I love to read paranormal romance and am always on the lookout for new to me authors. I am excited today to introduce you to J.K. Hogan. I just finished reading her novel Fire on the Island and my review is HERE I loved the book and was so impressed by the details and characters. I can’t wait for the next one!
J.K. I’m a southern girl alright, but I’ve been told I drink like a man—dark coffee, dark beer, dark liquor. It will be a few more months yet before I can have any though as my husband and I are expecting our first child.
Me: *squee!* Oh my goodness! Congratulations! ummmm… drink some milk
And another congratulations- this one for your first novel, Fire on the Island was released in July! I absolutely adore the cover. It’s very beautiful and atmospheric. *sigh* I love the character of Isla, she’s strong and deals with the mystery of her past, and future, very bravely. I also love her voice and snark. <g> Your world building is so detailed and sucked me in. The race of Bruixi witches and the hereditary line of the Vigilati, that the heroine discovers she’s a part of, are so rich in detail that it gave my imagination wings to soar on for the story. How long was this world developing in your head before you got it out on paper?
J.K. Thank you! It wasn’t long, actually. The idea had been stewing for a little while, and then my husband took me out to dinner one night and I told him I planned to write a book. I then spent the next two hours blurting out the entire story. He was so sweet about it—even as his eyes glazed over.
The whole backstory was born at that point, and the rest of the events just unfolded as I was writing.
Me: I am so excited to see that you have more planned for the Vigilati! Can you tell me a bit about what you’re working on now or your next release?
J.K. : The next book in the series is scheduled to be released in May. It centers around Jeremiah’s best friend Drew, and the woman who breaks into his apartment that we learn about in Fire on the Island. You’ll find out that Jeremiah and Isla are the practical, stable members of their little circle when compared to Drew and Raven. Book 2, Blood in the Valley, is a darker story and even more action packed than Fire on the Island!
Me: Drew! Yay! *happy dance* I loved the scene where Isla meets him and was hoping for a story with more of him
I love that the male protagonist in Fire on the Island is from New Orleans and plays the blues on his Fender Talecaster Thinline guitar. Mmmm I have a crush on Jeremiah… Where was I? oh yes! Music I was trying get around to how music is an influence on Jeremiah and source of peace and inspiration and I’ve noticed that it’s very important to you too. I enjoyed going through your soundtrack for Fire on the Island and trying to match scenes in the book with songs. lol What are you listening to for your current work in progress? And do you have a fav song that gets you dancing?
J.K. : Yes, music is a big influence for me because it’s what brings out the creativity and gets the wheels turning. The ’72 Tele was a nod to my favorite musician, Tab Benoit, as that is the guitar he performs with. Another fave, Jonny Lang, also prefers that model.
Sometimes the songs fit a scene just like a soundtrack for a movie, and other times there will be a word or a lyric that inspires something. While Fire on the Island was all about the blues, Blood in the Valley had more of an alt-rock vibe—lots of Bush, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, etc. Book 3, my WIP is all over the board because the characters are all so different.
I’ll give you two songs from the Book 2 playlist. Raven, the heroine, has a theme song in my head: She’s a Stallion by Bush. Also, Jeremiah’s brother Matthieu, whom you’ll meet briefly in Book 2 and see more of in Book 3 has one as well: Sinister Kid by The Black Keys
Me: I can’t wait to meet Raven! I had to go find her song. Love!
Oh! I read that on your journey towards being a writer you became interested in horses and actually pursued that dream and became a trail guide! That is so inspiring. Can you share a bit about that adventure? And tell us about the animals in your life now.
J.K. : Being a trail guide was an awesome job for a young college student trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. It was incredibly hard work—not just riding but lifting saddles, hay bales, mucking stalls, etc. I’ll probably never be that built again in my life. And it came with a big perk—being able to ride for fun whenever I wanted, including night rides, swimming with the horses, and the occasional *cough* racing *cough*. It’s also how I met my husband, as he had been working at the stable for awhile before I started.
With the baby coming, a lot of changes are happening for us. Up until recently, we had our own horses, but we’ve found great homes for them where they’ll be ridden now that I can’t. Now we just live with our two rescue dogs who compete in dog agility which takes up a large amount of our time, and our cat who’s declared war on all vermin. We get so many gifts from her!
Me: Being a trail guide sounds like an amazing experience! Night rides and swimming with the horses *sigh* And racing! lol and you met your guy and will soon meet your new little one. <g>
J.K.: Not many pregnant ladies will say no to candy. 😉
Me: *passes the bowl to J.K.*
Let’s warm up with The Book Tart Quickie
- Past or future Halloween costume?:
At the stable, we would have a haunted hay ride for the kids, and one year I went as a ghost, complete with long white hair riding a white arabian horse who practically glowed in the dark. It was a hit.
- Drink with an umbrella or a chilled bottle?
Between those two, bottle, but I prefer a lowball glass of scotch to be honest.
- Spicy or mild?:
Mild… I’m a wimp.
- Favorite snack food?:
Salt & Vinegar kettle chips (today at least), sushi & edamame
- Spike or Angel?:
Angel, but only because of Bones (had to google that one)
*grabs candy bowl back* not my Spike? *gives candy back* On second thought, that’s ok, I don’t have to share :p
- Chocolate or vanilla?:
Yay! lol We can stay friends
- Night owl or morning person? :
I’m sort of a never sleep person. So essentially, I stay up late and wake up early—neither of which I’m very happy about.
- Last tv show you watched?.
I’m just emerging from a marathon of My Cat From hell
- Do you sing along with the radio?
Oh God, yes.
Phew! me too
- Favorite color?
Asking an artist her favorite color is like asking a pregnant lady her favorite food (oh wait, you did that too!), but I’ll go with blue.
Me: How do the dessert choices of your husband influence your writing? What about Nora Roberts?
J.K. My husband isn’t too much of a dessert person really, so I guess that’s not a factor. Nora Roberts was actually a big influence to me. I used to read her books a lot, and they’re what originally got me interested in horses and writing.
Me: How would you compare your writing process to a dog show?
J.K. : I had to think about this one a bit. Shouldn’t be hard because I compete in dog shows. My writing process is exactly the opposite of a dog show. A dog show takes careful planning, plotting, timing, and everything has to be organized. My writing process is very instinctual. I just sit down and write. If I try to prepare or plot, I’ll either get stuck or what comes out will bite the big one.
Me: I am all for the not organized plan lol Go with the flow is good.
I just made up a word, Spontem, what does it mean and use it in a sentence please? :p
J.K.: Sorry, I’m probably ruining this game… Spontem is Latin for spontaneously. Being that it’s an adverb, as a writer, I am allergic to it.
But here’s a sentence anyway: Illa spontem placuit plaude eum which translates to something close to ‘She decided to slap him spontaneously.’
No, I don’t speak Latin but during my research for Fire on the Island, I picked up a few things.
Me: rotflol my friend Dawn of www.daydrmzzz.com told me I needed to triple check my words. But that was epic! I learned a Latin word and got a brilliant sentence *chuckle* She decided to slap him spontaneously! *hoots*
Thank you darling for chatting with me and playing my silly games <g> I am so happy to get to know you better. Please come back to chat about the sequel to Fire on the Island next spring!
J.K. : Thanks for having me!
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them.
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives on a farm with her husband and their three horses, one miniature donkey, one cat, and two champion agility dogs.
In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.
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