on the planet, and Suz Brockmann is still teaching everyone to Pay it Forward, be it writing, politics, or whatever needs fixing in this world. And Doc Jess is truly one of the most amazing people I've ever met. I want to be her when I grow up.

Yes, Doc, I hear you all the way in my living room. I am older than you.

So now that I have your attention, major kudos on Snowed In with the BOSS. Woo-Hoo! Do you know which of your books will be available at the NEC booksigning? Translation: I don't have that one yet.

Nina Roth Borromeo said...

Snowed In With The Boss makes me think of how many bosses I really would NOT want to be snowed in with (I know I shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition, but I couldn't help myself). Now, if he looked like Hugh Jackman, then that would be a different story. What does the boss in your story look like, Jess? Hugh-ish?

Kate Macarthur said...

I can't believe I'm going to admit this, but I totally had a boss that I would have LOVED to have been snowed in with. It was, I'm here to tell you, HIGHLY distracting in meetings. Especially those closed in his litle office, putting our heads together, my GOD this man's cologne is great, meetings.

Sadly, it was always all business.

Jess - needless to say, I cannot wait to read your new book!

Jessica Andersen said...

WARDKeeper, maybe? Or is that the title of the book we tried to brainstorm as co-authors, only to have her hero and my heroine butting heads far more often than they butted... well, butts. Or something.

Cathy M- Yay! Thanks for being on board for the third book!

DD- I do believe that Snowed In will be attending the bookfair!

Nina- Actually the hero is somewhat Hugh-ish (er, my indoor cats are named Eddie and Leopold after two HJ characters). The cover gods favored me with a cover that's not only decent to look at, it bears a pretty good resemblance to the actual characters. Hmm... does this work?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516WCHpS29L._SS500_.jpg

Nina Roth Borromeo said...

Jess, He does look a little bit Hugh-ish. Except no wolverine beard. (I have a thing about beards). Then you could rename it Snowed In With Wolverine.

Dalton Diaz said...

So how did I end up with a short, squat, hairy boss who really did look like an extra from Planet of the Apes? He actually hacked on my head once... ok, I'm done going there.

I'm off to karate, but I will keep track of all posts thru Sunday at midnight, EDT, and we'll announce a winner on Mon. Remember, there will be a winner for each prize, winner's choice of any of the FINAL PROPHECY books, and a winner of Jess's debut mini mag!

Thanks to our guest of honor, Jessica Andersen, for being the coolest person ever! To all who have and will post, you rock! And a very special thank you to JR Ward for her awesome drive-by's. Sometimes the special people in NEC don't get to stick around nearly long enough. Luckily, we still get to see you throughout the year.

Oh, and no beards for me. Well, ok, Wolverine can keep his beard in my fun world.

Dalton

Victoria Morgan said...

If I had a boss who looked like Hugh Jackman, I'd be fired for ogling or stalking. But it would be worth it! Little wonder he's sexiest man alive, it's just a surprise that it took People Magazine so long to catch on.
Jess, thanks for the interview. I remember my first workshop ever was your session on pitching at the NEC Conference. It was great, but had me rewriting my whole pitching blurb. Then of course, I got an editor who didn't want me to pitch anything, but wanted to ask all the questions. Wish I had another one like her, much less stressful...
I have a copy of Nighkeepers and am looking forward to reading it as well as all the rest of the series. I love romance and history, and it sounds like these books are the perfect combo of both.

Liz said...

I dunno...I think the WARDen has to come over to Skywatch for a drive-by before we can make her an official Keeper...

:P

~Keeper Nikana

Donna L said...

I get to escape the house tomorrow and plan to pick up a copy of Snowed In... as a treat. I really hope to see your luncheon speach in person and I promise not to heckle - much

Donna

Nancy said...

Hello Doc Jess. The FINAL PROPHECY series is great. They are the type of books you just read and read with no thought of putting them down. I just wrote to a friend highly recommending your books.
I will be purchasing "Snowed in with the Boss" this weekend.
Have fun at all your stops....

Nancy/funnygirl

Jessica Andersen said...

DD- you're very welcome, and thanks for having me!

I'll keep checking in until the contest closes, so if you're lurking, post and enter to win!

Victoria- D'oh on you rewriting your pitch only to have the editor make an end-run around it! Alas, that does happen... hope it went well, and that you're getting those submissions out! Thanks for checking out the books, I hope you love 'em ;)

Liz- I dunno if I want herself playing in my sandbox... will have to ponder. (kidding!)

Donna- be well, and I hope hope hope to see you on the 27/28th!

Nancy- hey funnygirl! Thanks for the props, and for the recommendation! Hope you like Snowed In... I worked really hard to take the virgin secretary/billionaire boss out of cliche territory and give it a CSI spin :)

Cathryn Parry said...

Great interview! Jess, I'm still laughing over "Manhung." Can't wait to read the books!

Jessa Slade said...

I can't wait for Michael as hero. He seems very shady, especially in book 2, so I anticipate lots of trouble. Yay for trouble! :)

Neringa said...

Delicious interview... loved Nightkeepers. Intriqued by "Manhung..." I just wonder what Jessica personally thinks about what might happen in 2012.

Always trust the writing...

southernbelle said...

Awesome interview! I am soooooo excited to get a peek into Skykeepers. Thank you so much for the excerpt. Loved Nightkeepers and Dawnkeepers and can't wait to get my hands on Skykeepers.
Lisa

Jessica Andersen said...

Cathryn- thanks so much! Hope to see you soon... :)

Jessa- Hey! Thanks for stopping by, and I'm with you on finding Michael a pretty interesting guy. He sort of came out of the woodwork on me in Dawnkeepers, so it was fascinating to watch his story develop as I was writing Skykeepers.

Neringa- Thanks for loving Nightkeepers! As for what's going to happen in 2012, if the Nightkeepers do their jobs, we will (hopefully) continue on as we have done past 12/21/2012. I do, however, think that although we may not recognize it at the time, we'll look back on the end of 2012 as being a time of change, with viewpoints shifting to a more global outlook overall.

Southernbelle/Lisa- Hi and thanks for stopping in! You're very welcome for the excerpt, and thanks for loving the books!!!

Liz said...

Grats to the winners!!