Date Published: January 2014
Publisher: Black Poppy Books
A Vampire with a soul. A Huntress with a knife. In Nashville, Blood equals Power.
Will one taste of Josie Hawk cost Keller everything?
How long have you been writing?
It seems like writing is something I've always done, but that's not the case. I didn't start writing until about 5 or 6 years ago.
What inspired you to write Alabaster Nights?
Keller O'Leary. He is the sexy hero in the Josie Hawk Chronicles series. There's just something about him that speaks to me on so many levels. I wrote Alabaster Nights because I needed him to tell me how he and Josie Hawk met. I needed to know what it was that turned his world upside down and made him who he is today.
When you first started writing Alabaster Nights, did you plan for it to be a series?
Actually, the first story is a novella in the A Celtic Tapestry anthology published by Moon Rose Publishing. When I wrote Crimson Beat, I had no idea the characters and the story would turn into so much more. Josie Hawk resonated with me and readers. Writing a full length was something I had to do. Indigo Dawn of The Josie Hawk Chronicles will be out in Spring 2014.
Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
That's an easy one. Out of all my characters, I adore Josie Hawk the most. She's spunky and sarcastic. She's fierce and lethal. She's confused and tortured. She's loyal and leery. She lives to protect those she loves. And she rocks out to country music. Yeah, she and I have a little something in common.
What is a secret about you that nobody else knows? To be honest, I don't have many secrets. I'm pretty much an open book. There is something though...even when I'm settled in for the night in my house, I never really feel like I'm at home. I never have and I've lived a lot of places. I hope one day I can find a place that really speaks to me, someplace that whispers in my ear and tells me this is my forever spot.
What book have you read too many times to count?
Not a one. There are so, so many books out there and I want to read them all. I've never read a book a second time, but I have a very hard time parting with all my books because I think someday I just might.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Someone once told me that even if I don't feel it I should write anyway. This is so very true. Even if it's just a short paragraph, it keeps me rooted to the story.
If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Jericho Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning for many reasons, but mostly because I want to own his book store.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I can finish something. I can write Once Upon a Time, all the words in between, and The End. I did it. And I'm very proud of that.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? I like to listen to and sing country music, hang out with friends who like to do the same. I like to laugh and smile. I like to make others laugh. During the holiday season, I'm a little hooked on Hallmark movies.
Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I think there is at least a little real life in all my books. Glimpses of people who have made an impact in my life, music, coffee, singing, dancing, anger, sarcasm, hope, sadness, life, death, that feeling of being unsettled and wondering what else is out there, family, love. All of these things that make me who I am. Yes, all of these things are in my stories.
Thank you so much for stopping by! This has been a lot of fun!
Thank you so very much for inviting me into your home today. Your questions have really made me think, and no matter whether the days are light or dark, thinking is always a good thing.
Moonshine and OathsA shot of hooch tossed back with a burning shudder and a squeal of laughter. A promise made in the dark of the night. Winds whip, the fire crackles. Memories are created and revisited. Secrets are shared, advice is aplenty. Plots and plans…together we ban.
You might think I’m talking about witchery. I guess I am. A form of it, anyway. My crew, my pack, my coven…sisters in spirit. Together we fight the evil in our worlds. We pick each other up. We know each other well. We might not chant and mix potions, but we sing loud and, okay, maybe we do mix a potion or two.
“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”
I recently admitted to never feeling settled, never feeling as if I’ve truly found my home. I believe I’m a gypsy, a wanderer, a vagabond at heart. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to find fellow gypsies, friends who stick no matter what, no matter where I go. We’ve got our Airstream trip planned and the play list selected. I realize now that my writing reflects my spirit. Every heroine is a little lost and searching for something that is always just a little out of her grasp. She makes lasting connections in her travels. She forms fierce sisterhoods, and she never forgets those who count. Eventually, she discovers who she truly is. Maybe that will happen for me, too. If not, I’ll keep wandering and wondering. But I won’t do it alone.
How about you? How big is your coven?
To learn more about Elle J Rossi and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.
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