Interview with J.A. Saare~ Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

12 February 2010

I would like to thank J.A. Saare for being her with us today, and also Goddess Fish Promotions for setting this all up:)

First off, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Let’s see…how can I make myself sound interesting? *grin*

Truthfully, the answer isn’t all that exciting. I’m a wife and mother who writes whenever she gets the opportunity.  Since those times are growing scarce, when I’m not creating new stories, I’m spending time with the family unit or partaking of my favorite things.

I can tell you what rocks my socks, if it helps. I’m a fan of smut, horror, fantasy, and just about anything else I can get my hands on.  I love movies, music, and can’t ever seem to satisfy my hunger to read.  

2: How long have you been writing? Where do you find your inspiration?  

Although I wrote a few snippets here and there in high school and college, I didn’t start “writing” until July 2008.  I remember it clearly as the story was Crimson Moon and it took a crow bar to pry me away from the computer.  When I wrote that story, I could not stop writing.  I spent all of my free time at the screen, and when I wasn’t there, I was scheming and plotting in my head. It was so bad I began carrying composition pads around to jot down ideas as they came.

I’ve always made these strange little videos in my head to certain songs, so that’s where the inspiration was born.  But I do enjoy taking ideas from movies or television, changing them around, and writing something unique. That’s one of my problems as a writer, and is one of many reasons I have so many WIP’s.  I can’t seem to write anything other than paranormal, and paranormal ideas are endless.  I love the freedom of creating anything I want, without limitation (within the laws for that particular world).

3: Can you tell us about "Dead, Undead or Somewhere In Between"? 

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between is an urban fantasy that is told through the eyes of Rhiannon, a tough-as-nails woman who’s had a hard life.  One night while hustling some nine-ball at the local pool hall, she unwittingly reveals her necromancy to a couple of vampires.  Since she detests her “gift” to see the dead, she tries to blow them off.  Of course, if she did that, there wouldn’t be a story. *smile* Soon, she’s surrounded by creatures she’d rather not associate with, and even worse, there is a killer among them.
A little persuasion from Disco sees her traveling across the city to uncover clues as to who is killing off vampires and stealing their most precious commodity – their hearts.  Although I wouldn’t classify Dead as a suspense/mystery, I would say there is a trace of it along the journey.  There is also a touch of romance and a hint of darkness.

4: How important do you think the cover/title of a book is and did you have any say in that process?

Excellent question!
Thus far, all of my stories have titles that come from lines in the story.  I’ve been fortunate as all have been accepted and I haven’t been asked to change them. Cover art, on the other hand, is a very tricky (and touchy) subject for writers.  We want to share the image we see in our heads in regard to the work, but that’s not always a possibility. Many publishing houses have their own artists, and while they allow for some input, have total control over and the absolute final say over the cover art.

On one hand, I’m grateful that such talented people exist to make such lovely and captivating works, but on the other, I sympathize with those who get a cover that disappoints them.  I know the debate exists over sells v/s cover art, and I’m a staunch believer that a cover 100% sways a reader to take a chance on reading the blurb and excerpt.  It’s the first thing you see and is incredibly important.  Not to mention, authors are generally the primary advertisers of their work, and it’s difficult to be enthusiastic about a project when you dislike something as substantial as a cover.

As a side note, the cover for Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between was created by me. I was very thrilled when Eternal Press gave me the thumbs up to keep what I originally conceived.

5: Do you have any upcoming work that we should keep an eye out for? 

I actually have two full-length stories releasing this year.  Crimson Moon will be released on June 25th at The Wild Rose Press.  It’s a paranormal romance, and is the first in a trilogy.  My erotic romance novel, Eternity and a Day, has been contracted with Loose Id and will release sometime this year under my Aline Hunter alter ego.

6: Where can we find more of you? {websites, fan pages, twitter?}

You can always find updates on my website: http://www.jasaare.com
the ever addictive Twitter: @jasaare
 or you can drop me an email at jasaare .  
You can also check out my new website for Aline Hunter (which is under construction) at http://www.alinehunter.com

Thanks for having me on the blog! It was great to be here and share!

Jaime aka J.A. Saare



17 comments:

  1. Cari Quinn said...:

    I LOVE Dead's cover...actually, I remember what first caught my eye about your blog was all your great covers on the sidebar. :) Very cool we have more books to look forward to from you this year!

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Hello Cari~

    I'm glad you liked the covers. ;-) Dead's went through several transitions, but came close to my original vision. It's tough trying to find images that go with what you want.

    Crimson Moon is June 25th! So excited about that one. Hope you enjoy it too!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jaime

  1. Wendi Zwaduk said...:

    I love the cover and what I've read so far. Great story Jaime! Can't wait to read Crimson Moon!

    Hugs,

    Wendi

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Hey Wendi! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you like Crimson Moon, it is certainly different than Dead. ;-)

    Jaime

  1. Elise Hepner said...:

    Yay this all looks so exciting because you're awesome! I can't wait pick up a copy!

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Elise!!!

    I meant it, love you long time! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

    Jaime

  1. Kaye Manro said...:

    Hi Jaime! I loved all the book covers on your sidebar too. Dead is such a perfect cover -- hey you did the Dead cover art? How creative you are!

  1. Sunstreaked said...:

    Sure do wish you the best! I always love 'discovering' a new author and seeing what worlds they would like to invite me into. Good luck with everything, hon!

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Hey Kaye~

    Yes'm. That's my cover. ;-) *blush* The only thing I'd change if I could is the font.

    Hey Sunstreaked~

    Thanks for stopping by. It's been a pleasure to get to know you!

    You ladies are the best!

    Jaime

  1. Rosalie Stanton said...:

    You know, the more of these tours I visit, the more excited I get to read this. :D I want to second the awesomeness of the cover, and add that you look totally adorable in your pic. ^_~

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Aww (((Rosalie))), you're the best! The picture was taken by the hubs a couple of years ago in TN. He did a good job, didn't he? ;)

    Jaime

  1. Rosalie Stanton said...:

    Really? I would've sworn it was a professional picture. Like something you'd see on a book "about the author" thing. Color me impressed!

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    I'll tell him you said that. His head will swell and I'll have to deflate his ego. ;) LOL!

  1. Lawfrog said...:

    I love the cover as well. Jaime is a fantastic writer!

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Hey Lawfrog!

    Thanks so much for dropping by and for your gracious words of support!

    Jaime

  1. Andrea I said...:

    I agree with you that the cover is usually what catches my eye.
    Other times, I've seen an excerpt on one of the blogs or Yahoo groups.

  1. J.A. Saare said...:

    Hey Andrea~

    The cover truly does make or break the deal for many people (myself included). Thanks for stopping by! ;)

    Jaime

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